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Green Party calls for full restoration of Voting Rights Act

logoGreen Party leaders said Tuesday that the closing of 31 driver’s license offices in Alabama proves the need for full restoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as other election reforms.

Green Party Black Caucus Co-Chair Thomas Muhammad said, “The government of Alabama made the case for the Voting Rights Act when it shut down 31 driver’s license offices, mostly in counties with black majority populations. Alabama’s restrictive I.D. law was a blatant attempt to obstruct blacks from voting. States are still vulnerable to the kind of abuses that the Voting Rights Act is designed to correct.”

The Green Party said Alabama’s combination of voter I.D. laws and obstruction of black voter registration are just the most recent and conspicuous assault on fair and democratic elections.

California Green U.S. Senate candidate Shamako Noble said, “Voter I.D. laws are one of several ways in which Republicans — and also Democrats — manipulate elections. Another way is gerrymandering by both parties’ lawmakers, especially by Republicans in 2011 to give them virtually permanent control over seats in statehouses and Congress. Democrats and Republicans have conspired to pass ballot access laws that privilege their own candidates and hinder third parties and independents.”

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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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Green Party protests Zimmerman acquittal and justice system ‘stacked against people of color and the poor’

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC Green Party leaders called the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin a miscarriage of justice and part of a pattern of evidence that the U.S. justice system is stacked against people of color and the poor.

“Underlying the acquittal and many of the arguments defending it is a racist assumption: that George Zimmerman had a right to defend his own life, but Trayvon Martin did not. We support the NAACP’s call for the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman, based on his violation of Trayvon Martin’s most fundamental rightthe right to life,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. (NAACP petition: https://donate.naacp.org/page/s/doj-civil-rights-petition / ColorOfChange.org letter: http://act.colorofchange.org/signup/zimmerman_acquittal) Continue Reading

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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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Green Party of Texas launches online ballot access petition

On The Wilder Side reports:

Despite overly restrictive ballot access hurdles, the Green Party intends to be on the Texas General Election ballot this Fall. In the face of these restrictions, the Green Party of Texas has launched a controversial digital petition drive to reach eligible voters and draw attention to the absurdity and unconstitutionality of these laws that restrict voter choice and reasonable access to the ballot.

Texans can support ballot access and reforms by participating in the Green Party’s month-long Texas Digital Earth Day event online at txgreens.org/earthday through May 23, 2010. Continue Reading