Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Today memorializes the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's death was undoubtedly one of the most horrific crimes of the century. 50 years later, while reflecting on his life, we must ask ourselves where are we in reference to what he stood and fought for? Examining many areas that Dr. King battled, we can first look at poverty issues. In 1968, only 10% of whites lived in poverty while almost 34%, if not more of blacks were also devastated. Before he died he began organizing a Poor People's Campaign to dramatize the plight of poor folks in America and to signify that as a collective voice they demanded change and action. Continue reading

Black Alliance for Peace Condemns the Murder of Unarmed Palestinians by Israeli Security Forces

APRIL 2, 2018 — A reported 17,000 Palestinians peacefully marched in Gaza on March 30 as they made their historic demand for a right to return to their ancestral lands when they were met by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) snipers who opened fire, killing 17 people and wounding about 1,500. The Great Return March was the beginning of a six-week long protest that was due to end May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe) marking the day 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes by the new state of Israel in 1947. Continue reading

The Time to Oppose War is Now; Greens take Action

Momentum toward war is escalating dangerously with new additions to the Trump war cabinet, John Bolton as national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. Bolton is a war criminal for supporting torture and lying to justify the Iraq war. He and Pompeo oppose the Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo is an aggressive war hawk who would rather seek regime change in North Korea than de-nuclearization. There is a bi-partisan march to militarization. After the Pentagon requested a record amount of spending on war, Congress almost unanimously added tens of billions to the military budget, which is now 57% of US discretionary spending. ‘Russiagate’ continues to foment hatred at Russia and President Putin, and the recent use of a nerve agent to kill a Russian émigré and his daughter in England are leading to talk of greater conflict with Russia. Continue reading

Candidate suppression in Illinois

For the most part, I can be calm about the stacked deck we call elections in the state of Illinois. It's constantly angering, yes, but I can control that anger; I can speak calmly and with dispassion on this issue about which I am so passionate. Today I am having a hard time with that control. Continue reading

Is That a White House Advisor in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Helping Him Fleece Me

It's time to evict the slumlords taking up residence in the Trump White House There are many ways to get federal housing assistance. A person can apply to live in public housing or they can receive a rent subsidy for living in private accomodations. Public housing—of which there are approximately 1.3 million units across the United States—is managed by regional housing authorities. According to the United States Housing Market Conditions Summary, nearly all the people in this housing are old, disabled or have young children. In fact, it might surprise you that more than half of all public housing is occupied by extremely low income elderly individuals or the severely disabled. Most of these folks have an income of less than ten grand each year. If you’ve been paying attention to current events, that means that a publicly housed elderly or infirm guy’s three year income still totals less than the cost of the dining set HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, blames his wife for ordering for his office. Continue reading

Working Americans Need Independent Politics

Do working people have any reliable friends on the political field? We're long past the point where Democrats can claim to be the party of workers. Republicans have never been sympathetic, except in their most mendacious flights of campaign rhetoric. The spectacular victory of the public school teachers' strike in West Virginia, in which they won all their demands, occurred without major-party support. The West Virginia Mountain Party, affiliated with the Green Party, endorsed it on February 18. Continue reading

#PressforProgress: The Time is Now.

Green Women Rising Statement on International Women’s Day In this era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, International Women’s Day 2018 follows a movement that has arisen from the voices of people globally for the rights of women and equality and justice. The public is demanding change as an outcry against sexual harassment, violence, gender gap in wages, and discrimination against women. The time is now. #PressforProgress. Continue reading

A View from the Chute by Charlene Spretnak

Recently I was hurled across the existential divide that separates the millions of people around the world who have experienced a life-threatening extreme weather event from those who have not. In December 2017 unseasonal Santa Ana winds roared off a California desert across two drought-parched counties, not for the usual 48 hours but for more than a week, blowing a brush fire across 440 square miles. It was named the Thomas fire, the largest in California history. Continue reading

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by Elijah Manley

Everyone is pointing fingers left and right. However, nobody is calling out the Broward School Board and the Superintendent for their lack of action on ensuring school safety for the past decade. As a candidate for the school board and a friend of Stoneman Douglas students, I've called for the resignation of the Superintendent. Someone has to take responsibility for this lack of action. With white supremacy plaguing communities of color, we can not back down from defeating this monster. The monster of gun culture, which is rooted in white supremacy and toxic masculinity. We must stand with with the youth of Stonemam Douglas and of the country, who are demanding radical change. Continue reading

In striking distance: Putting your vote over corporate profits! by Jill Stein

Over a year after the historic effort to recount the 2016 vote, our legal team is still at work in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania fighting for an election system that is accurate, secure and just – and free from interference by any intruders, whether foreign or domestic! Towards that end, we now have the exciting opportunity to examine the secret voting machine "source code" – a crucial piece of voting machine software which controls the actual counting and tallying of the votes. Continue reading