Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke with CounterPunch about her differences with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Stein praised Sanders “for ‘giving voice and legitimacy’ to key majority-progressive policy sentiments,” but asked, “How long will a campaign calling for ‘revolution’ be tolerated by a counter-revolutionary party?”
Stein continued, “Whether our campaign is a Plan B for Bernie supporters…or whether we’re Plan A because we need a real movement that is independent of the corporate interests that dominate the Democratic Party from top to bottom, it’s important to ensure that this revolution lives on in way that is deep and that will grow strong…and you really have to discount the last decades of experience to think that the Democratic Party is going to just roll over and allow this to happen.”
Stein also said she has considerable differences with Sanders. She points out that Sanders backs drone warfare and “‘supports governments that commit egregious human rights abuses,’ including Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.” She says he has backed the expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program because it will bring jobs to Vermont, and calls him “a loyal man of U.S. global empire.” She also said, “Bernie treats Edward Snowden like a criminal rather than a hero.”
They have domestic policy differences as well, including Stein’s call for the nationalization of the Federal Reserve and her opposition to high-stakes standardized testing, which Sanders supports.
The official Green Party of the United States website at GP.org has published a profile of the Green Party of Texas. It reads in part:
The GPTX has already set a new record in 2016, with more than 50 candidates seeking offices across the state. There are candidates for the U.S. House in 19 of the state’s 36 districts, the first time the Green Party will field candidates in a majority of the state’s races.
“Texas is a red state, so there is no ‘lesser evil’ risk in voting Green,” says state co-chair Aaron Renaud. “Besides, the Democrats do not have the energy or motivation to fix the campaign finance system, in that regard they are just as culpable. In the end, I would say to vote for the only party that doesn’t accept corporate donations. I would say to put real people into office, not politicians.”
But there are challenges in organizing in a state that covers more than a quarter-million square miles and that has more than 250 counties.
Co-chair Laura Palmer says, “Because the state is so large, party cohesion is one of our biggest challenges. Getting to know party members in other areas, keeping track of the status of local parties, and having the ability to screen volunteers for key roles are all enormous concerns.” Palmer says the GPTX has started to implement an “intentionally regional approach,” urging locals in the same parts of the state to work together.
The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.
The Michigan Green Party is demanding that the U.S. government “use all its considerable resources to supply the people of Flint with safe water in sufficient quantities for drinking, bathing, cooking and cleaning,” the party said.
Candace Caveny, the 2014 candidate for lieutenant governor, said, “There needs to be a full and immediate mobilization of all the resources at the disposal of the federal government to provide Flint with safe water. … The government has the ability and the resources to supply every resident of Flint with safe water in amounts necessary for daily life. They must do so immediately.”
John Anthony La Pietra, who ran for state attorney general that same year, said, “With our state government involved up to the highest level, we need independent investigations to find everyone responsible for this tragedy — and to make sure they face all appropriate civil penalties, recall for elected officials, and criminal charges up to possible depraved-heart murder.”
Green Party presidential candidate Darryl Cherney says he is giving away DVDs of the 2012 documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari?, a film he produced about the May 1990 car-bombing of Cherney and fellow Earth First! activist Judi Bari, in which Bari was severely injured.
As Cherney says, they were “then (falsely) arrested by the FBI and Oakland Police for car-bombing ourselves while driving to our musical organizing roadshow for Redwood Summer 1990. We sued them for violations of the First and Fourth Amendments.”
Green Party presidential candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry was recently interviewed by Robert Muhammad of The Black Wall Street Journal for Greenwatch. The complete video of the interview runs 15 minutes.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said in a campaign email that “lawyers for Mitt Romney are trying to get our lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) thrown out. Our lawsuit, supported by both Greens and Libertarians, makes the case that the CPD violates antitrust law by excluding independent candidates, essentially giving the establishment parties a monopoly on the presidential debates.”
Stein said, “When I heard that Mitt Romney was opposing our case for open debates, my first thought was that Romney probably still remembers the time in 2002 when I debated him and two other candidates in the race for governor of Massachusetts. In that televised debate, I spoke out for our Green platform and values, and then was mobbed by reporters telling me that I won the instant online viewer poll! I wasn’t invited to any more debates with Romney and company after that.”
Stein and vice presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested in October 2012 when they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University in New York. They were, Stein said, “arrested and held incommunicado for eight hours in an undisclosed location, where we were handcuffed to metal chairs.”
Newsday reports that Green Party candidate Laurence Hirsh “has formed a campaign committee to run in the April 19 special election in Nassau County’s 9th Senate District for the seat vacated by ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.”
Hirsh was a Green candidate for the Nassau County Legislature in 2015.
Green 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 Todaybriefly 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.”
The 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.
Myles 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’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.”
Politico 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.”
According 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.”