Friday, September 12, 2014

GP RELEASE Green Party supports amendments: ERA, abolition of corporate personhood


Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This release is online at http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/733

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org


Green Party supports new call for passage of the ERA, says proposed amendment on campaign spending should also abolish corporate personhood

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on women's rights, democracy, and electoral reform:
http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-womens-rights.php
http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-democratic.php

• The Green Party will participate in the People's Climate March, Climate Convergence in New York City, Sept. 19-21: http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/732

• Green candidates running in 2014: http://gp.org/elections/candidates/index.php


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States commented on two proposed constitutional amendments that are currently receiving attention:

• The Green Party said that Senate-Judiciary Resolution 19, which would allow Congress to regulate the spending of money on political campaigns, doesn't go far enough, and urges the resolution's supporters in Congress to add language declaring that only natural persons (humans), not corporations, have constitutional rights, and that expenditures of money are not speech.

• The Green Party supports the renewed call for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), ensuring full equality for women under the Constitution.

A rally on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, September 13, will launch the return of a demand for the ERA. The rally, organized by "We Are Women" (http://www.wearewoman.us), will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two Green Party members are among the slated speakers: Cheri Honkala, 2012 Green vice-presidential nominee and co-founder of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, and Ben Manski, former co-chair of the Green Party and co-founder of Move to Amend. For more information about the rally, visit http://rallyhub.wearewoman.us.

Greens called passage of the ERA urgent at a time when reproductive rights and women's access to medical care have come under attack in some states, many single women and their children continue to live in poverty, and pay for women lags behind pay for men. Feminism is one of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party (http://www.gp.org/what-we-believe/10-key-values).

Green Party leaders said that Senate-Judiciary Resolution 19, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) in June (https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/19/text), is a modest step that would partially overturn two recent Supreme Court cases, Citizens United v. FEC (2010) and McCutcheon v. FEC (2014), both of which uphold the power of corporations to influence elections.

Greens said that Congress should fully overturn Citizens United by passing the "We the People Amendment," which makes clear that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights, and that money is not speech (https://movetoamend.org).

"We support the principle that the rights set out in the Bill of Rights should only apply to natural persons and that corporations shouldn't have the right to contribute to political parties and campaigns. This principle is so important to us that the Green Party and Green candidates accept no corporate contributions," said Jesse Townley, Green candidate for Berkeley Rent Board in Berkeley, California (http://jesse4rentboard.org), and co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

The Green Party has held this position since 1996. The party's national platform urges electoral reform that would "[p]rohibit corporations from spending to influence elections, preferably by constitutional amendment abolishing corporate personhood, or as a condition of receipt of a corporate charter by federal chartering of corporations." (http://www.gp.org/what-we-believe/our-platform/17-platform/37-i-democracy)

See also:

Action Alert: Tell the Senate Any Amendment Must Include Ending Corporate Personhood Before They Vote Monday!
Move To Amend, September 9, 2014
https://movetoamend.org/action-alert-tell-senate-any-amendment-must-include-ending-corporate-personhood-they-vote-monday


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• Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/2012/ballot-access.html
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

GP ADVISORY Green Party to join People's Climate March, NYC Climate Convergence, Sept. 19-21‏

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
This release is online at http://www.gp.org/newsroom/press-releases/details/4/732

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org


Green Party to join People's Climate March, NYC Climate Convergence, Sept. 19-21

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Green leaders available to speak on global warming: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-GlobalWarming.php

• Green candidates running in 2014: http://gp.org/elections/candidates/index.php


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders, candidates, elected officeholders, and activists will participate in the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21, (http://peoplesclimate.org) and the NYC Climate Convergence, "a weekend packed with skill-shares, teach-ins, speak-outs and protests from September 19-21 in conjunction with the People's Climate March" (http://convergeforclimate.org).

The two events coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the summit in preparation for the Paris Treaty to be negotiated in December 2015 by the Conference of the Parties (COP), which is part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Green Party's National Committee has endorsed the Climate Convergence (http://www.gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=737). Greens noted that the Convergence brings concrete agenda to a march that offers no specific demands or long-term strategy.

"The United States and the U.N. have failed to address the climate crisis as an emergency that threatens the planet. The corporate sector has dominated all discussion of proposals to stem the crisis. Instead of trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, plans for new oil drilling, and more permission for corporate plunder, we need a national plan of action like the Green New Deal," said Dr. Isa Infante, Green candidate for governor of Tennessee (http://www.isainfante.org).

The Green New Deal is an emergency program of specific solutions for climate change that uses conversion to a green economy to generate millions of new jobs (http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal). It was the basis of Green nominee Jill Stein's campaign for president in 2012. Dr. Stein is one of the featured speakers in the NYC Climate Convergence.

Green candidates have continued to promote the Green New Deal, which was introduced by Howie Hawkins during his 2010 New York gubernatorial campaign. Mr. Hawkins is running for governor again in this year's election (http://www.howiehawkins.org).

"The fight against climate change isn't just a call for a few new policies. We need an overhaul of our political and economic system," said Matt Funiciello, Green candidate for the U.S. House in New York's 21st District (http://mattfunicielloforcongress.org).

"Action against the climate crisis has been stymied by pressure from the same special business interests that are wrecking our economy, depressing wages, and pressing Congress and the White House to repeal labor rights and protections. They intend to make a killing on scarcity caused by climate change through privatization of water and other public resources. The Democratic and Republican parties continue to accede to their demands. The Green Party represents the political front against the two-party corporate-money political establishment that is allowing the brunt of the environmental and economic crisis to fall on working people and the poor," said Mr. Funiciello.

Participants in the People's Climate March will gather in the area north of Columbus Circle (59th Street and 8th Avenue) and will start off at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 21. Over 950 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social-justice and environmental organizations are planning to join the peaceful event.

In an essay published May 21 by Rolling Stone, Bill McKibben warned of the deepening severity of the climate crisis: "Since [President Obama] took office, summer sea ice in the Arctic has mostly disappeared, and at the South Pole, scientists in May made clear that the process of massive melt is now fully under way, with 10 feet of sea-level rise in the offing. Scientists have discovered the depth of changes in ocean chemistry: that seawater is 30 percent more acidic than just four decades ago, and it's already causing trouble for creatures at the bottom of the marine food chain. America has weathered the hottest year in its history, 2012, which saw a drought so deep that the corn harvest largely failed. At the moment, one of the biggest states in Obama's union, California, is caught in a drought deeper than any time since Europeans arrived. Hell, a few blocks south of the U.N. buildings, Hurricane Sandy turned the Lower East Side of New York into a branch of the East River. And that's just the United States." (http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/a-call-to-arms-an-invitation-to-demand-action-on-climate-change-20140521)

See also:

Climate Crisis Connects Us, Climate Justice Demands Unity
By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Green Shadow Cabinet, August 27, 2014
http://greenshadowcabinet.us/statements/climate-crisis-connects-us-climate-justice-demands-unity

People's Climate March (video)
Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of New York
http://www.howiehawkins.org/climate_march

Four principles for climate policy design
By Patrick Mazza, Cascadia Planet, August 28, 2014
http://cascadiaplanet.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-model-set-of-principles-for-climate.html

A Labor Day Message: Paula Bradshaw Calls for Full Employment With a Green New Deal
Paula Bradshaw, Green candidate for the U.S. House in Illinois (District 12)
http://paula4congress.org/a-labor-day-message


MORE INFORMATION

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202-319-7191
• Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
• News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
• Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/2012/ballot-access.html
• Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php
• Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/
• Discussion Forum https://secure.gpus.org/secure/GreenPartyForum
• Google+ http://www.gp.org/google
• Twitter http://twitter.com/GreenPartyUS
• Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
• Facebook page http://www.gp.org/facebook

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog

Green Shadow Cabinet http://greenshadowcabinet.us


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