Green Party calls for real withdrawal from Iraq by bringing everyone home

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Green Party welcomes news of troop withdrawal from Iraq, urges further steps for peace

Green Party leaders welcomed the news of the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq by the end of December, calling the presidential order more than eight years overdue.  Greens urged President Obama to let the troops come home to be with their families for the holiday, rather than stationed or redeployed elsewhere.

“We’re glad that President Obama is calling all US military personnel home from Iraq and has ignored Republican demands to prolong the occupation.  The President is honoring a binding Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Iraq that President Bush signed.  The US must make every effort now to help US troops return to their civilian lives, especially those who’ve been wounded or have suffered psychological trauma because of the war.  We owe the troops a great debt and an apology for sending them to fight in a war based on deception and cooked intelligence,” said Carl Romanelli, Pennsylvania Green and member of the party’s International Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/intl).

Greens noted that the withdrawal is the result of the Iraqi government’s insistence and that the Obama Administration was initially reluctant to comply with the agreement (http://www.nationaljournal.com/u-s-troop-withdrawal-motivated-by-iraqi-insistence-not-u-s-choice-20111021).  Continue reading

Veteran’s Day message from a veteran for peace

Statement by Camillo Mac Bica, Ph.D., Coordinator of Veterans For Peace Long Island:

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Article: Who are the Occupy Wall Street protesters? (including political breakdown)

There is an article in the NY Times that reveals a Fordham professor’s survey of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. Thanks to Independent Political Report for the story.

Summary of question about political party identification.
Of 301 adults who responded:

39% said they did not identify with any political party
24% said they were Democrats
11% identified as Socialists
11% said they were members of the Green Party
2% said they were Republicans
0% identified as being Tea Party
12% percent say they identified as something else

[Note: The above were the only choices given. The Libertarian Party was not a choice.]

(excerpt from) The Caucus at The NY Times
Occupy Protesters Down on Obama, Survey Finds
by Marjorie Connelly / October 28, 2011, 1:56 pm Continue reading

Info and updates on Scott Olson – Veteran for Peace assaulted by police at Occupy Oakland incident

Update about 4pm EST Thursday: A local NBC station says that Scott Olson [Scott Olsen] does have a fractured skull, but that as of Thursday morning (California time) he is doing better. Full story, including updates about Occupy Oakland: here.

There is a list of Thursday evening (10/27) vigils for Scott Olson, around the country: here.

Thursday morning update on Scott Olson’s condition: The Business Insider reports that the hospital is telling media to check back at 8:30am Pacific Time (11:30am EST in NY) for an update on Scott Olson’s condition. The Business Insider articulated that Olson “is in critical condition in the hospital and may die of his injuries.”

There is a story about what happened to Scott Olson – who is a Veterans for Peace member and Iraq Veterans Against The War – at the VFP website: here. It includes some suggestions of “What To Do”, with phone numbers for the Oakland police.

Excerpt from BusinessInsider.com
This Video Shows Protester Scott Olsen Moments Before He Was Shot By The Oakland Police
[Video at link above, or at Vimeo: here.]
Robert Johnson and Linette Lopez | Oct. 27, 2011, 5:22 AM Continue reading

Oct 23: Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace event in NYC

Featuring:

Anne Waldman, Eliot Katz, Sahar Muradi, Zohra Saed, The Mast (featuring Haale Gafori and Matt Kilmer), Sara Goudarzi, Bob Rosenthal, Papoleto Melendez, Yusuf Misdaq, Tahani Salah, Jackie Sheeler, Chris Brandt, David Henderson, and surprise special guests.

10/22/2011 update: New additions to the evening’s celebrations:

-Plus!
Guest speaker, the author and investigative reporter, Greg Palast

and
Group reading of Allen Ginsberg’s great anti-nuclear energy poem, “Plutonian Ode.”

Poets for Renewable Energy and Peace (PREP) will be hosting its first public event on the afternoon of Sunday, October 23, 2011, from 1-4pm, at Theater 80 on 80 St. Marks Place in Manhattan. The event is being organized in conjunction with the Howl Festival, which is putting on a series of October events at Theater 80 to raise money for the Howl HELP Fund, which will provide emergency assistance to help community artists with emergency healthcare, housing, and social service needs. Continue reading

Former 4-star U.S General admits to America Foreign Policy Coup

General Wesley Clark explains when we are in a state of permanent war.  He reveals his reaction to informaton that the U.S.was going to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in 5 years–Iraq, Syria,Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran. He goes on to say, “These people [from the Project for a New American Century] took control of the policy of the United States” and recalls a 1991 meeting he had with Paul Wolfowitz who at that time held the number three position at the Pentagon

Babylon asked to endorse Bring the War Dollars Home resolution video

Seven Babylon residents attended the Town Board meeting last night to request Babylon to join the other municipalities that have already endorsed the US Conference of Mayors resolution Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities.  See the rest of the article at Babylon Town Board asked to pass US Mayors Bring the War dollars Home resolution (wilderside.wordpress.com)

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