Jill Stein Calls for Legalization of Marijuana at 420 Rally

From jillstein.org:

In a speech to tens of thousands of marijuana reform advocates at the 420 rally in Denver, Colorado, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein took the Obama administration to task for its continuing assault on medical marijuana clinics in California, Colorado and other states.

Dr. Stein, a physician and public health advocate, noted that hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain and cancers are benefiting from the availability of medical marijuana under state laws. She said that one of her first actions as President would be to “order the DEA and the Justice Department to cease and desist all attempts to harass or prosecute medical marijuana clinics or other legitimate marijuana-related businesses that are operating under state laws.”
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Melissa Schlag Running for CT State Senate Seat

Melissa Schlag, the former executive director of Citizens for Protection of Public Lands (CPPL) in Connecticut, is challenging Democrat Eileen Daily for Connecticut State Senate District 33, along the Connecticut River. Schlag was active in leading the opposition to the Haddam Land Swap, a scheme to trade public conservation land to developers in exchange for other land in a back room deal. Daily supported the land swap, which was eventually defeated.

From the Hartford Courant:

State Sen. Eileen Daily’s dominance of Senate District 33 is being challenged by an up-and-coming environmental activist.

Melissa Schlag recently emerged as a fresh face in local politics as she led the fight against the controversial Haddam land swap, which Daily, a veteran Democrat from Westbrook, had championed.

Now, Schlag, 37, a small business owner and founder of the Haddam-based Citizens for the Protection of Public Lands – which strongly opposed the swap – hopes to unseat Daily in the sprawling district the senator has controlled for nearly two decades.

“I think we have a real chance,” said Schlag, who is on the ballot as Green Party candidate. “It’s clear that Sen. Daily doesn’t represent the people who elected her any more. She is out of touch. Maybe she’s been at it too long.”

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South Carolina Greens to gather April 28th in Columbia

In a press release issued today, the South Carolina Green Party announced both it’s annual convention and a full list of candidates who will appear on the November ballot. The South Carolina Green Party has been on the ballot since 2002 and has run a diverse slate of candidates since.



What: 2012 State Convention of the South Carolina Green Party
Who: Members, supporters, friends and prospective candidates of the South Carolina Green Party
When: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday, April 28, 2012
Where: Al-Amir Restaurant, 2930 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29205

The South Carolina Green Party will hold it’s annual state convention in Columbia on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the banquet room of Al-Amir Restaurant on Devine Street.

Nominations will be made at the convention for state, local and national offices, including the Presidential election will be made. Jill Stein, currently the leading contender for the Green Party nomination will be present. Fareen Hakim of Minneapolis will be representing candidate Rosanne Barr. Both campaigns are seeking the eight delegates from South Carolina to the national Green Party convention to be held July 13, 2012 in Baltimore. The nomineee of the Green Party will appear on the South Carolina ballot in the November 6, 2012 election alongside the nominees of other national parties. Continue Reading


4/20 – Roseanne Barr calls for legalization of Marijuana

Roseanne Barr for President campaign announced her support for the immediate legalization of marijuana. The controversial candidate points in part to her endorsement by The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and to the disproportionate number of Black men who are jailed under the current prohibition.


4/20 Legalization of Marijuana

Green Party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is the first and only candidate that endorses the immediate legalization of Marijuana. Her campaign has already been endorsed by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). In a Barr administration, non-violent offenders of Marijuana arrests would be released from incarceration immediately.

“The legalization of marijuana is number one – the end of all Drug Wars,” Candidate Roseanne Barr on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, February 2012. Continue Reading


Third Party Candidate Forum Saturday April 21

The Maggie Phair Institute is hosting an American Third Party Presidential Debate tomorrow (Saturday) April 21 in Los Angeles, CA.

Confirmed Presidential Candidates appearing at the event include the Green Party’s Jill Stein, Roseanne Barr, & Kent Mesplay; Socialist Stewart Alexander; Rocky Anderson (Justice Party); Stephen Durham (Freedom Socialist); Peta Lindsay (Socialism & Liberation) & James Ogle (Libertarian).

This Presidential Debate will be recorded, distributed and broadcast by Pacifica Radio. Current TV and other media are expected to provide television and print coverage of this event.

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Time: 2:00pm until 5:00pm
 (Pacific Time)
Where: Echo Park United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA


North Carolina Greens Meet Next Weekend

The North Carolina Green Party is holding their Spring Gathering & Convention next weekend, featuring Presidential Candidate Jill Stein in person and Presidential Candidates Roseanne Barr & Kent Mesplay via Skype. North Carolina will also be selecting their Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention. North Carolina has four Delegates.

From the NCGP:

The NC Green Party invites you to the semi-annual gathering of statewide Greens Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th.

Friday April 27th at 7:00 p.m, national Green Party Presidential Candidate JILL STEIN will be speaking at the home of our own Jan Martell. Ms. Stein will then do a meet and greet/Q&A with our attendees. This will be a POTLUCK EVENT + BYOB, but if you can’t bring anything, bring yourself! All Greens in NC are invited!

Saturday April 28th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. we will hold our Spring Gathering/Convention. As part of this event, our other two presidential candidates, ROSEANNE BARR and KENT MESPLAY will be making seperate appearances to our members via Skype at the Dan Pollitt Conference Center in Pittsboro. Both will be speaking and taking questions of our membership.

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Green Party Presidential Candidate Roseanne Barr is aligned with the Green Party Platform on Israel and Palestine

From the Roseanne Barr Campaign:

Achieving Peace in Israel and Palestine
Roseanne for President 2012
April 17, 2012

Roseanne’s solutions for Peace in Israel and Palestine are deeply rooted in her own spiritual traditions, common sense thinking, alignment with the Green Party platform and a sincere desire to see equitable and humane resolutions for the benefit of all the people that live in the region.

Since 1948 each American president has “guaranteed security” for Israel by giving them a blank check for American dollars and military hardware. Congressmen and Senators fall all over themselves to offer more money and weapons.

“I hold to nothing but envisioning international peace and utopia. We all have many more things in common than not. I’ve tried to get to the very bottom of the whole subject, and I say it’s the entire world’s fault, not just Israel’s and not just the Jews for allowing the terrible crimes against humanity, the ethnic cleansing that is happening in Gaza right now. No government in the Middle East is innocent. Wars make the stock market go up, so no one in America is innocent either, nor anyone anywhere where capitalism reigns.” Roseanne Barr on NoLiesRadio in 2010. See: http://noliesradio.org/archives/22098

Foreign policy, wars, cease-fires, assassinations, conflicts, bombings, peace talks, walls, settlements, land grabs, flotillas, piracy and hijackings at sea, and “which side are you on” have been discussed and debated for decades regarding peace in between Israel and Palestine. The information has been read about on the front pages of every newspaper, been rotated on every news website, and viewed on the evening news programs.

After getting the presidential nomination in 2008 the first speech Barack Obama gave was to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) where he pledged his continued support for the apartheid regime. See: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91150432

Currently the blockade situation for the people of Gaza has become dire. The people that live there are incarcerated in an open air prison. There is little sanitation, dirty water, no safe food, no medicine, little medical care, continued attacks by land and by air, few necessary supplies being smuggled in and few people going out. These are crimes against humanity and this is apartheid.

In the most recent news, Israel has severed tied with the UN’s Human Rights Council. See: http://www.eurasiareview.com/14042012-israel-palestine-and-the-human-rights-council-oped/

Peace in Israel and Palestine will happen when there is self determination for all and a “right of return” for the Palestinians who have had their land stolen from them. When the US government stops funding the Israeli war machine, when the Wall comes down, and when the people living there organize their own discussion of how to govern themselves they will be able to work out their differences. Their land is small, the resources scarce and a one state solution, with real democracy and justice for all seems the best approach towards a true and lasting peace.

“Peace starts in the Middle East with people speaking to each other intelligently about solutions.” Roseanne Barr on the Wise Women Media Radio Show, March 2012.

See more about the Green Party’s Platform at http://www.gp.org

Connect with the campaign: http://www.roseanneforpresident2012.org


Jill Stein on AlterNet

“I entered into this race in order to really build an organization for the long haul.”

Joshua Holland interviews Jill Stein on this week’s AlterNet Radio Hour. You can listen to it there or read the transcript.

We’ve been told that we had to be quiet and sort of hold our noses and vote our fear or terrible things would happen. What we find 10 years later is that political silence has not been an effective strategy. The politics of fear has delivered everything that we were afraid of. I think there’s a whole new openness, considering new solutions and acknowledging that the politics of fear leads to more fear. We need to answer that fear with the politics of courage. Look back over history, because while independent parties have been small, they have served a critical role in driving a progressive agenda into the dialogue.


Illinois Greens Advocate for “Move to Amend”

Several Illinois Greens were among a group petitioning the Naperville City Council to adopt a Move to Amend Resolution yesterday, hoping Naperville will join a growing movement of communities speaking out against the Citizens’ United Supreme Court ruling. From the Naperville Sun:

At issue for Klingeman, and the six other people who addressed the council on the subject, is the 2009 Supreme Court ruling “Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission,” which overturned part of a federal election law and held that corporations and unions are allowed to spend an unlimited amount of money on electioneering activities due to First Amendment guarantees.

“Money is not speech,” Klingeman said, “and corporations are not people.”

Klingeman spoke against the “gift-giving mentality in Washington, D.C,” and likened the money donated to campaigns and politicians as “quid pro quo bribery.”

Klingeman’s group of supporters echoed his sentiments.

“Money dominates and perverts our political process,” Steve Macek said.

The group claims many other communities have expressed support for the movement, including New York City, Madison, Wis., and 64 cities in Vermont.