Presidential Campaign

Stein, Flowers sign open letter to FERC seeking fossil fuel infrastructure halt

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on September 3rd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers are among the more than 80 health professionals who have signed an open letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urging a halt to the approval of new oil and gas infrastructure.

They write in part, “Based on scientific evidence of the health and public safety risks associated with fossil fuel infrastructure such as oil and gas drilling, refineries, pipelines and compressor stations and of their contribution to the further escalation of climate change and its associated risks to public health and safety, there must be a moratorium on new permits and a hold on construction for projects that have not been completed until a plan is made to move completely to energy sources that do not cause harm.”

Stein: Social justice is part of “climate conversation”

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on September 2nd, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Julie Dermansky of DeSmogBlog spoke with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about climate change and social justice 10 years after Hurricane Katrina.

In the four-minute segment, Stein said, “You can’t leave social justice out of the climate conversation in New Orleans or anywhere. We must meet human needs at the same time we meet ecological needs. To propose that people are somehow separate from the ecosystem we live in requires a major cognitive disconnect. It’s like saying you can take care of your heart without taking care of your lungs.”

Stein campaign to launch student organization

Posted in Presidential Campaign, Youth Caucus on September 1st, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

The Jill Stein Green Party presidential campaign has announced that Young Greens Rising, the campaign’s national student organization, will be officially launched on Tuesday, September 8. Stein will host a live online discussion with students and young people to begin the effort.

Stein campaign criticizes Obama’s approval of Arctic drilling

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment, Presidential Campaign on August 20th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

The campaign of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has criticized President Obama’s approval of oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

In a statement, the campaign said, “As wildfires burn up and down the drought-stricken West Coast, and new science shows 10 feet of catastrophic sea level rise as soon as 50 years from now, President Obama has just done the unthinkable. He has given thumbs up to Royal Dutch Shell to resume drilling in the Arctic Ocean. This is game over for the climate.” The campaign said Stein “is the only presidential candidate calling for a specific climate solution as big as the crisis demands.”

Less than a week before the 2012 presidential election, when Stein was the Green nominee, Stein was arrested in Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

Stein to speak at Boston GreenFest Friday

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 20th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will appear at the 8th Annual Boston GreenFest at Boston City Hall Plaza on Friday afternoon. Stein will speak at 3:45, and will take questions from the audience at 4:30.

Her campaign said, “Come hear Dr. Jill Stein speak at a multicultural environmental music festival with the goal to inform everyone as to the many ways green living can make a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and each of us.”

Columnist: Greens “after Sanders to run as their party’s nominee”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 17th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

In his New York Daily News column, Denis Hamill recounts a conversation with his 16-year-old son about the 2016 presidential race.

When his son mentions that an 18-year-old friend, registered as a Green Party voter, is intrigued by the presidential candidacies of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, Hamill writes, “The Green Party has been after Sanders to run as their party’s nominee. If he does, Sam might be able to vote for him on the Green Party line.”

There has been little discussion of a Sanders candidacy among Greens on social media, where the independent, currently seeking the Democratic nomination, is often criticized for his positions on guns, foreign policy, and immigration. Sanders has ruled out a third-party run.

Stein: Greens offer “only political alternative”, sees “fighting chance” to open CPD debates

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 17th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

Earlier this month, interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “to discuss her 2016 campaign, the policies she’s labeling her Green New Deal, her take on the Black Lives Matter movement, and what’s changed for the Green Party since 2012.”

Stein discussed her strategy for getting into the general election debates if she wins the Green nomination, saying, “We’ve filed a court case against the Commission on Presidential Debates and there is actually a fighting chance that we can open up the debates because they’re breaking the law. We have a very well-funded lawsuit, it entails a coalition of groups across the political spectrum that are fighting to open them up and we certainly have a fighting chance for a wide variety of reasons. … We also hope to conduct mass actions in the run-up to this [debate] so that we will be campaigning in the court of public opinion as well as in the court of law. So we hope to, for example, initiate an economic boycott of the corporate sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debates.”

Asked if her party’s ideas are starting to resonate with the public, Stein said, “I think the Green Party has been ahead of the curve historically on equal marriage, on the climate crisis, on green energy, on nonviolence, on fighting corporate personhood, on fighting for local self-sufficient economies. We’ve been ahead of the curve but the curve has caught up to us in a big way since the last election. You could kind of feel it in transition then, kind of like people were surprised to hear what we had to say. This time around, people really understand that the system is in crisis and that the Green Party is the only political alternative out there.”

Now Age Press interviews Stein

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 14th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

Craig Gordon of Now Age Press interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in a segment running 24 minutes.

Stein discusses the similarities and differences between her campaign and that of independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination. Stein also discusses healthcare, the environment, economic inequality, and other issues.

Stein to keynote Rhode Island Green Gathering on August 22

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 13th, 2015 by PJO – 1 Comment

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be the keynote speaker at the Green Gathering 2015 at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick on August 22.

Other speakers at the event, hosted by the Rhode Island Green Party, will include Sherrie Anne Andre of Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG), John Barry of the Green Party of Northern Ireland, Jean of the Green Party of Québec, and Providence radio host and former Woonsocket mayoral candidate Dave Fisher.

Professor says “anti-democratic” system blocks candidates like Stein

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 13th, 2015 by PJO – Be the first to comment

In a piece at The Root on the Black Lives Matter movement and the presidential race, Wayne State University Associate Professor of African-American Studies Ollie Johnson praised Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Johnson said Stein “is the most progressive of all the candidates but would never win because the entire system is flawed. ‘The political system is anti-democratic. Most Americans think they vote for president when they go to the ballot box,’ Johnson said. ‘They don’t. They vote for someone to cast a vote in the Electoral College. And the Electoral College is totally unaccountable to the people.'”

Jill Stein interviewed on HuffPost Live

Posted in Presidential Campaign on April 7th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Jill SteinDr. Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential candidate and 2016 hopeful, was interviewed about her plans for 2016 by Alyona Minkovski on HuffPost Live.

Watch the interview here:

MSNBC: Can the Green Party break out in 2016?

Posted in General, Presidential Campaign on March 19th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p MSNBC Karen YoungMSNBC’s Greenhouse with Tony Dokoupil recently hosted Green Party US Co-chair Karen Young to talk about the Green Party, the growing influence of Green ideas, and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Watch the interview with Karen Young on MSNBC’s Greenhouse.

Real News Network: How Jill Stein got into politics

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 16th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p Jill Stein2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (who recently launched an exploratory campaign for the 2016 presidential race) was the subject of an in-depth interview on the Real New Network’s Reality Asserts Itself.

While some supporters may be familiar with Jill Stein’s transformation from a medical doctor to a practitioner of “political medicine”, Paul Jay’s interview delves deeper than normal into Dr. Stein’s personal history and evolution from the daughter of a middle-class Chicago Jewish family growing up in the 1950s to the candidate and movement leader who a growing number of Americans are getting to know today.

Watch Part 1 of the interview here or on the Real News Network (with transcript):

Jill Stein announces exploratory 2016 presidential campaign

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 6th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

Jill_Stein_432Friday February 6, 2015 – Today Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President of the United States, announced that she has formed an exploratory committee for a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

Full details are at the web site including a C-SPAN video of Dr. Stein’s Washington press conference.

A statement from the website reads:

p jill 2016 logoAmericans deserve real solutions for the critical economic, social and environmental problems we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse.

It’s time to declare our independence from the failed bipartisan establishment, and build a people’s movement for real democracy and real solutions. Together we can do this —it’s in our hands.

Announcements on Dr. Stein’s facebook and twitter pages have already reached hundreds of thousands of people as of 5pm Eastern on the day of the announcement.

News that Dr. Stein was exploring a 2016 run broke this morning with an ABC/Yahoo News exclusive interview titled “Meet the woman trying to turn the White House Green”.

The story has already been picked up by major corporate media outlets including Bloomberg and the Boston Globe.

Go to for more information, including the press conference video, Jill Stein’s full remarks, and more.

Is Bernie Sanders better off running as a Green?

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 6th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

Bernie SandersAlternet has published a piece asking if Sen. Bernie Sanders might run for the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. From the article:

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.”

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