At this time of crisis, Hawkins’ message is stark:
“Our country needs the Green Party now, because we are living in a failed state, one that is failing us on a multitude of life or death issues, such as the covid Pandemic, and systemic racism, which proves we’re not yet a multicultural democracy. Economic inequality is a life-and-death issue for people on the bottom of the income spectrum. The life or death of the entire planet is threatened by the climate emergency, and by the nuclear arms race.
So stated retired UPS worker Howie Hawkins on July 11, while accepting the presidential nomination of the Green Party of the United States before over 350 online delegates from 43 states. Hawkins had won on the first round with over 59% of the vote against the combined total of 4 other recognized contenders. Also acclaimed was Hawkins’ vice-presidential running mate Angela Walker, a fiery Black queer truck driver from South Carolina.
— Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, 2015
Leftist groups — including the Green Party — have lately been struggling with fissures along identity lines, with race often being the most difficult. A typical conflict goes like this: Alice says Beverly has said or done something with racist overtones. Beverly replies that Alice is the one who is bringing race into it. Alice says that Beverly is suffering from and manifesting white fragility. Beverly answers that actually it is Alice who is now the real racist.
47 years ago women celebrated the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, which stated that the right to abortion was a constitutionally protected right. Since then, both the Democratic and Republican parties have colluded to make abortion more and more inaccessible for poor women, women of color, and women in general. I write this in memory of that bitter history. I also write it because 25% of women have had an abortion and yet we’re expected to be shamed into silence about our experiences; being open decreases the stigma attached to those of us who have done nothing more than made a choice about what we wanted to do with our own bodies and lives.
It was autumn of 2004 when I knew something was going wrong with my birth control pills. I had been on the pill for over 9 years; it was effective and kept my cycle very precise, like clockwork. People who have taken the pill know how it works; you have a 21 day supply of active pills and 7 days of placebos that are there to keep you on track with your daily routine. But at some point, my cycle went haywire — I would be 14 days in and my period would begin! Then I’d be 10 days in and another period! I was getting up to 3 periods a month, which essentially had me menstruating more often than not. Something was very wrong. Continue reading “The Fight for Reproductive Independence Requires Political Independence”
Ethical Consumerism aims to gradually reform our economic system into a more moral one by creating market incentives that discourage exploitation while attempting to encourage the creation of a humane version of capitalism. These individual-based solutions might make consumers feel better about participating in capitalism, but they do not address the structural causes of capitalist exploitation or environmental destruction. The choices of individual consumers are ineffectual within the context of capitalist production. The fundamental error of a so-called ethical consumerism is the fantasy that a more compassionate capitalism is possible.
The Green Party of the United States offers bold alternatives on many fronts. The Democratic Party offers domestic reforms, as long as they don’t challenge fundamental corporate power. Some Democratic presidential contenders call for a Green New Deal, but fail to engage such changes as replacing the sprawling highway system with comprehensive light rail. Democrats have nothing like the Green Economic Bill of Rights which demands healthcare, housing, jobs, income, education, and more as fundamental Human Rights.
But it is in the area of “foreign” policy that the choices are even more stark — as stark as the difference between war and peace! The Democratic Party which fought however tepidly to get the U.S. out of Vietnam, and eventually complained that the murderous invasion of Iraq should be ended forthwith, became upon the election of Barack Obama the party of WAR. Continue reading “The Madness of King Donald.”
— LeBeau Kpadenou Co-Chair, Green Party of Florida
The Green Party of Florida condemns the warmongering being drummed up by the U.S. government against the government and people of Iran, and the insane drive to conflagration in the Middle East.
Donald Trump and his inner circle — which includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton —claim that Iran attacked “Japanese-related” shipping while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The incident derailed any attempt to defuse tensions between the U.S. and Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation of economic sanctions against Iran and anyone doing business with the Islamic Republic.
The crowded field of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary season further illustrates the need for an electoral process that determines which candidate actually has the majority support of the electorate when more than two people run for the same seat. Majority support is the baseline criterion for the legitimacy of any election in a society that purports to be democratic.
With the seat of Governor Rick Scott still reeking of his stench, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis is making ready to add his own white supremacist aroma. Since the passage of Amendment 4 — the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative — with more than 64% of the vote, DeSantis has been beating the drums for the Florida State Legislature to delay it taking effect on January 8, 2019 by adding “implementation language.” Florida Republicans are conniving to find ways to gut its impact for the over 1.5 million ex-felons (10% of Florida’s adult population, and 21% of potential Black voters) who on that date will be eligible to register to vote.
On December 5, Tim Canova, who had run for Congress as an NPA, filed suit against the Election Canvassing Commission and incumbent Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the disgraced former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman, in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.