SF Green identified as protestor arrested during Bush acceptance speech; CA Greens
criticize abusive treatment of demonstrators
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS ADVISORY
For immediate release: Friday, Sept. 3, 2004
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO – The Green Party of California Friday heavily criticized the
abusive treatment of peaceful demonstrators jailed during the GOP
convention – and applauded two Greens, one a former Senate candidate and
another a protestor who held an anti-Iraq war sign a few feet from the
President during his acceptance speech.
June Brashares, a San Francisco Green and member of Code Pink and Global
Exchange, was arrested Thursday night 5 rows from President Bush. She had
delegate credentials, and was given a chair by former California governor
Pete Wilson. She later stood on the chair to unfurl a banner that said:
"Bush Lies, People Die," according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.
Former Green Senate candidate Medea Benjamin, founder of Global Exchange
and Code Pink, was also removed by security earlier in the convention when
she unfurled a banner calling for an end to the Iraq War.
The GPCA charged that the treatment of those jailed for peacefully
protesting at the contention is unconscionable. Reports from the jails
indicate that hundreds of those detained were not allowed to see lawyers,
were fed rotten food, not provided drinking water and forced to sit in
floors covered with chemicals. A New York State Supreme Court judge Friday
ordered the city to release hundreds of people who had spent 48 hours or
more in jail and fined NYC for contempt of court after it failed to comply.
"The abuse of those who dissent is unconscionable. Law enforcement is
supposed to protect and serve, not to abuse and oppress. I applaud those
whose bravery and courage in exercising their Constitutional rights has
incarcerated them," said Tom Hutchings, a retired law enforcement officer
and Green candidate for 33rd AD (San Luis Obispo).
"The expression of opposition to the actions of our government is being
forcibly repressed," said Pat Gray, GP congressional candidate, 12th CD
(San Francisco/San Mateo).
"The New York City police are acting like an occupying army, brutalizing
U.S. citizens for daring to exercise their right to dissent. How tragic for our
country that, under the current regime, free speech only exists when it's
convenient for our rulers," said Terry Baum, Green congressional candidate
in the 8th CD (San Francisco).
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437