BREAKING: Stein and Honkala Arrested at Presidential Debate Site

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 Campaigning in Maine

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


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

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”

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

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

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

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




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





NY Times





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