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."
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The Stein/Baraka campaign is horrified and outraged at the militarized repression of water protectors at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Police and private security forces have engaged in violent actions against peaceful earth defenders who have come to protect the land and water from the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
We condemn the violent repression of the peaceful protests against DAPL as human rights abuses, including the use of attack dogs and pepper spray against peaceful demonstrators, the persecution of journalists, the authorization of weaponized drones, the disruption of prayer ceremonies, and the desecration of sacred burial sites. These are not the actions of public servants sworn to protect and serve the community, but the unconscionable oppression of an occupying army against the original inhabitants of this land.
In 1854, a few thousand people gathered in Jackson, Michigan to launch an independent challenge to a national political system dominated by two parties. "Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements," a party leader later recalled, "we gathered from the four winds…[with] every external circumstance against us." This challenge was fueled by the radical abolitionist movement that united white workers and formerly enslaved Africans against the criminal institution of slavery, as a response to the political crisis caused by the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
In just two years, this insurgent third party — created by movement activists — had gained ground across the Northern states, challenging the Whig Party. In short order this insurgent "third party" had become a major opposition party. By 1858 they had won an influential foothold in Congress, and by 1860, that party leader — Abraham Lincoln — was elected President of the United States.Read more
Jill Stein Responds to Daily Beast Smear Attack By Calling for Disclosure of Chelsea Clinton's Role as Director of Beast’s Parent Corporation
In response to an article from Daily Beast reporter Yashar Ali published on October 26, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein challenged "the willful misinformation and manipulative framing" of the Daily Beast article as "a blatant smear attack and hypocritical attempt to suggest conflicts of interest in my environmental and economic justice-focused campaign."
Dr. Stein noted: “If Mr. Ali is truly interested in conflicts of interest of political candidates and their families, where is his disclosure on the conflict of interest posed by Chelsea Clinton's position as a director of the corporate owner of the Daily Beast, IAC? He has created an imagined conflict of interest, perhaps to distract from the very real, harmful conflicts of interest in the Clintons’ pay-to-play schemes, back-room fundraising, and quarter-million dollar speeches for the predatory banks, health insurance industry, and fossil fuel tycoons, who have directly benefited from Hillary Clinton’s policy record as Senator and Secretary of State, as well as from Bill Clinton’s actions as President.”Read more
By Kevin Zeese
Originally published at Truthdig.com
Donald Trump is campaigning to win 40 percent of the vote for president—and he’s close, with recent polls showing him in the high 30s. But his final performance will not help.
Trump is focusing on topics that will prevent him from broadening his base, such as the women he accuses of lying about his alleged sexual assaults, and what he calls the rigged election. He is fighting with other Republicans, like Paul Ryan, and with Republican state leaders, most notably in Ohio. His refusal to say he will accept the outcome of the election is creating more conflict with Republicans and raising doubts with voters.
The Green Party Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka released a statement today in response to recent controversy surrounding Donald Trump’s warnings that the presidential election may be rigged, as well as Democrats’ warnings that Russian hackers may try to interfere with the vote.
“Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are raising unprecedented doubts – from very different directions – about the reliability of the upcoming vote count,” said Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate. “Trump conjures up fictional armies of people engaged in ‘voter fraud.’ The mainstream media and the Democrats are obsessed with “Russian hackers.” In the meantime, President Obama scoffs at the notion of election rigging. But in fact, there are serious election integrity issues in the US that we need to address. Just as important, the system is rigged to ensure that the Democratic and Republican parties continue to dominate while political competition is effectively barred.”Read more
Dr. Stein holds “People’s Debate” outside Hofstra gates on September 26, 2016. Photo by Erik McGregor —Pacific Press/AP
Our nation — and our world — face a perfect storm of economic and environmental crises that threaten not only the global economy, but life on Earth as we know it. The dire, existential threats of climate change, wars for oil, and a stagnating, crisis-ridden economic system require bold and visionary solutions. In this election, we are deciding not just what kind of a world we want, but whether we will have a world at all.
There is a growing concern in advanced economies that governments are running out of options to stabilize a precarious and volatile global economic system. Since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, the Fed’s large-scale bond purchases, called quantitative easing, have helped push interest rates close to 0% and have done more to serve Wall Streets’ interests by way of propping up the stock market than by boosting the overall economy for average Americans.Read more
Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, Green Party candidates for President and Vice President, called today for Americans of all political persuasions to come together to support ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting, which is already used in cities across the country, is on a statewide ballot for the first time in Maine.
Stein noted: “Voters across America are frustrated by our broken voting system. Although the Democratic and Republican parties dominate our government at every level, 57% of Americans polled this year agreed that a new major party is needed because the establishment parties do such a poor job of representing us. Yet even after these parties nominated the most unpopular presidential candidates in history, most voters currently plan to support them, although an incredible 57% are basing their choice primarily on fear of the opposing candidate, according to a recent poll.Read more
Originally published October 25 at The Hill
We were treated to a double “October surprise” on Friday, Oct. 7.
The video of Donald Trump crowing that his celebrity status entitles him to assault women slightly eclipsed Hillary Clinton's leaked speeches. But we still learned that Clinton holds "public and private positions," that her populist promises regarding free trade, preserving Social Security, and checking the power of Wall Street probably won't survive Inauguration Day.
Millions of voters have figured out that the two major parties don't represent them. They're right. It's not a two-party system, it's a two-party racket.
They're frustrated with a choice that, we're told, is limited to two nominees with deep disapproval ratings. Voter dissatisfaction is reflected in polls that show broad support for a choice of more than two on the ballot.Read more
October 20, 2016
The Chicago Tribune
By Jill Stein
A voter revolt is brewing in America. People are fed up, and they should be. The super rich are destroying our economy, sending our jobs overseas and making our planet uninhabitable. But instead of offering real solutions, the two-party system has produced the two most disliked and distrusted candidates in history.
In a Fox News poll from Sept. 30, 57 percent of voters said their choice in the presidential election is motivated primarily not by enthusiasm, but by fear of the other candidate.Democrats and Republicans have lost ground to independents, now the largest voting block. Meanwhile, an incredible 57 percent of Americans polled recently by Gallup say the Democratic and Republican parties have failed and we need a new major party. In short, the American people are ready for real competition to the two-party system.