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FLOWERS: New Green Shadow Cabinet ready to solve nation's health crisis

Monday, April 22, 2013

Our nation is failing when it comes to health and health care, and the policies of the Obama administration will make the situation worse. We are headed towards greater privatization of health care which will mean greater profits for Wall Street while those who need medical treatment will struggle to afford it. And the social, economic and environmental factors that affect health such as housing, employment, education, the growing wealth divide and toxins in our air, land and water, are not being adequately addressed.

ALMAN: "Get well quick" doesn't work

Monday, April 22, 2013

Though April 22 is Earth Day, celebrations for the 43rd anniversary are tinged by “Get Well quick!” wishes. That’s because we’ve reached an environmental and economic tipping point. Power and money converge, leveraging debt that multiplies exponentially, like lily pads overwhelming the small pond.

How can we, the people, exact any change? With the Green Shadow Cabinet, founded by the Green Party’s presidential nominee, Jill Stein, another government is possible!

PERRY: The moment to decide

Monday, April 22, 2013

In a historic incidence of moral failure, on April 23 the Housing Authority in San Jose, California will begin its implementation of the bipartisan sequester cuts imposed on it by Congress and the President of the United States. San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley, the richest region in the richest nation in the world, at the richest time in its history.

ADAMS: Replacing greed with generosity

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm thrilled to be a part of the new Green Shadow Cabinet. The Green Shadow Cabinet will demonstrate that there are solutions to the crises we face and that we can create a better world together.

I know how care delivery can be a beautiful, inexpensive, burn-out free, community-building journey and can help create a nation where all are cared for equally. I look forward to sharing what I have learned with members of the Green Shadow Cabinet and communities across the country.

ZEESE: The rule of law in times of ecological collapse

Monday, April 22, 2013

With mass species die-offs, threats to human food supplies, toxicity of air and water, along with deforestation and ocean destruction and the justifiably dominant concern of climate change causing long-term droughts, floods, and extreme storms, the rule of law needs to be applied to the environment.  The Green Shadow Cabinet will make putting in place the rule of law a top priority.

THORNTON: We will end the War on Drugs

Monday, April 22, 2013

It is time to end the war on drugs.  It is time to dismantle the Drug Enforcement Administration and departments of other agencies that deal with drug enforcement and put in place sensible policies that regulate drugs in order to protect public health and safety.

Drug use is a public health issue and does not belong in the justice system. Drug use is better handled by health professionals than it is by police, prosecutors and prisons.  Drug issues should be handled by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration not the Department of Justice. 

BLISS: Higher education for all

Monday, April 22, 2013

Education is the common pool from which many other goods flow - it lowers crime rates and increases civic engagement; decreases poverty and improves public health; it pushes society forward and creates fertile ground for real democracy and social justice.  Education is a human right, a public good, and a critical infrastructure without which no society can prosper.  And most importantly, education is the means by which we prepare younger generations for the challenges and opportunities of the future that belongs to them.  At least, that is what education should be.

BREYMAN: Obama v. EPA - Constructing his environmental legacy

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the wake of Lady Thatcher’s passing, it’s good to remember that TINA (there is no alternative) is a miscreant. Of course another world is possible. It was in Thatcher’s UK, as it is in Obama’s America. Case in point: had the Green Party’s Jill Stein been elected president last November, we’d be hip deep in a struggle over radical ecological-economic restructuring in the US. Instead, we’re stuck with a president who overrules his own Environmental Protection Agency because he’s afraid to stand up to yahoos in Congress and to his and their fossil fuel industry campaign funders.