Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Independent Green Party and Virgil Goode to submit 5,000 more signatures
31 jul 12 @ 10:13 pm edt
Virgil Goode and Indy Green Party to deliver 5,000 more signatures Wednesday to Virginia Board of
Virgil Goode, thanks to signature gathering support of the Independent Green
Party of Virginia, and his advocacy for "More Trains, Less Traffic" moves a big step closer to the Virginia ballot
"Virgil Goode's delivery of an additional 5,000 signatures to the State Board
of Election will bring his total to near 20,000 signatures." says Joseph P. Oddo, State Chairman of the Independent
Green Party of Virginia.
"It's another important step in securing Vigil Goode's ballot
position in Virginia"
Virginia requires 10,000 valid signatures for a statewide candidate
position, with 400 hundred signatures from each congressional district.
over 1,000 signatures in each of the 11 congressional districts." according to Carey Campbell, Independent Green Party
executive committee member.
Independent Green Party congressional candidate, and retired U.S.
Air Force officer Gail for Rail Parker, " It has been an honor to work with congressman Goode on this petition drive."
The Independent Green Party of Virginia put the most congressional
candidates on the ballot in Virginia of a single third party since 1916.
Murphy, another of those Indy Green Party congressional candidates, "Even though Virgil is over 20,000 signatures, we're
going to keep collecting, until he is confirmed on the ballot".
gathering deadline is August 24.
Indy Green Party's Janet Murphy and Virgil
Goode for "More Trains Less Traffic" Youtube video.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Sharon Stone, Carrie Fisher among celebs set for Green Party's Roseanne roast
30 jul 12 @ 10:40 pm edt
Carrie Fisher among
celebs set for Green Party's Roseanne roast
When the Green Party's Roseanne Barr is toasted and roasted
on Comedy Central, Sharon Stone and Carrie Fisher will be among those firing up the grill, EW has learned.
The Comedy Central Roast of former Green Party candidate for the the Greens nomination for President,
Roseanne will also feature Katey Sagal and Seth Green on the dais, along with a wrecking crew of comics such
as Jeffrey Ross, Amy Schumer, and Anthony Jeselnik. (Sorry, kids, no Tom Arnold.)
More names are expected to added this week. Jane Lynch has
previously been announced as the roast master for the ceremony honoring the comedienne/actress/unsuccessful Green Party presidential
candidate that will be filmed on Aug. 4 and air on Aug. 12.
Green Party - Japan
30 jul 12 @ 10:35 pm edt
Anti-nuclear campaigners launch
Japan's first green party
Greens Japan promises voters to put environment first and abolish nuclear power plants
Members of Greens Japan during their inaugural party
meeting. The party wants to emulate other green parties of Europe and influence Japan's energy policy. Photograph: Greens
Anti-nuclear campaigners in Japan have launched the country's first green party, more than a year after the triple meltdown at FukushimaDaiichi power plant created a groundswell of opposition to atomic energy.
Greens Japan, created by local politicians and activists, hopes to satisfy the legal requirements to become an officially recognised political
party in time for the general election, which must be held by next summer but could come much earlier.
The party said it would offer
voters a viable alternative to the two main parties, both of which have retained their support for nuclear power, particularly after the recent decision to restart two nuclear reactors in western Japan.
The ruling Democratic
party of Japan and the minority opposition Liberal democratic party [LDP] both supported the nuclear restart, which came after Japan was briefly left without nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years.
Greens Japan's deputy leader, said voters had been deprived of the chance to support a party that puts nuclear abolition and
other green policies at the top of its agenda. "We need a party that puts the environment first," he said at a launch
event in Tokyo.
party is still a gathering of disparate groups and local politicians, but believes it can emulate green parties in Germany
and other parts of Europe and influence the national debate over energy policy.
Nao Suguro, a co-leader of the party who sits on
a local assembly in Tokyo, said the aim was "to create a broad network to accommodate calls for the abolition of nuclear
The party will struggle to field
any candidates if, as some predict, the prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, calls a snap lower house election. But it said it
was prepared to put up about 10 candidates in next summer's upper house elections.
Recent demonstrations in Tokyo suggest Japan's anti-nuclear movement has broken free of its long association with socialist and pacifist movements
to include younger campaigners, many of whom are protesting for the first time.
The protests are among
the biggest Japan has seen in decades, although they have not succeeded in forcing Noda to reconsider his support for the
restart of several reactors to avoid power cuts and lessen Japan's dependence on expensive fossil fuel imports.
thousands of demonstrators held a candlelit vigil and formed a chain around the parliament building in Tokyo on Sunday night,
voters in Yamaguchi prefecture in south-west Japan elected a pro-nuclear governor in a poll that some saw as a litmus test
of Japan's enthusiasm for atomic energy.
Shigetaro Yamamoto, a former bureaucrat who was supported
by the conservative LDP, defeated three rivals, including Tetsunari Iida, who had campaigned against the proposed construction
of a nuclear power plant in the area. That vote came after other recent wins for pro-nuclear candidates in local elections.
The government is currently sounding out public opinion on three options for nuclear energy's share of
the country's energy mix in 2030: zero, 15% or 20-25%. Japan depended on nuclear power for about a third of its energy needs
before the 11 March disaster.
Green Party presidential candidate sensible and patriotic
30 jul 12 @ 10:14 pm edt
Beth Day Romulo
THE U.S. GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE
30, 2012, 6:46pm
United States has never had a woman president, and, until seven years ago, it had never had a black president. It has also
never had a candidate from environmentalist Green Party who garnered more than two or three percent of the national vote.
But times may be changing.
The US presidential election this November, when the Republican
nominee Mitt Romney and the nominees from various smaller parties challenge President Obama at the polls, may prove more exciting
than a simple two-party race. The Green Party has come up with an impressive candidate, who sounds both sensible and patriotic.
A 62-year-old physician – her specialty is international medicine, for which she got a degree
from Harvard Medical School – with two grown sons, Jill Stein will be the Green Party’s first candidate who has
qualified for matching funds from the federal government.
Even if she doesn’t win
the election, the Green Party candidate can be a game-changer. In 2000, for example, the Green party candidate, consumer advocate
Ralph Nader, pulled votes away from the Democratic candidate Al Gore to throw the election to Republican George W. Bush.
The Green Party expects to be on the ballot of 45 states and to spend about one million dollars
on the campaign (a fraction of what President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will spend).
Stein considers social and environmental causes to be the roots of disease. “I’m practicing political medicine,”
she told an audience at one of her rallies, “because politics is the mother of all illnesses.”
Mrs. Stein is the only candidate who has actually debated Mitt Romney (whom she characterizes as “a robot”)
when she ran against him for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. She would like a chance to debate on national television,
but a candidate has to have at least 15% of the national vote to qualify. She thinks both President Obama and Mitt Romney
prefer to keep the presidential debates to themselves in order to avoid tackling such prickly issues as sustainable environment
and a green economy.
Mrs. Stein, on the contrary,
is eager to discuss such hot topics as gender equality, economic justice, and ecological sustainability. Her platform “A
Green New Deal” is aimed at creating a Green economy.
Green Party will hand in Pennsylvania Signatures early
30 jul 12 @ 10:06 pm edt
Green Party Will Hand in Pennsylvania Signatures a Day Early
by Gary Lobasso
After a last-minute signature drive, the Green
Party of Pennsylvania will hand in signature petitions to get on the presidential ballot tomorrow—a day earlier than
expected and required.
due Wed., Aug. 1 to get the Green Party’s presidential ticket of Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the ballot. But according to the Green Party of Pennsylvania’s
team coordinator Hillary Kane, those signatures will go to the Pennsylvania
Department of State tomorrow. “That’s the plan,” says Kane, who noted just two weeks ago the party had collected about a quarter of the required signatures for ballot access.
Third and independent parties that want to
put a candidate on the ballot in Pennsylvania are required to hand in the number of signatures equaling two percent of the highest vote-getter in the previous state election. This year, that number stands at 20,601 signatures for ballot access. However, due to the legal challenges that grassroots
ballot petitions in the state often face from establishment candidates, would-be political candidates of all stripes now consider
it a practical buffer to gather about double the number of signatures required.
In 2006, Green Party senatorial nominee Carl Romanelli handed
in was required 67,070 signatures—the most in Pennsylvania history—handed in over 100,000 and was
still kicked off the ballot by lawyers representing the Democratic Party and candidate Bob Casey. Due to Pennsylvania law
that requires rejected ballot petitioners to pay the legal costs of the party who challenged them, Romanelli still owes over
$80,000 in fees to the Democratic Party, which he refuses to pay.
This year, the Greens’ goal had been to hand in about 40,000 signatures. Kane says they’re close.
“We don’t know for sure [how many signatures will make it to Harrisburg],” she says. “My best guess
is at least 35,000. We’re hoping for closer to 40 [thousand].” Canvassers, including members of the Green Party
of Pennsylvania and Jill Stein for President staff, are still collecting signatures today.
Stein will join her veep candidate, Philadelphia
activist Cheri Honkala, for a press conference in Harrisburg after handing in the petitions. They plan to appear in Philadelphia
on Wednesday for a protest at Fannie Mae.
post has been corrected with regard to the number of 2006 ballot signatures handed in by Mr. Romanelli.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Green Party petitioning in Pennsylvania
29 jul 12 @ 2:47 pm edt
looming, members of local Green and Libertarian parties make push for signatures
"We and the Green Party have a lot of common interests. We both need to break
the two-party machine," said Dave Moser, chairman of the York County Libertarian Party.
John Schwab signed petitions to help get Green and Libertarian candidates on the ballot in the fall
-- even though he doesn't think he'd vote for them.
"Democracy is supposed to be the great equalizer,"
said the 46-year-old York voter. "...I believe they should be running just like anybody else."He was approached
near the corner of West Philadelphia and North Beaver streets on Saturday, as members of the York County Green Party and the
York County Libertarian Party were seeking signatures for nominating petitions outside York's Central Market.
process for members of the Green and Libertarian parties, to get candidates on the ballot in the fall is different. They have
until the end of the day Wednesday to submit paperwork with enough signatures to the state. The signatures can also be challenged.
Members of the York County Green Party on Saturday were helping with a statewide effort to get presidential candidate
Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, an anti-poverty advocate who ran
for sheriff in Philadelphia 2011, on the ballot in Pennsylvania.
Some rejection was part of the gig.
guys. Do you have a second?" asked Britt Beachley, who was sitting at a table with info about the Green Party.
The two men slowed, but didn't stop.
"I don't think so," one of them said.
don't think so?" she replied. "Are you sure?"
They kept walking.
were successes, too.
Around noon, Beachley said she and fellow York County Green Party member James Rountrey
had collected about 60 signatures, which Beachley called "surprisingly good."
Sometimes the Green
Party and the Libertarian Party would get different people to sign their petitions. But often, the people who signed overlapped.
--- Members of the York County Green Party have been working to get enough signatures for presidential
candidate Jill Stein and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala to appear on the ballot in Pennsylvania. The state Green
Party website says they need slightly more than 20,000 signatures across Pennsylvania. In order to withstand any potentials
challenges, the party website says they've set a goal of 40,000 signatures.
Japanese Green Party
29 jul 12 @ 2:37 pm edt
Japanese Green Party forms with an eye on national politics
By KOJI SONODA/ Staff Writer
the timing is right, a Japanese version of the environmentalist Green Party has been formed to nudge Japan to abandoning nuclear
power by fielding candidates in upcoming national elections.
The inaugural meeting of the party, Midori no To (Greens Japan), on July 28 came as a citizens' movement
calling for the abolition of nuclear power plants is gathering steam in the capital and elsewhere following last year's accident
at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
are considering fielding our candidates in the Lower House election,” Nao Suguro, a 33-year-old member of Tokyo’s
Suginami Ward assembly who co-heads the party, told a news conference after the meeting. “We want to create a broad
network to accommodate calls for the abolition of nuclear power plants.”
Representatives from the Green Party in Germany and Australia attended the inauguration
held in Tokyo.
Scott Ludlam, an Australian
senator with the Australian Green Party, said the new party’s challenge is to bring all nuclear reactors in Japan to
a halt. He said that if the new party grows into an influential political force in Japan, it will also have an impact globally.
The new party sprang from a political organization
called Midori no Mirai (Green Future), comprising about 70 lawmakers in local assemblies and others. The organization was
disbanded to form the Greens Japan, with 1,000 members of Green Future joining the new party.
The party intends to field candidates in the proportional representation
bloc of Tokyo in the Lower House election, which must be held by autumn 2013, with support from anti-nuclear civic groups.
It plans to field 10 candidates in the Upper
House election next summer.
the abolition of all nuclear power, the Greens Japan is calling for an economy centered on local production and consumption,
improved social security programs through fair sharing of tax burdens and increased participation in democratic processes.
The party will work in tandem with the Green
Active, an environmental political action group set up in February by anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa, and the green parties
in Europe and other parts of the world.
Hiroi, professor of public policy at Chiba University, said that the Greens Japan is the first party established after civic
groups rallied together on conservation and ecology.
“It is significant that a party has emerged to push for policy measures that call into question the
foundation of the existing society,” he said.
Hiroi said the party’s future hinges on whether it can take root in the long run, and not just as a
The party is eying entry
into national politics as interest in the nuclear issue is increasing, shown in part in a signature-collecting campaign in
Tokyo calling for a referendum on nuclear power plants.
The campaign collected 320,000 signatures, although the Tokyo metropolitan assembly later voted down the call
for putting an ordinance on the ballot.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Green Party's Joschka Fischer: Syria after Assad
28 jul 12 @ 11:08 pm edt
Green Party's Joschka Fischer: The Middle
East after Assad
(Independent Green Party News - Editor's note: Joschka
Fischer's wife and her family are Iranian-German. This gives Mr. Fischer additional perspective about the Middle East,
as he has family there.)
BERLIN - What will the Middle
East look like once the Syrian civil war brings about the fall of President Bashar al-Assad, whose clan has ruled the country
with an iron fist for more than 40 years? Given the recent dramatic turn of events that has pushed the battle for Syria to
a new stage, this question can no longer be avoided.
bomb attack on Assad's innermost circle, the spread of the fighting into the capital, Damascus (and to the borders with Turkey
and Iraq), and the increasing flow of heavier and more precise arms to the insurgents mark the beginning of the endgame. But
no one should harbour false hopes about the coming change: Assad's regime will not be supplanted by a rule-of-law democracy.
On the contrary, the post-Assad era is likely to be even more chaotic and violent, as the regime's opponents attempt to settle
accounts with its supporters and conflict erupts among various clans and religious communities.
As in other Arab countries, a secular
tyranny will be replaced by the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, which in Syria, no less than in Egypt and Tunisia, represents the
majority of the population. But, unlike in Tunisia and Egypt, regime change will be the outcome of civil war. Outside influence,
moreover, will probably be minimal.
Read more here:
Independent Green Party's Gail for Rail covered in Time Magazine
28 jul 12 @ 11:24 pm edt
Time magazine covers Independent Green Party's Gail for Rail Parker
Vets Running for Congress: Into Double Digits
Gail for Rail Parker, a retired Air Force officer, is not new to politics, or business. Gail
for Rail has run a successful consulting firm. Gail for Rail Parker serves as state Vice Chair of the Independent Green Party
of Virginia. She is running as an Independent Green Party candidate for Virginia’s 1st district (including Jamestown
and Fredericksburg). Gail for Rail is a widow, mother, and grandmother. She has a master’s degree in business
administration. Her platform is “Gail for Rail,” which focuses on building rail now, especially rail, in Virginia.
Rail, says Gail for Rail, makes us safer and more secure. Rail saves lives. Rail creates jobs. Rail increases
the value of our businesses and homes. Gail for Rail Parker of the Independent Green Party of Virginia is one of 10
female military veterans running for U.S. Congress in 2012.
Read more: http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2012/07/20/female-vets-running-for-congress-into-double-digits/#ixzz21ygyq62p
New Green Party in Japan
28 jul 12 @ 10:30 pm edt
New Green party launched to contest Upper House election
assembly members and citizens' groups on Saturday launched a new political party, Midori no To (Greens Japan), looking to
harness public opposition to nuclear power following the Fukushima catastrophe.
The new entity, which has yet to meet the legal requirements
to be officially registered as a political party, is preparing to field 10 candidates in the Upper House election scheduled
for next summer.
core policy is to substantially increase the use of renewable energy sources to end Japan's dependence on nuclear power and
reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
need to change the nation's industry and its reliance on atomic energy," Hitoshi Nakayama, a Niigata municipal assemblyman
and one of the party's four central members, said at a news conference in Tokyo.
"I hope we can become a party that reflects the public's
desire to abolish nuclear power," said Nao Suguro, another key figure and a member of the Suginami Ward Assembly in Tokyo.
"I hope we
can become a party that reflects the public's desire to abolish nuclear power," said Nao Suguro, another key figure and
a member of the Suginami Ward Assembly in Tokyo.
The party also opposes the export of nuclear power technology and Japan's possible entry into the
Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations — policies Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda argues are crucial to generate
Noda dissolves the Lower House and calls a snap election this summer, Suguro said the party will field a candidate for the
Tokyo proportional representation bloc. Nakayama explained that a lack of funding would prevent it from recruiting additional
environmental organizations merged to form larger entities in recent years and the party's predecessor, Midori no Mirai, was
founded in 2008.
number of its predecessor group's members has doubled to about 1,000 since the start of the Fukushima nuclear crisis last
parties to campaign predominantly on environmental issues are believed to be the United Tasmania Group, which fought in an
Australian state election in April 1972, and the Values Party of New Zealand, which contested a general election that November.
Since then, the global
environmental movement has grown exponentially and green parties have been created in nearly 90 countries, most notably in
Germany, where the Greens are a major political force and participated in successive ruling coalitions from 1998 to 2005.
In 2012, the Independent
Green Party of Virginia put the most congressional candidates on the ballot for a single third party since 1916.
Friday, July 27, 2012
27 jul 12 @ 9:28 pm edt
Independent Green Party for expanding Virginia Rail Express (VRE)
27 jul 12 @ 9:12 pm edt
Independent Green Party for expanding Rail
Virginia Rail ridership soars again
Staff writer - Transportation
The Washington Examiner
Virginia Railway Express logged record ridership last year, as the service celebrates 20 years of shuttling riders from
Northern Virginia to D.C. jobs.
The commuter train service's ridership grew by 5.6
percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30 from the previous year, jumping from 4.5 million trips to 4.8 million, according
to the chief executive officer's monthly report.
The rise is not as big as last year's 12 percent
jump but comes after years of steady increases.
|VRE ridership gains|
|* Each year covers the fiscal calendar, July 1 to June 30 of the listed year.|
Source: Virginia Railway Express
Green Party rising
27 jul 12 @ 9:06 pm edt
Green Party Raising Funds Off Pennsylvania ‘Rigged’ Elections
by Randy LoBasso
byby Randy LoBassohttp://blogs.philadelphiaweekly.com/phillynow/2012/07/26/green-party-raising-funds-off-pennsylvania-%E2%80%98rigged%E2%80%99-elections/comment-page-1/#comment-112365
A recent national Green Party campaign
email sent by Philadelphia activist and vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala calls Pennsylvania’s election system
is a state where one major party plots to use new restrictions to keep millions of poor people from voting. And it is the
state where the other major party spends a fortune to keep the Greens and other voices off the ballot,” she writes.
Honkala is talking about both the new Voter ID law and a recent
tradition of Democrats keeping the Green Party off the statewide ballot, which has happened in several recent elections.
“I don’t accept that Pennsylvania voters will be
turned away from the polls, or prevented from voting for the candidates of their choice,” Honkala continues in the message,
adding she and Green Party volunteers are currently canvassing Philly for signatures.
In Pennsylvania, third and independent parties
are required to collect the number of signatures equal to two percent of the highest vote in the previous election to get
on the ballot. This has proven difficult for Greens in recent elections. This year, that number is equal to 20,601 signatures
statewide. Members of the party had stated they’d be putting in double that in order to avoid or win legal challenges
by the Democratic Party, who often worry the Green Party will siphon votes from them.
One of those Green Party members who was denied ballot access in the past is Carl
Romanelli, when he attempted to run for Senate in 2006 against Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Rick Santorum. He is on the
front lines of the current effort to get Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the statewide presidential ballot.
Romanelli tells PW today that the party is well on
its way to filing for ballot access, but stopped short of providing hard numbers.
“I don’t know what the exact number is right now, but I can tell you this: we
will be filing a package next week,” he says. “So we’re over the minimum, well over the
The last update we got from the
Green Party on July 16, GPOP Team Coordinator Hillary Kaneestimated they still needed about 20,000 signatures to file to the Pennsylvania Department of State by the August 1 deadline.
Romanelli notes that since Jill Stein won
the party’s nomination, support around the state has “been amazing,” and that Honkala’s presence has
helped in the signature gathering process, as well.
Another Green Party Victory in Oregon
27 jul 12 @ 9:02 pm edt
keeps ballot status in Oregon; Jill Stein will be on state's presidential ballot
http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2012/07/pacific_green_party_preserves.htmlJill Stein, this year's Green Party
candidate for president, will appear on the Oregon ballot now that the state's Pacific Green Party has maintained its ballot
status.The Pacific Green
Party was in danger of losing its status as a minor party in Oregon -- and its access to the ballot --
because the number of voters registered in the party had dipped below the approximately 10,000 needed to qualify. But
following a voter registration drive, the party has beeninformed by the Oregon secretary of state that it can go ahead and nominate
candidates to the ballot.UPDATE: Election officials
said the party had 10,494 registrants as of Thursday, exceeding the 10,328 needed.Stein, a Massachusetts physician who was a minor-party candidate against
Mitt Romney in his 2002 gubernatorial race, is the first Green Party candidate to qualify for federal matching funds. She may not have Ralph Nader's
name recognition, but there's already been plenty of discussion about how her candidacy could be a factor in a close election
if she draws disillusioned supporters of President Barack Obama.Interestingly, Stein won't be the only challenger from Obama's left on the Oregon
Pacific Green Party said it also nominated Seth Woolley of Portland to be its candidate for
secretary of state and Pat Driscoll of Eugene to run for treasurer.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Green Party values Conservatives make their move to lead Greens in Germany
17 jul 12 @ 10:09 pm edt
Monday, July 16, 2012
More Trains, Less Traffic advocate Virgil Goode files 14,350 petition signatures thanks to Indy Greens
16 jul 12 @ 9:38 pm edt
Virgil Goode files for President in Virginia - thanks to his More Trains, Less
Traffic advocacy - and Independent Green Party petition gathers - Virgil files 14, 350 petition signatures in Virginia
The Independent Green Party of Virginia in 2012 placed the most single third party candidates on the ballot for U.S.
Congress in Virginia since 1916, according to Ballot Access News. Those candidates include retired U.S. Air Force officer
Gail for Rail Parker, realtor Janet Murphy, Dr. Ken Hildebrandt, and engineers Peter Marchetti, and Kevin Chisholm.
Another Victory for Independent Green Party of Virginia
In 2008 the Independent Green Party of Virginia, a common sense conservative Green Party, put
the national Constitution Party candidate for President on the ballot in Virginia. Today the Indy Greens achieved another
unmatched success for third parties in the commonwealth of Virginia. Along with Virgil Goode, and their Constitution
Party allies, the Indy Greens collected 14,350 signatures for former congressman Goode to file for the ballot line for President
Independent Green Party Chairman, Joseph P. Oddo, "We are honored to work with
a legend in Virginia politics. Virgil Goode first ran statewide in 1986. We respect Virgil's service. We appreciate that Virgil
Goode is for More Trains, Less Traffic to save american lives and create jobs. "
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Dr. Jill Stein nominated by Green Party for President.
14 jul 12 @ 10:34 pm edt
Dr. Jill Stein nominated by Green Party for President
Party nominates Jill Stein for president at Baltimore convention
Cheri Honkala is the party's vice presidential pick
physician was formally nominated to be the Green Party's contender for the U.S. presidency Saturday afternoon at the downtown
Baltimore Holiday Inn hotel.
Jill Stein, who was the expected nominee, beat out actress Roseanne
Barr handily. Stein amassed a majority of delegates' votes just before 4 p.m. at the Greens' annual national meeting, which
opened Thursday at the University of Baltimore before moving near the Inner Harbor for Saturday's presidential nominating convention.
It was the first national political convention in
Baltimore sinceDemocrats nominated Woodrow Wilson in 1912.
"We are the 99 percent, and this is the year we take our country back," Stein
said to the crowd gathered in a conference room off the hotel's lobby. Organizers said Saturday that about 350 people registered
to attend the national convention.
Stein garnered 193.5 votes from delegates, and Barr collected 72, according
to preliminary tallies. There were 294 delegates present for the nominating convention, organizers said. One delegate split
his or her vote between Stein and a minor entrant, they said.
"Voting for either Wall Street
candidate gives a mandate for four more years of corporate rule," Stein said in her nomination speech, lumping President Barack Obama and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, as candidates beholden to commercial interests.
Stein's address outlined her Green New Deal, a policy
plan with planks including forgiving student loan debt and placing a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. The current
two-party system is broken, said Stein: "That's why I say I'm practicing political medicine because it's the mother of
As Stein drew to a close, the crowd began cheering, "Let Jill debate." The
chant reflected the challenges the Greens face now that their candidate has been chosen.
Stein and her running
mate, anti-poverty advocate Cheri Honkala, want to be recognized on ballots across the country and to be given the opportunity
to face off against the mainstream competitors.
To get the Stein-Honkala ticket on ballots in Maryland,
the Greens need to submit 3,000 signatures to the state elections board by Aug. 6, said Brian Bittner, chairman of the Baltimore
City Green Party and lead local organizer for the convention.
About 4,000 people have already signed
petitions, which the Greens intend to submit to the elections board next week, he said. If fewer than 3,000 of those are certified,
there's still time to gather more, he said.
"We've nominated a really great candidate for president,"
Bittner said. And the convention went off without a hitch, he said: "Everybody had a really good time."
participants seemed prepared to return to their home states and fight for their candidates to be represented.
B.P. Colon, a Honkala supporter from Philadelphia representing the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, said she
was determined to find a way to have Greens participate in debates with Obama and Romney.
want us there or not," Colon said. "Even if I personally have to break down the doors to get us in."
Before Stein took the stage, Honkala told the crowd about her conversion from homeless mother to politician.
Last year, she ran for sheriff of Philadelphia, promising she would not evict people from homes that had been foreclosed upon.
On the cold, winter night she decided to occupy an abandoned, heated house to keep her son alive, Honkala
told the crowd, "my hunger for justice was born."
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Nader on the Green Party in Time Magazine
12 jul 12 @ 10:54 pm edt
Ralph Nader returned a phone call today to give TIME a statement on current Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, whom
we wrote about yesterday:
Stein will ably carry forward the green banner of majoritarian agendas in our country. Let us hope that the two-party duopolized
While we had the veteran third-party candidate on the line, we asked Nader about his problems with the two-party system,
discourse between the two major candidates and the media’s coverage of the race.
What do you mean by the Green Party’s “majoritarian agendas”?
They’re for single-payer, everybody in,
nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. That’s been a majoritarian position for years. Living wage? Overwhelming.
Anti-war? [About] 70% want us out of Afghanistan now. The Green Party stands for bringing the soldiers back and curtailing the American empire. Cutting the military
budget? A majority of Americans think that the military’s budget is too big and should be cut. Getting rid of special
tax breaks for corporations? Overwhelming support. Renegotiating NAFTA and WTO? Majority support. I can go on and on.
So why doesn’t the Green Party have a majority-sized
conundrum. A minority party fostering a majority agenda. The reason is that the two-party duopoly has every conceivable way
to exclude and depress and harass a third-party. Whether it’s ballot access. Whether it’s harassing petitioners
on the street. Whether it’s excluding them from debates. Whether it’s not polling them. And with a two-party,
winner-take-all electoral system, it’s easy to enforce all those. Unlike multi-party Western countries where you have
proportional representation, the voters [in America] know that if you get 10% of the vote, you don’t get anything. Whereas
in Germany, you get 10% of the parliament. So voters say, ‘Let’s just vote for the least worst.’
So what are the Green Party’s unique difficulties in 2012?
The problem is not its agenda. The problem
is that it cannot get a voice in the media. You look at the next four months, and there will be virtually nothing on it in
the New York Times. The only time there will be any attention is when it can be accused of being a spoiler, in a state
like Ohio or something.
Was that your experience?
Oh, yes. The only front-page story [I remember
getting] in 2004 was [a reporter] saying I presented an electoral-college threat to the Democrats.
What kind of coverage should there be?
Agenda. I’d like to see the comparison of agendas.
The dialogue between Romney and Obama is insipidly narrow and juvenile. It’s like they can’t stop themselves.
It’s like a whirlpool. So some of the major questions, which the Green Party addresses, are never even discussed. And
to see [major news outlets] again and again repeat the same stuff, the same four sentences … it’s just absurd.
Are there particular back-and-forths between Obama
and Romney that you’ve found frustrating?
Look at Bain Capital. That’s a good one-time story, two-time story. But now the question has devolved
into ‘Did he create 100,000 jobs? 20,000 jobs? 150,000 jobs? Did he lose 50,000 jobs?’ You should go from a story on Bain Capital to ‘What are
we going to do about these trade agreements?’ WTO. NAFTA. We’re the losers. We’re the ones who have the
bigger and bigger trade deficits, which are an example of exporting jobs.
People are frustrated with Washington, sick of stagnation or divisiveness. If you
were going to pick a fundamental problem area where politics needs to change, what would it be?
There isn’t just one. These are seamless webs. But
obviously, all the politicians grumble about how grimy it is to raise money and go to these PAC meetings and have to get on
their knees and beg. And when it comes to the campaign year, they both agree not to make an issue out of it, because they
both want to raise more money. So there’s never an opportunity for the voter to distinguish between the parties. And
Obama’s as bad as Romney.
look at those candidates and think there’s anything that they’re doing right?
That’s not how you want to look at it. Right now it’s
a race to the lowest common denominator. Just compare the Democrats to the ’60s and the Republicans to the ’50s.
And see the difference. There you see the trend, the decay, the decadence.
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Green Party Women - Dr. Stein and Cheri
12 jul 12 @ 10:39 pm edt
Green Party's Stein at 'ground zero,' aiming for debates
- Dr. Jill Stein, expected to be chosen as the presidential candidate of the Green Party on Saturday, acknowledges her ultra-long-shot
status in this year's White House race.
don't have to win the election in order to win the day," the Harvard-trained physician said on Thursday in a telephone
interview. "The whole reason we're in this race is to ensure that everyday people have a voice in this election and a
choice at the polls."
The centerpiece of Stein's run is a Green New Deal meant to create
25 million jobs by fostering renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency efforts like weatherization.
CBS News covers Green Party
12 jul 12 @ 10:37 pm edt
Running mate revealed: Green Party running mate, that is
But What will Green
Party delegates decide at the Convention Saturday?(CBS News) On the day before the Green Party's presidential
nominating convention, presidential candidate Jill Stein revealed her running mate to CBS News exclusively: homeless activist
one of the country's largest multiracial, intergenerational movements led by people in poverty, fighting poverty, homelessness
and foreclosures," Stein told CBS news. Honkala, a mother of two, and the national coordinator for the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, spent some of her days homeless. She ran for sheriff of Philadelphia on the Green Party line in 2011 and based her
campaign on a platform of halting evictions.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Rosanne Barr to speak and Green Party convention
10 jul 12 @ 7:32 pm edt
USA Today newspaper includes Green Party on page 5A
10 jul 12 @ 7:30 pm edt
Monday, July 9, 2012
Green Party Governor Kretschmann in Germany questions Merkel financial policy
9 jul 12 @ 10:30 pm edt
Green Party returning to power in coalition government in Mexico
9 jul 12 @ 10:25 pm edt
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Dr. Jill Stein qualifies for matching funds
1 jul 12 @ 10:01 pm edt
REPORT: Double Your Green campaign succeeds!
Dr. Jill Stein Green Party
presidential candidate, and as of July 1st, the only 2012 "fiscal hawk" progressive presidential candidate, to secure
the necessary public support to qualify for federal matching funds!
The Stein campaign
has released a semi-final report of donations raised in its Double Your Green campaign, as follows below. Tomorrow, July 2nd, Dr. Stein will issue a statement regarding the importance of this victory.