The Young Greens US Stand With Scotland

With the historic vote for Scottish independence less than 10 days away, the Young Greens of the United States express their solidarity with the Scottish people.

The vote for independence is very much in line with Green values. It will allow Scotland to have more control over its own affairs internationally, rather than be treated merely as an extension of the United Kingdom.

We would also extend that same solidarity to Wales and Northern Ireland, if they eventually decide to take a similar path.

This issue may not be given as much attention as it deserves outside of Europe, but its significance should not be underestimated.  This represents a nonviolent path to further democracy through a democratic process itself.

Other nations can and should follow in Scotland’s example here, regardless of whether or not this initiative succeeds. Whereas the government of the United States may not stand with us on this issue, we hope that our Scottish counterparts can take comfort in our support.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Evan Lyne, Co-Chair eblyne@outlook.com
Tyler Beloin, National Delegate tbeloi1@pride.hofstra.edu

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Evan Lyne interviewed by USA Today

Complete USA Today Interview

A few days ago, newly elected co-chair Evan Lyne was interviewed for an article by USA Today. The complete interview was a bit more extensive, as the article shortened Lyne’s comments to one or two sentences. Here is a transcript of the complete interview; link to the article is below as well.

Hammond: What do you think of the current political environment, particularly the gridlock in Congress?
Lyne: Politicians of the two major parties mostly take corporate donations, so they are inherently working in service of those entities. What our current political environment consists of is a clashing of corporate interests. The corporations funding the Democrats want X and those funding Republicans want Y; it’s as simple as that. In my opinion, the current political environment is one in which we finally are witnessing the swan song of the two-party system.

Hammond: Do you think the Republican and Democratic parties adequately represent the American people?
Lyne: Absolutely not; the polls speak as evidence of that. Both parties are becoming authoritarian to extremes that the American people would never allow, if they thought they had a say in the matter. The American people do not want a government that listens to their phone calls, reads their e-mails, or a government that works for its own profit at the expense of its constituents.

Hammond: Millennials will be the political leaders in a few decades. What do you want to see change in the American party system, if anything?
Lyne: Significant reform, undoubtedly. I would like to see an entry of a third-party into the political arena, potentially opening the door for a multiparty system. Choice is essential in a democratic government.

Hammond: A Gallup poll released last week said the perceived need for a third major political party has reached a new high and attributes this to the inability of Republicans and Democrats to agree on basic government functions. 60% of Americans in the poll say the Democratic and Republican parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. What do you think of these results?
Lyne: These results show that the American people have finally had enough of a two-party system that so constantly works against their interests. When I see such a high percentage, it gives me hope and further motivation to work with the Green Party. I think this is a politically crucial moment in our country’s history; one in which all sorts of third parties intend to exert themselves, particularly the Green Party and the Libertarian Party.

Hammond: Do you think a third party is needed? Would you want one?
Lyne: Of course, there is no question. I wouldn’t be so avidly involved with the Green Party if I didn’t think a third party was needed or wanted.

Hammond: How would a third major party affect the political environment?
Lyne: I can assume that it would shake it up considerably, depending on the ideology of said party. How would the Green Party affect it? We would push legislation which seeks to end climate change, we would seek to eliminate student debt, and we would put a stop to corporate welfare. Will there be tension politically? Yes, if the party disagrees with us, which both of them do at this point.

Hammond: How would a third party help represent the American people?
Lyne: Again, this totally depends on the party in question. A third party could either represent the American people perfectly, or represent them just as badly as Democrats and Republicans do. The Green Party would represent the American people to the best of its ability, as it is one of the very few national parties that wants to focus its efforts on education, protecting our civil liberties, and ending climate change in the hope of a safe future for the generations to come. That is what the American people really want.

Hammond: If a third major party were to gain ground and win elections to Congress, instead of two heads not being able to agree, would Congress not just become three heads not being able to agree?
Lyne: It would not result in this form of a shutdown, because if one party were to disagree with the other two, a budget would still be passed according to whichever two parties hold a majority. The Green Party would seek to drastically change what that budget typically acts to do, so political tensions will increase. I would imagine that other third parties would seek something just as radical, which will be what truly puts the two major parties to the test. The test, of course, being that they will have to show the public what their true values are.

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Statement on Trayvon Martin

Young Greens of the United States statement regarding the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin:

We stand with the millions all across the country, and the world, still grieving the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. In particular, the parents who had to not only suffer the indignity of having to bury their own child, but also the indignity of witnessing their son, the victim, being the one put on trial in the court of public opinion. We also stand with youth today who are being constantly degraded, profiled, stopped, and frisked, merely because of the color of their skin.

The travesty of the killing of a child, who was defending himself against an armed man stalking him in the night because he was wearing a hood in the rain while buying candy, with no legal repercussions speaks volumes about where we are as a society.

Unfortunately, it seems there will always be vigilante “justice” for millions of youth like Trayvon, but never justice for Wall Street, or those who engage in torture and misguided war. We ask the nation to confront the issue of injustice with the urgency and gravity that it requires. We affirm the belief that justice is blind, and not reserved for the advantaged in this country.

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Bradley Manning vs. SEAL Team 6

tomdispatch.com

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Today’s must-read article comes from Chase Madar, writing for TomsDispatch.com

Al-Qaeda remains a simmering menace, but as an organization hardly the greatest threat to the United States. In fact, if you measure national security in blood and money, as many of us still do, by far the greatest threat to the United States over the past dozen years has been our own clueless foreign policy.

Our government secrecy fetishists invest their security clearances (held by an elite coterie of 4.8 million people) and the information security (InfoSec) regime they continue to elaborate with all sorts of protective powers over life and limb. But what gets people killed, no matter how much our pols and pundits strain to deny it, aren’t InfoSec breaches or media leaks, but foolish and clueless strategic choices. Putting the blame on leaks is a nice way to pass the buck, but at the risk of stating the obvious, what has killed 1,605 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan since 2009 is the war in Afghanistan — not Bradley Manning or any of the other five leakers whom Obama has prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917. Leaks and whistleblowers should not be made scapegoats for bad strategic choices, which would have been a whole lot less bad had they been informed by all the relevant facts.

Pardon my utopian extremism, but knowing what your government is doing really isn’t such a bad thing and it has to do with aiding the (American) public, not the enemy. Knowing what your government is doing is not some special privilege that the government generously bestows on us when we’re good and obedient citizens, it’s an obligation that goes to the heart of the matter in a free country. After all, it should be ordinary citizens like us who make the ultimate decision about whether war X is worth fighting or not, worth escalating or not, worth ending or not.

Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/174745/how-dystopian-secrecy-contributes-clueless-wars#ixzz2VvWeFc40

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