Green Party - Doubling in Size
8 dec 13 @ 6:41 pm est
Green Party about to double in size
May and the Green Party of Canada could soon be getting a much needed boost.
to the Chronicle Journal, independent MP Bruce Hyer is poised to join a political party, but won't announce which one until Dec. 13.
Sources said Hyer is going to join the Green Party, which only has one member in the House of Commons —
British Columbia MP Elizabeth May.
Hyer, a self-described biologist/ecologist/environmentalist,
left the NDP caucus in April 2012 saying that he refuses to be told how to vote.
In the summer of 2012,
he was a keynote speaker at the Green Party policy convention on Vancouver Island.
Here's some of what
he had to say:
I will no longer represent any party that "whips" (mandates) voting by their MPs,
especially on issues not clearly laid out in agreed-upon written policies or platforms. Which means that none of the three
main political parties is currently an option for me.
I truly believe that
a Parliament with more Green MP’s will be a better Parliament. We need more Green MP’s desperately.
I have gone over your platform, your Green VISION, with a fine-toothed comb. I found little to
disagree with, and much to admire and support.
You have a fantastic platform.
You have the best platform!
You have an amazing leader. She is showing how
a political leader can put Canada first. Canadians first. The environment first. I am proud to call her a fellow Parliamentarian.
If you're still not convinced of Hyer's green intentions, remember that he — the MP from Thunder Bay—Superior North — publicly endorsed Green candidates in both the Victoria and Calgary Centre federal byelections last year.
Related: Is Elizabeth May’s leadership hurting her party’s future prospects? ]
The doubling of the Green caucus — should it happen — is good timing for the party's
leader. After a strong 2011 and 2012 in Parliament, May's momentum has stalled in 2013.
the National Post attacked her leadership style.
Ms. May has not held herself to the standard
that Canadians should expect from a federal party leader.
Ms. May has, at
least twice in the past, tweeted about the purported dangers of Wi-Fi networks — a claim for which there is virtually
no credible evidence, and much evidence to the contrary.
weeks last year ominously warning Canadians that our government was selling out the country by signing a Foreign Investment
Promotion and Protection Agreement with China. She tweeted out such alarmist statements as “18 days til we lose Canada”
and “our survival as a country is at stake.” (Update: We’re still here.)
Data CEO David Coletto suggested that May and her Greens have some serious issues that they need to address.
Green Party leader is having a tough time staying relevant since the main parties have co-opted its agenda. Her actions only
make it more difficult for people to take the Green Party seriously," Coletto told Yahoo Canada News in
"What does the Green Party stand for? How is it different from the NDP or Liberals? While
it's previous leader, Jim Harris, positioned the party as a pro-business environmentally-conscious party, May has taken the
Greens to the fringe and pushed strange issues. Her actions only contribute to this perception among Canadians."
[ Related: Peter Stoffer, Elizabeth May honoured at Parliamentarians of the Year gala event ]
Despite all that, May does have a lot of things going for her. She's revered by her party
members, was recently named Hardest Working MP by her peers and still punches well above her weight in terms of getting media
And if she does indeed get Hyer on her team, she gives the Greens a fresh start heading into
2014 and beyond.
could just be the best Christmas gift the Greens get all year.
Green Party - Bring American Troops and Tax dollars home now!
7 dec 13 @ 8:34 am est
Green Party - Save lives and tax dollars
Bring troops and tax
dollars home from Afghanistan now!
The zero option should be a zero brainer.
The zero option is a plan to leave zero U.S. troops in Afghanistan after December 2014.
The other option, which has never been named, could
be called the “let’s break our promise to the American people and keep 10,000-16,000 troops in Afghanistan until
at least 2024 at a cost of $80 billion or so” option.
One would think the Obama administration would
favor the zero option.
At a campaign rally at the University of Colorado Boulder on Sept. 2, 2012,
President Obama said: “We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I’ve set a timetable. We will have
them all out of there by 2014.”
Obama was running for reelection, and he knew that every word he said
would be examined closely. So I thought that when he said “We will have them all out of there by 2014” he meant
“We will have them all out of there by 2014.”
Obama now wants to
keep thousands of our fighting forces, plus NATO troops, in Afghanistan in four bases, where they can carry out counterterrorism
missions and “instruct” (shades of Vietnam) the Afghan army.
Which means that the Afghanistan
War, already the longest in U.S. history at just over 12 years in duration, will stretch to an incredible 22 years at a minimum.
That is one long war.
The war in Afghanistan has already cost us about half a trillion dollars. More
than 2,000 Americans have been killed in hostile action and more than 19,000 wounded. Thousands of civilians have also been
Our stated mission has been accomplished. Afghanistan is our “good” war. We invaded
after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, in order to disrupt, destroy or disperse Al Qaeda terrorists and topple the Taliban government
of Afghanistan that was sheltering them.
And we did it. We did it so successfully, in fact, that in 2010, then-CIA
chief Leon Panetta said the number of Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan had been reduced to “maybe 50 to 100, maybe less.”
The Taliban is no longer in power in Afghanistan. A United Nations report released last month estimated that between
10,000 and 12,000 members of the Taliban had been killed, captured or wounded in the past year.
report also said that 2013 had not seen “significant gains for the Taliban, who have neither managed to seize population
centers nor gain popular support.” The Taliban has also indicated some willingness to enter into peace talks and end
So why don’t we say “mission accomplished” and bring our troops home?
True, there are things our forces can still do in Afghanistan such as counterterrorism, which is not to be confused
with counterinsurgency. Counterinsurgency is when you try to win the hearts and minds of the enemy. Counterterrorism is when
you kill the enemy and then try to win their hearts and minds.
Our mission that killed Osama bin Laden
was counterterrorism. It was highly successful, though highly dangerous. (Bin Laden was sheltering in Pakistan, a country
we pay $1 billion per year to conduct its own counterterrorism. But somehow the Pakistanis overlooked bin Laden year after
year. Go figure.)
White House press secretary Jay Carney recently promised that if Afghanistan agrees to let us
stay for the next decade or so, “You will not see U.S. troops patrolling mountains or cities, in that circumstance,
if an agreement is reached.”
But our troops will not be sitting around playing video games. They
will all continue to be in harm’s way, and some will continue aggressive and dangerous missions. We will have casualties.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he would be happy to see us go, but I doubt it. The billions we lavish on him
each year amount to half his government’s expenditures.
Recently he has been biting the hand
that feeds him, but that is only because he wants to get fed more. He knows the Obama administration does not want the zero
option, it does not want to leave Afghanistan, so Karzai can talk tough.
“There’s a mistrust
between me and the Americans,” Karzai said in a speech a few weeks ago at the Polytechnical University of Kabul. “They
don’t trust me, and I don’t trust them.”
What does Karzai want? “We want the Americans
to respect our sovereignty and laws and be an honest partner,” he said. And then Karzai delivered his punch line: “And
bring a lot of money.” The crowd roared with laughter.
And why shouldn’t they laugh at us? We
are begging to stay and prop up one of the most corrupt governments in the world. In July, Transparency International released
its annual “sleaze” ratings, and once again Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia tied for the most corrupt country
Is this the neighborhood we want to stay in? And fight for? And throw more money at?
We have achieved our goals in Afghanistan. We have won. It is time for our troops to come home.
stay for another decade, our good war could come to a very bad end.
Roger Simon is POLITICO’s
chief political columnist.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/our-good-war-turns-bad-100606.html#ixzz2mnOmJaYZ
Laura Wells Green Party candidate
7 dec 13 @ 8:29 am est
Green Party candidate
CORPORATE MONEY” Movement Poised To Replace Corporate Controlled Candidates.Green Party candidate Laura Wells of Califormia has been sending these
messages on the 3rd of every month since August 3, to remind everyone that in the California primary election on June 3, 2014 we have a very real chance to upset the status quo and create a more equal state for ALL Californians.The way we will do this is by
build people power by voting only for a new wave of “No Corporate Money” candidates who answer to the people,
not corporations. California's new "top two" primary has lots of problems but one big possibility: any voter can vote for any candidate regardless
of political party. Be sure
to cast your vote, but not for corporate-funded candidates. If they
win, corporations win, not you.And so the Green Party reated the No Corporate Money Campaign.Here are 2 easy ways to be a part of the Green Party movement to take back our state:(1) If you agree that corporations
have too much influence in our government, then please make a donation — of whatever you can afford —
to the “No Corporate
Money” Campaign.Commit to support only candidates
that will represent you, not the 1%. How can you tell which is which? Look for the “No
Corporate Money” brand.
By organizing a critical
mass of candidates and voters, we
can change course to a better reality for our state.In sharp contrast to the corporate candidates, we don't need millions. With several big donations
of $500 or more, many small donations of $50 or more, and a whole bunch of encouraging $5 donations, we'll be on our way to
building that critical mass. We are grateful for ALL donations! Together we can stand up to those that continue to put profit
before humanity and the planet and we will do it using the power and laws we already have!TO DONATE AND BUILD THE “NO CORPORATE MONEY" BRAND,
PLEASE CLICKHERE.http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/no-corporate-money-campaign(2) My campaign for STATE
CONTROLLER is growing and joining in solidarity with other no-corporate-money candidates who are also stepping up and running
for office, like author/activist Luis Rodriguez for
Governor, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, David Curtisfor Secretary of State, and many more. Many others are sharing our vision
and giving their time and talent, and supporting us with financial contributions! As a State Controller who takes no corporate money, I will
stand up to the Wall Street bankers and insist they gamble with their own money from now on. With a State Bank for California, we can create a bank that will partner with local banks
and credit unions, providing good loans to homeowners, students, and small businesses. We will keep the interest low, and
keep it in the state, to invest in California, not Wall Street.Your financial contribution helps me spread the word about solutions, and lets people know that their voices and their votes can make
a huge difference in the June 3 primary election.If you would like to donate to my campaign, please click HERE.https://laurawells.nationbuilder.com/donateLike my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/laurawellscalifornia?ref=hlFollow me on Twitter @WellsControllerThank you for all you do!
Laura Wells for Controller 2014http://www.laurawells.org/
Green Party calls for common sense spending cuts
7 dec 13 @ 8:26 am est
Conservative Green Party calls for common sense spending cuts.
you for signing the petition calling for deep cuts in wasteful, harmful military spending in order to meet dire needs at home.
In follow up, please contact Senator Patty Murray, lead Democrat on the joint budget conference committee.
A bad deal is nearing completion. So please call ASAP - today or tomorrow!
Unfortunately, the committee negotiating the Dec. 13th budget
resolution is going in the opposite direction from what the American people want and need, focusing on how torestore most
of the nominal Pentagon Cuts (scheduled to be $45 billion)!
We’re calling on Congress to
“As part of the Dec. 13th budget resolution, please cut military spending by at least 25 to 50%.
We need to create a peace dividend to reinvest in America, providing jobs, dealing with climate change, and protecting our
safety net and domestic programs.”
Call Sen. Patty Murray, the lead Democrat on the committee: (202) 224-2621 toll free: (866) 481-9186
Or call your own Congress member, especially if they are on the joint conference committee. Find Congress member.
circulate this alert - and the links to the petition and sign on letter (sign here) - to your friends,
On the Senate side, the conferees are the full Senate Budget Committee:
Democrats – Committee
Chair Patty Murray (WA), Ron Wyden (OR), Bill Nelson (FL), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse
(RI), Mark Warner (VA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Chris Coons (DE), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Tim Kaine (VA) and Angus King (I-ME)
Republicans – Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (AL), Chuck Grassley (IA), Mike Enzi (WY), Mike Crapo
(ID), Lindsey Graham (SC), Pat Toomey (PA), Ron Johnson (WI), Kelly Ayotte (NH) and Roger Wicker (MS).
on the House side, the conferees will be:
Republicans – House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (WI), Tom Cole
(OK), Tom Price (GA), and Diane Black (TN).
Democrats – House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen
(MD), Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (SC), and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY).
for standing up for People, Peace and the Planet!
~ David Swanson, Secretary
of Peace, Green Shadow Cabinet
~ Mark Dunlea, NY Hunger Action
~ Jill Stein, President, Green
Green Party - Cut wasteful spending
4 dec 13 @ 10:31 pm est
eed the People, not the Pentagon,
on Dec. 13
"Do we want to feed
people hungry people or feed the weapons industry? It's critical to show that we, as a people, choose food, education and
green energy over bombs," said Medea Benjamin of Code Pink.
That is the choice that Congress has to make on December 13 as part of the budget resolution
process agreed to to end the recent shutdown of the federal government. Right now, Congress plans to feed the Pentagon, focusing
on how to reduce the $50 billion cut in Pentagon spending mandated under sequestration - out of a budget that runs between
$650 billion and a trillion, depending on how and what you count.
Peace, human service, and community groups have launched a campaign to call upon Congress
to enact deep cuts in the military budget (at least 25% to 50%) as part of the December 13 resolution. Groups initiating the
campaign include the Backbone Campaign ; Coalition Against Nukes ; Code Pink ; Fellowship of Reconciliation , Freepress.org ; Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space ;Green Shadow Cabinet ; Hip Hop Congress ; Hunger Action Network of NYS; Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution ; No FEAR Coalition ; Organic Consumers Association ;Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign ; PopularResistance.org ; and Roots Action . (Here is the open letter).
The group wants Congress
to focus on providing jobs for the 25 million plus who need them. Other spending priorities include:
- Adequately funding critical social needs, including food
stamps, Social Security, improved and expanded Medicare for all, and public education including college,
-- Creating a full employment public jobs program to jump start the green economy
(a Green New Deal) - making wars for oil obsolete and rescuing our climate future. We need to ramp up investment in clean
renewable energy to $300 billion annually. and,
- Rebuilding vital infrastructure.
Jill Stein, Green Shadow Cabinet president, noted, "After $5 trillion and a decade spent on bloody military excess,
with no real gains for democracy, security or stability - it's time to put these resources where we need them, including an
emergency full-employment program to jumpstart the Green economy, halt climate change and make wars for oil obsolete."
On December 7, we will observe the 72 ndanniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor which propelled the United
States into WWII. Before WWII, the country demilitarized and sent the troops home after every war. This time, the U.S. decided
to create a permanent army, transitioning into the Cold War with the Soviet Union and the threat to capitalism. President
Eisenhower, the former chief of the Allied forces, famously warned America to guard against giving allowing the military-industrial
complex to gain too much power and money as a threat to our democracy.
It is time for Congress to end America's constant war after WWII and demilitarize, re-investing
the hundreds of billions of dollars in savings into rebuilding America. Putting people back to work - like FDR did with the
WPA public jobs program during the Great Depression.
As usual, the biggest challenge isn't convincing voters, it is convincing Congress to side with taxpayers
rather than campaign contributors. A Feb. 25, 2013 poll by The Hill found that forty-nine percent of respondents would support
cutting military spending, while just 23 percent said they would support slashing Social Security and Medicare. The Washington Post/ Bloomberg News Poll ( October 6-9, 2011) found that 51% support reducing military spending in order to reduce the nation's budget
deficit. Americans on average want to reduce military spending by18 percent .
Cutting the military
budget in half would reduce it to where it was before 9/11 -- when it was way too high. The amount of money spent on
the US military is a crime against humanity. It steals our children's future and it oppresses people across our planet. We
spend almost as much on the military as the rest of the world combined -- and most of the other big military spenders are
our allies. Our military spending is six times that of China -- though their population is three times as big.
Ralph Nader has become one of the most
vocal critics of the enormous military budget. " The end of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the move of much of our manufacturing
to a beckoning China raises the question -- since we no longer have major adversaries, why is the overall military budget
larger than ever -- taking over half the discretionary expenditures of the federal government? Our country needs to rollback
the Empire, really cut the so-called defense budget and apply those monies to repairing and rebuilding our public works with
good paying green jobs everywhere that cannot be exported."
There are many ways to cut military spending. The campaign has outlined 10 key areas.
Fraud, waste and abuse is
rampant in the military. More savings are possible if we changed the purpose of military spending from world domination to
the traditional position of defending our national borders. Even greater savings would be possible if we adopted a cooperative
approach based on mutual security and respect and worldwide improvements in quality of life. Nuclear disarmament would save
$60 billion plus annually -- and make the world a much safer place.
Ever wonder why the U.S. spends tens of billions of our tax dollars to continue build
tanks and planes that the generals don't want, that end up being mothballed on parking lots in the deserts because there is
no need for them? Because military contractors make sure to spend tax dollars in every Congressional district in the country.
There were numerous examples of war profiteering
involving billions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan by firms such as Halliburton and Blackwater/XE/KBR. Congress turned
a blind eye.
budget is so out of control and government oversight is so lax that the federal government has given up trying to audit it.
There was an effort late in the Clinton administration to start reconciling transactions with documentation in the Department
of Defense. They audited $7 trillion in transactions and found that they could not justify $2.3 trillion of it.
We build weapons to fight long ago wars
that will never happen again. We continue to build weapons system because contractors make money building them. Various armed
services waste tens of billions arming themselves with competing and duplicative copies of the same weapons (e.g., Joint Striker
Fighter jets). The Pentagon gets rid of tens of billions of "surplus equipment", often in new condition, for pennies
on the dollar, while spending enormous amount to replace the equipment.
Cutting Pentagon overhead for its back-office bureaucracy to the level of the private
industry average of 25% would save roughly $80 billion a year. The largest government domestic programs--Social Security and
Medicare--get by with overhead costs in the single-digits
The traditional American approach to national security was defending our borders. With oceans
being two of our borders, and two allies (Canada and Mexico) being the other borders, US is one of the safest countries in
the world in terms of external military threats. (And we do not need to waste money or violate human rights by militarizing
our borders). The annual cost of our 1,100 overseas bases in over 130 countries is over $100 billion. Stop Using
our military to protect oil companies and multinational corporations.
Even some of Ronald Reagan's advisers believe that even the Democrats should be able
to protect the country for $350 billion. Cutting to that level would be a good initial target. By the way, we spend almost
as much on the military as the rest of the world combined.
When we talk about cutting the military, we are not talking about Veteran's benefits or soldier's pay. Our
treatment of veterans is scandalous.
Rather than debating how to pressure Iran to say they will never possess nuclear weapons, it is time for the U.S. to
give up its own. Nuclear weapons should be outlawed just as we have outlawed (most) chemical weapons. There is no sane military
strategy that supports the use of nuclear weapons in the 2lst century. We waste $60 billion plus annually on our nuclear
arsenal. Cutting our massive nuclear arsenal in half would save $30 billion.
December 10 is International Human Rights Day. People have a right to be free
from the threat and horrors of war and armed conflict. The groups plan to turn in their letter and petitions to Congress then.
They are looking for groups and individuals to join them. ( Sign the petition here .)
Stoneking, Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation added, "Money in itself is morally neutral, but what we do with
money has ultimate moral significance. Our runaway military spending impairs and diminishes the very soul of our country
as we ignore needs for food, jobs and health care among our citizens, and perpetuate a culture of violence abroad. Redirecting
millions away from exporting violence and toward creating a culture of peace at home by responding to the basic needs of Americans
is not only wise but right."
Domestic Surveillance Drones Coming to US Airspace Without Proper Transparency
4 dec 13 @ 9:49 pm est
Lifted directly from major
news reports on November 6, 2013, the FAA alerted Americans that within five years as many as 7,000 drones could be flying over our heads in the US. The problem with the 74-page document that issues guidelines for law enforcement,
universities, businesses and private flyers is the lack of clarification over the surveillance uses.
The issue of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones is a serious issue that Conservatives disregard
at the expense of their own professed quest for liberty. If they really want to check unfettered federal power, they would
align with groups that are actively challenging the expanding drone programs.
week CodePink, the Nation Magazine and the Georgetown Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild staged the largest drone summit ever. The two-day conference in Washington was preceded by a march on the White House and followed by lobbying on Capitol
Hill for passage of a transparency bill that would require disclosure of the kill list and acknowledgement of civilians
that have been killed.
Despite the Obama Administration’s refusal
to disclose any of the activities of the armed drone program being conducted in non-theaters of war like Yemen, Pakistan
and Somalia, we heard first hand testimony from delegations that traveled to, and victims that traveled here to testify.
Delegations of Yemenis and Pakistanis gave gripping details of the fear created by drones buzzing above knowing that a strike
could occur anywhere at any time and that civilians are often caught in the crosshairs.
It is an outrage that a civilian branch of the US government – the CIA – is conducting this program.
When did the American public give this Administration the authority to kill intended targets without regard, tracking, acknowledgement
or offer for restitution for the hundreds of innocents that are being killed?
the CIA acquired this discretionary power is another serious question awaiting an answer. After all, we do not cede the power
to kill to other civilian agencies like the USPS or USDA.
is the lack of attention being paid to the fact that the FAA is preparing rules for use of these drones within US airspace.
The default position is that these drones would not be armed over US soil, but there is no way to ensure that rubber bullets
or tear gas aren't already overhead. And for those liberty lovers who decry the current surveillance state, drones would
render any hope of privacy null and void.
These modern surveillance drones contain a 1.8 billion pixel capacity to simultaneously pinpoint up to 80 different high-definition targets six inches off
the ground from miles away. Right now we could all be in the footage of 1 million terabytes of data collected each day that
is preserved to be used anytime.
Now is the chance for a rare non-partisan
partnership between the Campaign for Liberty and the ACLU to question this authority. Left unchecked the growth of this police state overreach will continue as we witnessed with
Culpeper County’s recent brag about obtaining an armored personnel carrier. Do we really want drones added to a locality’s arsenal?
Green Party fiscal conservatives for saving lives and tax dollars.
3 dec 13 @ 8:21 pm est
Green Party fiscal conservatives call for saving lives and tax dollars
the time to pressure Congress for shifting our resources from the military to a balanced federal budget, pay off federal debt
and meet human needs. Green Pary leaders, Green Party candidates compelled their attention on Syrian missiles; the administration
and congress listened; and they know the Green Party was right. The case for talking with, rather than bombing, Iran grows
stronger by the day. Drone strikes have been scaled back.
Still the White House is pushing for another
decade in Afghanistan.
Congress is not resisting. The Green Party must force Congress to act. The lesson of
the Syrian Missile Crisis is that we have power when we speak up en masse. Congress members are home now, just
as they were when the missiles were being primed. Now is the time for Greens to tell them in person. Now is the time to go
to the root of the fiscal madness of militarism: the budget. Greens need to urge common sense cuts to the nearly $1 trillion
military squander fo tax dollars
We need deeper spending cuts now! Get out of Afghanistan now. Bring troops
and tax dollars home. Save nearly $90 Billion dollars in fiscaly 2014 alone. It's our best hope, and momentum
is in our favor.
Senator Patty Murray is the lead negotiator for the Senate on the December 13budget resolution. Call her office to tell her that we need deep cuts
in military spending - much deeper than required under sequestration. Phone: (202) 224-2621Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Here are the next steps, with details below:
Educate and Mobilize
Details on the next steps:
Educate and Mobilize your Community
1. Widely circulate the links to the petition and sign on letter (sign here) to your friends,
2. Ask community, faith and labor organizations to sign on to the letter. Or to write their
own letter in their own language. Highlight their issues. Many organizations shy away from taking a stance on military spending
- but since the military gets 53 cents out of every discretionary dollar in the federal budget, if we don't cut the military,
their cause won't get the funds they need. Many group leaders underestimate the public support for cutting the military budget.
The Hill. Feb. 25, 2013,
Forty-nine percent of respondents said they would support cutting military spending, while just 23 percent said they would
support slashing Social Security and Medicare. The Washington Post/ Bloomberg News Poll, October 6-9,
2011. 51% support reducing military spending in order to reduce the nation’s budget deficit. Americans on average want
to reduce military spending by18 percent.
Write letters to the Editor. See this sample. Write a longer op ed, Do radio and
TV talk shows.
4. Organize local media events. Be creative. On Tues.
December 10, International Human Rights Day, the campaign will deliver the letter and petition to Congress.
Organize your own local media event drawing on this campaign and what you're doing locally.
5. Work with other peace
groups that are working to cut the military budget. Also urge them to pressure Congress to enact deep cuts - many just focus
on public education or work on particular issues.
with your local Congress members and ask them to both support deep cuts (25 to 50%) and to take leadership. It is not enough
to preserve the cuts under sequestration (about a 5 to 8% cut). You can also hold a rally or media event (e.g., in front of
their office) or organize call ins or letter writing. Find Congressmember.
which committees they are
on, The most important is the budget conference committee created by the deal to end the government shutdown. The committee
will present a framework for the budget for adoption on December 13;
if final action is not taken by Jan. 15,
another shutdown occurs. (Members listed at the end). Defense and various budget committees also have more say. But any Congress
member can show leadership and push an issue - don't let them claim that they can't act. (Funny they never argue that they
don't really have any power when they run for office.)
Steps. individual Congress members can take:
1. Circulate a sign on
letter to other members of Congress calling for deep cuts. Cong. Barney Frank and Ron Paul got 50 of their colleagues to sign
on to a letter calling for a 25% cut. They're both gone from Congress. Who will replace them? (There was a bipartisan mix
2. If they are not on the Joint budget conference committee (listed below), ask them to lobby members
who are. Ask them to get back to you with the response.
3. Ask them to vote against the National Defense Authorization Act
which has passed the House and is now in the Senate. It supports too much funds for the military and many bad military policies.
Ask them to publicly speak out locally and nationally in favor of deep military cuts (e.g., write an op ed).
~ Thankyou for being part of the campaign for a People's Budget,
Jill Stein, GSC President & David Swanson, GSC Secretary of Peace
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Be an Indy Green candidate for local, state, or federal office in 2014.
Green Party candidate Henry Lawrence
2 dec 13 @ 9:13 pm est
Green Party’s Henry Lawrence running
PANAMA CITY — Fittingly, the only Green Party candidate for state House District 6 owns a landscape
But while Henry
Lawrence, of Panama City, earns his living making sure thirsty plants get enough to drink, his passion lies with supporting
renewable energy and legalizing marijuana, for medical and recreational use.
He’s one of several vying to replace
term-limited state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, whose district covers most of Bay County.
Lawrence, 62, gets worked up when talking about marijuana
policy, saying the state should offer a full-scale legalization like Colorado did last year.
“It could be a serious revenue generator for the state of Florida,”
Lawrence said the extra tax
revenue could go toward education, similar to Colorado where 15 percent of a new 25 percent marijuana sales tax goes toward
pot would cut down on the prison population and save taxpayers money, he said.
Lawrence also is concerned about growth
— and how to manage it while protecting natural resources and government jobs — in the county. He believes the
local military bases — Tyndall Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City — will be cut in the future,
so those jobs will need to be replaced in the area.
“My platform is to protect our precious natural resources while creating
talented employees for the green jobs of the 21st Century and beyond,” he said.
Green Party state conventions: Rhineland-Pfalz, and Schleswig-Holstein
1 dec 13 @ 12:34 pm est
Green Party in power
The Green Party
is in power in the German states of Rhineland-Pfalz and Schleswig-Holstein.
Both those state Green Parties
held weekend conventions. Here is TV coverage of the Schleswig-Holstein Green Party
Here is TV reporting on the Rhineland-Pfalz Green Party convention.
A third state Green Party - the Bremen Green Party - this weekend elected
a new Chairman. Ralph Saxe was elected co-chairman of the Bremen
city-state Green Party. Hermann Kuhn did not run for re-election as co-chair.
The other Bremen Green Party co-chair is Henrike Müller.
Thueringer Green Party nominates candidates for 2014 state elections
29 nov 13 @ 3:00 pm est
Green Party State Convention in Thueringen nominates state legislature candidates
Germany has 16 states. The Green Party has members elected in each state legislature. In 7 of the 16 states
the Green Party governs in coalitions. Next year - 2014 - Thureingen elects it's state legislature. It is a state
that was a part of East Germany. You can watch the two-day Green Party state convention live on live stream here.
Professor George R.
29 nov 13 @ 11:43 am est
George R. "Tex" Wood featured in today's Independent Green Party Youtube video
The Independent Green Party uploads a new youtube video every day. The IndependentGreens youtube videos feature
Independent Green Party candidates, Indy Green leaders, and positive Independent Green Party policy proposals.
Today's video is U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam Vet, Professor George R. "Tex" Wood. Tex Wood has served
as an Independent Green Party leader, and central committee member since the Independent Greens were founded.
Tex Wood, and Independent Green Party leader C.W. Anglin, have led the fight for changing ballot access
laws. Tex and C.W. did this on their own time, and own dime. The fight has gone on for decades.
Independent Greens honor and thank Professor George R. Tex Wood for his dedicated service to the nation, to
our commonwealth, and for expanding the rights of every citizen to participate in our governing process.
George R. Tex Wood, Independent Green Party, a great Virginian, American patriot.
Ryguy Muhammed Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chair running for city council
28 nov 13 @ 10:16 am est
Ryguy Muhammed Independent Green Party Fredericksburg Chair running for Ward 4 city council
"We need More Trains, Less Traffic"
Ryguy Muhammedd (35) is running as an Independent Green Party candidate for Ward 4 on the Fredericksburg city council.
"We need a Fredericksburg Green New Deal. Eco for the economy. Rail jobs. Solar jobs. Geothermal jobs. Weatherization
Ryguy Muhammedd is a Drexel University graduate. Muhammedd is an educator, worked as a teachers
aide. Muhammedd says expanded green jobs and rail service is crucial for growing Fredericksburgs economy.
Every dollar invested in rail creates $28 dollars in economic benefit, notes Ryguy Muhammedd. "We need
more tracks, more trains, more often."
Expanding Virginia Rail Express service with dedicated passenger track is key for Fredericksburg's
economy, according to Ryguy Muhammedd. The Independent Green Party candidate says better communter rail vital. It's
simple green economics. Weekend rail service will bring more tourist dollars to downtown Fredericksburg shops, and resturaunts.
"Expanding rail service increases the value of our homes, businesses,
community. Rail creates revenue for schools, police, and fire departments." Ryguy Muhammedd
Ryguy Muhammedd, "We need to keep our schools, police, and fire departments strong. We must
be good stewards of public funds."
Fredericksburg's fiscal year 2014 budget is $187,887,023.00. For the coming year Muhammedd
sees opportunity for saving tax payer dollars.
Muhammedd says it is an opportunity for positive change. "Cut tax subsidies to ZERO.
We should not be wasting almost $700,000 tax dollars a year with tax payer subsidies for parking!"
"We need more Independent Green Party candidates, less apathy." As Fredericksburg Independent
Green Party Chair, Muhammedd urges other citizens to join the Independent Greens and run for city council in the other three
Green Capital Infrastructure for the city is an opportunity to create
revenue. "Green solar energy, geothermal energy can create jobs and revenue in Fredericksburg. Installation on
our buildings can create cash flow." Installed solar panels are money makers for schools, the Cincinnati
Zoo, professional football teams like the Redskins, Seahawks, and Eagles, business and home owners, says Muhammedd. The
Independent Green Party candidate for Ward 4 says Fredericksburg can benefit too.
Independent Green Party calls attention to Climate Change impact on Virginia
26 nov 13 @ 10:31 am est
Report outlines impact of climate change on Virginia, Southeast
Longer, hotter summers, more heat waves, more floods, water supply stresses, worsening air quality, more crop damage,
an uptick in asthma and respiratory ills — this is a taste of what Hampton Roads and the rest of the Southeast can expect as the region bears the brunt of rapid climate change, according
to a new report.
the report states, all those impacts are in addition to a big hike in sea level and more intense hurricanes that climate scientists
have warned for years could devastate the mid-Atlantic.
"I think people should be really concerned, especially in
the coastal areas," climate expert Chip Konrad said in a recent phone interview.
Konrad is a principal author of "Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability,
Change, Impacts and Vulnerability," a 358-page report that compiles existing research and climate models — a collaboration
among three Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment centers funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is also director of the Southeast Regional Climate
Center and an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Among the report's projections:
• A hike in sea level by 1 to 5 feet by the
end of the century, with increased coastal flooding and tidal surges;
• Average annual temperatures warming by as much as 9 degrees fahrenheit
through the rest of the century;
• Fewer cold days, with the freeze-free season extended by as much as a month by mid-century;
• More days with temperatures exceeding
95 degrees, and a doubling or tripling in the number of heat waves;
• More crop damage from heat stress and drought; and
• Declining air quality, and an increase in
basic finding," said climate expert Keith Ingram "is that climate variability is already affecting the Southeastern
U.S. and a changing climate is projected to increasingly affect the region in the next 20 years and beyond."
Ingram is director of the Southeast Climate
Consortium with the department of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Florida.
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Scientists have increasingly
sounded alarms over the various impacts of climate change for years. While a changing climate is part of the planet's normal
cycle, many scientists today believe the rapid escalation of that change — in particular warmer temperatures and rising
seas — is largely due to dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. They are trying to get
a handle on what changes to expect from one region to the next.
"When we look at these general circulation models, we see a different range of
scenarios," Konrad said.
interior of the region is expected to warm the most, for instance, while the report says coastal temperatures could be moderated
by factors such as sea winds.
not all changes associated with climate change are necessarily bad, Konrad said. But they could come with trade-offs.
Residents might welcome fewer
snow and ice events, for instance, but there are many crops that need a certain amount of chilling hours in winter. And lower
heating bills could be offset by an increase in air-conditioning costs.
Areas that get more precipitation can also expect more flooding, which would
impact water quality and wetlands.
Konrad said air quality would suffer with higher temperatures and more sunny days, which control the amount of ozone
in the atmosphere. General circulation models project more days with a stagnant atmosphere, so pollutants can build up in
populated areas with no ventilation to disperse it.
The report didn't specifically address the impact on wildlife, but a report earlier in the year
from the National Wildlife Federationnoted that climate change is "the single biggest threat to wildlife in this century."
According to "Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting
the Climate Crisis," the biggest economic hit in Virginia could be on its $50 billion agriculture industry, which is
not only heavily dependent on weather but on pollinators — e.g., butterflies and bees — that are highly sensitive
to changes in climate.
increases are already having an impact, the NWF report said, from the Shenandoah salamander and brook trout in higher elevations
to shellfish in the Chesapeake Bay.
Konrad said their report is geared toward many audiences, from residents to industry to policymakers.
"So they can be more on the radar, and
can be adapting and thinking about the future," Konrad said. "I think there's something in there for everybody."
Dietrich can be reached by phone at 757-247-7892.http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-climate-stress-southeast-20131125,0,6637712.story
Dr. Molly Scott Cato - economist - Green Party candidate
26 nov 13 @ 9:57 am est
Party European election candidate to launch party campaign in Weymouth
Scott Cato, the lead Green Party candidate in the South West for next year's European election will be visiting Weymouth to
launch the party's campaign in Dorset.
Ms Scott Cato, an international expert on green economics and a professor at the University
of Roehampton's Business School, visited the town earlier in the year to give a talk about the banking crisis.
She will be in Weymouth
from 2.30pm - 4.30pm this Saturday with the Green Party's first peer, Jenny Jones, to hear about any concerns residents may
have on issues relating to the European Parliament.
They will be joined by members of West and South Dorset Green Party and hope
to meet as many residents as possible. Professor Scott Cato said: “In the last European elections the Green Party was
just 12,000 votes short of winning a seat in the South West and I could realistically be representing this area after the
this is the case, I am keen to understand the issues affecting people in our coastal resorts such as Weymouth. This is a lovely
town but faces many challenges, some of which are directly influenced by European Directives and laws”.
Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak plans second bid for governor
26 nov 13 @ 9:47 am est
Green Party candidate Dennis
Spisak plans second bid for governor
Ohio—Mahoning County educator Dennis Spisak said Monday that he will run again for governor on the Green Party ticket
if a new ballot-access law is overturned.
The 54-year-old Struthers City School Board member received 1.5 percent of the vote as the Green Party’s candidate for governor in 2010. Spisak, who works as a special needs teacher in New Castle, Pa., also has run for Congress and state legislature.
In an interview, Spisak said he probably
wouldn’t end up on the 2014 ballot unless recently enacted rules for minor political parties are overturned in federal
court. The Greens are considering joining the Libertarian Party of Ohio in filing suit against the new law, Senate Bill 193.
Spisak said he’s running
to bolster the Greens’ legal case and to advance issues such as health care and funding for education and local governments.
The Greens’ candidate for lieutenant
governor will be Suzanne Patzer, an information technology supervisor at Columbus State Community College, according to party spokesman Bob Hart.
Hart said his party doesn't plan to run any other
statewide candidates next year.
The 2014 gubernatorial race also includes Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich, Democrat Ed FitzGerald, and Libertarian