The Green Party condemns the killings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. We extend our condolences and prayers to their families and friends, just as we have previously done to the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
The Green Party of Philadelphia
(GPOP) objects to Mayor Michael Nutter's budget for Fiscal 2016 because it heaps the cost of school services upon poor and working people. Meeting on April 22 at Cavanaugh's Restaurant in University City, Green Party members rejected Nutter's proposed tax increases and urged Philadelphia's City Council to tax the wealthy to pay for the public education of future citizens.
Oil train derails in Philadelphia, Landfill seeks expansion in Northeastern Pennsylvania, rising levels of toxic radon gas in homes near drilling sites: the news goes from bad to worse. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approves permit after permit, cites violations and fines the perpetrators. This cycle has to stop.
The Green Party leaders expressed strong support for the "Our America Initiative" law suit (http://www.fairdebates.com
) against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). The Green Party and Libertarian Party are among several plaintiffs in the suit.
Green Party leaders called passage of national anti-discrimination legislation that covers sexual orientation and sexual identity a necessary step after recent court decisions allowing same-sex marriage, especially in the wake of laws in Indiana and Arkansas that uphold a "right" to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.