GP Acts: Ill. Statement on Arrest of Gov. Blagojevich; etc..

GP Acts: Ill. Statement on Arrest of Gov. Blagojevich; etc..
RELEASE Ill. Green Party Statement on Arrest of Gov. Blagojevich
(Distributed by the Green Party of the United States, http://www.gp.org)
Illinois Green Party http://www.ilgp.org
For immediate release
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Contacts:
Patrick Kelly, Illinois Green Party Media Coordinator, 773-203-9631
Phil Huckelberry, Chair, Illinois Green Party, 309-268-9974
Illinois Green Party Statement on Arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich
We in the Illinois Green Party are deeply troubled by the arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief-of-staff John Harris.  The Governor is charged with attempting to personally profit from his power to appoint a person to the U.S. Senate.  While we recognize that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, we must also admit that we are not surprised by these allegations.  We have seen a long pattern of pay-to-play from Blagojevich, and indeed, a long pattern of pay-to-play throughout Illinois politics for years.  The long sordid history of corruption in Illinois must finally come to an end.
The Green Party has always stood for accountability, transparency, and clean government through clean elections.  We reject all corporate campaign contributions, advocate for public financing, and have long pushed for at least caps on individual contributions, so that our elections will no longer be pay-to-play.
We call on the Illinois General Assembly to hold an emergency session to:
1) Develop legislation to give the people of Illinois the ability to recall their public officials;
2) Consider the impeachment of Governor Blagojevich;
3) Amend Illinois statute to provide for an open process for filling this and future U.S. Senate seats, preferably through a special election, as the process for filling the current vacancy has been irrevocably tainted;
4) Reform the campaign finance system, banning all corporate campaign contributions, and installing caps on individual contributions;
5) Further reform the campaign finance system to eliminate pay-for-play, by barring or severely limiting contributions from political appointees, and mandating that political committees return donations made from individuals subsequently appointed to public office, boards, or commissions.
These are the first steps which need to be taken to help instill integrity, transparency, and accountability to our state government.
Prepared by Phil Huckelberry, Chair, Illinois Green Party
 
GP RELEASE Greens offer six steps for economic recovery
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org
For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org
Greens offer six big steps for economic recovery
• Greens support workers occupying a factory in Chicago after layoff: bailout money isn’t being used to help working Americans
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders said today that the incoming Obama Administration and Congress should take six major steps to reverse the financial meltdown and restore financial security for Americans.
The steps include a Green public works program, aid for state and muncipal governments, expansion of mass transit, Single-Payer health care, a peace dividend gained by ending the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and an end to the wasteful war on drugs.
Green Party candidates running for local, state, and national office in 2008 promoted many of these ideas even before the crisis precipitated.  In September, Cynthia McKinney published a ten-point list of solutions and reforms in response to the Wall Street meltdown, titled "Seize the Time" (http://votetruth08.com/index.php/learn/mckinney-messages).
Greens expressed support for United Electrical Workers union members occupying a Republic Windows and Doors plant in Chicago after the plant was shut down and they were laid off with three days’ notice and told they had no assurance of receiving severance and unused vacation pay.  The company’s creditor, Bank of America, received $25 billion from the government’s financial bailout package.  Greens said that the bank’s actions, including refusal to allow Republic to give workers 60 days notice (as required by law), demonstrates how bailout money isn’t being used to assist working Americans facing financial hardship.
Six Green steps for economic recovery:
(1) Enact a massive Green public works program, creating new living-wage jobs in conservation (including weatherization and energy retro-fitting); clean and safe energy technologies to replace fossil fuel and nuclear sources and create a carbon-free economy; repair and improvement of America’s deteriorating infrastructure (especially water and sewer systems); and improvement of public schools and Green job training programs.
"The collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 was a result of the neglect and starvation of funds for maintaining infrastructure that was built decades ago.  The ideology of privatization and hostility to ‘big government’ is no longer tenable during the financial crisis — the current White House and Congress conceded as much when they began pushing for bailouts.  Public works programs built America, and public works, with hundreds of thousands of new Green jobs, is what America needs now for economic recovery," said Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President (http://www.rosaclemente.com).
"We’re encouraged that President-elect Obama intends to launch a public works program along these basic lines, but we hope Congress and his own administration don’t undermine and dilute such a program out of traditional Democratic and Republican loyalty to corporate interests and fear of being labeled liberal or socialist.  It’s time to follow the lead of the Green Jobs For All movement," Ms. Clemente added.
(2) Bail out financially ailing towns, cities, and states before bailing out private corporations: millions of public sector and contractor jobs depend on the fiscal security of municipal and state governments.
Greens noted that municipalities and states are businesses that drive state and local economies throughout the US.  They also provide the social safety net that millions of working people need during the current crisis.
(3) Jumpstart our country’s mass transit system, giving people an alternative to cars while saving them money and providing jobs.
"Making autos more efficient will only get us part way toward solving our energy and climate challenges.  We need to get people out of their cars altogether.  Communities need the ability to provide local solutions for mass transprotation: new trains, subways, light rail wherever they fit," said Wes Rolley, co-chair of the Green Party’s EcoAction Committee.
(4) Enact a Single-Payer/Medicare For All national health plan, providing every American with coverage and removing the burden of health care from small and large private businesses.
"The skyrocketing cost of health care under our private health care system has created much of the economic instability as businesses struggle to provide workers health benefits.  If President Obama and Congress have the political will to resist the power of the insurance, HMO, and pharmaceutical industries that siphon their profits off America’s need for health care, the relief that Single-Payer will be a huge economic boost," said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
Single-Payer would cover all Americans regardless of income, employment, residence, age, or prior medical condition, allowing choice of health care provider, and costing working people far less than they now pay for private coverage.  In 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article estimating that Single-Payer could cut health care costs by $350 billion annually (http://www.pnhp.org/publications/nejmadmin.pdf).  Greens sharply criticized Barack Obama during the election season for rejecting Single-Payer out of concern for health insurance companies.
(5) End the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The staggering expense of the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and occupations haven’t only cost American, Iraqi, and Afghan lives.  It also ate up trillions of dollars away that could have been spent on human and environmental needs.  If we call home our troops right now, we can divert the money needed for military occupations to Green public works and other programs to jumpstart the economy — a new peace dividend," said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Lavender Green Caucus.
The Green Party opposed both wars from the beginning and has criticized Mr. Obama’s plans for delayed and partial troop withdrawal from Iraq and for sending more troops to Afghanistan.
(6) End the war on drugs, which wastes billions annually, hasn’t curbed drug use, and ruins lives by incarcerating nonviolent offenders (mostly young, African American, Latino, and poor white) at further government expense.
"The war on drugs is America’s longest and costliest war.  With Afghanistan providing the world’s biggest poppy crop, it’s one of the main reasons the US is fighting a war there," said Cliff Thornton, co-chair of the Green Party and co-founder of Efficacy, Inc. (http://www.efficacy-online.org), which promotes major reforms in drug policy.
Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron has estimated that legalizing cannabis would save federal, state, and local governments $44 billion a year in enforcement costs (http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/mironreport.html).  Governments could collect another $33 billion in revenues by taxing cannabis as heavily as alcohol and tobacco.
MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193
• Tally of Green election victories http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/election-results.html
• Green candidate news http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/candidate-news.php
• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
• 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
"The financial meltdown requires far-reaching Green solutions, say Green Party leaders"
Green Party press release, September 23, 2008
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=107
"The Auto Bailout Shows the Failure of Corporate-Government More than the Failure of Detroit: And Solving it Presents Opportunities for a New Economy"
By Kevin Zeese, OpEdNews.com, November 21, 2008
http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Auto-Bailout-Shows-the-by-Kevin-Zeese-08112\1-683.html
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