From 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
From the Green Shadow Cabinet:
Trayvon Martin. Edward Snowden. White House corruption. Bad economic news. Student loan rates double.
But we keep on moving forward. The Green Shadow Cabinet responded to all the difficult news with defiance and a clear direction, as well as a notice that we are hiring new staff.
- “Shameful, heartbreaking Trayvon Martin verdict calls for action,” declared Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, President and Vice President of the Green Shadow Cabinet, in a statement they issued late Saturday night.
- Shamako Noble, the Cabinet’s newly appointed Secretary of Culture, issued a longer commentary on the case, putting it in the context of Fruitvale Station and the long history of oppression experienced by African Americans, in “Fruitvale, Trayvon Martin and the value of human life in America.“
- Edward Snowden’s continuing search for asylum demonstrates that Americans, our media, and the rest of the world are not free, writes White House Chief of Staff Ben Manski in his widely reprinted statement, “Liberty is hunted around the globe: What Snowden taught us about American freedom.“
- Secretary of Defense Leah Bolger took President Obama personally to task for obscene corruption, writing that the “President’s sale of ambassadorships is illegal, corrupt.“
- The U.S. and global economies are headed back into recession, says Federal Reserve Chair Jack Rasmus, in his “Predicting the U.S. and global economy.“
- And “Doubling student loan interest rates will turn a generation against Congress,“ warns Roshan Bliss, Assistant Secretary of Education for Higher Education. Continue Reading
From Jill Stein for President:
Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential frontrunner, called this morning for a concerted national campaign to eliminate hate crimes and racist violence once and for all. On Saturday, five people were randomly shot on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma, allegedly by two men apparently targeting them because they were Black. This follows on weeks of protests following the killing of an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, by George Zimmerman.
Returning from a protest held this weekend in her home state of Massachusetts calling for justice for Trayvon Martin, Dr. Stein said that “This terrible tragedy reflects the dire convergence of injustice and fear in many parts of our society. African American men have been demonized on multiple fronts, by the racist war on drugs, the violence wracking impoverished communities, and the prison-industrial complex. Fears have been intensified by the climate of economic insecurity that makes some people vulnerable to racist ideologies in the first place.” Continue Reading