From the Green Shadow Cabinet:
Trayvon Martin. Edward Snowden. White House corruption. Bad economic news. Student loan rates double.
But we keep on moving forward. The Green Shadow Cabinet responded to all the difficult news with defiance and a clear direction, as well as a notice that we are hiring new staff.
- “Shameful, heartbreaking Trayvon Martin verdict calls for action,” declared Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, President and Vice President of the Green Shadow Cabinet, in a statement they issued late Saturday night.
- Shamako Noble, the Cabinet’s newly appointed Secretary of Culture, issued a longer commentary on the case, putting it in the context of Fruitvale Station and the long history of oppression experienced by African Americans, in “Fruitvale, Trayvon Martin and the value of human life in America.“
- Edward Snowden’s continuing search for asylum demonstrates that Americans, our media, and the rest of the world are not free, writes White House Chief of Staff Ben Manski in his widely reprinted statement, “Liberty is hunted around the globe: What Snowden taught us about American freedom.“
- Secretary of Defense Leah Bolger took President Obama personally to task for obscene corruption, writing that the “President’s sale of ambassadorships is illegal, corrupt.“
- The U.S. and global economies are headed back into recession, says Federal Reserve Chair Jack Rasmus, in his “Predicting the U.S. and global economy.“
- And “Doubling student loan interest rates will turn a generation against Congress,“ warns Roshan Bliss, Assistant Secretary of Education for Higher Education. Continue Reading
Statement of Leah Bolger, Secretary of Defense and David Swanson, Secretary of Peace, of the Foreign Affairs Branch of the Green Shadow Cabinet:
The Obama administration has seemingly painted itself into yet another military corner by announcing that use of chemical weapons by Syria would constitute a red line that would mandate military action on the part of the United States. Now we are hearing reports that the red line may have been crossed, and some prominent officials are calling for the U.S. to step up its aid to the rebels and/or impose a no-fly zone. Proponents of military action such as Secretary of State John Kerry and hawkish Senator John McCain seem to think that the U.S. can sort out the “good guys” in the Syrian civil war, and use U.S. military assets to help the rebels take down the Assad government.
U.S. military involvement in Syria could only make things worse. Syria does not need a “no fly” zone. It needs a “no weaponizing” zone. The White House and its allies need to stop arming one side of a civil war, and to persuade Russia to stop arming the other. Further escalating the violence will result in nothing that could outweigh the damage of that violence.
The Netanyahu government in Israel has just raised the ante in this precarious situation by conducting air-to-ground missile attacks against Syria, undoubtedly with the tacit approval of the United States. Allowing Israel to attack Syria without consequences is not only the sanctioning of a crime; it also allows momentum to develop for greater violence and pushes peaceful resolution further out of reach. Diplomacy must be actively pursued before it is too late. Continue Reading
From an email sent out by Jill Stein for President:
URGENT! PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!
FROM: David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Leah Bolger, Bruce Gagnon, Chris Hedges, George Martin and Kevin Zeese
Dear Friends in the Peace Movement,
We can’t afford to let this opportunity slip by. By taking action over the next five days the peace community has a chance to inject a compelling and courageous peace advocate into the 2012 presidential campaign, to have a voice in the national debate over war, militarism, and military spending.
You know what is going to happen if we leave this election up to the two major party candidates. President Obama will defend his troop surges, his excessive Pentagon budgets, his preparations for war with Iran, his escalation of the drone wars, his crackdowns on whistleblowers, his indefinite detention policy, and his new role as manager of the White House assassination list. Mitt Romney will not question these policies, but will promise to pursue them with even more enthusiasm. In debates and interviews, the American people will have the Big Lie drilled into their consciousness: that our nation must accept escalating military engagement and must visit worldwide violence against all who defy the U.S. government. Continue Reading