Georgia Greens celebrate expanding field of Presidential Hopefuls
Senate vote shows even 'Socialist' Democrat Backs Privatized Schools
With a national Annual Meeting scheduled for this week in St. Louis and Ferguson Missourri, Green Party activists acknowledged today a growing field of hopefuls seeking the Green Presidential nomination for 2016. Besides 2012 nominee Dr. Jill Stein of Massachusettes who filed with the FEC in early July, Bill Kreml of Illinois and Kent Mesplay of California have also announced 2016 campaigns in media statements. Meanwhile Earth First! co-founder Daryl Cherney and California Party activist KCM Curry have both been testing the waters in an exploratory manner with broadcast media appearances and social media activity.
"It's a bad summer for public education," said Bruce Dixon, Cochair of the Georgia Green Party and managing editor of Black Agenda Report. The US Senate this past Thursday reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including provisions to lock in Common Core, to make high stakes testing and run-the-school-like-a-business polices mandatory, and to require school districts to speed up efforts to privatize public education. "Elected Republicans and elected Democrats, including its 'Socialist' member from Vermont, support privatization while the Green Party and its candidates all oppose it."
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Greens to rally for racial justice at Ferguson Police Dept. during the Green Party's 2015 Annual National Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, July 23-26
The Green Party of the United States will hold a rally across the street from Ferguson, Missouri Police Headquarters on Saturday, July 25, during the party's Annual National Meeting in St. Louis from July 23 to 26.
The rally, which will take place 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., will call for an end to racial injustice, especially the killing of people of color by police and right-wing extremists, the recent burning of Black churches in southern states, deep racial disparities in the justice system, mass incarceration, and unrestrained police-prosecutorial power. Rally participants will show support for black and working class communities all over the country demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and a future free of state oppression.
"When we gather in Ferguson, we'll stand in solidarity with Black communities all over the country, with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and with any community being targeted by their municipality to prop up the prison-industrial complex. The Ferguson police department has been the flashpoint for many injustices and our stand there will be symbolic," said Andrea Mérida, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and member of the party's Latinx Caucus.
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