Citizens of Wisconsin to Vote on Validity of Iraq
Thanks to Wisconsin Green Party
In 2006, citizens in WI, will have the chance to vote
on the legitimacy of the Iraq war thanks to an effort
spearheaded by the Green Party of Wisconsin. The
Wisconsin Green party, along with other community
groups, gathered enough signatures for a referendum to
place the question “Shall the United States commence a
humane, orderly, rapid and comprehensive withdrawal of
US military personnel and bases from Iraq” on ballots
in communities across the state.
|"This successful exercise in
democracy is the result of a state
coalition—church groups, peace and justice
organizations, veterans, and concerned citizens
have worked hard to bring this question to the
voters," said Jeff Peterson, coordinator of
the Bring the Troops Home Coalition, and a
member of the Wisconsin Green Party. "The
effort has really taken off, as grassroots
"We are glad to see that the Milwaukee Common
Council has voted to give people a voice on the issue of
Iraq," said Ruth Weill, Co-chair of the Wisconsin
Green Party and resident of Milwaukee. "The war in
Iraq affects our communities, our loved ones are
deployed there, and our taxes are spent on the war,
rather than on health care, education, and security at
home. We support giving people a say about the policies
that affect them so deeply.”
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Head-Roc Questions the Political System, but Never
Doubts the Power of a Good Beat
||Head-Roc, a member of the DC Statehood
Green Party, performed at the Operation
Ceasefire concert on the National Mall on
September 24 along with musicians like Jello
Biafra, The Coup, Steve Earle, Thievery
Corporation, Joan Baez and Le Tigre to advocate
for the immediate end to the war in Iraq.
Head-Roc’s most recent album, Negrophobia -
released in the fall of 2005, deals with a
number of political and social issues. “Music
is a great facilitator to keep people’s minds
open and keep them listening so that they’ll
hear the message,” says 34-year old Head-Roc.
The album deals with issues like racism, and
imperialism. “As a descendent of African slaves I
wanted to look at American history and the atrocities
the American government committed.[and] out of my anger
as an American citizen watching the actions of my
government and that they and other western governments
can do anything to the rest of the world. “
Musically, Head-Roc finds inspiration in the go-go
and soul music he grew up listening to. “Soul music is
the place where rhythm is home,” he says. My religion
is rhythm—I’m serious about that. I really think
there is power in the pulse of a drum to snare you and
mesmerize you and open your mind. Music can help you
make a decision. Music can change the tide of battle.”
Look for big things to come from DC hip-hop in 2006.
Head-Roc is collaborating with the Thievery Corporation
[DC Based label/producers] to start a new progressive
hip-hop label. “I think people are looking for
something fresh and new in hip-hop—something that
speaks to millions about their dreams and hopes. One of
my goals is to make the disenfranchised and downtrodden
aware of each other. Once we are aware of each other we
can come up with a plan to change the world.”
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