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Jill Stein interviewed on HuffPost Live

Posted in Presidential Campaign on April 7th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Jill SteinDr. Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential candidate and 2016 hopeful, was interviewed about her plans for 2016 by Alyona Minkovski on HuffPost Live.

Watch the interview here:

Jill Stein announces exploratory 2016 presidential campaign

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 6th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

Jill_Stein_432Friday 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 including a C-SPAN video of Dr. Stein’s Washington press conference.

A statement from the website reads:

p jill 2016 logoAmericans deserve real solutions for the critical economic, social and environmental problems we face. But the broken political system is only making things worse.

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.

Announcements on Dr. Stein’s facebook and twitter pages have already reached hundreds of thousands of people as of 5pm Eastern on the day of the announcement.

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”.

The story has already been picked up by major corporate media outlets including Bloomberg and the Boston Globe.

Go to for more information, including the press conference video, Jill Stein’s full remarks, and more.

Is Bernie Sanders better off running as a Green?

Posted in Presidential Campaign on January 6th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

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?

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 15th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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 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.” read more »

Jill Stein: “85% can vote Green! Next question is, how many will?”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on September 21st, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 11 Comments

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.

Jill-Stein-supports-the-Robin-Hood-tax_.pngFor 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. read more »

Jill Stein for President fundraising update

Posted in Presidential Campaign on September 10th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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. read more »

Jill Stein: “We have just 12 hours”

Posted in Presidential Campaign on September 6th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

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. read more »

Jill Stein interviewed on FireDogLake

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 23rd, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

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.

Read the full interview (Part 1 and Part 2) at FireDogLake.

Stein campaign makes urgent fundraising push for ballot access

Posted in Ballot Access, Presidential Campaign on August 17th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

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.

Thank you.


Jill Stein: A candidate goes to jail

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 16th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

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.

Read the full article at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jill Stein for President: 24 hours left in matching funds drive: all eyes on AZ, CT, DC

Posted in General on June 29th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Jill Stein for President:

I am very grateful for your response over the past few days. You have pushed our Green Party presidential campaign to the brink of success in our quest for federal matching funds. Eight states have qualified for matching funds in the past 5 days. Now, with only 24 hours to go, everything is hinging on finishing the job in Arizona, Connecticut and the District of Columbia.

If we can succeed in these three states (for Greens, DC will always be a state), then you will be assured of having a voice in the 2012 presidential race. We challenge the pro-war, pro-Wall Street, anti-democratic rhetoric of the establishment candidates and present a vision of a peaceful, just, secure green future that creates a livable world for all people. For the past four years, we’ve been pushing forward for affordable health care,  an end to the wars, immigrant rights, solving the student debt problem, sensible drug policies, and protection of our civil liberties. Now, with just one final push, we can bring all those issues into the presidential arena.

But it all hinges on what happens in three critical states in the next 24 hours. Here is what remains to be raised from those states:

  • District of Columbia:  $2,291
  • Arizona:  $1,465
  • Connecticut:  $1,249

Raising these small amounts will result in a grant from the federal government that will almost DOUBLE the contributions that everyone across the country has already made.  And the doubling will continue for months to come. This will be a watershed event for independent politics in America.

There are two things we hope you will do RIGHT NOW to ensure our success:

First, if you’ve donated to my campaign before, please consider making an additional donation of at least half what you gave before. Any amount up to $250 per person will count toward our qualifying goals – – (If you’ve already given $250, consider asking your friends or family members to make a donation).

Second, send the appeal below to 10 of your friends in the critical three states. Or mail it to any suitable email lists to which you subscribe.  Post it on your Facebook page.  This forwarding of the message is extremely important.

On Sunday, we will announce the results of our effort.  Today, all eyes are on Arizona, Connecticut, and DC. Let’s make it happen!


Jill Stein


Medicare for All advocates urge support for Jill Stein matching funds drive

Posted in Presidential Campaign on June 28th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

From Jill Stein for President:


As the Stein campaign closes in on federal matching funds, five leading advocates for Medicare for All have released a letter advocating support for Dr. Jill Stein. The letter was released as news came that two new states – Michigan and Oregon – have qualified for federal matching funds.

Please copy, paste, and forward the following letter to every health care advocate you know. You can see our latest matching funds numbers by clicking here. Thank you.

Medicare for All


Dear friends working for health care as a human right,

In all the sound and fury over the Supreme Court’s health care ruling,  the simple truth is being lost:  We know how to provide affordable health care for every American.  There is a proven solution — improved “Medicare for All” (or single-payer health insurance). It’s working in nation after nation around the world.  It is the only fiscally responsible way out of the health care mess.  And it’s not unconstitutional.

When President Obama slammed the door in the face of single-payer health care advocates, and abandoned the “public option”, it seemed that we were doomed to debating slight variations on the failing status quo.  But in the wake of the Obamacare/Romneycare crackup, we have an incredible opportunity to reframe the health care debate by injecting a long-time advocate for Medicare-for-All (single-payer) into the presidential dialogue. read more »

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

Posted in Presidential Campaign on June 26th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From an email sent out by Jill Stein for President:



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. read more »

Presidential candidate Jill Stein: 5 days to make Green Party history

Posted in Presidential Campaign on June 25th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is within reach of becoming the first Green Party presidential candidate ever to qualify for federal matching funds. However, June 30th is the deadline to apply for matching funds, meaning that Stein’s campaign needs to reach the threshold of $5,000 in 9 more states within the next 5 days. If Stein qualifies, every donation up to $250 will be matched by federal funds, giving a huge boost to her campaign’s capacity to win ballot lines and reach voters.

You can donate at the Jill Stein for President website.

Here is the latest update from Jill Stein’s campaign on the matching funds drive:

VIDEO: How matching funds fit into strategy read more »

Jill Stein in Chicago to Occupy NATO/G8 Summit

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 18th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

From Jill Stein for President:

This is your call to action: The leaders of most of the world’s most powerful nations are meeting in Chicago. Their vision is of a world dependent on fossil fuels, a global labor market based on low wages and high unemployment, and a global political system that uses war to maintain order.

Our vision is entirely different. We know we can win the peaceful, just, green future we all deserve.

Join Dr. Stein, Michelle Shocked, and friends on the weekend of Friday, May 18 through the 20th as we march, rally, petition and celebrate the world we intend to win. Join the Green Surge as we make the green movement a visible presence in the streets, and as we signatures to put the Illinois Green Party back on the ballot.

FULL SCHEDULE: read more »