MARCH 5, 2003
Green Party of the United States
Nancy Allen, 207-326-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott McLarty, 202-518-5624, email@example.com
American Greens Welcome European Green Legislators
Visiting the U.S. in a Bid to Avert the War on Iraq
- March 5 - A delegation led by Green Members of European Parliaments
brings an appeal to the U.N., to the U.S. government, and to the
American people: Stop the invasion!"We welcome the delegation
organized by European Greens to the United States, and we thank
them for their hard efforts, organizing work, and influence in
their respective legislatures in order to avert the impending
invasion of Iraq," said Annie Goeke, co-chair of the International
Committee of the Green Party of the United States. "Those of us
in the U.S. who oppose the war need all the help we can get in
trying to stop George W. Bush's war for oil and empire!"
of European Parliaments attended a reception hosted by New York
Greens on Sunday, March 2. The delegation was greeted in Washington,
D.C. on Tuesday, March 4 by Goeke and Dean Myerson, political
coordinator for the party.
The Green parliamentarians
from 11 member states of the European Union traveled to New York
and Washington in a last-ditch attempt to get the message to the
American people that President Bush's planned war on Iraq can
and must be prevented.
anti-war appeal (appended below) signed by over 300 parliamentarians
from nearly 20 countries, the European delegation visited U.N.
General Secretary Kofi Annan, Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix,
U.N. ambassadors from various countries, and members of Congress.
On Monday evening, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-leader of the Green
Party caucus in the European Parliament debated Richard Perle,
a Bush Administration foreign policy advisor, in an event hosted
by the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
of the U.N. Charter says, 'All members shall settle their international
disputes by peaceful means,'" said Jo Chamberlain, a California
Green and member of the national steering committee of the Green
Party of the United States. "The U.N.'s mission is not to rubberstamp
military aggression, but to prevent war. Greens are holding out
hope that the war can be prevented."
At 9:00 a.m.
Thursday morning, the European Green officials will meet with
organizers of the American peace movement and anti-war demonstrations.
The press conference is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the European
Commission, 2300 M Street, N.W. Some of the visiting Greens will
join the peace vigil in front of the White House, along with Green
Party member Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, Women for Peace, and
United for Peace and Justice.
is emerging that has been influenced by green values and strongly
supports cooperation and peaceful resolution instead of military
threats and attacks," said Starlene Rankin, California Green and
Lavender Green Caucus delegate to the party's national committee.
"But Europe and the rest of the world have begun to see a similar
movement taking hold in the U.S. The Green Party is the political
face of that movement."
The World Health
Organization estimates that 100,000 Iraqi civilians may be wounded
and another 400,000 hit by disease after water, sewage and food
supplies are bombed, and that 3.6 million Iraqis will likely need
emergency shelter. Greens, along with other opponents of the war
throughout the world, argue that a 'preemptive' invasion of Iraq
would constitute an international crime against humanity and a
violation of the Geneva Conventions. Green Party members in the
U.S. have participated in the numerous rallies, demonstrations,
acts of civil disobedience, and other actions in protest of the
President's war plans.
The Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
National office: 1314 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036. 202-296-7755,
866-41GREEN Green Party antiwar mobilization page http://www.greenpartyus.org/peace.html
Greens/EFA in the European Parliament http://www.greens-efa.org
Heinrich Boell Foundation http://www.boell.de
United for Peace & Justice http://www.unitedforpeace.org
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