Statements of the Green Shadow Cabinet

With The People’s Climate March Behind Us, What Do We Do Now?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The climate action weekend built around the People’s Climate March proved that the climate movement has broad popular support and millions are ready to mobilize. These are two ingredients necessary to achieve climate justice. Also needed is a strategy that is widely understood so people recognize their work is connected to a larger movement and their actions are more effective.

Why Obama Must Bomb ISIS

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Obama and Congress are unable to choose diplomacy and humanitarian aid over war with ISIS for several interrelated reasons. Surprise as to the lopsided authorization for Obama's direct war against ISIS and indirect war against al Assad evaporates in light of this analysis. Reasonable observers may have thought that thirteen years of experience, pain, shame and waste would be sufficient to at least teach officials what to avoid this time. Yet here they go again.

Eric Holder's Uneven Tenure

Thursday, September 25, 2014

In social justice terms, Eric Holder’s tenure as the U.S. Attorney General was uneven and inconsistent. While the Department of Justice was more responsive to civil rights violations, such as police shootings of minorities, than the previous administration, the Department hesitated to launch investigations on controversial cases until community pressure compelled it to.

The Global Jobs Crisis, Inequality, & the Ghost of Keynes

Thursday, September 25, 2014

21st century global capital has thus evolved multiple ways to reduce wages today. But the biggest contribution to wage-earnings reduction for working households, the biggest impact, derives from the chronic rise in the millions of unemployed, the growing percentage of ‘contingent’ (part time, temp, contract) and ‘low quality’ jobs, and the millions forced into the ‘shadow economy’ of intermittent, occasional work, still lower paid, or even worse. 

The Global Climate Strike: Why We Can't Wait

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The world’s capitals will not end the old economy or deliver the new one. We can’t wait any longer because every day of waiting reduces our window for action. We need not wait because we already hold the knowledge needed for creating the new economy. And because a global climate strike can stop the machine responsible for creating the climate crisis, the most powerful person may be you.