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Organizing? What Organizing?!?

Sondra Miller has experience working in focus groups with engineers, political organizing, and working with computers.  She is responsible for the design of this website, helping the NPA get NGO status with the United Nations, and she wrote advice for beginning candidates. This is taken from correspondence she has had with several of us here at the NPA. The way back is clear, but few want to take the necessary steps. Good companion articles by Jeff Roby are listed under references at the end of the article.

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So You Want To Volunteer for the United Nations

            The NPA is a 501c4 educational organization whose ten points of the Unified Platform for People, Peace, and the Planet closely reflect the goals of the United Nations. The New Progressive Alliance is in special consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council and would like to give others a chance to participate.

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A Call Against Continuous War and for Election Reform

Bill Nerin has led an interesting and full life. A Catholic priest who spoke for the poor to the point where he was asked to leave, he then happily married until his wife passed, and recently was responsible for helping the NPA become allied with the Washington State Green Party.  Here he talks from his heart.

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Canadian Election and the NDP

On October 19, 2015 the Liberal Party in Canada won an election. While it will be great to get rid of Harper, past experience says it will  - like democrats in the United States - betray all of its election promises and give the multi-national corporations all they can grab through raping the country of its resources. The New Democratic Party (NDP) did not prevail and the Green Party just maintained its one elected member.  This election illustrates a danger going forward.

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Mass consciousness and its discontents

Jeff Roby has given us permission to publish this article in full. Here are Jeff's two main points: We have to both organize and talk to each other. Both are important. Consciousness is overrated. I am not crazy about Sanders, but if we maintain open lines of communication, there is a real possibility that after he loses many of his supporters may come over to genuine third party candidates. Michael J Cavlan has proven this. In the unlikely event he wins we will have to have a painful discussion based upon his voting record whether he is another Obama in disguise. The democrats have a long record of wolves in sheep clothing.

Under references at the end there is a reference to another good article by Jeff Roby as well as a fine related article by Sondra Miller.

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Cautionary Tales

Jeff and Rose Roby are long time activists who have frequently sacrificed their own comfort for a cause. Both have had experiences in the Democratic Party and the Green Party which are very similar to many of our experiences at the New Progressive Alliance – only the details change of Democratic Party betrayal and Old Guard Greens whose motto is, “But we’ve always done it this way…”  It is wise to consider these almost universal experiences before proceeding forward.

Under references at the end there is a link to another fine article by Jeff Roby as well as a fine related article by Sondra Miller.

We hope you visit Jeff and Rose Roby at the Saint Petersburg Independents.

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Specifics on Why Democrats are Not Better

Reg Clark is an eloquent and insightful writer. He is not sure where he got this, but he did want to share it. On many issues - rhetoric notwithstanding - put both following the same flawed policies.

As Glenn Greenwald said, "One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves - and everyone else - is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin - the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything - it's hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama's most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party." 

 

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Afghanistan: An American Holocaust

Peace First is the first point of the Unified Platform.  Gary Swing is a Colorado candidate who bravely ran for Congress twice as a Green Party member with the full support of the New Progressive Alliance. He ran as a Green Party candidate in 1996, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Though unfunded, Gary worked tirelessly against great odds to get out unpleasant truths both major parties ignored.

Though written over ten years ago, it is perhaps even more relevant today because of increasing continuous war. The point Gary is trying to make is engaging in extensive and expanding war activities is an American way of operating and has been for decades. For more extensive documentation see Continuous Wars.

Here is Gary Swing's article.

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When Clinton Lied, Yugoslavia Died

Peace First is the first point of the Unified Platform.  Gary Swing is a Colorado candidate who bravely ran for Congress twice as a Green Party member with the full support of the New Progressive Alliance. He ran as a Green Party candidate in 1996, 2010, 2012, and 2014. Though unfunded, Gary worked tirelessly against great odds to get out unpleasant truths both major parties ignored.

The owner of a bumper sticker, “Another Democrat for Peace” was unaware that waging war has been a bipartisan tradition for some time as evidenced by this article by Gary Swing. Though written in 2006, it is perhaps even more relevant today because of increasing continuous war. The point Gary is trying to make is engaging in extensive and expanding war activities is more than not being perfect. It should disqualify candidates such as Bernie Sanders who votes enthusiastically for expanded war and crimes against Gaza. For more extensive documentation see Continuous Wars.

Below is the article Gary Swing wrote.

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Fighting Back

While fighting against long odds can get both tiring and discouraging, there is hope from these two articles. The first is on increasing hope in fighting climate change at Ellen Cantarow, Paradise Lost -- or Found?  The second example is of Greece standing up in Greece Is Getting It Right. The latter is printed below in full with permission of the author, Anthony Noel - award winning author and founder of the New Progressive Alliance.

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