The Peaceful Rebellion Grows

  It’s been a whirlwind on the campaign trail! I wanted to share with you a few of the remarkable moments that have left me humbled and honored that the peaceful rebellion has found a home in our campaign.  In California I joined journalist Chris Hedges and Gayle McLaughlin, Green Mayor-turned-City Council Member of Richmond California, for a discussion on “The Moral Imperative of Revolt”. The crowd of hundreds agreed with us wholeheartedly that we have a moral imperative to revolt in the voting booth! I also met with the organizers of the San Onofre nuclear power plant resistance. They succeeded in getting their nuclear power plant shut down, inspiring communities everywhere threatened by nuclear disaster to do the same. They still have a nuclear waste crisis to deal with, showing yet again why nuclear power is a catastrophe waiting to happen, not a solution to our energy problems. Like so many activists, they too are realizing the only livable future is Green, for our politics as for our energy. And I had an exciting conversation with Tavis Smiley, which you can see here. In Washington DC I met with several people on an astounding 18-day water-only fast to demand that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stop issuing any new permits for the fossil fuel infrastructure causing climate catastrophe. In contrast to the bipartisan consensus of “all of the above”, ours is the only campaign calling for 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 and an immediate halt to all new fossil fuel infrastructure and exploration. In Baltimore I attended an event to support the inspirational, unstoppable Dr. Margaret Flowers, who recently announced her Green campaign for US Senate in Maryland. Soon after, Margaret was arrested for her courageous protest of the US war crime of bombing the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan.   In New York City I attended a 10th anniversary gala for the TV station RT, along with Chris Hedges, peace activists Col. Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, and hip hop artist Immortal Technique. Our Russian friends at the gala were excited about our campaign proposals for US-Russian led initiatives for a weapons embargo to Syria and the Middle East, creating a fossil-fuel-free Arctic Sanctuary, and resuming steps toward nuclear disarmament (sabotaged by the unilateral US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2000). I also had the honor of speaking briefly with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. (See photo above.)   I supported a Black Lives Matter rally for Akai Gurley, a young African American killed by police bullets one year ago in an unprovoked shooting into a darkened housing project stairwell in Brooklyn. There i had the honor to speak with Nicholas Heyward, (on the left in the photo above) seeking justice for 21 years for his 13 year old son, killed by police while playing with a plastic gun in a stairwell over two decades ago. It’s unconscionable this tragic violence is allowed to continue. That’s why our campaign is calling for a National Action Plan for Racial Justice Now, to provide the mobilization we need against systemic racism and violence. In Holyoke MA I joined superpowered Latina community organizer Darlene Elias, now a city council candidate for Holyoke. Darlene joined the Green Party years ago, when we were the only party to respond to her request for help to save a public housing project. Now the community is coming together behind Darlene’s campaign in a big way. On the right you can see a photo of the rally at the SalsaRengue Restaurant, a thriving center of Latino culture and community organizing.  Even the Latino Chamber of Commerce came out in support!  Above on the left you can see another shot of the children we met at the Providence Ministries soup kitchen.  I was in New Orleans for the 10 year anniversary of Katrina, I had the honor of meeting some of the everyday heroes fighting for survival at the center of this perfect storm. This included some of the inspirational co-founders and former volunteers of the Common Ground Collective, headed by the amazing Malik Rahim(on the right in the photo above), a virtual force of nature in community organizing, and other tireless activists fighting for jobs, for housing and against racist police violence. I also saw how New Orleans is a microcosm of the crisis of economic, ecologic and racial injustice in America. Much like the rest of the country, the fortunate few in New Orleans are in recovery. But vast numbers are in a continuing state of emergency, with no end in sight. For so many, the Grand Recovery is in reality a Grand Larceny. This is the neoliberal hurricane that’s blowing in every household and family of the 99% across the United States. The miracle of New Orleans is that the spirit of its people struggles on. Once the largest market for the slave trade in the United States, it remains a wellspring of community, music, art and resistance. These campaign trail adventures make it clear that the rebellion for people, planet and peace is underway. Our campaign is dedicated to lifting up this rebellion, and giving it the political voice it needs to take our future back. Thanks for all you do to keep this movement moving forward. It’s in our hands! P.S. This campaign stands for People, Planet and Peace over Profit and so does not take corporate donations. This means we rely on contributions from people like you. Please consider supporting our movement and our campaign. It's in our hands.  

Stein Calls for Ceasefire in Syria, Joint Peace Agenda with Russia

Stein Calls for Ceasefire in Syria, Joint Peace Agenda with Russia October 9th, Lexington, Massachusetts Dr. Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, today called for a cease fire in the Middle East by Russia, the United State, and their allies. “Syria is the Cuban missile crisis on steroids. One major misstep involving countries armed with nuclear weapons threatens the world with annihilation. We need a foreign policy based on what is best for the average Americans and the world’s population, rather than one driven by campaign donations from fossil fuel companies and the military-industrial complex,” said Stein. Stein People’s Agenda for Global Peace and Agenda lays out a multi-prong approach to pursue peace based on focusing on promote justice and prosperity for all countries. Stein last week in NYC briefly outlined the proposal to Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who asked her to follow-up with more details. Continue reading

Stein Pledges to End Hunger in America

Stein Pledges to End Hunger in America October 7th, Lexington, Massachusetts Dr. Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, said today that she endorsed the call today by anti-hunger groups to end hunger in America. “There is no reason for anyone to go hungry in America.  The only reason we have hunger is because of a bipartisan political establishment more concerned about the profits of Wall Street, agribusiness and war profiteers than they are on meeting the needs of children.” “My Power to the People agenda is a path to full employment and an end to poverty and hunger. The US should also join the rest of the world in enacting a legal right to food, along with a right to health care, adequate housing, a college education and living wage job,” said Dr. Stein, a Harvard-trained physician. (See Stein’s plan Continue reading

Dr. Stein Says Gun Violence Needs To Be Treated As National Public Health Emergency

Dr. Stein Says Gun Violence Needs To Be Treated As National Public Health Emergency Calls For National Background Checks & Assault Weapons Ban October 5th, Lexington, Massachusetts Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein said today that the United States needs to take action to confront the national public health epidemic of gun violence. “It is outrageous that politicians have refused to implement even small common sense steps such as comprehensive background checks for gun purchases due to fear of the NRA. How many more innocent people must be massacred before our elected officials take action to protect us?” asked Stein, who is running for president on the Green Party line. Stein, a Harvard-educated physician, called for Congressional action to create a minimum national level of gun safety, with local communities and states empowered to enact measures as they see fit. “Local residents know best what steps are needed to protect the safety and well-being of their communities,” added Stein. Continue reading

Dr. Jill Stein announces lawsuit to open the debates on "Watching The Hawks"

Dr. Jill Stein joins Tabetha and Tyrel on “Watching the Hawks” to talk about her lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Elections for barring her and other third party candidates from the debates. Continue reading

2016 Presidential Candidate Jill Stein to Attend Weekend Events in Holyoke to Support Latina Candidate Darlene Elias for City Council at Large

2016 Presidential Candidate Jill Stein to Attend Weekend Events in Holyoke to Support Latina Candidate Darlene Elias for City Council at Large September 24, 2015 HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS - Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and Holyoke City Council At Large candidate Darlene Elias are hosting a breakfast in Holyoke at Salsarengue Restaurant (392 High Street, Holyoke) from 9:30-11:30 am this Saturday Sept 27, 2015.  Building strong local economies will be the topic of discussion at the breakfast, which is open to all. Elias has campaigned as “a problem solver and community builder who will not shy away from the tough issues facing Holyoke, including Holyoke’s often neglected lower wards.”  She proposes having the city provide more assistance to residents seeking to build and operate local community run businesses catering to ward residents. Stein is a longtime advocate for building thriving local communities by shifting state investments to locally owned and staffed companies. Her presidential campaign platform includes enacting a “Green New Deal” to put everyone back to work greening the economy. Continue reading

President Should Welcome Pope With Act Of Climate Penance: Ending Fossil Fuel Leases On Public Lands

President Should Welcome Pope With Act Of Climate Penance: Ending Fossil Fuel Leases On Public Lands Los Angeles, September 22 Dr. Jill Stein called today for President Obama to welcome Pope Francis to the United State by announcing that he was halting the leasing of public lands to extract oil and gas. Stein also said that the US and China should mutually agree to impose a carbon tax before the Paris climate change summit in December. “The President should welcome the Pope with an act of climate penance. Stopping leases for fossil fuels on public lands is the single biggest step a President could take to reduce climate change without the need for Congressional approval. He should also finally say no to the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Stein, who is seeking to run again as the Green Party nominee for President. Continue reading

Candidate Stein: Republican Presidential Spectacle More Debacle Than Debate

Candidate Stein: Republican Presidential Spectacle More Debacle Than Debate Los Angeles, September 18 Pausing during a campaign swing through Southern California, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein called the recent Republican debate a glaring example of voter manipulation. “The Republican debate provided a glaring example of what’s wrong with U.S. Presidential debates, and shed light on a democracy on life support,” said Stein. Stein observed, “Let’s be clear. This was a sham debate. With debaters backed by super PACs, or in the case of Donald Drumpf, super rich themselves, the participants represent a tiny slice of the political spectrum - the billionaire-friendly slice. The audience that provided the appearance of enthusiastic public approval should not be mistaken as representative of the public, given that tickets for the event were not even available to the public. And Republicans from the get go account for a small and shrinking portion of the American electorate, registering 21% in a recent Wall Street Journal poll.” Continue reading

Stein Launches Petition to End “Mockery of Democracy”, Open the 2016 Presidential Debates

Stein Launches Petition to End “Mockery of Democracy”, Open the 2016 Presidential Debates September 16, 2015, Boston Dr. Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, announced today the launch of a petition for meaningful, inclusive presidential debates in the 2016 general election. Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested, handcuffed, and chained to metal chairs for 7 hours at an undisclosed detention facility in 2012 for attempting to enter the Hofstra University campus in order to listen a Presidential debate from which she had been excluded. Stein commented, “People have had enough of the mockery of democracy we’ve come to expect from the Presidential debates. By restricting these critical encounters to the Democratic and Republican nominees, the Commission on Presidential debates excludes the views of 50% of Americans, who do not identify as Republican or Democrat.” According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll in July of 2015, 29% of voters identify as Democrats, 21% as Republicans. “Restricting debates to the political establishment ensures that the corporate sponsors of both parties - big finance, fossil fuels, insurance, big pharma and war profiteers - will be the real winners of these contests,” Stein said.  Continue reading