Obama’s First 100 days from a Green Party Perspective

Posted at On The Wilder Side. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.



On Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 7pm, the Babylon Green Party Gathering will feature former Green Party of New York State Co-Chair Ian Wilder who will review Obama’s First 100 days from a Green Party Perspective www.BabylonGreens.org Wilder’s speech is part of the Babylon Green Party’s 100 Days Series which featured topics that needed to addressed in the first 100 days of the new presidency. The event will be held at Pisces Café, 14A Railroad Avenue, Babylon, NY (631-321-1231) www.piscescafe.net map) Come hungry! For directions to the Babylon Green Gathering, call 631-422-4702 or email ian.wilder@yahoo.com Children are welcome. All gatherings are free of charge, and open to the public.

A social media version of this press release can be found at http://pitch.pe/8710

Ian Wilder with Green Party Prez Candidate Cynthia McKinney

Ian Wilder with Green Party Prez Candidate Cynthia McKinney

Wilder went from being an 18 year-old Democratic County Committeeman to being elected Co-Chair of Green Party of New York State (GPNYS) Co-Chair twenty years later. He has worked on dozens of political campaigns ranging from Arthur Pitts and Patrick Halpin’s break-through elections to Ralph Nader’s historic 2000 Green Party run and Wilder’s own 2001 Babylon Town Supervisor run as a Green Party candidate. Wilder went from volunteering at the 1988 Democratic Presidential Convention to being a Delegate to the 2004 and 2008 Green Party Presidential Conventions.

Wilder currently is the Long Island representative to the GPNYS Executive Committee and Green Party of Suffolk Secretary. He is an at-large representative from GPNYS to the national Presidential Campaign Support Committee. Wilder continues the tradition of hosting the monthly Babylon Green Party Gatherings. Wilder also produces a Public Access TV show, the Green Party Show, on Woodbury Cablevision Channel 20 on Thursdays at 5:30 am . Wilder has offered political commentary in local publications and on radio. He co-founded the political and cultural website, onthewilderside.com. Wilder has served in a number of non-partisan venues such as being a Board Member of the Amityville Chamber of Commerce and his Co-op in North Babylon.

Babylon Green Party Gatherings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The June 3, 2009 Gathering will feature musician Stephanie Carlin.The July 1, 2009 Gathering will feature Sue Tibke and Greg Wills on Nonviolent Communication. The August 5, 2009 Gathering will feature a showing of the film “Sicko” as an extension of the 100 Days Series, since Obama has taken single-payer health care off the table.

The Green Party is an alternative party to the Democrats and Republicans. The four pillars of the Green Party are: Nonviolence/Peace; Grassroots Democracy; Social and Economic Justice; and Ecological Wisdom. For more information about Green Party activities, please go to www.gpsuffolk.org or call Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder at 631-351-5763. You can enroll in the Green Party by checking the box marked “Other” on the voter registration form and writing in the word “Green” on the line next to it.

Babylon Green Party Gatherings are held on the first Wednesday of every month:

  • The June 3, 2009 Gathering will feature musician Stephanie Carlin.
  • The July 1, 2009 Gathering will feature Sue Tibke and Gregg Wills on Nonviolent Communication
  • The August 5, 2009 Gathering will feature a showing of the film Sicko as a bonus to the 100 Days Series

The Green Party is an alternative party to the Democrats and Republicans. The four pillars of the Green Party are: Nonviolence/Peace; Grassroots Democracy; Social and Economic Justice; and Ecological Wisdom.

For more information about Green Party activities, please go to www.gpsuffolk.org or call Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder at 631-351-5763. You can enroll in the Green Party by checking the box marked “Other” on the voter registration form and writing in the word “Green” on the line next to it. Click here to find a voter registration form. You can send donations to the Green Party of Suffolk,14 Robin Drive, Huntington, NY 11743.

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7 thoughts on “Obama’s First 100 days from a Green Party Perspective

  1. paulie Post author

    Reaffirmation of Bush policies on torture, wiretapping, etc

    Homeland security and Fusion Center reports linking alternative parties and alternative political opinions of all sides to terrorism

    Continuing medical marijuana dispensary raids

    Bailouts of bankers, wall street, large corporations

    …those are some good starting points. By the way, we would appreciate it if you joined us in cross-posting alt-party relevant Wilder Side articles to IPR as well. Kimberly has been posting some of them here, but I’ve still had to catch a few 🙂

  2. paulie Post author

    …Also:

    Continued indefinite occupation of Iraq; increased troop levels in Afghanistan; saber rattling toward Pakistan, Somalia, Iran, etc.

    Decrease is antiwar movement activity despite no corresponding decrease in war.

  3. RT

    One thing I’d focus on regarding Obama’s first 100 days in office is that he’s following the status quo on the “War on Drugs”. Huge, futile waste of $. Mexico is mulling the possibility of legalizing cannabis, but I doubt if the either the DEA or the drug cartels will let that happen without a fight, as it would eliminate a major source of their respective incomes. Prohibition II is, sadly, alive & well.

  4. paulie Post author

    RT – I found this interesting –

    Published in HuffPo:

    Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera reported head of the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico, ranked 701st on Forbes’ yearly report of the wealthiest men alive, and worth an estimated $1 billion, today officially thanked United States politicians for making sure that drugs remain illegal. According to one of his closest confidants, he said, “I couldn’t have gotten so stinking rich without George Bush, George Bush Jr., Ronald Reagan, even El Presidente Obama, none of them have the cajones to stand up to all the big money that wants to keep this stuff illegal. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say, Gracias amigos, I owe my whole empire to you.”

    According to sources in the Mexican government, President Calderon is begging American officials to, in the words of reggae great Peter Tosh, legalize it. “Oh yeah,” said an official close to the Mexican president, “Felipe is going crazy. He’s screaming at everybody who comes in, ‘Why don’t they make this sh*t legal already! You’re killing me here!’ Look, everyone knows, when you have Prohibition, you create gangsters. And the more you prohibit, the more gangsters you make. El Chapo is hero now to all those slumdogs who want to be millionaires. Kids in the street, when they play games, they all want to be El Chapo, the baddest man in the whole damn town.”

    Meanwhile, many speculate that rich and prominent Mexican families are in cahoots with American businessmen in the alcohol industry, wealthy industrialists who launder the unprecedented profits from the drug business with their legitimate enterprises, and lawmakers who get gigantic kickbacks and payoffs to make sure that these drugs remain illegal, so they can remain rich, fat and happy. According to sources on both sides of the border, tens of millions of dollars in payoffs and kickbacks are stashed in Swiss banks every year, blood money from the brutal business made possible by a corrupt system supported by laws that don’t, and have never, worked.

    Rather than putting El Chapo and his kind out of business by modernizing outdated laws and in the process making billions of dollars from taxing drugs (as is done with cigarettes and alcohol), United States government has spent hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars chasing its tail, and offered a $5 million reward for the capture of El Chapo. Many have said that the offer is unofficially: Dead or Alive.

    Meanwhile, as an epidemic of murderous violence rages on the Mexican-US border, and the American government wastes boatloads of badly needed money on the illegal drug business which results from the Prohibition laws, El Chapo is laughing all the way to the bank. “Whoever came up with this whole War on Drugs,” one of his lieutenants reports he said, “I would like to kiss him on the lips and shake his hand and buy him dinner with caviar and champagne. The War on Drugs is the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and the day they decide to end that war, will be a sad one for me and all of my closest friends. And if you don’t believe me, ask those guys whose heads showed up in the ice chests.”

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