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An Interesting Conversation on the Way Forward

If one decided based on a lot of evidence that the Democratic and Republican Parties are not worth the effort, then what is left is the Green Party, by far the biggest party on the left. Other parties do not seriously run people and seem more like chess clubs who like to talk amongst themselves.

Unfortunately, the Green Party has managed many times, to change a Winston Churchill quote, "snatched defeat from the jaws of victory." The "old guard" Greens  resent newcomers and seemingly has the motto, "We have always done it that way."   Jeff and Rose Roby have devoted decades of service to the GP and to enlightening the rest of us, only to face the same Green Party frustration so many others of us have faced. Jeff has written elsewhere on the NPA blog. This is an interesting conversation I had with Rose.

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Kim Swift on Bernie Sanders

The guest writer is Kim Swift who has worked with the post 2012 Justice Party and cooperated with the New Progressive Alliance.

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Gary Swing on Bernie Sanders

Gary Swing has written for the NPA before. (See "References" at end of this article.) Here he shows that an actual voting record is more important than appearances or feelings.

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Peace

The guest writer is Kim Swift who has worked with the post 2012 Justice Party and cooperated with the New Progressive Alliance. Though written over 15 years ago, Kim correctly says its message is still relevant today.

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An Easy, Peaceful Solution to the Oregon Standoff

Anthony Noel is  founder of the NPA and co-founder of the Greenville Guardian from which this article comes. He makes a good point here. The contrast in responses between armed white people taking over a federal facility and black people peacefully protesting at Ferguson and other places is stark and shocking. Below is his fine article.

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Public Comments 2016

The New Progressive Alliance periodically makes Public Comments by itself or with other organizations to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada in support of the Unified Platform. They are reproduced here in full and also briefly mentioned with our other activities in the Annual Reports and under "News."  (We only publish comments after we can confirm them. Some of the comments here were initially submitted in 2015.)

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2015 Annual Report

  • The New Progressive Alliance (NPA) continued to expand our organizational outreach and are now allied with 24 other national and international organizations.
  • Facebook likes (readers who subscribe to our articles) have grown steadily and by the end of the year exceeded 1,500.
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Make your Case with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference

I have read all of the international agreement COP 21 (COP 21 – for Conference Of the Parties #21 – Parties are countries.) signed on 12 December 2015. I have practiced law, though never dealt with international law except peripherally in the Navy. The agreement will become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions sign and adopt the agreement in New York between 22 April 2016 and 21 April 2017.

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Jeff Roby on Strategy and Tactics

            Even if your ideal society is one under Eisenhower or Nixon with clear government goals and mild reasonable restraint on unfettered unregulated capitalism, then we are severely off track. What went wrong? Many of us tried with everything we had. Even if we could not change directions, it is worth noting for others who are trying or future generations what we tried to do and failed so the same mistakes are not repeated.

            I do not have any easy answers or soundbites here. I have gathered thoughts, strategy, and tactics of those who tried to actually do something. Jeff Roby’s writings are notable for how relevant they still are. The Democratic Party has not changed its strategy at all. (Why mess with something that works?)

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So You Say You Want a Political Revolution

Jeff Roby here asks, "What happens if (many would say when) Bernie Sanders withdraws and endorses Hilary Clinton? Let us think about that and the prospects for long term real change."

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