Presidential Campaign

Stein talks with Robert Scheer, makes podcast appearance

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 9th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

steinscheerGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on Scheer Intelligence with host Robert Scheer on KCRW Radio 89.9 in Santa Monica, California. The two discussed “her evolution from Harvard idealist to family physician to environmental activist and finally to political candidate.”

Stein also discussed “the history of the Green Party and its support for cancelling student debt, which she believes could bring over many new voters. Scheer also talks about why he believes their agenda is not radical at all.” (A complete transcript is available.) Stein also recently spoke with the Political People Podcast about her Green New Deal proposal.

MedPage Today briefly covers Stein’s healthcare platform, while EnvironmentGuru wonders if later this year, “we’ll see a repeat of her guerrilla attempt to participate in a debate — a stunt that led to her arrest in 2012.” Finally, columnist John Seven of Massachusetts’s Berkshire Eagle writes that Stein, not Hillary Clinton, is the “progressive woman running for president.”

Pennsylvania Greens meet, host presidential candidate forum

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on February 7th, 2016 by PJO – 2 Comments

pennPennsylvania’s Centre Daily News covers the first day of the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual meeting and nominating convention. Presidential candidate Jill Stein, 2012 vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers were among the speakers Saturday. The other four recognized presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry — joined Stein via Skype for a candidate forum later in the day.

State party chair Jay Sweeney told the newspaper that there is “a national slow growth trend among the party. If nothing else, he hopes more people can get involved — if not to join the Green Party, then to become more educated.” He said, “A lot of people agree with the Green Party on the issues, but a lot of people are afraid to make the break. All we are asking is to give Greens a chance.”

Greens look to win over Sanders supporters if he loses Democratic race

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 4th, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

steinPolitico reports that Green Party “leaders are banking on Bernie [Sanders] to create an unparalleled recruitment opportunity — as soon as he loses.” Green Party spokesman Scott McLarty said that “after Sanders fans ‘experience the frustration from his likely defeat by the Clinton juggernaut’…the party will send them a message: ‘You have a choice. You can keep alive ideas like single-payer by coming home to the Green Party… or say goodbye the political “revolution” that Bernie Sanders claims to represent.'”

McLarty writes at CounterPunch, “The Green Party and its national candidates support Medicare For All and will continue to do so long after the summer conventions and Election Day. The demand for national health care is too important to let die after July 2016. … Do we want to change the country’s direction or are we content to rubberstamp the political status quo every Election Day? If the former, then it’s imperative that we build an alternative party now, before the consequences of two-party rule become irreversible.”

In addition, playwright and author David Macaray writes at The Huffington Post that despite his doubts about alternative parties, if Sanders fails to win the Democratic presidential nomination, “I will very likely vote for a woman. … It will be Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein.”

Kreml says Stein will “probably” be Green presidential nominee

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

kremlGreen Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml said that Jill Stein will “probably” be the Green nominee.

Writing on Facebook, Kreml said, “In November, there will be other choices beyond the usual Republican/Democrat duopoly. There will be a Green candidate, probably Jill Stein, who opposes our wars with their massive killing of civilians, the gathering inequality, the non-prosecution of rich wrong doers…and the selling out of our country to foreign country lobbies, whose constituencies not only have divided loyalties, but often dual citizenship. The Green Party awaits you in the fall.”

Moyowasifza-Curry campaigns in Iowa and Illinois

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

curryGreen Party presidential candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christine Moyowasifza-Curry held three campaign events in Iowa on Monday, the day of the Democratic and Republican presidential caucuses in the state. Moyowasifza-Curry spoke at the American Friends Service Committee in Des Moines and later made two appearances in Iowa City. She continued her campaign in Oak Park, Illinois, on Tuesday.

Stein on Iowa results: “We need a revolution that won’t go away”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

IowaGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein commented on the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, saying, “On Monday night the Democratic Party dodged a bullet, stopping the Sanders surge just short of beating the Clinton machine and the party establishment. The question going forward is this: How long will a campaign calling for revolution be tolerated by a counter-revolutionary party?”

Stein continued, “Whether you see our campaign as Plan B for Bernie supporters when the empire strikes back, or Plan A, because we need a revolution that won’t go away… We have to ensure this revolution lives on. Because we must build an America, and a world, that works for all of us. And we need your help.”

Honkala, Flowers to address Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on February 3rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

GPPA_HeadThe Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting will take place this Saturday, February 6, in State College. The meeting will include a presidential candidate forum featuring all five nationally recognized Green Party candidates, participating in person or via Skype.

In addition, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee, and Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will address the meeting.

Presidential candidate statement: Darryl Cherney

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 1st, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

cherneyThe future is in our hearts. The most important quality in a President is the ability to inspire and lead. We require someone who knows that we have fallen over the precipice and are grasping for a branch to hold on to. I co-organized the campaigns that saved Headwaters Redwood Forest and won $4 million from the FBI for violations of free speech. I’m a songwriter who knows the value of arts and humor. My spirituality honors Mother Earth.

All the issues are interconnected: protecting children, climate change, a global living wage, prosecuting criminal banks, universal health care, saving the post office, lowering the voting age to 16, supporting labor, converting the police into a peace force, women’s rights, normalizing cannabis, ending mass incarceration, enforcing civil rights and equal opportunity, Honoring Native American treaties, embracing immigrants, lowering taxes, ending war, prosecuting crimes against humanity, preserving water, fostering community gardens, creating free nationwide public campgrounds, ending fossil fuel use, building a solar nation, and creating jobs cleaning up our world. To do this we must recognize that we are all related and interdependent. We need each other.

My young daughter has given me a vision for the future and has saved the world for me. Can the Green Party win? Anything can happen!

Praise for Stein from American Herald Tribune and CounterPunch

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 1st, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

CJ9J5jiUAAEO4RLDavid Swanson of The American Herald Tribune writes, “I asked Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her platform this week and came away believing it had a better chance of winning than Bernie Sanders’. I know that platforms don’t run, people do, and they do so within a two-party dominated system. But this already crazy presidential election could turn into a crazier five-way race. And, even if it doesn’t, or if it does but still nobody ever learns that Jill Stein exists, there is nonetheless much for us and for the other candidates to learn from her platform.”

The complete audio of their 37-minute conversation is also available online.

In addition, Robert Fantina of CounterPunch writes that Stein, “beholden to no one but the voters…appears to be a no-nonsense candidate.”

Latest updates on Stein presidential campaign

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 28th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

12565372_1101488889891300_7799760331223898013_n– Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said in a campaign email: “If the drinking water in Flint, Michigan was poisoned by ISIS, rather than corporate-sponsored politicians, how do you think President Obama and the Republican-Democratic duopoly would respond? … It’s an outrage that public officials knowingly allowed this to happen. To prevent this kind of criminal neglect from ever occurring again, we must demand accountability.”

— Oregon’s Eugene Weekly profiled Stein, writing that Stein “says she wants to mobilize the 43 million students and young people burdened by student debt, calling this group ‘a self-organizing demographic’ through mechanisms such as social media. One element of her platform is canceling education debt for those students. ‘It’s a no brainer,’ Stein says, pointing out that the same was done for the banks.”

The Root ran a piece on Stein that focused mainly on race. Stein told The Root, “Our campaign strives to lift up the leadership of front-line communities, African-American and Latino women in particular. I believe that the more diverse we become, the stronger we become. Women of color are critical to that diversity and strength.”

— Alex Green of The Houston Chronicle says in a blog post that Stein is the most liberal of 17 presidential candidates on immigration, writing that she “has proposed some comprehensive immigration reform policies, including demilitarizing border crossings and halting deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants. Even more far-reaching is Jill Stein’s plan to repeal the NAFTA trade agreement.”

— Stein signed campaign T-shirts for backers of her recent ballot access push, and the campaign says orders of bumper stickers, lapel pins, lawn signs, and shirts will be sent soon.

Correction: California Greens have not yet submitted presidential primary slate

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News, State Wide Elections on January 25th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

leafyg-website_0A January 16 news item on Green Party Watch stated that the California Green Party had asked the Secretary of State to list five candidates on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary. This information was incorrect. The California Green Party will make its designation of candidates on January 31. We apologize for the error. (The erroneous post has been removed to avoid confusion.)

Moyowasifza-Curry to participate in alternative candidate debate

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 24th, 2016 by PJO – 4 Comments

curryGreen Party presidential candidate Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry will participate in the Independent Presidential Debate 2016 on Thursday, January 28, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The organizers say, “We believe it is essential that an independent candidate participate in a series of national debates by April 30th so the candidate has at least six months to garner the media attention and name recognition necessary to compete on a level playing field with the Democratic and Republican nominees. It is the public demand that has created the Independent Debate 2016 Group with the mission to provide such a platform in today’s technologically connected world so that you can make an informed decision.”

The other participating candidates are Robert Dionisio, Zoltan Istvan, John Fitzgerald Johnson, Lynn Kahn, Chris Keniston, Val Kittington, Rhett Smith, Verone Thomas, and Terry Wheelock.

Stein calls for prosecution of Michigan governor and other officials

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on January 24th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

JStein_298x262xGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is calling for the criminal prosecution of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other public officials who knew about the poisoning of Flint’s water but failed to act. In a release Stein “called for immediate federal and state intervention to resolve Flint’s water crisis” as well as “a massive federal investment in the nation’s crumbling water system.”

Stein said, “The Flint crisis is the logical outcome of decades of betrayal by the bipartisan political establishment serving the economic elite: deindustrialization and disinvestment, abandonment of democracy and neglect of the lives and well being of poor people and communities of color.”

Stein is the co-author of In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, both published in 2009. She has received awards for her work from Clean Water Action and the Toxic Action Center.

In other Stein campaign news, Stein was interviewed on the podcast The Spirit of the Forest. The interview lasted 44 minutes.

Stein speaks with KLCC Radio 89.7 Eugene, Oregon

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 23rd, 2016 by PJO – 1 Comment

SteinOregon2KLCC Radio 89.7 Eugene, Oregon, a National Public Radio affiliate, aired a one-minute piece on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein during Stein’s recent campaign trip to Oregon.

KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reported that in her “second presidential run on the Green ticket,” Stein “is banking on the support of the younger demographic. Stein promises to cancel student loan debt and in return, hopes college age people will check her name on their ballots.”

Stein said, “We just qualified for federal matching funds, which sets a new record for Green candidates to qualify this early in the election cycle. It’s a sign of the energy and the excitement that’s coming into the race.”

Green presidential candidates Cherney, Kreml, Mesplay appear in new videos

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 23rd, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Three lengthy videos of Green Party presidential candidates went up on YouTube this weekend.


Darryl Cherney posted a 22 1/2-minute video:


Bill Kreml addressed party members in a 17-minute video:


Kent Mesplay spoke in a 19 1/2-minute video: