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Independent Green Party of Virginia Joins Coalition Against War Spending

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The Independent Green Party of Virginia has joined a coalition that includes 88 congressional candidates from every major party and 29 national organizations opposed to any further spending on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Independent Greens is the first political party to join the Coalition Against War Spending. Other national and state political parties are encouraged to sign on.

Eighty-eight congressional candidates and 30 national organizations are opposing any more funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, no matter what unrelated measures are packaged into the same bill, no matter whether the bill appears likely to pass or not, and no matter whether it is passed with a procedural vote through legislative legerdemain — as on July 1st in the U.S. House.

The Coalition Against War Spending is inviting more candidates, including all incumbents, and national organizations to join. The 88 candidates who have already signed on are from 27 different states and Washington, D.C., and include 27 Greens, 24 Libertarians, 21 Democrats, 6 Independent Greens, 4 Independents, 1 Republican, 1 Socialist, and 4 Peace and Freedom Party members (and more may be added to the website by the time you read this). Seventy-six are candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, and 12 for the Senate.

Members of the Coalition Against War Spending do not all agree with each other on many topics, including their reasons for opposing war spending. But they all back this short statement:

“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost Americans over $1 trillion in direct costs, and over $3 trillion altogether. At a time when our national debt exceeds $13 trillion, we can no longer afford these wars. It’s time for Congress to reject any funding except to bring all our troops safely home.”

The Independent Greens of Virginia adds this statement:

“The Indy Greens are ‘fiscally conservative’. It is fiscally conservative, socially responsible to save $300 billion tax dollars by:
Bringing 100,000 troops home from Iraq, 100,000 troops home from Afghanistan would save taxpayers $200 billion a year.
Bring 100,000 troops home from Germany, Japan, and Korea.
Of the $3.7 Trillion dollar federal budget $1.2 goes to Defense where there is no auditable accounting system. America needs to count the money at the Pentagon. Use taxpayer savings to balance the budget, pay off the federal debt, build rail infrastructure nationwide to grow jobs, and economy.
The fiscally conservative Independent Greens of Virginia are led by retired military flag officers and Veterans.
Indy Green leadership includes
Retired U.S. Air Force Officer Gail “for Rail” Parker – State Vice Chair – 1st District congressional candidate
U.S. Air Force veteran, Carey Campbell – State Chairman
Dr. D.C. Amarisinghe 2nd District Chairman
U.S. Air Force veteran, John Kelly, 3rd Congrsssional District Chairman
Janet Murphy, 4th Congressional District Chair – candidate
U.S. Army veteran Jeff Clark, 5th District Chairman – candidate
U.S. Army veteran Floyd Bayne, 7th District Chairman – candidate
Retired Navy Captain Ron “Rail” Fisher – 8th District Chairman – candidate
U.S. Army veteran Jeremiah Heaton – 9th District Independent candidate/Indy Green endorsee
David Gillis 11th Congressional District candidate
Julio Romano Iraq vetreran, Indy Green 2011 House of Delegates candidate”


Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives:
Ken Adler, AR-01, Batesville, Green | Statement
Nick Coons, AZ-05, Tempe/Scottsdale, Libertarian | Statement
Rebecca Schneider, AZ-06, Phoenix, Democrat
Richard Grayson, AZ-06, Apache Junction, Green | Statement
Carol Wolman, CA-01, northwest corner, Green
Clint Curtis CA-04, northeast corner, Democrat | Statement
Ben Emery CA-04, Nevada City, Green
Eugene E Ruyle, CA-06, Marin/Sonoma, Peace and Freedom | Statement
Larry Allen, CA-09, Oakland, Peace and Freedom Party | Statement
Dave Heller, CA 09, Berkeley, Green | Statement
Jeremy Cloward, CA-10, Pleasant Hill, Green | Statement
Mark Williams, CA-12, San Carlos, Libertarian
Mary V. Larkin, CA-17, Monterey, Libertarian | Statement
Les Marsden, CA-19, Yosemite/Mariposa, Democrat | Statement
Randall Weissbuch, CA-26, Arcadia, Libertarian
Richard R. Castaldo, CA-30, Peace and Freedom Party
Marcy Winograd, CA-36, Los Angeles, Democrat | Video
William Hedrick, CA-44, Riverside/San Clemente, Democrat | Video
Ken Arnold, CA-46, Orange and L.A., Democrat | Statement
Mike Paster, CA-49, Fallbrook, Libertarian
Tracy Emblem, CA-50, San Diego, Democrat | Statement
Michael Benoit, CA-52, San Diego, Libertarian
Lisa Ann Green, CA-53, Venice, Green
Gary Swing, CO-01, Denver, Green | Statement
Jerell Klaver, CO-05, Manitou Springs, Libertarian | Statement
G. Scott Deshefy, CT-02, New London, Green
Doug Tudor, FL-12, Riverview et al, Democrat
Marleine Bastien, FL-17, North Miami, Democrat
Regina Thomas, GA-12, Savannah, Democrat
Matt Reichel, IL-05, Chicago, Green
Bill Scheurer, IL-08, Lindenhurst, Green / Independent
Rodger Jennings, IL-12, Alton, Green
Doug Marks, IL-14, Carpentersville, Libertarian | Statement
Sheldon Schafer, IL-18, Peoria, Green
John Duncan, IN-04, Libertarian | Statement
John Wayne Cunningham, IN-08, Terre Haute, Libertarian | Statement
James E. “Jim” Holbert, KY-05, London, Democrat | Statement
Philip Dunkelbarger, MA-09, Westwood, Independent | Statement
Peter White, MA-10, Cape Cod, Independent
Charlie Shick, MI-03, Wyoming, Green
Anna Janek, MI-09, West Bloomfield, Republican
Diana Longrie, MN-04, Democrat | Statement
Michael Cavlan, MN-05, Minneapolis, Independent Progressive | Statement
Kevin Craig, MO-07, Springfield, Libertarian
William OBrien, MO-09, Mexico, Libertarian | Statement
Thomas Hill, NC-08, Fayetteville, Libertarian
Lon Cecil, NC-12, High Point, Libertarian
Anthony Gronowicz, NY-07, New York City, Green
Jonathan Tasini, NY-15, New York City, Democrat | Statement | Video
Emin Eddie Egriu, NY-28, Buffalo, Democrat
Marc Johnston, OH-02, Blue Ash, Libertarian | Statement
Chris Henry, OR-01, Portland, Green
Michael Meo, OR-03, Portland, Green | Statement
Ebert G. Beeman, PA-03, Lake Erie, Libertarian | Statement
Vernon Etzel, PA-05, Oil City, Libertarian
Ed Bortz, PA-14, Pittsburgh, Green | Statement
Jake Towne, PA-15, Nazareth, Independent | Statement
David Segal, RI-01, Providence, Democrat
Robert A. Dobbs, SC-01, Myrtle Beach, Green | Statement
Eric Schechter, TN-05, Nashville, Democrat
Christopher J. Claytor, TX-03, Plano, Libertarian | Statement
James Arthur Strohm, TX-21, Austin/San Antonio/Kerrville, Libertarian | Statement
Steve Susman, TX-22, Houston, Libertarian | Statement
Martin Nitschke, TX-23, El Paso to San Antonio, Libertarian | Statement
John Jay Myers, TX-32, Dallas, Libertarian | Statement
Claudia Wright, UT-02, Salt Lake City, Democrat
Gail Parker, VA-01, Green
John Kelly, VA-03, Green
Janet Murphy, VA-04, Green
Floyd Bayne, VA-07, Independent Green | Statement
Ron Fisher, VA-08, Arlington, Green
David Gillis, VA-11, Green
Larry Kalb, WA-02, northwest corner, Democrat
Diana McGinness, WA-02, Bellingham, Democrat | Statement
Roy Olson, WA-09, Olympia, Green | Statement
Natale Straccuzzi, Washington D.C., Green

Candidates for U.S. Senate:
Duane Roberts, CA, Green | Statement
Gail K Lightfoot, CA, Libertarian | Statement
Marsha Feinland, CA, Peace and Freedom Party | Statement
John Finger, CO, Libertarian | Statement
Bob Kinsey, CO, Green | Statement
Richard A. Weir, NC, Green | Statement
Cecile Lawrence, NY, Green
Dan La Botz, OH, Socialist | Statement
Rick Staggenborg, OR, Green
Mel Packer, PA, Green | Statement
Bob Burr, WA, Democrat | Statement
Ben Masel, WI, Democrat (2012)

American Homeless Society | Statement
Backbone Campaign
Campaign Corner: A Home for Progressive Populist Candidates | Statement
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
CODE PINK: Women for Peace
Consumers for Peace
The Democratic Activist
End US Wars
Global Exchange
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Green Change | Statement
Global Peace
Independent Green Party of Virginia | Statement
Jobs for Afghans | Statement
Justice Through Music
Liberty Tree
Military Families Speak Out
National Education Association Peace and Justice Caucus
Peace Majority Report
Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Push
Proposition One Campaign
Rethink Afghanistan
Smirking Chimp
Velvet Revolution
Veterans For Peace
Voters For Peace
War Criminals Watch

Other Organizations Opposed to the War Funding (not yet members of the CAWS):
Alternet, The American Friends Service Committee, Calitics, CREDO, Down With Tyranny, FireDogLake, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Just Foreign Policy,, Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), The Nation,, Peace Action, Progressive America Rising, The Rag Blog,, TruthDig, United for Peace and Justice, US Labor Against the War, Win Without War, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, World Can’t Wait, the Young Turks.

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  1. George Phillies George Phillies July 16, 2010

    Meanwhile, for those of you who have noticed that you also get hit by State and local taxes, there is a pretty graph of taxes as percent of personal income, seen at

    The National average is 10.9%, Massachusetts is at 10.3%, and since the name seems to get mentioned here Nevada is at about 9.8 or 9.9%–a bit below average, but well above the bottom set by South Dakota, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Alabama.

    Note also that except for New York and D.C., a few states whose taxes are based mostly on mineral extraction, and a few states at the bottom such as the three above, the state-to-state variation in taxes as a per cent of personal income is quite limited. In other words, no matter where a Libertarian lives, state and local spending is about equally good as a target.

  2. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry July 16, 2010

    The Boston Tea Party National Committee is considering a motion to join the Coalition Against War Spending

  3. Green Party Conservative Green Party Conservative July 16, 2010

    Thanks for the post.

    Urge Green Party candidates nationwide to join the coaltion.

    State Green Parties join the coaltion against war spending.

    National leadership of the Green Party (who haven’t yet, as many, many have long advocated just this) join the coalition agains war spending.

    Military spending, as proven by the Amherst college study, and the Defense Institute White Paper is the most wasteful federal spending.

    Military spending is the least productive federal spending.

    If we’re serious about a balanced federal budget, and paying off the federal debt – we must reign in out of control military spending.

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