Just what Eisenhower warned us about

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During World War II, this nation converted its civilian manufacturing base into the creation of weapons and military equipment. However, the arms industry did not revert back to its original functions upon the war’s end; instead, it continued to grow and expand. The Cold War did much to precipitate the amount of money our government was spending on the arms race and to counter the Soviet threat. Today, the U.S. spends fifty cents out of every discretionary tax dollar on war and militarism. We spend almost as much on the military as the rest of the world combined, and we are by far the largest arms exporter in the world, accounting for 78% of such sales. Russia is in second place with 5.6%.

The term “Military Industrial Complex” was first coined by President Eisenhower in 1961 during his farewell address to the nation to describe the unprecedented American arms industry coupled with an immense military establishment. He warned us to “...guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

When you are the largest exporter of arms in the world, and your economy is built around the weapons industry, you need to create a demand for those weapons. Weapons play the role of both “carrot” and “stick” in our foreign relations. We sell, or give arms and equipment to nations as enticement to support our policies, and we use our military to threaten and coerce support of our policies as well. Either way, it involves big money moving into the hands of the American arms industry.

Just a week ago, on October 15th, in what has been called “a big win for the defense industry,” the Obama administration moved oversight for the sale of tens of thousands of military items from the State department to the Commerce department; a move which will relax restrictions and facilitate weapons sales to virtually any country in the world.

Foreign Military “Aid”

President Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law at the height of the Cold War in 1961 – the same year as Eisenhower’s speech. The policy states it’s intent to “promote the foreign policy, security, and general welfare of the United States by assisting peoples of the world in their efforts toward economic and social development and internal and external security.”

However, from the beginning U.S. foreign assistance programs were much more about promoting the policies and welfare of the U.S. and its corporate institutions than they were about assisting needy foreign governments.

The military aid that the U.S. “gives” to other countries comes in the way of credits which can only be used to purchase U.S. weapons systems, equipment and training. The cost of those aid credits comes directly out of the pockets of the American taxpayer and right into the bank accounts of the defense industry. The U.S. provides around $50 billion dollars in aid annually to over 150 nations, with at least $17 billion of that being military aid. Our foreign military aid programs keep the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) machine well oiled and running smoothly; with big profits for the likes of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, all courtesy of American taxpayers…

October 28, 2013

BCGP Nov 3rd meeting:

 Mission Branch Library, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3134 Roosevelt Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78214

 

 

Prospective 2014 Candidates

 For the 2014 General Election Ballot:
NOBODY yet to challenge Cornyn for SENATOR? Does ANYBODY want to stand for CONGRESS, 20th, 35th Districts? We don’t know who MIGHT file for State offices. We are TOLD someone will file for Gov–challenge fracking Wendy Davis, utterly inadequate opposition to Corporate Powertool Greg Abbott  
No Green for Attny General, no Comptroller, no Ag Comm, no RR Comm. From Bexar, Fidel Castillo has expressed interest in Land Comm. (We hear there ARE a couple of candidates for State judicial benches.)  
 
BCGP candidates filed so far include:
Antonio Diaz for US Representative 21st Cong District
Pancho Valdez for State Rep. Dist. 123 (thaz ONE state rep seat out of TEN)
Paul Pipkin for Bexar County Judge  
Diana Kendall for Justice of the Peace  (JP2 place3 bench)
 
YES, it’s NOW time for You to consider filing as a Green Candidate for the Bexar County General Election Ballot! :D  See Bexar Ballot 2014
 
A candidate’s completed application for nomination (SoS AW2-8) must be signed & NOTARIZED & filed with a BCGP co-chair. 
 
The filing deadline is 6 p.m. on Dec 9, 2013
 
At that hour, all valid notarized applications must be in the possession of the county cochair(s). He/she must transmit the information (an Excel spreadsheet suggested) to the GPTX cochairs & the office of the SoS not later than 10 days after the filing deadline. (By Dec 19, 2013) (Full name, ballot name, office sought, district, date filed, residence, mailing address, dob, occupation, email, phone, length of continuous residence in state, county, and district/precinct.)
 
Seems like the State has thrown a ringer:

 

Nomination by Convention Method

The procedure for nominating minor party candidates by convention is governed by Chapter 181 of the Texas Election Code.  Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 181.001.  To be considered for nomination by a convention, a candidate, for an office other than president and vice-president of the United States, must make an application for nomination.  Id. § 181.031(a).  The application must be filed no later than 6:00 p.m. on December 9, 2013, preceding the minor party’s convention.  Id. § 181.033.  Candidates seeking nomination for a state or district office must file with the state party chair.  Id. § 181.032(a)(1).  Candidates for county or precinct offices must file applications with the county party chair.  Id. § 181.032(a)(2).  The state and county chairs must file a list of candidates with the Secretary of State not later than 10 days after the filing deadline.  Id. § 181.032(b).

Of further interest:

Minor parties nominating by convention must hold the following conventions: precinct conventions on the second Tuesday in March (i.e., March 11, 2014); county conventions on the first Saturday after the second Tuesday in March (i.e., March 15, 2014); district conventions on the second Saturday after the second Tuesday in March (i.e., March 22, 2014); and state conventions on the second Saturday in April (i.e., April 12, 2014).  Id. § 181.061.  The chair of each convention will certify the nominees to the county election officer (county or precinct offices) or the Secretary of State (district or statewide offices) not later than 20 days after each corresponding convention.  Id.§ 181.068…

Once a minor party is on the general election ballot, the party is entitled to have the names of its nominees placed on the ballot, without meeting the petition requirements, in each subsequent general election following a general election in which the party’s nominee for statewide office received at least five percent of the vote for that office.  Id.§ 181.005(b).  For the 2014 general election, the Libertarian Party and the Green Party are entitled to have their nominees on the 2014 general election ballot.

Financial Disclosure Requirements

Under Title 15 of the Code, candidates must file campaign contribution and expenditure reports.  For further information and all questions about such disclosure filings, campaign finance, and political advertising, please contact the Texas Ethics Commission at 201 E. 14th, 10th Floor, Austin, Texas 78701, P.O. Box 12070, Austin, Texas 78711-2070 (or call 512-463-5800 or visit its website at www.ethics.state.tx.us).  Candidates filing for federal offices should contact the Federal Elections Commission toll-free at 1-800-424-9530 or visit its website at www.fec.gov.

 
A W2-8 Nomination form SOS.pdf 
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Financial Filings:
 
While NOT a legal responsibility of the Party, BCGP would be derelict if we did not advise candidates as to the necessary financial filing requirements:
 
“Federal”, ie Senatorial or US Congressional candidates, have no such responsibilities UNTIL they raise or spend more than $5000. THEN, they must report EVERYTHING. Contact the Federal Elections Commission toll-free at 1-800-424-9530 or visit its website at www.fec.gov.
 
State & County candidates:
 
1) “Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer” (TX Ethics Comm form CTA) Candidates may file at any time they commence active campaigning, but MUST file within three days following nomination by a County Convention.
 
OF PARTICULAR NOTE: Candidates should be sure to sign Page 2 of the CTA, “Modified Reporting”, which may exempt those who raise or spend less than $500 from quarterly reports.
 
State candidates (inc state representative candidates) may mail the CTA form (notary not required) with the Texas Ethics Commission in Austin)
 
County candidates file with the office of Jacquelyn F Callanen, Bexar Co Elections Administrator. 
 
2) “Personal Financial Statement” (TX Ethics Comm form PFS)  ASAP, but within 30 days of nomination by a County Convention, State & County candidates must file this lengthy (largely “not applicable” but NOTARIZED) form.
 
State candidates again file the PFS with the TEC.
 
County candidates file with the office of Gerry Rickoff, Bexar County Clerk.
 
 
  Paul Pipkin
BCGP Legal Committee
 

Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers interviewed by Bill Moyers

November 16, 2013
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Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers talk with Bill Moyers about politics and resistance. From Fukushima to healthcare to democracy in the United States, Jill and Margaret share their experiences in activism – and being arrested.

Watch the full interview – here 

Vote NO on Proposition 6


http://http://www.kens5.com/news/texas-news/Proposition-6-controversy-grows-as-early-polling-nears-227703081.html# 

Also speaking in opposition to the amendment were Alyssa Burgin of The Texas Drought Project, Jake Tucker of Students United for Socioeconomic Justice (OccupyUTSA), and Rachell Tucker, representing Bexar County Green Party.

At a similar press conference today in Austin, Travis County Green Party was represented by Roger Baker.

“Well over half of the money raised so far by a political action committee promoting a water funding initiative in Texas came from Associated General Contract(or)s of Texas, Dow Chemical Co. and Energy Future Holdings/Luminant, according to a report filed this week with the Texas Ethics Commission.

“Water Texas PAC raised $952,202, including $725,000 from the AGC of Texas, Dow and EFH/Luminant, according to the report.”

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/09/water-texas-pac-campaign-finance-analyzer/

“Agua es vida” FRACKDOWN MARCH- 19 OCT

Global Frackdown flyer

Hello San Antonio Environmentalists and Earth lovers!!

SUSJ/Occupy UTSA is marching for our right to clean water in solidarity with the GLOBAL FRACKDOWN happening around the world on OCTOBER 19th. The theme of the march is “Agua es Vida” in honor of Pachamama/Gaia/La Madre Tierra/Mother Earth and the gift of life-giving water she has gratefully bestowed on us all.

Obviously the issue of “fracking” is no longer an issue but a blatant threat to the prolonged health and well-being of our planet. Bexar county is surrounded from the North and South by an increasing number of fracking and waste disposal wells that have proven time and time again to fail. When this happens, contamination of the surrounding air, water, and land occurs. Fracking wells have been known to cause various major health problems as they release toxic methane into the air, increase pollution of the surrounding areas, and migrate into water systems. As a follow up to the screening of “Gasland 2″ it is imperative that we who care deeply about this crisis show our solidarity in standing together and voicing our opposition to the danger this poses to our beloved aquifers.

Join us on Saturday, October 19th, armed with your bodies, voices, and hearts to say agua es vida!!!! Feel free to be creative, bring costumes, your friends, your families, signs, posters, banners, etc. to up the vibrancy of our march.

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you there. SAT 2pm at SARA — 100 East Guenther Street.

Attached is the flyer for the event, feel free to share :)

- Sincerely, Nansi Singh representative of SUSJ/Occupy UTSA

  Students United for Socioeconomic Justice

 I wanted to update everybody on the AGUA ES VIDA march for our aquifers happening this coming SATURDAY in solidarity with the GLOBAL FRACKDOWN happening in cities all over the world.

I have just received confirmation from Sister Elizabeth that she will be able to speak at the event. Sister Elizabeth has been organizing in communities all over South Texas regarding fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale region and has shown an incredible effort in bringing these issues to light. Our other confirmed speaker is the beloved Antonio Diaz who has been organizing the Texas Indigenous Council March for Dignity and Human Rights for years. Both speakers have been incredibly supportive, inspiring, and active in the community around the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth, also called Environmental Justice.

Hydraulic Fracking is a new wave of capitalist exploitation that seeks to destroy life for purely material rewards. As humans, we came from the Earth, our bodies made up of Earth, our consciousness connected to it. It is crucial we come together to defend her gifts we have inherited as members of the Earthling tribe. Let us reach out to each other and the SA community to let our voices be heard that our aquifers cannot be sacrificed for monetary wealth. WATER CONNECTS US ALL AS DOES ITS NECESSITY FOR LIFE.

Last week, a deepwater injection wastewater well exploded in Karnes County. It contained fracking waste stored deep below the ground. This is just one example of the lack of safety exercised by the oil and gas industries. http://www.kens5.com/news/At-least-one-person-injured-in–226880101.html

Here are some other links that expose the EXTREME dangers of fracking and why it is imperative we stop this NOW (all these articles are from major national and global news outlets):
1. http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/04/fracking-water-its-just-so-hard-to-clean/#.UlP9X_AxDSg.twitter
2.http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/how-fracking-is-bad-for-our-bodies/280384/
3.http://earthjustice.org/features/campaigns/fracking-across-the-united-states

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you there this Saturday.

More UPDATES coming……

Sincerely, Nansi Singh

Fracking & the Shutdown (Jill on “Russia Today”)

Green Shadow Cabinet 

This just in . . .

Don’t Frack the Future

Thursday, October 3, 2013

High-volume hydraulic fracturing (better known as “fracking”), the process by which more and more oil and gas in the United States is produced, is good at some near-term things. It’s brought down natural gas prices for consumers. It’s resulted in several boom-towns across America’s shale formations. It’s brought back to life old wells uneconomical to pump through other means. It’s generated significant funds for gas companies and some lucky leaseholders. It’s created thousands of jobs. It’s plowed much needed tax revenues into a few state and local government coffers.

But that’s the problem—fracking is all about now.