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Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV hired as Jill Stein for President communications director

Dennis Trainor, Jr. interviewing Dr. Jill Stein on Acronym TV, which aired on Free Speech TV and online

Yesterday Dennis Trainor, Jr. sent out the following email to subscribers of Acronym TV:

Friends:

Acronym TV, which had been on hiatus, is officially shutting down production.

I have been offered, and have proudly accepted, the job of Communications Director for Jill Stein for President.

More on that in a moment.

First I need to say thank you- it has been an amazing ride and none of it would have been possible without the amazing crowd-sourcing of support you have showered upon me.

It is not many people who are lucky enough to find a supportive audience for their work – and for these past many years, I have been blown away by the support you have shown me.

In addition to all those who donated and shared the work on social media, I need to extend a very special thank you to Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. As prime movers behind Popular Resistance, Margaret and Kevin were able to extend partial underwriting to Acronym TV for all of 2013 and much of 2014.

It was Margaret and Kevin who trusted me to serve as one of the core organizers in the pre-Occupy movement lead up to the occupation of Freedom Plaza. Their trust in me- a guy with a camera that they did not know from Adam- & just wanted to make some videos for the movement –opened the door for many opportunities and experiences that are among some of my proudest moments as a human being.

As I shut the door on Acronym TV- I can say I’m proud of where I was able to take the project and humbled that you helped me do it.

Acronym TV and it’s previous iterations have generated well over 35 million views on YouTube, held down a regular 30-minute slot on Cable TV (Thank you Free Speech TV) and produced two documentaries – American Autumn and Legalize Democracy – to wide acclaim.

Pretty cool, considering it all started with a viral video a few years ago as the part ranting/ part performance art stylings of the The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood (anyone remember that?) – made in my basement with a $200 camera, a few $15 clip lights, and a nom de plume.

More recently, as production values increased, expenses far outpaced income. I lost more money than I care to count in trying to keep Acronym TV producing content out of a full service TV studio last year.

I paid myself, and the expenses of producing Acronym TV, through a generous loan extended by a longtime supporter – and through donations from people like you.

In spite of the debt, I have no regrets- only gratitude.

So what is next for me?

After spending the first few months of this year working on freelance projects and trying to strike a deal that would allow me to continue producing Acronym TV at the same high standards we set in 2014 – an unexpected thing happened: I was offered, and have proudly accepted, the job of Communications Director for Jill Stein for President.

In closing down this chapter of my career, I enter into a wild new adventure that presents the opportunity to do meaningful work around ideas that I am passionate about.

Jill won me over with her commitment to make the campaign about bringing the struggles of front-line communities into the front lines of Presidential debate.

It will be my job to help craft and deliver that message, and I hope to have your support while doing so.

Keep standing for something.

With great appreciation and thanks,

DTjr
March 2015

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Media Coverage of the Jill Stein Nomination for President

At the 2012 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, there was by far more media coverage this year than ever before. The Press Conferences were packed, and the media published stories about the Green Party and the candidates.

Here is a collection of *some* of the media coverage from this weekend and last week, as put together by Monte LeTourneau:

Democracy Now

http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/7/16

http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/7/13

C SPAN

Three videos in the top left sidebar of either of these two

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Green-Party-Nominates-Jill-Stein-for-Presid…

http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2012/Events/Green-Party-Convention/1073743…

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/JJil

http://www.c-span.org/Events/Washington-Journal-for-Sunday-July-15/10737…

NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/us/politics/jill-stein-green-party-can…

NPR

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/15/156796126/green-party-pick-gives-democrats…

http://www.npr.org/2012/07/14/156787363/green-party-picks-mass-doctor-fo…

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Green Party News in Mainstream Media

The Green Party is getting some press, and hopefully will be getting more leading up to this weekend’s National Convention in Baltimore. Here’s a roundup:

NPR Political Junkie: “The Green Party Makes Its Case As A Left-Leaning Alternative To Obama”

A brief overview of the platform and history of the Green Party starts this post, then this 2012 update:

2012 Greens. The party is holding its nominating convention Saturday, July 14 in Baltimore. The favorite for the nomination is Dr. Jill Stein, an environmental-health advocate who sought the Massachusetts governorship in both 2002 and 2010. She has already qualified for federal matching funds in 22 states. According to the Green Party website, Stein has 205 delegates (as of July 3) and has a huge lead over actress Rosanne Barr, with 84 delegates. Three other candidates are well behind.

USA Today: “For third-party candidates, playing field is uneven by state”

“The time, money and energy spent getting on the ballot is more than the time, money and energy spent once we are on the ballot in most of these states,” said Phil Huckleberry, co-chair of the ballot access committee for the Green Party.

Not necessarily “mainstream”, but from Insurance News: “Green Party: Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, America Needs Medicare For All”

Medicare For All would cover all Americans, provide full choice of physician and hospital, and cut costs dramatically: current Medicare administrative overhead is only 3%, while for-profit health insurance administrative overhead is as high as 30%. The Green Party also supports efforts to enact statewide single-payer legislation in many states.

Gallup: “Little Support for Third-Party Candidates in 2012 Election”

PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters show limited support for third-party candidates this year, with the vast majority preferring Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. A June 7-10 Gallup poll asked a special presidential preference question, listing three third-party candidates in addition to Obama and Romney. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is the choice of 3% of registered voters and Green Party candidate Jill Stein the choice of 1%. Another 2% volunteer Ron Paul’s name and 1% mention someone other than the listed candidates.

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Media Coverage of Illinois State Green Party Meeting

WICD ABC 15 has this televised coverage of the Illinois Green Party meeting this weekend. They interview Phil Huckelberry, and they focus a lot on LeAlan Jones, whom they suggest is considering running for the US Senate seat in 2010. I’m not sure, but this appears to be the same LeAlan Jones from Ghetto Life 101 and Our America. If so, here is a 2003 Democracy Now interview with Jones.

Godless in Chicago (Rob Sherman) has a write up on the Illinois GP meeting, with photos, highlighting Whitney, Phil Huckelberry and Matt Reichel.

The Daily Illini reports on the Illinois Green Party meeting, with focus on the local Campus Greens and Rich Whitney’s platform.

We look forward to “first hand reports” from the Illinois meeting here soon! (Candidates, Walter! Who’s in? Cough it up…)

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Summer Issue Of Green Pages Now Online

The Summer issue of Green Pages is now on-line at:
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/

read … comment … spread

Features

Tamez Stronghold
Indigenous response to the U. S. Border Wall
by Wendy Kenin, California Green Party
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1234

The dangers of the Connecticut campaign finance law
State Greens sue to pull down law prohibitive to minor parties
by Mike DeRosa, co-chair of the Green Party of Connecticut

http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1230

Greens mourn a founding member
Guy Chichester of New Hampshire dies
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1226

This year’s gathering to be cost-effective and fun
2009 Annual National Meeting to be held in Durham, NC
by Jan Martell, North Carolina Green Party
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1222

The first 100 days under a Green Party administration
by John Rensenbrink, Maine Green Independent Party
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1215

The First 100 Days
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1212

Hunger strike for strong climate legislation continues
by SKCM-Curry, Green Party of California
http://gp.org/greenpages-blog/?p=1209

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Green Party to Bill Maher: “We’re Over Here!”


For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party has sent an open letter to Bill Maher after a June 19 broadcast of ‘Real Time’ in which Mr. Maher said “[W]hat we need is an actual progressive party to represent the millions of Americans who aren’t being served by the Democrats. Because, bottom line, Democrats are the new Republicans.”

The Green Party’s reply to Mr. Maher: “Hey, Bill, we’re over here! What you described is the GREEN PARTY! We already exist!”

The progressive party sought by Bill Maher describes the Green Party: “Shouldn’t there be one party that unambiguously supports cutting the military budget, a party that is straight up in favor of gun control, gay marriage, higher taxes on the rich, universal health care — legalizing pot — and steep, direct taxing of polluters?”

The open letter urges Mr. Maher to acknowledge the Green Party and have a Green candidate or leader on the show. The text of the letter is appended below.
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Europe Ecologie Video La Crise

The New York Times has an article today called “A Green Coalition Gathers Strength in Europe” by Steven Erlanger. A post-European Parliament Election piece, it goes from Daniel Cohn-Bendit to the European Green Coalition strategy, but what really got my attention was the link to this French language campaign video:

This is awesome. The Green Party is already using a lot of videos to spread the word but we need more and we need them run on mainstream television, not just the Internet. Put all the Green issues in one video and show the nation what Greens look like, much like this video from Some of All Parts.

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Yet Another Green Blackout in the Media

By Jason Neville, posted at Green Change:

In Final Days of Congressional Campaign, Green Party Candidate Fights Local Media Blackout in New Orleans

In the years following the collapse of the federal levees after Hurricane Katrina, activist Malik Rahim was busy organizing one of the most influential recovery organizations in the Gulf South. The organization he founded and currently leads, Common Ground Collective, was gutting houses and providing medical and legal services to tens of thousands of New Orleans residents.

His work was so prolific that it was featured on 60 minutes, ABC News, Democracy Now!, and a host of other shows.

“I’m from New Orleans, and I stayed here after the flood to serve my community, at a time when neglect from the federal government was as chilling as it was apparent,” said Rahim.

Even the local paper in New Orleans the Times-Picayune featured him in an article after the storm, stating that his work was “so far-reaching that it has brought over 10,000 volunteers to New Orleans since the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.”

But the media coverage ended once he decided to run for office this fall.
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