Green Party USA Calls For Greater Democracy In Wisconsin [Green Party USA]



Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, cell 202-904-7614,

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,



The Green Party supports Wisconsin public employees, urges wider

protest against policies that cut benefits and eliminate collective



• Greens denounce austerity budgets, calling them a ploy to balance

budgets on the backs of working people, destroy unions, and enlarge

the power of corporations


• Green solution to deficits and economic recession: rescind tax cuts

for the rich, end the wars and reduce military spending, enact

Medicare For All and public works programs


• ‘GreenStream Wednesday’ on Feb. 23: online show will feature

Wisconsin Green leaders and an elected Oshkosh City Council member, 10

pm ET, 7 pm PT, on the Green Party Livestream Channel




WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders declared today that the party

solidly supports Wisconsin’s public-sector employees protesting a bill

introduced by Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate their benefits and

collective bargaining rights.


“We in the Green Party are standing out front on this issue by

standing with our labor and public service brothers and sisters here

in Wisconsin,” said AJ Segneri, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party



On Feb. 17, the Wisconsin Greens issued a statement affirming that

their party “salutes the state’s public workers, and stands in

solidarity with their fight to retain full collective bargaining

rights with their employers”



On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Wisconsin Wave will hold a demonstration at a

conference of Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce (WMC), which

includes the state’s top corporate lobbyists

(  Wisconsin Wave is a

project of the Liberty Tree Foundation and the Center for Media and

Democracy; Liberty Tree’s founder and executive director is Ben

Manski, a Green who ran for the Wisconsin state legislature in 2010

and received the best numbers for an independent party candidate since



Greens speak out on the Wisconsin uprising:


• Laura Wells, 2010 Green Party candidate for Governor of California:

“At long last, Americans are pushing back against the rule of our

country by corporate oligarchies.  We’ve been inspired by the courage

of people in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, and now by public

employees in Wisconsin.  This is more than a struggle to preserve

benefits and collective bargaining rights in a single state.  It’s

about saving the infrastructure of our democracy and preventing the US

from lapsing into a new Robber Baron Era reminiscent of the late 19th

century.  We hope that the fire of protest spreads to every state

where such budgets are proposed, whether by Democrats in California or

Republicans in Wisconsin.  It’s a thrill to see working people take

back their rights, their freedoms, and their financial security.”


• AJ Segneri, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party: “Gov. Walker’s

bill to strip benefits and bargaining rights from state workers, based

on the claim of a state deficit, is an old Republican trick.  The

governor enacted tax breaks and special interest spending for the top

income brackets, then introduced a bill to solve the resulting deficit

on the backs of working people in Wisconsin and break up the public

employees’ unions.  The 14 Democratic state legislators in Wisconsn

deserve our praise for denying Gov. Walker his quorum.  National

Democratic leaders should follow their example, instead of demanding

sacrifice from working people and the needy while excusing the wealthy

and corporations from paying their fair share in taxes.  President

Obama’s budget plan would place a five-year freeze on non-security

discretionary spending, affecting programs like heating assistance to

low-income Americans and community-service block grants, as well as

cuts in money for water treatment plants and other environmental

projects and higher interest on federal loans for graduate students.

The rampaging union-busting extremism of the GOP and their billionaire

supporters like the Koch brothers doesn’t justify the Obama austerity



• Howie Hawkins, 2010 Green candidate for Governor of New York: “The

biggest myth is that these deficits are caused by excessive social

spending and generous wages and benefits for public workers.  The real

cause is tax cuts for the rich, runaway military spending, and a

recession triggered by the subprime mortage crisis, which was caused

by deregulation of the financial industry.  The Green Party proposes

the obvious solution.  One, call US troops home from Iraq and

Afghanistan and reduce military spending.  Two, roll back the tax cuts

and loopholes for wealthy individuals and corporations.  Three, enact

Medicare For All, which will save 30% by eliminating private insurance

administrative overhead and reduce the cost of health insurance for

public workers.  Medicare For All will also stimulate the economy by

relieving the financial burden on business of providing health

benefits, enabling negotiation to bring down skyrocketing drug prices

and other health costs, promoting competition by letting everyone

choose which physician or hospital to visit, and saving tens of

thousands of people from financial ruin over medical costs every year.

 And four, initiate major public works projects in conservation, green

energy, public transportation, and repair of infrastructure.

Presidents like FDR and Eisenhower proved that public works boost the

economy for everyone.”


• Tony Palmeri, Green city council member in Oshkosh serving his

second term: “Gov. Walker says he wants to give local governments the

tools to balance our budgets — including a hammer to destroy

collective bargaining rights.  We reject his tools of divisiveness,

and instead ask state government for assistance based on Green values,

such as fairer distribution of shared revenue dollars to support local

budgets; an end to needless budget-busting and polluting road

projects; a fairer distribution of tax dollars to support equity in

our K-12 system; increased grant money for college students; an end to

special-interest tax breaks for the wealthy that drain millions of

dollars from the budget; a progressive tax system based on ability to

pay; and a green jobs program to help us build a sustainable,

economically viable future.  These measures, taken together, would

save the state money and restore Wisconsin’s tradition as a laboratory

for progressive ideas and democracy.  Citizen activism has

demonstrated, in an inspiring way, that we will not let Mr. Walker and

his corporate sponsors bury that tradition.”





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