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Green Party vs. Tea Party in Marin County Forum

In San Rafael, CA yesterday, representatives from the Tea Party and the Green Party shared a forum to exchange views on the Nation’s economic problems. From the Marin Independent Journal:


About 50 people turned out to hear Sally Zelikovsky of San Rafael, founder of the Bay Area Patriots and coordinator of the San Francisco Tea Party, and Larry Bragman, a Fairfax councilman and active Green Party member, present their alternative versions of economic reality during a luncheon meeting of the Marin Coalition at Chalet Basque.

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“Look in your homes,” Zelikovsky said. “There is not one aspect of your lives that isn’t regulated — from lightbulbs, to energy output, from the kind of car you drive, the smart meter slapped on your house, to what your children do or don’t learn in this school — this is just the tip of the big government iceberg.”

But Bragman said more, not less, regulation is needed if the nation is to avoid another banking crisis in the near future. He said it was repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which mandated separation of investment and commercial banking, that caused the economic crisis.

“For anyone to say that what we need to cure the illness is more of the poison that got us sick, I think that point of view is ignoring what brought us here,” Bragman said. “We need to re-regulate banking. The full faith and credit of the United States should not be insuring a casino economy on Wall Street, and that’s exactly what it’s doing now.”

Bragman said international free-trade policies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement have also contributed to the nation’s economic problems.

“Free trade has hollowed out our economy. NAFTA is and was a disaster,” Bragman said. In addition to undercutting the wages of U.S. workers, he said NAFTA has wrecked Mexico’s agricultural economy, leaving many destitute farmers little choice but to emigrate north.

Bragman said federal health care reform hasn’t gone far enough. “I think we need to embrace single-payer, universal health care,” he said.

Read the entire article here.

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Six Green mayors sign on to letter from over 100 mayors opposing Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Six Green mayors have signed on to a joint letter to President Obama from more than 100 mayors expressing grave concerns about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The mayors, representing communities across the US, voiced relief at President Obama’s decision to postpone the decision, as well as hope that the permit for the pipeline will be rejected when it comes up for review after the presidential election.

A summary of the letter, a link to the text, and a list of the mayors can be found online here: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/sclefkowitz/over_100_mayors_voice_concern.html

The Green mayors who signed the letter are Larry Bragman (Fairfax, Calif.), Bruce Delgado (Marina, Calif.), David Doonan (Greenwich, NY), Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, Calif.), Jim Sullivan (Victory, NY), and Jason West (New Paltz, NY). (Mayor Bragman signed after the web site was published.) Continue Reading

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Marin paper endorses 2 Greens for town council in Fairfax, CA

The Marin Independent Journal has endorsed California Green Party members Larry Bragman and Ryan O’Neil for town council in Fairfax, CA. Fairfax is currently the only town in the US with a Green majority in local government. From the article:

O’Neil grew up in Marin and moved to Fairfax eight years ago to raise his children in the “pleasant peace” he finds in Fairfax. He also is a member of the Green Party. He has served on the town’s Open Space Committee and recently was named to the Planning Commission. Continue Reading