Green Party leader backs national call for actions around 9/ll

Fred Feldman ffeldman at
Sat Jul 20 08:58:35 MDT 2002

 The following is a mailing from Mitchel Cohen, a leader of  the Green Party
 in the New York area, that takes up the call for national actions around
 Sept. 11 period issued by Global Exchange.
 In the New York area a coalition has been taking shape that projects
 actions from September 6-ll including an antiwar gathering on Sunday
 September 8 and an all-night vigil on the night of September 10-11.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mitchel Cohen" <mitchelcohen at>
> To: <actiongreens at>
> Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 12:21 AM
> Subject: [107disc] No Blood For Oil ­ Stop the War Against Iraq
> PRESS RELEASE -- Please Forward Everywhere
> July 18, 2002
> The Greens/Green Party USA
> Founded 1984, Organized as Party in 1991 ­
> PO Box 1406, Chicago, IL 60690
> Phone: 1-866-GREENS-2
> Contact:
> Mitchel Cohen (718) 670-3231
> mitchelcohen at
> No Blood For Oil ­ Stop the War Against Iraq
> Green Party USA spokesperson Mitchel Cohen charged today that George
> warmongering threats make him a far greater danger to world peace than
> Saddam
> Hussein. "I'm no Saddam hugger, but if we want someone to step down from
> office," Cohen said, "the world would benefit if George W. Bush would do
> so."
> The Green Party USA blasted Junior Bush's administration for escalating
> oil-pipeline global domination policies of Papa Bush as well as the
> Democrats,
> and denounced government plans for an all-out bombardment of Iraq. "The
> Green
> Party USA condemns this brazen act of lawlessness on the part of the US
> government which is in clear violation of the UN Charter and International
> Law," Cohen charged.
> Cohen announced that the Green Party USA has endorsed the call for
> nonviolent
> antiwar activities across the country on September 11th initiated by the
> California-based organization Global Exchange, and its spokesperson Medea
> Benjamin.
> Green Party USA representative from Maine, Nancy Oden, added: "The Green
> Party
> wants Iraquis and other people throughout the world to know that there are
> millions of Americans who oppose the war crimes being planned by the White
> House. Silence is complicity. It is time for all of us to Speak Out
> the coming massacre, stop Bush's 'endless war,' and prevent the Bush
> administration from using the Bill of Rights as a rag to wipe their
> Oden was one of the first to expose the new apparatus of repression when
> found herself to be an early target of the government last November, as
> attempted to board a plane to Chicago where she was scheduled to address a
> Green Party USA board meeting. "I was told my name had been flagged in the
> computer," she said, and military personnel escorted her away from the
> plane.
> "Since that time, hundreds of people have been unconstitutionally detained
> at
> airports," Oden said. "The attacks on civil liberties are part and parcel
> the war buildup."
> Oden pointed out that the Iraqi people are being threatened again by the
> biggest and only military superpower in the world. The US is spending as
> much
> on its military than all the other countries in world combined. It has
> weapons of mass destruction than the rest of world and is the only country
> to
> have ever launched a nuclear first strike -­ August 6th, 1945 -- against
> people of Hiroshima and, a few days later, Nagasaki. It has recently
> out devastating bombings of Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan using
> Uranium," a deadly poison that carries a high risk of genetic
> and
> cancer.
> During the 1991 Gulf War, the US dropped more than 88,000 tons of
> in a 42-day period, killing more than 200,000 Iraqis. "Economic Sanctions
> imposed on Iraq since August 1990 and continuing to this day have taken
> lives of a
> million civilians -- mainly children under the age of five. Sanctions have
> proven to be weapon of mass destruction," Oden said, "and the Green Party
> is organizing to stop this war."
> www.gpusa at
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