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WI Greens: Re-Investigate Dontre Hamilton Killing, Stop Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration

p OLB indict the systemFrom the Wisconsin Green Party:

From Michael Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in New York City to Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, there is an epidemic of police violence against unarmed Black men in the United States. In Wisconsin in recent years, we’ve also seen white men like Michael Bell killed by police, and white vigilantes kill Corey Stingley for shoplifting in suburban Milwaukee. This systemic pattern of excessive force has caused a sense of fear among Blacks even in routine encounters with officers, eroding the trust in law enforcement that is essential to keeping our communities safe. The problem of police brutality is inextricably connected to Wisconsin’s runaway mass incarceration of people of color, showing an urgent need to reform our criminal justice system.

These deaths are preventable. Measures can be taken to solve this problem. Among them include: Continue Reading

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Milwaukee Green Party Protests Mayor Take Over of School Board

Madison – The Milwaukee Green Party will hold a press conference at 11:00am to announce their opposition to Mayoral Takeover on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at the capitol. The press conference is to begin at 11:00 am on the steps facing State Street and is scheduled to coincide with the Special Session and introduction of legislative bills concerned with education reform in the city of Milwaukee.

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2009
Time: 11:00 am
Place: State Capitol, State Street steps

Mayoral control of the public school system as opposed to elected and accountable school board management of the public school system in Milwaukee, or any other school system whether Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Los Angeles or in any other school district in the state of Wisconsin or states abroad for that matter, infringes on shared governance and subverts democracy. It robs the citizens of the right to their vote for their representatives and to participate meaningfully in decision-making regarding education at the primary, middle, and secondary levels of our PK-12 public education system. The public school system and an elected and representative school board, as originally conceived by Horace Mann, the first superintendent of the public schools of the state of Massachusetts, was intended to reflect the community standards for access, equity and excellence in education. Drawing on the human resources of the community, the administration of the public school system, the staff, teachers, students and the public school edifice itself, were intentionally positioned with the express intent to enfranchise local citizens, to empower parents, friends of the school, and to cultivate civic leaders. It was not, as is the case with Mayoral control, to disenfranchise those same peoples from the community where their children attend the school.
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Gather with Greens – Calendar of Upcoming Meetings

Here are a handful of upcoming meetings of Local and State Green Parties, Candidates, etc.

Jan 15 (Thurs) Tony Palmeri For Oshkosh Common Council Kick-Off Party
Come help kick-off Tony Palmeri’s re-election campaign in Oshkosh. Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Todd Price will be there, along with Pete Karas, myself, and others. Party is at 6:30 p.m., 212 W. Parkway, Oshkosh, WI

Jan 15 (Thurs) Detroit Greens Third Thursday Meeting
7 pm at the Cynthia McKinney Office, 5922 Second, Detroit, MI

Jan 24 (Sat) Green Party of Minnesota Winter Meeting
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. St. Paul Central High School, 275 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul, MN
We’ll be holding workshops and forums on various green issues including Peak Oil, Universal Single Payer Health Care, Voting Rights, Acid Mining in Minnesota, Instant Runoff Voting, and more!

Jan 24 (Sat) Greater Milwaukee Green Party Annual Meeting
1 p.m., Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI
Featured Speaker Todd Price, candidate endorsements, coordinating council elections, more

Jan 23-25 (Fri-Sun) Green Party of Texas Planning Retreat
Contact txgreens at txgreens.org for more information

If your local or state Green Party has a meeting coming up, please let Green Party Watch know! e-mail gpw at greenpartywatch.org