Global Greens Congress Resolution on the Occupy Movement

Approved by the Global Greens Congress, Dakar, Senegal, 1 April, 2012

The Global Greens applaud grassroots movements for self-determination and justice. We view with hope and admiration, recent such movements that are sprouting up around the world, from the Arab Spring to the Spanish Indignants to the Occupy Movement worldwide.

Power structures that are unjust and out-dated are being rejected in every nation, and people arising in one part of our world are giving hope to people in others.

But to bring about truly transformative change, social movements need to affect both attitudes and public policy, and to affect public policy, one has to affect politics. This is a long and worthy process, but one that doesn’t come without risks.

The Occupy Movement is by nature and design an apartisan movement, that is rightfully distrustful of politics as usual. The role of money and corruption in politics is deep and pervasive around the planet, and too often traditional, establishment political parties simply try to ignore or co-opt social movements, rather than empower them.

Like the Occupy Movement, the Green Party has a deep commitment to internal democracy. We believe everyone’s voice must be heard, and that there is a wisdom inherent in our diversity that makes us stronger when we listen to it. Like the Occupy Movement, Greens also believe we have to practice what we preach in our own lives and organizations, in order to create the world we want to live in — in other words, to ‘be the change’ we want to see, including practicing a deep and unshakeable commitment to non-violence.

In the case of the Green Party, in country after county for the last forty years, social movement activists who were not initially interested in electoral politics, but who found that the establishment political parties were unresponsive to their concerns about peace, justice, democracy and the environment, eventually concluded that they needed to start their own, new Green political parties, rather than accept the limitations imposed upon them by the establishment parties. This step was often unanticipated by those who eventually came to this conclusion. But in retrospect, this was a natural evolution from pure activism, to seeking an electoral complement to that pure activism.

Without strong social movements pushing upon politicians, politicians are unlikely to make the changes we need, and we must not sacrifice activism to only do electoral politics. But at the same time, without an electoral complement to social movements, transformative change can often be very difficult to sustain.

Of course, no one political party has a monopoly on good ideas, and we don’t suggest that the Occupy Movement should tie itself to any particular party or parties. But we do believe that it is absolutely critical that strategies to increase democracy and representation should be high on the list of the strategies of the Occupy Movement, because with a greater voice for the people, the other demands of the movement are more likely to occur, and to occur more quickly.

Ultimately greater self-governance, where all people have a say in the decisions that affect them, from the local to the global, is our best hope for humanity — and by extension, for other life on this planet, as the growing and kindred Rights of Nature movement is demonstrating.

With this in mind, the Global Green Party movement stands with people all over our planet who seek that greater voice. Because as we know from our planet’s ecology, all of our fates are inseparable and intertwined.

See: http://www.globalgreens.org/dakar2012/resolutions/occupy-movement

and, http://www.dakar2012.org/

NYTimes Finally Covers Jill Stein!

February 14, 2012, 7:38 am

Five Questions for Jill Stein of the Green Party

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

Throughout 2012, The Caucus will occasionally pose five questions to individuals from across the political spectrum who have special insight into government, policy making and political combat. If there is someone you think should be interviewed, let us know in the comment section below, or send me an e-mail at michael.shear@nytimes.com.

This week’s subject is Jill Stein, a candidate for the Green Party’s presidential nomination. Ms. Stein, a former physician and teacher of internal medicine, writes and speaks about the connections between the environment and health. She ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 against Mitt Romney.

Q. Why are you running for president?

Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate for president, during her campaign for governor in May 29, 2002.Michael Manning/Associated PressJill Stein, a Green Party candidate for president, during her campaign for governor of Massachusetts in 2002.

A. We are in crisis and people are losing their jobs and their homes and their health care and affordable higher education and civil liberties. You name it, they are losing it. We have got a 1 percent that’s rolling in dough as much as ever and the political establishment is not fixing it. The establishment got us into this mess, in both parties. And that’s clear as day. Over 10 years, I have been a recalcitrant political challenger, a recurrent alternative that would not go away.

Q. Is your campaign trying to tap into the Occupy movement?

A. Occupy is very much a part of a broader move for democracy and economic and social justice. That is alive and well around the world. Just look at what is going on in Wisconsin which is directly linked to Occupy. It doesn’t have the name of Occupy, but they slept for three weeks in the statehouse. If that’s not Occupy, what is? The Occupy movement, beneath the surface, represents a political coming of age of a younger generation who have been on the receiving end of a generally exploitative economy. One of those groups to exploit has been young people. They have been exploited in education. The unemployment crisis hits them the hardest. They are bearing the burden for the climate disruptions that are coming down the pike.

Q. Does President Obama deserve credit for health care and other accomplishments?

A. Small time, sure. There are minor improvements. But on the other hand, he took single-payer off the table. He absolutely took a public option off the table. As we found on issue after issue — the war, reappointing George Bush’s secretary of defense, sticking to George Bush’s timeline on Iraq, expanding the war, expanding the drone wars all over the place. And how about bringing Wall Street in, the guys who created the problem, among his first appointments. It was pretty clear right then that this was going to be business as usual on steroids. We’re certainly not more secure, more equitable, more healthy or safer internationally, with what Obama has brought.

Q. What do you think of Mitt Romney?

A. He responds to his electorate. When he’s running in Salt Lake, he’s anti-abortion. When he’s running in Massachusetts, he’s pro-abortion. He responds to his electorate, broadly, except that he remains basically pro-business in a very narrow sense of the word — that is a pro-one-percent big, corporate multinational business. You know what, that’s not so different from the way Larry Summers and Tim Geithner are running the country under Barack Obama. When our governorship changed from Mitt Romney and it went directly to Deval Patrick, who is another poster child for progressive Democrats, no difference. Nothing detectable. Nothing changed in Massachusetts whatsoever.

Q. Is there a difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties?

A. You might look at one party as a rapidly sinking ship and say we’re going to vote for the other guy because the ship’s not going down so fast. We don’t like him but he’s not sinking the ship so fast. But the real question is, if both of those ships are heading for the bottom of the ocean, do you want to be on either of them? No. There’s no question about where those ships are heading if you are looking at the economy.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/five-questions-for-jill-stein-of-the-green-party/

Look out Golden State: Here comes Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein

Let’s take our democracy back from Wall Street. We need a new politics for the other 99% of America that doesn’t collect a CEO’s salary or write big checks for politicians.

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“The Candidate of the 99%” to cheer on Occupy Wall Street protests in 5+ California cities. Green Party events, campaign events, and media interviews also a part of Jill Stein’s first California tour.

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein tours the Golden State this week, with visits planned to Occupy Wall Street protests across northern and southern California, as well as a presidential primary debate before the Green Party of California state convention in Los Angeles. The tour begins Monday, November 28th, and runs through Monday, December 5th (full schedule below).

“The American people are standing up in a way we haven’t seen in generations, and they are providing the leadership that isn’t coming from the political elite,” Jill Stein said. “The people have to take charge because the political parties that are serving the top 1 percent are not going to solve the problems that the rest of us face.”

Jill Stein announced her presidential campaign on Monday, October 24th, before a crowd of supporters at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston. Stein is a medical doctor and prominent health care advocate. Her California tour follows on a statewide tour of her childhood home of Illinois earlier this month.

Please see http://www.jillstein.org for any last-minute changes or updates. Donations to the campaign may be made at https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/donate

== JILL STEIN’S GREEN PARTY GOLDEN STATE TOUR ==

~ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 ~

7:00 – 9:00 pm ~ Meet and Greet with Bay Area Greens ~ Duperrault Clubhouse at Willow Park, 500 West Middlefield Rd., Mountain View, CA

~ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 ~

10:00 am – noon ~ Bike/walk the San Lorenzo River Trail to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ~ Meet at Gateway Plaza, east end by the riverwalk, Junction Hwy 1 and Hwy 9, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

12:30 – 1:00 pm ~ Visit Occupy Santa Cruz

4:00 pm ~ Meetup with OccupySF activists ~ front steps of the Federal Reserve Bldg. 101 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

6:00 – 8:00 pm ~ Occupy San Francisco General Assembly ~ Justin Herman Plaza ~ Market Street at The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94102

~ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 ~

1:00 – 2:00 pm ~ Occupy Napa Kickoff ~ Napa Valley Community College ~ 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway ~ Napa, CA 94558

4:00 pm ~ Occupy Oakland Meetup

6:00 – 8:00 pm ~ Oakland Fundraiser hosted by Kate and Aki Tanaka ~ Music by Eliza Rickman ~ 1019 Harvard Rd., Oakland, CA 94610 ~ Please RSVP: http://www.jillstein.org/green_party_party_in_oakland

~ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 ~

12:30 – 1:30 pm ~ Speech and Discussion Group ~ Napa Valley Community College, 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558

6:00 – 8:00 pm ~ Fundraiser with Mayor Bragman and Vice Mayor Hartwell-Herrero ~ Music by Eliza Rickman ~ The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax, CA 94903. Please RSVP: http://www.jillstein.org/green_party_party_in_fairfax

~ FRIDAY, DEC 2 ~

11:00 am – 12:15 pm ~ Speech to Political Science Academy ~ Rio Americano High School ~ 4540 American River Dr. ~ Sacramento, CA 95864

~ SATURDAY, DEC 3 ~

8:00 am – 7:00 pm ~ Green Party of California General Assembly ~ Vermont Square United Methodist Church, 4410 South Budlong Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90051

7:00 – 9:00 pm ~ GPCA Presidential Candidate Forum ~ Vermont Square United Methodist Church, 4410 South Budlong Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90051. Please RSVP: http://www.jillstein.org/green_party_presidential_candidate_forum

~ SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 ~

8:00 am – 5:00 pm ~ Green Party of California General Assembly ~ Vermont Square United Methodist Church, 4410 South Budlong Avenue, Los Angeles, California

~ MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 ~

7:00 – 9:00 pm ~ Fundraiser hosted by Michael McCue and Jeff Bacon ~ Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606

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Please see http://www.jillstein.org for any last-minute changes or updates.

Donations to the campaign may be made at https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/donate