Last winter, Scott McLarty wrote a long article exploring the prospect of Sanders as the Green nominee. First, he dismissed the impact of running as an independent, saying, “Here’s the problem with independent campaigns: they leave no legacy. An independent might call public attention to a few big issues ignored by the D and R candidates, but there exists no institutional means to carry the independent’s ideas forward after Election Day.”
Then, he said it was a fantasy that progressives can steer the Democratic Party to the left. “Just ask Dennis Kucinich. Or Rev. Jesse Jackson,” he wrote. “Their campaigns serve mainly to keep progressives within the Democratic fold during the pre-primary period, ensuring that most of the latter will vote for the party’s corporate-money nominee in the general election.”
Cheri Honkala was the Green Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential candidate and is the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. For years, she has been a part of the struggle to save Philadelphia’s public schools from budget cuts, privatization, staff cuts, and other assaults. Her deep involvement in these efforts started when her son’s elementary school was slated for the cutting block, one of dozens of such schools in Philadelphia.
In the past month, Honkala has taken on a more public role, just as organizing and action against ongoing cuts has escalated and become more visible. The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign issued a statement summarizing their activity on the issue in October, and why it is so important:
We live in a world where children are being denied the right to proper education. School funds are constantly being cut and now the School Reform Commission (SRC) in Philadelphia decided they are going to try and fix the school system by cutting health care benefits for teachers! What about all of the funds going towards the prison system and oil companies? This past month Shell Oil was provided a $1.7 billion tax break while $0 was allocated for textbooks. Teachers are being told it is their time to make sacrifices but they have been sacrificing all along with limited resources, over crowded classrooms and fulfilling extra roles such as counselor and nurse due to lack of funding for full time staff.On October 9th, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPHERC) stood with parents, students, and teachers to demand that Governor Corbett explain himself and provide full funding for our schools. They shut down the elevators, blocked our access to the Governor and kicked out the media. They even went as far as to arrest Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator of PPEHRC and parent of a student at Julia R. Masterman School who attempted to deliver a citizens arrest against the governor for crimes against education and our children.On October 15th, The Philly Coalition Advocating for Public Schools organized a press conference in front of the headquarters of the School district of Philadelphia in response to the SRC’s decision. During this press conference, Cheri Honkala’s message was clear: “don’t mess with our babies’ education!”
The following day, October 16th, more than 1,000 teachers, parents, students, and community supporters gathered in front of the headquarters of the School district of Philadelphia to continue to protest against the SRC’s decision. During the protest, Cheri Honkala testified in front of the SRC to address the cancelation of teacher’s contracts along with 59 other speakers.
They continue to cut back but we will continue to fight back! Our schools will be saved no matter how long we have to fight against this broken system! We are very proud of the students, teachers, parents, and community members that continue to protest alongside PPEHRC during these important demonstrations. There is no change without the people uniting together and demanding for it! The people united will never be divided and we will win!
Honkala’s arrest was covered by the Philadelphia City Paper (and a second time, after she got out of jail), Philly Metro, and a local education blog, among others. Honkala also wrote about it on her new blog, including a pledge for people to support the movement. Below is a video of Honkala speaking at the above-mentioned rally:
In an article for the Nation entitled “Democrat? Green? Independent? The ‘Run Bernie Run” Jockeying” John Nichols raises the question of whether Bernie Sanders, the independent US Senator from Vermont, might seek the Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2016:
Would he consider running as a Green, embracing a party that has secured and maintained ballot lines in states across the country and that has had significant success electing local officials in a number of regions?… individual Green Party activists are arguing that Sanders, who has long been outspoken on a range of economic and social justice, peace and sustainability issues that animate the party, should seek a Green endorsement and a place on the party’s November ballot lines. A change.org petition declares: “Senator Bernie Sanders must run for president as a Green Party candidate if he wishes to remedy any of the grave problems that he speaks about.” read more »
While official tallies won’t be certified for weeks, next-day tabulations at Google Election indicate that Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala finished fourth in the Nation with 396,684 votes, or 0.3% of the national total. This is more than twice the total of votes that the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente won in 2008 (161,195), and three times the total of votes that the Green Party’s David Cobb and Pat LaMarche won in 2004 (119,859).
Ballot Access News notes that the Green Party’s best showing was in Maine, where Stein won 1.3% of the vote.
State by state returns:
- Alabama – 3,366 (0.2%)
- Alaska – 2,089 (1.0%)
- Arizona – 5,084 (0.3%)
- Arkansas – 9,196 (0.9%)
- California – 57,748 (0.6%)
- Colorado – 6,850 (0.3%)
- Delaware – 1,939 (0.5%)
- District of Columbia – 2,045 (0.8%)
- Florida – 8,708 (0.1%)
- Hawaii – 3,121 (0.7%)
- Idaho – 4,330 (0.7%)
- Illinois – 29,298 (0.6%)
- Iowa – 3,739 (0.2%)
- Kentucky – 6,420 (0.4%)
- Louisiana – 6,873 (0.4%)
- Maine – 7,975 (1.3%)
- Maryland – 15,289 (0.6%)
- Massachusetts – 19,486 (0.6%)
- Michigan – 20,855 (0.5%)
- Minnesota – 12,951 (0.4%)
- Mississippi – 1,516 (0.1%)
- New Jersey – 8,891 (0.3%)
- New Mexico – 2,634 (0.3%)
- New York – 35,346 (0.6%)
- North Dakota – 1,357 (0.4%)
- Ohio – 17,657 (0.3%)
- Oregon – 15,271 (1.0%)
- Pennsylvania – 20,644 (0.4%)
- Rhode Island – 2,261 (0.5%)
- South Carolina – 5,133 (0.3%)
- Tennessee – 6,443 (0.3%)
- Texas – 24,450 (0.3%)
- Utah – 3,378 (0.4%)
- Virginia – 8,366 (0.2%)
- Washington – 10,442 (0.5%)
- West Virginia – 4,341 (0.7%)
- Wisconsin – 7,572 (0.2%)
Here is Jill Stein’s Election Night Google Hangout:
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- Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala are on the ballot in 38 states
- 6 Green Party candidates are running for US Senate
- 64 Green Party candidates are running for US House of Representatives
- 72 Green Party candidates are running for State Legislative seats
- 89 Green Party candidates are running for other offices today, from Oregon Secretary of State to County Boards and City Councils
Green Party (US) Live Stream Election Night Coverage – begins at 8 PM EST
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11:48 PM EST – At this point I am going to take a long break. If you see or hear of any significant returns please post it in the comments to this post below. If I see or hear anything I will come back and post it. Tomorrow I have taken the day off work and hope to post election results all day. Take care, people! -Ron
11:43 PM EST – More updates:
FL State House District 12
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Lake Ray (inc) GOP 43,180 68.3%
Karen Morian Grn 20,087 31.7%
28 of 28 Precincts Reporting
MA State House | 4th Berkshire
15 of 23 Precincts reporting
Lee Laugenour (Green-Rainbow) 2,632
Smitty Pignatelli (Dem) 11,455
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Thomas Carper Dem 264,330 66%
Kevin Wade GOP 115,285 29%
Alexander Pires IPD 15,263 4%
Andrew Groff Green 3,182 1%
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Debbie Stabenow Dem 1,032,391 56%
Pete Hoekstra GOP 738,678 40%
Scotty Boman Lib 36,257 2%
Harley Mikkelson Green 11,681 1%
Richard Matkin UST 10,056 1%
John Litle NLP 4,471 0%
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Bob Corker GOP 1,408,035 65%
Mark Clayton Dem 655,438 30%
Martin Pleasant Green 35,171 2%
Shaun Crowell Ind 19,388 1%
Kermit Steck CST 17,030 1%
Michel Long Ind 7,536 0%
James Higdon Ind 7,431 0%
Troy Scoggin Ind 6,583 0%
David Gatchell Ind 6,034 0%
11:32 PM EST – Maine: Fred Horch (assembly dist 66) – 1,504 votes (32.55%)
11:30 PM EST – Maine: Michael Wakefield (assembly dist 102) 571 votes (12.95%)
11:25 PM EST – Wisconsin: Brett Hulsey (Democrat) 9,675 (73%); Jonathan Dedering (Green) 3,514 (27%)
11:20 EST – CNN and FOX News are calling the Presidential election for Obama. (No charges of spoilers this year)
10:54 PM EST – Illinois early results:
Paula Bradshaw – 12,792 votes (5.8%) with 4% reporting
Nancy Wade – 12,870 votes (5.8%) with 4% reporting
Jill Stein – 23,553 votes (0.6%) with 79% reporting
10:49 PM EST – From Rizzo:
OHIO U.S. House of Representatives – District 14
Candidate Votes % of Votes
Joyce, David (R) 142,434 54.44%
Blanchard, Dale (D) 100,935 38.58%
Mastromatteo, Elaine (G) 9,864 3.77%
Macko, David (L) 8,409 3.21%
10:43 PM EST – Delaware (99% reporting):
Jill Stein – President – 1,936 votes (0.5%)
Andrew Groff – US Senate – 3,182 votes (0.8%)
Bernard August – US House – 4,260 votes (1.1%)
10:38 PM EST – From Rizzo:
Ohio U.S. House – District 3
Updated Tue Nov 06 22:29:01 EST 2012 – 80% reporting
69% Joyce Beatty 162,792 votes DEM
26% Chris Long 62,412 votes REP
3% Richard Ehrbar 6,813 votes LIBERTARIAN
2% Robert Fitrakis 4,902 votes GREEN
10:35 PM EST – Arkansas Results to date:
US House District 1 (26% reporting) Jacob Holloway 1,608 votes (2%)
US House District 2 (18% reporting) Barbara Ward 4,028 votes (3%)
US House District 3 (11% reporting) Rebekah Kennedy 15,731 votes (17%) – against a republican and a Libertarian
US House District 4 (28% reporting) Josh Drake 2,561 votes (2%)
10:27 PM EST – Nammu Muhammad at 5% in head to head with incumbent Democrat
10:25 PM EST – From Rizzo:
U.S. House – District 3
Updated Tue Nov 06 22:18:01 EST 2012 – 46% reporting
71% Joyce Beatty 129,483 votes
25% Chris Long 45,698 votes
2% Richard Ehrbar 4,489 votes
2% Robert Fitrakis 3,622 votes (GREEN)
10:10 PM EST – From Livestream chat:
DC Statehood Green, Renee Bowser currently winning her race for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner District 4D02 with 225 votes or 99.1%
10:06 PM EST – From Rizzo:
State House District 12
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Lake Ray (i) GOP 41,883 68.2%
Karen Morian Grn 19,534 31.8%
County totals | 26 of 28 Precincts Reporting
9:42 PM EST – Florida – Karen Morian 19,534 (31.81%) vs. Republican 41,883 (68.19%) still early results?
9:36 PM EST – Massachusetts State Assembly – Scott Laugenour at 17% against Democratic incumbent (83%) early results
8:59 PM EST – Melissa Schlagg (CT State Senate District 33) – early returns Schlagg 796, Dem 1,252, Rep 1,684
8:56 PM EST – early Maine results (1% of precincts) – Jill Stein 1.07% – no results for the state legislative candidates.
8:50 PM EST – Early results from the North East show Jill Stein pulling anywhere from 0.1% to 1.0%, follow real time at politico.com and their election map.
3:45 PM EST – Bob Fitrakis, Ohio Green Party candidate, suing over electronic voting machines.
3:29 PM EST – Ann Wilcox, candidate for DC City Council: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu7traHJa2s
3:13 PM EST – Nice Video from Sweden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh1m7bVFJrY
3:04 PM EST – Google+ Huddle with Jill Stein here -> https://plus.google.com/109196677270230251313/posts
2:49 PM EST – Cheri Honkala voted in Philadelphia
From the Washington Post:
By Steven Mufson, Wednesday, October 31, 11:24 AM
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested Wednesday morning in east Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, according to anti-pipeline activists.
Opponents of the pipeline have climbed some trees in the path of the pipeline in Winnsboro, Tex., and have been there for 38 days.
Stein was taken to the Wood County jail, said Kim Huynh, a spokesman for the Tar Sands Blockade. Earlier, Stein said in a statement that “the climate is taking this election by storm, breaking the silence of the Obama and Romney campaigns that have been bought and paid for by the oil, coal and gas companies.” She added, “Hurricane Sandy is just a taste of what’s to come under the climate destroying policies of Romney and Obama.”
Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala arrives back in Philadelphia after two weeks on the campaign trail just in time to witness the impact of Hurricane Sandy on her hometown. Watch it now:
This article by Chris Hedges at Truthdig is one of the best cases for voting for Jill Stein that I have read this year.
I post here two excerpts, first on the case for an alternative political party:
It was the Liberty Party that first fought slavery. It was the Prohibition and Socialist parties, along with the Suffragists, that began the fight for the vote for women and made possible the 19th Amendment. It was the Socialist Party, along with radical labor unions, that first battled against child labor and made possible the 40-hour workweek. It was the organizing of the Populist Party that gave us the Immigration Act of 1924 along with a “progressive” tax system. And it was the Socialists who battled for unemployment benefits, leading the way to the Social Security Act of 1935. No one in the ruling elite, including Franklin Roosevelt, would have passed this legislation without pressure from the outside.
“It is the combination of a social movement on the ground with an independent political party that has always made history together, whether during abolition, women’s suffrage or the labor movement,” Stein said when I reached her by phone as she campaigned in Chicago. “We need courage in our politics that matches the courage of the social movements—of Occupy, eviction blockades, Keystone pipeline civil disobedience, student strikes, the Chicago teachers union and more. If public opinion really mattered in this race, we [her presidential ticket] would win. We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the off-shoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These are the solutions a majority of Americans are clamoring for.”
And on Obama’s policies and on Climate Change:
Obama, who has claimed the power of assassinating U.S. citizens without charge or trial, increased the drone war and has vastly expanded the wars in the Middle East. He is waging proxy wars in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. His assault on civil liberties—from his use of the Espionage Act to silence whistle-blowers to Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act to the FISA Amendment Act—is worse than Bush’s. His attack on immigrant rights has also outpaced that of Bush. Obama has deported more undocumented workers in four years than his Republican predecessor did in eight years. There is negligible difference between Obama and Romney on the issue of student debt, which has turned a generation of college students into indentured servants. But the most important convergence between the Republicans and the Democrats is their utter failure to address the perilous assault by the fossil fuel industry on the ecosystem. It was Obama who undercut the international climate accord reached last year at Durban, South Africa, saying the world could wait until 2020 for an agreement.
“Obama is promoting oil drilling in the Arctic, where the ice cap has already collapsed to one-quarter of its size from a couple decades ago, and he’s opened up our national parks for drilling,” Stein said. “He has given the green light to fracking. He has permitted the exhaust from shale oil [extraction] to go into the atmosphere. He is building the southern pass of the Keystone pipeline. He brags that he has built more miles of pipeline than any other president.
“There is a protracted drought in 60 percent of the continental U.S.,” Stein said. “There are record forest fires and rising food prices. We have just now seen the 12 hottest months on record. Storms are growing in destructiveness. All this is happening with less than 1-degree Celsius temperature rise. Yet we are now on track for a 6-degree Celsius warming in this century alone. This is not survivable. The most pessimistic science on climate change has underpredicted the rate at which climate change is advancing.”
Yesterday Free & Equal hosted a quality third party presidential candidate debate in Chicago hosted by the legendary Larry King. It was televised live on C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, and RT. You can watch a replay of the debate here at C-SPAN.
Following the debate, it was announced that there will be a second debate between the two candidates who poll the most votes at Free & Equal’s online IRV poll. If you want Jill Stein to be at that second debate, go there and rank her #1 now.
Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, is in the midst of a campaign swing through the heart of America, the “Rust Belt” from Appalachia to stops this week in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Detroit.
From the Stein/Honkala Campaign:
Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala has begun a tour of the Rust Belt during which she has seen first-hand the effects of the failed economic policies advanced by the two corporately owned parties. This tour has highlighted the plight of impoverished communities in the Upper Great Lakes and Appalachia.
Honkala began the tour in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and witnessed the horrors of mountaintop removal mining. The environmentally unsound and shortsighted energy policies of both the Republicans and Democrats have left this area dependent on the harvest of coal. The local population now faces abject poverty, contaminated water sources, and the continued degradation of one of the U.S.’s most ecologically significant natural areas.
According to Honkala, “What the Great Lakes and Appalachia need is the Green New Deal. Dr. Jill Stein and I offer commonsense, time-tested solutions to the ongoing cycle of pollution and poverty in the central Appalachian mountains. We would redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, non-toxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry. We offer a transition away from dirty coal and an escape from poisoned air and water as well as the destruction of these mountains.”
Honkala then continued to Louisville, Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, where she witnessed the dismantling of public housing and met with displaced families and community leaders. “People in Kentucky and Ohio are suffering. The austerity programs offered by President Obama and Governor Romney offer no relief. We must end the demolition of public housing which serves to only raise homelessness rates. My number one priority, if elected, is ending homelessness in the U.S. by ending foreclosures, and placing families in abandoned housing units and creating employment by fixing them up. There are more abandoned homes than there are homeless people in this country. We just have to put the two together.”
Honkala then traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with leaders on the World Court of Women East which will take place in Philadelphia in October of 2013. This Court will address poverty in the U.S. using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The Republicans and Democrats both violate the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by continuing to allow homelessness and poverty in one of the world’s richest nations. A Green presidency will end homelessness, end unemployment, and provide a living wage for all workers, which would bring the U.S. into compliance with international human rights norms.”
The Rust Belt tour continues with stops in Milwaukee on October 24, the Twin Cities October 25-27, and Detroit October 28-29. Honkala will continue to advocate for the Green New Deal which will allow these ailing economies an escape from the continued downward trend offered by President Obama and Governor Romney.
Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala decided to show up to tonight’s Presidential Debate, which didn’t invite them. Both were prepared to be arrested, and it came to pass:
Speaking earlier in the day to Philadelphia Weekly:
“This is a great day for democracy,” noted Stein. “It’s a great day for the politics of courage.” She said they’re attempting their bum-rush because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic elite — and especially of this forum.”
The candidates are calling the action “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates,” noting the CPD is an unfair entity formed in the 1980s by Democratic and Republican leaders and structured so as to lock out any opposition. A leaked 12-page memorandum was just recently obtained by Time magazine which shows the CPD’s rules agreed upon by both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama — including such points as, “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.” Gawker noted it shows both candidates are “sniveling cowards.”
Honkala told PW she’s ready to face security at the Hofstra debate, though “you get some butterflies in the stomach before you deal with the secret service.” But it’s worth it, she says: “We’re on the ballot. Eighty-five percent of the electorate can vote for us. We’ve done our homework. We deserve to be on the stage with the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.”
This Thursday October 18, the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will face off in a Presidential debate two days after the CPD debate which excluded them again. The Independent Voter Network (IVN) and Google+ Politics will be hosting the first ever, online presidential debate. Unlike debates in the past, the candidates and moderators will simultaneously participate from different states.
Each participant will appear using live, videoconference technology and respond to questions submitted online from citizens like you!
The online presidential debate will focus on five key topics in domestic policy including:
- Tax and Economic Policy,
- Housing and Financial Regulation,
- Foreign Policy, and
- One topic selected based upon online user response.
IVN.us will be looking to voters across the country to participate by submitting their questions for the candidates within each topic. Each topic will include two questions submitted using the hashtag #indyvote on Google+ and Twitter, or responding to calls for questions on the ‘Independent Voter’ Facebook Page.
Follow the hashtag #indyvote on Twitter and Google+ during the debate to join the conversation, respond to the candidates, and let them know how they are doing in answering your questions. Learn more about how to participate by watching this video:
From the Jill Stein Campaign:
Green presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala paused in their campaigning today to acknowledge National Coming Out Day, an internationally-recognized celebration honoring those who publicly acknowledge their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Today we celebrate the diversity of our people and our commitment to stand in solidarity with people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who have added so much to the life of our nation,” said Dr. Stein. “We encourage everyone to stand with the members of our LGBTQ community as they ask for the fairness and respect that they deserve, but which is not yet fully granted.”
Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala said that President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage was a positive step forward, but sharply disagreed with his statement that legalization should be left to individual states.
“Human rights are universal. We support national recognition of same-sex marriage rights, without which true equality does not exist. There is no more basic right than the right to choose whom we love and whom we call family, without the state declaring that one kind of family is more legitimate than another,” said Cheri Honkala. read more »