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Greens call for halt to endless-war policies, threats against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia

p green party peace memeFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders said that provocation and aggressive posturing by the U.S. against Iran, Venezuela, and Russia should be understood as dangerous attempts to assert U.S. political and economic hegemony abroad while maintaining a domestic wartime economy.

Many Greens are participating in “Spring Rising,” March 18-21, four days of anti-war and pro-peace events in Washington, D.C., that will mark the twelve-year point since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq (http://SpringRising.org).

Greens said that a military confrontation between the U.S. and any one of these countries could trigger a wider, more destructive, and possibly global conflict. Party leaders noted that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are responsible for one third of the national debt, as well as 700,000 wounded U.S. veterans and mass civilian casualties in both countries. Continue Reading

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Green Party opposes U.S. military aid for Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party opposes proposed plans to provide Ukraine’s armed forces military aid to fight rebels who are allegedly receiving assistance from Russia and urges President Obama to reject the advice of warhawk advisors and Congressmembers.

“Washington has used the people of Ukraine as chess pieces in a bid to strengthen NATO and isolate Russia politically, militarily, and economically, taking advantage of Russia’s vulnerability in the wake of sanctions and Saudi Arabia’s reduction of oil prices. Instead of seeking peace, the U.S. is aggravating tensions, risking a face-off with Russia that could spark a proxy war or even a global conflict. This game isn’t about self-defense for the U.S., it’s about expanding the power of NATO and enforcing the U.S.’s superpower status,” said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. Continue Reading

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Green Party: Prosecute officials who approved torture, including Bush & Cheney

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p investigate tortureWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States supports the demand by a U.N. special investigator that U.S. officials and CIA personnel who authorized and carried out torture must be prosecuted.

Ben Emmerson, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, called for prosecution in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture and “black sites” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, released on Tuesday. Greens urged Sen. Mark Udall (D-Col.) to release the full report before he leaves office.

“The torture revelations — some of which were already known — show the extent to which the U.S. has turned into a ‘security state’ in which human rights and the rule of law have been abandoned. The Senate report exposes the appalling complicity of the Bush and Obama administrations and Democratic and Republican leaders in allowing torture and shielding officials who ordered or approved it from punishment,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, national co-chair of the Green Party. Continue Reading

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Green Party urges President Obama, Sec. of State Kerry to reject tar sands pipeline

green party earthflowerGreens see danger of approval after the State Dept.’s report and call the pipeline a test for Obama: Will he fight climate change or surrender to Big Oil?

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Obama is standing at a crossroads right now. He can say no to the Keystone XL pipeline and prove that his administration is serious about reducing production and consumption of fossil fuels. Or he can satisfy Big Oil and major investors by okaying the pipeline’s conveyance of dirty, dangerous tar-sands crude oil from Canada across the U.S.,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

Green Party leaders called the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, released last week, a troubling sign that the President might approve the pipeline soon.

The Green Party has strongly opposed the pipeline and is urging the Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Dept., as well as other agencies, to reject it. (The State Dept.’s 90-day National Interest Determination is now underway.) Continue Reading

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Green Party: After shutdown, Americans still need Medicare for All, Social Security without reductions, deep cuts in military spending

green party earthflowerFrom Ralph White at Hot Indie News:

Green Party leaders spoke out yesterday about the budget impasse, government shutdown, bipartisan plans to scale back Social Security and Medicare, and looming negotiations on the debt ceiling.

Greens emphasized that the Affordable Care Act, which remains at the center of the stalemate between Democrats, traditional Republicans, and extremist Tea Party Republicans, must be replaced with a single-payer national health care system (“Medicare For All”).

• James Lane, Green candidate for Public Advocate of New York City (http://www.VoteJamesLane.org): “After the shutdown ends, Congress and the White House will deal with the debt ceiling, but we can count on both Democratic and Republican leaders to ignore the major cause of the nation’s rising debt — the bloated military budget and President Bush’s unfunded wars. The ceiling was enacted in 1917 to protect U.S. taxpayers from the financial cost of war and the tendency of presidents to go to war without raising money to pay for it. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were accompanied by massive tax cuts for the wealthy and followed by the economic collapse and bailout of Wall Street. Instead of cuts to food stamps, Medicare, Social Security, and other sorely need social programs during the lingering recession, we need deep reductions in military spending. Greens have called for elimination of hundred-billion-dollar subsidies for defense contractors and a halt to military strikes on countries that haven’t attacked the U.S. Defense spending should only cover the immediate defense of U.S. borders from outside attack and continuing services for veterans.” Continue Reading

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Green Party protests Zimmerman acquittal and justice system ‘stacked against people of color and the poor’

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC Green Party leaders called the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin a miscarriage of justice and part of a pattern of evidence that the U.S. justice system is stacked against people of color and the poor.

“Underlying the acquittal and many of the arguments defending it is a racist assumption: that George Zimmerman had a right to defend his own life, but Trayvon Martin did not. We support the NAACP’s call for the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman, based on his violation of Trayvon Martin’s most fundamental rightthe right to life,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. (NAACP petition: https://donate.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition / ColorOfChange.org letter: http://act.colorofchange.org/signup/zimmerman_acquittal) Continue Reading

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Green Party: SCOTUS decision gutting Voting Rights Act proves need for right to vote amendment

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States called the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which gutted key provisions of the law, a serious blow to the right of every American to vote in elections.

Greens spoke out in defense of the VRA and on the need for a constitutional guarantee of the right to vote, especially in light of a growing movement to invalidate voters — especially targeting Blacks — in many states.

The Green Party also calls for at-large winner-take-all election systems, which are prevalent in the U.S., to be replaced with proportional representation and multi-seat districts. These reforms ensure the representation of all kinds of minorities and prevent “the tyranny of the majority.”

Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States: “The Shelby County v. Holder decision proves that we need to repair a gaping hole in the U.S. Constitution — the lack of language stating that Americans have a right to vote. Since its passage in 1965, the VRA has been renewed by Congress but has always been vulnerable to repeal by a hostile Supreme Court. The decision allows states to impose obstructions that effectively (though not explicitly) disenfranchise voters based on race or other criteria. We’re already seeing such efforts by legislators in some states, such as Voter ID laws. The protections of the VRA are as urgent in 2013 as they were in 1965.” Continue Reading