Dutch Green Party now leads the left opposition to austerity

Jesse Klaver

While the world press was watching the rise of Party for Freedom nominee Geert Wilders the Dutch Green Party, GroenLinks was quietly and effectively growing it’s voter base. In the end, an almost four fold increase in voter support has pushed the party and it’s young leader Jesse Klaver

The Dutch Green Party under his leadership has been outspoken in support of the European Union, immigrant rights, and the environmental issues so often identified with the Greens world wide.

Klaver made it clear even before the election results were known that the Green Party grows when it stands by it’s principles especially when standing against forces of reaction.


Transcript: Stein interviewed on CNN

steincnnGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on CNN at 8:35 a.m. EST on Saturday, January 16, for an interview with anchor Christi Paul that lasted five minutes. The transcript is below.


CHRISTI PAUL: Let’s talk to Jill Stein. You’re part of the lawsuit you’ve brought against the Commission on Presidential Debates. I’ll get to that in a minute. Let’s look at some of the issues right off the bat. Stocks are tanking, stock market down eight percent in the first couple weeks of 2016. How do you fix the economy? Dr. Stein, can you hear me?

JILL STEIN: Sorry. I couldn’t hear you for a second. Can you repeat that question?

PAUL: I’m wondering, with stocks tanking right now, how would you address the economy, how would you fix it if you were president?

STEIN: Yes, thank you. The economy is not working for most Americans now. We’ve had a huge surge in part-time and temporary jobs. Wages, average for workers, are barely above the poverty level. Household wealth has crashed by 40%. Racial disparities make all this much worse. We have an entire generation of young people who are locked into debt. So we really need an economy that works for everyday people, and we have two political parties who have been managing that economy that are basically controlled by corporate interests and the super-wealthy. So my priority is to create an economy that works for everyone, that puts people over profit instead of profit over people, which is the way it’s going. So specifically, I will create a Green New Deal which is an emergency program like the New Deal that got us out of the Great Depression. The Green New Deal would create 20 million new jobs that would green our economy, green our energy, our food and our transportation systems. By creating 20 million jobs, these are full-time living wage jobs, it would revive our economy. It would turn the tide on climate change and make wars for oil obsolete. In addition, I would bail out the students. We bailed out the bankers. We need to bail out the students who are the victims of that waste, fraud and abuse on Wall Street.

PAUL: Who had student loans at the time —

STEIN: Yes, to basically cancel their loans, exactly.

PAUL: I want to move in to national security. Obviously ISIS has been in the news and it’s frightening an awful lot of people. How would you move forward militarily and how would you handle the national security?

STEIN: That’s a great question. Because what we see the other two parties and virtually all their candidates doing is essentially repeating the mistakes of the past and in fact intensifying them. For 14 years we’ve been conducting a war on terror. It’s cost us $6 trillion, which turns out to be $75,000 per household. We have lost tens of thousands of American soldiers, either killed or maimed, and we have killed over a million people in Iraq alone. It’s no wonder this has been throwing gasoline on the fires in the middle east. We need to really change direction here because it has only made terrorism far worse. All of the terrorist forces, Al Qaeda, Taliban, and now ISIS and their spinoffs. We’re calling for a peace offensive to stop the flow of money and weapons and to focus on what are truly the threats to American lives and well-being, and that is deaths from poverty, from lack of health insurance, homelessness and gun violence.

PAUL: Real quickly, I want to ask you about this lawsuit brought against the Commission on Presidential Debates, seeking fair and equal debate time for all candidates, not just Democrats and Republicans. What is the biggest obstacle you find being in a third party? What do you want the lawsuit to gain?

STEIN: Exactly. I think you put your finger on it. As third parties, it’s not just the candidates that are locked out, it’s really the voters who are locked out. Polls show now that 50% of voters don’t identify anymore with either Republicans or Democrats. Way more of them than Democrats or Republicans. We need to open up the debates. That’s what we’re looking to do through this lawsuit. I encourage people to go to my website and become a part of this because it’s up to us as citizens to open up our democracy so it represents us, and we have more choices and more voices.

PAUL: Dr. Jill Stein, we appreciate it. Thank you for taking the time to be with us today.


Green Party launches new GP.org

gporgThe Green Party of the United States has unveiled a revamped website at GP.org.

According to a party release, the site features the “latest Green Party statements, press releases, and news on the front page,” links to state and local parties and caucuses and affiliate groups, and also has sections on the party’s history and platform. There are also sections on current campaigns, progress on ballot access, and ways to get involved and donate to the party.


Stein appears on PBS’s “Tavis Smiley”

tavisGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein appeared on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Thursday evening for an interview that ran about 25 minutes. The complete video is available here.

Stein discussed her call to open the presidential debates to alternative party presidential candidates, saying the current debates are “basically a sham…that’s been orchestrated and controlled by the big political parties. … Debates are a good thing. I think the public airwaves really belong to the public and they should be used for legitimate candidates who are in this critical election.”

Asked about how she differs from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Stein said, “There is an enormous overlap between Bernie and I. I want to frame that by saying that in my view what’s wrong with Bernie’s campaign is not Bernie’s campaign but where he’s running it. Bernie is part of a long tradition of principled rebels inside the Democratic Party. … The party insiders are not going let a truly principled people’s candidate get the nomination.”


Washington Post covers Green/Libertarian antitrust suit against CPD

50134-fullDavid Weigel of The Washington Post reports on the antitrust suit against the Commission on Presidential Debates filed by the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, and their 2012 presidential nominees Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

The legal complaint “argues that a ‘cognizable political campaign market’ is being corrupted by the commission’s rules,” which bars any candidate who is not “polling at 15 percent or better. Bruce Fein, the attorney for the new plaintiffs, argues over 43 pages that keeping them out of a ‘multi-billion dollar’ market violates ‘antitrust laws, the First Amendment, and District of Columbia tort law.'”

The Post says that “when the complaint is filed in the District of Columbia next week — the precise date is pending — Fein and his plaintiffs will join a crowd of people asking for lower debate thresholds.”


2012 VP candidate Cheri Honkala takes leading role in movement against Philly school budget cuts

Photo Credit: Harvey Finkle

Photo Credit: Harvey Finkle

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:



New York Green Congressional Candidate Hank Bardel Vote Total May Be Decisive

Green Party congressional candidate Hank Bardel is said to have garnered enough support in his campaign for Congress that his vote total might impact the eventual winner. An article at NY1.com reporter Courtney Gross wrote

According to our recent NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll, Bardel was bringing in 4 percent. With an extremely tight race, where the major candidates are running neck and neck, this third party candidate could be a deciding factor.

The linked article is well worth your time.