Green Party: Secretary of Education DeVos's school privatization schemes are bipartisan: Democrats promoted and enacted the same 'reforms'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said today that outrage over Senate's confirmation of patently unqualified Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education was entirely justified -- but the outrage should also be directed at Democratic Party leaders, including ex-President Obama, who worked to enact the same school privatization schemes favored by Ms. DeVos. "Democrats can hardly claim to lead the opposition to the Trump-DeVos agenda on public schools, when they joined Republicans in facilitating charter schools, vouchers, and other programs designed to transfer public education funding to private businesses during the past two decades," said Aaron Renaud, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas and a high school teacher. Continue reading

Green Party: Democrats abdicating their role as the "resistance" to Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders said today that Democrats in Congress are retreating from their claim to be an opposition party during Donald Trump's presidency. "We're seeing this over and over. Just enough Democrats are voting for Trump's appointees to enable their confirmation. In some cases, dangerous and unqualified appointees are getting confirmed with little or no Democratic objection. That's not what an opposition party does," said Laura Wells, 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor of California. Continue reading

Greens endorse Cheri Honkala in PA District 197

Green Party endorses Cheri Honkala for PA State Representative in District 197 Cheri Honkala, candidate for Pennsylvania State Representative in District 197, has been endorsed by the members of the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) at their January 25 General Membership Meeting. Continue reading

Georgia Greens Celebrate Appeals Court Victory

Panel Affirms Reduced Threshold for Presidential Campaigns ATLANTA, February 2, 2017 – Following oral arguments last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed on Wednesday last year's ruling by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, which struck down as unconstitutional Georgia's ballot access regime for Presidential elections. Continue reading

Cheri Honkala announces candidacy, 1/28, 10:00 am

Cheri Honkala Announces Candidacy Before Mural of Former Senator Roxanne JonesPhoto/video with natural sound will include Cheri Honkala’s announcement, comments of endorsement, gathering of community members and supporters with signs, backdrop of Roxanne Jones Mural. Continue reading

Green Party condemns the "Trump Wall of Shame" and other racist executive orders targeting immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States strongly condemned President Trump's executive orders, announced on Wednesday, imposing severe immigration restrictions, expanding the criminalization and deportation of undocumented immigrants, and authorizing construction of a massive border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Greens urged all Americans to reject the "Trump Wall of Shame" and to stand up for the basic rights of documented and undocumented immigrants, racial justice, protected legal status and amnesty for the undocumented, and hospitality for refugees. Continue reading

Green Party urges mass public pressure to reverse Trump's order approving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party is calling for mass public resistance in reaction to President Trump's announcement that he is permitting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to move forward. "The public protests, on-site camps, direct action, citizens' lobbying efforts, and law suits that persuaded President Obama to reject the KXL and halt the DAPL must resume, with appeals for congressional action to reverse President Trump's decision," said Robin Laverne Wilson, 2016 Green nominee for the U.S. Senate in New York and co-chair of the Green Party Black Caucus. Continue reading

Green Party Condemns Schumer's Vote for Torture-Supporter Pompeo

Albany – The Green Party of New York denounced Senator Schumer's Monday evening vote in favor of Mike Pompeo as CIA Director. Citing Pompeo's own statements that CIA officials who engaged in torture were "patriots" and that he would be open to altering a 2015 law prohibiting the government from using interrogation techniques not listed in the Army Field Manual, his portrayal of the "War on Terror" as a religious conflict between Muslims and Christians, claims that Islamic leaders are potentially complicit in terror because they don't speak against it, and appearances on anti-Muslim radio programs – Green officers questioned why New York's senior senator would vote to confirm Mr. Pompeo. Continue reading

Green Party Animal Rights committee commends activist success in shuttering Ringling Brothers

The Green Party Animal Rights Committee applauds activists for decades of pressuring Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus to cease exploiting animals, resulting in the recent announcement that the circus will be shutting down in May. “This will be a welcome relief to the many hundreds of animals who have been stolen from the wild, imprisoned in cages, paraded in costumes, and trained to perform unnatural tricks for the purpose of amusing dwindling audiences,” said Mary Lawrence, co-chair of the GP Animal Rights Committee. Kenneth Field, Chairman and CEO of parent company Field Entertainment, cited declining ticket sales, high operating costs, elimination of elephants from the touring circus, and an increasingly negative public sentiment about forcing captive wild animals to perform as entertainment as factors in the decision to cease. Continue reading

Green Party thanks President Obama for pardons for Oscar Lopez Rivera and Chelsea Manning, urges pardons for all other political prisoners and whistle-blowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders and activists expressed appreciation for President Obama's pardons for Oscar Lopez Rivera and Chelsea Manning and urged him to use his final days in office to pardon other political prisoners and whistle-blowers. Greens called for presidential pardons for political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal, as well as whistle-blowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Jeffrey Sterling, and all others who were punished or face punishment for revealing military, government, and intelligence crimes, public deception, and corruption. Continue reading