David Sole in White T-Shirt at Camp Casey Detroit, Aug. 24, 2005 (Photo By Patricia Lay Dorsey)
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David Sole, United States Senate Candidate in the state of Michigan on the Stop the War Slate for the Green Party ticket, has gained considerable support for his militant political campaign against the pro-war Republican and Democratic parties. Below are two articles and one editorial: the first article is from l'Humanite, the journal of the Communist Party of France which interviewed David Sole recently on his run for elective office. The article was published in the November 3, 2006 issue.
The second article is an interview with David conducted by the Western Herald, the student newspaper at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The third is an editorial endorsing David Sole for US Senate among other issues related to the November 7 midterm elections. The interview is published in the October 31, 2006 issue and the endorsement appears in the November 2, 2006 issue.
There will be a final rally for the Green Party statewide campaign on Saturday, November 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the Central United Methodist Church, located on Woodward ave. at Adams in downtown Detroit. Green Party candidates and other community leaders will speak on the campaign and the upcoming battles to stop the war machine and to bring social justice and economic liberation to the people of Michigan and the United States. Dinner will also be served at this rally. For more information on this event just log on to the following URL:
http://www.mecawi.org or http://www.stopthewarslate.org
Article published in the edition of November 3, 2006.
Courtesy of l'Humanite
Journal of the Communist Party of France
David Sole: “Crushing It majority of the people is now against the war”
Pacifist militant of long date, the candidate of the Green Party for one of the seats of the state of Michigan to the Senate announces his combat to us
Strait, special correspondent
President of “room 2.334”, one of the sections of the trade union of the workers of car (UAW), David Sole, chemist of formation, is one of the candidates invested by “Green Party” who gathers progressists of various sensitivities and tries, in spite of gravity of the system biparti, to introduce candidates in certain districts to put forward alternatives.
You upon the departure adverse were solved with the war in Iraq. Does one attend today a turning within the public opinion of the United States?
David Sole. I believe that one reached indeed a turning these last weeks. Crushing the majority of the people of the United States is now clearly against the war. He grew hollow, of the blow, a gap between the two great established parties and the public opinion.
What do you propose?
David Sole. An immediate withdrawal and without condition of the Iraqi ground. The invasion was a crime against peace. It causes more and more deaths until in the American rows. The Bush administration was let guide only by one interest, to put the hand on oil and it practised to this end a policy typically néocoloniale.
Quid of the deterioration of the social condition, the other key file of these elections particularly sensitive here in Michigan?
David Sole. The war and the social one are indeed the two files headlights of these elections. And for which wants to look at well there more closely, there is a close link between the two. The budget of war of this country which adopted, like only one man, at the beginning of October, the totality of the senators, republicans like democrats, is assembled to some 520 billion dollars (approximately 480 billion euros). With a part only of this money one could set up this system of universal Social Security which is so much lacking to the 45 million private Americans of any cover and with tens of million other fellow-citizens who very badly assured and are confronted at worst the problems as soon as they fall sick or lose their employment.
Green Party Senate candidate says to war
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
In a race where David Sole sees little difference between Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow and Republican challenger Mike Bouchard in Michigan's U.S. Senate race, he says he is running to give people an option to vote against the war.
"This is really an extension of the anti-war work," Sole said. He said that neither of the two major party candidates is against the war, but he is. "Bring them home now, alive."
Sole has a long history of being involved in politics. He first became involved in politics in school when he was 12 years old. He has been involved in the United Auto Workers and has been president of the local UAW for 12 years.
"My experience is in the streets, on the picket lines," Sole said.
With his experience, combined with his strong stance against the war, Sole began to consider running for a government position. He started talking Green Party during the spring, and they nominated him as their candidate for the Senate position in August.
War is the primary issue for Sole, because all other issues can partially be a result. With the government spending billions of dollars in Iraq, there is not enough to fix the problems at home, he said. He said with the war, there is not enough money for health care, housing and education.
"There is no merit to keep this open," Sole said. "[I want] immediate withdrawal. It was a criminal enterprise."
He said the Iraqis have a 2,000 year history of ruling themselves, and that they were not a threat to the United States. He said that the government was scheming to take the oil.
Sole also believes it was wrong to go into Afghanistan and that the Taliban was a product of the United States.
"We had no business going in there; it's all part of the same mentality," he said.
He also said that the government's refusal to negotiate with North Korea is another major problem.
"North Korea has been drive to create a deterrent to U.S. nuclear weapons," he said.
In regards to Iran's nuclear energy program, Sole said it is not deserving of the scrutiny it has received.
"They're not doing anything in violation of any treaty," Sole said.
He also talked about how he has been barred from major debates with Sens. Stabenow and Bouchard.
"The mass media has barred us from the debates... the big debates," he said.
He said that he cannot compete with Stabenow's $7.5 million that she has to run her campaign. Sole's goal is to send a message to the nation.
"[Voters] can vote Green Party, and it will be noticed," Sole said.
He said that the campaign itself has been very rewarding.
He's found support in rural areas and has gotten a warm response from Detroit.
While he doesn't think he'll win, Sole said that most major changes in the United States didn't come about by voting, but rather, but action. Unions, civil rights and the end of slavery were all issues that were addressed with laws eventually, but only after there was a national movement for them to be realized.
He said that some soldiers have sent him e-mail saying they are voting for him.
"They said they're sick of the war, they want to get home," he said.
Stabenow voted for the Military Commissions Act, which allows detention of U.S. citizens, Sole said.
"We call it the detention and torture bill," he said. Bills like this are one of the major reasons that he sees little difference between Democratic and Republican candidates, he said.
He also has taken a stand against Proposal 2.
"Racism isn't dead in this country," he said. He said Stabenow voted for the bill creating a 700-mile fence between the United States and Mexico.
"We need to support each other, all oppressed people."
Sole lives in Detroit with his wife and 16-year-old son. He is originally from New York City.
For more information on his campaign, visit http://www.stopthewarslate.org.
Courtesy of the Western Herald
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Editorials: Michigan election
Certain candidates stand out while some proposals seem unnecessary
Issue date: 11/2/06 Section: Opinion
Concerning the State Ballot Proposals, the Western Herald believes Proposal 1 should not be passed. Holding money for special purposes without flexibility will cause conflicts in the state's budget. The funds need to be dispersed according to who needs them most.
For Proposal 2, voters should be against it. Affirmative action helps many races of people, as well as genders and other minorities. Proposal 2 will take many of the rights away from those who have suffered because of prejudice.
Proposal 3 would allow the hunting of mourning doves, which has little practical application. Doves should not be the target of hunters, they have virtually no nutritional value. Animals should not die for the recreation of humans.
Michigan should vote no on Proposal 4. The government needs to be able to develop the economy and property. Proposal 4 would allow some private home owners to unfairly profit off the government.
Proposal 5 would make school funding increases mandatory. Michigan should vote no on Proposal 5, because school funding should be left up to the government and not the schools.
Based on the majority vote of the editorial board, the Western Herald would like to endorse the following candidates in the upcoming Michigan election.
Robert B. Jones should be elected for the 60th district of the State House of Representatives. He served as Mayor of Kalamazoo for 8 years and understands the needs of the local citizens.
Alexander C. Lipsey should be elected to the State Senate for District 20. Lipsey was vice Mayor of Kalamazoo for two years and he received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College. His education and ties to Kalamazoo will make him a quality representation.
For United State Senator, we would like to endorse David Sole. He is anti-war and has fought hard against many of the injustices of American Foreign policy. Being from a third party, the Green party, he should make for a positive change in the Senate.
For Governor of Michigan, Jennifer M. Granholm should stay in charge. She has more governmental experience than the other candidates and she is working hard to fix the state's problems that were inherited from another administration. She has promised to bring jobs back to Michigan and to provide healthcare for all of its citizens.
We all look forward to a bright future for the state of Michigan.