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THE DC STATEHOOD GREEN PARTY
For immediate release:
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party Media Coordinator, 202-518-
5624, cell 202-904-7614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statehood Greens criticize Del. Norton and her fellow Democrats for
omitting DC statehood from the 2008 Democratic platform draft
• The Green Party is the sole party on the DC ballot that supports
statehood for the District; Statehood Greens, DC’s ‘Second Party,’
will carry the banner for DC statehood in the 2008 election
• Since the ‘Shadow’ Representative and Senator seats were created to
lobby for DC statehood, Democratic candidates for these positions
will be delinquent in their responsibility if they follow Del.
Norton’s call to drop the demand for statehood
WASHINGTON, DC — DC Statehood Green Party leaders and candidates
expressed concern and disappointment over the Democratic Party’s
omission of DC statehood from its 2008 national platform draft at the
request of DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The Green Party of the United States, of which the DC Statehood Green
Party is an affiliate, remains the only national party with ballot
status in DC that endorses statehood for the District, which would
end ‘colonial’ status for DC’s majority African American population
and provide real democracy and civil rights.
The Democratic Party removed DC statehood from its platform in 2004.
In previous platforms, including 2000, the Democrats expressed
support for statehood. The Republican Party has never supported
statehood for the District.
"The Statehood Green Party — not the Democratic or Republican
parties — stands with the people of Washington, DC, in our demand
for the real citizenship, democratic self-government, and full
representation in Congress that all other Americans enjoy," said
Joyce Robinson-Paul, Statehood Green candidate for US
Representative. "We’re dismayed that Democrats — DC’s largest
political party — have abandoned the goal of statehood."
Statehood Greens expressed special disappointment that nonvoting
Delegate Norton requested that DC statehood be set aside and that
Congress should instead grant the District ‘voting rights,’ which is
understood to mean a single voting seat in the US House. All other
citizens of the US are represented by three members of Congress: one
in the US House and two in the US Senate.
"We dispute Ms. Norton’s assertion that DC is ‘not ready’ for
statehood, and we’re unhappy that Ms. Norton’s submission to the
Democratic platform draft omits mention of statehood. We’re as ready
for statehood as everyone else in the US who already lives in a
state," said David Schwartzman, Statehood Green candidate for at-
large member of City Council.
"Unlike the 2004 Democratic platform, the 2008 draft doesn’t even
endorse democratic self-government. The draft says we deserve ‘the
benefits of full citizenship, especially the vote, that are accorded
to citizens of every state’ without explaining what these things mean
or how they’re to be achieved. It’s like saying every child deserves
to be educated but refusing to endorse public schools. ‘Especially
the vote’ is even more ambiguous. We already have the right to vote
for President, for our local elected officials, and for our nonvoting
Delegate to the House, but we’re still being under the boot of
Congress," added Mr. Schwartzman.
Del. Norton claimed that the District is not ready for statehood in
an appearance at a candidates’ forum organized by TENAC (DC Tenants
Advocacy Commission, http://www.tenac.org) on Thursday, August 14.
Statehood Green candidates attended the forum; the Statehood Green
Party has consistently supported rent control and other rights and
protections for DC tenants.
Statehood Greens noted that promoting DC statehood is the special job
of the District’s elected US Senator and US Representative, commonly
called the congressional ‘Shadow’ seats. The District government
maintains these positions to help in lobbying for DC Statehood.
If Democrats elected to the District’s ‘Shadow’ Senate and
Representative seats and Democratic candidates for these seats
acquiesce to Del. Norton and fail to promote DC statehood, they will
be delinquent in their responsibility.
The DC Statehood Party (which merged with the DC Green Party in 1999)
was founded in 1970 to make statehood a goal of the civil rights
movement. Party members assert that DC residents need democracy and
self-determination, which means an end to the power of Congress and
the White House to control local laws, policies, and finances. With
statehood, the District could address problems like housing, health
care, and education without federal government interference.
The DC Statehood Green Party has declined to support ‘DC Vote’
legislation supported by Del. Norton and other members of Congress,
saying that a single voting seat in the US House will not afford
genuine democracy for the District. Only statehood will guarantee
full voting representation in the US House and Senate as well as
democratic autonomy. Furthermore, the DC Vote bill may be found
unconstitutional and overturned if challenged in court, since the US
Constitution expressly limits voting seats in Congress to states. DC
residents have consistently supported statehood in polls.
See "Talking Points, Quotes on DC Voting Rights Bill, DC Statehood,
and Democracy" DC Statehood Green press release, March 22, 2007
The DC Statehood Green Party is now the District’s ‘Second Party’ in
terms of electoral clout. Statehood Green 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 32,658 votes
Comparison of platforms
• 2004 Green Party National platform: "We support statehood for the
District of Columbia. The residents of D.C. must have the same rights
and representation as all other US citizens."
(Note: The 2008 Green Party platform was not approved at the party’s
2008 national convention in Chicago, July 10-13, so the 2004 platform
remains in effect. The 2008 Green platform draft endorsed DC
• Draft 2008 Democratic National Platform (page 50): "Our civil
rights leaders sacrificed too much over the years for us to tolerate
denial to the nearly 600,000 residents of our nation’s capital of the
benefits of full citizenship, especially the vote, that are accorded
to citizens of every state."
• 2004 Democratic Party Platform (page 39): "As we encourage
democracy around the world, we must extend democracy here at home. We
support equal rights to democratic self-government and Congressional
representation for the citizens of our nation’s capital."
• 2000 Democratic Party Platform (page 34): "Just as our country has
been the chief apostle of democracy in the world, we must lead by
example at home. This begins with our nation’s capital. The citizens
of the District of Columbia are entitled to autonomy in the conduct
of their civic affairs, full political representation as Americans
who are fully taxed, and statehood."
DC RELEASE Statehood Greens: Del. Norton & Dems abandon DC statehood
in platform draft
DC Statehood Green Party http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org
2008 DC Statehood Green candidates http://www.statehood4dc.com/home
Maude Louise Hills (Louise Thundercloud), for Delegate to the US
House of Representatives
Joyce Robinson Paul, for US Representative
Keith Ware, for US Senator
David Schwartzman, for City Council, At-Large
Cynthia McKinney, for President of the United States
Rosa Clemente, for Vice President of the United States
GP RELEASE Greens blast military-style police measures, drug-war
violation of citizens’ rights
For Immediate Release:
Monday, August 18, 2008
Greens call military-style police measures and violation of citizens’
rights a "breakdown of law"
• Greens condemn curfews, anticonstitutional police harassment of
innocent citizens in Arkansas and DC, and the War on Drugs as "self-
defeating" in efforts to eliminate crime
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates and leaders called the 24-
hour curfew imposed on the city of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, a
gross violation of the rights of local citizens and a symptom of the
rapid growth of unrestrained police power over the past two decades.
Politicians and law enforcement officials have justified such
measures as part of the war on drugs. Greens have endorsed an
immediate end to the drug war, calling it a catastrophic failure.
"A city that hands its police force a license to trash the
constitutional rights of its citizens is not a city that is upholding
law and order and protecting its citizens. On the contrary,
unlimited police power is a complete breakdown of the law," said
Joshua Drake, Arkansas Green Party nominee for Congress (4th
The curfew in Helena-West Helena
(http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26171820/), a response to the crime rate
in some neighborhoods, empowers officers armed with military rifles
to stop and interrogate citizens without warrent or any semblance of
A similar curfew has been imposed on Washington, DC’s Trinidad
neighborhood, where the police have established checkpoints allowing
officers to question all drivers entering the area. Citizens must
convince the police they have a "legitimate reason" for their
presence in the neighborhood.
"These interrogations and checkpoints are comparable to police
practices in authoritarian regimes and especially apartheid-era South
Africa — which is even more ominous given the fact the residents of
these new ‘Red Zones’ are mostly African American and poor," said
Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s nominee for Vice President of the
United States (http://www.rosaclemente.com). "Such measures also
recall the repression by police and private security firms in post-
Katrina New Orleans, which accompanied the obstruction and expulsion
of mostly poor and black residents from their homes."
"These policies have only empowered criminal gangs involved in the
drug trade, just as Prohibition fed the growth of organized crime.
The ACLU is right — two of our most important freedoms, the right of
mobility and protection against warrantless search and seizure, are
being nullified for the sake of the disastrous war on drugs, in
violation of local law and the US Constitution," added Ms. Clemente.
(August 8 letter from the ACLU of Arkansas to Helena-West Helena
Mayor J.F. Valley: http://www.acluarkansas.org/content/index.php?
Greens noted that curfews and harassment of citizens reflect the
militarization of civilian police departments enacted by the Clinton
Administration in the mid 1990s, with officers trained in military
tactics to fight the drug war.
Along with police militarization and the expanded war on drugs, the
Nixon, Bush Sr., Reagan, Clinton and Bush Jr. administrations also
oversaw the rapid growth of the private prison industry, which
profits from filling up prison cells with more and more inmates. The
outcome has been record incarceration of US citizens, especially of
young African American and Latino men locked up on nonviolent
offenses and plea-bargaining deals.
"Democratic and Republican politicians are equally responsible for
the transformation of civilian police into militias," said Abel
Tomlinson, Green nominee for Congress in Arkansas’ 3rd District
(http://www.abelforcongress.com). "The drug war has very little to
do with drugs — it’s about control, coercion, and power. It’s about
money. America won’t get sane drug laws and law enforcement until
enough Greens get elected to public office to overturn these self-
defeating, unconstitutional policies."
The Green Party supports the principle that governments can best
address crime and drug use by promoting local self-determination and
residents’ ownership of their own communities, observing citizens’
rights, and recognizing that addiction is above all a medical problem.
GP RELEASE: US needs Green energy & global warming solutions, not
Obama or McCain plans
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Monday, August 11, 2008
America needs the Green Party’s solutions to energy and global
warming crises, not the Obama or McCain plans, say Greens
• Greens call rise of gas prices and demand for expanded drilling a
manipulation by oil companies seeking control over US energy policy
WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates and leaders called Barack Obama’s
and John McCain’s positions on energy policy, gas prices, and global
warming a capitulation to corporate lobbies, and urged adoption of
the Green Party’s plan to reduce fossil fuel consumption, generate
new jobs in conservation and new energy sources, and curb the advance
of climate change.
"Both the McCain and Obama energy plans privilege corporate profits
over the urgent need to transforms our nation’s energy policies.
Both Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama are seeking ways to preserve corporate
profits at a time when the future of our planet is at stake," said
John M. Wages, Jr., Green candidate for the US House in Mississippi
(District 1) (http://www.VoteJohnWages.com). "Barack Obama’s support
for nuclear power and ethanol and his recent turnaround on offshore
drilling prove that he, like John McCain, will not challenge the
power and profits of the energy industry. We need the kind of
national leadership on energy and the global warming threat that’s
represented by our presidential and congressional Green candidates."
Exelon, a nuclear power company, is among Barack Obama’s top
corporate donors ((Source: Center for Responsive Politics,
cycle=2008&cid=N00009638). (John McCain’s corporate donor list:
id=N00006424&cycle2=2008&goButt2.x=7&goButt2.y=6) Oil industry
contributions to Democrats and Republicans in 2008 are already
soaring, while the percentage gap between contributions to the two
parties’ candidates, though consistently higher for Republicans, has
begun to diminish (Source:
Greens said that two factors are behind the demand for drilling in
the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) and in offshore areas,
purportedly to reduce dependence on foreign oil:
(1) The oil companies are manipulating prices to create fear among
Americans to win support for drilling in these areas. In fact,
Canada increased its exports to the States by almost 100 million
barrels between 2005 and 2007, thanks to an oil boom in Alberta’s oil
sands, and oil companies have posted record profits recently.
Naomi Klein has written that "drilling in ANWR would have little
discernible impact on actual global oil supplies, as its advocates
well know. The argument that it could nonetheless bring down oil
prices is based not on hard economics but on market psychoanalysis:
drilling would ‘send a message’ to the oil traders that more oil is
on the way, which would cause them to start betting down the price."
(The Nation, July 21, 2008,
(2) Popular fears over gas prices have given the oil industry greater
leverage over measures to curb global warming at a time when fossil
fuel consumption must be drastically reduced.
Furthermore, Exxon Mobil, Texaco, BP, and other companies are using
their increased leverage during the current gas price panic to win
oil production contracts in Iraq, which will prolong the US
occupation indefinitely. Sen. Obama, while promising a reduction of
US troops in Iraq, would leave a residual occupation force to
protect "American interests," which means US control over Iraqi oil
The Green Party has strongly opposed ANWR and off-shore drilling and
trading of carbon caps, and favors bans on new coal fired-power
plants, new nuclear power plants (as well as early retirement of
current nuclear reactors), and all mountaintop coal removal. The
party endorses a reduction by 90% of mercury emissions from coal-
fired power plants by 2012, targeted carbon taxes, investment in
renewable noncarbon-based energy technology, and reduction of CO2 and
SO2 emissions by 80% by 2020. These and other policies are listed in
a recommendation for environmental action for a Green President’s
first 100 days in office (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?
"America’s first priorities must be conservation and efficiency. The
Green Party has an effective plan to reorganize the economy, create
millions of new jobs in conversion to safe clean energy,
conservation, and expansion of public transportation to replace car
traffic," said Rosa Clemente, nominated by the Green Party as Cynthia
McKinney’s running mate for Vice President of the United States
(http://www.rosaclemente.com). "Such an effort should be comparable
to America’s concerted and internationally cooperative effort to
defeat the Axis powers during World War II. But this time we’d be
uniting for peace, since global warming threatens the security of the
entire world in the coming decades."
"Without such an effort, the disaster we witnessed in New Orleans
during and after Katrina will take place on a global scale. Billions
of people will see their homes, livelihoods, health, and lives
threatened, while corporate interests exploit the devastation for
more money and power," added Ms. Clemente.
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