Jill Stein for President: 24 hours left in matching funds drive: all eyes on AZ, CT, DC

From Jill Stein for President:

I am very grateful for your response over the past few days. You have pushed our Green Party presidential campaign to the brink of success in our quest for federal matching funds. Eight states have qualified for matching funds in the past 5 days. Now, with only 24 hours to go, everything is hinging on finishing the job in Arizona, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

If we can succeed in these three states (for Greens, DC will always be a state), then you will be assured of having a voice in the 2012 presidential race. We challenge the pro-war, pro-Wall Street, anti-democratic rhetoric of the establishment candidates and present a vision of a peaceful, just, secure green future that creates a livable world for all people. For the past four years, we’ve been pushing forward for affordable health care,  an end to the wars, immigrant rights, solving the student debt problem, sensible drug policies, and protection of our civil liberties. Now, with just one final push, we can bring all those issues into the presidential arena.

But it all hinges on what happens in three critical states in the next 24 hours. Here is what remains to be raised from those states:

  • District of Columbia:  $2,291
  • Arizona:  $1,465
  • Connecticut:  $1,249

Raising these small amounts will result in a grant from the federal government that will almost DOUBLE the contributions that everyone across the country has already made.  And the doubling will continue for months to come. This will be a watershed event for independent politics in America.

There are two things we hope you will do RIGHT NOW to ensure our success:

First, if you’ve donated to my campaign before, please consider making an additional donation of at least half what you gave before. Any amount up to $250 per person will count toward our qualifying goals – http://www.jillstein.org/donate – (If you’ve already given $250, consider asking your friends or family members to make a donation).

Second, send the appeal below to 10 of your friends in the critical three states. Or mail it to any suitable email lists to which you subscribe.  Post it on your Facebook page.  This forwarding of the message is extremely important.

On Sunday, we will announce the results of our effort.  Today, all eyes are on Arizona, Connecticut, and DC. Let’s make it happen!


Jill Stein



Medicare for All advocates urge support for Jill Stein matching funds drive

From Jill Stein for President:


As the Stein campaign closes in on federal matching funds, five leading advocates for Medicare for All have released a letter advocating support for Dr. Jill Stein. The letter was released as news came that two new states – Michigan and Oregon – have qualified for federal matching funds.

Please copy, paste, and forward the following letter to every health care advocate you know. You can see our latest matching funds numbers by clicking here. Thank you.

Medicare for All


Dear friends working for health care as a human right,

In all the sound and fury over the Supreme Court’s health care ruling,  the simple truth is being lost:  We know how to provide affordable health care for every American.  There is a proven solution — improved “Medicare for All” (or single-payer health insurance). It’s working in nation after nation around the world.  It is the only fiscally responsible way out of the health care mess.  And it’s not unconstitutional.

When President Obama slammed the door in the face of single-payer health care advocates, and abandoned the “public option”, it seemed that we were doomed to debating slight variations on the failing status quo.  But in the wake of the Obamacare/Romneycare crackup, we have an incredible opportunity to reframe the health care debate by injecting a long-time advocate for Medicare-for-All (single-payer) into the presidential dialogue. Continue Reading


Leading peace advocates issue urgent call to support Jill Stein matching funds drive

From an email sent out by Jill Stein for President:



FROM: David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Leah Bolger, Bruce Gagnon, Chris Hedges, George Martin and Kevin Zeese

Dear Friends in the Peace Movement,

We can’t afford to let this opportunity slip by. By taking action over the next five days the peace community has a chance to inject a compelling and courageous peace advocate into the 2012 presidential campaign, to have a voice in the national debate over war, militarism, and military spending.

You know what is going to happen if we leave this election up to the two major party candidates. President Obama will defend his troop surges, his excessive Pentagon budgets, his preparations for war with Iran,  his escalation of the drone wars, his crackdowns on whistleblowers, his indefinite detention policy, and his new role as manager of the White House assassination list. Mitt Romney will not question these policies, but will promise to pursue them with even more enthusiasm. In debates and interviews, the American people will have the Big Lie drilled into their consciousness: that our nation must accept escalating military engagement and must visit worldwide violence against all who defy the U.S. government. Continue Reading


Greens Call on Deal to End Torture in Georgia Prisons

Eighteen months after Georgia Department of Corrections employees brutally suppressed a non-violent work stoppage led by inmates in as many as eleven of the state’s 34 prisons, it is believed that the “Hidden-37″ have been in solitary confinement ever since. The Georgia Green Party today called on Governor Deal to end the torture; and on Georgians to join hunger striking Georgia inmates in a one day solidarity fast.

“On Monday, July 2nd, if the state has not met the very reasonable demands of these hunger strikers, it will be time for us to share their hunger for justice,” said incoming Georgia Green Party Chairman Bruce Dixon. “We ask Georgians of faith, and Georgians hungry for justice to join our one day solidarity fast as we work to share the story of these Georgians whose ‘starving for change’ will take them into their fourth week without food.”

Party officers are responding to news that ten inmates at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center have been on a hunger strike since Sunday, June 10th, 2012. Among their number is Miguel Jackson, who was assaulted by multiple DoC employees while handcuffed. According to Mrs. Delma Jackson, his wife, “Miguel suffers daily for the injuries he sustained at Smith State Prison. He has chronic migraine headaches, a broken nose, and he suffers from post traumatic syndrome.  He still has the hammer indentions in his head.”

On December 17th, 2010, in a meeting with representatives of over a dozen advocacy and community groups in Georgia, Timothy Ward, Facilities Director with the Department of Corrections acknowledged that 37 inmates had been subjected to ‘protective custody’ on suspicion of having served as instigators of the December 2010 strike, based on evidence that contraband cell phones had been confiscated from their personal property. A story has emerged from correspondence with inmates and their families about the tortuous conditions at the Segregation Management Unit (SMU) at the Jackson Georgia facility. Inmates there are subjected to months of ongoing deprivation of access to showers and exercise. Party activists have reports that these human beings are subjected to life under 24-7 video surveillance in a 4′ x 6′ plexiglass cell.

The Georgia hunger strikers are believed to include several among the Hidden-37, referring to the 37 men whom Mr. Ward mentioned in December of 2010, although since that statement Shawn Whatley was later added to their ranks.

Last month the Center for Constitutional Rights, representing many of the leaders in last year’s hunger strike involving thousands of prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay, brought litigation challenging as inhumane 8th Amendment violations, the extreme abuse of solitary confinement used at that prison. CCR argues that “Solitary confinement for as little as 15 days is now widely recognized to cause lasting psychological damage to human beings and is analyzed under international law as torture.”

Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights in the U.S. Congress held hearings on the subject, “Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences.”

Meanwhile, the Butts County prison which hosts the Georgia Solitary Management Unit and its death row as well is now home to hunger strikers who are demanding (1) medical attention for Miguel Jackson; (2) and that their custody be subject to the published standard operating procedures of the Department of Corrections, inclduing providing inmates (a) access to their property; (b) open visitation with the families; (c) access to the commisary; (d) regular access to exercise; and (e) classification reviews at thirty day intervals.

“Miguel has been on hi max for eighteen months,” said Mrs. Jackson. “He is being punished for officers beating him and the officers are going on with their lives as if nothing happened. Where is the justice in that?”

“Its time to dismantle the prison state built with our tax dollars and populated with our families and neighbors,” said Bruce Dixon, state Green Party chairman. “When addiction is treated as a criminal matter rather than a health concern, you have stepped out onto the slippery slope which now seeks ways to normalize abuse and torture. But even when our family truly offend us, they are still our family. The Green Party intends to explain, confront and curtail the carceral state with the power of organized people.”

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Senate Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
“Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences”

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Lawsuit Challenges Solitary Confinement at California Prison

The Georgia 37 are at least 38. And we now know one of their names

GA Prison Inmates Stage 1-Day Peaceful Strike Today


Presidential candidate Jill Stein: 5 days to make Green Party history

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is within reach of becoming the first Green Party presidential candidate ever to qualify for federal matching funds. However, June 30th is the deadline to apply for matching funds, meaning that Stein’s campaign needs to reach the threshold of $5,000 in 9 more states within the next 5 days. If Stein qualifies, every donation up to $250 will be matched by federal funds, giving a huge boost to her campaign’s capacity to win ballot lines and reach voters.

You can donate at the Jill Stein for President website.

Here is the latest update from Jill Stein’s campaign on the matching funds drive:

VIDEO: How matching funds fit into strategy Continue Reading


Green Party of Pennsylvania Opposes Shell “Cracker” Plant

Contact: Carl Romanelli, cjromanelli@yahoo.com

Contact: Katrina Brabham, baatty@gmail.com

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA, www.gpofpa.org) opposes the development of a massive petrochemical “cracker” plant on the banks of the Ohio River near Monaca in Beaver County. The proposed Shell Oil Co. plant covering hundreds of acres, would convert natural gas liquids from Marcellus Shale into more profitable chemicals used in everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze.

The Corbett administration has announced plans to approve $1.65 billion in ethane tax credits over 25 years for the Shell Oil Co. facility, and both Republicans and Democrats in the PA Legislature have promised to pass this as part of the 2013 Pennsylvania budget. U.S. Senator Robert Casey claims he “fought hard” to bring Shell to Pennsylvania, while the Obama administration continues to push fossil fuels and nuclear power subsidies over cleaner alternatives. “Yet again we see the old parties marching to the orders of their common campaign contributors,” said GPPA Chair, Carl Romanelli of Luzerne County.
The Green Party opposes the Shell tax scheme for two general reasons. First, it is an environmental disaster, particularly for its connection to hydro-fracturing. “The Green Party of Pennsylvania opposes this project because it supports the fracking industry and fracking is fundamentally unsafe,” explained Chris Robinson of the Green Party of Philadelphia, www.gpop.org. “Natural gas extraction pollutes our land, air and most importantly, our water. The GPPA has been calling for a ban on fracking since 2009.”
Second, this plan is economically unsound as it fails to consider the real economic promise in new industries, while corporations force states to pile on the giveaways, or they will locate in another state. This creates competition among states for luring these polluting corporations, but it comes with a budget hole that must be made up in cuts to essential programs, or tax increases on Pennsylvanians. Such an approach represents backward priorities and offers no real sustainable path for economic, environmental, and energy security.
“All that this competition between states accomplishes is each of us fighting to cut off our noses faster than our neighbors and at the end of the day, Shell can still leave after 10 years and extort even more tax credits from us,” explained Katrina Brabham of Pittsburgh, PA Green Party Secretary.  “This is just part of the economic race to the bottom that corporations have put us in.”

“This is just another outrageous example of corporate welfare,” stated Jay Sweeney, GPPA Steering Committee member from Wyoming County, “more tax breaks for profitable companies while the people who truly need relief get cuts in social services and education funding. The corporations then fund the campaigns of Republicans and Democrats alike. This is criminal and must be stopped.”

When asked for an alternative, Romanelli noted, “All of the industrial applications of this toxic process can be accomplished better through industrial hemp. Such an approach would not only be greener, but would offer a large scale job growth for Pennsylvanians; from the farm to the stores. It is time we had the discussion as to true alternatives to pollution and poverty,”

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is currently conducting a petition drive to get a Green presidential candidate on the ballot in November. The GPPA is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties and accepts no corporate contributions. The GPPA stands for ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social justice, and nonviolence.

For more information please visit:
Green Party of Pennsylvania, http://www.gpofpa.org/
Green Party of Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Statement, http://www.gpofpa.org/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=17
“Corbett Plan Hurts the Truly Needy,” The Morning Call, April 6, 2012, http://articles.mcall.com/2012-04-06/opinion/mc-general-assistance-bowditch-20120406_1_corbett-budget-plan-adults-community-agencies


Tories Ignore Elizabeth May’s Budget Bill Quiz Challenge

Green Party leader Elizabeth May holds a copy of Bill C-38 as she speaks about the budget bill in Ottawa on Monday, June 11. May's budget bill quiz challenge — answer five questions about the 400-page Omnibus Bill — was ignored by Conservative MPs.

OTTAWA — It was a challenge that went unanswered.

Not one Conservative MP showed up to take Green leader Elizabeth May’s open-book test on the contents of Bill C-38 Tuesday morning, and May said she wasn’t surprised.

“Why bother to know what’s in this act, if reading it and understanding it can get you fired?” May said in an empty room, save for a stack of unopened quizzes, a copy of the bill, and some untouched pitchers of water.

“If you’re given your talking points and you’re content to live with yourself to rely on talking points instead of reading the legislation yourself, then that be on your head.”

On Monday, May challenged Conservative MPs to take a quiz on the contents of the federal omnibus budget bill, saying that she was concerned that caucus members, including cabinet members, were unfamiliar with the specifics of the legislation.

She set aside two hours for MPs to show up and take the 15-minute quiz, available in French and English. Any MP who earned a passing grade — three out of five — would get a tree planted in the location of their choice.

The federal omnibus budget bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons late Monday and then headed for the Senate Tuesday, where it’s expected to sail through. C-38 would raise the eligibility age for old age security, reform the employment insurance system, overhaul environmental protection and fisheries laws, and expedite natural resource development approvals, along with hundreds of other proposed changes.

The government has repeatedly defended its legislation, saying the measures in the more than 400-page bill are what the country needs to stay afloat financially in a tough global economy.

A lone independent MP, Bruce Hyer, did show up toward the end of the morning to take the quiz and received a perfect score.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/news/Tories+ignore+Elizabeth+budget+bill+quiz+challenge/6807002/story.html#ixzz1yKq9vcUx


Two Tennessee State Reps. Will Have Green Party Opponents

NASHVILLE — Knoxville’s state Reps. Joe Armstrong and Bill Dunn drew no opponents to their re-election this year when the normal qualifying deadline passed for legislative candidates in April, but both could now wind up with challengers from the Green Party.

The Green Party of Tennessee last month nominated candidates for several offices in accordance with a federal judge’s decision in February — including Calvin Cassady of Knoxville as an opponent to Democrat Armstrong in the 15th House District and Bryan Moneyhun as an opponent to Republican Dunn in 16th House District.

U.S. District Court Judge William Joseph Haynes ruled that several aspects of state law dealing with third party candidates are unconstitutional, including provisions that have generally kept party names — other than Republican and Democrat — from being printed with candidate names on the ballot.

Part of the ruling allowed the Green Party and the Constitution Party, which filed the legal challenge, to nominate candidates later than the regular qualifying deadline — April 5 this year — and have their names appear on the ballot with the party label.

The state, however, has appealed the judge’s ruling. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled for July 25 before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will decide whether the candidates will be on the ballot or not.

Read more at Tom Humphrey’s “Humphrey on the Hill” blog atblogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey.


Green Party Leader Plays Quiz Master To Tories On C-38

Playing quiz master on Parliment Hill Tuesday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May challenged Tory MPs to take a test to show how much they know about the omnibus budget Bill C-38.

“You have to be familiar with the act to get a passing grade,” said May of the six question, open-book, multiple-choice test, adding that it would take 15 to 20 minutes to complete the quiz.

“I do not expect MPs to have memorized the bill, but if they are not familiar with the legislation,” May said, “they will find it difficult to achieve a good score.”

The only MP who showed up to take the test, independent Thunder Bay-Superior North representative Bruce Hyer, passed with 100%. “I had to look up a number of the answers,” said Hyer thumbing through a copy of the bill that May provided for MPs to reference during the test, “but I thought I would do really well.”

Hyer’s high score means that May will plant a tree in a place of his choosing and Hyer said he will ask her to plant a Red Pine in his riding to draw attention to the plight of the the nearby boreal forest.

Critics of the bill say that it does much to dismantle the structure of Canada’s environmental protections and that the bill tries to do too much on too many disparate issues, rather than breaking them down into separate bills.

May thought up the idea for the quiz after she spotted Conservative MPs playing solitaire during a voting marathon last week that shot down more than 700 amendments to the bill, she said.

“Many of them were very thoughtful and merited consideration,” Hyer said of the amendments, adding that the vote made him “very concerned about the state of parliamentary affairs.”

“Before we take the final vote on C-38 Wednesday evening,” May said, “I would like to be more reassured that at least some of the Conservative caucus has read the bill.”

Sample questions from the test:

1.) Which of the following acts in NOT in C-38?

A. Parks Canada Agency Act

B. Navigable Waters Protection Act

C. Auditor General Act

D. Wage Earner Protection Program Act

E.  Migratory Birds Convention Act

2.) Which of these agencies and/or positions are eliminated?

A. Inspector General for Canadian Security and Intelligence Service

B. National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

C. First Nations Statistical Institute

D. Office of Atmospheric Carbon Reporting

E.  None of the above

F. All of the above

3.) Both Minister Joe Oliver and Peter Kent said C-38 will require more frequent pipeline inspections and double hulled tankers. Please find the section in the bill where this is mandated.


1) E
2) F
3) No answer (the Ministers’ claims were false; the answer is not included in bill C-38)


Seven Days Left for Illinois Ballot

The Jill Stein campaign is calling for help as Greens have just 7 days remaining to secure the thousands of signatures necessary to get on the ballot in Illinois. Illinois is significant as it is the most populous state left that the Green Party is not on the ballot yet. The Green Party is already on the ballot in California, Texas, New York, and Florida.

From the Stein Campaign:

7 days to win Illinois, with your help

The temperatures are near 100 in Illinois this week. In the Carbondale area, they’ve been working the local fairs. In Chicago, they are sleeping 10 to a room and putting in long days across the city. From Rockford to Champaign Urbana, volunteers for Jill Stein and the Green Party are pushing hard to put Illinois on the ballot.

We are closing in on the minimum signature threshold right now. But we need many more signatures to guarantee the Illinois Greens a ballot line. This is after all, still Illinois, and still 21st century America, where different rules apply to different people. We must have a large safety margin to make sure that partisan election administrators don’t deny us the ballot.

Your donation right now will help win Illinois. We are sending volunteers from across the country to Chicago and other cities. We are providing a minimal daily stipend for food and public transportation expenses. We have rented an apartment for two weeks so that volunteers are in one place and have a place to stay. And we will bring in additional paid petitioners if we can afford to do so. Your donation can put Illinois on ballot. Please donate now.