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Green Party candidates and activists prepare for ‘Occupy May Day’ General Strike

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party members will participate in the May 1 General Strike organized by the Occupy Movement and the May 1 Coalition and will join thousands of union members, students, immigrants, and others across the US in the first national strike in the nation’s history, with simultaneous strikes in other countries.

Rallies, marches, and picket lines are planned for over 115 cities to assert the rights of working people and democracy, in the face of growing power of financial elites over government and the lives of the “99 percent” and the threat this represents to the future of the US.

“The Occupy Movement is nonpartisan and is not affiliated with any political party, including the Green Party. But the presence of Greens in Occupy protests, including the May Day strike, is a reminder that the demands of the Occupy Movement will be represented on the ballot on Election Day. They won’t be represented by the Wall Street candidates — Republicans and Democrats — but by Green candidates, who accept no money from corporate PACs,” said Ursula Rozum, peace activist and organizer in Syracuse, NY, and Green Party candidate for Congress in New York’s 24th Congressional district (http://www.ursulaforcongress.com).

Green candidates running for office at every level, from city council to Congress and the White House, are basing their campaigns on the Green New Deal (http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/08/11/62-green-candidates-endorse-green-new-deal) and calling for the following: Continue Reading

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Green Party seeks abolition of Prison Nation and Police State abuses in the US

From the Green Party of the United States:

Greens promote sane justice system and security policies, including a halt to the War on Drugs and constitutional violations

WASHINGTON, DC — As more and more Americans express alarm at the curtailment of rights and privacy and the increasing numbers of citizens locked up in prison, Green Party candidates and leaders are calling for rational security, law enforcement, and justice system policies.

“The US cannot be called a ‘free country’ as long as Prison Nation and Police State abuses are allowed to continue,” said Darryl! Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. “The War on Drugs, privatized prisons, and other outrages have led to America’s record-high incarceration rate, with the proportionally highest prison population in the world. Racial disparities in arrests and sentencing have devastated black and brown communities. Instead of providing safety and civic peace, these policies have eroded our freedoms, safety, and the rule of law.” Continue Reading

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Green Party blasts Obama, NRC on approval of new nuclear reactors in Georgia

From Green Party US:

US taxpayers to subsidize the high cost and high liability for the new units, while Southern Co. reaps the profits

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates and leaders strongly criticized a Feb. 9 decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to issue the final license for two new reactors located at the currently operating Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, Georgia.

Greens said that the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with radioactive water and waste continuing to spill into the local environment, proves the need to put nuclear power on permanent hold. Green Party leaders noted that residents near Plant Vogtle claim that some cancers increased after 1987, when the Atlanta-based Southern Company opened the first of the two existing reactors. Continue Reading

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DC Statehood Green candidates shift into high gear after primary

• New candidate, nominated through write-ins, on the ballot for DC Council Ward One
• Many party members report being given Democratic ballots at the polls

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party candidates have begun aggressive campaigns after the September 14 primary elections in Washington, DC.

The DC Statehood Green Party gained a new candidate, when Nancy Shia won the primary election as a write-in for Ward One member of Council.  Ms. Shia’s September 19 campaign announcement can be read here: http://wardonerunnings.blogspot.com

The following Statehood Green candidates will be on the November 2 general election ballot: Continue Reading

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DC Council Candidate Darryl Moch Endorsed by Cynthia McKinney

Former Congresswoman and 2008 Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney has come out with an endorsement of District of Columbia City Council candidate Darryl Moch.

I am Cynthia McKinney and I endorse Darryl L.C. Moch for DC City Council. Darryl Moch asked me to endorse his candidacy for D.C. City Council At-Large. Let me tell you why I said ‘yes, I will,’ and I do. Darryl and I believe the ideals of social justice in the Green Party are attainable. For Darryl in D.C., it’s the Statehood Green Party. He has worked literally as a national voice for American workers’ rights; he has also been a leading voice for HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment and equal access to college education for minority students. He’ll bring that same energy and activism to local issues; he commits to listen and represent residents who want public education respectful of parents and teachers, locally owned businesses that hire and pay qualified residents, and programs that provide access to affordable housing, child care, and transportation. Darryl Moch’s D.C. has statehood and a government accountable to the people. He has already rolled up his sleeves, working to replace the sharp socioeconomic divide in D.C. with a respect for its culturally rich past and a shared prosperity in its revitalization.
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Citing Wikileaks files, Greens urge Congress to pass Kucinich-Paul bill for withdrawal of US troops from Pakistan

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders and candidates are urging Congress to pass House Resolution 301 to remove US forces from Pakistan.  The privileged resolution was introduced by Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh.) and Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who said that President Obama’s plans for an increase of US troops in Pakistan violate the 1973 War Powers Authorization (http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/07/23-7).

The Green Party supports an end to the US war on Afghanistan, which the Obama Administration has escalated by deploying more troops and ordering air attacks across the border in Pakistan.  The party opposes the current war escalation supplemental bill and all proposals to increase war funding. Continue Reading