On Shifting Focus

Speech Delivered by John Rensenbrink on May 19, 2019 at the Annual Meeting of the Maine Green Independent Party in Augusta, Maine Not so long ago we were warned that dire things were in the offing; environmental, economic, and political disasters threaten to put our very survival in jeopardy. But, led by the rich and powerful, people shrugged and put it out of their minds. It’s just doomsday talk, they said. Scientists were blamed for scaring us. But some, very few, took it seriously. Continue reading

Reflecting on Nakba

The Nakba — the expulsion of the majority native Christians and Muslims from historic Palestine from 1947-1949, a dispossession that continues to this day — is the core of the conflict, not the military occupation. For a sustainable and just peace, Palestinian refugees’ international human right to return to their homes in Israel must be honored. And the only plausible way that can happen is if Israel-Palestine becomes one democratic state with equality before the law, the national homes of two peoples. Justin McCabeMay 15, 2019 Continue reading

An Open Letter to District of Columbia Authorities

In allowing coup supporters to lay siege to the Venezuelan embassy, D.C. Police are violating the First Amendment and District of Columbia law At this writing, a rightwing mob of supporters of Juan Guaido, (the self-described, U.S.-named “interim president” of Venezuela, who has no legitimate, lawful claim to that office) has been blocking access to the Venezuelan embassy, located at 1099 30th St., NW, in Washington, D.C., since April 30th. This mob has been actively supported by the Metropolitan District of Columbia Police and the U.S. Secret Service (SS). Continue reading

As the coup in Caracas falls apart ...

... the DC police and Homeland Security step aside as Guaidó's mob attacks the Venezuelan Embassy in the District of Columbia. May 3, 2019U.S. State Department Continue reading

For One Big Union! For One Big Party!

"May Day" or International Workers' Day commands a worldwide celebration of massive marches and events but it is hardly noticed in its country of origin, the United States. I am proud to be a member and a staff member of the Green Party of United States because the Green Party celebrates workers on this special day. In October 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions met in Chicago for its annual convention. The delegates approved a resolution stating “eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labor from and after May 1, 1886”. The resolution continued that if the federal government did not enact legislation enforcing the 8-hour day by May 1, 1888, the Federation would call a general strike. Continue reading

AP reports military coup under way in Venezuela

April 30, 2019 – Shortly after 7:30 EDT this morning the Associated Press reported that  Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed President and defender of democracy in Venezuela, launched a military coup.  The report from AP went on to say "Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said on Twitter that Nicolas Maduro’s government is confronting a small “coup attempt” led by military “traitors” backed by right-wing opponents." Details are extremely scarce. Continue reading

Join The Emergency Venezuelan Embassy Protection Mobilization!

We are calling for a full mobilization of all people of conscience to join us on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. We urgently request that all who can stay overnight on Saturday and/or all or part of Sunday. The powerful mobilization of people across the country who came together at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. Wednesday and Thursday has prevented the take over of the embassy by the Trump administration and their fraudulent puppet government. The Collective has exposed the illegal character of the Trump White House’s efforts to seize this diplomatic compound. The embassy, which is a building owned by the Venezuelan government and covered by the Vienna Convention, has been the scene of a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week vigil that has included rallies, teach-ins, and mobilizations by US peace and anti-war activists who are the invited guests of the Venezuelan government. Continue reading

Report from the International Conference on Monetary Reform

Green Party Member Sue Peters of the Banking and Monetary Reform Committee Attends International Conference on Monetary Reform Several members of the Banking and Monetary Reform Committee (BMRC), have been studying and promoting monetary reform for many years. One BMRC member, Sue Peters, is also an active member of the American Monetary Institute (AMI), the Alliance for Just Money (A4JM), Greens For Monetary Reform, and a NYC neighborhood study/activist group called ‘The Fed Group.’  Continue reading

Activists protect DC Venezuelan embassy from US-supported coup

The Trump-orchestrated plan of creating a parallel government in Venezuela and then simply taking over diplomatic premises is totally illegal. An extraordinary chapter in the ongoing saga of Venezuela has been taking place, virtually unnoticed, at the Venezuela Embassy that lies in the heart of swanky Georgetown in Washington DC. A group initiated by CODEPINK and Popular Resistance, all activists opposed to the prospect of the Venezuelan opposition taking over the Embassy, have been living inside the building for the past two weeks, working side-by-side with the skeletal Venezuela diplomatic staff that has been told by the State Department that they must leave by April 24. Continue reading

Venezuela: Embassy Protection Collective 'the next two days are crucial'

Embassy Protection Collective will refuse to turn over embassy to US puppet government: arrests expected The next two days will be crucial for the protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy Protection Collective is prepared to stay at the embassy for the foreseeable future, for as long as it takes to protect the sovereignty of Venezuela from a coup led by the United States with its fraudulent puppet government that the entire world knows is a farce — unelected and illegal under Venezuelan and international law. We stand with the Venezuelan government and their legitimately-elected president, Nicolas Maduro. Continue reading