State Green Party candidates criticize Democratic convention platform for supporting Iraq War, Patriot Act
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Wed., July 27, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO – The platform expected to be approved at the Democratic
National Convention in Boston this week is not much more than a rubber
stamp of the Bush Administration's policies for the past four years,
California Green Party candidates said today.
The platform does not demand an end to the war in Iraq, and in fact, calls
for sending 40,000 more troops to the area. Further, the Democratic Party
platform refuses to criticize any part of the controversial USA Patriot Act.
"The platform makes it abundantly clear that the differences between the
Democrats and Republicans regarding the war, and our civil liberties are
few. Both parties support war and more war, and they both voted for and
want to retain the Patriot Act, and its threat to our civil liberties,"
said Larry Mullen, Green candidate in the 19th Congressional District
(Fresno, Madera, Mariposa).
Greens, who are calling for an immediate end to the war in Iraq, and
repeal of the Patriot Act, also questioned omissions in the Democrats
"Where is the Democratic Party's stand on same-sex marriage? On the
proposed 'Compulsory National Service' – we all know it as 'The Draft' –
which will take our poor and our impoverished youth and use them as cannon
fodder? Where is any substance about protecting the environment?" asked
Tom Hutchings, Green Party candidate for Assembly (33rd District, San Luis
And, Tom Lash, Green Congressional candidate in the 46th District
(Huntington Beach), challenged Democrats to impeach President Bush, noting:
"If the Democrats are so upset with Bush, why wait for the election? The
Democrats should have impeached Bush for sending young Americans off to die
unnecessarily," he said.
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437