By David Cobb
Originally published at The Hill
It hasn’t been an easy election year for progressives. Many were crushed when Bernie Sandersfailed to pull off a historic upset of establishment pick Hillary Clinton, then outraged when leaked emails proved what they already knew — that the Democratic Party elite had conspired against Sanders’ political revolution the whole time.
But with the racist, sexist billionaire buffoon Donald Trump leading the GOP, many progressives have resigned themselves to pulling the lever for Clinton in an attempt to keep Trumpismo at bay. But before you accept yet another election year of “lesser evilism,” allow yourself to consider investing your vote in the Green Party.Read more
An election illegally rigged against the 99%: Jill Stein files legal complaint against Clinton and Trump campaigns for violating Super PAC laws
Today Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein filed a legal complaint before the Federal Election Commission against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns for having illegally coordinated with Super PACs in violation of campaign finance laws.
Stein’s complaint outlined a body of evidence indicating that the Clinton campaign has improperly coordinated activities with Super PACs such as Correct the Record, Priorities USA Action, and American Bridge 21st Century, while the Trump campaign has improperly coordinated activities with Super PACs such as Rebuilding America Now, Make America Number 1, and Great America PAC.
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The indigenous water protectors and land defenders at Standing Rock are on the front line of the #NoDAPL struggle. They have issued a call for solidarity, support, and supplies, and the Stein/Baraka campaign and the Green Party of the United States has answered the call. Green Party co-chair and Stein/Baraka staffer Andrea Mérida Cuellar and Dawn Neptune Adams, an indigenous woman from the Penobscot tribe and member of the Maine Independent Green Party executive committee, and several members of the Colorado Green Party arrived in Standing Rock on Wednesday, November 2, to support the encampment and direct actions of the water protectors.
Stein/Baraka Campaign Welcomes International Election Observers, Calls for Protection and Accountability Against Voter Suppression & Irregularities
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Stein/Baraka Campaign Welcomes International Election Observers, Calls for Protection and Accountability Against Voter Suppression & Irregularities
Today, following an invitation to observe the U.S. elections and a mandate from a Needs Assessment Mission conducted earlier this year, a group of 400+ international election observers will arrive in the United States on an Election Observation Mission undertaken by the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Stein/Baraka campaign slams Daily Kos blog site for publishing false claims and attacking a young woman of color
The Stein/Baraka Green Party presidential campaign responded today to false claims circulated on blog site Daily Kos that the Green Party and the Stein campaign had endorsed Donald Trump.
“The Green Party has endorsed Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, and any claims that the Green Party has endorsed or otherwise encouraged support for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or any other representative of the two predatory corporate political parties is a bald-faced lie,” said Stein/Baraka campaign manager David Cobb. “In a year when record numbers of Americans consider both corporate party nominees to be untrustworthy due to their documented history of lying, it’s not unsurprising that many of their supporters would resort to this sort of dishonesty. Sadly, this just makes the political process even more toxic and divisive.”
The false claim has been debunked by the popular fact-checking website Snopes.com, which rated the article’s headline and central claim false (along with similar claims from other sources).
Young people are planning to break from the two-party system in unprecedented numbers this year. Their discontent is real: one May 2016 poll showed 91 percent of voters under age 29 wanted an independent challenger to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Media pundits have reacted harshly toward these young rebels, especially those supporting me and Ajamu Baraka, who as progressive Green candidates are constantly framed as taking votes from Clinton.
But instead of attacking our young voters, why not ask what’s motivating them to vote outside the two-party box? They’re well aware of the conventional wisdom that they should vote for the “lesser evil,” which the media has beaten into them for months. What few pundits have been willing to admit is that for many young people, voting Green is not a whim but a well-considered decision.Read more
By Meleiza Figueroa
Editor’s note: Meleiza Figueroa is the press director for the Jill Stein-Ajamu Baraka campaign and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a longtime activist and organizer in California.
Corporate media are focused on Donald Trump’s accusations of “oversampling” on the part of Democrats against Republicans. He’s half right, because polls do oversample declared Democrats by up to 14 percent in polls that compose the RealClearPolitics average.
The deeper story is that mainstream polls skew against youth and independents, who are undersampled in most polls up to a whopping 30 percent. A recent CNN poll sampled few people under the age of 50. Not one major poll lists alternative-party identification in the breakdown of its sample.Read more
For nearly twenty years the Department of Health and Human Services and the adoption and foster care industries have used National Adoption Awareness Month as a marketing tool for placing children into permanent homes. However, little is publicized about the massive administrative failures and human rights violations committed daily by these agencies.
The time is now for foster care and adoption reform that will end the suffering and injustice for children and families!
In August 2016, the Green Party of the United States proudly adopted an Adoptee Rights plank into its platform. The plank highlights the need to eradicate political hurdles that have prevented long overdue improvements to adoption and foster care policy in the United States.
The Stein/Baraka campaign has heard from adoptees, former foster children and families personally affected by poorly handled adoption and child welfare cases. The foster care system has been responsible for removing children from their families as opposed to offering adequate preventive services that would ameliorate the need for removal. Children are often placed with foster families who are seldom adequately screened, trained and/or monitored, resulting in abuse and neglect of children while in state custody. Hence, the foster care system contributes to undue misery and ultimately to the pipeline-to-prison phenomenon for children of color in particular.
Adoptee rights advocates have been frustrated with elected officials who fail to assist with amending/repealing laws that in many states block an adult adoptee from having the basic human right of access to their original birth certificate (OBC) and/or medical records. These records contains vital information regarding health and families of origin. Currently only the states of Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Rhode Island allow full OBC access to adult adoptees.
Restrictive laws designed to keep children and even adults separate from their biological families actually serves to amplify initial traumas experienced by adoptees upon removal from biological mothers. In fact, adoptees are four times as likely to suffer from substance abuse and other mental health issues due to the denial of access to the truth about who they are and where they came from.
Denial of original birth certificate access is one of several injustices resulting from outdated state and federal policies that are punitive to adult adoptees. Of the tens of thousands of children adopted each year, many are international adoptions. The international adoption industry has historically been plagued with lack of oversight and improper vetting of adoptive parents. These factors have resulted in - and even encouraged - a culture of black market baby selling. Additionally, many international adoptees have experienced the ultimate injustice of never having had their naturalization papers properly filed by the agencies that facilitated their adoption or even by their adoptive parents. This means that adoptees who have lived their entire lives as Americans are denied their rights as citizens and not allowed to register to vote, get a driver’s license, or obtain full-time employment once they reach adulthood.
The tragic case of Adam Crapser illustrates how the international adoption industry and the legal system remain guilty of gross negligence and indifference to basic human rights. Crapser, a 41 year old married father of 3, was born in South Korea and brought into the United States where he was adopted by a white American family at the age of three. Yet, he is now facing deportation back to South Korea although he has lived his entire life in the United States and English is his only language.
In addition to being abusive, Crapser’s first adoptive parents never filed the required naturalization paperwork on his behalf and then abandoned him into the foster care system. Once in state custody, he suffered more abuse by foster parents and his paperwork was still not filed in order to finalize his United States citizenship.
At the age of 16, Crapser’s abusive adoptive parents locked him out of his home, forcing him climb into a window to retrieve personal items (rubber shoes and a Korean Bible) that were carried with him from South Korea. The family pressed charges of robbery against him, resulting in an arrest and sentencing of twenty five (25) months in prison. After his release from prison, Crapser went on to live a productive life, including getting married and having children.
During his adulthood Crapser’s employment opportunities remained limited due to not possessing proper citizenship paperwork. Then in 2012, Crapser was finally able to retrieve his adoption papers from his adoptive family and promptly applied for United States citizenship. This process ultimately triggered an Immigration and Customs Enforcement case and a threat of deportation!
Although there are clear extenuating circumstances in this case, the United States government is not relinquishing on its pursuit to unjustly deport Crapser. A man who is clearly an American citizen and whose rights have been violated numerous times by the United States government and a rogue adoption and foster care system.
The case of Adam Crapser is indicative of a failed system replete with indifference to human suffering and a government lacking in the political will to take responsibility for the role it has played in this ongoing malfeasance.
The Green Party and the Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka campaign call for full reform and transparency of the adoption and foster care industries. We thank the Adoptee Rights Movement for highlighting these unacceptable injustices and for making the connections between adoptee rights and the rights of communities and families worldwide who are being devastated by poverty, hunger, climate change, globalization, mass incarceration, oppressive governments, and war.
We call for a Green New Deal and for a true political revolution to democratize the United States government and end corporate rule as essential components in the fight to build a country and a world that truly improves the lives of all children and families!
Don't settle for the lesser of two evils in this election. Vote for the Green party
We offer the only alternative to a noxious buffoon on the one hand, and a representative of the corporate and military status quo on the other
Donald Trump’s self-inflicted wounds and propensity for public meltdowns had pushed the public-opinion needle toward Hillary Clinton, according to recent polls. That may have changed a little in the aftermath of the FBI’s renewing of its email probe last week. But even so, the fears of many voters that a Donald Trump presidency might become a reality have abated.
Those fears are not unfounded. Trump’s failings as a candidate and a person are manifest, and he would be in a position to wreak considerable havoc if elected. That’s especially true at the agency level, with the judiciary and in other arenas where the president can wield executive power. The wildcard aspect of his personality poses risks that can’t be predicted, nor can anyone know the degree to which congress would be inclined to obstruct or approve his most damaging initiatives.
What has been lost in the salacious and obsessive media coverage of the Republican nominee’s outrageous behavior, bigoted remarks and appeal to the worst instincts of the electorate, however, is a critical examination of what a Clinton administration will mean for the nation. The FBI probe, information on tangled interests within the Clinton Foundation, evidence of influence peddling and Wikileaks revelations detailing manipulation of media and the democratic process, signal a plutocratic style of governance that is all too familiar and increasingly dominant at the federal level.
The content of what has been revealed in these leaks, as well as her lengthy track record in government and policy statements as a candidate yield an inescapable conclusion: Hillary Clinton represents the entrenched interests of the status quo. Her election will expand the excesses of global interventionism and corporate welfare that have characterized US policies for several decades – at tremendous, almost incalculable cost both domestically and internationally.
During the campaign, Clinton has engaged in the type of saber-rattling one expects of presidential candidates, especially Democrats who seek to counter the party’s image as weak on defense. She has agitated against Russian President Putin on Ukraine and Syria, and reiterated her belief in “the responsibility to protect,” the rationale used to selectively promote the elitist economic agenda that she has so faithfully pursued over the years – even as the exercise of that dubious mission has resulted in widespread devastation in the Middle East, South America and elsewhere. A muddled and hypocritical foreign policy has created bitter enemies across the globe and angered US allies, yet Clinton supports the rudderless and demonstrably ineffective efforts of President Obama without a hint of irony.
The ill-advised and tragic wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to extract a heavy toll, and though opposition to those wars helped propel Barack Obama into office, the focus on ending them and preventing new ones has been blurred by the government’s ongoing crusade, the so-called War on Terror. In reality little more than an extension of other armed conflicts the US has waged around the world, the deadly manifestations of the War on Terror have largely been met with silence or, depressingly, approval from much of what passes for the progressive movement. Sadly, Donald Trump’s self destruction has provided a smoke screen for those on the left and the more moderate elements on the right who might ordinarily question Clinton’s unabashed cheerleading for a continuation of these modified Cold-War strategies.
Beyond the battlefield, Clinton’s historical enthusiasm for “free” but not fair trade – even while waffling on the TPP – gives credence to the belief that she will sacrifice the welfare of workers here and abroad for the unfettered profits of the business elites whom she has always served. In the face of documented inhumane labor practices and other related human rights abuses around the world, the Obama administration and those preceding it have steadfastly refused to demand changes as conditions of honoring trade agreements. As Secretary of State, Clinton had an opportunity to honor and promote the rights of working people around the world but failed to do so. Why would anyone expect her to change now?
The inflammatory rhetoric and actions of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand in sharp contrast to the platform and orientation of the Green party, which offers the only alternative in this election that will move decisively to draw down US military interventions abroad and reduce the military budget to a sane level while redirecting increasingly scarce resources to rebuild the frayed social safety net and help those most in need here at home.
This election is about far more than our collective distaste for a hyper-inflated ego, and trading the noxious buffoonery and personal insults of Trump for the clear and present danger of Clinton’s corporatist logic is no trade-off at all.
published at guardian.com
One week before what’s shaping up to be an historic presidential election, Tavis Smiley on PBS will host a presidential forum featuring the third party candidates, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party.
This forum will be taped live Monday, October 31, 2016, in the show’s Los Angeles studio and air on Tavis Smiley over two nights next week on Monday evening and Tuesday, November 1 on PBS. An additional thirty (30) minute conversation, with questions selected entirely from social media will be available exclusively online at the Tavis Smiley PBS website.
Viewers may submit questions to the candidates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags: #TavisSmileyForum, #AskJill or #AskGary.
Stein and Johnson were shut out of the official presidential debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a private corporation controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties, for falling short of the 15% polling threshold set by the Commission as a requirement for participation. The Stein/Baraka campaign considers the 15% polling barrier to be illegitimate, and has called vociferously for the debates to be open to candidates who are on ballots in enough states to achieve 270 electoral college votes.
"The arbitrary criteria set by the secretive CPD," noted Stein in a recent op-ed for The Hill, "are not designed to exclude 'non-viable candidates', but rather to prevent any candidate outside the Democratic-Republican duopoly from becoming viable in the eyes of the public."
A USA Today poll found that 76% of voters in the United States wanted a four-candidate debate that includes Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.
This breakthrough third-party forum on Tavis Smiley on PBS will be the first time Stein and Johnson will be featured together on broadcast television. It represents an unprecedented opportunity for the American people to hear about more voices and more choices in the presidential election, in which the extremely unbalanced nature of news coverage has resulted in an effective media blackout on third-party candidates.
"The two corporate parties have gotten literally 20,000 times more coverage than the Green Party and Libertarian Party. And even with that blackout, 57% of the American people want a new political party," commented David Cobb, campaign manager for the Stein/Baraka campaign. "And it is easy to understand, because alternative political parties have played a critical role in US history - by advocating for the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, the creation of Social Security and Unemployment Insurance and Workers Compensation, the end of child labor and the 40 hour work week, the direct election of US Senators. The entire fabric of what we consider a just and compassionate society was woven thread by thread by alternative parties. So if Americans really want systemic change (and polls say they do), then they have to vote for the candidates who are advocating real change - and that is Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka."
For local airing times: pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley