By Don Fitz
In 2017 my Green Papers article, “Any White Cop Can Kill a Black Man at Any Time,” told how St. Louis cop Jason Stockley killed a 24-year-old black man, Anthony Lamar Smith. Though Stockley claimed he had fired in self defense when Smith pulled a gun on him, evidence showed that he had planted the gun after the killing. When Stockley was found “not guilty” protests by thousands in St. Louis lasted for months, just as in 2014 when another white cop, Darren Wilson, killed Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.Read more
Two members of the Allegheny County Council submitted a bill to create a countywide Civilian Police Review Board, similar to the board already in existence in Pittsburgh. A public hearing was held in August by Council, and below is testimony given by a Green Party spokesperson:
Hi, my name is Jay Walker, and I'm the chair of the Green Party of Allegheny County. I represent the more than 1000 registered Green Party members who reside in this county. Our party endorsed an independent review board last September because it exemplified three out of the four pillars that form the foundation of our party.
The topic for the next Black & Green Wednesday Forum is Trauma
Trauma is a deep emotional wound. Children, especially black children, are exposed to too much toxic stress and upsetting situations that impact overall health and well being. What physical changes go on in the body when a person has too much stress? How do personal problems and community issues interact with each other?Read more
Black Community Leader / City Council Candidate brutalized and falsely arrested for recording brutality by the NYPD
BROOKLYN, NY – Community Leader, City Council Candidate and Leader of the Brooklyn Sector of Copwatch Patrol Unit, Anthony Beckford, was brutalized, falsely arrested and had his constitutional rights violated by the NYPD on Friday August 10, 2019 during a Rally in Times Square commemorating the 5th year anniversary of the murder of Mike Brown by police. Mr. Beckford was trying to record an incident of brutality by the NYPD against a protestor, when he became a victim of severe brutality himself by the NYPD and was falsely arrested and charged.Read more
BROOKLYN, NY – Black VegFest, founded and organized by Green Party of Brooklyn member Omowale Adewale, returns for another weekend of vendors of vegan fare, as well as community organizing, entertainment, and more. According to the Black VegFest press page, "The reliance on animals and corporations that push them as commodities has truly hurt our health, savings and our spirituality. The reliance on animals has given us heart disease, debt and moved us further away from building community."Read more
NEW YORK – The Green Party of New York (GPNY) renewed its call for justice for Eric Garner in response to the Justice Department's announcement that it would not bring federal civil rights charges against the New York City Police Department officer responsible for killing Garner, an unarmed citizen, five years ago today.Read more
(LANSING, Mi – June 18, 2019) Lansing, Michigan is crying out for social justice following a brutal arrest of a sixteen year old black female by the Lansing Police Department.
Officers were dispatched to apprehend two teens, a 15 year old male and 16 year old female. The pair were wanted for violating probation and sought as runaways. The sixteen year old was not cooperating with officers. Once cuffed and strapped into the back of a police cruiser, the 16 year old female wedged a foot into the cruiser’s door hinge. Subsequently, a female Lansing police officer struck the cuffed and strapped subject more than a dozen times.Read more
On this Juneteenth, we must confront the impacts of racism dating back to the founding of the United States with the slave trade of Black people brought from Africa, Jim Crow segregation, and policies that continue to this day that cause wealth inequality, disinvestment in Black communities, police violence, mass incarceration, and white nationalist violence.
A pre-eminent African historian, Basil Davidson, credits the initiation of the African slave trade to Columbus. The first license granted to send enslaved Africans to the Caribbean was issued in 1501, during Columbus’s rule in the Indies. Davidson labels Columbus the “father of the slave trade.” African slavery is as old as the European colonization of North America.Read more
2003 African American Outreach Proposal
Presenter: Diversity Committee on behalf of the USGP Black Caucus
We have entrusted ourselves with the obligation of humanity. Our mission is a bold yet necessary attempt to construct a movement in American society in which the very fabric of our existence is maximized to its fullest capabilities. That fabric being democracy is the visionary attempt at governance that in theory edifies inclusion, an evolving market place of ideas, and sustained diversity. Then it is so, by our mission and political nature, that we have wholeheartedly committed ourselves to representing the exploited, discriminated, and disenfranchised populous of America. This ethnic minority although is beyond our representation until they are aware that freedom, by way of electoral revolution, has a new vanguard, The Green Party of the United States. Thus, we realize the importance of outreach. We recognize the end of this movement, as we know it, absent of people of color. Lastly, we concede that we have not done enough and that we vow to do more. Our focus, our commitment, and our sincerity, will be judged by where we place our time and money. With that stated, we must finally accept that the financial support rendered for efforts of outreach to communities of African descent will be the last word on whether this party is different from those that stand in the path of true democracy.
This plan is a project of the Green Party Black Caucus. The Director of African American Affairs will implement this plan under the direction of the GPUS Black Caucus, the Diversity Committee and the Green Party of the United States. The intent of this plan is one of orientation and development as opposed to long-term strategic stabilization. This is an attempt to circumvent the financial restraints of the USGP by empowering the Black Caucus to raise both funds and visibility for the Black Caucus and the Green Party of the United States. Initially, the Black Caucus is seeking the approval of the entire concept, but we are only requesting the funds for the position described herein as well as the monies for the first event. The monies for the following events are contingent upon the success of the fundraising aspect of this plan.
The GPUS Black Caucus, in conjunction with the State and National Green Parties and the Director of African American Affairs, would organize a tour of notable African Americans to speak at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other select schools on issues of specific interest to Black America. Each respective school would work in conjunction with the GPUS Black Caucus, as well the Director of African American Affairs to accomplish this plan by providing the venue (School Auditorium or Coliseum) and financial resources to conduct the forum in exchange for the notable figures that would come to their respective campuses. A nominal fee of between $5 and $15 will be charged for people to witness the most respected minds in Black America discuss issues of interest to our country from an African American perspective. This initiative will provide the exposure to the select group of the African American populous that is most likely to vote, (if given a viable option) and for that matter, those most likely to vote Green in terms of their educational background and age. Moreover, given the notoriety of those that will be solicited it is an expectation that this will be covered by C-Span giving “The Party” the most individual press that it has received save the 2000 Presidential Campaign. (Please see C-Span Video Archive “Tavis Smiley Presents”.) Most important, this initiative gives America the opportunity to see and hear from our own African American Green Party activists, as they will be featured in the forums as well.
”TOUR OF BLACK AMERICA”
Forums on issues from the Black perspective
Possible Forum Venues and Co-sponsors:
1. Washington DC-Howard University
Co-Sponsors: Black Student Union’s from-American University, Catholic University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland. HBCU Co-Sponsors: Bowie State College, Coppin State College, Morgan State College, and The University of the District of Columbia.
2. Atlanta, Georgia-Morehouse College
Co-Sponsors: Black Student Unions from-Emory University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Jacksonville State University.
HBCU Co-Sponsors: Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, and Spelman College.
3. New York, NY-Columbia University
Co-Sponsors: Black Student Unions from- Cornell University, New York University, Pace University, Fordham University, The City University of New York, Manhattan College, Queens College
4. New Orleans, LA-Xavier University
Co-Sponsors: Black Student Union’s from-Louisiana State University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans
HBCU Co-Sponsors: Dillard University
Possible Forum Discussion Topics for the First Event:
1. Black America and the War in Iraq *
2. A discussion on Affirmative Action: *
3. Black America and the Prison Industrial Complex *
4. Jim Crow, Dead or Alive? A discussion on Institutionalized Racism. *
5. Black America on President Bush: A discussion on how the polices of the Bush Administration affect Black America *
6. Capitalism and U.S Foreign Policy: The Black Perspective on American Militarism *
*-TOPICS DERIVED FROM THE NATIONAL GREEN PARTY PLATFORM
Possible Forum Participants:
(All participants are known to be Independents)
Eric Michael & Rev.Marcia Dyson
Gill Scott Heron
Dr. Greg Carr
Jessica Care Moore
Keenan Ivory Wayans
Ossie & Ruby Davis
The Last Poets
With the exception of the initial event, each forum is expected to cover the cost for the subsequent events. Thus, the primary cost of the outreach plan will be $33, 980 for the initial event, the organizer, and the website.
New York, New York
New Orleans, Louisiana
Airfare for Speakers: 500x7x4 (airfare*speakers*4) $14,000
Lodging for Speakers: 100x2x7x4 (hotel*nights*speakers*4) $5,600
Transportation for Speakers: 100x7x4 (travel cost*speakers*4) $2,800
Advertisement and Ticket Master Fee: $4,000
Total Expenses: $26,400
Each venue has a minimum capacity of 1500 seats with the lowest ticket cost of $5. (1500x5x4)
Total Income: $30,000
Difference-Income vs. Expenses: $3,600
Proceeds: 1/3 local GP’s, 1/3 USGP, 1/3 GP Black Caucus
Please note that this budget is a projection of the total cost for the outreach plan. This is not an indication of monies anticipated by the GPUS or the GPUS Black Caucus, as it does not account for additional sponsors. Also note that all possible expenses have been maximized and all profits minimized for cushion room.
To assist in the fulfillment of this goal, we request that the Black Caucus have a website
(gpblackcaucus.org) to advertise the aforementioned forums and to also grow our membership by using this as an avenue of outreach.
Estimated Expenses: $15 per month x 12 Months=$180
Stipend for Webmaster=$400
This proposal will create the position of “Director of African American Affairs”.
The Director of African American Affairs will have the duty of growing African American Green Party membership by fulfilling this plan and instituting other efforts. He or she will be chosen by the Green Party Black Caucus in conjunction with the National Steering Committee. The Director will work in the Green Party National Headquarters and will use the resources (phone, fax, paper materials, computer.) provided therein. This individual will be a member of the USGP Fundraising Committee as a liaison between the GPUS Black Caucus fundraising efforts and the USGP. The Director of African American Affairs will also be the chief liaison between the Black Caucus and the USGP national office. He/she will be responsible for building coalitions between the GP and African American organizations, churches, and notable figures as well as serve as the chief architect of GP events that will attract the African American community.
The Director of African American Affairs shall be paid at a rate of $20 an hour at a maximum of 20 hours per week. This position shall be held for 52 weeks, at the end of this period this program will be reviewed and this position will be renewed or eliminated.
$20 x maximum 20 hours a week x 52 weeks
20,800-Maximum pay (This position does not have any benefits.)
In accordance with the objectives of the above referenced plan, the Director of African American Affairs will need an operating budget. This budget shall include airfare, travel, and any other necessary expenses accumulated as a product of performing ones job. $6000
The mobilization of people of African decent is a necessity for the survival of this party. If it is decided that this is not the avenue in which we should take to change the make up of this party, in sincerity I request, let there be another plan submitted. We cannot continue to be seen by those of African decent as yet another political party patronizing, contrite, and filled with self-righteous social justice rhetoric only for short term efforts to energize a disenfranchised populous. Many refuse to join the party because we, in this respect, are no different from the two major parties. We refuse to discuss the racial implications of issues; we cloak ourselves in platform mandates that go un-funded, and we resist the efforts of many to take the necessary steps to change our homogenous membership. We have an obligation to do more for this party, for this country, and lastly for those who hold on to the Green Party as an opportunity to see the democracy only read about, thought of and dreamt of.