RELEASE: Green Shadow Cabinet resists drones in Empire State

Thursday, April 25, 2013

(SYRACUSE) Members of the newly formed Green Shadow Cabinet, an independent voice in U.S. politics representing the views of super majorities of the American people that are ignored by the corporate duopoly, will be participating in this weekend's anti-drones convergence in Syracuse NY called "Resisting Drones, Global War and Empire," April 26th - 28th. This event has also been endorsed by the Green Party of New York State, and many local Green Party members will be in attendance.

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the 2012 Green Party presidential and vice-presidential nominees, marked Earth Day by announcing a new Green Shadow Cabinet that will serve as an independent voice in U.S. politics, putting the needs of people and protection of the planet ahead of profits for big corporations. The Cabinet will operate in the tradition of shadow cabinets in other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Mexico, responding to actions of the government in office and demonstrating that another government is possible.

"Communities of low income people and people of color know that whatever use local law enforcement may have in mind for drones, we'll know first," said Leesa George Friday, Chair of the Commission on Community Power in the Green Shadow Cabinet. "Concerns are high; not because of the surveillance - our communities know unwarranted scrutiny and aggressive policing - but now those same communities may have to contend with drones that need not be limited to surveillance only. They could be equipped with rubber bullets or 'non-lethal; weapons. It's bad enough that many low income children have to live under regular surveillance, random frisks, and searches." Ms. Friday is a leading national campaigner for community control over drones.

At least six Green Shadow Cabinet members will be in Syracuse this coming weekend for three days of anti-war activites. Two Green Shadow Cabinet members are from Syracuse, Howie Hawkins (Vice Chair, Full Employment Council) and Suren Moodliar (Director, Global Democracy Programs).

The following Green Shadow Cabinet members will be in Syracuse this weekend:

Margaret Flowers, Secretary of Health http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/4

Bruce Gagnon, Secretary of Space http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/7543

Howie Hawkins, Vice Chair, Full Employment Council http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/7555

David Swanson, Secretary of Peace http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/7576

Ann Wright, Secretary of State http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/7572

Kevin Zeese, Attorney General http://greenshadowcabinet.us/member-profile/7533

Resisting Drones, Global War and Empire - April 26-28 Syracuse NY

Syracuse, NY is the home of Hancock Field and the 174th attack wing, an Airforce base from which drones are piloted over Afghanistan and Pakistan. Activists with the Upstate Drone Action have been educating and agitating to expose the presence of the Reaper Drone in Syracuse since 2009. The anti-drones convergence in Syracuse this weekend will feature three days of networking, movement building, and protest. Friday and Saturday there will be workshops and the weekend culminates on Sunday with a rally and march to protest the drones at Hancock Field coordinated by the Syracuse Peace Council (www.peacecouncil.net).

For the full schedule of events: http://www.upstatedroneaction.org

Registration for the convergence: http://www.peacecouncil.net/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=2

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, "Anti-Drone Movement Grows: Ethics, Legality and Effectiveness of Drone Killings Doubted," April 24, 2013, http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/15959-anti-drone-movement-grows-ethic...

For website and complete member list and profiles of the GREEN SHADOW CABINET: http://greenshadowcabinet.us/