Greenline September 2018
Green Party of Texas Members joined with other organizations and the Manchester Community to address Valero and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently.
They urged that the TCEQ issue fines against Valero for releasing Benzene during Hurricane Harvey and for the TCEQ not approve an amendment to permit 2501A from Valero to increase the amount of Hydrogen Cyanide that can be released into the environment. https://www.wsj.com/articles/valero-houston-plant-underestimated-harvey-benzene-leak-1505432176
GPTX Co-chair Joy Davis, attended and testified at Hartman Park in support of the Manchester Community. "The Valero refinery is located directly across the street from Hartman Park which is a problem in itself. Hydrogen Cyanide has a material safety data sheet and causes headaches, weakness, confusion, respiratory problems, coma, thyroid issues, and death. Every parent that has come forward has indicated their child has Asthma or one of these symptoms". She also stated," Valero should be fined by the TCEQ and should also pay reparations for the damages they have caused the Manchester Community. In the event TCEQ approves this permit to increase the release of Hydrogen Cyanide in the community, they are also complicit in the harming of the Manchester Community".
Mario Salinas of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service stated," When I got home, my eyes and nostrils were burning. I had a slight headache, and my clothing and hair were giving off a chemical smell. I was only at Hartman Park for a few hours. Imagine if you lived in the community adjacent to the Valero plant and you had to deal with these emissions every hour of every day."
GPTX Member, Victor Mendoza, stated to the Valero representatives, "You are killing the community and the safety of your workers are at risk!" He also addressed the safety record of Valero citing concerns for the community and the environment.
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Recently, the Green Party's National Committee voted to endorse the Women's March on the Pentagon Mobilization. We're coordinating this mobilization of Greens to march together, October 21 & 22 in DC or if you can't, march locally in your town. Together we can help build a strong Green Party contingent at the march. The WMOP organizers on their website state our demands: "complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire."
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The Green Party has endorsed a letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that was drafted by the party's Peace Action Committee. The letter, which is appended below, outlines the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and requests that alleged war crimes by Israel that have been reported since June 2014 be investigated by the ICC. The ICC opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine on January 16, 2015. CONTINUE READING
State Green Parties are running statewide candidates in the midterm elections in many states to gain new ballot lines and defend existing ones. Achieving the votes required for ballot access in elections for statewide office is essential for the Green Party’s political survival because it enables other Green Party candidates to run with lower petition requirements, or without petitioning.
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