Green Party Ideas for the Next Mayor of Philadelphia
"The Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) recognizes that around thirty percent of the members of the Democratic and Republican Parties have now chosen two candidates for mayor," said GPOP Chair Glenn Davis following the Green's Membership Meeting on May 27 at Dream House Asian Bistro in Roxborough. "Those two candidates will now be observed and questioned by the great majority of voters, who did not participate in the primary election," continued Davis. "The Green Party has many good ideas, which should be pursued by the next mayor. Therefore our membership has voted to offer some Green Party policies for consideration by Mellissa Murray Bailey and James Francis Kenney. We hope that Philadelphia's voters will evaluate the responses of Bailey and Kenney before deciding between them."
"I believe a Green Party mayor should take a serious look at racial disparities in Philadelphia," said GPOP Treasurer Hillary Kane. "Those disparities are economic, educational, and health-care oriented. Our next mayor should understand that Philadelphia is just one incident away from becoming the next Baltimore. In the past, mass incarceration has been the standard response of mayors elected from either of the two corporate parties. Philadelphia deserves something better from our next mayor."
Julian Robinson, a Philadelphia Community College student who is a member of the GPOP City Committee, said, "I am against stop-and-frisk. It should be ended by our next mayor because police do not have the right to stop an innocent person and check them without a warrant." The Green Party has a history of opposition to stop-and-frisk. The Green Party national platform says, "We condemn the practice of racial profiling by law enforcement agencies, which are guilty of stopping motorists, harassing individuals, or using unwarranted violence against suspects with no other justification than race or ethnic background."
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Latvia elects Green party's Vejonis as President; first Green Head of State in the World
Latvia's parliament on Wednesday elected Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis as the Baltic state's new president, giving the 28th member of the European Union a Green party head of state, AFP reports.
"I would like to improve relations with Russia ... but while Russian rockets and heavy weapons remain in Ukraine, that's not really possible," the 48-year-old Vejonis said after winning the secret ballot in which 55 out of 100 legislators backed him.
He will replace centrist Andris Berzins, who took office in 2011. His victory comes at a time when the small Baltic NATO and eurozone member of two million people weighs security concerns amid heightened tensions with Soviet-era master Russia.
The Latvian president is commander in chief of the armed forces, nominates the prime minister and has the right to propose and return legislation to parliament.
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