We're Taking the "Spoiler" Issue Head-On!

FROM STEIN/BARAKA HEADQUARTERS WE ARE TAKING THE "SPOILER" ISSUE HEAD-ON! This was a rotten election, friend. You know it, I know it, and the American people know it.But some in the Democratic Party are attacking and smearing the Stein/Baraka Green Party ticket as "spoilers." Our first - and most vigorous response - is simple: What they call "spoiling" we call ... PARTICIPATION! We ARE going to participate in elections. We WILL exercise our fundamental right to the democratic process. If anyone thinks our participation is spoiling, then let's admit the problem is a rotten voting system that forces voters to vote against the candidate they hate the most, rather than for the one they like the most. Crazy, right? Our second response is - do the math. Exit polling showed that most Stein supporters voted only because the Green Party was on the ballot. If Stein/Baraka was not an option, and only the corporate parties were on the ballot: • 61% said they would not have voted• 25% would have voted for Clinton• 14% would have voted for Trump The Green Party vote was smaller than the margin of difference between Clinton and Trump in all battleground states with the possible exception of Michigan. Regardless - the solution to a potential "spoiler" scenario should never be to silence political opposition and limit democracy. We need more voices and more choices in our democracy. The American people deserve a voting system that allows us to vote our values, not our fears. The good news is that there is a great solution to this problem. It's called… RANKED-CHOICE VOTING!!! Ranked-choice voting allows voters to rank candidates in their order of preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on.) If a candidate has more than 50% of the first choice votes, they win. If no candidate gets the majority of the #1 votes, then the candidate with the fewest first choices is eliminated. The voters who selected the eliminated candidate as their first choice will then have their votes added to the totals of their second choice. This process continues until a candidate has more than half of the active votes for only two candidates remain. Under this system, potential voters are empowered and encouraged to come to the polls because there will be more choices of candidates and the individual voter ballot will have more impact. The Green Party stands ready to take a leadership role in right choice voting across America. Please donate now so we can do just that! We need staff and resources to advance the concept of ranked choice voting all across the nation. We also need to abolish the electoral college. We need to create an independent Citizens Debate Commission. We need fair ballot access laws. We need to end disenfranchisement of potential voters based on our racist criminal justice system. We need publicly-funded elections. In other words - we must democratize our electoral process! The Green Party is prepared to be an instrument for power to the people. We will continue to build this movement and this party long after the election. Will you stand with us and help us advance the concepts of right choice voting nationwide? We do not consent to Donald Trump and right wing rule. We do not consent to the establishment and to corporate rule. We do not consent to empire. We do not consent to racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. Be a part of our movement. Be a part of history. We have much work to do. Let's do it. Together. Exciting things are happening in the Green party, and you can be apart of it. It's in our hands. Gloria MatteraCampaign Chair   SHARE ON FACEBOOKSHARE ON TWITTER

We Do Not Consent!

FROM STEIN/BARAKA HEADQUARTERS WE DO NOT CONSENTUNITE AND FIGHT WITH US This government is premised upon the concept of “consent of the governed.” We do not consent. The Green Party did not wilt before the DNC, Hillary Clinton, or the corporate media. The Green Party will not wilt before a Trump presidency, either. We call for sustained and organized resistance to president-elect Donald Trump and the rise of right-wing extremism in the United States.  We will not bow down or fall in line to the corporate leadership of the Democratic or Republican parties, with their endless wars for oil, disastrous trade deals, and support for Wall Street that crashed the economy and devastated the lives of millions. We do not consent. We will stand for people, peace and planet, OVER profits. You supported us, and we are grateful. Over 1.2 million strong for the Stein/Baraka presidential ticket. And because of you, we won many state victories - not the least of which was the passage of ranked-choice voting in Maine and Benton County, Oregon as well as marijuana legalization in 6 states and calls to abolish corporate constitutional rights in CA and WA. You even helped us retain ballot lines for 2018 in: CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, HI, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, NM, NY, OR, PA, SC, VT, WV, and WI. You stood for us and with us. And we stood with you. And now … we must ALL STAND TOGETHER. Now is not the time to lose heart...now is the time to take action. Now is the time to seek out your local Green Party, to join forces, to lend a hand. We must educate, agitate and organize. Because historic change movements always begin with the actions of a few. As Margaret Mead said: “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” And to build the party we want, to change this nation and shift the political conversation forever, we must build social movements in the streets AND an electoral arm at the ballot box. The Green Party aspires to be that electoral arm - the voice of our movements. We are prepared to be an instrument for power to the people. We represent the new politics of integrity that must rise up and replace this rotten two-party system. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We will continue to build this movement long after the election. How? We are opening campaign schools to help ordinary people learn how to run as Greens in local races and win. We are supporting state and local candidates as well, with more infrastructure and more volunteers. We will continue to build this movement and this party. Will you stand with us and help this campaign end strong, and not in debt? We call for a peaceful, non-violent revolution by those who were shut out of this terrible election by the leadership of both corporate political parties. We do not consent to Donald Trump and right wing rule. We do not consent to the establishment and to corporate rule. We do not consent to Empire. Be a part of our movement and be a part of history. We have much work to do. Let’s do it. Together. Gloria MatteraCampaign Chair