This just in . . .

The TPP is bad for business

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are foundations of strong communities. Yet as with previous international trade agreements, small businesses are not at the table negotiating the details of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Instead, the TPP is being drafted by the representatives of more than 600 major corporations. Unlike the owners of cooperatives and community businesses, the owners and managers of big capital are unconcerned about the economic impact of trade policies on local communities and the people who live in them. 

Green Shadow Cabinet joins critical struggle to defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Green Shadow Cabinet stands united in opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and is committed to defeating this Obama administration effort to enrich and empower global corporations at the expense of people and planet.

For three years, the Obama administration has engaged in 16 rounds of secret negotiations to develop the TPP. Those negotiations have included hundreds of representatives of global corporations. The TPP negotiations have excluded representatives of the vast majority of the American people. It is a fact that the TPP is global economic policy for the 1%, at the expense of the 99%.

Today, all five branches and 81 members of the Green Shadow Cabinet begin to act in concert to not only defeat the TPP, but to show America that another government with another global economic agenda is possible. There is an alternative to the corrupt political establishment that produces economic terrors like the TPP. Our Cabinet is proof of that alternative.

Obama budget: More cuts are coming

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

With Obama’s publication of his 2014 budget proposals this past April 2013, the current round of deficit cutting set in motion by Obama’s Simpson-Bowles Commission four years ago may be coming to a conclusion of sorts by this September 2013. The important question is: why now a conclusion after four years of deficit cutting negotiations by Obama and Congress?

No action should be taken against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Green Shadow Cabinet's Government Transparency and Accountability Department calls on the Obama administration to “stand down” from action against National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden, a former CIA technician working for the military firm Booz Allen Hamilton under NSA contract, took responsibility for exposing widespread NSA wire-tapping and surveillance against the American people.

U.S. must strongly condemn suppression of protests in Turkey

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Turkish protesters are soon entering into the third week of protest and violent clashes with police that have left three people dead and thousands injured. What started as a small sit-in against urban over-development has quickly turned into a nationwide protest against what is seen as increasingly authoritarian and conservative government by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the majority Justice and Development Party, AKP.

Join the Green Shadow Cabinet & Friends at this Year’s Left Forum in New York City


June 7, 2013 - 3:00pm to June 9, 2013 - 7:00pm


1 Pace Plaza
Pace University
New York  New York  10038
United States

See our schedule below for highlighted sessions featured by the Green Shadow Cabinet, including a meet and greet social event on Saturday night, panels and workshops featuring Cabinet members, as well as Dr. Jill Stein's keynote panel on Friday evening. Left Forum provides a context for the critical dialogue that is essential for a stronger Left and a more just society. Each spring Left Forum convenes one of the largest gatherings in North America of the U.S. and international Left. Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960s, it brings together intellectuals and organizers to share perspectives, strategies, experience and vision.

ECONOMY: Solving the unemployment crisis

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Despite all the clamor about deficit reduction and sequestration, the assumption in Washington D.C. is that the U.S. economy is basically fine. The "jobs slump" is just that — a slump — and with proper government intervention (or lack thereof), the happy days of full employment will eventually return. After all, the Labor Department continues to report monthly declines in joblessness, doesn't it? After all, the "recession" is officially over, isn't it? 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: What are we to make of Obama’s recent silence on Syria?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

If President Obama wants the world to believe that the U.S. firmly supports a diplomatic solution to the Syria conflict, he needs to do more that just say so. He should strongly urge all the key states, including Iran, to come to the negotiating table in Geneva. He should state unequivocally that any U.S. aid would only come in the form of humanitarian aid to refugees and not in weapons or war support. He should twist the arms of war-hungry members of Congress to dissuade them from pushing pro-war legislation, and he should speak out frequently and vehemently in support of talks, negotiation and diplomacy. His lack of definitive leadership down the path of diplomacy casts serious doubt on both his commitment to peace in the region and his capacity to lead.

EDUCATION: We reject indentured servitude and support Student Debt Emancipation

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Bank On Student Loan Fairness Act and Rep. Karen Bass’s Student Loan Fairness Act are both put forward respectable first steps, but even these fail to really strike at the heart of the issue -- that these students’ educations should have been free in the first place. 

Education is a human right that should be accessible for all, which is why the Green Shadow Cabinet supports a fully-funded, free public higher education system that removes the initial and lifetime barriers to higher education that so many of our young people and older students face. It is also why we oppose student debt “forgiveness” policies, which unjustly blame the victims – people who have been taken advantage of for trying to better their lives through education – for the crimes of a political duopoly that has slashed education funding for decades and a financial industry eager to make a profit on the backs of our children. Instead, because the unjust burden placed on our youth and students by student debt amounts to a new form of indentured servitude, we support a policy of Student Debt Emancipation - the immediate end to all student loan payments as part of an economic stimulus package that would reinvest in our nation’s education system and allow our young people to have the same chance that older generations had to make a brighter future for themselves and their families.