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NH Greens-Kucinich * Big Week * Bush Wrong


02 November 2003

"To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition,
turning the whole Arab world against us
and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day hero ...
assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a
securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight
in what would be an un-winnable urban guerilla war.
It could only plunge that part of the world
into even greater instability."


George Bush Sr. --

A World Transformed (1998)

1) NH Greens Endorse Kucinich?
- - Greens Warn - Misleading News Story
- - Why aren't you running as a Green Party candidate?
- - Join Dennis at Franklin Pierce College, NH Nov. 3rd
2) A Heartland Maverick
- - The Case for Kucinich
3) Conversations with the Candidates Live Online November 3-7
- - Comparison Chart of all the Candidates, on 24 Progressive Issues
4) World's Farmers Stand in Solidarity Against WTO
5) The Revolution Was Not Televised

- - Kucinich: Mr. President, You Are Flat Wrong

Editor's Notes:

Item 1 begins on the subject of unity, or lack of it. Third parties are known to rise and fall in popularity based on the two-or-one-party system. The way through this problem is for IRVs - instant run-off voting that allows people to vote for their candidate of choice no matter what party affiliation, and not be placed in a spoiler role dilemma. But for hard core Party members, the voice for Party Loyalty could take a precedent over Platform Priorities! Many Greens support Dennis, but not the official group in the Green Party. This is the fast-approaching time for the Primaries, beginning in January, 2004. Unless a grassroots explosion gets beyond Party politics and voting for electability in the Primary - - we will lose an opportunity to further issues that go way beyond those in the US. Yet, no matter what, every vote for Kucinich in the 2004 Democratic Primary Election counts for a direction of sustainability, democracy, and integrity.

Dennis was interviewed by Alan Shartak on NPR's WAMC, Albany, NY radio station last Friday. This program highlighted the campaign's mainstream values, such as universal health care, peace in the Mid East and elsewhere, free education, employment and environmental preservation, and for general well being. This campaign can only grow, since the ideas are something you cannot easily give up for a despondent direction of military rule and blunders harming innocent life for greed and treachery for world dominion.

Recently, the Kucinich campaign announced a number of prominent Americans, including actor and activist Danny Glover, author Howard Zinn, Democratic leader and former Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate and former head of the NFL players' union Ed Garvey, Founder of the School of the Americas Watch Father Roy Bourgeois, Co-Founder of Global Exchange Kevin Danaher, the American Vegetarians, and Comedian Professor Irwin Corey. Danny Glover said: "I have watched Dennis Kucinich not only in the glory of a political campaign, but I have sat and dialogued with him and watched him learn from others, and of all the candidates he stands the closest to my conscience, and I must go with my conscience."

In the first Item, please note that you can join Dennis at Franklin Pierce College this Monday at 6:30 pm in Rindge, NH. Dennis will then be going to the Unitarian Church in Keene NH, Nov. 3rd. Please note too, in item 3, the link for an Online chat with the Candidates. Dennis' day is on Tuesday, November 4, where, also, he will be with all the Democratic Candidates on CNN's "Rock the Vote Presidential Forum" 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You can link for more information on this at www.kucinich.us . According to Robert Silverstein , "Dennis Kucinich's book, A Prayer For America' went to the top 100 books on Amazon.com. Bob offered this following link to buy the book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1560255102/angels4peace (and pay only $9.56!)" and you can also receive this book from the Kucinich campaign: http://www.kucinich.us or your local bookstore..

Also, Reminder: the National MeetUp day for Kucinich is this next Thursday, November 6. This is a great time to connect and find the Kucinich family. I will be with a group sponsored by the Keene State College Democrats at the Student Center in Keene NH, room 307 beginning at 7:00 pm. To find a MeetUp around you, visit kucinich2004.meetup.com


"The significant problems we face cannot be solved
at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


-- Albert Einstein



1) NH Greens Endorse Kucinich?

- - Greens Warn - Misleading News Story
- - Why aren't you running as a Green Party candidate?
- - Join Dennis at Franklin Pierce College, NH Nov. 3rd

Greens Endorse Kucinich
Published in The Telegraph Online - Nashua, NH
Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Greens endorse Kucinich
By DAVID TIRRELL-WYSOCKI, The Associated Press

CONCORD Dennis Kucinich is running near the bottom of the Democratic primary polls in New Hampshire, but he's tops for the state's Green Party.

"Dennis is one of us," party spokesman Guy Chichester declared Monday, as the party endorsed the Ohio congressman.

The party is based on peace, social justice and environmental concerns. Of the current candidates, Chichester said Kucinich is the most closely aligned with those principles. He said the endorsement to help Kucinich win the Democratic nomination will not affect the Green Party's own nominating convention in June.

"Your endorsement sends a signal to everyone in New Hampshire and throughout New England who is really concerned about those environmental issues that relate to protection of the environment, protection of the economy and protection of the natural world, that they have a candidate," Kucinich said.

Kucinich said the top priority in his career is protecting the environment. He said he will press that message, with the help of the Green Party, in the Democratic primary.

The Green Party is small in New Hampshire, and not considered an "official" political party. To vote for Kucinich in the primary, its members who are listed as Independents need only declare as Democrats on the way in to vote, and "undeclare" on the way out. Members who are Republicans must change their party affiliation to Democrat by Oct. 31.

The national party nominated Ralph Nader as its presidential candidate in 2000. He attracted 22,000 New Hampshire votes in the general election.

Chichester could not give an exact number of party members in the state, though he said the endorsement decision was made by six members of its state steering committee.

Kucinich said a candidate's stands on the issues is more important than a party title," because that will show you that a candidate may be able to identify with more than one party."

He hopes the Green endorsement will put more of a spotlight on his environmental record, especially in New Hampshire, which long has complained that coal-burning factories and power plants in the Midwest, Kucinich's home turf, help pollute the Northeast.

"I was thinking of what it would be like to be president to put a stop to those coal-burning plants that are poisoning the streams and the lakes, and are poisoning aquatic life and how we could help restore the economy of the Northeast, which depends on tourism and which depends on fisheries," Kucinich said.

Kucinich joked he was in the Democratic Party as a missionary for causes held dear by the Greens.

"I think it's possible to bring Green principles into the Democratic Party, and that's what my goal is: To make the Democrats more responsive on environmental issues, to protect our forests from clear-cutting, to protect our land from having poisons dumped into it, to protect our air and the quality of our water."

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- - Greens Warn - Misleading News Story

The following email was received 04:14 PM 10/29/2003 +0000

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
www.gp.org

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Contacts: Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576, nallen@acadia.net Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty@greens.org
GREENS WARN ABOUT MISLEADING NEWS
STORY ON GREEN ENDORSEMENT OF KUCINICH

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Co-chairs of the Green Party of the Green Party of the United States are advising members of the news media and the general public today about a potentially misleading news story that indicates Green Party support for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. According to the story, the New Hampshire Green Party recently announced its endorsement of Mr. Kucinich. The endorsement decision reportedly took place at a meeting in a coffee shop that was attended by six individuals. Green Party officials wish to clarify that the half-dozen individuals responsible for the news release in question are not affiliated with the Green Party of the United States. Furthermore, New Hampshire is one of five states which still do not have a functioning state Green Party. Reporters are advised to check stories about Green Party policies, campaigns, events, etc. with the national party (media contacts listed above, or check http://www.gp.org> or with affiliated state Green Parties (see the index at ). The Green Party of the United States, recognized by the FEC as the party's national committee, includes 43 accredited state Green Parties, and will hold the party's national convention in Milwaukee in June, 2004. The decision about whom, how, and whether to run in the 2004 national election will be made democratically by all the accredited state Green Parties at the Milwaukee convention. The Green Party of the United States held the 2000 national convention in Denver at which Ralph Nader was nominated.

MORE INFORMATION: The Green Party of the United States www.gp.org 1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404 Washington, DC 20009. 202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN Fax 202-319-7193 Accredited member parties of the Green Party of the United States www.gp.org/statelist.html

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- - Why aren't you running as a Green Party candidate?

The following was posted in response to frequently asked questions of Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich at www.kucinich.us.

Why aren't you running as a Green Party candidate?
Will the Greens support you?

While I support much of the Green Party program, I am a Democrat. I am in the party to which millions of working people, minorities, environmentalists and people who want a just America owe their loyalty. I want to build a Democratic Party that deserves the loyalty of these groups. I am running not just to promote important ideas, but to use the progressive agenda to defeat George Bush for President in November 2004. Many Greens and Nader 2000 voters are supporting my candidacy and Ralph has praised our campaign. We are gaining support from new voters, disgruntled voters, and other "3rd-party" voters. Although I'm a Democrat, I firmly support the rights of parties other than the Democrats and Republicans to freely organize, have ballot access and take part in debates. I support Instant Runoff Voting and other election reforms that will open up our democracy to other parties and groups. I welcome the support of Greens while respecting their right to protect their party's interests and integrity. Still, I think it's critical we defeat Bush and his right-wing agenda in 2004, and the Democratic Party is the vehicle for that.

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- - Join Dennis at Franklin Pierce College
Rindge / Keene, NH - Nov. 3rd

Fwd from - Geoffrey Caldwell
Fri, 31 Oct 2003 183613 -0500
Subject: [Mass_for_Kucinich]
JOIN DENNIS AT FRANKLIN PIERCE COLLEGE!!!

Hello Kucinich family!

This is Geoffrey from Franklin Pierce College, Rindge New Hampshire.

Presidential Candidate DENNIS J. KUCINICH
will meet, greet and speak at:

FRANKLIN PIERCE COLLEGE
on MONDAY, November 3, 6:30pm until 7:30
[when he will go to speak in Keene at the Unitarian Church.]

This is your invite to join Dennis and the FPC Community! Our goal is to have at least 100 people at this intimate event, with your support and attendance we will easily meet and surpass this goal! So please join us!

This event will be held in the Clubhouse of the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Activities Center (the Bubble) which is on the north end of Campus, and is open to all. This event has been organized by the FPC Campus Greens and is co-sponsored by the FPC Young Democrats. We have worked very hard to bring Dennis here, and our efforts have finally paid off! See you there! Get there early to ensure seats, and of course to hold signs and cheer Dennis on! This event will be phenomenal and will not be forgotten as long as we attend and be the best, loudest, most enthusiastic supporters ever!

Peace,
Geoffrey Caldwell
President, FPC Campus Greens
caldwellg@fpc.edu
(603) 899-4100 x2251



2) A Heartland Maverick

- - The Case for Kucinich

A Heartland Maverick
South Florida Sun Sentinel
October 29, 2003
By Stephen Goldstein

Dennis Kucinich should be the next president of the United States -- and you should help elect him. In fact, someone with his populist views should always be in the White House.

Last Thursday, during his campaign stop in Miami, I asked the Ohio congressman what special messages he had for South Floridians. His answers should appeal to Republicans, Greens, Independents, Democrats, rich and poor, voters of every age. He's the harbinger of a new Progressive era in America.

"People associate the sun with health; they follow it to Florida to have a better quality of life, but that's deteriorating," Kucinich laments. "I'm the only one running who has submitted a plan for universal health care -- including long-term care, prescription drugs, dental, vision and mental health coverage. When long-term care is needed, everyone -- rich and poor -- is put at risk."

As president, he said he would propose "Enhanced Medicare for All," a single-payer system that would eliminate for-profit insurers. "In their health-care costs, South Floridians are now paying for executive salaries, stock options, corporate profits, lobbying expenses," he contends. Kucinich likens America's health insurance system to a Las Vegas casino -- with naive gamblers' believing that "the house" doesn't always win. He's outraged that insurers have rigged things -- and it's "costing more to play." (He had just come from meeting with a group of supporters whose deductible has skyrocketed to $1,000.) "Health-care coverage shouldn't be a gamble, but a sure thing."

Retirement security, investment security, and pension security -- these are three other unique planks in Kucinich's platform. Keenly aware of the gutting of South Floridians' retirement funds after recent stock-market frauds, he would establish a Federal Bureau of Audit to "police" Wall Street.

"We need more regulation," he insists. "Public companies should not be able to lie to investors." He would change the bankruptcy law so that pensioners' claims had to be satisfied before those of banks, and would keep companies from "stealing pension funds." "The Social Security Trust Fund is rock solid until 2041," he adds, so he's against privatizing it, and "would roll back the age for collecting full benefits from 67 to 65."

Pick any issue and Kucinich has a principled perspective on it. He rallied opposition to the Iraq war, voted against it, and led the push to deny W.'s $87 billion funding request.

Contending that NAFTA and WTO have "spurred a $418 billion trade deficit, costing 525,000 U.S. jobs," he would replace them with "fair bilateral trade agreements conditioned on workers' rights, human rights and environmental protections." He opposes the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas.

The only presidential candidate who voted against the Patriot Act, he would repeal it: "The attorney general has been handed unfettered power to wiretap, search, jail and invade our most sacred right to privacy." He would protect a woman's right to choose. For his views on everything from the environment to Cuba, go to www.kucinich.us.

Kucinich represents the soul of America, a heartland maverick fighting for the public interest over corporate greed -- and he's got scars to prove it. He's lost battles, but won wars.

In 1978, a year after he was elected Cleveland's mayor at 31, he stopped an Enron-like takeover of the city's electric company. The city's banks pressured him to do it, because they had a financial interest in the private corporation that would have bagged a monopoly -- and zillions -- from the deal. So, when Kucinich refused, the banks retaliated by putting the city in default -- and helped throw him out of office. Ultimately, he was vindicated. In 1998, the Cleveland City Council honored him for "having the courage and foresight to refuse to sell the city's municipal electric system."

Kucinich is not a lesser-of-two-evils candidate. You don't have to hold your nose when you vote for him. I said he should be the next U.S. president; I didn't say he would be. That's up to you. To support his campaign, call ..toll-free 1-866-969-1530 or go to http://www.Kucinich.us. Menace Washington: Elect Dennis.

Stephen L. Goldstein's commentaries appear on alternate Wednesdays.
E-mail him at trendsman@aol.com.

Copyright 2003, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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- - The Case for Kucinich

The Case for Kucinich
by John Turri, August 26, 2003

posted by Guerrilla News
http://www.guerrillanews.com/environment/doc2746.html

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These two following two new excellent web sites were recently added to the growing under campaigns as FlybyNews.com for Kucinich for US President with video and audio access and for campaign resources.

http://KucinichWatch.com/

http://www.kucinichsightings.com/



3) Conversations with the Candidates Live Online November 3-7

- - Comparison Chart of all the Candidates, on 24 Progressive Issues


Conversations with the Candidates Live Online November 3-7

The first week of November, washingtonpost.com and The Concord Monitor will host a series of live discussions with each participating Democratic candidate in the presidential race. Bookmark this page for the upcoming full list of scheduled discussions.

For the week's schedule and more information on candidates, see:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/liveonline/politics/candidates/

Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 11 a.m. ET
Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich
Democratic candidate Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) takes your
questions on the campaign and his vision for the United States.

Kucinich, on Tuesday, November 4, will be with all the Democratic Candidates on CNN's "Rock the Vote Presidential Forum" 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You can link for more information on this at http://www.kucinich.us .

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- - Comparison Chart of all the Candidates, on 24 Progressive Issues

A comparison chart of all the Candidates, on 24 progressive issues (3 versions), is posted:
http://www.massforkucinich.us/flyers.htm

NOTES

Version 1 has a small background image of Dennis; his positions are in 1st column; 2-sided flyer

Version 2 has a small background image of a peace dove; all candidates are in alphabetic order; 2-sided flyer.

Version 3 is Eric's new version.* So you know: the text is awfully small. Fits on 1 page

FURTHER EXPLANATION

*Eric emailed me yesterday with this comment: Here's another version that replaces Roe v Wade, Medical Marijuana and Gay Marriage with "Would Ban Weapons in Space", "Would Rejoin Kyoto Treaty on Global Warming", and "Would ratify the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty." It's a version that is better for mainstream audiences that may not agree with Dennis's more progressive and controversial stands.

I went ahead and uploaded his new 'matrix' - as a replacement to 'Version 3', rather than as a separate option, which i discovered today is what he intended: 2 options (Version 3a, and Version 3b). I'll upload his first flyer, 3a, later today.

For MY 2 flyers (currently Versions 1 and 2), I ADDED IN the 3 new issues (for a total of 24 issues). However, I'm willing to customize this flyer if anyone wants the 3 'more controversial' issues deleted. If I get requests for this, I'll just go ahead and upload 'non-controversial" versions as separate download options.

Cheers, PF
http://www.massforkucinich.us/flyers.htm



4) World's Farmers Stand in Solidarity Against WTO

Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2003
by the Madison (WI) Capital Times
World's Farmers Stand in Solidarity Against WTO
by James Goodman

[Excerpts]

U.S. Trade Minister Robert Zoellick and European Union Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy were both feeling rather miffed after the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings in Cancun, Mexico, collapsed last month. It was all supposed to go their way, after all. They had always had their way; the economic power of the United States and European Union were not to be challenged. But the bullies lost their grip; their best-laid plans swept aside by the "G-20 " - a group of developing nations that said, "No more; listen to our needs," and then walked out of the meetings..

..The WTO is an ugly creature, the lapdog of corporate greed, but the campesinos saw through it, saw what it was doing to farmers around the world. Workers and environmentalists saw through it as well. They all came together in Seattle in 1999 and stopped it; every time the WTO gathered, protesters confronted it and slowed it down. In Cancun we stopped it again. Until governments begin to value people more than corporate profit, the protests will continue, the struggle will survive.

James Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wonewoc who participated in the campesino march in Cancun, Mexico, on Sept. 10. E-mail: r.j.goodman@mwt.net

Copyright 2003 The Capital Times
http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1029-12.htm



5) The Revolution Was Not Televised

- - Kucinich: Mr. President, You Are Flat Wrong


The Revolution Was Not Televised
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

[Excerpts]

Friday 31 October 2003

There was a large anti-war rally in Washington last week. The standard slogans were on display for all to see: Impeach Bush, Bring The Troops Home, No Blood For Oil. On the periphery of the protest stood a few dozen 'patriots' holding a counter-demonstration in support of Bush and the Iraq war. Among the signs carried by this crew was a banner that succinctly summed up the madness of the age, and the dangerous nature of the current ruling class.

Across the top of the banner, which was clearly professionally made and not hand-lettered, were the block-letter words "SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH." Through the center of the banner were black outlines of a fighter aircraft, a tank, an M-16 rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, an attack helicopter, a surface-to-air missile battery, and a thermonuclear bomb. Underneath these images were two more block-letter words: "TRUST JESUS."

The sentiment apparently finds resonance with Senator Trent Lott, Republican of Mississippi. The Wednesday edition of The Hill carried a story about GOP concerns over the manner in which the post-war war is unfolding. The trepidation is understandable; more American troops have been killed in the 'Mission Accomplished' phase of the war than in the war itself. Lott responded to the crisis in Iraq by saying, "If we have to, we just mow the whole place down, see what happens."

The Bush administration has tried to frame their wars as not being a religiously-based crusade against the Islamic world. This has been a hard-sell with Muslims, especially since Bush used the word "crusade" immediately after September 11. Norman Podhoretz, one of the ideological fathers of the cadre of hawks currently running our foreign policy, publicly described our conflict in the Mideast as being a process aimed at bringing about "the reformation and modernization of Islam." The religious overtones are difficult to miss..

..The banner carried by the 'patriot' in Washington should have had the black outline of an oil well alongside all those weapons. Trusting Jesus has been a lucrative business for some. The Center for Public Integrity released a report on Thursday which details how $8 billion in contracts to 'rebuild' Iraq and Afghanistan have gone exclusively to companies which donated piles of money to Bush's 2000 election campaign. These contracts were awarded without the usual bidding process; few beyond the friends of Bush were given the opportunity to cash in on the war..

..There has been a religiously fundamentalist revolution in the United States. The extremists have taken control of the White House, Congress, the courts, and the military. You did not see this on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC or Fox, but it happened all the same.

U.S. Contractors Reap the Windfalls of Postwar Reconstruction Center for Public Integrity http://www.publicintegrity.org/wow/


William Rivers Pitt is the Managing Editor of truthout.org. He is a New York Times and international best-selling author of three books - "War On Iraq," available from Context Books, "The Greatest Sedition is Silence," available from Pluto Press, and "Our Flag, Too: The Paradox of Patriotism," available in August from Context Books.

The complete Truthout article is posted:
http://truthout.org/docs_03/103103A.shtml

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- - Kucinich: Mr. President, You Are Flat Wrong

Kucinich Statement October 28, 2003

Mr. President, You Are Flat Wrong

"The assertion by the President that daily attacks on US troops and innocent Iraqi civilians is 'progress' is ridiculous and just as false and misleading as his prewar statements about the threat posed to the United States by Iraq.

"Mr. President, 353 dead American troops is not progress. Thousands of American soldiers injured is not progress. And, the daily attacks on U.S. troops and innocent Iraqi civilians is not progress.

"Today, at his press conference, the President had a chance to clarify his earlier remarks. Instead of taking advantage of the opportunity, the President did nothing more than continue his Administration's spin."

This above statement was originally posted: http://www.kucinich.us


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