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The Green Party is the Peace Party, the one voice in the political array that doesn't rely on about-face justification for continuing international violence underpinning notions of a superior calling for our nation. What does that mean? On Veteran's Day, what is the price of war?
I'm from a military family. My dad went into the Navy right out of high school, and is a Pearl Harbor survivor. After the war, he went Army, to finish his twenty years. Growing up, I attended 13 schools before I finished 9th grade, most of them in rural villages, where the Nike missile base was a barracks for the privates, the missile "silo" was a cramped metal trailer, and the two families with kids were temporary outsiders.
Except for aunt Marianne, who was a navy nurse, the military didn't want women, so we four daughters were not expected to enlist. As a woman, I was often told I had no right to an opinion in favor of peace, unless I had a brother or a cousin in combat. Like many of you, I decided that the way you best fight war is to get there ten years beforehand, and prevent despair by fixing what was wrong.
My husband's family was also military. In their Appalachia, no one was drafted-- they were Volunteers. His dad never saw a plane close-up, til he climbed into one, to learn to fly it for WWII. He re-upped, and finished his military career by teaching ROTC, in a building on campus that a Quaker-led group, including me, would stumble into one day, and occupy long enough to pray for the dead, and the still living. My as-yet-unmet husband's only brother was among the unnamed for whom we prayed. His unarmed reconnaissance plane was shot down, the last fatality from Tucson. Until the next war.
How do we count the cost? There was the warrior's widow who, with two toddlers to raise alone, commenced a writing and publishing career with a Memorial Day article, asking for peace. She never remarried, and, she was eventually disabled with a brain tumor, and my husband and I became her caregivers. That is the part of the war that extends forever-- that the one who should be there to help, years later, is, instead, a name my hand touches on a Wall, as I touch the places where he should have been, and was not, and the differences that it made, to people I care deeply about, and people who will never even know that he existed.
How do we, in the Green Party, honor the vet, on this Veteran's day, the one who lived, the one who did not? I have marched so often over the years, stood in vigils, helped tie a ribbon around the Pentagon. I've been cheered, been ignored, been spit on by old men with VFW hats. My husband, too, had marched against the War, and, in haunting, last letters back, his brother blessed the marching.
The only "thank you" big enough for Veteran's Day is taking up the duty to find a better way. Praise of their courage, in a speech or a flag-colored bumper sticker, is too small. Throwing one beloved corpse upon the next, to justify having thrown the first, is sad beyond grief. The truest word is that they are lost to combat because we did not work hard enough to build a world where war was avoided, because peace was the better option.
They planted a Peace Rose on Dave's grave, but it was gone by the time we buried his wife beside him. The next year, my husband and I took my dad back to see Pearl Harbor again. And last month, my cousin Clifford's son, Aaron, was killed in Afghanistan, leaving a widow and two young children, and we all cried again.
No more names on a Wall, or bumpersticker praise for the Vet. Raise your voice. Raise our collective voices, supporting those who speak for peace, and who stand on the platform of our party to do so, and speak through the megaphone of their candidacy, and challenge the war-makers at the one place they can be displaced-- the ballot box. Ballots can unmake bullets, but only if the Party committed to peace endures, and for that, we need your support.
This is not a small thing, and we are the only political Party that does it. If our Party is silenced, then we become spectators in a stymied, broken version of democracy, and the wars go on.
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Greenline, Oct 2009 :)
Greens Make a Difference in November 3 Elections
The Green Party made some big new moves and proved that it has earned the voter's support in Tuesday's local elections.
Greens in California made history again by winning, for the fourth time in American history, a majority on a town council. Pam Hartwell-Herrero finished first of seven candidates to join Lew Treamine and Larry Bragman on the majority-Green Fairfax Town Council. Greens also earned majorities on the Arcata, CA council in the late 90s and in Sebastopol, CA and the village of New Paltz, NY earlier in this decade.
In Minnesota, incumbent Minneapolis City Council Cam Gordon was re-elected, as well as long-time Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board member Annie Young.
Greens on the East Coast showed their skills with perfect election nights. Two candidates ran for city councils in Maryland and both were victorious. Dan Robinson maintained his seat on the Takoma Park, MD council and Christine Nagle won her election to the College Park, MD council. In New Caanan, CT, three Greens ran for Constable and all were elected.
Elsewhere in new England, Kevin Donoghue and David Marshall won re-election to the Portland (ME) City Council. Chuck Turner was re-elected to the Boston City Council.
In New York, in a partisan race, Mary Jo Long was re-elected to the Afton Town Council and Jennifer Dotson was re-elected to the Ithaca Common Council. Lynne Serpe put the Green Party on the map in New York City, winning nearly 25% in her race for New York City Council.
To see more 2009 election results, visit http://www.gp.org/elections/2009-videos/november-results.html. To get a sneak preview of the 2010 Green Party candidates from your area, visit the Green Party's comprehensive election database at http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml.
Fall 2009 edition here. For your convenience we've listed all the articles below.
If you would like a full edition to hand out to new members or at local tabling events, the Summer 2009 edition is still available for sale in our online store. Most of this edition was written to stay relevant for the rest of the year, so order today!
Presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney detained by Israel
Humanitarian aid envoy to Gaza seized
by Lewis Pollis, Green Party of Ohio, with contributions from Wendy Kenin, Green Party of California
Confronting the G20
Green activists speak out at summit and are met with police violence
by e b bortz, Pennsylvania Green Party
Reversing the illusion of change
Green Party of Connecticut wins lawsuit against Clean Elections Law
by Mike DeRosa, co-chair of the Green Party of Connecticut
Convention in Durham develops priorities for the party
by Deyva Arthur, Green Party of New York State
Taking the lead in green trends
A look a four who live following the Green Party platform
by Wendy Kenin, Green Party of California
The all-year pursuit of Ballot Access
States efforts to gain ballot access across the country
from the National Office of the Green Party of the United States
Greens run for several offices simultaneously in Stamford, Connecticut
Hoping to enable political viability with multi-pronged approach
by Rolf Maurer, Connecticut Green Party and Stamford Mayoral and Constable candidate
Why they keep on winning
Ingredients for the success of Green incumbent: Cam Gordon and Alan Brison
by David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware and Elections Editor
Mixed results in German Federal Election
by Phil Hill, Bündnis '90/Die Grünen
Green Party UK co-founder Teddy Goldsmith passes at 80
by Mike Feinstein, member, International Committee of the Green Party of the United States
Canadian Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to run in British Columbia
by Camille Labchuk, Federal Councillor and former Press Secretary, Green Party of Canada
Government interferes with establishment of Green Party in Rwanda
by Mike Feinstein, member, International Committee of the Green Party of the United States
Greens of the Americas meet in Chile - impressions of US Greens
by Michael Canney, Green Party of the United States delegate to the Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas and Sanda Everette, Co-Chair, Green Party of the United States
How to be effective in Politics
by Brent McMillan, Executive Director of the Green Party of the United States
Health care reform: congress needs to protect Americans, not insurance companies
by Mark Dunlea, Green Party of New York State
Green Party USA, Yer Blowing It!!
by Philip A Farruggio, Green Party of Florida
Climate Change: The only news that matters
by Joseph Lampert
Markey-Waxman climate bill fatally flawed
by Maggie Zhou and Jill Stein, The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts
Is the United States Really a Democracy?
by Tha Truth, Green Party of New Jersey
Open Borders - The Other Side of the Coin
by Don Whitehead, Independent Affiliate of the Tennessee Green Party (Nashville)
The Colors of Green
A Green Pages interview with Lisa Hsu of the Green Party of California
When the rivers run dry
A review of Pearce's assessment of the world's water resources
by Barbara Rodgers-Hendricks, Green Party of Florida
Thanksgiving: a poem
by Steve Bloom, Green Party of New York State
Staying strong against Obama peer pressure
by Lewis Pollis, Ohio Green Party
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