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Green Party supports nonviolent protests against police brutality

From Green Party US:

New York City grand jury’s refusal to indict an officer accused of killing Eric Garner is cause for more protest; police terror against Blacks and mass incarceration must end, say Greens

p brian jones ny greens police brutalityWASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders and activists expressed support for ongoing protests across the U.S., especially for nonviolent protesters facing brutal police retaliation, in the wake of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The protesters’ anger was further inflamed by Wednesday’s breaking news that a New York City grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer accused of killing Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year-old father of six, in Staten Island by putting him in an illegal chokehold.

Greens called for an aggressive investigation by the U.S. Justice Department of both the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents and the handling of the Ferguson case by St. Louis County officials, and demanded that the U.S. conform to international human-rights standards on the use of force by police, citing a Nov. 28 review from the U.N. Committee Against Torture (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/28/us-usa-un-torture-idUSKCN0JC1BC20141128).

Green Party members have participated in and helped organize many of the rallies and protests in reaction to a steady flow of news reports about police killings of young Black men. Continue Reading

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Greens call for immediate bilateral ceasefire, just peace in Gaza conflict

p israel palestine peaceThe Green Party of the United States has responded to the latest violence in Israel and Palestine by calling for an immediate bilateral ceasefire, followed by negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The Green Shadow Cabinet responded swiftly as well with a statement titled “How the U.S. could stop the Gaza invasion now.” Green Shadow Cabinet members Ajamu Baraka (Public Intervenor for Human Rights) and David Swanson (Secretary of Peace) have also responded with commentary on the latest developments.

Below is the Green Shadow Cabinet statement, followed by the statement from the Green Party of the United States.

What the U.S. State Department would do…

…if it believed in peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. Continue Reading

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Green Party opposes threats of U.S. intervention in Syria and Obama’s ‘blank check’ abuse of military power

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

The Green Party of the United States opposes threats by the Obama Administration to launch an attack on Syria and said that an order to attack would be a serious abuse of presidential power. Greens called for repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress on September 18, 2001, which the two most recent presidential administrations have used to justify attacks on other nations.

Green Party leaders said that the accusations by the U.S., widely reported in U.S. media, that the Assad regime has used deadly nerve gas against rebellious civilians have been contradicted by numerous reports in foreign media, which claim that rebel factions have used chemical weapons.

In response to the Obama Administration’s pushback against the U.N. probe, Greens insisted that U.N. inspectors must be allowed to continue their investigation of chemical weapons in Syria and that the investigation must also address who used the weapons (“In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe,” by Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service, August 27, 2013,http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/08/in-rush-to-strike-syria-u-s-tried-to-derail-u-n-probe/).

“The U.S. should use its clout to broker a cease-fire, with diplomatic persuasion for Turkey and Saudi Arabia to stop arming the rebels and Russia and Iran to stop arming Assad,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee (http://www.jillstein.org). “U.S. military intervention will make it impossible for us to bring the two sides together for a political solution. We will sacrifice the only real pathway to peace for an act that can only pour gasoline on the fire. President Obama’s rush to war risks a repeat of 2003, when President Bush’s order to invade Iraq prevented U.N. inspectors from discovering that Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMDs, one of the stated reasons for war, did not exist.” Continue Reading

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Green Party seeks abolition of Prison Nation and Police State abuses in the US

From the Green Party of the United States:

Greens promote sane justice system and security policies, including a halt to the War on Drugs and constitutional violations

WASHINGTON, DC — As more and more Americans express alarm at the curtailment of rights and privacy and the increasing numbers of citizens locked up in prison, Green Party candidates and leaders are calling for rational security, law enforcement, and justice system policies.

“The US cannot be called a ‘free country’ as long as Prison Nation and Police State abuses are allowed to continue,” said Darryl! Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. “The War on Drugs, privatized prisons, and other outrages have led to America’s record-high incarceration rate, with the proportionally highest prison population in the world. Racial disparities in arrests and sentencing have devastated black and brown communities. Instead of providing safety and civic peace, these policies have eroded our freedoms, safety, and the rule of law.” Continue Reading

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Green Party endorses Sept. 15 Rally for Palestine at UN

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the Thursday, September 15 Palestine Rally at the United Nations, in support of the right of self-determination for Palestinians.

The march and rally (http://al-awdany.org/2011/07/sept-15-palestine-rally-at-the-united-nations), scheduled to take place in advance of a UN vote on recognition of Palestinian statehood, are sponsored by the Palestine UN Solidarity Coalition.

Participants will call for the US to cut off aid for Israel, for Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, and for national and international boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel until it complies with numerous resolutions promising Palestinians their basic rights.  The Green Party has consistently supported these goals and spoken out publicly for sovereignty, equality, and the right of return for Palestinians, including an end to apartheid inside Israel. Continue Reading