It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments.
The Climate of Fear
From Green Papers
by Jennifer Sullivan
It’s never enough. The greed. The downplaying. The usual. Once again the climate of fear that the Twin Powers of Politics have created to play their on going “good cop bad cop” routine has reared it’s ugly head. Trayvon Martin shot in cold blood.
Part of the reason that the Green Party exists is to decry this ongoing injustice!
The story isn’t new. It goes back to when people were purchased, transported & sold out of Africa. It’s the Freedom Riders and the Emmett Till (brutally slaugtered for — gasp — maybe whistling at a white woman). It’s when neighborhood organizers were portrayed as “hoods” by unethical cops & then hunted & killed. Such was the case of Fred Hampton, in Chicago, taken out by the FBI. Being any sort of excellent black leader could fare no better, as we all know, Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X. They were both shot, surprisingly, after they each realized that peace was the answer to violence.
Read more here.
Green Party seeks abolition of prison nation
and police state abuses in the United States
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
Green Party Website
For Immediate Release: Friday, March 16, 2012
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greens promote sane justice system and security policies,
including a halt to the War on Drugs and constitutional violations
2012 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention
July 12-15, 2012 in Baltimore, Md. http://www.gpconvention2012.com
WASHINGTON, DC — As more and more Americans express alarm at the curtailment of rights and privacy and the increasing numbers of citizens locked up in prison, Green Party candidates and leaders are calling for rational security, law enforcement, and justice system policies.
“The US cannot be called a ‘free country’ as long as Prison Nation and Police State abuses are allowed to continue,” said Darryl! Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. “The War on Drugs, privatized prisons, and other outrages have led to America’s record-high incarceration rate, with the proportionally highest prison population in the world. Racial disparities in arrests and sentencing have devastated black and brown communities. Instead of providing safety and civic peace, these policies have eroded our freedoms, safety, and the rule of law.”
Greens pointed to bipartisan landmarks in the growth of the Prison Industrial Complex and erosion of the US Constitution: President Reagan’s efforts to criminalize the poor and people of color, beginning with the Drug War and rhetoric about ‘welfare queens’; President Clinton’s expansion of the War on Drugs, privatization of prisons, programs to train civilian police in military tactics, and the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act; and 9/11, which the Bush and Obama Administrations have used to justify attacks on constitutional rights in the name of the War on Terrorism.
“The billions of dollars made available for Homeland Security and the War on Terrorism quickly became a feeding trough for corporate contractors and lobbies that have a financial interest in the assault on freedom, privacy, and constitutional rights,” said Muhammed Malik, co-chair of the Miami-Dade Green Party and former racial justice specialist at ACLU Florida. Mr. Malik currently works with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition as an advocate for the restoration of civil rights for formerly convicted felons.
Greens listed a set of necessary reforms and reversals of current justice system policies. Read about them
Florida law allows individuals who feel physically threatened and who fear for their lives to use deadly force. A Sanford, Fla., resident shot and killed Trayvon Martin as he walked along a street carrying a package of Skittles candy and a cup of iced tea.
Boisterous crowd at Sharpton-led Sanford rally for Trayvon Martin
BY DAVID OVALLE
SANFORD — At the lakeside park, hundreds of rally-goers streamed in Thursday as the humid evening buzzed with electricity and anticipation.
Television news helicopters droned over a domino-line of satellite trucks. Spontaneously, pockets of people erupted into chants demanding justice for slain teenager Trayvon Martin.
The few police officers visible carried badges not of the Sanford Police Department but of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol. But the crowd, boisterous and spirited, didn’t need policing.
A familiar Miami face, the Rev. Richard Dunn, strolled up the rolling lawn just yards from Lake Monroe. He drove up to the Orlando suburb Thursday with several supporters.
“Its a blessing to see the multi-ethnic people here in support of good,” he said. “Let’s be clear: This is blatant murder. The color of the skin does nor matter. What is right is what matters.”