Forwarded by the Green Party of the United States
2008 Green national candidates salute, congratulate Green Parties worldwide on the Second Global Greens Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, May 1-4, 2008
The four candidates seeking the Green Party's presidential nomination and one candidate for the vice presidential nomination issued a joint statement of salutation, congratulation, and support for Greens from all over the world gathering in São Paulo, Brazil, for the Second Global Greens Congress, May 1-4, 2008.
Jesse Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay, Kat Swift and vice presidential hopeful Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry are currently touring the US seeking support for the nomination, helping several state Green Parties in their efforts to achieve ballot status, and winning new registrations in the party. The candidates took some time out for a joint teleconference, at which they decided on the message to the Global Greens Congress.
The Green Party of the United States will hold its 2008 National Nominating Convention in Chicago, Illinois, July 10-13
Joint statement from Green presidential and vice presidential candidates on the Second Global Greens Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, May 1-4, 2008
We five national candidates, in line with the Green Party of the United States
1. Commend the Global Greens for helping and supporting the Green Party of the United States, and for helping community leaders run for public office worldwide.
2. Have strongly opposed President Bush's invasion of Iraq and oppose the continued
occupation; and have agreed that, if elected, will conduct an immediate orderly withdrawal from Iraq.
3. Demand an end to US dependence on oil, coal, and nuclear power.
4. Will continue to speak out against proposed anti-immigration bills, through participation in rallies and other actions to protest punitive legislation, such as House Bill 4437, directed at undocumented immigrants and those who assist them: Green national candidates emphasize that immigrants aren’t the enemy, and that people continue to come to US for the same reason people came throughout history -- for a better life.
5. Call for important steps to restore the power of the people:
• Proportional Representation, to ensure that minority populations as well as majorities get fair representation; more information at http://www.fairvote.org
• Legislation guaranteeing the people's right to vote in national elections
• Paper ballot trails to verify all votes and open-source software in all computer voting machines
• Instant Runoff Voting, to ensure that election results reflect the will of the majority of the majority of voters; more information at http://www.fairvote.org
6. Invite members of the Global Greens to attend the US Green Party's upcoming National Nominating Convention in Chicago, July 10-13, and also to make plans to help monitor national elections in the US: while Democrats remained silent, Greens challenged alleged vote manipulation by Republicans in Ohio and New Mexico on Election Day, 2004.
7. Share with the Global Greens Congress that "it's cool to be Green" and that the American public's interest in green living, from compact fluorescent light bulbs to local markets, has boosted interest in our party. We support you and encourage you to remain on the Green cutting edge in your respective nations and local communities
Green presidential candidates:
• Jesse Johnson http://www.jesse08.org
• Cynthia McKinney http://www.runcynthiarun.org
• Kent Mesplay http://www.mesplay.org
• Kat Swift http://www.voteswift.org
Green vice presidential candidate:
• SKCM Curry http://curry08.wetpaint.com/
Green Party of the United States
Green Party 2008 National Convention, Chicago,
July 10-13 http://www.greenparty2008.org