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    Join Cynthia McKinney in the Bike4Peace cross country tour!

    Posted by dlt on May 21, 2010

    Kickoff Critical Mass Meet at the House of Common Sense, 1193 Pine St., Oakland at 7 AM Sat-24-July-2010 for a day long mass bicycle ride to the state capitol in Sacramento. Or join along the way- say, Rodeo, Fairfield, or Davis.

    World Car-Free Day

    We’re converging upon Washington, DC, riding bicycles from across the continent. Join us for a Continental Critical Mass ride. Plan to arrive by Wed-22-Sept-2010. Meet at 10 AM across the pool from Congress.

    From Cynthia McKinney: Bike4Peace Riders and Hosts needed!

    For a little way or all of the way!!!! Do something different: join me on a cross country bike ride!!!! Please study this route and let me know ASAP if you’re interested in participating all of the way or just a part of the way. Either way, we’d LOVE to have you along for the ride. Here’s the link for the map:

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8x…

    (Just a note of caution: It does take a few seconds for the map to load. Once loaded, you should see blue, red, green, and aqua tabs. Aqua is a starting point, of which there are four; green indicates where we will take a rest day; red is where we will overnight and expect to need whatever facilities anyone can donate. Appropriately situated on the left side of the window is the text description of what you are looking at on the google map. And then below the text is a description of what we will do at each point indicated in a color on the map. The map is interactive and an explanation for each stop is provided. We’d love to fill each area in with who’s going to donate what at each stop along the way—and where it says “rally”, who will be there to give me a word of encouragement—and a massage!!! It reads something like this:

    B4P 2010
    We are making an unsupported bicycle ride from San Francisco to Washington, DC between July and Sept, 2010, led by Cynthia McKinney, six term Member of Congress and 2008 Green Party nominee for President. The ride will demonstrate the bicycle as a transformational tool to solve the problems of Climate Change, Oil Wars, the Health Crisis, and the Economic Crunch. Along the way, riders will facilitate community discussions around the question “How can we support each other to live true to our best values?”

    If you would like to bicycle all or part of the route, plan a convergence ride to meet up in DC on World Car-Free Day 22-Sept, or host riders passing through your community, please e-mail bike4peace@googlegroups.com)

    We’re scheduled to start on July 24, 2010 at the House of Common Sense in Oakland and we’ll end up at the White House, that needs some common sense!!!

    Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us. You don’t have to be a pro biker—I’m not!!! But I have a lot of enthusiasm and a desire to change the world and to change myself. I’ll be a better person at the end of this ride because I’ll have time for introspection, time for hearing new points of view from fellow riders, time for hearing from people in towns I’ve never visited before. This will truly be for me, an adventure of a lifetime. And in the process, we’ll spread a message of truth, justice, peace, and dignity. At a time of seeming global chaos, join us and find tranquility (and probably some new leg muscles) out on the open roads of America.

    Riders will be joining us from Seattle, Vermont, and even from Canada! If you’re willing, we’ll make a way!!!

    Now, maybe you can’t ride with us, but you want to be involved. If so, please take a long look at the map again and consider hosting us overnight in your home, organization space, or place of worship. I know I’ll need someone who can ease my aching muscles just a little. Just know that every donation will be greatly appreciated. If you’d like to donate your time, money, or services, please let me know or contact Ron Toppi directly at ronbikes4peace@gmail.com; or better yet, just go to http://www.b4p.bbnow.org/donate.php to make a donation.

    And at the end, maybe the White House will gain a bit of our good, old-fashioned common sense! No more war, bike for peace!

    Cynthia’s websites:
    http://dignity.ning.com/
    http://www.enduswars.org
    http://www.livestream.com/dignity
    http://www.twitter.com/dignityaction
    http://www.myspace.com/dignityaction
    http://www.myspace.com/runcynthiarun
    http://www.twitter.com/cynthiamckinney
    http://www.facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinney
    http://www.youtube.com/runcynthiarun

    More Info: http://www.b4p.bbnow.org/events.php

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    Tell Obama “No You Can’t!” : Saturday November 12th

    Posted by dlt on December 7, 2009

    Tell Obama “No You Can’t!”
    http://www.enduswars.org/spreadtheword

    Help us get the word out for the Dec. 12 rally against President Obama’s troop escalation plans for Afghanistan!

    This is an emergency protest rally, to take place on Saturday, December 12, from 11 am to 4 pm in Lafayette Park (across from the White House) in Washington, DC. It’s being organized by the End US Wars coalition (http://www.enduswars.org). The speakers list includes Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, Sen. Mike Gravel, David Swanson, Rev. Graylan Hagler, and many others, and musicians will perform. Along with the rally on December 12, the film “Rethink Afghanistan” will be shown Friday, December 11, from 6 to 8 pm at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V Streets NW.

    Because to the short amount of time between President Obama’s Afghanistan speech and the rally, we need lots of help getting the word out far and wide about the Dec. 12 rally. We need to do some ‘guerrilla media’ work to publicize the event and encourage people to attend — or if they can’t attend the rally, to speak out against the deployment of more US troops to Afghanistan.

    Here’s what you can do:

    • Notify friends, neighbors, family, and anyone else you know who might be outraged at the escalation plans. Send them the announcement appended below by e-mail, make phone calls, paste the announcement on your Facebook page.

    • Post the announcement on e-mail discussion lists, community bulletin boards, and blog pages. If you read a news article online about the Afghanistan War, paste the announcement into the ‘comments’ section below the article text.

    • Download and print the 2-per-page flyer, cut it in half, and pass it out: http://www.enduswars.org/Dec12Rally-2.pdf

    • Make a phone call to a call-in radio talk show and tell listeners about the rally. Be sure to mention the web site: End US Wars dot org

    • Write a letter to the editor about your opposition to the Afghanistan War and mention the rally.

    There are lots more people who are outraged by the President’s escalation plans — people of every political stripe. Some people support Obama, but oppose his current policies.

    Let’s reach them, tell them they aren’t alone, and encourage them to join us on December 12 when we send a message to President Obama to “do the right thing”!

    * * * * *

    Tell President Obama “No You Can’t!” send more US troops to Afghanistan

    Emergency Anti-War Rally at the White House against President Obama’s planned military escalation in Afghanistan
    • When: Saturday, December 12, 11 am to 4 pm
    • Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, across from the White House, near the Farragut West Metro Station
    • Organized by End US Wars http://www.enduswars.org

    Speakers for the rally will include Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, former Sen. Mike Gravel, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, author David Swanson, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Capt. Ron Fisher, Gael Murphy (CODEPINK), Debra Sweet (World Can’t Wait), Elaine Brower (Military Families Speak Out), Brian Becker (ANSWER), Mathis Chiroux (Iraq Veterans Against the War), among many other national peace leaders. Musicians Jordan Page, Head-Roc and others will perform. (Go to the website for current list of rally speakers.)

    Join us in our demand that President Obama must announce an immediate ceasefire in Iraq and Afghanistan to end the wars and order our troops home. He must stop Predator drone attacks and covert operations in Pakistan, and he must begin immediate reconstruction and recovery in war torn regions.

    If the President does not meet these demands, he will face intensified opposition, with anti-war candidates prepared to defeat his war policy politically.

    Along with the rally on December 12, the film ‘Rethink Afghanistan’ will be shown Friday December 11, from 8 to 10 pm at Busboys & Poets, 14th and V Streets NW in Washington, DC.

    More information: email contact at enduswars. org or visit http://www.enduswars.org
    For press inquiries, phone: Laurie Dobson, Director, End US Wars (207)604.8988

    Posted in Afghanistan, anti-war, Iran, Iraq, obama, oil, Pakistan, peace, War | Leave a Comment »

    Candidate Comparisons On War

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on October 5, 2008

    Candidate Comparisons
    On War

    McKinney / Clemente

    • immediate withdrawal of troops & contractor
    • cut off all war funding
    • no war with Iran
    Obama / Biden
    • delayed, partial withdrawal
    • authorized all war funding
    • embraced doctrine of pre-emptive warfare
    vote

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, Afghanistan, anti-war, human rights, InternatlLawsTreaties, Iran, Iraq, military, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Comparisons between Obama and McKinney on Key Issues

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on August 4, 2008

    Comparisons between Obama and McKinney on Key Issues

    (Compiled by Bruce Gagnon, member of Maine Greens and Mainers For Cynthia McKinney Committee.)

    Impeachment: Cass Sunstein, an adviser to Barack Obama from the University of Chicago Law School, says that prosecuting criminal conduct from the Bush Administration. risks a “cycle” of criminalizing public service and Democrats should avoid replicating retributive efforts like the impeachment of President Clinton–or even the “slight appearance” of it. Cynthia McKinney, before leaving the Congress in 2006 introduced impeachment resolution against George W. Bush.

    Afghanistan: Obama says we must add 10,000 troops and win in Afghanistan because it is the “right war.” McKinney is opposed to the Afghanistan war and wants us out right away.

    FISA Bill: Sen. Obama voted in favor of the Bush FISA surveillance bill. Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was opposed to the bill.

    Experience in Congress: Cynthia McKinney served 12 years in the US Congress. Barack Obama has been in Congress for 3.5 years. They both served in their state legislatures in their respective states.

    Iraq: McKinney calls for a “quick and orderly” withdrawal of all U.S. forces and mercenaries now occupying Iraq. While in Congress she opposed funding for the occupation. Obama calls for a “responsible” and “honorable” withdrawal and has recently changed his withdrawal timeline to 16 months after elected. Obama also uses the term “redeploy” which means move many troops onto the big US permanent bases in Iraq and also move many to bases in nearby Kuwait so they can be sent back into Iraq when needed. Obama voted for most Iraq occupation appropriations.

    Military Spending: Obama calls for increasing the military by at least 92,000 troops and supports increases in military spending. McKinney has long been an opponent of increased military spending and while in Congress often took on former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in House hearings demanding answers to her questions about what happened to the $2 trillion the Pentagon lost.

    Public Financing of Elections: Obama recently changed his position and now refuses to participate in public financing of the national election. McKinney supports public financing.

    Trade Issues: Obama’s economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee from the University of Chicago, last February urged the rightwing Canadian government not to pay too much attention to Obama’s campaign critiques of NAFTA, explaining that the candidate’s rhetoric was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy.” McKinney opposes NAFTA, CAFTA and all the rest of the so-called “free trade” agreements, which are “anti-union” and institutionalize corporate profits and priorities.

    Africa: Obama supports the creation of the new Pentagon Africa Command (AFRICOM) saying that the command will “facilitate” fighting terrorism on the continent. McKinney opposes the new command saying “the last thing Africa needs is AFRICOM, U.S. soldiers, or a School of the Americas-type relationship with Africa.”


    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, human rights, Iran, Iraq, military, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Pacific Green Party peace slate

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on March 31, 2008

    Information provided by Joanne Cvar of the Pacific Green Party in Orgegon:

    Below is a forward from Mike Van Handel of Corvallis:

    The Pacific Green Party of Oregon currently has a “peace slate” which includes candidates for 4 out of 5 congressional seats. All of these candidates have expressed their commitment to ending the war in Iraq, and none of those who are elected will be as vulnerable to the pressures to conform to the Democratic congressional leadership’s programs.

    The candidates are:
    John Olmsted, District 1
    Tristan Mock, District 2
    Mike Beilstein, District 4
    mikebeilstein AT yahoo.com
    Alex Polikoff, District 5 info AT votepolikoff.org <mailto:info AT votepolikoff.org>

    For more information on these candidates, see http://www.youtube.com/user/mikevanh. Video clips of Cynthia McKinney at her recent Eugene visit are also available on this site.

    Posted in 2008 elections, activism, anti-war, candidates, human rights, Iran, Iraq, peace | Leave a Comment »

    Green ‘Peace Party’ positions against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars compared to pro-occupation Clinton, Obama, and McCain

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on March 23, 2008

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

    For Immediate Release:
    Monday, March 10, 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

    Greens express support for a May 1 protest by longshore workers against the wars

    WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders today compared the Green demand for an immediate end to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan to the pro-occupation positions of the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.

    Greens said that party members supported protests planned by International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) locals on the west coast on May 1, 2008.

    “Along with the election of Greens to Congress, actions like those planned by ILWU members are what we need to force the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Rodger Jennings, Green candidate for the US House in Illinois (District 12) <http://www.rodgerjennings.org>. “The longshore workers intend to press Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to change their warhawk positions. Like the Green Party, the ILWU has opposed both of President Bush’s wars from the beginning.” Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in 2008 elections, Afghanistan, anti-war, candidates, human rights, InternatlLawsTreaties, Iran, Iraq, military, oil, peace, US corporate interests, US world domination | Leave a Comment »

    “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 »

    Utah vs. Axis of Evil: A Utah bill would ban investment in companies doing business in Iran

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on January 3, 2008

    Tom King of the Desert Greens Green Party of Utah is quoted n this article:

    Utah vs. Axis of Evil: A Utah bill would ban investment in companies doing business in Iran

    By Eric S. Peterson
    Posted 12/27/2007

    One Utah legislator has decided the state is ready to get off the sidelines and join the rumble against global terror by prohibiting the Utah Retirement System (URS) from investing in companies doing business in Iran.

    While the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Julia Fisher, R-Fruit Heights, thinks it’s time for Utah to flex its muscle with Iran, some experts think Utah doesn’t have muscle worth flexing on the issue and shouldn’t try even if it did.

    “The bill is intended to help undermine the economy of Iran, which has provided weapons to insurgents and al Qaeda operatives in Iraq and Afghanistan for use against our forces,” Fisher says of the proposed bill, which recently passed a legislative interim committee.

    News broke earlier this month of a national intelligence report that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program four years ago. The findings directly contradicted President George W. Bush’s repeated statements that Iran was ramping up its nuclear capabilities and ignoring U.S. warnings to stop. But Fisher still agrees with the Bush administration that Iran supports terrorist organizations.

    At the November interim meeting, Fisher invited Utah Highway Patrolman Chamberlain Neff to describe his service in Afghanistan. Neff, then a U.S. soldier, described routinely encountering Iranian weaponry in the hands of al Qaeda combatants during his tour of duty. “My friend Dustin Allison was five days in country when he got IED’d [injured by an improvised explosive device],” Neff said.

    The bomb was made in Iran, Neff said, and not only injured his friend but killed the soldier who was training Allison to be his replacement. The trainer had been in Afghanistan for two years and, had he lived, would have returned home the following week.

    By having URS divest from any foreign companies with Iranian connections, Fisher hopes to strike an economic blow to Iran. Some fear, however, that the legislation will merely contribute to the Bush administration’s bellicose posturing against Iran.

    “It’s disturbing that people in our Legislature are focusing on questionable ‘outside’ enemies,” says Tom King, of Utah’s People for Peace and Justice. King worries this bill just puts Utah in lockstep with national war hawks readying for conflict with Iran. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in anti-war, Iran, oil, US corporate interests | 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?

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    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 »

    Oakland City Council unanimously adopts No War on Iran Resolution!

    Posted by Green Party Peace Network on November 8, 2007

    Greens are encouraged to take the text of this resolution (link below), modify it as necessary, and then approach a city, county or tribal council member to get it brought to the floor. This kind of local action is very empowering.

    The Oakland, CA City Council adopted by consensus, a strong resolution calling on the US government not to attack Iran. About 18 people, representing a good cross-section of the Oakland public, including a number of Iranian-Americans spoke eloquently in favor of the resolution. Everyone talked about the need to abolish war altogether and to work cooperatively to meet human needs in Oakland and everywhere. Following is the link to the text of the resolution.

    http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/17677.pdf

    Posted in anti-war, Iran, nuclear, peace | Leave a Comment »