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EDUCATION: Education can and should be free for all

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Green Shadow Cabinet's Department of Education expresses our strong support for the students at Cooper Union who have been peacefully occupying their campus President‘s office since Wednesday, May 8, in protest of the college’s recent decision to end the policy of free education for all students.  The new policy was announced by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, ending a tradition of over 150 years of free higher education at this private college in New York City. The Cooper Union was founded by Peter Cooper (philanthropist, inventor, and visionary) on the principle that education should be "free as air and water". We agree.

High quality education should be available for all people in the United States, starting with early childhood education and continuing through graduate school. It should be the role of our federal government to provide free high quality education for all.

THORNTON: Obama’s ‘All of the Above’ drug control strategy means more of the same failed strategy

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On April 24th the Obama administration released its annual National Drug Control Strategy.

President Obama has rhetorically stressed that education is central to getting the United States to move forward. He believes that drug use undermines this vision.  The Administration fails to recognize that the War on Drugs has done far more to limit the potential of the country than drug use has.

COLEMAN ADEBAYO: 11 years of whistleblower and civil rights protection

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013 marks the 11th anniversary of the signing of the No FEAR Act, the first civil rights and whistleblower law of the 21st century. Thousands of federal employees and allies worked tirelessly to move congress and the White House to pass legislation to protect civil rights victims and courageous whistleblowers. The struggle to pass the No FEAR Act was difficult and fraught with dangers.  Many federal employees who supported the No FEAR Act were terminated from federal service, careers were destroyed and deaths were reported related to unrelenting managerial stress and abuse.

RELEASE: Cabinet urges Obama to respect voters and allow taxation and regulation of marijuana

May 15, 2013

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, the Green Shadow Cabinet sent President Obama and others in the administration a report that recommends the federal government respect democracy and federalism by allowing implementation of laws that would regulate and tax marijuana in Washington and Colorado, as well as laws in 18 states and the District of Columbia that allow its medical use.

STEIN: We urge Obama to follow Colorado, Washington on marijuana policy

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dear Mr. President ~ I am writing to provide you with a report developed by the Green Shadow Cabinet Justice Branch: “The Voters of Colorado and Washington Provide a Path to End the War-on-Marijuana Quagmire.” Please click here to read it. The report makes four specific recommendations that your administration can take, without any action by Congress, to recognize democracy in Washington and Colorado where the voters voted by 55% to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana; as well as in the 18 states and the District of Columbia where state law authorizes medical marijuana use.

JUSTICE BRANCH: Steps Obama and the public should take to close Guantanamo

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

As the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay approach their 100th day of refusing to eat this Friday, May 17, we urge President Obama to take specific steps now to release or transfer prisoners and close the prison. 

More than 100 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo are participating in a hunger strike.  More than two-dozen are being brutally force fed. We join with those throughout the United States and world calling for their release or transfer and ending the injustice of indefinite detention without trial.  We also call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison which has become a human rights embarrassment to the Obama administration and the United States.

President Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, but it remains open.  While he has blamed Congress for the prison remaining open the law allows the president to transfer prisoners through a waiver and certification process.  To make this process work, President Obama should immediately take the following steps:

Cabinet members to take on Obama over climate inaction

May 13, 2013

The announcement that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere has passed the critical threshold of 400 ppm (parts per million) underscores the urgent need for the Obama administration to finally take meaningful action on climate change. Scientists believe that a safe level for carbon is below 350 ppm. 400 ppm is the highest levels found on earth in over 5 million years.

Operation Green Jobs - Join Cheri Honkala in the March on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


May 18, 2013 - 12:00pm to May 24, 2013 - 3:00pm


Philadelphia to Washington D.C.  --
United States

What are the most dire issues we face? If you’re like most Americans, you’d probably say the climate crisis and the jobs crisis. So why is Washington so obsessed with budget cuts and fossil fuels? Don’t ask members of Congress who have been purchased by corporate lobbyists, ask the ones with the receipts: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce. We’re leading a march of the long-term unemployed from Philadelphia, PA to Washington, DC directly to the Chamber’s front door.

DUNLEA: Farm Bill needs to embrace a just, fair and green food system

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Today, Congress resumes its efforts to reauthorize the federal Farm Bill, one of the most complex and comprehensive pieces of federal legislation.

The Farm and Food Bill is Congress' blueprint for our food system. Certainly many of the core problems with our food system originate outside the Farm Bill, such as the dominance of agribusiness and the increasing international treatment of food as just another commodity to exploit for profit.  But the Farm Bill can address problems such as hunger, unhealthy food choices, inadequate income for farmers and food workers, water pollution and climate change. It can help correct the history of racial, ethnic and gender injustice in agriculture.