Statements of the Green Shadow Cabinet

Witness to an International Crime: Israeli State Terrorism in Gaza

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“Protective Edge,” the cartoonish name given to the latest Israeli military offensive against the occupied people of Palestine, is representative of the inverted reality whereby the 1.7 million captive and largely defenseless Palestinians in Gaza are the vicious aggressors against the peace-loving settlers of Israel. Similar to the inverted reality in the U.S., where the myth of the innocent settler was created to justify the systematic slaughter of Indigenous peoples, the genocidal policies of Israel are camouflaged by the transformation of its position from an armed colonial invader to one of victim.

CNN: Palestinians Want to Die

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday on CNN, Jake Tapper interviews Diana Buttu, a former advisor to the PLO. After failing to persuade her of Israel's complete innocence, he tells her that Hamas is instructing women and children to remain in their homes to die as Israel bombs them. She responds by expressing doubt that people want to die. Oh no, says Tapper, Palestinians live in a culture of martyrdom; they want to die.

Can the U.S. Keep the Water Flowing?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Long in the making, the water crisis in Detroit—with hundreds of thousands having their water supply threatened—has rightfully focused national and global attention on an ongoing human rights violation in the United States. It has also highlighted the work of resilient community-based organizations like the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization that have been on the ground and working on this issue over the years. Despite their work and the growing national awareness, this is an unfamiliar space for most Americans – a water crisis in the United States?

Women’s Economic Agenda Statement on Supreme Court Rulings Against Women, Families, & Workers

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This summer, the Supreme Court delivered a one-two punch, granting companies new rights and freedom, while ruling against a woman's right to control her own body! 

This has almost nothing to do with religious rights and everything to do with expanding corporate rights.

Snowden Should Refuse to Play “Alice in Wonderland”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clinton and Kerry Call On Snowden To Submit To Sham Security State Trial

The Alexandria federal court is known to be very much a pro-security state court in part because of the make-up of the jury pool. Is this the “impartial jury” the Constitution envisions? Thus, it will be impossible for Snowden to get a fair trial. 

Pay No Attention to the Apocalypse Behind the Curtain

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Green Shadow Cabinet Secretary of Peace, David Swanson's remarks in London, England, July 2, 2014:

"The United States has never returned to pre-World War II levels of taxes or military spending, never left Japan or Germany, has engaged in some 200 military actions abroad during the so-called post-war era, has never stopped expanding its military presence abroad, and now has troops permanently stationed in almost every country on earth. Two exceptions, Iran and Syria, are regularly threatened."

It's Not the Children's Fault

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recent news headlines report that unaccompanied children, toddlers to 17 year olds, are crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border in the thousands. President Obama has called it an "an urgent humanitarian situation." Blogs are exploding ranging from humanitarian concern to xenophobic hateful comments. Militia groups have made a call to action (once again) to guard the U.S.-Mexico border, while others are calling for the U.S. military to be sent.

Unacceptable Risk: Shipping Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The U.S. addiction to fossil fuels is putting the earth into peril as we face significant climate change. It's also putting hundreds of railway towns at risk, as volatile materials are shipped in aging, obsolete tank cars.

Green Shadow Cabinet Secretary of Transportation, Steve Chrismer, identifies the benefits of localized, renewable energy - to community safety, as well as to our transport and freight networks and broader economy.

Unanimous Supreme Court Backs Whistleblowers over White House Objections

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

In an important ruling, the nation’s highest court shot down an Obama administration attempt to shield governments from whistle-blowing employees. Nevertheless, the decision “still sends a chilling message” because it fails to adequately protect whistleblowers’ jobs.

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