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Sonoma County Green Party — Green PartyCandidate for County Council

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Susan Collier Lamont

Incumbent
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Holding local elected representatives and officials accountable to their constituents and not to moneyed interests - we hear this often enough about those in Washington, D.C. and many, mistakenly, believe it's not an issue locally
  • Law enforcement accountability and oversight, including passage of the Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance - socoeffectiveoversight.org
  • A climate emergency and justice-based economy, including clean-powered accessible transportation, a public bank, energy efficient, transit-oriented, affordable housing, no new fossil fuel infrastructure, and more

Experience

Experience

Profession:Landscape designer and writer
Owner, Lamontscapes (2007–current)
County Council, Green Party of Sonoma County — Elected position (2017–current)
Center Coordinator, Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County (2008–2014)
Landscape Designer, Gardenworks (1999–2006)
Owner, Susan Collier Lamont Catering (1987–1998)

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Extension Certificate, Landscape Architecture (2000)
Brown University, Providence, RI Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Art (1970)

Community Activities

Founding member, Committee to Support an Effective IOLERO (Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach) (2019–current)
Member, Veterans For Peace Sonoma County (2014–current)
Founding member, Police Brutality Coalition of Sonoma County (2015–2018)
Member, Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez (2013–2015)
Board member, The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County (2002–2007)

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Green Party Peace Movement Activism

Summary

A speech I gave at the Global Day of Protest Against War with Iran, January 25, 2020

Well, here we are again. Some of us have been doing this since the Sixties. Some have been doing it since 2001. Right here in Courthouse Square. Here we are again.

 

My 10-year-old grandson’s art teacher recently gave his class a project to make an American flag and write words in the stripes that reflected the United States. He wrote greedy, slavery, discrimination, sex culture and baked beans. But he left out war - because people have stopped talking about war. War has become the background noise of our lives

 

I’m here representing the Green Party of Sonoma County. The Green Party is an eco-socialist party based upon 10 Key Values. It is global in scope. It is not just about the U.S. That’s fundamental.

 

Here are the 10 Key Values as they relate to war and peace:

 

1. Grassroots democracy - “All human beings must be allowed to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives.” - When was the last time the powers that be asked if you wanted to wage war? Imagine a more peaceful world in which our voices, speaking out against war and for peace, are heard!

 

2. Social justice and equal opportunity - “As a matter of right, all persons must have the opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” - Imagine a more peaceful world in which war and anticipation of war no longer divide us from each other.

 

3. Ecological wisdom - “Human societies must function with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature.” - There is no greater destroyer of nature and life on the planet than human wars and the preparation for war. Imagine a more peaceful world no longer centered around the destruction of life! 

 

4. Non-Violence - “It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.” - The Green Party believes in defending oneself and one’s country, but imagine a more peaceful world in which following the 10-key values makes it so much less likely that anyone will have to defend themselves!

 

5. Decentralization - “Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. We seek a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system controlled by and mostly benefiting the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system.” - Imagine a more peaceful world in which those who profit from war no longer control the levers of power! Imagine a more peaceful world in which people are more valuable than profit!

 

6. Community-Based Economics - “We support developing new economic activities and institutions that are humane, freeing, ecological, and responsive and accountable to communities.” - Imagine a more peaceful world with local, renewable energy! Imagine a more peaceful world with no wars for oil!

 

7. Feminism And Gender Equity - “We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender.” - Imagine a more peaceful world in which the path to peace is found in the respectful ways in which we interact with each other!

 

8. Respect For Diversity - “We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across the human spectrum. We support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We encourage respect for all life forms.” - Imagine a world in which it is no longer us against them!

 

9. Personal And Global Responsibility - “We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal wellbeing and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony.” - Imagine a more peaceful world in which we work together across borders for peace, social and economic justice and the preservation of life.

 

10. Future Focus And Sustainability - “Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We must be responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions. We must make the quality of all lives the focus of future thinking and policy.” - Imagine a more peaceful world in which the first nine values lead us to this: an understanding in our minds and our souls of the indigenous wisdom of seven generations. Imagine a more peaceful world in which humans can return to living in harmony so that life can continue.

 

Before we can have a more peaceful world, we must be able to imagine it. Once we imagine it, we must work for it - we must demand it. What must we imagine? A more peaceful world! What must we demand? A more peaceful world!

 

In March of last year I was in France and attended to gatherings of the Gilets Jaunes. They began their protests in November of 2018. They did not stop. Instead they escalated their protests and they’ve already gotten some of what they are asking for.

 

So where has the Peace Movement been hiding these past dozen years? Too many people stopped in 2008. We cannot afford to do that again. We cannot stop because those leading us to war belong to a particular political party. We cannot stop because those who supposedly represent us are of a particular color or gender or generation or, or, or.

 

I want to end with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

 

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism…" 

 

That is not “eternal hostility” to people. It is eternal hostility to systems that oppress people and exploit them.

 

 

What we imagine is a world of equity and peace!

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