Watch the interview here:
Friday 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 http://www.jill2016.com/ including a C-SPAN video of Dr. Stein’s Washington press conference.
A statement from the website reads:
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.
— Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) February 6, 2015
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”.
Go to Jill2016.com for more information, including the press conference video, Jill Stein’s full remarks, and more.
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.”
In 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
From Jill Stein for President:
I am writing you to say thank you for your very generous support of Cheri and me in our campaign, and also to give you some exciting updates.
We’ve been on a roll – qualifying for federal matching funds, getting on 85% of the ballots, raising nearly $500,000 (please donate to build on that!), winning unprecedented media coverage, and receiving a hero’s welcome on the campaign trail:
- walking the picket lines in Chicago;
- addressing Occupy Wall Street’s 1st anniversary celebration;
- Cornel West and Tavis Smiley’s Poverty Tour 2.0;
- speeches before the Veterans for Peace Convention and at Fighting Bob Fest, and much more.
For the first ten months of our campaign, we poured the vast majority of our campaign resources into the fight to get on the ballot. We worked tirelessly to defend your right to vote for the candidate of your choice.
But now, in our eleventh month, we can say with pride that 85% of voters will see my name on the ballot. And now –right now– is the time to this opportunity we’ve all created and to run an all out campaign to raise the spirits and win the voters of Americans.
We are already showing up in the polls, rising 2.1% in the last couple weeks – that’s 2.5 million voters! Imagine how these numbers will rise when we are in full swing, reaching out to the tens of millions of students, workers, occupiers, unemployed, uninsured, immigrants, and advocates for peace, climate, civil liberties and racial justice who are looking for a real choice in this election that’s not bought and paid for by Wall Street. Continue Reading
From Jill Stein for President:
Thank you to each of you who made contributions last week to close out the primary campaign season. Because of you, our first two TV ad campaigns ran nationally on all coasts and everywhere between, and we were able to make concerted ad buys in communities as particular as Duluth, Minnesota and Syracuse, New York, and as large as Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. These ads ran at the height of the Democratic National Convention, and they attracted media coverage and debate as well.
Because of you, we leave the primary season with limited debt, primarily for expenses related to ballot access, and we expect that nearly 9-of-10 voters will see Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala’s names on their ballots. Continue Reading
From Jill Stein for President:
In just twelve hours, at midnight tonight, the 2012 presidential primary season ends, and the general election begins. We didn’t decide this calendar, the federal government did. But it applies to us too, and it means that we need you to make a donation before midnight tonight.
Help us keep our primary campaign out of debt. Help us launch into the general election season with momentum! Please donate now.
Cheri and I are in the streets of Charlotte right now with the March for Our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Although it’s been hot and rainy here, there are many wonderful people from all parts of the Americas in the streets with us. Continue Reading
Over at FireDogLake, Kevin Gosztola has published an in-depth two-part interview with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. From the article:
JILL STEIN, Green Party Presidential Candidate: The American people are clearly clamoring for something real out there in this political system that has become so disconnected from what real everyday Americans are struggling with and the solutions we are clamoring for. So, I think the fact that our campaign is not bought and paid for by Wall Street, the fact that we are every day real people who struggle on behalf on those things that are critical to the American public is why we are getting the resonance that we are.
From an email from Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President:
Last week, I told you that we needed to raise $45,000 in one week, and explained why (see message below). We have raised $28,000. We need another $17,000 right now.
We are making incredible progress. Four more states joined the Green surge in the last two days. Iowa. Idaho. Minnesota. Montana. (If you check out our ballot access map (click here) you’ll notice how much greener it is, and that there are a few states that we’d given up on that we are giving another shot).
But we won’t receive our first matching funds check for another week, at the earliest. That is what the Federal Elections Commission has told us. And our ballot access costs must be paid right now.
This is still a make-or-break moment. We need your donations right now.
Please pull our remaining states through, get them on the ballot, keep the green surge going and donate now.
LAST WEEK’S MESSAGE FOLLOWS: Continue Reading
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has written an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer about her experience of being arrested and sent to jail with running mate Cheri Honkala following a protest against unjust foreclosures. From the article:
When I decided to run for president of the United States, spending the night in a Philadelphia jail cell was not part of my strategy. But I and my running mate on the Green Party ticket, Cheri Honkala, found ourselves in handcuffs this month after we refused to leave the Philadelphia building housing the regional headquarters of the mortgage giant Fannie Mae.
We were there to support two women whose families faced unjust evictions by Fannie Mae, as well as the eight million other families who have faced foreclosure at the hands of Wall Street.