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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Green Party elects mayor in Stuttgart

Stuttgart - First State capitol to elect Green Party Mayor

Fritz Kuhn 

Stuttgart has become the first German state capital to elect a Green mayor. This is the first time in decades that the post has not gone to a candidate from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative coalition.

Green Party candidate Fritz Kuhn won Sunday's runoff election by a clear majority, taking almost 53 percent of the vote compared to just over 45 percent for Sebastian Turner, who does not belong to a political party but was backed by Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The two men were the top finishers in the first round of voting two weeks ago. The election was forced into a runoff as none of the candidates had taken 50 percent of the vote in round one.

The election is just the latest blow to the CDU in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg after voters there elected a Green government in last year's election.

It was not clear to what extent the result might reflect general voter sympathies across the country less than a year before the next national election, but the southern state has seen a good deal of political controversy over the past couple of years.

http://www.dw.de/stuttgart-becomes-first-state-capital-to-elect-green-mayor/a-16322260 

 

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Green Party Governor elected President of Germany's upper legislature

Green Party Governor Winfried Kretschmann elected President of Germany's upper legislature - the Bundesrat

Winfried Kretschmann voted u·nan·i·mously   the first Green Party President of the Federal Senate ...Bundesrat in Germany...

The Green Party in Germany controls one-third of the upper house of the legislature. The Green Party governs in one third of the German states.  

The Green Party Governor Winfried Kretschmann, was elected the President of the Federal upper legislative house - the Bundesrat - without a single vote in opposition.  The Green Pa- rty proves it's ability to unify at a national level today in Germany.   Now the Green Party in the United States - led by the medical doctor Jill Stein and her Green New Deal Platform - must prove it is capable of the same unifying principals. 

Einstimmig gewählt: Grüner Politiker erstmals als Bundesratspräsident - weiter lesen auf FOCUS Online: http://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/winfried-kretschmann-einstimmig-gewaehlt-gruener-politiker-erstmals-als-bundesratspraesident_aid_837088.html

 http://www.focus.de/politik/deutschland/winfried-kretschmann-einstimmig-gewaehlt-gruener-politiker-erstmals-als-bundesratspraesident_aid_837088.html

 

14 oct 12 @ 10:00 pm edt          Comments

Camille Paglia Embraces Green Party and Doctor Jill Stein's Green New Deal

Camille Paglia Embraces Doctor Jill Stein Green Party as U.S. President

 

Doctor Jill Stein's Green New Deal    Solar Jobs, Wind Jobs, Rail Jobs, Geothermal Jobs. 

"Next: I know you’ve got thoughts on the election.

You’re getting an exclusive, because I haven’t said a word about this publicly. Journalists have tried to get me to comment, and I’ve refused, because I’ve been saving it for Salon!

OK: Who are you going to vote for?

I am voting for the Green Party.

Oh, you are? 


Doctor Jill Stein — a doctor from Massachusetts. Doctor Stein is a solid and sensible candidate. I don’t agree with everything the Green Party says, but I’m in tune with many of its basic positions. ...

 

....biggest issue for me is the Obama administration’s continuation of endless war, war, war. I denounced the Iraq incursion before it even happened.

I remember that — it was in an interview with David Talbot for Salon.

It was when the cowardly major media were totally accepting the government line and the flimsy evidence that Colin Powell presented at the United Nations. It was only after the invasion had been launched — and the non-discovery of any weapons of mass destruction — that the media woke up and began its way-too-late critique. I have been revolted by the silence of the liberal mainstream media about Obama’s expansion of war — even beyond our pointless continued presence in Afghanistan. After 9/11, I was for bombing the hell out of the mountains of Afghanistan until Osama Bin Laden was caught or blown to smithereens. I certainly never believed that land troops should be used in Afghanistan. Good lord, look at the evidence of history — how ridiculous! Not only the defeat of the Soviet Union there — it goes all the way back to Alexander the Great! But the Libyan incursion is another example. The mainstream media behaved like robots as Hillary Clinton and Samanatha Power and who knows who else put pressure on Obama to go into Libya. What are we doing there? It’s absolutely madness! Then, all of a sudden, when the whole thing blows up and our ambassador is killed, Hillary is in a funk. Oh, dear, how could this have happened? In a country that we helped!

And what is the administration’s response to the murder of our ambassador? Nothing. Do we have a presidency or not? The ambassador’s journal was lying on the floor for CNN to find, and it took weeks for the FBI to get there and spend a day — after sensitive documents were stripped long ago. The State Department has clearly become a morass of political correctness. Hillary and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice should resign. Of course the mainstream media were mum for weeks about the Libyan scandal. And that just empowers the right-wing in the country. The media’s pampering and protection of Obama over the years simply led to his weakening — which was on excruciating public display at his first debate with Romney, who landed blow after blow.

So, the first reason I’m voting Green is the state of endless war. Second is the appalling rise in the military and domestic use of drones. I bought Medea Benjamin’s protest book about drones, and I agree with her. There is reason for great concern about the use of drones for police surveillance in the United States. This Democratic administration has gone very deep into the weeds here in offering incentives to local police departments to acquire drones, which are a serious threat to our civil liberties and right to privacy — which liberals should be defending. We’re on our way toward a Big Brother society.

My third reason for going Green is the creeping totalitarianism of Obamacare, which Jill Stein as a physician is rightly skeptical about. I began denouncing the Obamacare bill in my Salon column within two months after Obama’s inauguration. And I was also criticizing the President’s imprisonment within an insular circle of advisors who were not of sufficient quality and experience as administrators or strategists to sustain his presidency. If Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media had listened to me and begun criticizing the administration early on, there would have been ample time for a course correction and Obama would now be sailing into reelection.

 

 http://current.com/community/93925811_camille-paglia-rejects-obama-and-embraces-dr-stein.htm

14 oct 12 @ 9:39 pm edt          Comments

Current TV Doctor Jill Stein, Green Party Interview

Current TV Doctor Jill Stein, Green Party Interview  on Young Turks with Cenk

watch it here. Clickthis link to see Doctor Jill Stein Green Party

http://current.com/technology/93917244_livestream-digital-townhall-on-climate-change-with-dr-jill-stein-green-party-candidate.htm 

14 oct 12 @ 9:30 pm edt          Comments

Washington Post - The Fold - Doctor Jill Stein Green Party interview

Washington Post - The Fold -

Doctor Jill Stein Green Party interview

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein responds to five key debate questions.
The Fold/ The Washington Post
 
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/thefold/green-party-nominee-jill-stein/2012/10/12/b68c8f6a-14ac-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_video.html?tid=video_carousel_3 

 

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from The Washington Post

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14 oct 12 @ 5:15 pm edt          Comments

USA Today Newspaper features Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala

USA Today newspaper features Cheri Honkala, Green Party vice presidential candidate, offers response to one debate question.

Here's Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala's answer to who would pay more -- and less -- taxes if their ticket is elected:

Poor, working and middle income families will pay much less in taxes, while the very rich, major corporations, Wall Street and polluters will pay more.

But tax policies are only a part of the picture. We have to look at where we as a society invest our resources. Do we fund education or prison? War or employment?

Through the Green New Deal, Jill Stein and I propose to reform our tax system to fund the transition to a new economy based on the principle of full employment. We have to be realistic about what this country and its citizens need. We must value people over profits.

Specifically, we will impose a 90% tax on the salary bonuses paid at the big banks that were bailed out. We will implement the Financial Transaction Tax -- also known as the Robin Hood Tax -- which would be 50 cents on every $100 of Wall Street trades and transactions and would produce $350 billion a year. I pay a sales tax when I buy everyday items; Wall Street needs to pay its share as well.

Polluters will be taxed. Taxing pollution is good environmental policy. It encourages innovations that lead to emission reductions. It makes a lot more sense than current practice of free pollution below a set emission level. This tax also gives an advantage to innovators who pioneer clean production techniques and encourages consumers to seek clean alternatives.

With genuine tax reform of this kind, we can reorder our nation's priorities and fully fund our schools, jobs programs, and community needs.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/10/14/debate-green-party-cheri-honkala-jill-stein/1626617/ 

14 oct 12 @ 5:12 pm edt          Comments

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Gail for Rail Parker Independent Green Party 1st Congressional District candidate

Independent Green Party congressional candidate Gail for Rail Parker, retired U.S. Air Force officer, wins first debate.

Gail for Rail Paker participated in the first debate at Christopher Newport University.

Independent Green Gail “For Rail” Parker, businesswoman, mother, and grandmother.

Gail for Rail Parker at CNU debate

  • Independent Green Party candidate Gail Parker (center) speaks during the 1st Congressional District debate with Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, left, and Democratic candidate Adam Cook on the campus of Christopher Newport University on Tuesday evening.
Independent Green Party candidate Gail Parker (center) speaks during… (Kaitlin McKeown, Daily…)
October 10, 2012|By Austin Bogues, abogues@dailypress.com | 757-247-4536

NEWPORT NEWS — U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, Democrat Adam Cook and Independent Green Party member Glenda Gail Parker displayed sharp contrasts during a Tuesday night debate at Christopher Newport University on reducing the nation's deficit, defense spending and healthcare. The three are competing for the 1st Congressional District seat, which Wittman has held since 2007. 

The first CNU debate was from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the CNU ballroom in the David Student Union. Co-sponsored by the Daily Press, it was broadcast livestream the debate on its website here (or dailypress.com), and by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).  CNU political analyst Quentin Kidd moderated.

 Gail for Rail Parker stayed on message during the entire debate.

Parker stayed on message with her political calling card throughout the night, pushing for expansion of rail service.

 

"Cutting taxes is not a way to balance the budget. I'm not in favor of raising taxes, either. What I am in favor of is growing our economy by building rail." 

 

http://articles.dailypress.com/2012-10-10/news/dp-nws-1stdistrict-debate-1010-20121010_1_wittman-debt-limit-bush-era-tax-cuts 

13 oct 12 @ 11:47 am edt          Comments

2nd Congressional District: Susan Hall

2nd Congressional District: Susan Hall

 Party: Green

Website: hallforhouse.org

Age: 58

Family: I'm married with 3 children.

How long have you lived in 2nd Congressional District? I have lived in District 2 for over 25 years.

Professional background: Teacher

Political/community experience: I supported Green Party candidates Bob Kinsey for Senate, and Tanya Ishikawa in Federal Heights, the first Green Party member elected there.

Education: I have a bachelor's degree

 Name a person you admire and explain why: I admire Dr. Jill Stein because she is a physician who realized there was a rising rate of ailments in children that were preventable, such as asthma, and she decided to do something about it through campaigning for president, without accepting corporate funding. She thinks the country needs the environment cleaned up and Medicare for all, and the U.S. needs to establish provisions for all U.S. citizens to have their basic needs met.

How do you plan to tackle the ongoing issue of high unemployment in Colorado and nationally?

Dr. Jill Stein's plan for taking care of the unemployment in Colorado and around the country includes bringing the soldiers home and having their labor and new businesses contribute to the stimulation of the economy, ending the largest subsidies on old energy provisions and putting this money toward new green technology and jobs. The Green New Deal also provides the opportunity for those corporations that have made the largest profits in history to contribute back into their communities by returning to higher tax rates as billionaires, which will stimulate the economy and promote opportunities for new businesses.

 http://www.timescall.com/news/election2012/ci_21709358/2nd-congressional-district-susan-hall

13 oct 12 @ 11:19 am edt          Comments

Friday, October 12, 2012

Peter Marchetti, Independent Green Party candidate for Congress

Peter Marchetti, husband, father, engineer, Independent Green Party candidate for congress

At only 32 years old, Peter Marchetti is a veteran Independent Green Party leader.  First Peter Marchetti is a husband, and father of a lovely little three year old girl.  That little girl is the reason Peter Marchetti - Independent Green Party leader - is waging his second campaign as an Indy Green Party candidate.   

In 2011, Peter Marchetti ran for office the first time and an Independent Green Party nominated candidate.  The office was Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Director.  It is an unpaid position.  The pragmatic engineer in Pete understood.  If you want to do any job, you must understand the process.  Politics in Virginia, in the U.S., is a process. Young, smart Peter Marchetti sought to begin to understand it, and do so outside the two larger parties.

 

The positive vision of a sustainable future, for his daughter, and for every American is what appealed to Peter Marchetti. So Marchetti runs as a Green.   The realist, and pragmatic Marchetti immediately recognized the common sense appeal of the Independent Green Party message.  We need More Trains, Less Traffic.  Rail is the positive solution. Rail saves lives. Rail creates jobs. Rail cuts dependence on foriegn oil. Rail to Dulles. Light rail on the beltway.  High Speed Rail across Virginia, and the United States.  For every dollar invested in Rail there is a $25 dollar ripple effect in the economy.  Eco for the economy.  Rail jobs. Solar jobs. Geothermal jobs. Wind jobs.     These are the positive solutions that attracted Peter Marcetti to pick up the Independent Green Party of Virginia banner. So Peter Marchetti became an Independent Green Party candidate for Congress.   It is a promising, green, sustainable future for his three year old daughter, and all of us that fuels Marchetti's Independent Green political action.  Thank you Peter Marchetti, Independent Green Party candidate for congress in the 11th congressional District. 

Click here to watch Peter Marchetti 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKR-NDzeGy0

 

12 oct 12 @ 10:29 pm edt          Comments

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Greens say sustainable full employment within reach. Eco for the economy.

Sustainable full employment is within reach: Green Party U.S. presidential candidate Doctor Stein

 

 
OCTOBER 3, 2012

 

As Americans get ready or tonight’s presidential debate, there’s one candidate they won’t be seeing on television and may not even have heard of: Jill Stein, a Harvard-trained doctor and Green Party candidate. Stein is promising a Green New Deal that she says could create more than 20 million jobs, 16 million through a government-sponsored program for full employment and millions more due to the increase in demand that would come from the new investments. She wants to expand Medicare coverage for all Americans and sharply reduce military spending, and says her policies would reduce the deficit by boosting tax revenues. She spoke to Reuters recently by telephone. What follows is an abbreviated transcript of the interview.

The Green Party does not appear to have realistic chance to win a major election at the moment. What is the goal of your candidacy?

An election is a wonderful time when people get involved and have a much broader conversation than usual. My hope is that we can drive some really critical solutions that already have majority support from the American public, that we can actually drive them into a political system that has been terribly hijacked and disconnected from the interests of everyday people.

I think it is beginning to spread like a little bit of a wildfire. I’m not holding my breath that we are going to turn the White House into a Green House. Someday that will happen, I’m not sure whether it will happen this time or not.  But regardless I think, if we don’t win the office we still can win the day by driving these critical issues forward and into the public dialogue that are otherwise just going to be completely swept off the table. Really creating jobs. Medicare for all. Public higher education for free. A Moratorium on foreclosures. Bringing home our military.

How difficult would it be to accomplish these things politically given the resistance that, say, the Obama administration faces when it attempts anything that even edges close to the word stimulus. Why do you think the political system continues to support leaders that work in a way that’s so different from the vision that you have?

In a way that’s so contrary to the expressed priorities of the public. The public wants jobs, they don’t want tax breaks. The public is concerned about jobs, not about paying down the deficit, in poll after poll. Yet Washington is totally riveted on the deficit. It’s quite clear that our democracy has been hung out to dry. We have the best democracy money can buy and both political parties are competing within a narrow spectrum for their corporate funders’ dollars. That’s essentially what they’re competing for, that’s what their election’s about. And the American public has been entirely lost in the shuffle.

There are statistics from 2011 for example that clarify how incredibly hijacked the whole campaign finance system is, looking at Barack Obama’s funding through the Joint Victory Fund, which is for the Democratic National Committee as well as Barack Obama’s campaign contributions. The numbers are absolutely mind-boggling. It’s something like 99 percent of all donations are coming in chunks of $1,000 or more. Who has that kind of money? These donations for our political system are coming from a tiny tiny fraction – something like a millionth of a percent, something on that order. So it’s no surprise that the political agenda has nothing to do with, and in fact is quite contrary to, the interests of the vast majority of the American public, who are paying dearly, with their homes, with their prospects of education which is no longer affordable, with our climate that is in an all-out meltdown and is only getting worse. Those key issues don’t count and what the establishment is doing is not only not fixing them, both parties have actually been accelerating them in the wrong direction, to the point where people are actually waking up now and that’s very much because everyday people are in the crosshairs.

http://blogs.reuters.com/macroscope/2012/10/03/sustainable-full-employment-is-within-reach-green-party-u-s-presidential-candidate-stein/ 

11 oct 12 @ 11:10 pm edt          Comments

Monday, October 8, 2012

Green Party conservative Fritz Kuhn wins first round of voting for Mayor in Stuttgart

Green Party capitalist conservatives continue string of victory at the polls.

Fritz Kuhn, Green Party

1st place finish in first round of voting for Mayor in Stuttgart. Die Welt - The World Newspaper - reports.   Why the Green Party is taking over in the state of Baden-Wuerttenberg.  They key to Green Party success: building eco for the economy. Eco jobs in solar, wind, geothermal, and rail. The sustainable industry for the future. 

Warum ganz Baden-Württemberg den Grünen verfällt

 

http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article109701758/Warum-ganz-Baden-Wuerttemberg-den-Gruenen-verfaellt.html 

8 oct 12 @ 9:42 pm edt          Comments

Thursday, October 4, 2012

USA Today newspaper features Green Party candidate for President Doctor Jill Stein

USA Today Newspaper features Doctor Jill Stein Green Party candidate for President:

My response to the presidential debate

Here's Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's answer to how she would go about creating new jobs:

As our nation's first Green president, my mandate won't be just to "create new jobs." My mandate, if elected, will be to end mass unemployment once and for all. I will do this in my first term through a Green New Deal -- the centerpiece of my campaign -- which will create 25 million jobs through direct public works programs and support for cooperatives and community businesses. I urge voters to read about the Green New Deal on my website at JillStein.org.

I ran against, and debated, Mitt Romney in the 2002 Massachusetts election for governor. Romney was a jobs killer then, and he still is today. He makes money off of destroying jobs and driving down workers wages. He wants to do to America what he did at Bain Capital, "harvesting profits" in his words by sucking the value out of what we, the people, have built.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/10/04/presidential-debate-jill-stein-green-party/1610563/ 

4 oct 12 @ 11:01 pm edt          Comments

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Uprising TV features Green Party presidential candidate Doctor Jill Stein

Green Party Candidate Jill Stein Makes Her Case for President

This year the Green Party’s nomination for President was won by Dr. Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts who has been making waves around the country on her campaign tour.

Jill Stein is considered an environmental health pioneer, known for her widely cited reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging published in 2009. She works closely with parents, teachers, community groups and others, advising them on a variety of health and environmental issues. In Massachusetts, she was involved in a successful campaign to clean up coal plants and has been involved with the group, Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is also the co-founder of Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities.

On September 27, 2012, Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Jill Stein in an hour-long conversation.

Watch the interview in two parts:

 http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/10/02/green-party-candidate-jill-stein-makes-her-case-for-president/

2 oct 12 @ 10:29 pm edt          Comments

Green Party Victory near - Emid poll shows Fritz Kuhn, Green Party favorite for Stuttgart Mayor

Green Party Victory near - Emid poll shows Fritz Kuhn, Green Party  favorite for Stuttgart Mayor

Vorturner Kuhn
von unserer Redaktion

Bei einer Stichwahl würde Fritz Kuhn die Oberbürgermeisterwahl in Stuttgart mit deutlichem Abstand gewinnen. Dies ist das Ergebnis einer besonderen Emnid-Umfrage, die die Kontext:Wochenzeitung in Auftrag gegeben hat. Die beiden wichtigsten politischen Ämter in Baden-Württemberg lägen in der Hand der Grünen. Der erste Versuch eines Multimillionärs (siehe Artikel "Der Meister des großen Geldes"), in Deutschland Stadtoberhaupt zu werden, wäre gescheitert.

Würde nach einer integrierten Stichwahl gewählt, wäre das Ergebnis klar: Fritz Kuhn läge mit mehr als neun Prozent (54,7 zu 45,3) deutlich vor Sebastian Turner, wenn die Stuttgarter nicht nur ihren Lieblingskandidaten, sondern auch ihren zweiten Favoriten bei der OB-Wahl angeben könnten.

Das Emnid-Ergebnis bei den Hauptstimmen entspricht in etwa dem der Infratest-dimap-Umfrage in der vergangenen Woche, die der SWR und die "Stuttgarter Zeitung" in Auftrag gegeben hatten. Fritz Kuhn (30,6) erhält einen Vorsprung von sechs Zehnteln vor Sebastian Turner (30,0). Bettina Wilhelm liegt bei 22,1 Prozent, Hannes Rockenbauch bei 12 Prozent. Nicht berücksichtigt ist dabei das Drittel der Befragten, das noch nicht wusste, wen es wählt oder ob es sich an der Abstimmung beteiligt. Gefragt hat Emnid im Auftrag der Kontext:Wochenzeitung 1000 Wahlbürger, allerdings nur nach sechs von 14 Kandidaten, da die anderen nach unserer Einschätzung ohnehin keine Chance haben. Die Fehlertoleranz liegt im Mittel bei +/– 2,4 Prozentpunkten. 

http://www.kontextwochenzeitung.de/newsartikel/2012/10/vorturner-kuhn/ 

2 oct 12 @ 10:26 pm edt          Comments

Harvard Crimson Newspaper reports on Harvard Medical School Honors Graduate - Green Party candidate for President Doctor Jill Stein

Harvard Crimson Newspaper reports on Harvard Medical School Honors Graduate - Green Party candidate for President Doctor Jill Stein.

Green Party Success

From the Margins, Stein Seeks to Change Policy Discourse

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

In early August, a crowd of protesters began gathering outside the downtown Philadelphia offices of the Federal National Mortgage Association. There were about 50 protesters outside the offices by 1 p.m. lobbying peacefully for the embattled mortgage lender to drop two foreclosure cases, according to local media reports.

By 1:30, a smaller group of protesters had tried to enter the building illegally and started a sit-in in the lobby of an adjacent bank. By 2:30, officials met with two of the protesters facing foreclosure with little success, and, by the end of the day, two of the Green Party’s top organizers, 2012 presidential nominee Jill E. Stein ’72-’73 and her running mate Cheri Honkala, were in jail.

Stein and Honkala were among five arrested and charged Aug. 1 with unlawful entry and conspiracy for a sit-in. As Republican nominee Mitt Romney mulled over his looming vice-presidential pick and President Barack Obama campaigned in Ohio, the Green Party presidential candidate spent the night in jail. The game is rigged against third parties, she meant her actions to say, and it is time somebody did something about it.

“Every effort of the Obama Administration has been to prop this system up and keep it going at taxpayer expense,” Stein said, by way of explaining her protest. “It’s time for this game to end. It’s time for the laws to be written to protect the victims and not the perpetrators. It’s time for a new deal for America, and a Green New Deal is what we will deliver on taking office.”

A Lexington, Mass. physician, Stein is not running to win, but to prove a set of progressive points. Her party has come a long way since Ralph Nader first pushed it onto the national stage more than a decade ago, but Stein knows that in an era of big media and bigger political parties, a poorly-funded third-party candidate with a career in medicine cannot win.

So she attends events like the one in Philadelphia. In mid-September she spoke at Occupy Wall Street’s one-year anniversary. Late in the month she called on supporters to “storm” the Commission on Presidential Debates. She tries, as the Greens always have, to provide an alternative to the two-party system, while forcing its hand.

“It’s not necessarily having someone elected to office, it’s having the third party that drives an agenda forward,” Stein said in an interview with The Crimson. “Sometimes you can win the day without winning office.”

The overwhelming question surrounding the campaign, political experts say: Can Stein push her peripheral third party to the forefront of the political debate with just five weeks until November 6?

From the Grass Up

The Green Party has always faced an uphill battle to find widespread support. Barred from debates and forgotten by mainstream media, 2012 will be no exception. But, in the wake of the Occupy movement and the threat of government shutdown, the political climate might be right for a party that tries to loosen, if only slightly, the hold of the two-party system that dominates the national political landscape—or so Stein hopes.

“We’re in a unique moment now in American history. It’s a moment where I think people realize it is up to us to bring the breaking point to the tipping point,” Stein said.

Stein is unwavering in her policy proposals, which are radical in comparison to either mainstream party. The keystone of her platform is a “Green New Deal” that she says would create 25 million jobs while laying the foundation for a more sustainable economy and environment. Specifically, the plan calls for $700 billion in local investment offset by defense cuts and further health care reform, as well as tax increases for the country’s highest earners.

Without big donors, Stein’s campaign could be described as human-scale. Though it has far-reaching ambitions, the camp is largely grassroots, relying on Twitter and alternative media to get the word out.

Ideologically, the Stein campaign is not unlike its Green Party predecessors, and her own political story echoes that of her party.

First organized in the 1980s, the Green Party was originally a collection of local parties united to advance of environmentalism, non-violence, social justice. With Nader, a Law School graduate, at its helm, the party became better established in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Like most Greens, Stein’s first involvement with the party was local. As Nader was reaching the zenith of his political career, Stein quietly began hers in 1998 in Lexington, as a citizen advocate for recycling and pollution reduction.

Stein is a Harvard-trained physician—she graduated from Harvard College in 1973 and then Harvard Medical School in 1979—and she says her early involvement in politics was an outcropping of her work as a physician.

“I’m now practicing political medicine, because it’s the mother of all illnesses, and we have to fix this one to fix all the other things that ail us,” Stein said.

Early on, that meant raising awareness about toxic waste and industrial pollution, helping with local projects, and joining the group Physicians for Social Responsibility.

In 2002, she made the leap up from local politics and decided to run for governor of Massachusetts on the Green-Rainbow ticket. Her most memorable opponent: a successful businessman and failed senatorial candidate Mitt Romney.

Stein saw the campaign as a chance to capitalize on Nader’s success nationally and unsettle the two-party balance of party in Massachusetts. Though she ultimately earned just 3.49 percent of the vote—Romney won the election with 49 percent—Stein used the campaign to document the exclusion the two-party system, petitioning for inclusion in debates and election finance reform.

But more importantly, the election put Stein on the national stage. When Nader decided not to run in 2012, Stein was the heir apparent, having had several years of national media attention on programs such as NBC’s “Today.”

Stein says her political career was as unexpected as the movements that inspire it. Her political engagement began in the height of student discontent at Harvard in the late 1960s. As an undergraduate she witnessed Vietnam protests, civil rights rallies, and the storming of University Hall. Though her interests were not always political—“I did not see myself as a political person at all when I was at Harvard,” Stein said—the experience provided the framework that would later shape her political career.

“I think that is what independent politics are all about—the social movements are usually expressions of discontent,” Stein said. “In the ‘60s and the ‘70s it was about Civil Rights and the antiwar movement, and it triggered a lot of creative political thinking at the time.”

Now, Stein says, it is time to capture that discontent once more.

Fighting For Exposure

Third parties have an important but patchworked history in American politics. According to Harvard government professors, that history is largely one of exclusion by better-established parties.

The Greens, like the Know-Nothings or the Greenbacks, built their successes on a limited range of issues at a historically specific moment. They hoped to push the Democrats farther left, and force the party to reevaluate its platform.

“Traditionally, the rationale for this is education. It’s a way to get ideas out there,” Harvard Kennedy School professor Alex Keyssar ’69 said. “There are a lot of parties that have had significant regional strength or success confined to a state....And in so doing they pushed the major parties.”

The Green Party has had a good deal of local and even statewide success, but the jump to national politics is hard, Harvard history and literature lecturer Timothy P. McCarthy ’93 said. Stein is currently only on the ballot in 37 states. She plans a write-in campaign in others. And though she has qualified for federal matching funds, Stein has little financial support. The Democrats, by contrast, have enough of both to ignore a relatively quiet movement like the Green Party.

The question, professors say, is whether people are listening. If the Green Party could replicate the support it drew in the early 2000s and incorporate the highly energized but politically ambiguous Occupy movement, professors say it could make a difference.

“It’s no secret that a lot of people think the system isn’t working,” Keyssar said.

Still, a Gallup poll released Sept. 13 reporter only one percent of Americans planned to vote for a third-party candidate.

“There’s been a sea change [since 2000]. You have a much clearer and starker set of options and that’s one reason the Green Party isn’t going to get much traction this time around,” said McCarthy, who said he has voted for the Green Party in the past.

“There’s nobody, even Jill Stein, who thinks Jill Stein is going to be president of the United States. Given that reality, everyone who votes for Jill Stein has to realize that is a futile electoral act. It may be a noble one, but it’s futile.”

—Staff writer Nicholas p. Fandos can be reached at nicholasfandos@college.harvard.edu.

  

 http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/10/2/jill-stein-protest-feature/

2 oct 12 @ 10:33 pm edt          Comments

Rail Saves Lives - Build Rail Now! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Janet Murphy -

Rail Saves Lives!

Janet Murphy's latest Independent Green Party video on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T41CNZPI90U&feature=plcp 

Rail saves lives.  Independent Green Party candidates are for saving lives, creating jobs, by building "More Trains, Less Traffic".  

 

Janet Murphy is the Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 8th congressional district.  Janet Murphy has a masters degree. The Independent Green Party of Virginia's Janet Murphy is a mother, and businesswoman.  Janet Murphy is an elected Independent Green Party leader. The Indy Greens of Virginia put the most candidates of a single third party on the ballot in Virginia this year of any third party since 1916 in Virginia.  Along with Janet Murphy there is Peter Marchetti.  Peter Marchetti is an IT engineer, husband, father, and 32 year old community leader.  Gail for Rail Parker is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, businesswoman, mother, and grandmother.   Doctor Ken Hildebrandt is the Independent Green Party candidate on the ballot in Virginia's 5th congressional district. 

 

Independent Green Party candidates advocate for nationwide high speed rail to cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil by one half, and create thousands of rail jobs. And many more sustainable jobs, 'eco for the economy' jobs in feeder rail industries. Independent Green Party candidates advocate for cutting taxpayer subsidies to oil, auto, asphalt, and cement.

 

Rail is the positive solution.  Janet Murphy advocates for building the Potomac Yard Metro rail station.  Independent Green Party candidate Janet Murphy is for nationwide, and statewide high speed rail. To save Virginia lives, to save American lives, build rail now!  For every dollar invested in rail we create $25 dollars in the economy.  Rail is the positive solution.   Rail is the positive Green Party solution. 

http://www.votejoinrun.us/ 

2 oct 12 @ 10:01 pm edt          Comments

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tonight's CNN poll shows Doctor Jill Stein - Green Party presidential candidate up in polls

CNN poll shows Doctor Jill Stein continues to climb in polls.

Thanks to Richard Winger and Ballot Access News for this report.

 http://www.ballot-access.org/2012/10/01/cnnorc-poll-again-includes-four-presidential-candidates/comment-page-1/#comment-944075

 and the poll is here

http://www.pollingreport.com/wh12gen.htm 

1 oct 12 @ 9:36 pm edt          Comments

Forbes Magazine features Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein candidate for President

Green Party Candidate for President Doctor Jill Stein Discusses Her Background with Forbes Magazine

Peter J Reilly, Contributor 

Doctor Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for President of the United States. I have written about the tax section of the Green Party platform and followed that up with something on the Party’s flap with Google. Google wanted to spike an ad in which the candidate uttered the “s” word.  At the end of that piece I reflected that, in the interest of thoroughness, I should review Dr. Stein’s tax returns.  That was nearly a month ago. 

There is a narrative about her transition from physician and mother to Green Party politician.

 Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.  The narrative goes on from there, but there is not a lot more information about her background.

Jill was born in Chicago and raised in suburban Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973, and from Harvard Medical School in 1979. Jill enjoys writing and performing music, and enjoys long walks with her Great Dane, Bandita. Dr. Stein lives in Lexington with her husband, Richard Rohrer, also a physician. She has two sons, Ben and Noah, who have graduated from college in the past few years.    Here is the Video of the Doctor Jill Stein Interview with Forbes Magazine.

1 oct 12 @ 7:17 pm edt          Comments

Green Party on C-SPAN Doctor Jill Stein Green candidate for President Interview

Doctor Jill Stein Green Party presidential candidate on C-SPAN

The Green New Deal- Solar Jobs! Wind Jobs! Geothermal Jobs! Rail Jobs! 

Dr. Jill Stein discussed her candidacy for President on the Green

Party ticket, issues that she cares about, the Green party platform,

and challenges of third parties breaking through the current two-party

system. 

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/DrJi

 

1 oct 12 @ 7:07 pm edt          Comments


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