Support Inclusion of The Green Party in the Presidential Debates

http://www.gp.org/petition

Here’s a summary of the situation. There is a longer explanation on the website.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) says it will make a decision about new debate criteria in October 2015, so speaking out now is critical!

Now is the time for the 58% of American people who say we need parties outside the corporate two party system, to stand up for open debates.

Polls show that 50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican. This means that the Presidential debates as currently managed are locking out the diverse voices and views of half of all Americans.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) may sound like an impartial, public body, but it is actually a private organization run by the Democratic and Republican parties.

Voters have a right to hear directly from their possible choices for the highest office in the land. These choices should reflect the diversity of American political opinion, and not be restricted to two candidates nominated by establishment parties awash in corporate donations and billionaire support.

The need for more voices and more choices can be met by including all candidates who are on the ballot for a majority of voters, a number that has typically ranged from 4 to 6 candidates in total.

Currently they have a criteria calling for a 15% showing in national polls, impossible for third party candidates who aren’t even MENTIONED in most polls!

Sign the petition and show your support for opening up the debates!

Karen Young, GP Co-Chair
*protected email*

Vote for Peace

Dear Greens,

Thanks so much to everyone who came to visit this site during the election season. Thanks for everything that you do for peace and justice and for the planet. If you would like to please join us! We meet regularly at different locations across the state and in different cities. If you would like to support the green party, run for office, increase the visibility of the party or add your own unique voice to the party please visit us at www.pacificgreens.org. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to join us. We need your voices.

For my last blog post I am going back to the beginning back in July of 2014 when Israel was bombing Gaza and I decided to run. I am a peace activist and I have had a long history of working in the peace movement and sometimes it is just too much, even for me, even for what I have seen. The needless bloodshed and destruction in Gaza this summer was one of those moments, and when the Senate voted 100 to 0 to support Israel it told me just what kind of a US Senate we have, once that supports war and violence at all costs, in the absence of evidence, in the absence of cause, in the absence of justice. Here is my voter’s pamphlet statement. Thanks again for your support, criticism, feedback and most of all for your contribution to peace. Christina

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Hi my name is Christina Lugo and I am the Pacific Green candidate for US Senate for the state of Oregon. I am running for Federal office because I am a feminist who is opposed to war. I oppose Senate Resolution 498 which supported the State of Israel during its widespread and massive bombing and shelling of Gaza. I could not support Senator Merkley as I watched hospitals and schools being bombed, families killed in their homes, mosques destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people made refugees in their own homeland.
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Green Party, Green Values

Tomorrow is election day across the country. In over 40 states voters can choose from the Green Party. I am proud to be a member of the Green Party and a candidate representing the party. People often tell me they would vote Green because they believe in everything the Green Party stands for but they are going to vote Democrat instead because they want to vote for a bad candidate rather than a terrible candidate because they believe the Democrat will win. The answer to this problem is always the same, in a democracy whoever gets the most votes wins.

News, Politics and More from a Queer Trans Green Perspective

News, Politics and More from a Queer Trans Green Perspective

The Democratic Party has a long institutional process in this country and it has been seen as the voice of the middle class, minorities and working people. I don’t believe it. The Democrats are a good well intentioned party, but they are not for the working people, they are centrists and they will sell out the poor and minorities and the environment in a heartbeat. Democrats have voted to take our nation to war, Democrats have supported the long occupations in the middle east, they have supported Israel while it was slaughtering the Palestinians. Continue reading

Texas Billionaires Spend Record Money Trying to Eliminate Third Parties in Oregon

Texas and New York Billionaires Double Down on Measure 90 (Top-Two Primary): Massive, Record-Setting Spending
Two Out-of-State Billionaires Pump $4.68 Million into Ads

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Top Two would severely restrict voters’ choices in all November Elections

The out-of-state billionaires continue their assault on Oregon voters. Today, the Yes on Measure 90 campaign was forced by law to reveal yet another $1 million contribution by former Enron energy trader John Arnold (Texas billionaire), bringing his total money to the campaign (so far) to $2.75 million.PGP_Logo_DWG_Twitter Continue reading

Nuclear Free Future

It was only a few years ago the nuclear industry started again with its decade long push to increase the production of nuclear energy through the construction of new nuclear power plants across the country, especially on the east coast. The plans didn’t go far, but reflected the lack of change of both the nuclear industry and the government with regard to nuclear technology. The United States has not drastically changed its policies regarding nuclear weapons or nuclear power since the 1950’s.FestivalLogo400 Continue reading

Protecting the Right to Reproductive Choice

A Woman’s right to reproductive choice is facing the greatest threat to its continued existence since it was implemented in 1973. Across the country states are trying new strategies to take away a woman’s right to choose her own reproductive destiny and put it in the hands of state legislatures composed primarily of old white men. In Tennessee, where I am from originally, that state is trying to pass a law to almost completely take away all reproductive rights for women, in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe or granting states more rights to control women’s bodies.

In addition to this measure there are initiatives and strategies across the country. One of the strategies of the far right is to close down every possible reproductive health clinic in the state, as they have almost succeeded in doing in states such as Mississippi and North Dakota. Another strategy is to target doctors who provide reproductive health services by requiring that they are registered at a facility other than where they provide services, which excludes many doctors from serving in rural areas far from major urban centers. Taken collectively, these actions amount to nothing less than a war on women’s bodies. I believe that women’s rights to the autonomy of their bodies and their right to privacy is fundamental to women’s progress, and I support policies to ensure that women have this right as a federal protection. 82 Continue reading

LGBTQ Civil Rights

I was so proud of Oregon this year when a federal judge overturned the Constitutional ban on equal marriage this summer. It was the result of years of hard work and organizing by countless dedicated individuals who believe that LGBTQ people deserve the same rights as anyone else in all aspects of civil and legal society. The win for equal marriage made Oregon the 18th state to legalize same sex marriage. The rulings are moving so fast, including with the recent Supreme Court deferred decision that now there are over 30 states that legalize same sex marriage.untitled7 Continue reading

IMMIGRATION and the PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

As an Oregonian I am proud that my state has the foresight to put ballot measure 88 on the ballot which would allow undocumented citizens the ability to gain a driver’s license in the state. This kind of enlightened social policy acknowledges the reality that people come to this country out of economic necessity and we benefit from this and people who have come here to escape economic hardship benefit as well as their families.images
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NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PEACE

America has lost her moral compass in the world. In the face of Guantanamo, the NSA, Domestic Spying, Wikileaks Afghan Diaries, Hidatha and Abu Ghraib, people around the world are calling on the United States to cease and desist in our pattern of endless war. We are facing a grave moral crisis in this country. We have lost our way and it is time for us to return to the great democratic principles that are the true spirit of this nation. It is time for us as a nation to face up to the responsibilities we have. We must stop making war on people who have not attacked us. We must apologize to those we have harmed and make restitution and we must work internationally towards peace.untitled6

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Green Party: It’s time to revive the peace movement and oppose the bipartisan policy of endless war

untitled3WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for a new antiwar movement in response to the renewal of U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Greens said that dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region. The open-ended campaign includes more than a thousand U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq. Green Party candidates and leaders strongly condemn the violent extremism of Islamic State militias but asserted that there are ways to respond without military force (see “53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq,” published August 27 by Win Without War,http://winwithoutwar.org/religious-letter-iraq). Continue reading