Green Prez hopeful Stein (G) calls White House role in Blocking Climate Progress “Unforgivable”

English: Jill Stein in 2010

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This morning,Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, issued this statement regarding the role of the White House in blocking climate progress at Durban:

“Unlike my Republican opponents, President Obama professes to believe in science. He knows that America and the world is rapidly rushing to the catastrophic financial and environmental impacts of climate change, and yet he joins the deniers in blocking action to save our children’s future.

Current levels of fossil fuel use are already heading us toward indisputably catastrophic levels of global warming.Yet with emissions rising faster and faster every year, the Obama Administration has shockingly pushed an agreement to do nothing before 2020, ensuring that the critical time window for saving the climate will be missed. That the White House is responsible for this is unforgivable.People are already dying from climate change. Extreme weather changes have already inflicted tens of billions in damage. This is a mere hint of the far greater impacts we are already on track for. The clear solution to the growing worldwide economic crisis is to invest in a sustainable fossil fuel-free economy. This is common knowledge, except among the politicians, oil barons and bankers that profit from the present system.  Continue reading

Prez hopeful Stein (G) condemns White House blockade of Durban climate progress

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, criticized the White House today for effectively killing a legally binding global agreement at the UN Climate Change meeting in Durban. The meeting concludes on December 9th. Stein has called for a Green New Deal to create jobs while reducing climate change.

I condemn the White House’s inaction in the face of a global emergency. The U.S.’ and other rich countries’ inaction on climate change is not only inexcusable. U.S. and global emissions continue to rise, and national legislation to reduce emissions is nowhere in sight. Even when the Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate in 2009-10, efforts to pass even weak legislation to reduce emissions were completely unsuccessful due to the powerful influence of Big Oil and Big Coal on both of the establishment political parties.

The White House’s global position reflects the influence of the fossil fuel companies that continue to dominate the energy agenda of both the Democrats and the Republicans. President Obama has himself supported offshore drilling, including granting permits to exploit the pristine environment of the Arctic,  expanding nuclear power, and promoting the unproven technique of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).  Continue reading

Prez hopeful Stein (G) calls on Obama to veto Defense Authorization as “expensive, un-American”

Jill Stein said today that if she were president she would veto the pending National Defense Authorization Bill as needlessly expensive and because it violates civil liberties by restricting the constitutional right to a fair trial.  Jill Stein also supports major cuts in the “massive, bloated military budget.” Stein is running for president as a Green Party candidate.

Our constitutional liberties have been under attack over the past decade, a victim of this unending war on terrorism. Congress wants to authorize the indefinite mprisonment of American citizens, without charge, and that is wrong – and the very definition of un-American. If elected, I will restore our political and civil liberty protections.

The National Defense Authorization Act would eliminate protections against the use of the military against our own citizens on American soil, as articulated by the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. It would also empower the president and our armed forces to detain U.S. citizens and others without trial based on unsubstantiated suspicions that such persons have been involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001, or have supported Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or  or its coalition partners. Continue reading

2012 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, MD plus 12/3/11 Debate

Vote Green PartyGreen Party 2012 Presidential Candidates Forum: Dec. 3, 7:30 -10 pm, at Vermont Square United Methodist Church, 4410 South Budlong Avenue (corner of Vernon, east of Normandie),Los Angeles, Calif. 90037. To be livestreamed (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Media invited.  More information: http://www.cagreens.org/ga/2011-12/prez-candidate-forum /https://www.facebook.com/events/302578003094973/

The Green Party of the United States will hold its 2012 Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.  The convention will take place July 12 to 15, 2012. Convention web site: http://www.gpconvention2012.com  Delegates from state Green Parties and caucuses in the party’s National Committee voted in November to approve Baltimore as the convention site (http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/irvdetail?pid=627).  The National Committee chose the site using ranked choice voting (also called instant run-off voting; see http://www.fairvote.org), a voting reform the party also recommends for single seat offices like governor and mayor.  Continue reading

Foley Square: Occupy Wall Street tells Prez and Attorney General: No Immunity Deal for Crooks

Update, Saturday at 3:46pm: Police…are blocking sidewalks, shoving people, using netting. Please go support occupiers at Foley Square or at least observe on Live Stream. We must watch over our democracy!

Occupy NYC Live Stream: http://www.livestream.com/occupynyc
(Live comes in and out, in between, showing a meeting room scene)

Global Revolution Live Stream for NYC: http://www.livestream.com/occupywallstnyc
(Appears to be down)

If you cannot see video on these streams, you can at least watch comments and streaming info through chat. Or, follow the action on Twitter at #ows or #occupywallstreet , etc.
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On Bank Transfer Day, November 5, 2011, at 2pm in NYC, Occupy Wall Street marchers are going to make a stand against big banks, and a current political maneuver which may grant megabanks immunity for “robo-signing” foreclosure fraud.

from OccupyWallSt.org, an unofficial website,
connected to the Occupy Wall Street movement:

Don’t Be Big Banks’ Puppet; No Immunity Deal for Crooks
posted Nov. 4, 2011, 11:28 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

To help expose the looming cash-for-immunity deal between the Obama administration and big banks, there will be a march from Liberty Square to the U.S. Court House Building at Foley Square on November 5th.

The march will gather at 2:00pm on the east side steps at Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), and will arrive at Foley Square at 3:00pm. Join the Facebook event page Continue reading

Prez hopeful Stein (G) Opposes Keystone Pipeline, Supports 11/6/11 Climate Change Protest

Photo of Jill Stein in 2010

Jill Stein image via Wikipedia

Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, lent her support today to the pending November 6th protests at the White House against the Keystone XL pipeline:

We are facing a climate disaster and we are witnessing a major failure in leadership at the top. Like Bill Clinton and George Bush before him, President Obama has been dragging his feet on climate protection, and doing favors for the oil industry that will only make things worse. The Keystone pipeline will spew a massive amount of carbon pollution into our fragile atmosphere. It should be stopped.

Both the Canadian and United States Green Parties are on record opposing the pipeline. Since the pipeline involves Canada, the President has the ability to reject it without the need for Congressional agreement. The proposed multi-billion dollar 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline would connect the tar sands oil resources in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States. The pipeline would pose a threat to the Ogallala Aquifer, water source for many millions in the US.  The tar sands deposits are the second biggest pool of extractable carbon on the Earth. Climate scientist James Hansen has said that if the tar sands get extracted it’s essentially “game over” for the climate.   Continue reading

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

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