The Forgotten Children: Taxpayers Fund Hundreds of Thousands of Unlawful Family Separations Every Year

Family separations at our southwest border reveal the pain when children are forcibly seized by state or federal government agencies. We see the fear and anger, and expect frustration, loss of trust, helplessness and likely lifelong trauma for children, parents and other relatives. In American’s foster care system, an invisible epidemic of taken children delivers the same pain and fear. In 2016, about 687,000 children were forcibly taken from their families and placed with strangers or in group settings where they were more likely to be abused, assaulted, over-medicated or sexually trafficked than if they had not been taken. Experts say 85% of the time that children are removed, the state rationale for placement in foster care has no objective evidence. The driver of these numbers is money, lots of it. Continue reading

Statement by Darlene Elias to the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization of Puerto Rico

S.E. Walton Alfonso Webson of Antigua & BarbudaPresident of United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization of Puerto RicoNew York, NY 10017 Your Excellency, My name is Darlene Elias, and I am a National Co Chair of the Green Party of the United States. Thank you for permitting me to speak before yourself and this prestigious committee. Continue reading

Separation of families

We are witnessing the separation of families at our borders. Babies are being taken away from their parents. We all know that America has a history of separating families. This has to stop. Here in Texas, there are families that are legally seeking asylum only to have their children ripped from them and in some cases their children are detained thousands of miles from their families. Continue reading

Our First Anniversary

The Green Party Youth Caucus (Young EcoSocialists) are celebrating one year since the caucus started bi-monthly Organizer Calls. The video call series, which usually features a guest and discussion on a range of topics, is organized by the caucus Education Committee. In the past year guests have included Ajamu Baraka, Cheri Honkala, Margaret Flowers, Mimi Soltysik, Miko Peled, Mazin Qumsiyeh, and many more discussing topics including anti-imperialism, abolition of the police, single payer, EcoSocialism, disaster capitalism, revolt and insurrection, and campus anti-fascism. Continue reading

Lavender Green Caucus Statement on 2018 Pride Month

This month we celebrate what our community has achieved over the years to give us greater visibility. Our accomplishments include decriminalizing homosexuality, asserting our right to dress as we please and to freely express our gender identity, and to not be bound by conventional expectations around gender and gender expression with regards to attire, hairstyles, and other adornments, de-categorizing homosexuality as a mental illness, same-sex marriage rights, and the ability to name ourselves as we see fit. These accomplishments are beacons of light shining on the hard work we undertook to attain them. We're still facing many challenges in our efforts to obtain full civil rights. Our youth in schools are being denied the use of the restrooms they need. People are forced to leave their family homes because of their sexual orientation or because their gender is not what was assigned at birth. Elders in our community aren't having their medical needs met and many face discrimination in nursing homes. Continue reading

Agreement Reached Between North Korea And United States, Meaning?

Note: The good news this morning that President Trump and Chairman Kim reached an agreement was an important first step to peace on the Korean Peninsula. The agreement was vague but promised more discussions between the nations. The one specific promise of the United States was to stop the military exercises that practiced military attacks, including  nuclear attack and the asssasination of North Korean political leadership, would be halted. North Korea has always opposed these war games, Popular Resistance has consistently called for them to end. Continue reading

The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit

If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests. Continue reading

The Foundation For International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism

The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and diplomatic hegemony. Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the triple evils of racism, capitalism, and militarism. Lenin described imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism. Imperialism has justified mass slaughter, resulting in the US killing 20 million people since WW II. The People of the United States must say ‘no’ to imperialism. Continue reading

Growing up black in America: here's my story of everyday racism

As a middle-class, light-skinned black man I am ‘better’ by American standards but there is no amount of assimilation that can shield you from racism in the US I am a black man who has grown up in the United States. I know what it is like to feel the sting of discrimination. As a middle-class, light-skinned black man I also know that many others suffered (and continue to suffer) a lot worse than me. I grew up around a lot of white people. In elementary school, I remember being told that I was one of the “good ones” – not like the “bad ones” I was meant to understand; I was different. Continue reading

USA cree que el fin justifica los medios / US believes the end justifies the means

La mayoría de los ciudadanos estadounidense creen que su gobierno respecta el estado de derecho. Eso es lo que sus escuelas enseñan. Pero, si uno estudiaría por su cuenta la historia de Estados Unidos, uno se daría cuenta que el gobierno de Estados Unidos cree que el fin justifica los medios. Los libros de historia de Estados Unidos dicen que España le cedió a Puerto Rico como un botín de guerra después de la Guerra Hispana-Americana del 1898. Eso suena inocente. ¿Pero qué realmente sucedió? Continue reading