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Press Releases on March for Our Lives
July 25, 2016 – 3pm
South Side of Philadelphia City Hall, Marching South on Broad St.
1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107Join the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in the fight for economic justice by protesting the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia!
The city will spend thousands of dollars to host this convention for millionaires and billionaires, yet fails to provide for its most vulnerable citizens. Demonstrate that this hypocritical practice is UNACCEPTABLE.
Join us in demanding an end to unemployment, hunger and homelessness; money for education; affordable, accessible housing; living wages; and an end to the prison industrial complex.
Money for the poor not for WAR! Join us in this important march. As we march for our very lives!!
ed. note: The City of Philadelphia's Office of Special Events denied a permit citing disruption of traffic and conflict with another event, but did "welcome the submission of a revised application...with a different staging area, time and/or route." letter [jpg]
Press Release from Green Party
Monday, May 23, 2016
This release is online at http://tinyurl.com/govqxs6
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator
Green Party endorses March for Our Lives in Philadelphia on July 25 during the Democratic convention• 2016 Green Presidential Nominating Convention, Houston, Aug. 4-7: http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party has endorsed a march organized by the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) in Philadaphia on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention ( https://march4ourlives2016.org ).
Cheri Honkala, leader and co-founder of PPEHRC, was the Green Party's vice-presidential candidate in 2012, running with nominee Jill Stein. Ms. Honkala, a long-time activist, used her campaign to give the poor, homeless, and jobless a voice during the election year.
PPEHRC held a press conference on May 17 and confirmed that "March for Our Lives" will take place on July 25 with or without a permit: https://march4ourlives2016.
According to a statement from PPEHRC organizers, "The City of Philadelphia will spend upwards of $60 million to house millionaires and billionaires but yet continues to fail in providing for its most vulnerable citizens. The denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia."
"Greens support the march because it represents the demand for a better world. We believe that a better world is possible, but not as long as the two corporate-cash parties maintain exclusive power. It's time to end the war on poor people and begin the war on poverty," said Chris Robinson, membership secretary of the Green Party of Philadelphia, which has also endorsed the march.
PPEHRC is fighting a decision by the Philadelphia city officials to deny PPEHRC a permit to hold a protest on Broad Street during the Democratic convention ( http://www.gp.org/philly_
Green Party members have participated in protests at Democratic and Republican conventions in previous presidential election years and will do so again in 2016.
"We've seen a sustained bipartisan assault on economic rights and security for working people and the poor during the last generation. Led by Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, the Democratic Party made a decision to discard its New Deal and Great Society tradition and focus instead on winning support from the One Percent. Democrats bought into the doctrine of privatization, globalization, deregulation, and service to the corporate sector," said Sanda Everette, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and member of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California.
"In Philadelphia and all over the U.S., we're seeing the results of that decision -- jobs disappearing across the border, sinking wages, foreclosures, slashed services, families breaking up because of financial stress. The Philadelphia convention is the perfect occasion to confront Democrats -- and Hillary Clinton in particular -- over their responsibility for this state of affairs," said Ms. Everette.
Green candidates have promoted a "Green New Deal" to create millions of new jobs, stimulate the economy, and provide sorely needed public services by investing in efforts to stop the advance of global warming through new energy technologies, conservation, expansion of public transportation, retrofitting homes and buildings, and other public-works projects (http://gpus.org/organizing-
The Green Party will hold its presidential nominating convention in Houston, Texas, August 4-7 ( http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016 Media credentialing: http://www.gp.org/media-
"Democrats and Republicans are very generous with public assistance -- when it's received by Wall Street, military contractors, Big Oil, and other business elites. They pretend that public services and resources for working people and the needy place a strain on the budget, while spending trillions for endless war. The Green Party has a more humane vision for the country's future -- an economy that serves people instead of corporations," said Matt Funiciello, Green candidate for U.S. Congress in New York's 21st Congressional District (http://
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