Stein talks with Robert Scheer, makes podcast appearance

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 9th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

steinscheerGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on Scheer Intelligence with host Robert Scheer on KCRW Radio 89.9 in Santa Monica, California. The two discussed “her evolution from Harvard idealist to family physician to environmental activist and finally to political candidate.”

Stein also discussed “the history of the Green Party and its support for cancelling student debt, which she believes could bring over many new voters. Scheer also talks about why he believes their agenda is not radical at all.” (A complete transcript is available.) Stein also recently spoke with the Political People Podcast about her Green New Deal proposal.

MedPage Today briefly covers Stein’s healthcare platform, while EnvironmentGuru wonders if later this year, “we’ll see a repeat of her guerrilla attempt to participate in a debate — a stunt that led to her arrest in 2012.” Finally, columnist John Seven of Massachusetts’s Berkshire Eagle writes that Stein, not Hillary Clinton, is the “progressive woman running for president.”

Five Greens to compete in California presidential primary; Stein off P&F ballot

Posted in General on February 9th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

candidatesThe office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has released the official list of candidates for the state’s June 7 presidential primary ballot, and, as Ballot Access News writes, “the list has some surprises.”

The Secretary of State added one name “to the Green Party’s list. The state party had not listed Sedinam Curry-Moyowasifa, but the Secretary of State added her anyway. She is a declared candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and she is on the Massachusetts Green Party’s presidential primary ballot.” The Green Party ballot will list Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein.

In addition, the Secretary of State “deleted one name from the Peace & Freedom list. He deleted Jill Stein, even though she wanted to be on that ballot. It may be that the Secretary of State removed her…because he decided it is improper for anyone to be listed in the presidential primary of two different ballots,” though California has no law to that effect. Gloria Estela La Riva, Lynn Sandra Kahn, and Monica Moorehead will be the only names on the Peace & Freedom Party ballot.

Maryland Green House candidate Hoenig criticizes education reforms

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News on February 8th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

hoenigMyles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in a release that the education reform “that has been promoted for many years has clearly been a winner for the private education and the prison industries.”

Hoenig called Teach For America “a program designed to staff urban schools with teachers who have very little teacher preparation and virtually no commitment to remain teachers” that “is used as a steppingstone for someone’s career, not an inducement to improve education in hard to staff districts.”

He continued, “Educating children is not, and should not, be equated with being a business or utilizing business models and techniques. … Equating teacher evaluations on rubrics based on student performance is also just another example of the commodification of education and learning.”

Pennsylvania Greens meet, host presidential candidate forum

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on February 7th, 2016 by PJO – 2 Comments

pennPennsylvania’s Centre Daily News covers the first day of the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual meeting and nominating convention. Presidential candidate Jill Stein, 2012 vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers were among the speakers Saturday. The other four recognized presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry — joined Stein via Skype for a candidate forum later in the day.

State party chair Jay Sweeney told the newspaper that there is “a national slow growth trend among the party. If nothing else, he hopes more people can get involved — if not to join the Green Party, then to become more educated.” He said, “A lot of people agree with the Green Party on the issues, but a lot of people are afraid to make the break. All we are asking is to give Greens a chance.”

Greens look to win over Sanders supporters if he loses Democratic race

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 4th, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

steinPolitico reports that Green Party “leaders are banking on Bernie [Sanders] to create an unparalleled recruitment opportunity — as soon as he loses.” Green Party spokesman Scott McLarty said that “after Sanders fans ‘experience the frustration from his likely defeat by the Clinton juggernaut’…the party will send them a message: ‘You have a choice. You can keep alive ideas like single-payer by coming home to the Green Party… or say goodbye the political “revolution” that Bernie Sanders claims to represent.'”

McLarty writes at CounterPunch, “The Green Party and its national candidates support Medicare For All and will continue to do so long after the summer conventions and Election Day. The demand for national health care is too important to let die after July 2016. … Do we want to change the country’s direction or are we content to rubberstamp the political status quo every Election Day? If the former, then it’s imperative that we build an alternative party now, before the consequences of two-party rule become irreversible.”

In addition, playwright and author David Macaray writes at The Huffington Post that despite his doubts about alternative parties, if Sanders fails to win the Democratic presidential nomination, “I will very likely vote for a woman. … It will be Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein.”

Delaware Greens have until August to meet registration threshold for ballot access

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on February 4th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

delawareAccording to Ballot Access News, there are currently 631 registered members of the Green Party in Delaware, 22 votes below the state requirement for ballot access this year. The party “has until August to increase its registration.”

Maryland Green U.S. House candidate Hoenig looks forward to facing Cummings

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News on February 4th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

HornerMyles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for the Maryland Seventh District U.S. House seat, says he “looks forward” to facing Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who announced this week that he will seek re-election.

Hoenig said Cummings “has had a long and distinguished career in public service fighting for civil rights and human dignity. However, the mood in this country right now is finally saying no to the status quo, of which the Congressman dutifully represents.”

Hoenig faulted Cummings for accomplishing “little for this district” and said he “played politics and helped President Obama kill Single Payer and the public option” despite Cummings’s long-time support for a single-payer system.

Kreml says Stein will “probably” be Green presidential nominee

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

kremlGreen Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml said that Jill Stein will “probably” be the Green nominee.

Writing on Facebook, Kreml said, “In November, there will be other choices beyond the usual Republican/Democrat duopoly. There will be a Green candidate, probably Jill Stein, who opposes our wars with their massive killing of civilians, the gathering inequality, the non-prosecution of rich wrong doers…and the selling out of our country to foreign country lobbies, whose constituencies not only have divided loyalties, but often dual citizenship. The Green Party awaits you in the fall.”

Moyowasifza-Curry campaigns in Iowa and Illinois

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

curryGreen Party presidential candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christine Moyowasifza-Curry held three campaign events in Iowa on Monday, the day of the Democratic and Republican presidential caucuses in the state. Moyowasifza-Curry spoke at the American Friends Service Committee in Des Moines and later made two appearances in Iowa City. She continued her campaign in Oak Park, Illinois, on Tuesday.

Stein on Iowa results: “We need a revolution that won’t go away”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

IowaGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein commented on the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, saying, “On Monday night the Democratic Party dodged a bullet, stopping the Sanders surge just short of beating the Clinton machine and the party establishment. The question going forward is this: How long will a campaign calling for revolution be tolerated by a counter-revolutionary party?”

Stein continued, “Whether you see our campaign as Plan B for Bernie supporters when the empire strikes back, or Plan A, because we need a revolution that won’t go away… We have to ensure this revolution lives on. Because we must build an America, and a world, that works for all of us. And we need your help.”

Flowers addresses Students for a National Health Program

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News, State Wide Elections on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers spoke with Students for a National Health Program at Johns Hopkins University this week. The health professional students had gathered for the first meeting of a local chapter of the group.

Flowers said, “The most exciting part of the movement for healthcare justice is coming from students who understand we need a national health program that covers every person in the United States. … The students recognized that a single payer system, or Improved Medicare For All, is the solution needed to solve the U.S. healthcare crisis.”

Flowers and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who are both physicians, spoke with theREALnews about healthcare policy and the Democratic presidential race, the topic of a recent joint op-ed by the two.

Honkala, Flowers to address Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

GPPA_HeadThe Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting will take place this Saturday, February 6, in State College. The meeting will include a presidential candidate forum featuring all five nationally recognized Green Party candidates, participating in person or via Skype.

In addition, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee, and Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will address the meeting.

Presidential candidate statement: Darryl Cherney

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 1st, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

cherneyThe future is in our hearts. The most important quality in a President is the ability to inspire and lead. We require someone who knows that we have fallen over the precipice and are grasping for a branch to hold on to. I co-organized the campaigns that saved Headwaters Redwood Forest and won $4 million from the FBI for violations of free speech. I’m a songwriter who knows the value of arts and humor. My spirituality honors Mother Earth.

All the issues are interconnected: protecting children, climate change, a global living wage, prosecuting criminal banks, universal health care, saving the post office, lowering the voting age to 16, supporting labor, converting the police into a peace force, women’s rights, normalizing cannabis, ending mass incarceration, enforcing civil rights and equal opportunity, Honoring Native American treaties, embracing immigrants, lowering taxes, ending war, prosecuting crimes against humanity, preserving water, fostering community gardens, creating free nationwide public campgrounds, ending fossil fuel use, building a solar nation, and creating jobs cleaning up our world. To do this we must recognize that we are all related and interdependent. We need each other.

My young daughter has given me a vision for the future and has saved the world for me. Can the Green Party win? Anything can happen!

Praise for Stein from American Herald Tribune and CounterPunch

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 1st, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

CJ9J5jiUAAEO4RLDavid Swanson of The American Herald Tribune writes, “I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’. I know that platforms don’t run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential election could turn into a crazier five-way race. And, even if it doesn’t, or if it does but still nobody ever learns that Jill Stein exists, there is nonetheless much for us and for the other candidates to learn from her platform.”

The complete audio of their 37-minute conversation is also available online.

In addition, Robert Fantina of CounterPunch writes that Stein, “beholden to no one but the voters…appears to be a no-nonsense candidate.”

Maryland’s Flowers calls for congressional action on uranium mines

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, State Party News, State Wide Elections on January 28th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is calling for congressional action to address the impacts of the more than 15,000 abandoned and exposed hazardous uranium mines throughout the United States. Flowers works with Clean Up The Mines! and Popular Resistance, which are meeting this week in Washington to raise awareness of the continuing radioactive contamination affecting millions of people.

Flowers said in a statement, “In the Senate I will sponsor the Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act. Because there are no laws on the books, corporations and the federal government are evading responsibility for cleaning up these toxic, hazardous sites. They are an invisible threat causing cancers, birth defects and diseases. We must introduce legislation to clean up the mines and affected areas, provide clean water and compensate individuals who are suffering adverse health effects from living near them.”