FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Green Party of Pennsylvania
David Ochmanowicz Jr, DaveO@GP.org
Sheri Miller, Sheri.Miller@gmail.com
Green Party of Pennsylvania Candidates for public office:
Governor, Paul Glover
Lieutenant Governor, Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick
US Senate, Neal Gale
State Senate District 20, Jay Sweeney
State Representative District 10, Darcelle Slappy
State Representative District 23, Jay Ting Walker
Candidate Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick said in a statement “I'm happy that I and other PA Green Party candidates will have the opportunity to earn the votes of our neighbors because even though it was hard work getting signatures for our nomination papers, we came across many people who were eager to sign because they recognized that the problems of this Commonwealth won't be solved if voters restrict themselves to the limited solutions and candidates presented by the Democrats & Republicans.”
“Due to the hard work of over 100 volunteers, voters will have the opportunity to consider Green candidates who share a people-focused agenda over the corporate-funded alternatives. stated David Ochmanowicz, Bucks County delegate to the state party. “PA voters who embrace an end to Citizens United, call for a ban on fracking, support single payer healthcare, seek responsible stewardship of our environment, and yearn for a more representative government can choose candidates that will fight for people over profits.”
The recent February 2018 court decision focusing on ballot access, a joint effort by the state’s Green, Libertarian and Constitution Parties, was successful in lifting some of the overwhelming hurdles for fair and equitable ballot access applicable to smaller parties.
“We have been diligently working on growing the PA Green Party through years of putting forward candidates against the obstacles created by the two-party system. By running candidates in every election cycle, we are creating a structure that retains knowledge and is reproducible. The six candidates that have qualified for the November ballot today will continue to break down the structures that prevent ordinary people from obtaining elected office.” said Timothy Runkle, State Party Treasurer.
“This is straight grassroots what I’m doing,” candidate Darcelle Slappy told The Beaver County Times reporter J.D. Prose in an interview posted on July 30th. “I’m going door-to-door making a personal connection with everybody, and that’s what it takes.”
Jay Sweeney, candidate for State Senate in District 20 stated, “I am thankful for all who circulated a petition on my behalf as well as those who signed. I will continue to work to empower the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and improve our electoral system. I will work for healthy communities, clean energy jobs that protect our environment, and a sustainable future.”
PA Green Party candidate for Governor, Paul Glover, is focusing his campaign on the issues of fossil fuels, mass incarceration, education, legalization of cannabis, green jobs, organic agriculture, and universal healthcare. He stated, "I'm the only candidate for Pennsylvania Governor who would ban fracking, which poisons the future. As well, I would replace prison building by creating 500,000 green jobs.” A long-time activist, Glover helped create Ithaca, New York’s local currency and is author of the book Green Jobs Philly.
To volunteer or donate to help Green candidates, visit our candidate website at www.greenwaveofpa.org, and to learn more about the partyś commitment to people over profits, www.gpofpa.org.
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Actually, forget bit by bit. I was just on the phone with C.I. and I told her about the press release above and she brought up Ashford & Simpson.
Brick by brick to make it stick
You've got to use all of you, 'coz that's the glue
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Despite four years of failure and the Iraqi people rejecting him at the voting booth, the US government is attempting to install Hayder al-Abadi for a second term as prime minister.
A new month begins and yet Iraq still has not formed a government.
A new month begins and yet Iraq still has not formed a government.
Where are the adults? You hold an election, you form a government. In 2010, it took eight months for Iraq to form a government and this only happened by overturning the votes with the US negotiated Erbil Agreement. Brett McGruk was the lead on that. And now he's back in Iraq.
What's he doing? What we've said he was doing.
Hayder al-Abadi came in third. Third. This is just like when the Iraqi voters said no, in March, 2010, to a second term for thug Nouri al-Maliki and Brett and The Erbil Agreement gave Nouri a second term -- which created the rise of ISIS among other things.
Despite blood being already on their hands, the US government is eager to trash the election results again.
Grasp that and grasp that the incessant caterwauling never ends in the US over claims that the Russians must have interfered in the 2016 presidential election. As usual, it's narcissism on display. Me-me-me, only I matter!
So it's outrage over the belief that Russia might have interfered but it's silence over the fact that we interfered in Iraq's election in 2010. The after effects of that 2010 action led to the rise of ISIS, led to the deaths of many. And yet the Alyssa Milanos, Patty Arquettes and Debra Messings never express any outrage over that. By their actions, they make clear that it's okay for the US to interfere in the elections of other countries.
Hayder al-Abadi is a failure.
The Iraqi people said so.
To yet again overturn their will?
Let's stop pretending we want democracy in Iraq. In fact, let's let the country save millions by not even carrying out a vote if the US government is not going to respect the results or the will of the people. Just come out and publicly appoint the puppet. It would be a lot more honest.
PM @HaiderAlAbadi: It is the duty of the government to deliver good services to all Iraqis, maintain security and safeguard Iraq’s stability
Yes, Hayder, those are the duties of the government and you've had four years already to carry those duties out but you have failed repeatedly. As your term winds down, you have no success to point to. You failed the Iraqi people. Daily and repeatedly, you failed the Iraqi people.
Barack Obama picked you and put you in place and you were weak and useless for the Iraqi people.
You didn't protect the families in Falluja. Nouri al-Maliki had started shelling their homes in his second term. You continued the practice -- you continued the practice despite declaring it wrong and stating in September of 2014 that it would cease. You continued to bomb the homes of civilians. That's actually not just wrong, it's also a War Crime.
Hayder is a failure.
Protests are taking place in Iraq.
"Despite Basra's oil wealth, people lack basic amenities such as clean water, electricity and waste management."
Clean water and electricity? Those are not outrageous demands. Those are basic needs. Hayder had four years and he has failed to deliver.
And he's done nothing to combat corruption which was a major issue before he was put in place by Barack and what was the leading issue in the May 12th elections.
Iraq brings in billions from oil and yet the people live in poverty and jobs are in short supply.
WORLD BULLETIN notes today:
Iraq has raised more than $700 billion from oil since 2005, but almost the entire amount has been spent, the central bank announced Tuesday.
"A total of $703.11 billion, or 99.5 percent of the amount, has been spent," it said.
Since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State group last December, marking an end to decades of conflict in Iraq, social grievances have boiled over in a series of protests.
Where did that $703 billion go? It didn't go into rebuilding the infrastructure. It went into the pockets of corrupt politicians (and, in Nouri's case, the son of a corrupt politician).
And there's no victory over the Islamic State. It's carrying out attacks pretty much daily in Iraq today. Just this week, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) penned, "Fresh Anti-ISIS Operations in Kirkuk, Diyala; 34 Killed in Iraq."
Protests continue in Iraq. Patrick Cockburn (INDEPENDENT) summed them up, "Part of the wave of demonstrations sweeping across central and southern Iraq, they demanded jobs, electricity, water and an end to the mass theft of Iraq’s oil wealth by the political parties."
Iraq struggles to contain Basra oil protests goo.gl/fFsDKE
There are no jobs, clean electricity and water are in short supply, ISIS remains operating in Iraq, what has Hayder accomplished in four years?
Not a damn thing.
Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) reports:
At least 675 people were killed in Iraq during the month of July. Another 807 were wounded. The number of injured exploded in July due to protests over jobs and services in the southern provinces. About half of the fatalities belonged to Islamic State militants being killed in fresh operations. In June, 772 were killed or found dead, and 294 were wounded.
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