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Green Party: No new U.S. military action in Iraq

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

Airstrikes, ground troops will not solve new conflicts, say Greens

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States is calling for no new U.S. military action in Iraq, including on-the-ground troop deployment and airstrikes.

Greens are urging President Obama to resist demands by belligerent politicians and pundits for a U.S. assault in Iraq against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

“Those who want peace in the region should prepare to resume the protests that answered President Bush’s drumbeat for war. Americans should resist propaganda claiming that U.S. military assaults lead to peace and liberation. The 2003 invasion caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as 4,486 U.S. service members, and destruction of Iraqi society and infrastructure,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for Vice President (http://www.jillstein.org/cheri_honkala). Continue Reading

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Glen Ford: Why Barack Obama is the more effective evil

Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report gave a talk at the Left Forum entitled “Why Barack Obama is the more effective evil”. Here is a short excerpt from the talk, in which Ford also mentions the Green Party:

The prevailing assumption on the Left is that Obama has good intentions. He intends to the Right Thing – or, at least, he intends to do better than the Republicans intend to do. It’s all supposed to be about intentions. Let’s be clear: There is absolutely no factual basis to believe he intends to do anything other than the same thing he has already done, whether Democrats control Congress or not, which is to serve Wall Street’s most fundamental interests. But, the whole idea of debating Obama’s intentions is ridiculous. It’s psycho-babble, not analysis. No real Left would engage in it.

Read the full text of the talk at Black Agenda Report.

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Green Party at One Nation Working Together rally in DC on Oct. 2 for jobs, justice, education, & peace

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the One Nation Working Together march and rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 2 for “Jobs, Justice and Education” (http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/content/main).

Theresa El-Amin, national co-chair of the Green Party, will serve as the party’s representative on the national steering committee of One Nation Working Together.  The Green Party’s liaison to the Peace Table will be George Martin, Wisconsin Green, member of the Green Party Black Caucus, and former national co-chair of United for Peace & Justice.

“Greens from all over the US will gather with many other organizations and movements on Oct. 2.  We’re at the Peace Table to let people know that trillions of dollars are being wasted on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that could be used for human needs in the US, especially green jobs, education, universal health care, and aid for people hit hard by the economic meltdown,” said Ms. El-Amin.

The Green Party will be part of the Peace Contingent (http://www.onenationforpeace.org), which calls the rally “an opportunity to help millions of people understand how the struggle to end the wars and occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq is directly tied to the urgent need to re-direct this nation’s economic and social priorities,” with a demand for deep cuts in military spending.

Greens call these goals consistent with the Green Party’s own positions, which include ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, drastically reducing the military budget, creating millions of green jobs among other efforts to offset global warming, enacting Medicare For All (Single-Payer national health care), and protecting Social Security. Continue Reading

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The Presidency for sale

In a statement you can either read or listen to, Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford writes about the donations flowing to Barack Obama from voters sending in small donations.

The world of high finance may be traumatized and dysfunctional, but there’s still a bull market in the buying and selling of the U.S. presidency.

As Ford points out, some of these small donors are contributing in hopes of influencing a hoped for President Obama.

So, when small donors – people with $200 or less to spare – put their meager funds at the disposal of the two big business parties, the little guys’ pile of cash is dwarfed by the contributions from the big guys. Guess who really calls the shots.

I know that most all of us are stretched, and have candidates from Cynthia McKinney to your local school board to donate to, but if you have a few extra $$, Black Agenda Report is a site worth your support. Visit the site, and look to the upper right hand side and find the “donate” section.