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Stein tells Hedges that “power concedes nothing without a demand”

The second part of Chris Hedges’s interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for his teleSUR program Days of Revolt is now available online. The segment, Hedges said, focuses on “what the solution is. What the response should be, for those of us who care about reclaiming our democracy and creating an equitable, fair, and just society.”

Stein said, “You have to fire on all cylinders all the time. And that’s the advantage of a political party, is that it has a diverse set of goals and tools to use. And a movement is that even further the political aspect challenges power, as Frederick Douglass says we must do. Power concedes nothing without a demand, and running elections is a way to bring that demand right there to the halls of power. You have to do that. And we need movements, justice movements, built around the critical issues. Whether it’s immigrant rights or students getting out of debt, or Black Lives Matter, living wages, unions, workers, et cetera.”

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Hedges says only Stein understands need for “a global movement”

HedgesJournalist and activist Chris Hedges says in a TruthDig essay that he supports Green Party candidate Jill Stein for president “because she understands that this is primarily about building a global movement, not about participating in an election. She, unlike Bernie Sanders, knows that this movement will never be realized within the Democratic Party or by paying deference to the power elites, the Israel lobby or the arms industry and the military establishment.”

Hedges goes on to say that Stein ”
grasps that until we name and destroy the evil of militarism and imperialism, genuine social and political reform, indeed democracy, is impossible. She does not want to work within the corporate establishment. She wants to dismantle it. And all the pundits who tell us not to waste our vote miss the point. It is time to stop playing the game.”

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Stein discusses “extremely corrupt” political system with teleSUR’s Hedges

Chris Hedges interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for his teleSUR program Days of Revolt, with the first half of the two-part interview now available. Hedges said that in the first part, “we’re going to diagnose the political landscape, how it works, what impediments are there. And in the second part we’re going to present what we hope is a prognosis, a response, to the political reality that we face.”

Stein said of the current American political system, “It is extremely corrupt. It serves the interests of oligarchy. It puts people, planet, and peace — it subjugates those critical things to profit. We have a political system which is funded and therefore accountable to predatory banks and fossil fuel giants and war profiteers. … In the words of Chief Justice Louis Brandeis a century ago, you can either have a democracy or you can have vast concentrations of wealth. You can’t have both.”

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Stein says corporate/political “leviathan” is collapsing

votegreenChris Hedges writes at Truthdig about his recent meeting with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Gayle McLaughlin, the former Green Party mayor of Richmond, California.

Stein told Hedges, “A hostile corporate force occupies us all. Corporations are polluting our air and our water. They are degrading our jobs or exporting them. … But the leviathan is so over-zealous, so heavy-handed and so overfunded that it is beginning to self-destruct. … A recent Wall Street Journal poll shows that 50% of Americans no longer identify as being either Democrat or Republican. The system is crumbling from its own internal decrepitude. Our push is to try and help that happen.”

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Stein to appear at California “Calling All Rebels” event

chrishedges_flyer_final_webOn Sunday, September 20, the Green Party of Orange County is hosting Calling All Rebels, an event featuring music and speakers, at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana, California.

The headliner is author Chris Hedges of The Nation and Truthdig. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will speak immediately before Hedges. Gayle McLaughlin, a Green who served as mayor of Richmond, California, from 2007 until earlier this year, is also scheduled to speak.

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Leading peace advocates issue urgent call to support Jill Stein matching funds drive

From an email sent out by Jill Stein for President:

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URGENT!  PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!

FROM: David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Leah Bolger, Bruce Gagnon, Chris Hedges, George Martin and Kevin Zeese

Dear Friends in the Peace Movement,

We can’t afford to let this opportunity slip by. By taking action over the next five days the peace community has a chance to inject a compelling and courageous peace advocate into the 2012 presidential campaign, to have a voice in the national debate over war, militarism, and military spending.

You know what is going to happen if we leave this election up to the two major party candidates. President Obama will defend his troop surges, his excessive Pentagon budgets, his preparations for war with Iran,  his escalation of the drone wars, his crackdowns on whistleblowers, his indefinite detention policy, and his new role as manager of the White House assassination list. Mitt Romney will not question these policies, but will promise to pursue them with even more enthusiasm. In debates and interviews, the American people will have the Big Lie drilled into their consciousness: that our nation must accept escalating military engagement and must visit worldwide violence against all who defy the U.S. government. Continue Reading

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Chris Hedges: Green Party among few groups working for peace

Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, makes favorable mention of the Green Party in his recent column for Truthdig about the state of the peace movement, “No One Cares”.

We sustain these wars, which have no real popular support, by borrowing trillions of dollars that can never be repaid, even as we close schools, states go into bankruptcy, social services are cut, our infrastructure crumbles, tens of millions of Americans are reduced to poverty, and real unemployment approaches 17 percent. Collective, suicidal inertia rolls us forward toward national insolvency and the collapse of empire. And we do not protest. The peace movement, despite the heroic efforts of a handful of groups such as Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Green Party and Code Pink, is dead.

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“How the corporations broke Ralph Nader and America, too”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has written an article for Truthdig chronicling how Ralph Nader’s quest for a better society was overpowered by a coordinated corporate takeover of the media and political establishment. Ralph Nader was the Green Party candidate for president in 1996 and 2000, when he was scapegoated by Democratic Party pundits (see the documentary “An Unreasonable Man”) for the Republican Party’s theft of the election (see the documentary “American Blackout”).

“The press in the 1980s would say ‘why should we cover you?’ ” Nader went on. “ ‘Who is your base in Congress?’ I used to be known as someone who could trigger a congressional hearing pretty fast in the House and Senate. They started looking towards the neoliberals and neocons and the deregulation mania. We put out two reports on the benefits of regulation and they too disappeared. They did not get covered at all. This was about the same the time that [former U.S. Rep.] Tony Coelho taught the Democrats, starting in 1979 when he was head of the House Campaign Finance Committee, to start raising big-time money from corporate interests. And they did. It had a magical influence. It is the best example I have of the impact of money. The more money they raised the less interested they were in any of these popular issues.”…

Nader, locked out of the legislative process, decided to send a message to the Democrats. He went to New Hampshire and Massachusetts during the 1992 primaries and ran as “none of the above.” In 1996 he allowed the Green Party to put his name on the ballot before running hard in 2000 in an effort that spooked the Democratic Party. The Democrats, fearful of his grass-roots campaign, blamed him for the election of George W. Bush, an absurdity that found fertile ground among those who had abandoned rational inquiry for the thought-terminating clichés of television. Continue Reading
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Chris Hedges interviews Cynthia McKinney: “Our country has been hijacked”

In an article for Truthdig entitled “Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism?'”, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges quoted extensively from Cynthia McKinney, the 2008 Green Party candidate for president.

“We are ruled not by two parties but one party,” Cynthia McKinney, who ran for president on the Green Party ticket, told me. “It is the party of money and war. Our country has been hijacked. And we have to take the country away from those who have hijacked it. The only question now is whose revolution gets funded.”…

“It is time for us to stop talking about right and left,” McKinney told me. “The old political paradigm that serves the interests of the people who put us in this predicament will not be the paradigm that gets us out of this. I am a child of the South. Janet Napolitano tells me I need to be afraid of people who are labeled white supremacists but I was raised around white supremacists. I am not afraid of white supremacists. I am concerned about my own government. The Patriot Act did not come from the white supremacists, it came from the White House and Congress. Citizens United did not come from white supremacists, it came from the Supreme Court. Our problem is a problem of governance. I am willing to reach across traditional barriers that have been skillfully constructed by people who benefit from the way the system is organized.”