Candace Bernd, Truthout
Green Party candidate Jill Stein officially announced she is running in the 2016 presidential race on June 22, during an interview on Democracy Now!. She held a campaign kickoff event the following day at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where antiwar activist Medea Benjamin and racial justice activist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo introduced and endorsed her campaign.
The main planks of Stein's presidential platform include a "Green New Deal," ending mass incarceration and police brutality, a $15 per hour federal minimum wage, a single-payer health-care system, universal public education and the abolition of student debt, breaking up big banks and nationalizing the Federal Reserve, initiating a global treaty to reverse climate change and ending extreme forms of extraction.
[from John Nichols, posted at Common Dreams]
Dr. Jill Stein has some great ideas about how to create “deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.”
If the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee and contender for the party’s 2016 nod gets a hearing, those ideas will expand and improve the national debate. They could also strike a chord with the millions of Americans who are ready for a plan to “end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world.”
[from Democracy Now!)
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, Dr. Jill Stein officially launches her campaign as a Green Party candidate for the 2016 presidential race. "I have a people-powered campaign," Stein notes. "I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding." Stein, a physician and activist who first ran in 2012, outlines her platform. She joins the fray as the race for the Democratic Party nomination heats up. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has emerged as Hillary Clinton’s main rival for the party’s nomination, as his poll ratings have surged in recent weeks. "Hillary is the Wal-Mart candidate. She has been a member of the Wal-Mart board. On jobs, on trade, on healthcare, on banks, on foreign policy, it is hard to find where we are similar."
Our America Initiative Will Sue Commission on Presidential Debates
Originally published on Truthout
WASHINGTON, DC - The Our America Initiative has just released a powerful video exposing the fraud of the privately-owned Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization that unjustly took over hosting the main presidential debates after the League of Women Voters permanently dropped their support. The video chronicles one of the greatest social movements of our time, that is rallying alternative parties and independents throughout the nation towards a common goal. Lack of representation or adequate choice during presidential elections is no coincidence. It is the product of tyranny and corruption at the highest levels of our government, that has unjustly stripped the prestige and integrity from the electoral process.
Physician and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein came to the Capitol on Tuesday to press for a broad platform of progressive causes, with one in particular: calling on the state Department of Environment Conservation to declare rail shipments of crude oil to be an “imminent threat” and “clear and present danger,” thereby shutting them down.
“These are essentially weapons of mass destruction that have been regularly detonating every seven to 14 weeks,” she said of the shipments coursing through the state from western oil fields. Using the term “bomb trains,” Stein said it was “astonishing … a disgrace” that federal action hadn’t followed in the wake of the 2013 Lac Megantic disaster in Quebec that killed 47 people.
"We don't have to persuade people, we don't have to change people's minds. All we have to do is flick that switch in our own minds from powerlessness to powerfulness," (Stein) said. "The minute we do that, the future is in our hands."