Platform additions are [bracketed and in bold face]: no sections are proposed to be eliminated. Submitted to August 21, 2021 Pacific Green Party Convention
PGP Platform Plank proposal for section under Non-Violence.
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction. We promote nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, [both domestically and foreign], and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community, and global peace.
War and Foreign Policy: [domestic and international]
We will work to dismantle the US war machine, including both the military-industrial complex and the global hegemony it expands and maintains, [as well as, its security agencies such as the FBI and the CIA]. To do this, we must overcome our government’s exceptionalism and bring it into compliance with the norms of international law and diplomacy. [To this end, we demand government accountability for state crimes against democracy (foreign and domestic), full transparency from public officials, and maximal protections for whistle blowers who reveal government malfeasance.]
#1. Adapt the U.N. Charter explicitly into the U.S. code, so that government must adhere to it as domestic law as required by the Constitution.
#2. Immediately cease all acts of aggressive war and other violations of national sovereignty, including assistance to rebellions and coup attempts. Withdraw immediately from Syria and Afghanistan and refrain from further interference in their affairs.
#3. End the use of hostile diplomacy and economic warfare to antagonize other nations.
#4. End military aid and arms sales to countries engaged in regional aggressions in support of US hegemonic interests, in particular Israel and Saudi Arabia.
#5. [Call for a Truth Commission from US Congress, or United Nations, or other independent tribunal, to conduct a full and open and transparent investigation into alleged state crimes against democracy, foreign and domestic; in particular, the crimes of the 1960’s assassinations and the 9/11 attacks should be investigated as crimes against democracy.]
We reject any pretext for aggression, [be it by foreign] brutal dictators, [domestic antagonists to our democracy], a humanitarian crises, exporting our political and cultural values, false flag provocations, or the aspirations of nationalist movements. While our pillar of peace opposes any aggressive war, [or domestic attack on our democracy], it is not intended to marginalize our support for people employed by any branch of the military or right to legitimate self-defense. We remain cognizant of our country’s position as a global hegemon and colonizer. We the People must:
Support the right of the Palestinian people to resist colonization and return to the land from which they were unlawfully expelled. We advocate participation in the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement. We reject attempts to designate opposition to Zionism as anti-Semitism.
End mass surveillance and manipulation of public opinion by intelligence agencies, and repeal laws which facilitate this, in particular the USA Patriot Act. We will abolish the CIA and NSA.
End the cold war with Iran and the resurgent cold war with Russia, forestall the emerging economic war with China, and withdraw from NATO.
The US will publicly repudiate the Monroe Doctrine and refrain from interference in the affairs of other sovereign states in the western hemisphere. In particular it will end its efforts to overthrow the governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.
Oregon will withdraw all National Guard troops from foreign exercises and block their current and future orders for deployment.
Applaud the elimination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and welcome the full and open service of the LGBTQ communities in Oregon’s National Guard and the US Armed Forces.
Prohibit military recruitment in public K-12 schools.
Prohibit in-state development, deployment, transport or storage of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, land-mine devices or other internationally illegal munitions.
Enforce strict mandatory cleanup of existing nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons sites.
Dissolve the corporate status of any Oregon-based corporation that engages in the business of mercenary work, and bar any similar non-Oregon-based private military contractor from doing business in or recruiting in the State of Oregon.
Repeal NAFTA, GATT, and the FTAA; abolish the WTO; require that all future trade agreements include triple bottom line principles of accounting that guarantee strong labor and environmental standards will be applied and strictly enforced; that local autonomy will be respected and maintained; and that trade disputes will be resolved through open and democratic processes.
[Form a caucus and / or standing committee titled “Government Accountability, Transparency and Whistleblower Protections” to support efforts to press for government accountability and transparency in government and corporate affairs, and support enhanced whistle blower protections. The need for sustained vigilant monitoring of government over-reach makes it necessary to establish a standing committee.]
Appendix / supporting explanation: Here is a link to an essay makes a call for a Government Accountability Committee; it is aspirational only but offers a rational for institutionalizing a standing committee / caucus: https://chuckfall.com/2021/04/20/all-political-parties-need-a-caucus-on-government-accountability-transparency-and-whistle-blower-protection-a-resolutions/