Hoffman calls out both Bookers for silence on the NDAA

By Madelyn HoffmanDecember 23, 2019 On December 17th, the U.S. Senate, by a vote of 86-8, passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill increases the military budget to an obscene $738 billion. Senator Cory Booker did not vote. Neither did Senators Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders or Warren. How can presidential candidate Booker speak out in a national interview exactly one month ago today about the need to contain military spending and executive power in declaring war and then not vote on the NDAA which both increases military spending and fails to rein in executive power? This is unacceptable -- New Jersey is the loser here. Continue reading

Green New Deal can slow destruction

How do you respond if you believe that the likely outcome of climate change is the collapse of civilization as we know it? This is the existential question that many climate activists and scientists increasingly face. How do you speak the truth without paralyzing people with a sense of hopelessness? Continue reading

Open letter to all 2020 Green Party candidates

The Green Party’s Banking and Monetary Reform Committee (BMRC) wishes to be a resource for all 2020 Green Party candidates seeking a deeper and more critical understanding of the current Federal Reserve monetary system. We believe understanding monetary policy is essential to understanding many of the nation’s (and the world’s) problems  – social, environmental and economic. We encourage you to read our committee website, GreensForMonetaryReform.org. This site explains simply the problem with our current monetary system and the solution, “Greening the Dollar”, found in our national platform. Continue reading

The struggle for democracy in Benton Harbor and around the country

BANCORev. Edward PinkneyDecember 12, 2019 The Rev Martin Luther King must be turning over in his grave over what is happening in Benton Harbor, Michigan and around the country. Today automation, computers, robots and production without our labor is rapidly eliminating the jobs left in our cities. Cities, school system and other public services are being destroyed. Continue reading

Fascists trying to take control of Latin America

Popular ResistanceBy Margaret Flowers & Kevin ZeeseDecember 7, 2019 Clearing the FOG hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed William Camacaro, a Venezuelan activist living in New York City who is active with the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC and organizes food sovereignty tours to Venezuela, on the eve of the December 3 Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) meeting in Colombia. This meeting is the next step in the escalation of aggression towards Venezuela by the United States and its lackey governments in South America. Camacaro explains why this step is being taken, how it relates to current events in Latin America and what people in the United States need to be doing. You can listen to the entire program on Clearing the FOG. Continue reading

Money always talks, but it doesn't always win.

By Laura Wells Big money will be talking plenty between now and November 2020. How does it make us do what it wants, even going against our own self-interest?One of big money's targets will be the "Prop 13 reform" initiative on the ballot in California. Winning Prop 13 reform will have repercussions across the country. The money spent to oppose it will make money spent on other initiatives look like children's lunch money. Continue reading

Statement on Bolivia

In response to the abuses that have been perpetrated by the illegitimate government of Jeanine Anez, that took power in Bolivia in a coup de tat perpetrated by a cabal of the military and the wealthy elite, the Latinx Caucus of the Green Party of the US calls on the OAS, the US government, the United Nations, and all governments of the region to be vigilant in support of democracy. Upcoming elections must be fair and honest. We further call for a halt to the renewed persecution and violence against indigenous people in Bolivia. Since the coup 17 pro-Morales protesters have been killed by the police and about 150 have been injured. Continue reading

Municipal efforts against fracking are grassroots democracy

By Garret WassermannPITTSBURGH – On October 30, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto surprised many of us by finally opposing the petrochemical build-out in western Pennsylvania publicly -- although he was careful to oppose only "additional" development and not the Shell "cracker plant" currently being built in Beaver County. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's response was a very heated rant in favor of fracking and the petrochemical industry. Fitzgerald talked about natural-gas-powered cars, implied plastics are inevitable so should be made here, and demonized a general anti-fossil-fuel stance as "far left" and unreasonable. Continue reading

Occupied Palestine: from BDS to ODS

Popular ResistanceBy Kevin Zeese & Margaret FlowersNovember 17, 2019 We spent the last week in Occupied Palestinian Territory, commonly referred to as Israel, where we traveled around the country to visit communities in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Bethlehem, the West Bank, the Nagab, and more. Continue reading

Lisa Savage: As U.S. senator, I'll stand up to neo-McCarthyism, say 'no' to U.S. wars

Smear campaigns and déjà vu Russia-baiting for anyone who dares mention defense cuts won't stop me Who will stand up to today's neo-McCarthyism? In 1950, a neophyte senator from Maine stood to address the U.S. Senate. Margaret Chase Smith was in her first term, the first woman elected to both the House and Senate, and the only woman in the Senate. It was famously her "Declaration of Conscience." Continue reading