Sunday, January 29, 2017

Green Party urges mass public pressure to reverse Trump's order Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party is calling for mass public resistance in reaction to President Trump's announcement that he is permitting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to move forward.

"The public protests, on-site camps, direct action, citizens' lobbying efforts, and law suits that persuaded President Obama to reject the KXL and halt the DAPL must resume, with appeals for congressional action to reverse President Trump's decision," said Robin Laverne Wilson, 2016 Green nominee for the U.S. Senate in New York and co-chair of the Green Party Black Caucus.

"Unfortunately, President Obama left the door open for a future president to resume the pipelines. In December, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would seek an alternative route. The Green Party calls new pipelines unacceptable and dangerous in the era of global warming," said Ms. Wilson.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Green Party thanks Obama for Manning, Rivera pardons

Green Party thanked President Obama for pardons for Oscar Lopez Rivera and Chelsea Manning, urges pardons for all other political prisoners and whistle-blowers


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders and activists expressed appreciation for President Obama's pardons for Oscar Lopez Rivera and Chelsea Manning and urged him to use his final days in office to pardon other political prisoners and whistle-blowers.

Greens called for presidential pardons for political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abdul Jamal, as well as whistle-blowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Jeffrey Sterling, and all others who were punished or face punishment for revealing military, government, and intelligence crimes, public deception, and corruption.

Those convicted for whistle-blowing or for political reasons and have already served their sentences should have their criminal records expunged, said Green Party leaders.

Greens said that organizations and individuals who've been working, for many decades in some cases, for the release of those unjustly convicted and incarcerated deserve the deepest gratitude for the pardons.

Statements from Green Party Caucuses

LATINX CAUCUS

"The independence of Puerto Rico has long been a concern of the Green Party's. We are grateful that Oscar Lopez Rivera is free and even more grateful for the long years of resistance and direct action that has pushed for his release. The Green Party's platform has long called for Puerto Rico's independence, as well as for Lopez Rivera's release.

Greens support the right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and independence in conformity with United Nations Resolution 1514(XV) of 1960. Puerto Rico is not free until the island is released from the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) and from colonial status under U.S. rule."

See also the Green Party's national platform: Section 6 at http://www.gp.org/democracy_2016#demForeignPolicy

BLACK CAUCUS

"The Black Caucus stands with the Latinx Caucus, Lavender Caucus, and Women's caucuses in celebrating the release of political prisoners during the final days of the Obama presidency. We stand in solidarity with our comrades who for decades have fought for freedom and democracy.

The Black Caucus asks for pardons and clemency for other political prisoners, past and present to include, Mumia Abdul Jamal, Leornard Peltier, and Marcus Garvey. And as we stand for freedom for Puerto Rico, likewise, we stand with our brothers and sisters in Washington, District of Columbia -- who still have not been freed of the tyranny and colonization that amounts to taxation without representation and a lack of self-determination afforded other US.. citizens in the various states.

Finally, we call for a moratorium on surveillance of Black, Latinx, and other leaders and activists targeted by the FBI and other intelligence agencies."


- Courtesy GP.org