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    North Carolina Green Elected to School of the Americas Watch Board of Directors

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 17, 2008

    Gray Newman, member of the North Carolina Green Party, has been elected to the School of the Americas Watch Board of Directors.
    Gray Newman
     Newman has been active with the SOAW for a number of years and attends the Close the School of the Americas event each November.
    In addition to his sate party, Newman contributes to the  Green Party of the United States by serving on the Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX) and participating in the Green Party Peace Network.
    Newman also serves as Chairman and Election Board Supervisor on the Mecklenburg Soil & Water Conservation Board

    Posted in human rights, military, peace, School of the Americas | 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


    For Immediate Release:
    Tuesday, January 8, 2008

    Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614,
    Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

    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 <>. 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) <>: “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) <>: “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.”


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    In the spirit of the season: Amnesty should be given to military who refused to fight the ‘unjust’ war in Iraq, urges Green Party of California

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 23, 2007

    News Advisory

    Friday, December 21, 2007
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    SACRAMENTO (Dec. 21, 2007) – Military personnel who have refused to fight in an “unjust” war in Iraq should be given an immediate grant of amnesty – because it would be right, and in keeping with spirit of the season, said the Green Party of California today.

    In a resolution approved by the GPCA’s General Assembly, the Greens noted that the war was “created from lies and deception. Our (troops) should not be punished for refusing to fight an unjust war and speaking the truth about the injustice inflicted on our soldiers, the citizens of the United States, and the citizens of Iraq.”

    The resolution goes on to state:

    “Men and women across the United States are refusing to fight in this war…on strong moral grounds. They are making difficult decisions, risking their life, career and harm to their families. They should not bear the shame of a dishonorable discharge, prison and humiliation. We do not want our (troops) to be victims for the rest of their lives. This would be a great shame on the United States.

    “Let us restore honor to our brave military men and women who stood up and refused to fight a war they determined to be morally corrupt and criminal…those who have refused to fight as well as those who have fought or are currently fighting, are deserving of compassion and support. Amnesty will allow our country some healing. Our leaders need to provide moral strength and courage and grant amnesty to (troops) who have refused to fight in the Iraq War.

    “We call on the United States government to grant amnesty to military personnel who have refused to fight in the Iraq War, and to reinstate them to active duty status or discharge them with full veterans¹ benefits. We call on Congress to address this important issue.”

    Posted in anti-war, consitutional rights, human rights, Iraq, military, peace | 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

    For Immediate Release:
    Saturday, December 22, 2007

    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

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    Statehood Greens mourn, remember Hilda Mason, 1916-2007: leader for justice & DC statehood, former DC Council member

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 17, 2007


    For immediate release:   Tuesday, December 18, 2007

    Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party Media
    Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty at

    DC Statehood Greens mourn, remember Hilda Mason  (1916-2007)

    • Former DC School Board and Council member,  activist for DC statehood and social justice,
    public school teacher and principal, founding  member of the DC Statehood Party, “Grandmother of
    the World”

    WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party  noted the passing of Hilda Howland Minnis Mason  at the age of 91 on Sunday with sadness and  remembrance.

    Ms. Mason was a local leader for rights for  social justice, DC statehood and democracy, and
    public school education; one of the founding  members of the DC Statehood Party in 1970 (which  merged with the DC Green Party to become the DC  Statehood Green Party in 1999); a former teacher  and principal; and a former member of the DC  Board of Education (1972-1977) and City Council
    (1977-1998). Ms. Mason also served as delegate  and leader at the 1981 DC constitutional  convention.

    Along with her husband Charlie Mason, Ms. Mason  helped create the University of the District of
    Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law, D.C.’s  public law school, helped sustain it as major
    financial contributors, and defended the school  against attempts to dismantle it. Charlie Mason
    died in October 2006.

    On October 19, 2007, Ms. Mason was honored for  her tireless work for DC statehood at a
    celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Stand  Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition  <>. A tribute to Hilda  Mason by Statehood Green Party member Debby
    Hanrahan, delivered at the event, is appended to  the online version of this press release at the
    DC Statehood Green Party’s web site  <>.

    “Hilda and Charlie Mason provided leadership when  D.C. statehood supporters introduced a successful  voters’ initiative in 1980 calling for a  constitutional convention to draw up a state
    constitution,” said Anne Anderson, who joined the  Statehood Party in 1971. “The constitution was
    adopted in May, 1982, but we’re still waiting for  Congress to grant D.C. statehood.”

    “We’re proud to continue the work of the Masons  — the work that will be complete when we finally
    win real democracy for the people of the District  of Columbia,” said Ms. Anderson.

    “I remember first meeting Hilda at a Take Back  the Night rally in 1994. At the time I knew
    nothing about DC politics or statehood, but she  impressed me enough at that rally to find out
    more about the issue of DC statehood and register  with the DC Statehood Party. She always let
    everyone know that she was our grandmother and  her interest in the people of this city was
    always from that perspective — as somebody who  wanted the best for us. I will miss her terribly
    as one of the great leaders of the statehood  movement and a great fighter for social and  political justice,” said party member Maya  O’Connor.

    Ms. Mason’s passing is one of several losses in  the DC Statehood Green Party family in the past
    two months. Party activist Henry Moses died in  November
    <>.  Stephanie Dixon, daughter of party veteran and  former DC School Board member Gail Dixon, passed  away suddenly last week.

    Funeral services for Ms. Mason will be conducted  by Cook & Minnis Funeral Home at Shiloh Baptist
    Church in Lynch Station, Virginia. Plans are  being made for a memorial service in Washington,
    DC, and will be announced soon.

    • “It’s in the marrow of my bones, it is in my  blood. Almost every step I take, I feel like I’m
    doing what my mother and father would have done.  And my grandson, Nestor, I feel like I’m walking
    in his footsteps, too. I can’t forget where I  came from. I can’t forget what my parents did to
    preserve their own lives. Although I’m living  comfortably now, I’m not going to forget how it
    once was for me. And I’m not going to turn my  back on people who aren’t as fortunate as I am.”
    — Hilda Mason, speaking as a recipient of the  D.C. Chapter of the David and Selma Rein
    Community Justice Award from the National Lawyers  Guild in 1986, citing the example of her parents
    and the tragic death at age 13 of her grandson  Nestor


    The DC Statehood Green Party


    Tribute to Hilda Howland Minnis Mason by Debby Hanrahan, a shorter version of which was
    delivered at a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition <>. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Human Rights Day Speech Given by Oregon Green

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 16, 2007

    This speech was delivered by Joanne Cvar, Pacific Green Party of Oregon, on Human Rights Day (December 10, 2007) , in recognition of  the work in the community of Centro de Ayuda  in celebration of the 59th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 (Newport, OR)

    “Today marks the 59th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on
    December 10, 1948. Respect for human rights was one of the four founding principles of
    the United Nations Charter, agreed upon after the devastation and brutality of the Second
    World War brought the realization that without justice, there would be no peace. Our
    first use of the Atom Bomb had made wars a threat to the future of humanity.

    In 1945 Eleanor Roosevelt was named to head a Commission on Human Rights, charged with
    crafting a document that could be agreed upon by all peoples, and for all time. It took
    three years of difficult negotiation and input from all nations and cultures to come to
    such a far-reaching universal agreement.

    The principles set forth in this hard-won agreement state that:

    “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration,
    without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political
    or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. . . .
    Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional
    or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it
    be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”
    Article 2

    Additionally, “All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in
    violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.” Article

    And “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” Article 9

    “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his
    country.” Article 13

    “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of
    himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary
    social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness,
    disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his
    control.” Article 25.1

    These are some of the 30 Articles of the Declaration relevant to our current situation,
    in which discrimination, hate-talk, and racial violence are escalating in societies
    across the planet, as immigration is driven by poverty, hunger and fear in the wake of
    continued wars, resource depletion, economic globalization, and natural catastrophes.

    So many years ago, now, Eleanor Roosevelt asked: “Where, after all, do human rights
    begin?” and answered, “In small places close to home. . . . Without concerned citizens’
    actions to uphold them so close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger

    Here in our corner of the world, concerned citizens are organizing to take the debate on
    immigration issues back from talk-show pundits, a debate which will become increasingly
    virulent when exploited as a political tool.

    The staff and volunteers of Centro de Ayuda are working valiantly to create a friendlier
    attitude toward our newest residents, to inform them of the rules in a culture very
    different from their own, and to inform all the residents of our community of our
    constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    Their services to the immigrant community include translation and tutoring in English as
    a Second Language, helping to find employment, affordable housing and health care,
    mediating on their behalf with public officials, and helping the community to solve its
    own problems.

    Centro de Ayuda is also helping to educate the larger community on the root causes of
    increased immigration and the possible solutions that will help bring us together in the
    face of this polarizing situation.”


    Human Rights Day: Group recognizes Centro de Ayuda’s work in the community
    By Elizabeth Chapman Of the News-Times Read the rest of this entry »

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    Impeachment Resolution

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 16, 2007

    The Green Party of Washington State has introduced a Resultion on Impeachment


    Calls for Reopening Investgation of 9/11 Tragedy

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

    Peace Survey for Green Party Presidential Candidates

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 16, 2007

    The survey below has been sent to all the Candidates seeking the GPUS nomination for U.S. President on behalf of members of the Green Party Peace Network (GPPN). Members will distribute the answers to their state parties and they will be posted on this blog.

    GPUS Presidential Candidate Peace Issues Survey:

    1. What is your position / policy on the following Issues:

    –War and Occupation of Iraq
    –Waging war on other countries (Iran)
    –Disparity in the percentage of U.S. government revenues devoted to
    militarism vs. domestic and social needs
    –No Child Left Behind and military recruiting in schools?
    –Support of a draft or “War tax”
    –Support of a “war-profiteering” tax for those companies making
    windfall profits from this war?
    –The idea of a surtax on incomes over a certain level
    –Alternative energy sources
    –Climate change (specifically, what goals would you prioritize)

    2. What support would you hope to get from states in the GPUS?


    2008 Green Party Presidential Candidates:

    Jared Ball, independent journalist; radio host (WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio in Washington, DC),
    hip-hop scholar, assistant professor of communications studies at Morgan State University
    in Baltimore, Maryland
    http://www.jaredball.comElaine Brown, 2005 Green candidate for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia; former leader of the Black
    Panther Party; organizer of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and National Alliance for
    Radical Prison Reform

    Jesse Johnson, 2006 US Senate candidate and 2004 gubernatorial candidate for the Mountain
    Party in West Virginia (now affiliate state party of the Green Party of the United States); filmmaker

    Cynthia McKinney, former member of the US House of Representatives (Georgia), 1993 to 2003, 2005
    to 2007; former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1988-1992

    Kent Mesplay, 2004 candidate for the Green presidential nomination; former president of
    Turtle Island Institute; environmental engineer, alternative energy activist; California Green organizer

    Kat Swift, Texas Green organizer; former Campus Greens leader; activist with Clean Money San
    Antonio and San Antonio Democracy Now

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, candidates, climate change, global warming, human rights, Iran, Iraq, military recruiting, peace | Leave a Comment »

    An Unreasonable Man: National Premier

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on December 16, 2007

    The national premier broadcast of An Unreasonable Man will be aired on Tuesday, December 18 at 9 PM EST/8 PM CST, on PBS’s Independent Lens series.
    The documentary will air over 700 times on over 220 PBS metropolitan area affiliates between December 18-24, 2007.
    For Movie Information and the Local Broadcast Schedule In Your Area Visit:
    Independent Lens
    The film shows Nader’s harshest critics and most eloquent supporters to create a compelling and inspirational film to show how people have the power for peace and justice.
    Watch the Trailer:

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