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Dear Reader,

This is our first issue of Green Politics E-Newsletter. Many of you have read Green Politics in the print version. Also, many of you have been on our E-Newsletter mailing list. We are now combining the two publications. This will be a bi-monthly newsletter carrying the same news of grassroots struggles against corporate power as our past hard copy issues. We will continue to bring the reader insightful reports on today’s fundamental movement to build a democratic, ecologically sane society.

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In Solidarity,

The Publication Collective:
Phil Ardery Jr.
Devin Ceartas
Barbara Chicherio
Elizabeth Fattah
Wes Wegar

Roundtable on "Surviving Climate Change: Producing Less and Enjoying it More"

June 27-29, 2008, you are invited to meet at Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis to discuss remaking American society. The focus will be on developing solutions, rather than repeating the problems we all know exist. We will seek solutions that alter the structure of US society rather than individual lifestyle changes.

The meeting will have the structure of a roundtable rather than a conference.  We assume that many participants will have as much to contribute as speakers. For a fuller description of the roundtable and for registration information, click here.

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Green Party USA Congress/Gathering

This year's congress will be held in St. Louis, MO on Sunday June 29 and Monday 30 at Webster University. If you are a GPUSA member who will be attending, you are welcome to propose agenda items. Please send agenda items with the time for presenting them or any questions regarding the congress to .

Community Supported Energy Offers a Third Way

by Greg Pahl

We have the necessary resources to meet most of our energy needs in the future with renewable energy. Until fairly recently one key strategy has, for the most part, been overlooked in North America. This innovative strategy involves the cooperative and collaborative installation and ownership of advanced renewable energy projects at the local, community level.

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Palestine: A Letter to the Peace Movement

The peace movement cannot be concerned only with the war in Iraq. We have to look at the bigger picture of all wars to determine what’s going wrong in our country. This is especially true in regards to Palestine.

Many in the peace movement believe that the use of violence is proportionately equal between Palestinians and Israelis and that both sides are equally responsible for the bloodshed. This is not true.

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Survival Tips for Hard Times

by Nancy Oden

Our country has been bankrupted by wars, corporate and political corruption, and tax breaks for the rich. Times are getting harder and harder. We know all this. What can we do to survive?

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The Tibet Myth

Protests during the run-up to the Beijing Olympics have brought Western media attention to Tibet, where the Chinese government has sought to quell civil disturbances. Michael Parenti offers insights with a shading more subtle than the sharp black vs. white images of soldiers beating monks. He argues, "Tibetans deserve to be perceived as actual people, not perfected spiritualists or innocent political symbols."

According to Parenti, whatever wrongs and new oppressions the Chinese introduced after 1959, the year the Dalai Lama fled into exile, they did abolish slavery and the Tibetan serfdom system of unpaid labor. They eliminated the many crushing taxes, started work projects, and greatly reduced unemployment and beggary. Read the entire Parenti article here http://www.michaelparenti.org/Tibet.html .

Hawaii Independence

In an open letter to the US left from the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, the authors write, "If you support peace and justice for the United States and the world, please support demilitarization and independence for Hawai'i." Read the entire letter here: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080428/open_letter