Green Shadow Cabinet: Updates from the past week

On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM, Green Shadow Cabinet <> wrote:

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The following statements and notices of the Green Shadow Cabinet, provided in reverse chronological order, are also available online here. They may be republished with attribution and a link back to their original web locations. Note that the Cabinet issued three statements as well as a 32 page report on drug policy this past week in response to the White House’s recent announcement of an “All of the Above” drug control policy.
Statements and Notices of the Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States
                                         ~ Week of May 12-18, 2013 ~

PERRY: Too little, too late for foreclosures

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 20 the Home Defenders League, a national network of homeowners fighting foreclosure, will descend on Washington and attempt to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder. They will be demanding real restitution for homeowners robbed by predatory banks, prosecution of Wall Street criminals, and resetting all mortgages to current market rates. The groundswell of activity by groups like Home Defenders League is a sure indication that the foreclosure crisis is not over, and administration responses have been ineffective.

FITRAKIS: The real IRS scandal

Friday, May 17, 2013

The following statement is by Robert Fitrakis, Chair, Federal Elections Commission, Green Shadow Cabinet:

No one should be shocked that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is once again using its power to harass grassroots patriot groups and local Tea Party organizations, as reported in the news recently.

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.

RELEASE: Cabinet urges Obama to respect voters and allow taxation and regulation of marijuana
May 15, 2013
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(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.

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.

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:

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