• Obama hints in his 2013 State of the Union address that he might approve the pipeline; Greens promote the 'Green New Deal' and say environmental groups must stop allowing Dems to take support for granted; Obama's "executive action" to curb climate change won't work if he keeps promoting more oil and gas production
• Green Party members and friends will gather 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the carousel in front of the Smithsonian Institution Building (Castle) on the south side of Mall, at 1000 Jefferson Drive; #ForwardOnClimate Rally begins on the Mall (northeast corner of the Washington Monument) at noon: http://act.350.org/signup/presidentsday
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States has formally endorsed a protest outside of the White House planned for Sunday, February 17, against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Greens from all over the U.S. plan to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the event.
The demonstration has been initially proposed and planned by 350.org and the Sierra Club (http://350.org/en/stop-keystone-xl). The goal is "for thousands to form a massive human pipeline, and to tell the President that we expect leadership on climate change, beginning with a rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline." Arrests for civil disobedience have already been reported at the White House (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/13).
The Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline would carry 800,000 barrels a day of the dirtiest oil on earth to U.S. ports for export. Green Party also opposes the proposed Enbridge pipeline, which would carry Canadian tar-sands oil to the coast of Maine.
Guest: Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2012 presidential nominee
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States will hold a special online GP-TV broadcast during President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 12.
The show, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and 6 p.m. Pacific Time, will be aired on the Green Party's Livestream Channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus).
Viewers will be able to participate in a simultaneous chat about the address on the Livestream page and can also call in with comments and questions after the end of President Obama's speech. Craig Seeman and Starlene Rankin will produce and host the show.
Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2012 nominee for President (http://www.jillstein.org), will be a guest on the show via Skype after the President's speech.
Greens and friends will discuss the State of the Union, expectations for the second term of the Obama Administration, and the Green Party's own plans for the coming year. Issues like climate change, which President Obama discussed in his inaugural speech, will get special attention: is the President serious about curbing global warming, or will he approve the Keystone XL pipeline and continue to promote fossil fuel production?
• The pipelines are intended for Big Oil profits instead of US energy needs; Greens push for Green New Deal to create millions of green jobs in the fight against climate change
• Greens challenge environmental groups on loyalty to Obama, who warned about climate change in his inaugural speech but has boosted fossil-fuel production and undermined measures against climate change
The Green Party of the United States is urging party members and all Americans to organize and join various protests against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in the coming weeks, including a major demonstration in Washington, DC, on February 17.
President Obama rejected the initial application for the pipeline in January 2012 but is expected to approve the renewed application. The multi-billion-dollar Keystone XL would connect the tar-sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada (the world's second biggest pool of extractable carbon) to refineries and seaports in the Gulf Coast.
When Cheri and I ran for office last year, one of our main goals was to build the Green Party and to inspire new leaders to run for office as Greens. Great news! We are succeeding.
With at least eight candidates for office, Greens can gain a significant hold in Wisconsin’s capital city in elections these next two months. Two Greens are running for the Madison school board, at least six are competing for seats on the Madison city council, and the ranks of these endorsed Green Party candidates may soon be joined by several others.
What does this mean for Greens across the United States? Victories in Madison’s elections will show others what can be done. Your support right now can help make Madison an inspiration for Greens everywhere.
One of the leading candidates is Sarah Manski, a teacher and businesswoman running for school board. She has already won the endorsements of elected officials ranging from school board members to Madison’s mayor, county officials, and progressives in the state legislature.
Sarah’s campaign is coordinating activities with other Greens and progressives running for office, and is raising money to hire a campaign manager for this effort.
I urge you to donate right now to Sarah’s campaign. Raising just $5,000 will put a skilled organizer on the ground in Madison from now through the April election.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders spoke out on education at the beginning of the New Year and called for a student debt jubilee and free tuition to state colleges and universities in 2013.
Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party nominee for President: "A student debt jubilee, with forgiveness for all student loans, would be more than just a New Year's gift for students and former students enduring crushing student loan debt while facing dim prospects in today's job market. Freeing students from the debt trap would be comparable to the GI Bill, enacted after World War II, which sent millions of veterans to college and helped jumpstart America's postwar period of unprecedented prosperity. Instead of buying up $40 billion a month in toxic mortgage securities, we should be buying up student loans and forgiving them. Instead of bailing out the banks, whose waste, fraud, and abuse caused the economic crisis, we should be bailing out the students who are the victims of that crisis."
When: Thursday Dec 27 6pm–9pm
Where: 1515 Broadway (map below)
This Thursday, 6pm there will be a teach-in about the Keystone Oil Pipeline and the movement to stop its construction. Furthering the agenda of big oil companies at the expense of the environment, the pipeline would transport an extremely crude form of oil called "tar sands" from a large reservoir in Canada to locations all across North America. This teach-in will be hosted by Catherine Keffer, a former Detroiter and jail-support activist with Occupy Denver, who was recently in Texas working with members of the Tar Sands Blockade.
Ending the Great Recession, not the deficit, is nation's top priority
2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said today that the so-called Fiscal Cliff Talks “need to focus on putting Americans back to work while creating a sustainable economy," and that the U.S. can do that and end the deficit by:
* Restoring progressive taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations, comparable to rates in the Eisenhower and Nixon eras.
* Cutting the waste and excess in the military budget.
* Curtailing rising health care costs by transitioning to a Medicare for All insurance system.
* Investing in a “Green New Deal” that would create the foundation for sustainable prosperity for the 21st Century.
Reports from "anonymous sources" about Syrian chemical weapons recall Iraq War deceptions
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders called the presence of the USS Eisenhower in Syrian coastal waters a dangerous indication that the Obama Administration might be preparing a military intervention. The Eisenhower is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 troops.
Greens voiced opposition to U.S. troop involvement or airstrikes on Syria, saying that a military intervention by the U.S. and/or NATO in Syria would very likely cause far more civilian deaths, without resolving the country's internal conflict, as well as risk a greater war in Syria or in the region.