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Westminster November 3 Vigil
by Jeremy Baker Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 at 1:21 PM
bakerje@westminster.edu

We, the Westminster College Green Party feel that no matter which part is elected to the presidency, many of the issues facing our country will continue to go unresolved.

THE NOVEMBER 3 RESOLUTION
We, the Westminster College Green Party feel that no matter which major party is elected to the presidency, many of the issues facing our country will continue to go unresolved.

Whereas…we demand the immediate repeal of the Patriot Act and other measures of repression and the full restoration of our civil liberties. Furthermore, we demand an end to the harassment and detention of our Muslim brothers and sisters IMMEDIATELY and full restoration of their rights as guaranteed to all of us in the U.S. Constitution.

Whereas…we demand an end to astronomical military spending and full restoration of social services that continue to disappear due to reckless deficit spending that has cost thousands of jobs and has put us billions of dollars in debt. We also demand an end to unfair trade policies and severe reformation of international trade organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Band, and World Trade Organization. The ethnocentric policies of these organizations have cost our nation millions of jobs and sunk poor countries further into poverty while stripping them of their national sovereignty.

Whereas…we demand an end to the corporate assault on the environment as shown in the desire to destroy the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling and reluctance to ratify international clean air protocols such as the Kyoto Accords. Implementing alternative energy sources must be done now to avoid the catastrophic consequences of our planet’s ruin. The Green Party calls for an end of political leadership that is “beholden to corporations like Enron and Exxon.”

Whereas…we demand an end to the illegal and immoral war in Iraq that continues to cause casualties among our troops and Iraqis, further destabilizing the Middle East. Furthermore, we demand an exit strategy to bring our troops home as soon as possible and work towards democratic stability in Iraq.

Whereas… we also want an end to the expensive failure called the War on Drugs that devastates our black communities and does nothing to reduce drug use. Those incarcerated for petty drug offences often become hardened criminals while in the system. Therefore, the War on Drugs does little in the benefit and much to the detriment of many communities and society as a whole.

Whereas…we demand an end to corporate welfare and tax cuts that heavily favor the rich while our middle class crumbles and the poor sink deeper into poverty. We also want an end to corporate-influenced foreign policies that fuel our addiction to oil that keeps us allied with terrorist-financing Saudi Arabia.

Whereas … we demand a dramatic raise in the minimum wage to AT LEAST ten dollars per hour. A significant proportion of the American working population currently suffers from underemployment and poverty; often times working multiple jobs and caring for families they never have an opportunity to see. With this modest wage, millions of Americans will be able to make ends meet and pull themselves out of the working poor.

Whereas … we demand the abolition of the death penalty which has proven ineffective as a crime deterrent, immoral in the eyes of the international community, racists, and prone to errors in which innocent people are executed.

Whereas … we demand the end of the oppression or our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered brothers and sisters through laws and policies that prohibit them from living their lives as heterosexual people might. We staunchly opposed measures such as the Defense of Marriage Act and other attempts at official sexual discrimination.

Therefore …we call for awareness of these issues and strive for practical solutions.

All who agree this document are invited to join the Westminster College Green Party in our vigil around the flag pole at Westminster College at 6pm on November 3, 2004

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