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I was the Green Party candidate for US Senate from Tennessee in 2008 and 2006. I ran for office primarily as a peace activist to work to end the war in Iraq. I am currently involved in activist projects based out of Tennessee.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, February 23, 2009 Four Days With the Marines
On January 13th -16th I spent four days with the Marines at the USMC Educators workshop at Parris Island, South Carolina. This article is a description of my experience from the perspective of a peace activist and freelance journalist.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 3, 2008 Vote Green on November 4th
We are at a crossroads in history, and we face a choice in the South which all Americans face. Do we choose to continue down the path of abandonment, of hopelessness and fear or do we choose to embrace the compassionate, hopeful elements of our national identity? I for one, choose to hope. I believe that the government is here to serve the people and our elected leaders are here to serve you.
SHARE Monday, October 27, 2008 In Support of a Negotiated Peace
Much like Korea was in the 1950's, the United States is engaged in a war it cannot win against an enemy it cannot defeat. Recently, rhetoric by both the Democratic and Republican Presidential campaigns has been actively calling for a troop surge in Afghanistan. It is time for the United States to remove its forces from Afghanistan and bring the troops home now from the Middle East.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Third Party Candidates to Debate 'Real Priorities' at Vanderbilt University
9.30.08 Nashville, TN: The Coalition for October Debate Alternatives (CODA) announced today the Presidential Candidate's Alternative Debate to take place October 6th, in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate is open to all third party candidates for President in the United States as well as the major party nominees.
SHARE Thursday, September 11, 2008 Freedom of Assembly Shall Not Be Infringed
Opinion Editorial written by US Senate Candidate Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee, in support of the right to protest and freedom of assembly after experiencing first hand the brutal police response to protesters in St. Paul, Minnesota and Denver, Colorado during the recent DNC and RNC protests.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, August 18, 2008 Former Congresswoman, Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney Makes Campaign Stops in TN
The Green Party of TN is honored to host Ms McKinney as she visits 4
communities across the state this week. "From community problems like
landfill issues in Dickson to community solutions like the Biofuels plant
in Memphis and community gardens in Nashville Ms McKinney will get to talk
to people who are impacted and those with community-based solutions, a
Green Party Key Value", said Katey Culver.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 12, 2008 No More Drilling on Public Lands
There is no clear evidence that drilling on our remaining public lands will lead to a decrease in oil prices. In fact, oil prices are going to continue to rise regardless because global demand is far outstripping supply. The only real solution is to begin to invest in our alternative energy infrastructure and develop green solutions to the global energy crisis.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, August 8, 2008 Living in a World Without Fear
It has become clear to the people of this world that the future does not include nuclear war or proliferation of nuclear weapons. After the cold war the United States and the former Soviet Union took a big step back from the precipice by dismantling some warheads. Since that time international will has resolved and grown stronger to continue the progress that was made nearly twenty years ago.
SHARE Monday, August 4, 2008 No Permanent Military Bases in Iraq
Opinion Editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate, in opposition to permanent US military bases in Iraq and in support of an immediate withdrawal of armed forces from the middle east.
(18 comments) SHARE Monday, July 28, 2008 Now is the Time for Comprehensive Gun Control
Many Tennesseans were stunned to hear the news that yesterday morning at 10:18am a lone gunman walked into a welcoming congregation in Knoxville and opened fire on the congregants who were gathered in anticipation of watching their children perform a scene from the musical "Annie" as part of the morning services, killing two people and shooting several more in the head before being tackled to the ground.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 4, 2008 Independence Day
Opinion editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate, in celebration of individual rights and liberties as well as collective responsibilities and the challenges of giving meaning to democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 2, 2008 The Case for Impeachment
Opinion editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate, in favor of impeachment proceedings against President George W Bush.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, June 23, 2008 Now is the Time to Extend Unemployment Benefits
Opinion Editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennesse candidate for US Senate, in support of extended unemployment compensation which would cover 3.8 million Americans out of work through March of 2009.
SHARE Thursday, June 19, 2008 Abstinence only is government censorship
Opinion Editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate, in opposition to continued federal funding of sex education programs which promote abstinence only in our public schools.
SHARE Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Let's Keep Space for Peace
Opinion Editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate in opposition to funding of the strategic defense initiative and the creation of interceptor and radar bases in eastern europe.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 6, 2008 Close the School of the Americas
Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate in support of legislation to close the School of the Americas, a military institution for the teaching of torture and counterinsurgency in Columbus, Georgia.
SHARE Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Cuba Libre
Opinion Editorial written by Chris Lugo, Green Party of Tennessee candidate for US Senate on why we should support lifting the economic sanctions on Cuba.
SHARE Friday, May 30, 2008 Not One More Child Killed
A bill in the US Senate deserves our support. Senate Bill 594, the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act, currently has twenty-one sponsors in the Senate. This bill would ban the use of cluster bombs, which injure thousands of innocent people each year. Unfortunately, the Pentagon and Department of Defense officials have fought the effort to outlaw these weapons.