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BREAKING: Stein and Honkala Arrested at Presidential Debate Site

October 16, 2012 in Peace & Non-Violence, Presidential Campaign

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala decided to show up to tonight’s Presidential Debate, which didn’t invite them. Both were prepared to be arrested, and it came to pass:

Speaking earlier in the day to Philadelphia Weekly:

“This is a great day for democracy,” noted Stein. “It’s a great day for the politics of courage.” She said they’re attempting their bum-rush because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic elite — and especially of this forum.”

The candidates are calling the action “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates,” noting the CPD is an unfair entity formed in the 1980s by Democratic and Republican leaders and structured so as to lock out any opposition. A leaked 12-page memorandum was just recently obtained by Time magazine which shows the CPD’s rules agreed upon by both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama — including such points as, “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.” Gawker noted it shows both candidates are “sniveling cowards.”

Honkala told PW she’s ready to face security at the Hofstra debate, though “you get some butterflies in the stomach before you deal with the secret service.” But it’s worth it, she says: “We’re on the ballot. Eighty-five percent of the electorate can vote for us. We’ve done our homework. We deserve to be on the stage with the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.”

Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala on Bill Moyers (Video)

September 8, 2012 in Presidential Campaign, Social & Economic Justice

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala are solid in this 22 minute interview with Bill Moyers. Watch, listen, and share.

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on Third Party Politics from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Alternative Jill Stein Campaign Ad: “What Green Means”

September 4, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

Jill Stein for President Ad: “Enough!”

September 4, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

Jill Stein Campaigning in Maine

September 2, 2012 in Presidential Campaign, State Party News

Green Party Presidential candidate Dr Jill Stein has been campaigning tirelessly across the United States, including three days this weekend in Maine:

Thurs.Aug.30th:

Green Party Rally
12-1PM [Monument Square Portland]

Dinner with Local Greens 5PM
[Local Sprouts 649Congress St. Portland]
RSVP: Jacqui jacquio50@yahoo.com [need reservation]

Fri. Aug.31st:

Farmer’s Market 10AM-12PM
[Brunswick Mall]

Dinner with local Greens 4PM
[Frontier Cafe Brunswick]
RSVP:Jacqui jacquio50@yahoo.com [need reservation]

Open House Party 7PM
[Fred Horch's house 44 Pleasant St.Brunswick]

Sat. Sept.1st:

Farmer’s Market 10AM-12PM
[Deering Oaks Park Portland]

Atlantic CannaFest 2PM [Keynote speaker]
[Deering Oaks Park Portland]

Dinner with local Greens 4PM
[Mesa Verde 618 Congress St. Portland]
RSVP: Jacqui jacquio50@yahoo.com [need reservation]

House Party 7PM
RSVP:Jacqui jacquio50@yahoo.com [need reservation]

Jill Stein: Winning labor’s battles requires independent politics

September 2, 2012 in Presidential Campaign, Social & Economic Justice

From the Jill Stein for President Campaign, approaching Labor Day:

I welcome and endorse the AFL-CIO’s campaign to finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call for a second, Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to jobs, living wages, labor unions, voting rights, health care, education, and retirement security.

As the Green Party candidate for President, my Green New Deal platform already has specific proposals to secure these rights.

● Jobs: Employ the unemployed in public works projects and federally-supported community-controlled cooperatives and other enterprises; create 25 million green and pink jobs.

● Living Wages: Raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage.

● Labor Law Reforms: Repeal the anti-labor Taft-Hartley Act, outlaw permanent striker replacements, and authorize majority card check union recognition.

● Voting Rights: Pass the Right To Vote Amendment to establish an affirmative constitutional right to vote and accurate vote counting.

● Corporate Power: Pass a constitutional amendment to repeal the corrupting court-ordered doctrines that corporations are people and money is speech and establish that corporations and election campaign finance can be regulated.

● Health Care: Enact single-payer Medicare for All.

● Education: Forgive student debt and provide tuition-free public education from pre-school through graduate school.

● Retirement Security: Eliminate the cap on Social Security taxes for high incomes in order to secure Social Security’s indefinite fiscal sustainability.

The AFL-CIO leadership is demanding that the two corporate-financed parties, the Democrats and Republicans, adopt the Economic Bill of Rights in their platforms at their conventions this year. They must know this a lost cause with the openly anti-union Republicans. They should know that a real commitment to an Economic Bill of Rights is as much a lost cause with the Democrats, who have taken labor’s political support for granted for many decades with no significant pro-labor reforms to show for it.
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Cheri Honkala, VP Candidate For Green Party, Visits “Romneyville”

September 2, 2012 in Presidential Campaign, Social & Economic Justice

From the Cheri Honkala Campaign:


The Green Party Vice Presidential candidate, Philadelphia based activist Cheri Honkala, was in Tampa on Friday, August 25, to discuss her fledgling campaign. Founder of the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, www.economichumanrights.org/, Honkala was also here to talk up the group’s protest that will take place on the first day of the Republican National Convention, Monday, August 27.

Although she says that she never imagined she would be on a presidential ticket, Honkala has campaigned for office before, running for Sheriff of Philadelphia last year.

“I made the decision that I would run as a formerly homeless mother…for vice president of this country,” Honkala said, speaking from “Romneyville,” the encampment located behind the Army Navy Surplus Store on Tampa Street that currently has 17 tents up and expects possibly hundreds more by the time the convention comes to town later this month as a haven for protesters looking for a place to sleep at night.

The long time street activist, who says been arrested in her words over 200 times for civil disobedience, asked the public to get behind the candidacy of Dr. Jill Stein, who was elected to be the Green Party’s nominee for president earlier this summer, www.jillstein.org.
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Green Party Secures Five More State Ballot Lines

August 9, 2012 in Ballot Access

From the Jill Stein Campaign:

Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, Wisconsin join the Green surge

Today the Stein campaign announced success in petition drives led by Greens and Volunteers for Jill Stein groups in Alaska, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, and Wisconsin. In each of these states, state elections authories have received more than enough qualified signatures to place the Green Party or the Stein/Honkala ticket on the ballot.

“As of today, voters in at least 30 states will see Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on their ballot lines,” said Erika Wolf, associate campaign manager.

The ballot drives in Maryland and Washington states were led by their respective state parties, and supported by Stein volunteers. The ballot drive in Wisconsin was a combined effort, and the petitioning efforts in Alaska and Kansas were led and heavily financed by the Stein campaign itself, with support from local Green parties and the national Green Party of the United States.

“This is the August crunch, when the final 20 state ballot lines can either be won or lost, and we need every dollar and every volunteer we can get, right now, to make sure this campaign is truly national,” said campaign manager Ben Manski.

Jill Stein On the Ballot in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon

August 1, 2012 in Ballot Access, Presidential Campaign

The Green Party’s Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have added Oregon, New Jersey, and hopefully Pennsylvania to the growing number of states that will get to vote Green in 2012.

Earlier this week from Oregon:

The Oregon Elections Division today notified party officials that the Pacific Green Party of Oregon is qualified under state law to place candidates on the November ballot.

As a result, Oregon voters will once again have the opportunity to vote for peace, sustainability and genuine democracy.

The PGP has nominated Seth Woolley of Portland and Pat Driscoll of Eugene as the party’s candidates for Oregon Secretary of State and Treasurer, respectively.

“Oregon voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a Green agenda,” said Mr. Driscoll.

The Party’s presidential nominee is Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and author. She is joined by running mate Cheri Honkala, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.

Today from the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

The Stein campaign confirmed today that it expects Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala to appear on the presidential ballot in the major Mid Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now on the ballot in 24 states, the campaign is petitioning in every state remaining, and aims to qualify for the ballot in at least 40 states.

Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg state capitol building yesterday, and began submitting nearly 40,000 signatures of Pennsylvania voters who wish to see the Green Party on their state ballot in 2012. Just over 20,000 signatures are required to establish a ballot line in Pennsylvania, but the state is infamous in the voting rights community for its draconian petitioning requirements and high disqualification rate of signatures.

Across the river in the neighboring state of New Jersey, Greens are celebrating their success in submitting more than twice the required 800 signatures in order to regain ballot status.

“We were counting on New Jersey to carry their weight, and that they did well,” said campaign manager Ben Manski. “Pennsylvania is the performance trophy in this ballot access drive, and with a lot of money and volunteer effort, we’ve won it. Now we have to take this sense of confidence to the 20 remaining states, some of them tough to win, and make sure that every voter is able to exercise their right to vote for the candidates of her or his choice.”

Over 120 Pennsylvanians participated in their state’s ballot access drive, and the Stein campaign and Green Party of the United States rallied financial and volunteer support from around the country.

Now the attention of the campaign’s ballot access efforts, under the custody of Associate Campaign Manager Erika Wolf, shifts to the New England states of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the southern states of Virginia and Alabama, and a swatch of western states ranging from Alaska to Kansas and the Dakotas. A dozen such states will require direct financial and volunteer support from the campaign. Other states, like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Rhode Island, among others, are expected to qualify their ballot lines with only regional support. Overall, the campaign expects its total ballot access costs to exceed $300,000.

Media Coverage of the Jill Stein Nomination for President

July 17, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

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 National Convention Begins Today

July 12, 2012 in National Greens, Presidential Campaign

The Green Party’s Annual Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention begins today in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of the events will be livestreamed by the Green Party, and we will have that livestream embedded here.

Some Convention highlights (see full schedule here)

Thursday July 12

  • Afternoon Workshops – Media Skills for Candidates, Student Greens, Campaign Messaging, Revisioning GPUS, and more
  • Afternoon Committee / Caucus meetings – Youth Caucus, Labor Caucus, Platform Committee
  • Evening Welcome Reception with International Greens – featuring Dr. Joachim Denkinger, Deputy Secretary General of the GREENS/EFA Group (Greens in the European Parliament), Toussaint Hinvi, Benin; Rick Leckinger, New Zealand; Keli Yen, Taiwan; and Jean Cloutier and Johan Hamels, Canada

Friday July 13

  • Morning Workshops – Occupy and the Peace Movement, From Austerity to Prosperity: The Green New Deal and the Green Economy, Fundraising for candidates, Low-carbon diet – food and the environment,
  • Morning Committee / Caucus meetings – International Committee, Latino/a Caucus, Platform Committee
  • Afternoon Workshops – Abolish Corporate Personhood, Alternative voting methods, Solar Power, “Running for the Mountains” (film with Jesse Johnson),
  • Afternoon Committee / Caucus meetings – Peace Action, National Committee Plenary
  • Evening fund raiser at Metro Gallery – featuring Green Party candidates at all levels

Saturday July 14

Presidential Nominating Convention (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Speeches of the candidates for the nomination (Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein)
  • Keynote: Gar Alperovitz
  • Honorary Co-Chairs David Cobb and Colia Clark
  • Colin Beavan
  • George Martin
  • Margaret Flowers, M.D.
  • County Board Supervisor Leland Pan
  • 2008 Vice-Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente
  • Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero
  • Rev. Ed Pinkney
  • Roll call vote of the states
  • Vice Presidential acceptance speech
  • Presidential acceptance speech
  • Evening Fundraiser for the Presidential Campaign

Sunday July 15

  • Convention Plenary – The Big Picture: How our presidential campaign will build the Green Party in 2012. Presented by the campaign team of the 2012 presidential nominee.
  • Morning Workshops – Ballot Access Final Push; Spanish Language outreach and organizing; Campus Greens; Grassroots Fundraising;
  • Closing Plenary – Call to Action

CBS Exclusive: Cheri Honkala to Run as Green Party VP

July 11, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

CBS News reports this morning that Dr. Jill Stein has asked Cheri Honkala to be her running mate this fall in the Presidential race:

(CBS News) On the day before the Green Party’s presidential nominating convention, presidential candidate Jill Stein revealed her running mate to CBS News exclusively: homeless activist Cheri Honkala.

“She leads one of the country’s largest multiracial, intergenerational movements led by people in poverty, fighting poverty, homelessness and foreclosures,” Stein told CBS news. Honkala, a mother of two, and the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, spent some of her days homeless. She ran for sheriff of Philadelphia on the Green Party line in 2011 and based her campaign on a platform of halting evictions.

The CBS “Political Hotsheet” article follows the scoop with an interview with Jill Stein.

Go check it out!

Jill Stein Qualifies for Federal Matching Funds

July 3, 2012 in Presidential Campaign

After a week long scramble, the Green Party and Jill Stein raised over $5,000 in over 20 states to qualify for Federal Matching funds. Stein becomes the first Green Party Presidential Candidate to pull off this challenge, and the only progressive candidate running in 2012 to qualify.

The federal matching funds was a critical component of the Stein Campaign, which can now use those additional funds to qualify for the ballot in up to 46-47 states.

Jill Stein posted the following video and statement.

Statement of Dr. Jill Stein regarding the matching funds victory:

It’s been an incredible week.

Just seven days ago when our campaign began an intensive push to qualify for federal matching funds, we were only half way to the threshold. We had reached the required $5000 donation level in only 10 of the 20 states we needed. Today, thanks to an outpouring of support from across the nation, we have qualified in 22 states, two more than the FEC requires.

We are now in the process of submitting a qualifying package to the FEC that will include the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Just two days ago, it looked like Connecticut, Arizona, and the District of Columbia might not make it. But you decided that failure was not an option. And you made it happen. I’m extremely grateful to the army of volunteers who stepped up to the plate and made phone calls and sent emails asking their friends to donate to our campaign. They did this because they believed in what we stand for. And because this campaign belongs to us all.

I’m especially grateful for the support we received from the peace community, from Medicare for All advocates, and the drug policy reform community. They made it clear that they needed a voice in the 2012 presidential race, and that we were the only ones who could provide it.

Our achievement is another sign that the spirit of democracy and justice is alive and well in America. It is rising up in the continuing fight for health care as a human right, in student strikes for affordable higher education and the forgiving of college debt, in eviction blockades, Occupy Movement, and the fight of workers for jobs and living wages and the right to form unions, and in growing mass civil disobedience to protect our imperiled climate future. Now, thanks to your support, democracy and justice now have a voice in this presidential election as well, and we are proud to be that voice.

The surge of support in the matching funds campaign arose despite the constant diet of Obama/Romney that the corporate media is feeding the American people. People are hungry for alternatives – they want to hear about the solutions that are being kept off the table by the establishment parties – they want real debates, not stage-managed squabbles between two defenders of war and Wall Street. They want the truth.

We are the party of no more bailouts. We are the party of a Green New Deal to create 25 million jobs that jumpstart the Green economy and make wars for oil obsolete and saves the climate. We are the party of health care the right of every American through . We are the party of taking action to save the climate of this planet. We are the party that save the taxpayers from the burden of the bloated, unaffordable Pentagon budget and end the use of drone aircraft for assassinations. We are the party that will solve the student debt problem and fully fund the education of our children. We are the party that stands for sane, scientific drug policies and rebuilding our communities that have been devastated by crime and foreclosures.

Every vote for the Green Party ticket is a vote for a new direction for America. It is a vote for a Green New Deal in which solving the problems of people will be a higher priority than propping up Wall Street banks and rewarding hedge fund operators.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to all those who donated during our campaign, who got on the phone and called their friends, who sent out emails, who posted appeals online, or who helped in any way. You are what democracy looks like. I want to thank our hardworking campaign staff for whom this campaign is more than a job. With your support, we are going to change politics in America.

We’re especially proud that one of the states in which we qualified is the District of Columbia – one of America’s last colonies. The United States is the only purportedly democratic nation in the world that denies voting representation in the national legislature to the citizens of its capital city. The Green Party is committed to righting that wrong. We are deeply grateful for support that our campaign has received from the voters in the District – and we will stand up for you.

Our first major goal in this campaign was to win the Green Party nomination. We appear to have done that by winning 29 state primaries and securing well over half the delegates to the nominating convention. Our second goal was to qualify for federal matching funds. Today, we have done that. We now focus our resources on completing our ballot drive efforts across America, working to win the support of people outside of the Green Party to our common cause. Our goal is to be on the ballot for more than 90% of the voters in America. Clearly, many more challenges must be met. And with your help, we will meet them.

So today we celebrate a victory. And every voter who joins us in calling for a new direction in America is a victory. Let’s keep standing up for people, peace and the planet.

Thank you.

~ Jill Stein, M.D.

Seven Days Left for Illinois Ballot

June 19, 2012 in Ballot Access, State Party News

The Jill Stein campaign is calling for help as Greens have just 7 days remaining to secure the thousands of signatures necessary to get on the ballot in Illinois. Illinois is significant as it is the most populous state left that the Green Party is not on the ballot yet. The Green Party is already on the ballot in California, Texas, New York, and Florida.

From the Stein Campaign:

7 days to win Illinois, with your help

The temperatures are near 100 in Illinois this week. In the Carbondale area, they’ve been working the local fairs. In Chicago, they are sleeping 10 to a room and putting in long days across the city. From Rockford to Champaign Urbana, volunteers for Jill Stein and the Green Party are pushing hard to put Illinois on the ballot.

We are closing in on the minimum signature threshold right now. But we need many more signatures to guarantee the Illinois Greens a ballot line. This is after all, still Illinois, and still 21st century America, where different rules apply to different people. We must have a large safety margin to make sure that partisan election administrators don’t deny us the ballot.

Your donation right now will help win Illinois. We are sending volunteers from across the country to Chicago and other cities. We are providing a minimal daily stipend for food and public transportation expenses. We have rented an apartment for two weeks so that volunteers are in one place and have a place to stay. And we will bring in additional paid petitioners if we can afford to do so. Your donation can put Illinois on ballot. Please donate now.

Green Party of California Primary Results

June 6, 2012 in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign, State Party News

Jill Stein won the Green Party of California Primary vote with 48% of the total, surviving a strong push by Roseanne Barr over the last two weeks to gain ground in the Delegate count.  Over 13 thousand votes were cast in the Green Party presidential primary, and another 19 thousand votes were cast for Green Party Congressional candidates, but unfortunately none made it into the top two to move on to the General Election.

Presidential Primary:

  1. Jill Stein – 6,563 votes (48.6%)
  2. Roseanne Barr – 5,396 votes (40.0%)
  3. Kent Mesplay – 1,534 votes (11.4%)

This will likely distribute California’s 65 Delegates in the following manner:

  • Jill Stein – 32 Delegates
  • Roseanne Barr – 26 Delegates
  • Kent Mesplay – 7 Delegates

In other California races, here are the outcomes according to the California Secretary of State:

House of Representatives:

Barry Hermanson (CD12) – 4,677 votes (5.2%) 3rd out of 6. Note that Nancy Pelosi won with 74% of the vote, but the second place finisher, Republican John Dennis, only won 12,562 votes. Hermanson was just 8K votes shy of making the “top two”

Carol Brouillet (CD18) – 3,890 votes (4.1%) 4th of 4 candidates

Eric Peterson (CD20) - 1,449 votes (2.0%) 5th of 7 candidates

Michael Powelson (CD30) – 1,523 votes (2.0%) 6th of 7 candidates

David Steinman (CD33) – 3,057 votes (3.4%) 6th of 8 candidates

Anthony Vieyra (CD35) – 5,371 votes (18.7%) 3rd of 3 candidates. NOTE that in this race the other two candidates were both Democrats, who will both move on to the general election. It should be pointed out that 18% is a very good turnout for the Green candidate, and Vieyra had the highest total vote among the California Congressional Candidates and the highest percentage finish as well.

In total, 19,967 votes were cast in California for Congressional candidates in the “top two” primary. Because of California’s Top Two election law, none of them will appear on the general election ballot in November.

In State Legislative races, there were three Greens on the ballot:

David Edwards (SAD1) – 5,050 (5.8%) 4th of 5 candidates. Note that the top two winners were both Republicans, with the Democrat finishing in 3rd place. Edwards beat the Libertarian, who finished in 5th.

Pamela Elizondo (SAD2) – 6,374 (8.6%) 3rd of 4 candidates. Note that the other 3 candidates were all Democrats.

Jack Lindblad (SAD39) – 1,895 (7.5%) 5th of 6 candidates. The top two finishers were both Democrats, with the other 3 candidates all Republicans.

Local Races:

Gary Blenner (Sacramento County Super d.4) – 6,466 votes (23.32%) 3rd of 3 candidates

Jane Rands (Fullerton City Council) – 3,340 (26.3%) 2nd of 4 candidates. Note that this was a Recall election of three city councilors prompted by the police beating death of a homeless man that outraged the community. All three of the city councilors targeted for Recall were recalled and replaced.