Truthout interviews Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her appeal to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and other voters disenchanted with expected major-party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Stein said, “I think the Green Party and my campaign [are] ‘Plan B’ for Bernie supporters because the Democratic Party is the opposite of everything they’ve been working for and building for the last eight months or so, and to simply be dumped into Hillary’s campaign right now is kind of unthinkable. The sabotage of Bernie’s campaign by the Democratic Party really makes the point about why we need an independent party, because it has shown that it is very hard to have a revolutionary campaign inside of a counterrevolutionary party.”
She said of Sanders, “Bernie has been quite clear that he considers third parties a big liability, but I think that’s kind of old-school thinking here that looks to the Democrats of the New Deal, which we don’t have anymore. I’m hoping Bernie is still a living, thinking person who can actually learn with experience and maybe his thinking will change here, but it’s clear where his revolution will go inside the Democratic Party, and that is to a graveyard. The party does not tolerate reform, and there have been many efforts to do so.”
Stein said in an interview posted at Red Alert Politics, “All the reasons you were told you had to vote for the lesser of two evils, because you didn’t want the massive expanding wars, you didn’t want meltdown of the climate, you didn’t want the massive Wall Street bailout, you didn’t want the offshoring of our jobs — these were all things delivered to us signed, sealed, and delivered by a Democratic White House with two Democratic houses of Congress.”
The Wall Street Journal writes that “Americans are growing curious about their third-party options, search data and recent polls show, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump look likely to reach the general election as the most unpopular presidential nominees in modern history. … Stein is considered the front-runner for the Green Party nomination.” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant writes at Jacobin, “Jill Stein’s Green Party campaign will likely offer the strongest left challenge in November and deserves the broadest possible support.”
Jim Condit, Jr., the Green Party nominee in the June 7 special election in Ohio’s Eighth U.S. House district and also for the seat in the November general election, will not be on the November ballot after the Butler County Board of Elections determined that he voted in the Republican presidential primary in March. Ohio law states that a candidate voting in a primary as a member of a political party different from the party that nominated the candidate forfeits the nomination. However, Condit remains on the ballot as a Green in the special election in two weeks.
According to WHIO-TV in Dayton, Condit “admitted that he is ‘a terrible fit’ for the Green Party.” He added, “It’s such a bad fit that in a way I’m relieved.” Greens in the district say they will select another nominee.
The Green Party of the United states has responded to Stephen Colbert’s repeat of the “Nader spoiled” accusation during his May 18 CBS Late Show.
GPUS Co-Chair Paul Pipkin said, “When you look at the actual numbers in 2000, it becomes clear that the spoiler allegation is the Democratic equivalent of the right-wing fringe belief that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.” Fellow co-chair Audrey Clement added, “The biggest reason for Al Gore’s loss is that he ran a weak campaign, failing to win even in Tennessee, his home state. 13% of Florida Democrats voted for Bush instead of Gore — far more than those who voted for Ralph Nader — and nearly half of the state’s Democrats stayed home on Election Day.”
The Greens also corrected Colbert on his claim that Sen. Bernie Sanders “is now being courted by the Green Party to join their ticket” and noted that it would be nearly impossible, legally and logistically, for Mr. Sanders to launch a new campaign after the Democratic nomination. The party did say it has “invited Mr. Sanders to help promote the Green Party as a permanent independent alternative to the two corporate-money parties. Mr. Sanders has not responded.”
Vice writes about the Green Party’s efforts to take advantage of the Bernie Sanders movement, writing that much of the talk at the Left Forum in New York this week was about what Sanders supporters should do in November.
When Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “took the podium on Sunday, chants of ‘Jill, not Hill!’ erupted in the lecture room. She laughed, and then quickly added, ‘Yeah, you’re not kidding.'” Stein continued, “People say to me sometimes, ‘So you’re OK with getting Trump elected?’ And I say, ‘I will be horrified if Donald Trump gets elected, and I will be horrified if Hillary Clinton gets elected.’ And I’m most horrified by a political system that gives us two lethal choices and says, ‘Pick between them, and that’s it.'”
Stein added, “We are right now in the polls where Bernie Sanders was about six months ago. So don’t for a minute accept the propaganda that we are powerless, or irrelevant in this process or discussion.”
Meanwhile, The Casper Star-Tribune reports that “members of the Wyoming Green Party are planning a petition drive” to put Stein “on November’s state ballot as an independent candidate.”
The Baltimore Sun quotes Baltimore Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris on the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Edward Gero in the death of Freddie Gray: “Today, Officer Nero was found not guilty on all charges. I thank Judge Williams for doing his job and applaud the SAO for pursuing the case. While I respect the legal process, I am aware that there are systemic and structural problems with race, class and economic disparity that extend far beyond this trial. It is those issues that have created the conditions for us to be at this point. Sadly, not much has been done in the 1 year since the unrest to begin to address these disparities. These are conversations, evaluations and work that must be done far beyond the pursuit of justice in a single trial and should be focused on equity. I am focused, committed and proactively doing the work needed to ensure structural change happens. Our city and its justice system will and should work for every citizen. My platform that will be released in the coming weeks, on public safety, agency transparency and accountability will offer changes that can be made to move our city forward.”
G. Lee Aikin, a District of Columbia Statehood Green Party candidate for the D.C. council, won the D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Commission straw poll in her at-large race. Aikin finished second behind Democrat Robert White; the top two candidates were declared victors in the top-two race.
There are eight declared or potential candidates in the race. In the straw poll, Aikin topped the two incumbents — one Democrat, one independent — who are seeking re-election.
The Green Party of the United States has endorsed the March For Our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign in Philadelphia on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention.
While the city of Philadelphia has denied PPEHRC a permit to hold a protest on Broad Street during the convention, PPEHRC said last week that the protest will take place with or without a permit. The group said in a statement, “The City of Philadelphia will spend upwards of $60 million to house millionaires and billionaires but yet continues to fail in providing for its most vulnerable citizens. The denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia.”
PPEHRC co-founder Cheri Honkala was the Green Party vice presidential nominee in 2012.
Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal profiles Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare, writing, “With a master’s degree in education, DeMare is one of the most educated machinists in Perrysburg.” If elected, DeMare “would push to replace the Affordable Care Act, a system of exchanges to purchase mandated private medical insurance, with universal health care by taxing billionaires ‘out of existence.'”
He says his “progressive tax plan, he argues, would balance income inequality. On social justice, he would parrot the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. … But ecological restoration — ‘bringing the environment back to health, not just slowing its decline’ — is front and center on his political agenda. DeMare’s campaign website features a flier” with the candidate “smirking as global warming burns the world behind him. ‘Vote for me if you want to live!’ the ad says.”
In another article, the Beacon Journal writes that DeMare and the two independent candidates in the race “are long-shot candidates,” but “what they lack in viability they more than compensate for in the ability to alter the outcome of the election.”
Ohio Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare breaks down the Ohio Secretary of State’s analysis of the state’s March primaries, writing that while many registered Greens switched to the Democratic Party, “presumably to vote for Bernie [Sanders],” for every Green who became a Democrat, three previously unaffiliated voters registered Green, and “almost half as many Dems switched to Green as Greens switched to Dems. Overall, we almost doubled in size.”
DeMare writes to these new members, “WELCOME!! My advice to you as an ‘old’ Green is to speak up! Tell us old timers what you want to see in the Green Party of Ohio. If you’re in a county that doesn’t yet have a County Committee, consider starting one. All it lakes is a letter to your County Board of Elections. I will help you through the process.”