MANLIUS, N.Y. -- Memorial Day, with its gatherings of veterans and parades across the region, is often a time when the nation's military system is praised.
But, the Green Party candidate for governor of New York said it's time some of the money focused on military spending is diverted to develop a real response to global climate change.
Howie Hawkins praises those who have served in the military and given their lives. But, Hawkins questioned claims in Washington that the federal government is winding down its last major war in Afghanistan.
"We have special forces operating in hundreds of countries. We have military bases all over the world. We have drone strikes that often get civilians and create enemies where we didn't have them. So we still have a very large military footprint around the world," said Hawkins.
As the Green Party candidate in the 2010 gubernatorial race, Hawkins received more than 50,000 votes on the third party line.