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Rich Whitney to travel Illinois by bike and train

Rich Whitney, Illinois Green Party candidate for governor, will travel across Illinois by bike and train in a “Sustainable Transportation Tour” from Thursday 20 May to Friday 28 May. Details and schedule below:

Sustainable Transportation Tour

Green Party candidate Rich Whitney will be traveling across the state by bike and train. He’ll be joined at points by local candidates and other Green supporters. Please contact lynne [at] whitneyforgov [dot] org if you want to join or help promote the events. Also, see Rich’s sustainable transportation policy.

(pre-tour) May 19th: Rich will join the Chicago Ride of Silence at 6:30 pm, Daley Plaza.

DAY ONE: Thursday, May 20th
10:30 am Press Conference at James R.Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago opposing eminent domain at Peotone prior to FAA approval/disapproval of an airport. STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down) is organizing the press conference and demonstration. Featured speakers are Rich Whitney, Green Party candidate for governor; Brian Cann, Will Township Supervisor; Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois and George Oschenfeld, Green Party candidate for State Representative, 79th district.

1:00 pm Press Conference / SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION TOUR LAUNCH
Logan Square campaign office @ 3044 W. Fullerton Avenue.
Mr Whitney will be joined by several supporters, including Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for State Representative, District 39 and Jack Ailey, Green Party candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Continue Reading

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Greens: US must press Israel to end settlements; divestment urged as Israeli outrages continue

Greens: President Obama must press Israel to end East Jerusalem settlements

• Green Party urges divestment as Israeli outrages mount

WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama must put pressure on Israel immediately to stop the construction of settlements and displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, Green Party leaders and candidates said today.

“President Obama should send Prime Minister Netanyahu a message: enough is enough.  If Israel continues to violate Palestinian human rights, the US must cancel the $30 million military aid package pledged to Israel for 2009-2018.  The plan to build 1,600 housing units for Israeli Jews in East Jerusalem is the latest outrage.  Although a rumored US abstension from a possible UN Security Council resolution against the settlements would be an improvement over its usual veto on Israel’s behalf, this would still be an act of moral cowardice,” said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.  Continue Reading

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Greens: Now it’s time to work for real health reform – Medicare for All

Now it’s time to work for real health care reform — Medicare For All, say Greens

• The Democratic “insurance company enrichment” bill burdens millions of Americans and imposes mandates that enrich insurance companies

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on health care reform: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-health-care.php

WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates and party leaders said today that the passage of the Democratic health care bill, with its increased financial burdens on millions of Americans, should not slow the movement for Medicare For All (single-payer national health care). Continue Reading

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Some Tea Partiers are in the wrong party, say Greens

“A real Tea Party movement would look like the Green Party”: Greens urge Americans to reject corporate royalists and faux populists like Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin, citing Jefferson’s warning about “the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations”

Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on health care reform, democracy, corporate power, and related issues: http://www.gp.org/speakers

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders and candidates said that many Tea Party activists might be in the wrong party and urged them to consider going Green. Continue Reading

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McKinney Campaigns in Illinois Oct. 28-29

Cynthia McKinney’s Power to the People Campaign hits Illinois with just a week to go before the election, returning to where her campaign kicked off at the Green Party National Convention in July. Illinois, which is running a record 54 candidates from Congress down to local races, has demonstrated its Green voting potential after Green Party Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney took over 10% of the vote in 2006.

McKinney will campaign in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield, and Alton, alongside Illinois Green Party candidates for Congress. See the below press release for details.
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Greens challenge Obama on Iran

In a press release the Green Party (US) is coming out critical of Barack Obama and his recent statements regarding Iran:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders and candidates expressed alarm that presumed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has joined President Bush in threatening a US attack on Iran

In a speech last week before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Sen. Obama said, “I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Everything in my power. Everything.” The speech confirmed Sen. Obama’s earlier claim that the Iranian government is “a threat to all of us” and “we should take no option, including military action, off the table.” Continue Reading