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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
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    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.

    -30-

    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

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    “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 »

    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
    THE GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, December 21, 2007
    Contacts:
    Susan King, spokesperson, 415.823-5524 funking AT mindspring DOT com
    Cres Vellucci, press secretary, 916.996-9170 greenparty-press AT comcast DOT net
    Dr. Robert Vizzard, spokesperson, 916.206 8953, thevizz AT earthlink DOT net
    Sara Amir, spokesperson, 310.270-7106 saraamir AT earthlink DOT net

    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 »

    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 »

    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

    THE DC STATEHOOD GREEN PARTY   http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org

    For immediate release:   Tuesday, December 18, 2007

    Contact:
    Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party Media
    Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty at greens.org

    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  <http://www.freedc.org>. 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  <http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org>.

    “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
    <http://www.gp.org/press/states/dc/dc_2007_10_30.shtml>.  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

    MORE INFORMATION

    The DC Statehood Green Party
    http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org

    ————————————–

    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 <http://www.freedc.org>. Read the rest of this entry »

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    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
    http://www.elainebrown.org

    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
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMxgYnmdHfg

    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
    http://www.runcynthiarun.org

    Kent Mesplay, 2004 candidate for the Green presidential nomination; former president of
    Turtle Island Institute; environmental engineer, alternative energy activist; California Green organizer
    http://www.mesplay.org

    Kat Swift, Texas Green organizer; former Campus Greens leader; activist with Clean Money San
    Antonio and San Antonio Democracy Now
    http://www.bexargreens.org/katforprez

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