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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

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US Greens congratulate Elizabeth May, first Green elected to Canadian Parliament

In a press release issued today the Green Party of the United States congratulated Canada’s first Green Party member of Parliament, Elizabeth May. Elected on Monday, May has served as the Canadian Green Party’s leader since her election to that post in 2006. The full text of the press release is below the fold. Continue Reading

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US Green Party condemns assassination of Rwandan Green Party leader

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States expressed shock and sadness over news of the barbaric killing of André Kagwa Rwisereka, Vice President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (http://www.rwandagreendemocrats.org).  Mr. Rwisereka’s body, discovered July 14 after he was missing for several days, showed evidence of murder.

US Greens have joined Green Parties around the world in extending their sincere condolences to Mr. Rwisereka’s family and community and the Rwandan Green Party.

Green Party leaders are calling on the Obama Administration to support a full investigation of this murder and the deeply disturbing allegations that André Kagwa Rwisereka’s assassination was politically motivated, tied to the current political leadership of the Rwandan government of President Paul Kagame and his ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RFP), which has close ties to the US.  The Kagame government has consistently prevented Greens and other opposition parties from freely registering as political parties. Continue Reading