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Category: 2009 Winter/Spring Op-Ed

Main Street Must Become Green Street Too!

Main Street Must Become Green Street Too!

by Pete Van, Jr. The green economy is more than just a political campaign issue for the Green Party. In order to effectively address the problem of global environmental repair, it must be recognized as an on going earth concern that will require our attention long after the past November election fades from memory. The issue of ongoing education, training and accountability must be addressed. Funding for initial expenditures is noble, but major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will in…

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Divestment in Israel campaign

Divestment in Israel campaign

by Ruth Weill, former co-chair Wisconsin Green Party As a Jewish Green, I take special interest in Middle Eastern affairs. Back in 2005 the Green Party approved support of the Divestment in Israel campaign. Many in the Jewish community saw this as anti-Semitic and an act hostile to the existence of the state of Israel. I disagree. I feel that the Israeli government is putting Israelis and their country’s existence in harm’s way by continuing to ignore international law while…

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Statehood a viable idea for Puerto Rico?

Statehood a viable idea for Puerto Rico?

by Hector Lopez, Green Party of Connecticut My name is Hector Lopez. I was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, until my family immigrated to the United States when I was fourteen. My father and three uncles survived the Ponce massacre, one of a series of repressive measures perpetrated by United States appointed governors. I currently reside in the state of Connecticut with my family. Puerto Rico’s struggle for liberty dates back to the uprisings of its Native Americans,…

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Es la estadidad viable para Puerto Rico?

Es la estadidad viable para Puerto Rico?

Hector Lopez, Green Party of Connecticut ††Soy Hector L.Lopez. Naci en Ponce, Puerto Rico, Mi padre sobrevivio la “Masacre de Ponce”, una de las medidas represivas perpetradas por uno de los gobernadores impuestos a Puerto Rico.† †La lucha por nuestra libertad se remonta a los tiempos de las insurrecciones de los nativoamericanos de Puerto Rico, las revueltas por los esclavos africanos forzados a trabajar en nuestra isla y la revolucion del 1868 para librarse del colonialismo espanol. El Dr. Ramon…

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Now that he’s won . . .

Now that he’s won . . .

by Carl Arnold, Green Party of New York State All commentators, from mass media pundits to the call-ins on progressive radio WBAI, are using the word ëhistoric’ to describe the election of Barack Obama. Indeed they should. For all the reasons repeated incessantly, everyone should feel profound respect for the watershed nature of this extraordinary event. And yet ó it is not too soon to look beyond. Consider what needs to be accomplished: a realistic, wide-ranging and immediate response to…

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Green Party, †Hello, I am a Green Party member. I am moved by the name Rachael Carson. I am an admirer of many environmentalists and environmental organizations such as Greenpeace. I have followed local and global environmental issues since my youngest days. The effort to (or at least pretend to try to) balance mankind’s most ambitious and self-satisfying goals with deference to our grossly undervalued life support system, namely our planet and cumulative eco-system, is crucial. So, I feel…

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