Monday, March 26, 2007

Waterfront Greens Press Release

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Attention: For Immediate Release

Waterfront Greens Insist on Progressive Policies from Congressman Thompson

At their meeting yesterday afternoon, the Waterfront Greens voted unanimously to adopt a resolution detailing their concerns over the lack of meaningful action by Congressman Mike Thompson on a host of issues related to the war and the erosion of civil liberties.

This resolution will be brought directly to Thompson’s doorstep with the Waterfront Greens continuing their participation in the growing Dream Big Coalition protests at his Eureka office, located on 3rd Street at the corner of D Street in Old Town, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. every Monday. Members of the Waterfront Greens will deliver the resolution to Thompson’s representatives at Noon, then make themselves available for questions from the press.

"With the House vote this week in favor of continuing the war until near the end of Bush’s presidency, we really think our Congressman is not reflecting the will of his constituents, who want the Iraq occupation to end this year," said Jaime Rose, the Chair of the Waterfront Greens. "We see representatives like Barbara Lee standing up for what’s right and progressives on the North Coast deserve no less. Impeachment of this President is not off the table by a long shot."

In addition to calling for support for Woolsey’s HR 508 to end occupation this year and require reparations to the Iraqi people, the Waterfront Greens cited a raft of populist legislation which Congressman Thompson has yet to sign on with to repeal the President’s ability to seize control of state National Guard units, require investigation of torture and other abuses by US intelligence agencies, to restore habeas corpus, prevent abuse of privacy and preclude the opening of mail without warrant.

"Where was our representative when torture was funded by the Congress and outsourced to gulags overseas?" said Xandra Manns, the Treasurer of the Waterfront Greens. "We must question what our country stands for when these outrageous crimes are allowed to go on and on without bringing the perpetrators to justice."

While Congress gets the weekends off for the politicians to return home to their districts, Congressman Thompson has so far rejected calls by the Dream Big Coalition to hold public town hall meetings in Eureka to answer these questions face to face.

"If this is our Congressman, he should make himself available to all the people," said Martha Hart, the Co-Chair of the Waterfront Greens. "These weekly protests at his offices across the district will only turn into sit-ins because he refuses to address our issues without spinning, deflecting, delaying and confusing the issues."

Waterfront Greens members also pointed out the conflict between Thompson’s sudden leadership of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence and his sizable contribution from Lockheed Martin in the last election.

"Pay to play politics must not be tolerated if we are to be a democracy," said Maria Hershey, Historian of the Waterfront Greens. "We need an investigation of how intelligent our intelligence agencies really are after telling us about the weapons of mass destruction we never found in Iraq."

The meeting also addressed progress on local issues such as police review, election reform, genetic pollution and the fantastic work already done through the new Adopt-A-Park program for the South Fork of Cooper Slough at the corner of 16th and J Street. Plans are in the works as well to expand the ongoing yard tree planing program and introduce a Community Garden in Old Town, as well as to issue a comprehensive Legislative Agenda outlining holistic solutions to community problems.

The Waterfront Greens are grassroots Green activists from Northwestern Eureka, Samoa, Fairhaven and Indianola committed to the implementation of a populist agenda of sustainability and social justice using the politics of empowerment to break the stranglehold of the two-party system. Their next meeting is on Saturday, April 7th at 1:30 p.m. at Has Beans Café, located at 2nd and I Street in Old Town Eureka. Call 441-0702 for more information.


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