PO Box 3568
Eureka, CA 95502
RISING UP GREEN - April 24, 2004
E-Newsletter of Green Party USA
Green Party USA
Hi People - Hope this Newsletter finds you in good health, and planting a few seeds to grow at least some of your own food. Please send Items for this Newsletter to Editor@greenparty.org.
First, a few words on Earth Day and Activism.
Picking up litter won't help much, of course, but for many it's their first step towards more militant activism. We're headed downhill fast to Earth-wide extinction of species. Unless we STOP the poisoning and destruction of Earth - not just slow it down - we're going to get where we're going. It's up to us more experienced activists to organize events and actions in which new activists will feel comfortable participating, and which will move forward their understanding of what's needed to save what's left.
THERE IS REASON TO HOPE.
People all over the world are resisting corporate control of Earth's resources, and are demanding that we, the people, make the decisions that affect our lives - True Democracy. It's our job to make sure that happens soon enough.
- Nancy Oden, co-Editor
In this issue:
You can join GPUSA online at http://www.greenparty.org or mail your check (better for us - no fees) for $48. for one year (regular) or $24. for one year (low-income) or, better yet, $100. per year Supporting Member. The excellent magazine, "Synthesis/Regeneration: a Magazine of Green Social Thought," comes free with your membership. This magazine is where Green issues are debated, and new ideas are propounded. Joining gives you decision-making power within GPUSA, especially at our annual CONGRESS, to be held this year in CHICAGO, on JUNE 23-24.
1. ****IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT****
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ GPUSA Annual CONGRESS TO MEET IN CHICAGO ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
ALL GPUSA MEMBERS WELCOME
JUNE 23-24, 2004
ARLINGTON HOUSE, 616 West Arlington Place, CHICAGO
Green Party USA will be discussing and deciding where to focus our energies in the coming year. Below are some proposed Agenda items. Do you have specific action proposals? Send them in, and we'll see if we can get them onto the Agenda. Here it is so far:
JOIN US - discussion guaranteed to be lively and exciting.
2. From the Gateway Greens in St Louis, Missouri:
Join us on May 15th at the Midwest Gathering on Biodevestation- Stalking the Giant: Confronting Biorepression with Creative Alternatives.
There will also be over ten workshops to learn about Genetic Engineering and to be invigorated by sharing and creating the alternatives that we have to biotechnology.
The Gathering will be at Nerinx Hall in Webster Groves, 530 E. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, Missouri. from 9:15 A.M. until 5:30 P.M.
Regular price tickets are $15. if ordered by May 8th, low income and half day tickets are available. More info is available at www.gateway-greens.org or by calling 664-1199.
Dr. Martha Crouch will be the keynote speaker, and she will be discussing the potential dangers of Genetic Engineering to the environment and to personal health, and our alternatives to it. She studied Botany at Oregon State and went on to get a Ph.D. from Yale in Developmental Biology. She then worked at Indiana State for twenty years as an Associate Professor. There, she became a pioneer of Genetic Engineering(GE). Her lab was very successful, yet she realized her work was not fulfilling her love of nature.
"GE technology doesn't have any place in sustainable agriculture. Besides the personal health and environmental dangers of GE foods, the dependence on specialists and scientists required by GE was a problem. Unfortunately, to ignore the affects of GE on agriculture is not really a luxury that we can afford right now." Join this discussion, one which affects us all. More information at http://www.gateway-greens.org or by calling 314 664-1199.
3. Look for Third-World mercenary soldiers to get killed in Bush's wars instead of American soldiers - so much more politically acceptable, you know.
BUSH PLANS WORLD MERCINARY RECRUITMENT DRIVE
The "draft" seems to be on the back burner pending the election. In its place the administration is resorting to hiring foreign mercenaries to fight several more planned Serial Wars at the US taxpayers' expense. Third world mercenaries will, it seems, cost only a fraction of the reported $1,000.00 per day now being paid to some 18,000 contract mercenaries in Iraq. - Editor
BRINGING 'FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY' TO IRAQ: MALES IN FALLUJAH EXECUTED ON
On Wednesday, Christine Hauser of The New York Times covered the carnage in Fallujah, but from a hospital in Baghdad, where some of the victims had been taken. Writing from Fallujah, her colleague Jeffrey Gettleman noted that the Marines in that city "have orders to shoot any male of military age on the streets after dark, armed or not."
Read the summary, or click for the complete stories: http://www.whtt.org/rpr.shtml
U.S. military personnel salute as coffins are offloaded from the plane at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Reuters
5. News story about Ocean Commission's findings. Go to http://oceancommission.gov for Commission's Report. Mind you, this is a U.S. Government Commission, not an environmental group, issuing these dire warnings.
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
By JOHN RICHARDSON, Portland [Maine] Press Herald Writer
The 16 member U.S. Commission on Oceans Policy was created by Congress and appointed by President George W. Bush. Its nearly 500-page preliminary report issued Tuesday included about 200 recommendations.
The report is posted on the Net at: U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy: http://oceancommission.gov
Polluted coastal waters, destroyed habitats and depleted fish populations are signs of a crisis in the nation's oceans, according to a presidential commission calling for new policies that would affect Maine and other coastal states.
The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy presented its nearly 500-page preliminary report Tuesday to Congress, the White House and the nation's governors. The report, the first such review in 35 years, included about 200 recommendations to create a more comprehensive approach to protect the ocean from modern threats such as coastal sprawl, fishing pressure and cruise ship discharges.
"Our oceans are in serious trouble," said retired Adm. James Watkins, chairman of the commission. "Too many years of inattention and under-investment are jeopardizing the health of this national treasure. We need to act now, and everyone who cares about the coasts and oceans can play a part."
Recommendations in the report could ultimately change the way agencies manage coastal development, recreation and fisheries.
Commissioners spent 2 1/2 years studying coastal areas, the Great Lakes and 4.4 million square miles of ocean. The dire conclusions and many of the recommendations in the report echo last year's report by the Pew Oceans Commission, an independent panel that warned of irreversible damage to ocean and coastal resources without a dramatic shift in management.
Members of the federal commission said Tuesday the nation must make management decisions based on how they affect ecosystems rather than how they affect a single industry or a single species of fish. They urged the creation of a National Ocean Council to be chaired by a presidential assistant for oceans.
Maine and other coastal states would be affected by many of the recommendations, such as stronger controls on pollution from such sources as urban storm drains, farms and coastal development projects.
The commission urged creation of an Ocean Policy Trust Fund, which would pay for improved research and management with up to $4 billion a year from oil and gas royalties and fees on other offshore uses.
The commission estimated the cost of all its recommended actions at $1.3 billion the first year, $2.4 billion the second year and $3.2 billion each year after that. But it pointed to annual ocean-related economic activity of $700 billion in goods that ports handle, $50 billion from fishing and trade, $11 billion from cruise ships and passengers - and $25 billion to $40 billion from offshore oil and gas production......[I've cut out politicians' meaningless statements here........]...............
U.S. governors have 30 days to submit comments on the preliminary report. The commission is expected to consider the input and issue its final report later this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Staff Writer John Richardson can be contacted at 791-6324 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scary world we live in; some people can't handle it and are withdrawing, like turtles, into their shells. All we can do is what we can do; and keep organizing!
Get outside, enjoy Nature, ask the Universe for help in saving Earth.
- Nancy Oden, Maine