Charlotte Pritt, who served as State Senator and House Delegate of West Virginia and was the first female gubernatorial nominee in her state, offers this video statement to her progressive supporters and friends upon her decision to register as a member of the Mountain Party of West Virginia.
In a state where the Democratic Party fails to support its progressive candidates and instead campaigns for a cadre of politicians who have placed corporations over the health and well-being of its citizens and land, Pritt sees no alternative but to stand up and fight with the one party willing to implement environmental regulations over fracking, (which exposes workers and residents to radioactivity along with a host of other water contaminents) and mountaintop removal which is destroying communities throughout West Virginia.
The Mountain Party of West Virginia endorses progressive candidates outside of its own party as well as promoting their own. It advocates job initiatives that benefit West Virginian residents, rather than encourages out-of-state importation of labor. The party backs sustainable use of coal for manufacturing rather than burning and encourages that West Virginia lead in the use of renewable energy sources. It seeks to limit corporate dominion over communities and save West Virginia from its current path towards annihilation.
Ecocide is the destruction, damage and loss of ecosystems. It is happening on a mass scale, every day and it is getting worse. But we can change this – by making it a crime.
An international law of Ecocide would make CEOs and our Heads of State legally responsible for the Earth. People and planet would become the number one priority.
Ecocide is part of Earth law – a new body of law we need to protect the Earth.
Polly Higgins submitted to the United Nations in April 2010 the written proposal for Ecocide to be made the 5th Crime Against Peace, alongside Genocide. She set out a legal definition of the word ecocide and has created a provision that will impose a legal duty of care on all companies to place environmental considerations first.
Implementation of the crime of Ecocide will stop the flow of destruction at source and create a pre-emptive duty on corporate activity to prohibit the mass damage and destruction to ecosystems from the outset. This will create a powerful preventative measure to govern those in a superior position of responsibility – CEO’s, heads of state and heads of financial institutions – and make them responsible for the decisions that lead to, support or finance mass damage and destruction.
By levying responsibility on persons, not legal fictional entities (ie, a corporation), the cycle of destruction and accrual of silent rights (the right to pollute, the right to destroy) will end. In so doing, the protection of interests shifts from those few who have ownership to protection of all those who are at risk of Ecocide. Moreover, by legally defining Ecocide, we can re-open the currently defunct mechanism within the UN – the UN Trusteeship Council – to put in place an international mechanism based on trusteeship principles and obligations for communities most adversely affected by ecocide which in turn has rendered them non-self-governing.
The International Criminal Court was formed in 2002 to prosecute individuals for breaches of 4 Crimes Against Peace. They are: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression. Ecocide has been proposed by Polly Higgins as the missing 5th Crime Against Peace.
Guatam Dutta, a lawyer, has just filed the papers into federal court on the case of challenging California's new "Top-Two Primary" rule, Proposition 14, before it has a chance to affect the results of the 2012 election.
Dutta explains the case and why, as a Democrat, he's against Prop. 14.
Amidst the cacophony of insulting chants from both Democrats and Republicans, the party that wants to be heard most at the so-called "green" debate was the California Green Party, whose candidate Laura Wells, had been invited then effectively barred from participating.
Wells and other third party candidates had been invited to attend if they received 10 per cent in a voting poll; only problem was, the poll only included two names, that of Whitman and Brown.
At the protest, Wells received a valid ticket to the private debate event. Tickets had been allotted by lottery, according to the debate website. Yet, after Laura entered the lobby and was approached by journalists, she was quickly ushered out by private security and then arrested for "trespassing."
Wells has accepted the charges and is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 2, election day.
Whitman is understood to be pro-deregulation and anti-immigration reform whereas, Brown has labor behind him and has privately committed to prioritizing environmental issues, However, neither
of the mainstream candidates are willing to address Prop 13, largely seen by Progressives as the elephant in the room of the California budget chaos.
Greens support IRV and proportional representation, an electoral system which improves political discourse and eliminates the stigma of a spoiler vote.
"Seriously Green" is a documentary aimed to be released in 2011 that tells the story of electoral activists representing an environmental platform and the barriers they must overcome.