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Mesplay says Roseanne Barr has agreed to be his running mate

roseanneGreen Party presidential candidate Kent Mesplay says Roseanne Barr has agreed to be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the nomination at the Houston convention in August.

Mesplay first announced the news on his campaign website on April 1, but there was some doubt in online Green Party circles given that it was April Fools Day, which Mesplay himself noted at the end of his message. However, Mesplay told Green Party Watch today, “It’s legitimate. I’ve been holding off since her recent stance on Israel is contentious. However, we can use this as a way to teach the different approaches to peace. One-state vs two-state solutions vs other approaches. It’s going to be a wild ride….got a tiger by the tail…but it will draw attention.”

Barr ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2012, receiving 72 votes at the convention, one-quarter of the total. Mesplay himself received 17 votes. After her defeat, Barr accepted the Peace and Freedom Party presidential nomination, and received 67,326 votes in November, finishing in sixth place nationally.

Barr has since become a controversial figure in Green circles with her comments on the Israel-Palestine conflict. She recently called American progressives “naked bigots” who engage in “garden variety anti-Semitism,” and called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement “right-wing and fascist” and its backers “racist Jew-haters.”

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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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Roseanne Barr Interview on AlterNet

Joshua Holland interviews Roseanne Barr on AlterNet. Read it all there, here is an excerpt:

JH: Roseanne, whenever I talk to Green Party members I hear that we just have to overcome our fear. Jill Stein said that during our interview. I guess the idea is that if progressives — or whatever you want to call us — voted for the candidates who best reflected their positions they’d vote Green.

One thing that strikes me about this is the idea of lesser-evils. What’s wrong with the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils if the alternative is electing the eviler of two evils? When I look at what the GOP is doing in terms of domestic policy, from the Ryan budget, to all of these insane anti-woman laws, to voter disenfranchisement, and harsh anti-immigration legislation. Should one not be frightened of Mitt Romney appointing a couple more right wing justices to the Supreme Court?

RB: What we should all be afraid of is that both the Democrats and the Republicans went for the same guy, so let’s not BS ourselves. Let’s put the blame on both parties and everybody in this government. They both work for the elite bankers of the Federal Reserve. They do not work for the American people. That is a sad fact. You are indeed voting for the lesser of two evils because you’re voting for the exact same party. The money party which has two faces – we should throw the bums out.

Obama is not a populist and he never was. He’s masquerading as one. Obama is Wall Street’s favorite candidate, and make no mistake: they’re going to yank everybody and work everybody so that we think there’s a real chance Romney is going to win, and he isn’t. Nobody is going to vote for Romney. This is just all theater, and at the end Obama will win by a landslide — unless I win which would be fantastic for this country. It’s all just a charade. They all work for the same guys.

Obama signed the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act]. He doesn’t want to get rid of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act]. He says gay rights are a state’s rights issue. His healthcare program is Romneycare, so what’s the difference? I’ll tell you what the difference is. Obama is the hand-picked person from his masters at Wall Street whose job and task is to tell the American people that their jobs and money are not ever going to come back. The American people will be pacified hearing that from a face that looks like Obama far more than a face that looks like Romney. It is all a scam from top to bottom.

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Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein debate in San Francisco

As was reported here at Green Party Watch May 12th found the San Francisco Green Party host to a presidential debate between Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr. Ann Garrison covers the debate at Fog City Journal, a widely read news website based in San Francisco.

Where Obama and Romney see a world full of terrorists requiring an ever-heightened state of military positioning with Homeland and National Security, Stein and Barr see further militarization of the police, an empire of military bases in need of dismantling and a need to redefine national priorities and security.”

The full debate can be seen at the linked article.

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Willie Nelson to Roseanne: I’m not ready to get into politics

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson
Yesterday via HootSuite
@TheRealRoseanne
Roseanne
I see you are speaking to someone else regarding your vice president running mate. I know whoever your choice is they will be happy to serve with you.
I’m not ready to get into politics. I have stayed away from it this long. I am content to sit on the sidelines and criticize everyone else.
Good luck with your campaign.
Love, Willie

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Roseanne Barr Supports May Day Strike

From the Roseanne Barr Campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT 2012
May 1, 2012

Green Party Presidential Candidate, Roseanne Barr supports Occupy Wall Street’s call for a Nationwide Strike on May 1.

The Occupy Movement has called for No Work, No School, No Banking, No Shopping, No Chores and Taking to the Streets for a full day of Direct Actions.

On September 17th, 2011, Ms. Barr visited Occupy Wall Street during their first day of Direct Action and addressed the crowd there.


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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.

PRESS RELEASE: ON 4/20 GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT 2012
4/20 Legalization of Marijuana
4/20/12

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