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There are calls for resolutions across the country to oppose tax cuts for multimillionares here: http://www.faireconomy.org/resolution/index.html

This sounds like a good initiative from the little İ have read thus far. Tax cuts, contrary to Reagan's Voodoo Economics policies, do not in fact stimulate the economy via trickle-down effect. What we are seeing now is a widening of the gap between rich and poor that is a direct result of the wealthy having more money available and not putting it into circulation for the benefit of middle and lower class Americans. (according to New York Times quotes in the past few weeks...) So every town council and organization can pass a resolution in favor of fairly taxing the wealthiest rather than letting them pay less into the tax system.

Hay llamadas para papeles en todo el pais diciendo que alos millinarios no se necesitaba cortes de mordida.

Esto quiere que decir que tenemos que parar a los injustas cosas y que cada persona se paga como cada otra. (lo siento por mi idioma...)

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Sorry for all the cross-posting...

It's really important though that equality-minded people -- especially people of color, Rox/Dot residents, and people active in faith communities -- show up this Saturday. Please repost to any and all mailing lists and communities to which you belong, and check out the blurb in Bay Windows about it tomorrow. Thanks!

DATE: September 3rd 2005
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
PLACE: Meet in Franklin Park, at the play structure with the pointed roofs, right off of Seaver Street, between Humboldt Ave and Elm Hill Ave
MBTA: 22 or 29 bus from Jackson Square T, or walk 1 mile from Stoneybrook T
BRING: Pro-equality signs, clothing, etc. -- but keep it peaceful
CONTACT:savethecommunity@gmail.com (organizer of GLBT/ally presence, not of the original event)
MORE INFO: http://1smootshort.blogspot.com

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In case you didn't know: cottonmanifesto and I host nature walks in the city, and produce a zine documenting those walks. Of course, so far we have only done them in Boston, but we will lead walks in other cities in the future. If you want to get updates on this group, join at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/urbannaturewalk/
If this is inappropriate for this community, please delete it and accept my apologies.

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I now live in Turkey for the past 7 months -can I still vote in the 2006 referrendum (if it happens)?
Also, I am working on a letter that I wonder if anyone has time to help me with, since I am totally stuck for words...

Letter to the Editor

"If you care about your family, support Universal Health Care..."

Dear Editor,

Health care is the most important part of the social security safety net in any civilized society.
In a civilized
society, we have an obligation to one another to see that our basic
healthcare needs are met.

Would you pay an extra 20$ a month to save your mother's life?" Yes!
> "Then you support Universal Health Care!

losing the ability to file for bankruptcy after sudden insurmountable debt due to medical expenses pulls the last rung of the ladder out from under those struggling to stay afloat financially...

That is to be the guts of it but I am too stressed out lately to work it up properly. If anyone wants to lend a hand, many thanks will be forthcoming...

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A friend of mine went to Ohio to participate in the recount effort there undertaken by the Green and Libertarian Parties.
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The greens and the libertarians are teaming up to demand (and pay for) a recount in Ohio They need to raise 150k by Monday. They're at 70k now.
If you support the Ohio recount, paste this paragraph into your blog (Along with the hyperlink). And donate! They take Paypal, so you can give just a couple bucks if you want. Or you can give more if you believe in free and fair elections and happen to to have some cash lying around or a credit card you haven't managed to max out on eBay.

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Meet the only Presidential Candidate who fully supports our right to marry and all equal rights for us:

David Cobb
Of the Green-Rainbow Party (Massachusetts)
State affiliate of the National Green Party

As a Massachusetts Voter, suppose you vote for OUR RIGHTS?
Suppose you SEND A MESSAGE to whoever wins on November 2nd?
Suppose you vote to help keep “ballot status” & GROW the ONLY STATE PARTY
• To elect co-chairs who were both gay & lesbian?
To stand for all we hope for?

The Green-Rainbow Party fully supports GLBTQ rights, will you support us?

Come hear another option
Weds., Oct. 27th
8am- 9:30am
Diesel Café, Elm St., Davis Sq

for more information: www.votecobb.org


My apologies if you've already read this or simply don't care, I'm posting it most of the communities that listed 'third parties' as an interest and a few others as well.

I've created a community called us_thirdparties. It is a community for people interested in 'third' party politics in the United States. A place to ask questions and get answers about specific third parties or just the third party movement. Anyone of any political persuasion is invited to join and contribute and hopefully we can build a community with diverse political views. The ultimate goal of this community is to spread awareness of the third party movement and hopefully garner new support for the inclusion of these 'alternative' parties in American politics, so please lets try and avoid pointless bickering over individual policies. Keep in mind that legitimacy for one 'third' party is legitimacy for all 'third' parties.

(For the time being this community will be only lightly moderated, if at all, but I will crack down if people can't be civil. Hopefully we can all get along well enough to work towards our common and worthy goal: freedom of choice in politics.)

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I am allowing Anonymous Comments on this community for the sake of those who want to participate in discussions that don't yet have a livejournal.

Getting a LiveJournal Account
For those of you who aren't LiveJournal users, LiveJournal accounts are free. To be able to post entries to this community, you have to have a LiveJournal account. You can sign up for one here. Once your account is created, log in and click this. That will add you to this community and you will be able to post. for instructions on how to post an entry to the community, read this. If there is other stuff you have questions about see LJ's FAQ list. You can post via LiveJournal's web interface or you can download a client which makes posting much easier.

Rules for Posting Anonymously
If you choose not to have an LJ account and still would like to comment to the entries posted in this community, then please introduce yourself by replying to this post and include the following:

• Name (first and last initial are fine)
• What part of Massachusetts you are from
• Your e-mail address
• How you found/heard about this community
• Anything else you would like to say.

Once you have posted your introduction, you may comment to any entry. When leaving Anonymous comments always sign them with your name, and e-mail address so that other members of the community know how to get in contact with you since you do not have a LiveJournal profile.

Anonymous comments left by people who have not introduced themselves below or that aren't signed with a name may be deleted at the community moderator's discretion.

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On graduation day, leafletters harassed, Smith arrested by MIT cops
by Bill Cunningham

Katherine Gibson, Suzanne Nguyen, Anne Pollock, and Aimee Smith are members of the Social Justice Cooperative (SJC), a recognized MIT campus group. On the morning of June 4, they began handing out a leaflet to people arriving to attend graduation ceremonies.The leaflet prompted by a scheduled commencement address by Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Gibson and Pollock stood on one side of the entry to Killian Court, Nguyen and Smith on the other. "We weren't chanting or even protesting the speaker," Smith said. "People just took our flyers if they were interested."

Fifteen minutes after they arrived, Suzanne Nguyen says, "MIT police approached both of us and told us we had to leave, claiming that we were blocking the way and the line had to move along.… It was unclear to me where I was supposed to move, since we were not blocking anyone's way or creating an obstruction. Roughly two minutes after having moved to our new spot the police again approached us. This time it was clear they were going after Aimee specifically and even though both of us were doing the same thing, peacefully handing out flyers and asking them why we had to leave. They just cuffed her and started carting her off. Neither Aimee nor I were yelling or acting in a violent manner. I asked them where they would take her and they didn't answer my question. They said I had to leave, and if I didn't they'd arrest me too. So I left."

The police report paints a very different picture, one of ‘protesters’ and obstruction. "The protesters were voicing political opinions to the guests trying to enter and thus causing public inconvenience to the guests." The police report goes on to claim that Smith was "yelling and ranting…," and that they "had no choice" but to arrest her.

Smith says that just before she was seized,"the cops pushed up against me," making it almost impossible for her to move away. She admits that she called the officers some unflattering names as they were taking her away in handcuffs.

Gibson and Pollock could not see what was happening to Nguyen and Smith because there was such a lot of space and people between the two pairs. "Then the cops came a third time," recalls Anne Pollock, "and said they had arrested one of our friends, the other had left, and it was our choice which we wanted. They said it would ruin our lives if we got arrested, because it would go on our record. They said not to distribute anywhere, not on Mem or Mass Ave or anywhere on campus."

Aimee Smith was charged with disorderly conduct and disrupting a school assembly. At Cambridge police headquarters an officer saw that she had sustained minor lacerations from the MIT handcuffs, and gave her bandaids. At her arraignment, Smith was offered a deal: charges would be dropped if she paid court costs. Smith indignantly rejected the idea that court costs might be "the price of exercising first amendment rights." Defense attorney Daniel Beck told the court that his client insisted on a formal apology from MIT. The court set a date of July 7 for a pretrial hearing.

Julia Steinberger of MIT Social Justice Cooperative condemned the harassment of the leafletters as a "continuation of the MIT administration turning Commencement into a super-controlled policed event rather than a celebration where everyone in the MIT community is welcome. "Two years ago," Steinberger recalled, "the head of the World Bank came. Ironically this was Aimee's graduation. MIT called in hundreds of police from five separate police departments against fewer than 50 students and activists. MIT administrators told the students that as far as they were concerned, the 'protesters were the terrorists.' As everyone can see, they still hold this dangerous belief."

Community groups appeared at every MIT commencement for fifteen years during the 1970s and 1980s, and not only handed out flyers but chanted, yelled and picketed with signs, balloons and puppets on the public sidewalk along Memorial Drive. During those years the Simplex Steering Committee led opposition to MIT’s huge University Park development in Cambridgeport. Former Simplex leader Bill Cavellini told me that no one had ever been arrested on the sidewalk or told to leave during all those years.

The SJC flyer which caused the MIT police such consternation criticized the NIH funding of a "bioweapons lab that will bring pathogens like Ebola, smallpox, and anthrax into a densely populated Boston neighborhood.… NIH prioritizes funding for genomics research with no obvious health benefits over taking steps toward preventative and environmental health, which have the greatest impact on all of us."

The incident has elicited protests to the MIT administration from students, faculty, and activists in the community. On Friday, June 11, a delegation from the group which sponsored the flyers met President Vest in his office. In a subsequent letter to Smith, Vest affirmed that MIT intended to seek dismissal of the charges against her, but offered no apology. He appeared to agree that the rules needed to be clarified.

Katherine E Gibson, who was with Anne Pollock that day, comments: "The unwarranted and illegal arrest of Aimee by the MIT police was a profoundly disappointing act against free speech and open dialogue about issues important to the students at MIT. "Everyday, but particularly on Commencement day, an institution of higher learning like MIT should be proud of and support its students who take an active interest in the public policy institutions that affect our lives and our communities. After all, if an education at a prestigious school like MIT isn't about active learning through questioning and dialogue, then MIT is failing its students."

printed in The Bridge, June 2004, a publication initiated as a project of Mystic River Green-Rainbow Action, a Somerville and Cambridge chapter of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party.

Aimee Smith ran for Cambridge City Council in 2003.
For More Information on her Arrest see:
Boston Indymedia and MIT Social Justice Cooperative.
Click Here to view the leaflet they were distributing
Click Here for more information on the BioTerrorism Lab

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Green Party Congratulates and Welcomes Presidential Nominee David Cobb, Vice Presidential Nominee Pat LaMarche.
Saturday, June 26, 2004

MILWAUKEE, WI -- At 3:30 p.m. today, a strong majority of delegates at Forward 2004! The Green National Convention nominated David Cobb and running mate Pat LaMarche as their candidates for the White House. The convention continues this evening with a rally at the Midwest Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that will feature Mr. Cobb, Ms. LaMarche, and many other speakers and musicians.

Votes from the Texas delegation, from Mr. Cobb's native state, gave him a total of 408 during the second round of voting, topping the 385 necessary to win the party's nomination. 769 delegates from 47 states participated in the vote. The contest that emerged in the final months of the campaign for Green support pitted a nomination for Mr. Cobb against endorsement of independent candidate Ralph Nader and his running mate, Green activist Peter Camejo.

"I look forward to doing for the next four months what I've been doing for the past 8 months -- working to build and grow the Green Party, supporting local candidates and registering more Green voters," said David Cobb.

Pat LaMarche, noting that the Cobb-LaMarche ticket features two candidates registered in the Green Party -- unlike the 2000 campaign -- said, "I'm proud that we have a Green Party ticket with Green candidates advancing a Green agenda."

"The six-month Green primary has produced a truly Green ticket," said Ben Manski, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. "While a year ago, few predicted that a grassroots Green would emerge from the ranks of the party, David Cobb has proven that the party has developed a high level of political maturity and self-confidence. We look forward to working with the Cobb-LaMarche ticket in challenging voters to cast their votes for the growth of America's true opposition party."

A press conference featuring David Cobb and Pat LaMarche, which was held at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee shortly after the nomination, can be viewed on line at http://www.newsparkproductions.org.


The Green Party of the United States
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

FORWARD 2004! Green National Convention & Presidential Candidates
Media credentialing for the convention http://www.gp.org/forms/media/

Green National Convention PRESS KIT

from: http://www.greenparty-us.org/press/pr_06_26_04.html

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Ten Key Values of the Green Party

Grassroots Democracy
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives; no one should be subject to the will of another. Therefore we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations that expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

Ecological Wisdom
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must have agricultural practices that replenish the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and heterosexism, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to our current patterns of violence at all levels, from the family and the streets, to nations and the world. We will work to demilitarize our society and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system that is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

Community Based Economics
We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living, for all people, while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a "living wage" which reflects the real value of a person's work. Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers' rights, broad citizen participation in planning, and enhancement of our "quality of life". We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that spread out resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control, with more cooperative ways of interacting which respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the -sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

Respect for Diversity
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines. We believe the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms and the preservation of biodiversity.

Personal and Global responsibility
We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

Future Focus and Sustainability
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking" all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counter-balance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions. Our overall goal is not merely to survive, but to share lives that are truly worth living. We believe the quality of our individual lives is enriched by the quality of all of our lives. We encourage everyone to see the dignity and intrinsic worth in all of life, and to take the time to understand and appreciate themselves, their community and the magnificent beauty of this world.

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