First Debate of the New Election Cycle, at the IGLO Dissidents’ Convention – Independents, Greens, Libertarians & Others
First Debate of the New Election Cycle, at the IGLO Dissidents’ Convention – Independents, Greens, Libertarians & Others — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
The very first Debate of the new election cycle is shaping up!
The unofficial IGLO dissidents’ “Convention” (or alternative Convention) will make waves in and near Massachusetts throughout mid-April, uniting Independents, Greens, Libertarians and Others who believe in: (1) Ending the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; (2) Ending Marijuana Prohibition; and (3) Human Rights for All [including restoration of habeas corpus and Geneva Conventions Rights, and restoration of all Rights compromised by 9-11 hysteria and the War on Drugs. In other words, we want to overturn “Fascist Reforms,” including the Patriot Act, the Cancerous X-Rays and Pervert Patting at airports, etc.].
Some have wondered how can we have a Debate when the delegates are already in agreement. That is sort of the point: Most parties (and probably most people) in the United States agree with our three guiding principle listed above. Anyone who doesn’t believe in ending the Wars, curtailing Prohibition, and the full spectrum of Human Rights … well, anyone who doesn’t believe in at least that is an immoral scumbag and not worthy of my vote, nor yours.
Though the delegates largely agree on Peace, Pot, and Personal Freedom, I’m sure each has an individual vision of how we can go forward.
Cindy Sheehan will give the Keynote Speech. That is to say: She’ll be addressing a gathering of peace activists April 11 in Boston, and has agreed that we can consider that speech to be our Keynote Speech. She’s encouraged us to record that speech and to play all or part of it before the Debate.
We’ve received quotes to be read there and endorsements of our efforts from Civil Rights icons Prof. Cornel West and Robert Meeropol, son of the Rosenbergs.
The Debate will be at 7pm Thursday April 14, 2011, in the Chapel of First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St., Northampton, Massachusetts.
Confirmed Debate participants:
~2010 Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party Gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein;
~2008 Libertarian Presidential candidate George Phillies;
~2010 New York Gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High Party;
~Legendary political prisoner John Sinclair of the anti-racist White Panther Party;
~Aron Kay, the “Yippie Pieman” of the Youth International Party;
~Political theater activist Vermin Supreme, “the Friendly Fascist,” who was on the New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary ballot in 2008 and expects to be there again in 2012;
~Pirate Party (hopefully James O’Keefe, who wrote to us and assured us that the Pirate Party will take part);
~We also expect either active participation or a statement from Presidential candidate Denny Lane of the US Marijuana Party.
~Independent Terry Franklin and Anarchist Joe McCullough will also contribute to the discussion.
We may get regular Democrats and Republicans (as long as they’re against War and Prohibition, and favor Human Rights). If you’d like to attend and/or question the delegates, details for that are in the final paragraph of this posting.
First, Anarchist performance poet Joe McCullough of the Philadelphia-South Jersey area, a former political activist, will explain why he doesn’t vote, and why we should consider quitting. Then, each of the party people will give an opening statement. The last will be from Independent Terry Franklin, who’s been a candidate for the US House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State House.
We’ve got third parties galore. The names above include an Anarchist, two Communists, three Socialists, a Green, a Libertarian, an Independent, and two people who are registered Republicans. If only more Republicrats could be like them!
We hope C-SPAN will cover the event. If you’d like to see C-SPAN cover it, you could suggest it to them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If they don’t cover it, we can get it out to the public through YouTube and Facebook.
I wish to thank Anthony Noel of the New Progressive Alliance (our own themalcontent here at FireDogLake) for putting me in touch with Cindy Sheehan and Cornel West. Jill Stein is in the Debate, and Paul Barrow who published the platform for United Progressives noted (during the NPA steering committee conference call a few days ago) that our points are in accord with his platform. So, NPA’s steering committee is close to consensus in endorsing the Debate, and our efforts to unite on the three agenda items (from the first paragraph).
The IGLO Debate is part of the IGLO dissidents’ Convention, an unofficial and loosely affiliated group of events. Below are the loosely related events in and around Massachusetts in the coming weeks that make up the 2011 IGLO Convention:
~April 8-10: National Conference for Media Reform in Boston (with Amy Goodman);
~April 9: The New Hampshire Libertarian Party Board Meeting: Significant because New Hampshire Libertarians lead the country in Civil Disobedience activism over marijuana;
~April 9, 16, 23: Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party Issues Summit Conference in Worcester;
~April 11: Anti-war activist and 2012 Presidential candidate Cindy Sheehan will unofficially kick off our IGLO Convention with a speech to peace activists in Boston, our IGLO Keynote Speech;
~April 14: Debate at First Churches of Northampton;
~April 16-17: Extravaganja on Amherst town common (apx. 5,000 to attend)’ the IGLO Convention Tent will be set up there both days, for speakers, networking, Conventioneering;
~April 16: Legendary Political Prisoner & poet John Sinclair speaks and performs at First Churches of Northampton (after years in prison he was freed through the efforts of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Dick Gregory);
~April 20: Libertarians’ Civil Disobedience – Marijuana smoking at the New Hampshire State House (4/20/11 is “Four-twenty,” the Marijuana-smoking holiday, all over the world);
~April 23: The Equalites (reggae stars who opened for Bob Marley & the Wailers) perform at First Churches of Northampton to celebrate and emphasize the Right to sacramental use of Marijuana;
~May 1: Maine Green Independent Party Convention in Brunswick.
Next year, we will hold the 2012 IGLO Convention in 4/20 week of 2012, and we will hopefully nominate a consensus candidate at least two months before the Democrats or Republicans do.
Tickets for the Debate are $25 and available at the University of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition office, at the Hempest and Feeding Tube Records in Northampton, at Mystery Train Records in Amherst, and through PayPal. To buy through PayPal, pay through the PayPal account attached to my email address, which is my first name, followed by underscore followed by bie at yahoo dotcom. (I haven’t used PayPal since the Assange affair, but they did relent and give him his account back.) When purchasing a ticket through PayPal, send an email to that address confirming your order and (if you wish) asking your question of the Debaters, or a of a specific delegate. Or you may specify that you want to ask a question, and you’ll get that opportunity there.