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Stein to CNN: Democratic Party “fakes left,” moves right

JStein_298x262xGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein talks with CNN.com about her campaign and her differences with Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Stein said, “I think we share very similar values and visions. I just happen to be working in a party that supports those values and those visions. … I have long since thrown in the towel on the Democratic and Republican parties because they are really a front group for the one percent, for predatory banks, fossil fuel giants and war profiteers.”

CNN writes that Stein “had many positive words for the Sanders campaign but said he was constrained by a political party with a history of co-opting progressive campaigns.” She said, “The party allows progressive faces to sort of be their figurehead for a little while, but while it does that, while it sort of fakes left, the party continues to march toward the right.”

CNN notes, “The Sanders campaign did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this article.”

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Sawant urges Sanders to join Stein on Green ticket, or run as independent

sawant1Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant has launched an online petition urging Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, to join Jill Stein on a Green Party ticket or to run as an independent.

Sawant said, “The stakes are too high to let this moment slip through our fingers. That’s why I’ve launched this petition urging Bernie — if he is blocked in the rigged primary process — to run as an independent, or as a Green on the ticket with Jill Stein. We can’t allow the corporate media, Wall Street PACs, and the Democratic Party establishment to derail this movement before the real presidential election even begins.”

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Stein open to “collaboration” with Sanders

SteinSandersGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s tweets this week regarding a collaboration with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders were covered by Boston.com, the website of The Boston Globe.

The site said Stein “said she’s open to a ‘collaboration'” with Sanders, “though it doesn’t seem like the Vermont senator is currently interested. In a series of tweets Wednesday, Stein said efforts to reach out to the Sanders campaign have returned no response.”

RT America writes that Sanders “needs all the support he can get,” and “Stein has an offer that would be unprecedented if accepted. Stein is running for president just like Sanders is, but their ‘shared goals’ could be enough for them to work together, the Green Party candidate tweeted. … What Stein’s idea of a collaboration would include remains elusive, and with Sanders more or less ignoring the olive branch, it currently is serving more as a preemptive offer to collaborate with those who ‘feel the Bern’ should they find themselves dissatisfied” with a Hillary Clinton nomination.

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Stein says her campaign can be “Plan B” for Sanders supporters

11796216_1002418086465048_1439442244661697614_n.jpg_1718483346On its website, teleSUR interviews Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein about her campaign.

Stein told teleSUR, “The Democratic Party is not going to allow Bernie Sanders to squeak through, so where would we be if we don’t have a Plan B? When Bernie gets knocked out of contention, there would be no place for people to go if not for our campaign. The difference between our campaign and Bernie’s is that we’re not looking for the Democratic Party to save us. We are establishing an independent base for political resistance where we can continue to grow, because there is no relief on the horizon and we need to get busy right now building the lifeboat we’ll need to rescue ourselves and our children.”

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Hoenig: Stein, not Sanders, is U.S. equivalent of Britain’s Corbyn

CorbynMyles Hoenig, writing at Dissident Voice, argues that though many pundits have called newly elected British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn the UK equivalent of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sanders has little in common with Corbyn and other European progressives who have made progress over the past year.

Hoenig says that Sanders “is pro-military, pro-Empire building, pro-Israel and thus anti-Palestine, regardless of his statements (rhetoric) of support, pro-gun (for his support of gun manufacturers and not holding them financially accountable), and pro-standardized testing.” But “what we see that is similar is the enthusiasm, strength, and momentum of the campaign.”

In addition, he writes, Sanders has very little chance of actually winning the Democratic presidential nomination. And “Jill Stein of the Green Party will be outside the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia with arms wide open welcoming the stunned, angry and disenfranchised Sanders voters to the Green Party tent for the November election. After all, Stein and the Greens are much closer to the Corbyn left of Europe than Sanders.”

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Connecticut Sanders coordinator plans Green Party congressional run

Stephanie Piddock, the coordinator for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Democratic presidential campaign in Connecticut’s Fifth District and a local Occupy organizer, says she plans to seek the U.S. House seat in the district as a Green Party candidate next year.

In an e-mail statement, Piddock said, “The people need to be represented by The People, not by the moneyed elite whose wealth and self-interest profoundly disconnect them from our reality. As the political system exists right now, the metallic clang of money is speech, and the sinister rustle of dollars is a poor substitute for the vigor of votes.”

Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty is expected to seek a third term in 2016. The last Green candidate in the district was Harold Burbank, who received 0.8% of the vote in his 2008 run.

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

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.

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Is Bernie Sanders better off running as a Green?

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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Will Bernie Sanders go Green in 2016?

Bernie SandersIn 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.” Continue Reading