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Close Military Plants for the Duration of the Coronavirus Crisis

GREEN PARTY OF CONNECTICUT
MEDIA ADVISORY AND PRESS RELEASE

DATE: March 22, 2020

CONTACTS:

Peter Goselin, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-580-9675

Michelle Bicking, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-338-6839

Green Party of Connecticut Says:
“Close Military Plants for the Duration of Coronavirus Crisis”

Governor Lamont has ordered the closing of tens of thousands of businesses around the state, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, as part of the response to the coronavirus crisis. Exempt from the order are Connecticut’s military manufacturers. The Green Party of Connecticut calls on Governor Lamont to immediately order the closing of the more than one thousand military contractors and subcontractors in the state. While politicians say that keeping military contractors in operation is needed for “national security,” the real defense of our communities from a global pandemic demands these plants be closed.


Military contractors play a major role in Connecticut’s economy, employing more than one hundred thousand civilian employees. That include workers at Electric Boat in Groton, Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, and more than one thousand smaller businesses. Yet even as Connecticut sends home tens of thousands of employees and direct the closing of schools and businesses, military contractors are pursuing business as usual. Every day tens of thousands of their employees, from Connecticut but also New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, are congregating on shop floors and docks and in warehouses and offices. They interact with each other and with tens of thousands of gas station operators, restaurant workers, store clerks, and others, before returning home to their families. From a public health standpoint, permitting these operations to continue is a disaster, putting all Connecticut residents at risk.


Addressing a global pandemic requires that we stop doing business as usual. Lockheed Martin – the parent company of Sikorsky Aircraft – already knows this. It has closed production facilities working on the F-35 fighter aircraft in Italy and Japan. Yet its employees here in Connecticut are expected to put themselves and their families and communities at risk. The Day newspaper in New London has reported receiving numerous complaints from Electric Boat employees about the company’s refusal to suspend operations.


For more than thirty years, the Green Party of Connecticut has argued that building more weapons of mass destruction does not promote peace. We have called for the shift of Pentagon funds to convert military plants to civilian production, and we have demanded that the employees at these plants be retrained while receiving full pay and benefits. We reject the irrational belief that submarines and aircraft armed with nuclear weapons can ever benefit humankind.


We do not expect the Democrats and Republicans in office to suddenly agree with the Green Party’s pro-peace platform. Both major parties have long supported the US. war economy, and Connecticut politicians will promote that war economy so long as the victims are in remote places with unfamiliar names. But we do expect and demand that the politicians recognize the danger of business practices that expose tens of thousands of residents of Connecticut to a ravaging virus for which there is presently no known vaccine or cure.


Governor Lamont must demand that Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and their subsidiaries and subcontractors close up shop and send their employees home with full pay and benefits for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. To the extent that these facilities can be immediately converted for useful, civilian purposes, such as the production of hospital ships, prefabricated medical facilities, or medical equipment, the Pentagon should allocate the funds from its massive budget to make that transition possible. The protection of our families and communities from the global coronavirus pandemic should be the state’s first concern and the nation’s first line of defense.

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State Committee Meetings

•Tuesday, February 25, 6:45 PM

Durham Public Library, lower level conference room, 7 Maple Ave, Durham

• Wednesday, March 18, 6:45 PM

(online)

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Clinton, Greenwich, Redding, and Windham elect Greens

On November 5, 2019, the Town of Clinton elected Green candidate Eric Bergman to the Town Council and Rob Derry to the Police Commission. The Town of Greenwich elected Green candidate Ed Heflin as a Constable. The Town of Redding re-elected Leif Smith to the position of Constable. The Town of Windham elected Enevia Baidoo-Keene to the Board of Assessment Appeals. Thanks to all who voted Green!

State Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Portland Senior Center
7 Waverly Avenue, Portland, CT

Annual meeting and election of officers for the Green Party of CT (see candidate statements). 

Casting and counting of ballots by Ranked Choice Voting /Single Transferable Vote. 

Proposed agenda:
 
11:00am Social hour, snacks, merchandise & literature tables
 
11:30am Welcome, introductions by attendees, agenda review
 
11:45am Statements from the candidates for the GPCT Executive Committee offices and representatives to the GPUS, followed by Question & Answer period.
 
1:00pm Lunch break: Potluck food and beverage; networking; merchandise; fundraising. Opportunity for 1-on-1 conversation with candidates.Complete ballots for Executive Committee and GPUS National Committee elections.
 
1:30pm Deadline for submission of ballots for internal offices
(Tallied by Internal Election Committee; no candidate will be involved in ballot counting)
 
1:30pm Guest speaker: Margaret Flowers, Co-Chair, GPUS Steering Committee
 
2:00pm Workshop Session A (breakout options, choose one)
A1: Hemp Economy, Michelle Louise Bicking
A2: Energy Sources & Efficiencies, Tom McCormick
A3: Promoting Peace, Eugene Woloszyn
 
2:45pm Workshop Session B (breakout options, choose one)
B1: Police Accountability, Bishop John Selders
B2: A Single-Payer Health Care System, Joanna Heller
B3: Public Banking, Ed Heflin
 
3:30pm GPCT focus:
Executive Committee report on last year’s activities
Discussion of 2019-20 priorities for policy, events, budget.
 
4:00pm GPUS Standing Committees and Caucuses
 
4:30pm Internal Election results announced.
Set date/time/place for next GPCT SCC meeting
 

Fundraiser for the GPCT

hawkinsSaturday, April 27, 2019, 1:00-4:00 PM
Portland Senior Center
7 Waverly Avenue, Portland, CT

Howie Hawkins of the NY State Green Party will speak on the topic of "How to Run on the Green New Deal in 2020."
Hawkins is a former Green candidate for New York Governor and for US Senate and is seeking the Green nomination for President.

Voluntary donations encouraged. Green Party merchandise for sale.

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GREEN PARTY OF CONNECTICUT
MEDIA ADVISORY AND PRESS RELEASE

DATE: March 22, 2020

CONTACTS:

Peter Goselin, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-580-9675

Michelle Bicking, Co-Chair, Green Party of Connecticut
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-338-6839

Green Party of Connecticut Says:
“Close Military Plants for the Duration of Coronavirus Crisis”

Governor Lamont has ordered the closing of tens of thousands of businesses around the state, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, as part of the response to the coronavirus crisis. Exempt from the order are Connecticut’s military manufacturers. The Green Party of Connecticut calls on Governor Lamont to immediately order the closing of the more than one thousand military contractors and subcontractors in the state. While politicians say that keeping military contractors in operation is needed for “national security,” the real defense of our communities from a global pandemic demands these plants be closed.


Military contractors play a major role in Connecticut’s economy, employing more than one hundred thousand civilian employees. That include workers at Electric Boat in Groton, Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, and more than one thousand smaller businesses. Yet even as Connecticut sends home tens of thousands of employees and direct the closing of schools and businesses, military contractors are pursuing business as usual. Every day tens of thousands of their employees, from Connecticut but also New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, are congregating on shop floors and docks and in warehouses and offices. They interact with each other and with tens of thousands of gas station operators, restaurant workers, store clerks, and others, before returning home to their families. From a public health standpoint, permitting these operations to continue is a disaster, putting all Connecticut residents at risk.


Addressing a global pandemic requires that we stop doing business as usual. Lockheed Martin – the parent company of Sikorsky Aircraft – already knows this. It has closed production facilities working on the F-35 fighter aircraft in Italy and Japan. Yet its employees here in Connecticut are expected to put themselves and their families and communities at risk. The Day newspaper in New London has reported receiving numerous complaints from Electric Boat employees about the company’s refusal to suspend operations.


For more than thirty years, the Green Party of Connecticut has argued that building more weapons of mass destruction does not promote peace. We have called for the shift of Pentagon funds to convert military plants to civilian production, and we have demanded that the employees at these plants be retrained while receiving full pay and benefits. We reject the irrational belief that submarines and aircraft armed with nuclear weapons can ever benefit humankind.


We do not expect the Democrats and Republicans in office to suddenly agree with the Green Party’s pro-peace platform. Both major parties have long supported the US. war economy, and Connecticut politicians will promote that war economy so long as the victims are in remote places with unfamiliar names. But we do expect and demand that the politicians recognize the danger of business practices that expose tens of thousands of residents of Connecticut to a ravaging virus for which there is presently no known vaccine or cure.


Governor Lamont must demand that Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and their subsidiaries and subcontractors close up shop and send their employees home with full pay and benefits for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. To the extent that these facilities can be immediately converted for useful, civilian purposes, such as the production of hospital ships, prefabricated medical facilities, or medical equipment, the Pentagon should allocate the funds from its massive budget to make that transition possible. The protection of our families and communities from the global coronavirus pandemic should be the state’s first concern and the nation’s first line of defense.

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