Archive for August, 2012

Jill Stein interviewed on FireDogLake

Over at FireDogLake, Kevin Gosztola has published an in-depth two-part interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. From the article:

JILL STEIN, Green Party Presidential Candidate: The American people are clearly clamoring for something real out there in this political system that has become so disconnected from what real everyday Americans are struggling with and the solutions we are clamoring for. So, I think the fact that our campaign is not bought and paid for by Wall Street, the fact that we are every day real people who struggle on behalf on those things that are critical to the American public is why we are getting the resonance that we are.

Read the full interview (Part 1 and Part 2) at FireDogLake.

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McKinney Won’t Appear on Nov. Ballot

Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney won’t be on the ballot as a Green Party candidate for the 4th District congressional seat now held by Hank Johnson.

Neither McKinney nor the Green Party presented any petititons to the Georgia Secretary of State’s (SOS) office that could have put her on the ballot, said Jared Thomas, a spokesman for the SOS office.

The SOS said she needed to collect 18,859 signatures — 5 percent of the 377,189 active and eligible voters in the 2010 open election — by Aug. 7.

Parts of the 4th District include Decatur, Avondale Estates, Stone Mountain and Lithonia.

Tim Fleming of the SOS has said the Green Party had to use petitions to get on the congressional ballot because the party has never garnered enough statewide votes to automatically earn a ballot spot.

Emails and voice messages to state Green Party candidates seeking comment were not returned. McKinney could not be reached.

McKinney was a six-term member of Congress as a Democrat. She made headlines by backing the PLO, questioning whether President Bush had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and being stopped by a police officer when she tried to enter the capitol.

In the November general election, Johnson will face Republican Chris Vaughn, a  minister from Conyers.

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Stein campaign makes urgent fundraising push for ballot access

From an email from Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President:

Last week, I told you that we needed to raise $45,000 in one week, and explained why (see message below). We have raised $28,000. We need another $17,000 right now.

We are making incredible progress. Four more states joined the Green surge in the last two days. Iowa. Idaho. Minnesota. Montana. (If you check out our ballot access map (click here) you’ll notice how much greener it is, and that there are a few states that we’d given up on that we are giving another shot).

But we won’t receive our first matching funds check for another week, at the earliest. That is what the Federal Elections Commission has told us. And our ballot access costs must be paid right now.

This is still a make-or-break moment. We need your donations right now.

Please pull our remaining states through, get them on the ballot, keep the green surge going and donate now.

Thank you.

LAST WEEK’S MESSAGE FOLLOWS: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Stein: A candidate goes to jail

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has written an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer about her experience of being arrested and sent to jail with running mate Cheri Honkala following a protest against unjust foreclosures. From the article:

When I decided to run for president of the United States, spending the night in a Philadelphia jail cell was not part of my strategy. But I and my running mate on the Green Party ticket, Cheri Honkala, found ourselves in handcuffs this month after we refused to leave the Philadelphia building housing the regional headquarters of the mortgage giant Fannie Mae.

We were there to support two women whose families faced unjust evictions by Fannie Mae, as well as the eight million other families who have faced foreclosure at the hands of Wall Street.

Read the full article at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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GPUS Campaign Coordinating Committee Webinar Debut

PLANNING FOR ELECTION DAY
Tuesday, September 4th, 9-10 PM Eastern

This webinar is designed for candidates, and those active in Green campaigns, to learn more about campaign strategy.  This particular session will focus on:

* preparing to have an effective presence at the polls
* best material distribution strategies
* how to talk to potential voters
* targeting constituencies
* and use of volunteers for things such as door knocking and phone banking

This call is also ideal for those coordinating local efforts on the Stein/Honkala campaign.

This webinar will be led by CCC member and Green Officeholder Jesse Townley.  Read more about Jesse below.

Jesse Townley is an elected member of the Berkeley Rent Board, which administers the city’s rent control ordinance. He was first elected to the Rent Board in 2008, and re-elected to a 4-year post as the highest vote-getter in 2010. He ran for Berkeley City Council unsuccessfully in 2004 in a 3-way race, and was the Volunteer Coordinator for Aimee Allison’s 2005 campaign for Oakland City Council.  He’s also volunteered on umpteen campaigns doing everything from knocking on doors, making phone calls, and setting up fundraisers.

And save the date for the October call — GETTING OUT THE VOTE — Tuesday, October 2nd, 9 PM Eastern.

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Green Party Secures Five More State Ballot Lines

From the Jill Stein Campaign:

Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, Wisconsin join the Green surge

Today the Stein campaign announced success in petition drives led by Greens and Volunteers for Jill Stein groups in Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, and Wisconsin. In each of these states, state elections authories have received more than enough qualified signatures to place the Green Party or the Stein/Honkala ticket on the ballot.

“As of today, voters in at least 30 states will see Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on their ballot lines,” said Erika Wolf, associate campaign manager.

The ballot drives in Maryland and Washington states were led by their respective state parties, and supported by Stein volunteers. The ballot drive in Wisconsin was a combined effort, and the petitioning efforts in Alaska and Kansas were led and heavily financed by the Stein campaign itself, with support from local Green parties and the national Green Party of the United States.

“This is the August crunch, when the final 20 state ballot lines can either be won or lost, and we need every dollar and every volunteer we can get, right now, to make sure this campaign is truly national,” said campaign manager Ben Manski.

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Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum rips Ann Marie Buerkle, Dan Maffei

Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum told The Post-Standard Monday she is running for Congress because the major parties have not addressed two crises faced by the nation’s youth — the economy and climate change.

In a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board, Rozum, 28, of Syracuse, sharply criticized both incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle and Democrat Dan Maffei, who are locked in a tight battle for the 24th Congressional District seat.

She said Buerkle’s brand of Republicanism comes from “a fantasy world,” while Maffei represents “a spineless part of the Democratic Party.”

Rozum’s platform includes a plan for a “Green New Deal” that would create public jobs in the clean energy sector, including high-speed rail. And she favors an economic reorganization that would slash the defense budget in half, tax the rich and provide free education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school.

She opposes the Affordable Care Act, which she said was shaped by corporate contributors in a form of “legalized bribery.” Instead, she favors a single-payer system. She also would work to end the war on drugs, beginning by legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana. And she would forgive student loan debt to stimulate the economy and ease the financial burden on young people.

“If we can bail out banks, I think we can bail out students,” she said.

Rozum, a coordinator for the Syracuse Peace Council, acknowledges she faces a tough challenge in a race that is likely to be the most expensive congressional campaign ever in the Syracuse area. She said her campaign started with the goal of raising $100,000, but so far has raised only $3,000, which she calls “chump change.”

She said she has received mixed reviews on her candidacy, with some praising her for her independence and others warning that in a very close race she could take votes away from Maffei and swing the election to Buerkle. She is unmoved by the latter view.

“How long are we going to vote based on our fears and not for what we want?” she said.

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Roseanne Barr wins California’s Peace and Freedom Party nomination: Cindy Sheehan is VP nominee

In a post at their website, the Peace and Freedom Party announces their nomination of Roseanne Barr for President, and Cindy Sheehan’s nomination for Vice President.

Roseanne Barr for President

Updated August 4, 2012 by the Website Workers Council

On August 4, the Peace and Freedom Party nominated Roseanne Barr for President and Cindy Sheehan for Vice President.
Roseanne Barr

Barr had sought the Green Party nomination. Numerous articles about Barr’s campaign can be found in Green Party Watch’s archives

Socialist Party Presidential nominee Stewart Alexander was seeking the California based Peace and Freedom Party nomination as well as Barr.

Check back soon for more details.

The following was sent in reply to an inquiry sent to the Peace and Freedom Party via their website:

Here is a brief report on how the voting went this afternoon at the Peace and Freedom Party California State Convention in Los Angeles:

Wow! What a session! We went through the whole process, with nominations and seconds and speeches and so on – and at the very end of her 15 minute speech, the last one before the voting began, Peta Lindsay announced that the PSL was withdrawing her name from consideration, because her nomination would likely leave a blank on the California ballot (as she is not yet 35, the constitutional minimum age), and the Peace and Freedom Party needs names on the ballot. Then she paused, while peoples jaws dropped and there were gasps all over the hall – and announced that they would be voting for Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan, who would be good representatives of the party and fighters for socialism!

The rules had been changed to allow three ballots before eliminating the lowest vote-getter, rather than one ballot. Of course, a majority (of all present and able to vote) for one candidate would end the voting at that point.

First ballot: Barr 29, Stewart Alexander 12, Stephen Durham 18, 4 abstentions. (32 votes required for a majority, we thought. After the vote, there was a count-off to determine exactly how many delegates were present and able to vote. There were in fact 64, meaning that the required majority was 33.)

(The several people who had told me they intended to vote for Rocky Anderson before he withdrew, voted in the first round instead either for Roseanne Barr or Stewart Alexander.)

Second ballot: Barr 37, Alexander 6, Durham 16, 5 abstentions. Barr was declared nominated.

Several people who had voted for Alexander or Durham recognized that Barr was going to be nominated, and switched their votes even though no one had yet been formally dropped, ending the process before it could become too wearing.

While both Cindy Sheehan and Christina Lopez were nominated from the floor for VP, Lopez declined (because she is Durhams’s running mate nationally), and Cindy was nominated for Vice President with all in favor except 13 abstentions (mainly from FSP). So it’s official – Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan are the Peace and Freedom Party ticket.

Lots more happened today, and there will be plenty of important decisions tomorrow, but I know people wanted this news. -Kevin

It should be noted that Rocky Anderson had withdrawn from consideration three days before the convention, saying he did not have the needed support to win the nomination.

Others who sought the Peace and Freedom Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations included former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Stephen Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party, and Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

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Stein and Honkala Arrested During Occupy Event in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and her running mate have been arrested at a sit-in at a Philadelphia bank over housing foreclosures.

The arrests came after about 50 party supporters staged a protest Wednesday against Fannie Mae,the government-sponsoredmortgage lender.

Some tried to reach Fannie Mae’s downtown office through the adjacent bank. They staged a sit-in when they were denied access to the office building.

Stein and her running mate, Philadelphia activist Cheri Honkala (HAHN’-kah-lah), are among five people arrested. Police say they will face charges of defiant trespassing.

The demonstrators included several city residentsstruggling to keep their homes. Two met with Fannie Mae officials.

Stein is a Harvard-educated physician. Her “Green New Deal” platform aims to create sustainable local economies and reduce corporate power in politics.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/01/4683395/green-party-nominee-arrested-in.html#storylink=cpy

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Jill Stein On the Ballot in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon

The Green Party’s Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have added Oregon, New Jersey, and hopefully Pennsylvania to the growing number of states that will get to vote Green in 2012.

Earlier this week from Oregon:

The Oregon Elections Division today notified party officials that the Pacific Green Party of Oregon is qualified under state law to place candidates on the November ballot.

As a result, Oregon voters will once again have the opportunity to vote for peace, sustainability and genuine democracy.

The PGP has nominated Seth Woolley of Portland and Pat Driscoll of Eugene as the party’s candidates for Oregon Secretary of State and Treasurer, respectively.

“Oregon voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a Green agenda,” said Mr. Driscoll.

The Party’s presidential nominee is Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and author. She is joined by running mate Cheri Honkala, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.

Today from the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

The Stein campaign confirmed today that it expects Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala to appear on the presidential ballot in the major Mid Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now on the ballot in 24 states, the campaign is petitioning in every state remaining, and aims to qualify for the ballot in at least 40 states.

Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg state capitol building yesterday, and began submitting nearly 40,000 signatures of Pennsylvania voters who wish to see the Green Party on their state ballot in 2012. Just over 20,000 signatures are required to establish a ballot line in Pennsylvania, but the state is infamous in the voting rights community for its draconian petitioning requirements and high disqualification rate of signatures.

Across the river in the neighboring state of New Jersey, Greens are celebrating their success in submitting more than twice the required 800 signatures in order to regain ballot status.

“We were counting on New Jersey to carry their weight, and that they did well,” said campaign manager Ben Manski. “Pennsylvania is the performance trophy in this ballot access drive, and with a lot of money and volunteer effort, we’ve won it. Now we have to take this sense of confidence to the 20 remaining states, some of them tough to win, and make sure that every voter is able to exercise their right to vote for the candidates of her or his choice.”

Over 120 Pennsylvanians participated in their state’s ballot access drive, and the Stein campaign and Green Party of the United States rallied financial and volunteer support from around the country.

Now the attention of the campaign’s ballot access efforts, under the custody of Associate Campaign Manager Erika Wolf, shifts to the New England states of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the southern states of Virginia and Alabama, and a swatch of western states ranging from Alaska to Kansas and the Dakotas. A dozen such states will require direct financial and volunteer support from the campaign. Other states, like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Rhode Island, among others, are expected to qualify their ballot lines with only regional support. Overall, the campaign expects its total ballot access costs to exceed $300,000.

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