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On July 14th, Green Change announced the campaign for a Green New Deal, a 10-point program to create economic prosperity together with ecological sustainability.

Since then over 100 candidates for elected office at all levels have joined the Green New Deal Coalition.

The Green New Deal Coalition will cut military spending, create millions of green jobs, and revive the economy by protecting the planet we depend on.

Green Change is inviting all candidates, individuals and organizations that support a prosperous, sustainable future for America to endorse the Green New Deal.

Read the call for a Green New Deal and sign on today.

To date, 11 candidates for governor, 11 candidates for US Senate, and 33 candidates for US House of Representatives have joined the Green New Deal Coalition.

All agree on the need to cut military spending, fund green public works, ban corporate personhood, pass single-payer health care, restore progressive taxation, ban usury, enact a revenue-neutral carbon tax, legalize marijuana, institute tuition-free public higher education, change trade agreements to improve labor, environmental and safety standards, and pass sweeping electoral, campaign finance and anti-corruption reforms.

These candidates represent a clean break with the failed policies of the past that have led America down the road to economic and ecological disaster.

The Green New Deal promises a brighter tomorrow for America – one that combines the New Deal’s promise of freedom from economic hardship with decisive action to protect our planet.

You can help build the movement for real change by endorsing the Green New Deal today and asking candidates for elected office to join you.

Originally posted to greenferret on Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 09:54 AM PDT.

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  •  I LOVE the ten points (2+ / 0-)
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    neroden, greenferret

    The Green New Deal is a well thought out progressive agenda.

    "These old Wall Street boys are putting up an awful fight to keep the government from putting a cop on their corner." - Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 10:06:42 AM PDT

  •  Legalizing marijuana (0+ / 0-)

    That will keep some candidates in more conservative districts from participating.  I would not recommend this to a candidate running in Iowa.

    •  I would. (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, greenferret

      At some point you've gotta tell the truth and stand up for what's right.  And honestly, legalizing cannabis is pretty popular everywhere at this point.

      If you make the strong point that it's not about approving of it, but about the monumental waste and counterproductiveness of Prohibition, even Iowans will get it.  I think a teetotaler candidate could make an excellent case for legalization in Iowa.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 11:16:17 AM PDT

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      •  Show me the polling (0+ / 0-)

        that says it's popular in Iowa.  Legalization, that is.  It grows in the ditches and school kids smoke it.  But their voting parents are probably not so keen.  I don't know where you live, but I've lived on the coasts and the Midwest culture is different from both.

        Anyway, when you're trying to get candidates to band together, leaving out the controversial stuff means you get more people.

        I agree with you, by the way, on the merits.  I just don't think it's smart politically.

        •  Good ideas in search of advocates (1+ / 0-)
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          The points of the Green New Deal are good ideas that too often are left out of public debate. It may be safe for candidates to stay well within the bounds of political correctness, but what happens when no one challenges the terms set by the corporate media and right-wing noise machine? In the long term, that means sacrificing progress to political expediency - and that's a losing strategy for progressives.

          Legalization of marijuana is a great example of this. There has been virtually no leadership on this issue from the political establishment. Yet legalization is spiking in popularity, thanks to the dogged efforts of advocates who refused to play by the rules of political correctness. The same goes for all these ideas: they seem radical because they are out of bounds for the current political elite, but inject them into the debate and see if they don't resonate with people.

          As for the specific question of how to get Iowans to support legalization, there are ways. Bring in Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to explain how the war on drugs helps gangs and hurts communities. Ask parents if they'd want their kids to get a criminal record and possibly lose their chance to go to college if they were caught with some pot. Is it fiscally responsible to spend billions to incarcerate nonviolent marijuana users? There are plenty of angles.

  •  Question? (0+ / 0-)

    I love the points but when I read 70% military cuts, it made me wonder.  Will these candidates protect military family and retiree health care from further cuts? There have been talks about increasing fees for these folks in an attempt to save the military money.

    •  No cuts for military families (0+ / 0-)

      The cuts in military spending would come from reducing empire, not short-changing military families. Ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (for real), closing bases around the globe, slashing wasteful spending and pork, halting construction of new nukes, and cutting off foreign military aid - those sort of cuts, and we're looking at an extra $500-600 billion saved annually.

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