Green Acts: McKinney, not Obama, real anti-war candidate; etc..
DC ADVISORY: DC Statehood Green candidates press conference at Wash.
Post’s doorstep, Thur. July 31
THE DC STATEHOOD GREEN PARTY
For immediate release:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party Media Coordinator, 202-518-
5624, cell 202-904-7614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates of the DC Statehood Green Party to hold a press
conference near the front door of the Washington Post on July 31
• DC’s ‘Second Party’ to challenge the Post on apparent policy of
excluding DC Statehood Green candidates from coverage, noting that
Statehood Greens collectively receive more votes than Republicans
• Press conference: Thursday, July 31, 11:00 am on the sidewalk in
front of the offices of The Washington Post, 15th and L Streets NW
in Washington, DC
• Four Statehood Green candidates for partisan office in 2008:
Keith Ware for the US Senate
Joyce Robinson-Paul for the US House
Maude Louise Hills for Delegate to the US House
David Schwartzman for At-Large Member of Council
National Green Party candidates: Cynthia McKinney for President;
Rosa Clemente for Vice President
WASHINGTON, DC — DC Statehood Green Party candidates for local
office will hold a press conference on Wednesday, July 30, 11 am at
the front door of The Washington Post, on the sidewalk near the
corner of L Street and 15th Street NW in Washington, DC.
All media are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. The
candidates will have a sound system for amplification and for music
before and after the press conference.
The candidates will introduce themselves, and will also challenge
the Post over an apparent policy of excluding local DC Statehood
Green and national Green Party candidates from coverage.
On May 29, 2008, reporter Paul Kane wrote in the Washington Post’s
online "Daily Politics Discussion" that his paper has no intention
of covering the Green Party (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
Statehood Greens have complained that the Post routinely ignores or
marginalizes the party’s candidates, sometimes listing their party
affiliation as ‘Other’ in election reports, despite the DC Statehood
Green Party’s major party status in the District and emergence as
DC’s ‘Second Party’ in electoral clout.
DC Statehood Green Party candidates have collectively received more
votes than Republicans in recent general elections for partisan
office, even when the two parties have run the same number of
candidates. In 2006, the five Statehood Green candidates received a
total of 47,421 votes, while the five Republican candidates received
Statehood Green leaders say that the Green Party’s national
presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, and running mate Rosa
Clemente have a chance to place second in the 2008 election, ahead
of Republican John McCain. Ms. McKinney, a former six-term member
of the US House from Georgia, is popular among many DC residents for
her outspoken advocacy of the rights of African Americans and other
people of color, her leadership on foreign policy and the
environment, and her opposition to the Iraq War. In 2006, Ms.
McKinney became the first member of Congress to introduce a motion
to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Ms McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente were nominated at the
2008 Green National Convention, which took place July 10-13 in
The DC Statehood Green Party is an affiliate of the Green Party of
the United States, which is the only national party to endorse DC
statehood in its platform. The Democratic Party deleted support for
DC statehood from its national platform in 2004.
DC Statehood Green Party http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org
Rosa Clemente, candidate for Vice President
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GP RELEASE Greens: McKinney, not Obama, is the real anti-war
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Monday, July 28, 2008
Greens warn that antiwar Americans will waste their votes if they
vote for Obama, citing his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and
the Middle East
• Votes for Green nominees McKinney and Clemente will build a
permanent alternative to the bipartisan war agenda, say Green Party
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that antiwar voters
will not get an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by voting
for presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama on Election Day.
Green leaders urged Americans who oppose the wars started by the
Bush Administration with bipartisan support in Congress to vote
instead for Green nominee Cynthia McKinney, running mate Rosa
Clemente, and Green congressional candidates.
"Millions of voters plan to vote for Barack Obama in the hope that
he’ll bring peace to Iraq and other nations in the region," said
Omar N. López, Green candidate for the US House in Illinois (4th
District) (http://www.omarlopez2008.org). "But his positions are
really ‘McCain-Lite’ — he’ll continue many of the same belligerent
foreign policies as the Bush-Cheney Administration that John McCain
would. Mr. Obama supports a larger military in terms of both
spending and personnel. We want to stop the US from being the
world’s bully, and instead fund a peace dividend to deal with the
economic, energy, and global warming crises."
"We appeal to voters to take a look at the Green Party’s ‘Peace
Slate’ of candidates, with Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente on the
Green presidential ticket. A vote for a candidate who doesn’t
represent your own ideals is a vote wasted," said Mr. López.
Green Party leaders compared the Green antiwar agenda to Barack
• Despite the popular impression that Sen. Obama intends to end the
Iraq War, he plans only to reduce troops over a 16-month period. He
would maintain an ‘under the radar’ occupation to protect US
interests, which is code for the US and British corporate demand for
control over Iraqi oil. (No-bid contracts have already been
anounced for ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP, and Total.) Sen. Obama
promises to shift troops around the region, placing US forces in
countries surrounding Iraq.
• The Green Party and Green candidates support an immediate and full
withdrawal of US troops and military contractors from Iraq, and
control over Iraqi oil resources returned to the Iraqi people.
• Sen. Obama intends to expand the disastrous US war on Afghanistan,
which has already left the country in ruins and continues to
destabilize the region.
• Greens support full US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and an
internationally cooperative investigation and prosecution of those
behind the 9/11 attacks.
• Sen. Obama has repeatedly promised unqualified and uncritical
support for Israel, despite the Israeli government’s illegal
occupation of Palestinian lands and massive abuses of human rights,
including Israel’s recent violation of a pledge to the US not to
construct new homes in a West Bank settlement
• Greens have called for the withholding of all US assistance,
especially billions of dollars in military aid, until Israel
reverses its current policies and adheres to international law,
human rights protections, and UN directives, including withdrawal
from occupied lands and recognition of the Palestinian right of
• Despite promises of diplomacy, Sen. Obama has signed on to the
Bush Administration’s threat of a US or US-backed Israeli assault on
Iran, even though intelligence confirms that the Iranian government
is not using its nuclear power to build weapons.
• Greens have warned that an attack on Iran would bring untold
consequences, including a greater regional or global conflict, and
that the threat itself is an incentive for Iran and other nations to
seek a nuclear arsenal. Greens call for an end to such threats, for
diplomacy and friendship with Iran, and for an aggressive effort
towards regional and global nuclear disarmament, noting the menace
posed by Israel’s and Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons.
The Green Party has also urged impeachment and criminal
investigation of the Bush-Cheney Administration’s numerous abuses of
power in launching the Iraq invasion as well as other actions.
Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership have rejected all
attempts to hold the latter accountable for its crimes.
As US Representative from Georgia in 2006, Cynthia McKinney was the
first member of Congress to introduce motions for impeachment.
"Many Obama supporters don’t realize that the differences between
Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain on foreign policy are actually quite narrow
and based on the same assumptions. Both believe that the US has a
right to occupy other countries, place political demands on their
leaders, and take control of their resources. But other voices are
getting frozen out of the debate, including the Green nominees for
the White House and Congress, whose campaigns are building America’s
permanent peace party alternative," said Carol Brouillet, Green
candidate for Congress in California’s District 14 and founder of
the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information:
• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente ‘Power to the People’ Campaign for
the White House http://www.runcynthiarun.org
2008 Green National Convention, July 10-13 in Chicago, Illinois
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