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    Answers from a Green to a 14 year old on Voting

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 13, 2008

    A 14 year old student recently interviewed Maine Green on Voting as part of her Civics class. The questions she asked:

    1. What are some things you consider when you are choosing a candidate?
    2. What are some things you would want the candidate to do or change after becoming president?
    3. Do you think that one vote can make a difference and why?
    4. Through all the years you’ve been voting how has the process changed?
    5. What party do you belong to and why?
    6. How long have you been voting and why?
    And the answers that were given:
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    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, elections, key values, voting | Leave a Comment »

    UPDATE: Campaign 2008: A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE THAT MATTERS

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 8, 2008

    Two more candidates will join this debate!

     

     Cynthia McKinney~Ralph Nader~Jared Ball~Kent Mesplay

    Kat Swift~Jesse Johnson


    Hosted and moderated by

    Cindy Sheehan along with

    Aimee Allison

    Matt Gonzalez

    Gayle McLaughlin

    Ross Mirkarimi

    Mark Sanchez

     
    

    
    

     

    Sunday, January 13, 2008

    HERBST THEATER
    Veteran’s Memorial Bldg.

    401 Van Ness Ave.(opposite City Hall)
    San Francisco
    (3 blocks from Civic Center BART)

    YOURFUTUREYOURPLANETYOURPARTY
    register GREEN

    $10–25 donation (sliding scale)

     

    Sponsored by the Green
    Party of Alameda County, the San Francisco Green Party and the Sacramento
    County Green Party

    For more information:
    http://www.acgreens.org/debate
    (510) 644-2293

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, candidates, elections | Leave a Comment »

    Greens Protest The Exclusion Of Antiwar Candidates From Democratic And Republican Primary Debates

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 8, 2008

    GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
    http://www.gp.org

    For Immediate Release:
    Tuesday, January 8, 2008

    Contacts:
    Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
    Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

    Barring of Kucinich, Gravel, and Paul amounts to censorship of candidates whose positions are unacceptable to the Democratic and Republican parties, major media, and their corporate sponsors, say Greens

    First Green presidential candidates’ debate set for San Francisco on Sunday, January 13

    WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders and candidates protested the exclusion of Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul from primary presidential debates sponsored by major news organizations.

    Greens noted that Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Gravel, and Mr. Paul hold strong positions against the Iraq war and other Bush policies, in agreement with most Americans but contrary to the positions of other Democrats and Republicans running for the White House.

    Mr. Kucinich, like the Green Party, favors single-payer national health care, unlike his fellow Democratic presidential candidates and the major media, which rely on corporate campaign contributions and advertising dollars from insurance firms, HMOs, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Mr. Kucinich was excluded from an ABC TV debate on January 5.

    The six candidates for the Green Party’s presidential nomination, all of whom oppose the war, will be featured in upcoming Green debates. The first debate will take place in San Francisco on January 13 <http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=9>. The nomination will be decided at the Green Party’s 2008 national convention, July 10-13 in Chicago.

    Jody Grage, treasurer of the Green Party of the United States: “In democratic elections, voters have a right to be informed about all the candidates whose names they’ll see on the ballot. Fox and ABC TV have violated the public interest and their licenses to use the publicly owned airwaves. They’re acting like the official news bureaus of dictatorships.”

    Jason Wallace, peace activist, Iraq War veteran, and Green candidate for Congress in Illinois (11th district) <http://www.electwallace.us>: “It’s no accident that Kucinich, Gravel, and Paul — the most vocal opponents of the Iraq invasion — are getting shut out of the debates. While the Democratic and Republican parties and big media conglomerates try to close down serious public discussion over the Iraq war, the Green Party’s ‘Peace Slate’ will continue to represent the opinion of most Americans, whom poll after poll have shown oppose the war. On Election Day 2008, the only truly antiwar candidates on the ballot will be from the Green Party or another third party or will be independent.”

    Rodger Jennings, Green candidate for Congress in Illinois (12th District) <http://www.rodgerjennings.org>: “The Democratic and Republican parties and media companies like Fox and ABC have censored the opinions of the majority of Americans, who want to see a quick end to the Iraq War. It’s revealing that Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee won in Iowa. Among the frontrunners within their respective parties, they’ve been the most critical of President Bush’s foreign policies. But Mr. Huckabee has only criticized the Bush Administration’s strategic blunders in Iraq, rather the war itself. While Mr. Obama has opposed the war, he only favors a vague and delayed timetable for partial withdrawal of troops, which suggests that the occupation will continue in some form regardless of which Democratic frontrunner might be elected in November. Mr. Obama has also added his voice to the military threat against Iran, and says nothing about holding the Bush Administration and war profiteers accountable for their crimes. Unfortunately, voters are being denied the chance to hear the real antiwar candidates and are being told that Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul shouldn’t be taken seriously.”

    John Walsh, Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party delegate to the Green Party’s National Committee: “In recent elections, the Commission on Presidential Debates, the corporate-owned body controlled by the two established parties, has only allowed Democratic and Republican presidential candidates and has barred Green, independent, and other candidates from participating. We urge all Americans — especially those who oppose bipartisan warhawk policies on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran — to speak out in demand of fair elections and election coverage, and inclusion of all qualified candidates in the debates, regardless of their positions or party memberships.”

    MORE INFORMATION

    Green Party of the United States
    http://www.gp.org
    202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
    Fax 202-319-7193

    Green Party News Center
    http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

    Green Party Speakers Bureau
    http://www.gp.org/speakers

    Green candidate database for 2007 and other
    campaign information:
    http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

    Media credentialing
    http://www.gp.org/committees/media/kit.shtml

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, consitutional rights, elections, human rights, Iraq, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Becoming “peace educators” instead of chest-thumping

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 7, 2008

    Written by Maryrose Asher of the Green Party of Washington State

    Wish it was as easy as blaming all our country’s problems on Bush and Cheney. For sure, we’ve had almost 30 years of Reaganomics, even through the Clinton years. But, unfortunately, this building of empire has gone on a lot longer than that. We aren’t going to be able to make this a better country, or have any impact on improving life for those on this planet, unless we change the dynamics of our whole economic/political system and the corruption that has permeated it. We all need to talk about the benefits of peace and a peace economy…through running for office as Cindy Sheehan is doing, in giving talks in churches, union halls, and classrooms. Become “preachers of peace” and educate others on how an economic system based on values, not profits, would benefit us all. Just show them a graph of how much money we spend on military as opposed to health, social programs, or science, and help them to “envision” peace and what good we could be doing with all that money that now goes to war and the weapons of war. THAT’S the way we are going to make a difference and bring lasting change. Let’s become peace educators.
    Info can be found at:

    http://www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/ArmsTrade/Spending.asp#InContextUSMilitarySpendingVersusRestoftheWorld

    Keep in mind data is for years 2005-2006.The peace lobby, the Friends Committee on National Legislation, calculates for Fiscal Year 2006 that most of the US tax payer’s money goes towards war:
    Tabulated data here

    Posted in activism, anti-war, military, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Green Presidential Debate

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 6, 2008

    Greens announce ‘A Presidential Debate That Matters’ Jan. 13; diverse ballot includes former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader; Cindy Sheehan will co-moderate

    GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE

    SAN FRANCISCO – The first, and only, live debate between candidates on the Green Party’s California ballot for President of the United States – featuring a former Democratic Party member of Congress, consumer protection icon, professor and environmental engineer – is scheduled here January 13, said John Morton of the Green Presidential Debate Committee.

    The debate will be held Sunday, January 13 at 2 p.m. at the Herbst Theater/Veterans Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue.

    Six-time Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader – who is still an undeclared candidate, university professor Jared Ball and environmental engineer Kent Mesplay will participate in ‘Campaign 2008: A Presidential Debate that Matters.’

    ‘Peace Mom’ Cindy Sheehan – a former Democrat – will co-moderate the debate, along with co-hosts San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, KPFA personality Aimee Allison and former President of SF Board of Supervisors Matt Gonzalez. Sheehan is running as an independent Congressional candidate against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco.

    The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10-25. For more information go to http://www.acgreens.org/debate.

    The debate is sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County, the San Francisco Green Party, the Sacramento County Green Party and endorsed by the Green Party of San Mateo County.

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    Contacts:
    Crescenzo Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970, scramaddr(“comcast.net”,”greenparty-press”)greenparty-press@comcast.net
    Sara Amir (Los Angeles), 310-270-7106, scramaddr(“earthlink.net”,”saraamir”)saraamir@earthlink.net
    Dr. Bob Vizzard (Sacramento), 916.206 8953, scramaddr(“earthlink.net”,”thevizz”)thevizz@earthlink.net
    Susan King (San Francisco), 415-823-5524, scramaddr(“mindspring.com”,”funking”)funking@mindspring.com
    The Green Party of California
    http://www.cagreens.org
    P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
    Phone: (916) 448-3437
    EMail: scramaddr(“greens.org”,”gpca”)gpca@greens.org

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, candidates, peace | Leave a Comment »

    “Citizen Soldier” Film Invokes Protest

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 3, 2008

    Forwarded from Joanne Cvar of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon

    This film is a lengthy pro-military, war-glorification promotion for National Guard Recruitment, probably paid for with your tax dollars, then forced upon you once you pay for the price of a theater ticket.

    People are encourged to go to ANY of the movies at AMC (because we don’t want to look as though we are targeting a film which is art). When the War Piece starts, your gut will tell you what to do. Best thing to do is , COMMENT in front of the audience that this is completely unethical at every level, and you are getting your money back immediately. Encourage a walk-out.

    Posted in activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, consitutional rights, Iran, Iraq, military, military recruiting, peace, US world domination | Leave a Comment »

    California Green Party Member Joins Peace Activists To March Before Rose Parade

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 1, 2008

    Los Angeles News
    Dec 30, 2007 2:29 pm US/Pacific
    Peace Activists To March Before Rose Parade
    PASADENA, Calif. (CBS) ? Peace activists said they intend to march down Colorado Boulevard two hours before the Rose Parade begins, calling for an end to the Iraq war and for the impeachment of the President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

    A group calling itself the White Rose Coalition said its members intend to march past the TV camera platforms at the Norton Simon Museum at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

    Pasadena police said they had just learned of the protest and are checking on the legality of the march. An official said the police department would make an announcement on how the protest would be handled later on Sunday.

    Peter Thottam, a spokesman for the coalition, said organizers will begin demonstrating during pre-parade telecasts at 6 a.m. An Internet site operated by the Coalition says activists will unfurl a banner and demonstrate as the Port of Los Angeles float passes by the grandstands on Colorado Boulevard east of Orange Grove Boulevard, at about 9 a.m.

    “Everything we are doing is strictly within our First Amendment rights, and we do not want to interrupt anyone’s enjoyment of the parade,” he said today. “We have made it clear to every participant that we want to be respectful.”

    Thottam, a lawyer and former political candidate for the Green Party, acknowledged that “there are some people who will get out of hand, and we have no control over everyone. We are a decentralized group simply trying to get our message out through the mainstream media blockade, especially about the impeachment of the president of the United States.”

    Peace activist Cindy Sheehan is also expected to attend.

    The peace protest will take place at the same parade that will be targeted by activists protesting the human rights record of China. They have called on parade spectators to turn their backs on the Beijing Olympics float as it moves down the parade.

    Peace protest organizers said that they intend to march several blocks east down Colorado Boulevard, then branch off for a rally at the Pasadena City Hall, two blocks north of the parade. The street is closed to traffic all night, but pedestrians have in years past been allowed to walk on the parade route itself until just before the bands and floats move down the street.

    The White Rose Coalition includes members of Code Pink, a group that has dogged Sen. Hillary Clinton and other politicians they consider too hawkish on the war in Iraq. Other members include Veterans for Peace and members of the Green Party.

    The name is taken after a short-lived resistance movement to Nazi power in Munich in 1942.

    Posted in activism, anti-war, candidates, consitutional rights, impeachment, Iraq, peace | 1 Comment »

    Santa Arrested for Demanding Impeachment!

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 23, 2007

    Forwarded by Oregon Green Joanne Cvar

    Santa in the middle of a protest for honest government 3 demanding justice
    Santa in the middle 3 demanding justice

    of a protest for honest government

    by Jodin Morey, Impeach For Peace

    Portland Indy Media –Santa Arrested in PDX for Demanding Impeachment
    (and Offering Candy Canes, Constitution to the Cops)
    On the picket lines today—for the 21st Thursday— in front of the Portland OR office of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, three of the Impeach Group’s pickets were arrested: Santa and two elves. “Santa” was Joe Walsh, a Veterans for Peace member and sparkplug for regulars in red impeachment shirts responding to the Oregon congressman’s refusal to co-sponsor Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s HRes 799 to impeach Vice President Cheney. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in activism, impeachment | Leave a Comment »

    Greens support public housing residents facing New Orleans Council demolition, condemn police brutality against protesters

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 23, 2007

    GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
    For Immediate Release:
    Saturday, December 22, 2007

    Contacts:
    Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty AT greens DOT org
    Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene AT gp DOT org

    WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders strongly condemned the actions of New Orleans police against protesters who opposed the New Orleans City Council’s vote to demolish public housing.

    Police used pepper spray and extremely dangerous stun guns against those attempting to enter Council chamber on Thursday, December 20. The Council is acting in cooperation with plans by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to replace the public housing units with new mixed-income housing, which would result in the eviction of tenants, nearly all of them African American, from their homes without any further plan to house most of them.

    “By choosing to destroy existing structures instead of renovating them for the current residents, Council surrendered to a long-range effort to displace New Orleans’ working class African American population,” said Alfred Molison, , co-chair of the Green Party’s Black Caucus and a Texas Green. “New Orleans politicians are cooperating with the Bush Administration’s plan to exploit the Katrina disaster in order to reduce drastically the amount of low-cost housing in the city.” Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in activism, consitutional rights, disasters, human rights, New Orleans | Leave a Comment »

    Cynthia McKinney Announces Runfor President

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 18, 2007

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, candidates, community, consitutional rights, human rights, Iraq, peace | Leave a Comment »