Overnight on Sunday, nonviolent Palestinians were murdered by Israeli troops as they gathered near the border of Gaza to protest the United States Embassy's relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The stark differences in the photos from the day paint a picture of the hypocrisy of the political elite of the U.S. and the struggles of the people.
Reports since early Monday state that more than 60 were killed, 2,700 wounded. The toll on the people in Gaza continues to rise.
The Green Party of Kansas City stands in solidarity with Palestinians and their families. The loss of human lives in Gaza - for simply defending their basic human rights and opposing the violence at the hands of their colonial oppressors - is horrendous to witness.
"This is not about politics. This is about war, occupation, and genocide. It is a waste of time to play the 'whose oppression is greater game.' I feel a duty as an American Jew and as an eco-socialist to say -- this is NOT OK with me," Elyse Max, Green Party of Kansas City, MO Co-coordinator and Jewish Voices for Peace Organizer.
We, along with the national Green Party, denounce the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
The lack of outrage on this human rights issue from the two corporate parties - specifically their silence of continuous Israeli war crimes - is disgusting.
Along with the national Green Party, we call for:
- The immediate end of continued aid to Israel from the U.S.
- Full support of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement
- Palestinian people are restored their rights to self-determination
Israel to fully comply with International law by:
- Ending its occupation and colonization of all Palestinian land
- Dismantling the wall in the west bank
- Recognizing fundamental rights of Palestinians in Israel, granting them full equality
- Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes
Sign now in solidarity.
The Green Party of Kansas City, Missouri voted unanimously to join the Kansas City Grassroots Network on May 3, 2018.
Social and political transformation in the US has always required strong social movements. The Green Party, as an independent, anti-capitalist political party, reflects the agenda of the social movements and its members are engaged in struggles in order to use the electoral system as a tool for transformation, revolution, change.
The Green Party is committed to bottom-up movement building and to working in solidarity, as members of the working class, with all of the oppressed and their struggles.
As a political party, our role includes running candidates, but as a relatively small and growing party, our power also resides in building and strengthening the popular movement against capitalism and class dominance, abelism, cis-hetero-patriarchy and all manifestations of oppressive and White supremacist culture. (See Building Green Party Power for more insights on this issue.)Read more
Education is a human right. Instead of arming teachers with guns, we need to arm them with more resources.
We recognize that teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions. When schools are chronically underfunded, understaffed, and under threat of being privatized into the charter school system students suffer. When teachers have to deal with the financial stress of low wages, student debt and classrooms without the necessary resources and learning tools students suffer.
For too long manufactured budget crises have put our children's education on the chopping block while business interests and the wealthy reap the rewards of huge tax breaks and the selling off of a generation's access to quality education.
We call for a massive reinvestment in our public school system and the return of democratic control of our schools to the community at large, its teachers and students.
When the workers rise, we win.
All signatories stand in solidarity with the striking teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky, the teachers in West Virginia and all teachers in this country and in the state of Missouri.
Teachers in Missouri, as you work to organize in your schools and local communities for better working and learning conditions, know that if you decide to take a stand, we will stand with you.
"In the wake of West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky are now striking, sicking out, rallying, and Facebooking to push officials to raise their salaries and defend their benefits. Photo: WVEA. Source: Labor Notes, "Teacher Strike Fever Spreads," http://www.labornotes.org/2018/03/teacher-strike-fever-spreads"
Sign this petition to show teachers in Missouri that community members, workers, fellow teachers and students are willing to stand in solidarity and organize for education.
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES
Noon - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 2018,
533 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard,
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
Thousands attended the March for Lives in Kansas City. The Green Party showed up, in a sea of blue, to talk about gun control, demilitarization of the police and military abroad and the ways our members and candidates are working to build a more peaceful planet for the future.
When we talk about gun violence, we must also talk about the police. At the march, in addition to supporting the students and their calls to end gun violence, members also gathered signatures for the Clean Act and New Approach Missouri.
“I am inspired by the call to action to hold politicians accountable for their corporate donors and to call out their values in relation to their campaign financiers.” - Elyse, Green Party Member
In June, 2017, the KC-HOA Green Party Chapter voted to endorse Coalition Against Contamination –KC’s (CAC-KC) mission which is to advocate for the health and environmental protections for workers and communities surrounding the Bannister Federal Complex. The Bannister Federal complex sits directly above Indian Creek and west of the Blue River. The complex was home to Bendix Aviation Corporation where workers were exposed to over 2000 documented toxic substances. Former workers will attest to the horrible conditions they were exposed to, as well as undocumented & unregulated disposal of toxic waste. There is a list of over 2000 toxic substances reported to be on site, not to mention whatever has traveled off the complex property.Read more
The Green Party of Kansas City, MO joined activist groups from across the state and signed onto a letter for the Missouri congressional delegation to pass the Dream Act this year and in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
See full letter below:
Dear Senator McCaskill, Senator Blunt, and Representatives Clay, Wagner, Luetkemeyer, Hartzler, Cleaver, Graves, Long, and Smith:Read more
To honor the memory of Heather and all who helped organize the rally against white supremacy in Charlottesville, the Green Party of Kansas City, MO heeding the call to gather for a solidarity and remembrance rally on September 9, 2017 from 9 AM - 2:15 PM in Washington Square Park.Read more
Check out the Green Party of Kansas City's Blog to stay up-to-date with member reported news and announcements.
Read about the Green Party of Kansas City in the news!
Kansas City Anti-Muslim Rally Sputters Before Protests
IREHR, Jan Behrend, June 15, 2017
Some of the groups represented in the counter demonstration were Progressive Youth Organization, Democratic Socialists of America, the Green Party and Kind KC. Red flags and hammers & sickles were prominent.
Protesters confront each other in KC: ‘March Against Sharia’ rally rebuked as anti-Muslim
The Kansas City Star, Eric Adler, June 10, 2017
Counter protesters on Saturday wore red and waved anti-fascist as well as communist flags bearing the hammer and sickle. They called those from ACT for America “fascist,” and yelled “Hey, Hey, ho, ho, fascism has got to go!” They represented a number of groups, including a chapter of the Missouri Green Party.
“When I was a kid, I leaned about the horrors of Nazis rising to power in Central Europe and Germany and thought, why didn’t good people stand up?” counter protester Nathan Kline, 49, of Kansas City said.
“Good people did stand up, but just not enough. I promised that any time that kind of nationalist, racist, fascist ideology would stand up in my community, I would stand up and say no.”
Trump’s Inauguration: Protests Appear Across Kansas, And Beyond
The Campus, Ryan Ellis, January 27, 2017
“This protest is anti-Trump, but it is more than just that. It is about sending a clear message on the day of his inauguration that we do not support his presidency. It is sending the message that we all stand in solidarity against the hate he has spewed, and we will continue to do so,” the hosts of the Facebook event wrote on their page.
When these Kansas City residents reached city hall, representatives from several minority groups spoke about their opposition to Trump’s presidency. Leaders from Kansas City’s Green Party, Progressive Youth Organization, Black Youth Committee, Proletarian Feminist Committee and many more appeared to address the large group of protesters.
Hundreds Protest Trump at City Hall
University News, Emily Park, January 25, 2017
Speakers rallied protesters at both the Liberty Memorial and Town Hall from numerous organizations such as Partnership for the Advancement of Immigrant Students, Black Youth Committee, Let’s Organize the Hood/Black Youth Committee, Progressive Youth Organization, Green Party, Squad of Siblings, Una Lucha, Kansas City Revolutionary Collective, Proletarian Feminist Committee and Young Democratic Socialists.
Select individuals also spoke on issues of immigration and issues faced by the Muslim community. Protesters ranged from all ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Protester Mary K. Prea, a 55-year-old retired woman, came to the protest motivated by her late uncle, Primitivo Garcia. Her uncle was a Mexican immigrant and the first person of Hispanic origin to have a school named after him in the Kansas City area.
Gallery: Inauguration protest in Kansas City, Missouri
udk, January 20, 2017
Missouri Green Party-Post Election
KKFI's Every Woman, December 3, 2016
Zay Thompson, the Outreach Coordinator of the Kansas City Heart Of America Chapter of the Missouri Green Party and Valorie Engholm, former Green Party candidate for Missouri State Representative in District 19 and co-coordinator for the KC chapter of the Missouri Green Party; have a seat at the Every Woman table to share their post-election thoughts from a Green Party perspective.
Green candidate goes up against incumbent for Jackson County Executive
Linn County Leader, Karl Zinke, Nov 1, 2016
In the election for Jackson County Executive, Stacey Lindgren faces a big challenge.
Not only is she a Green Party candidate facing an incumbent Democrat – a party that has held the seat since the new county charter took effect in 1973 – she is facing a man with great name recognition in Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer Frank White Jr.
Lindgren, though, says she is unfazed by that.
“People know Frank White as a great baseball player. This is the first time the voters get to decide that Mr. White is the best person for the county executive job,” said Lindgren...
Missouri Green Party sets sights high after earning ballot access
MISSOURIAN, Thomas Friestad, Sep 6, 2016
"It's really exciting, because we collected the most signatures that were ever collected for Green Party efforts in Missouri," said Zay Thompson, regional coordinator of the Kansas City area Green Party. "It makes all the days of [volunteering] in 100-degree temperatures worth it. Many people are discovering they were Green all along, once they discover who we are and what we're about."
Green Party candidate joins District 19 ballot
Northeast News, Paul Thompson, September 1, 2016
“I decided to run for the House of Representatives because we need someone in office who will take head-on the needs and interests of the diverse communities in the 19th district,” said Engholm. “The people are sick of the two-party system and the constituents in the 19th district deserve a choice.”
In the press release, Engholm went on to advocate for new legislation designed to tackle the “failed” war on drugs, provide support for the LGBT community, and offer solutions to victims of rape and domestic violence.
Green Party candidate enters House District 19 Race
The Examiner, Jeff Fox, Aug 26, 2016
The Green Party has gathered enough signatures to get on the Nov. 8 ballot in Missouri, and that’s added a candidate to what was an uncontested race for local Missouri House seat.
“I hear all the time, ‘I’m tired of the two-party system, I’m tired of the two-party system.’ We’re all tired of the two-party system,” said Valorie Engholm, certified this week by the Missouri secretary of state’s office to appear as a Green candidate in the 19th District.
The UAW Identity Crisis: Is It Still An Auto Union? Green Party Candidate Jill Stein on Labor, the Economy and Immigration
KKFI, Hearland Labor Forum, July 8, 2017
The UAW now has 30,000 members who work at universities. They don’t think like autoworkers. This week on The Heartland Labor Forum we’ll ask if the UAW is headed for an identity crisis. Then, Green Party presidential Candidate Jill Stein came to town this week and talked to us about her vision for jobs and a more equal economy. She opposes voting for the lesser of two evils. Tune in to the first in a series on presidential candidate positions on labor. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.
We have a lot of internal discussion around different forms of oppression. As a local political party, we feel that the shared perspective of the current membership needs to be transparent and shared with the community at large. Please see response to our most recent internal conversation and struggle session below with a few statements specifically addressed to white people:Read more