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Jill Stein in SF

The Green Party's 2012 Presidential Candidate, Jill Stein, has recently spoken out on many issues, from trying to stop the war drums against Syria to fighting the Trans Pacific Partnership.  Dr. Stein will be visiting the Bay Area from September 15-18, including an event in San Francisco on Monday, September 16!

 

The SF Green Party & Occupy SF Forum present:

2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein

Mon 9/16, 6-9 pm

Location: UNITE HERE Local 2 Action Room
  209 Golden Gate Ave @ Leavenworth
  near Civic Ctr BART

Free!  Donations to Occupy SF and SF Green Party are welcome.

Seats 150+, so invite anybody interested in building an alternative to the 2-party system.

If you live in the North Bay and can't come to our event, Jill will also be speaking at the Petaluma Progressive Festival (http://www.progressivefestival.org/) on September 15.

 

She will also attend several house party fundraisers for Single Payer Now in Oakland and SF:  RSVP to either for details on locations:

 

Tuesday, September 17, 7 - 8:30 pm at Laura Wells' community house in Oakland. The suggested donation is $25 or more. There are also a few openings for volunteers, who will be able to attend for free. Light refreshments. Limited to the first 35 people, so please RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to attend. Call in your RSVP at 510-225-4005 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Saturday the 14th.


Wednesday, September 18, 7- 8:30pm at Barry Hermanson's home in San Francisco. The suggested donation is $25 or more. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Happy Pride! Green Response to Supreme Court Decisions

After Wednesday's historic Supreme Court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in CA, and overturning part of DOMA, the Green Party put out a press release praising the decisions.  But after this weekend's celebrations, there's still much work to be done, as New York Green Drew Langdon acknowledged:

We commit to continue the struggle because we understand that equality means more than marriage equality. The struggle continues, as we work to make full protections for our transgender siblings a reality. The struggle continues as we ensure that every LGBTQI person has enough food to eat, a roof over their heads, and the proper care for a healthy life. The struggle continues as we work to ensure the basic dignity and human rights that we all deserve.

The Green Shadow Cabinet also put out a statement responding to the Supreme Court's overturning of a key part of the Voting Rights Act.  Here are a few quotes from their full statement on the VRA:

The Supreme Court ruling removes the last remnants of protection for poor and minority voters and will openly invite new and creative ways to repress the most vulnerable people in our society.

What the Supreme Court should have done is expand the principles of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into the emerging Jim Crow states of Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.

The Green Party thinks we need far stronger protections than those that had been guaranteeed by the Voting Rights Act, including an acknowledgement of everybody's right to vote and have your vote counted, and fair access to run as a candidate.

 

Gay Pride and Bradley Manning

 

As we approach the much loved San Francisco Gay Pride Parade June 29-30 the controversy surrounding the election of Bradley Manning as Grand Marshall continues to boil. 

 

On April 25th, several newspapers (here and here) reported that Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was chosen by Pride’s electoral college as Grand Marshall for the 2014 Parade.  However, the next day (April 26th) Pride board President Lisa Williams released a highly controversial and widely criticized missive attempting to annihilate the electoral college’s decision not only from Pride's parade process but from history itself.  In harsh words which have been characterized as unseemly and authoritarian, Lisa Williams refused ‘even the hint’ of support for Bradley Manning as a whistle-blower and assured that any person involved had been ‘disciplined.’ 

 

This lead to an outcry by many organizations who support the actions of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee Manning, actions, which while illegal, brought to light incredible crimes of war and crimes against humanity perpetuated by the US Military.  Due to the protestation of many activists, a hearing was scheduled by the Pride board for May 7th to discuss the selection and swift removal of Manning as Grand Marshal.  That meeting was cancelled and the board met privately, much to the chagrin of interested parties.

 

Recently Pride Inc emailed a message saying that no hearings would be held until after the parade to protect the ‘safety and security’ of everyone at the event (here and here).

 

In an age when the President of Hope has done more to crackdown on whistleblowers than all of the previous presidents combined and the government is actively creating an atmosphere of fear around telling the truth, it is worrisome to many to see Gay Pride falling victim to this intellectual malfeasance.    

 

There is no violence in holding a hearing; there is no lack of security in allowing people to voice their opinions.  When a group like Pride Inc implies that the concerned citizens protesting the closed door reversal of a popular decision is a threat to security we must begin to worry for them. 

What's Wrong With Congress?

 

This week Congress has shown its usual inability to work on behalf of the American people.  President Obama, knifing his supporters and non-rich Americans in the back, offered extremely big cuts in Social Security and Medicare – cuts experts think are BIGGER than those the Republican plan calls for – only to be rejected by the Republicans.  No matter how far they all move away from the best interest of the American people they still can’t agree.  

 

At almost the same time and in the same week, Congress had no trouble rolling back some provisions of the 2011 insider trading ban.  Remember in 2011 when 60 Minutes did the big expose uncovering the little known fact that Congresspeople were not subject to the same insider trading laws as the rest of the country and both the House and Senate whipped up a quick law to keep Americans happy?

 

Well now they've found something new to agree on: Quietly and quickly, working with efficiency they can’t find when it comes to funding the government or working on behalf of the people, Congress moved to take some of the elements out of that popular and necessary legislation, giving their staffers more freedom to make money off of their insider knowledge.

 

Is it any wonder that the Republicans and Democrats in Congress are collectively less popular than lice

"Cat Food" part of Obama Budget

Social Security after ObamaWhile the liberal press obsesses over President Obama's recent gaffe regarding Kamala Harris, there has been little coverage of his proposed 2013 budget.

 

Obama is now openly promoting cuts to Social Security in the form of "chained CPI" -- a measure of inflation that assumes that if real food becomes too expensive, the poor will simply survive on something cheaper, such as cat food.  Although this has been dismissed by many in the press as a mere "tweak," the real consequence will be a cut to Social Security benefits of between 5 and 10%, depending on the age of the recipeient.

 

Obama's proposed budget also includes deep cuts to Medicare (beyond even those proposed by Tea Party Republican Paul Ryan), as well as tax increases on the middle class.

 

Obama's statement mourning the late Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan is yet another indication of how far the spectrum of mainstream US politics has moved in just a few years.

Is this what Democracy looks like?

Congratulations to the four Supervisors who thwarted the City Family's attempt to illegally fire Sheriff Mirkarimi:  Christina Olague (D5), David Campos (D9), John Avalos (D11), and Jane Kim (D6).  See the Green Party's statement on Sheriff Mirkarimi for why we think he should be allowed to serve his term.

 

The illustration above is from a comic created by Joe Luby, republished with permission from CitiReport.com.