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  • GP ADVISORY: Updates on Green Party at Encampment to End the War

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on September 28, 2007

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

    For Immediate Release:
    Friday, September 28, 2007

    Contacts:
    Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
    mclarty@greens.org
    Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,
    starlene@gp.org
    Deanna Taylor, Co-chair, Green Party Peace Action
    Committee (GPAX), 801-631-2998,
    deesings@xmission.com
    Ann Wilcox, GPAX, 202-441-3265,
    wilcox_ann@yahoo.com

    Greens, urging immediate withdrawal of all US
    forces from Iraq, blast Clinton, Obama, and
    Edwards for refusing to guarantee withdrawal of
    all combat troops from Iraq by 2013

    • Reports, upcoming events at the Encampments to
    End the War in DC and other cities

    WASHINGTON , DC — Green Party leaders
    participating in the week-long Encampment to End
    the War in Washington, DC and other cities across
    the US pressed their demands for an immediate
    withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, with a plea to
    Congress to cancel further war spending.

    The events, which will culminate in a march and
    rally on Saturday, September 29, have been
    organized by the Troops Out Now Coalition
    <http://www.troopsoutnow.org>, of which the Green
    Party is a member.

    On Friday, video interviews with Greens at the DC
    encampment will posted on line at the blog page
    <http://gpax.wordpress.com> of the Green Party’s
    Peace Action Committee (GPAX).

    Summary of Green positions on the war:

    • The Green Party of the United States has called
    for full and immediate withdrawal of US troops
    from Iraq and Afghanistan, the occupation of
    which is entering its sixth year; the party
    opposes a US military attack on Iran and warns
    Americans not to believe the new flood of
    deceptive war propaganda.

    • Greens stress that Congress could end the war
    quickly if Democrats refused to move on bills for
    war funding, including the latest request for
    nearly $190 billion the Pentagon says is
    necessary to keep combat troops in Iraq for
    another year. Greens urge Congress to divert
    federal funds from war spending to human needs
    and services in the US, including restoration and
    rebuilding in the Gulf Coast.

    • The Green Party has called for the impeachment
    of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for
    numerous abuses of power, including misleading
    the American people about the reasons for
    invading Iraq. Greens have called the invasion a
    criminal breach of the US Constitution and
    international law, motivated by desire for
    political and corporate dominance in the region,
    control over Iraqi oil and other resources, and
    cooperation with Israel’s aggressive strategic
    objectives.

    • Greens have sharply criticized Democratic
    leaders for supporting the invasion, offering
    vague and delayed timetables for troop
    withdrawal, approving bills for continued war
    spending, and retreating from impeachment. Green
    leaders strongly condemned recent statements by
    presidential aspirants Hillary Clinton, Barack
    Obama, and John Edwards that they could not
    promise the removal of all US combat troops from
    Iraq by 2013
    <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070927/ap_on_el_pr/democrats_debate>,
    warning that the Iraq War (as well as the threat
    of war with Iran) will continue whether a
    Democrat or Republican is elected in 2008.

    Updates from various Encampments to End the War:

    • WASHINGTON, DC: GPAX
    <http://www.gp.org/committees/peace> and the DC
    Statehood Green Party
    <http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org> have set up a
    tent at the encampment site on the Mall near the
    Reflecting Pool. Sarah “echo” Steiner, Florida
    Green and national Green Party co-chair, will
    co-emcee the September 29 rally, which is set to
    follow a mass march. Malik Rahim, former Green
    city council candidate in New Orleans and
    organizer of the Common Ground Collective
    <http://www.commongroundrelief.org>, and Jared
    Ball, candidate for the Green Party’s
    presidential nomination
    <http://www.jaredball.com>, will speak at the
    rally. On September 26, DC Statehood Green
    leaders led a discussion on DC statehood,
    affordable housing, and preserving neighborhood
    libraries threatened with closing. Mr. Rahim
    spoke on Thursday, addressing the national
    response to Hurricane Katrina and rebuilding the
    Gulf Coast. Greens also joined a September 25
    demonstration in front of the White House against
    a military attack on Iran, organized by the
    Troops Out Now Coalition. DC contact: Ann
    Wilcox, 202-441-3265, wilcox_ann@yahoo.com

    • LOS ANGELES, CA: Greens have joined other
    groups setting up a tent city in front of the
    Federal Building, 300 North Los Angeles Street.
    Utah Green Deanna Taylor, who serves as co-chair
    of GPAX, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin
    Moyowasifza-Curry of the Green Party of
    California will speak at a September 29 rally
    outside the Federal Building, which will take
    place after a Mass March to Bring the Troops
    Home. Ms. Curry has announced her Vice
    Presidential candidacy and is a member of the
    party’s Black Caucus
    <http://gpblackcaucus.blogspot.com>. Contact:
    Deanna Taylor, 801-631-2998,
    deesings@xmission.com

    • SYRACUSE, NY: Greens will participate in a
    “Soldiers & Civilians Speak Out” antiwar march
    and rally on September 29, an event initiated by
    New York Iraq Veterans Against the War and hosted
    by the Syracuse Peace Council & SEIU-1199.
    Rebecca Rotzler, former Deputy Mayor of New Paltz
    and former national co-chair of the Green Party,
    will speak at the main rally. A Green Party
    rally to kick off the Green feeder march to the
    main rally will feature Bob Gumbs, veteran and
    Green Party member who has announced his
    candidacy for the 15th Congressional District in
    the US House (Charles Rangel’s seat), as well as
    local Green activists Gary Bonaparte and Aggie
    Lane.. More information:
    <http://www.upstateantiwar.net>,
    <http://www.syracusegreens.org>. Contact: Howie
    Hawkins, Syracuse Green Party, 315-425-1019,
    hhawkins@igc.org

    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
    • 2007 national Green Party meeting in Reading,
    Pa.: video footage, blog and media coverage
    http://www.gp.org/meeting2007/

    Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX)
    http://www.gp.org/committees/peace
    GPAX Blog http://gpax.wordpress.com

    ~ END ~

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    One Response to “GP ADVISORY: Updates on Green Party at Encampment to End the War”

    1. […] Marissa-Catherine Carrarini wrote an interesting post today!.Here’s a quick excerptWASHINGTON , DC — Green Party leaders participating in the week-long Encampment to End the War in Washington, DC and other cities across the US pressed their demands for an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, with a plea to … […]

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