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Green Politics: Volume 26 No 2

Fall/Winter 2016
Dear Reader,

We are in a farce called the Presidential “Debates” but in fact the whole political situation is one of illusion and absurdity. Polls show that 50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican which is ignored by the two parties who control the Commission on Presidential Debates. This can be remedied by including all candidates who are on the ballots for a majority of voters, in the debates. We have included pictures of demonstrators outside of Washington University in St. Louis raising their voices in protest.

In this issue we also have Teressa Ezell, writer and activist, explaining why she has become a Green. Barbara Chicherio, a long time activist against the misdeeds of Monsanto, writes about the latest Monsanto outrage against farmers.

Green Politics continue to cover the Prison Industrial Complex on an article about the recent prison strikes by prisoners’ nation- wide. Along similar lines we have short statement about the situation in Gaza and the boat that tried to break the Israeli blockade.

A positive trend is renaming Columbus Day to “Indigenous Peoples Day” which I hope will continue but to also take on the Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps we need to call that day, “Day of Atonement”. Please go to the end of the newsletter to see an image of what Thanksgiving really represents.

Your comments and ideas are always appreciated. You can reach us at http://www.greenparty.org/newsletter/contact_us.php.

In solidarity
The Print Collective
Barbara Chicherio
Devin Ceartas
Elizabeth Fattah
Wes Wagar

Protests at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo during the Presidential Debates.

“Green” Stands Alone
Teressa Rose Ezell

sunflower Near the end of the Democratic primary, a meme circulated on Facebook featuring side-by-side images of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump above the caption, “Tell me why you’re with her without mentioning him. Go!” As a long-time Independent who recently took the leap into official Green Party membership, I think the meme makes an excellent point: if it’s hard to explain why we are for one candidate or position without referring to the failings of the person or position we’re against, maybe it’s time to rethink where we’re putting our time, focus, and vote.

In that spirit, I decided to explore my reasons for becoming active in the Green Party, without giving in to the temptation to make comparisons to other parties or candidates. Actually, it’s quite simple to explain why I’m Green without mentioning Red or Blue, because I remember the exact moment when I made the decision.


Monsanto abuses farmers in the Missouri Bootheel
(the far southest corner of Missouri)

Barbara Chicherio

Living in St. Louis, MO does have its advantage if there is interest in following the local news related to Monsanto. St. Louis is Monsanto’s world headquarters so the local newspaper, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, often prints stories about Monsanto that may not make it into the national media.

One such article ran in the August 5th Business section that peeked my interest. The first line of this article stated that “Farmers of soybeans and other crops in southeast MO, western Tennessee and northeastern Arkansas are facing widespread crop damage believed to be the result of the illegal spraying of dicamba, an older herbicide that is finding new life as tool to battle glyphosate-resistant weeds”. For those who may not know, Dicamba contains 2,4-D one of the ingredients in Agent Orange and is Monsanto’s answer to the super weeds that have become resistant to their cash cow product RoundUp.


Green Social Thought

Produce less. Distribute it fairly. Create a greener world for all.

In a world dominated by globalized capitalism, which insists that unsustainable economic growth is the solution to all social problems, our challenge is to create an alternative that empowers people across the planet to establish a new economy and social order based on equity, social justice and peace. Green Social Thought  welcomes the reading, thinking, and writing of all who recognize this threat to life on this planet, and who want to actively become part of the solution. http://www.greensocialthought.org

Green social thought : a magazine of synthesis and regeneration ...

"We're Freedom Fighters": The Story of the Nationwide Prison Labor Strike

James Kilgore, Truthout

(Image: IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee)

The first national prison labor strike in US history launched on September 9. Billed as a "Call to Action Against Slavery in America," the spark for the action came from the Free Alabama Movement (FAM), a prison-based organization that has been mobilizing across the state since 2012. Alabama has one of the most overcrowded prison systems in the country.

Reports from FAM's base within Holman Prison indicated a universal refusal of the population to go to work on September 9. Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, the chief outside spokesperson for FAM, speaking to Truthout on the day of the launch, said significant strike action also took place within prisons in South Carolina, Virginia and Ohio.

"These men have gone beyond religious barriers and race barriers and most of all, incarceration barriers," Glasgow told Truthout. By Wednesday evening, the Incarcerated Workers' Organizing Committee (IWOC) estimated that 15,310 people in prisons were on lockdown in facilities where organizing or strikes had been confirmed.


Zaytouna-Oliva Women Deported
Details Emerge about the Capture

For Immediate Release 

October 6, 2016

Messina, Italy:  All 13 of the women on the Women’s Boat to Gaza are currently in the process of deportation after being captured by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and detained in a prison at Ashdod. Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation was much quicker than in prior flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception.”

According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The IDF gave warning to the Zaytouna-Oliva to stop their course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least 7 IDF members, both male and female, boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva and commandeered the sailboat. This happened in international waters.

In the course of their capture, the women persisted in telling the IDF that Israel’s interception of their boat was illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel.

The Women’s Boat to Gaza campaign asserts that while the captivity of the women on board Zaytouna-Oliva is over, the captivity of 1. 9 million Palestinians in Gaza remains. The Campaign also asserts that the term “peaceful” which has been used in some media to describe the capture is incorrect. Peace is more than merely the absence of physical violence.  Oppression, occupation, denial of human rights and taking a boat filled with nonviolent women against their will are not peaceful activities. The Women’s Boat to Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will continue to sail until Palestine is free.

The Women’s Boat to Gaza is an initiative of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition composed of civil society organizations and campaigns from more than a dozen countries. For more information, visit www.womensboattogaza.org

Zika: Brazil Admits It's Not the Virus

By Dr. Mercola

Amidst growing fear-based propaganda warning of the threat of Zika virus comes a quiet admission from health officials in Brazil: Zika alone may not be responsible for the rise in birth defects that plagued parts of the country.

While there is some evidence suggesting Zika virus may be linked to the birth defect microcephaly, and the virus has been spreading throughout Brazil, rates of the condition have only risen to very high rates in the northeast section of Brazil.

Since the virus has spread throughout Brazil, but extremely high rates of microcephaly have not, officials are now being forced to admit that something else is likely at play.

Dr. Fatima Marinho, director of information and health analysis at Brazil's ministry of health, told the journal Nature, "We suspect that something more than Zika virus is causing the high intensity and severity of cases."1