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Green Party to join People’s Climate March, NYC Climate Convergence, Sept. 19-21

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders, candidates, elected officeholders, and activists will participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, (http://peoplesclimate.org) and the NYC Climate Convergence, “a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19-21 in conjunction with the People’s Climate March” (http://convergeforclimate.org).

The two events coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the summit in preparation for the Paris Treaty to be negotiated in December 2015 by the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Green Party’s National Committee has endorsed the Climate Convergence (http://www.gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=737). Greens noted that the Convergence brings concrete agenda to a march that offers no specific demands or long-term strategy. Continue Reading

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In These Times: Should climate activists ditch the Democrats?

Jill Stein arrested protesting Keystone XL

Jill Stein arrested protesting Keystone XL

From In These Times‘ Alt Press pick of the week feature:

In the June issue of Z Magazine,  Scott McLarty, media coordinator for the Green Party of the United States, takes 350.org founder Bill McKibben to task for his reliance on the Democratic Party, rather than a third party, as the political vehicle to address global warming. In a TomDispatch piece in April, McKibben wrote, “The narrow window of opportunity that physics provides us makes me doubt that a third party will offer a fast enough answer to come to terms with our changing planet.”

McLarty rejects this notion, given the Democratic Party’s move to the right and its acceptance of contributions from large energy companies. He also rejects the claim that third parties spoil elections. Drawing on recent disappointments, he dismantles the argument that progressives should put their faith in the Democrats:

Progressives have fantasized for decades that they’ll pull the Democratic Party to the left some day. Instead, the Democratic Party has pulled progressives to the right. Barack Obama’s 2008 victory ended the antiwar movement, as anti-Bush peace activists acquiesced to an Obama foreign policy that incorporated the belligerent neo- con postures of the Bush-Cheney administration. Progressives cheered a Supreme Court decision upholding the individual mandate, which blesses the health insurance industry with a direct public subsidy. Continue Reading

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Voices From the Past

Mike Feinstein recently sent out some archival materials from the 1999-2000 ASGP Presidential Candidate Exploratory effort. In February of 1999 the Association of State Green Parties (ASGP) sent a letter and questionnaire to 20 individuals inviting them to consider involvement in the 2000 Green presidential campaign. They were sent to: Wendell Berry, Jerry Brown, Lester Brown, Noam Chomsky, Ron Daniels, Ron Dellums, Lani Guinier, Dan Hamburg, Woody Harrelson, Paul Hawken, Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Winona LaDuke, Cynthia McKinney, Carol Miller, Toni Morrison, Ralph Nader, Ron Ouellette, John Robbins, Jan Schlichtmann. In May they sent the material out to seven more people: Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Joceyln Elders, Kurt Schmoke, Studs Terkel, Myrlie Evers-Williams, General Lee Butler.

Below is first the Introductory Letter & Questionnaire, followed by some of the replies the Greens received from these amazing people.
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