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The Green Party recognizes two candidates for the Green nomination: Jill Stein, William Kreml

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States formally recognizes two candidates for the 2016 Green presidential nomination, in accordance with party rules: Jill Stein and William Kreml. Both candidates have fulfilled all the requirements for official recognition, qualifying their campaigns for access to party resources.

The nominee will be chosen at the 2016 Green Party Presidential Nomination Convention in Houston, Texas, August 4-7, 2016 ( http://www.gp.org/pnc-2016 ). The nomination will take place on Saturday, August 6.

The full release is online at http://www.gp.org/green_party_recognizes_two_candidates_for_the_green_nomination

By way of full transparency, on May 2nd 2016
the GPUS Steering Committee found :
“…Bill Kreml and Jill Stein are the only Green Party presidential candidates recognized by GPUS since February 1, 2016 in accordance with party rules governing recognition of presidential candidates.”

  June Meeting

NEXT MEETING: Sunday, June 5th 2016. We meet 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Avenue SA,TX 78214.

2016 Bexar Green Ballot Slate

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Antonio Diaz for US Representative District 21
Paul Pipkin for US Representative District 20
Michael D Cary US Representative District 28
Scott Trimble US Representative District 35 (from Austin)
Martina Salinas Railroad Commissioner (from Ft Worth)
Rodolfo Muñoz for Texas Supreme Court Justice, pl 3
Judith Sanders-Castro Court of Criminal Appeals, pl 5
Scott Pusich for State Senate District 26
Veronica “V-420” Aleman State Senate, District 21 (from Laredo)
James Dorsey for Bexar County SHERIFF
Diana D Kendall for Justice of the Peace Pct 2, pl 2
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PLUS: Having no candidate of our own for State Rep. District 120, on Feb 7th, BCGP agreed by consensus to endorse Mario Marcel Salas for election to that seat. (Salas has been endorsed by the Tejano Democrats, the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, the Texas State Teacher Association, Plumbers Union Local 142 & others. May 24th Demo primary run-off.)

Jill Stein speaks to Bexar County Green Party members at the Friendly Spot in San Antonio on Oct 19, 2015

  FEBRUARY 12, 2016

When Plan A Meets Plan B: Talking Politics and Revolution with the Green Party’s Jill Stein

by PAUL STREET

Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

FEB 21, 2016

Chris Hedges: Why I Support Dr. Jill Stein for President 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_i_support_dr_jill_stein_for_president_20160221

 

Vanessa Tijerina for US Representative District 15

 Nurse and activist Vanessa Tijerina of Raymondville is running as a Green for Congressional District 15 in the Rio Grande Valley. In a different context on Labor Day, she spoke at the Latinos for Bernie rally in front of Joaquin Castro’s office, but she saw the light soon enough to run for office as a Green. Over 8,000 Twitter followers and well over 2,000 on a Facebook page. It’s an open congressional seat.

This comes close to home. the 15th is anchored on the Border, but comes on up to include Karnes County – the fracking/prison complex hell-hole that Jill Stein had just visited before she addressed us here in October–as well as Gonzales County.

BCGP CONVENTIONS

Pursuant to the Texas Election Code, notice is hereby given that the Bexar County Green Party shall be conducting all precinct conventions at the following time and place:

Native American Indigenous People’s Center

1912 Roosevelt Ave,

San Antonio, TX 78210

7 PM to 9 PM

March  8,  2016

The purpose of the precinct conventions is to select delegates to the County convention

Pursuant to the Texas Election Code, notice is hereby given that the Bexar County Green Party shall be conducting its 2016 County convention at the following time and place:

Native American Indigenous People’s Center

1912 Roosevelt Ave,

San Antonio, TX 78210

1 PM to 4 PM

March  12,  2016

The purpose of the County convention is to select delegates to the GPTX State party convention, to be held on April 9, 2016, and to formally nominate candidates.

Legal Notices of our Conventions were filed with the Bexar County Clerk at 12:20 pm on Feb 22nd, 2016 and posted on the County’s Public Notices bulletin board:

Jill Stein Can Treat Your #AfterBern and #Bernout

Most American voters see huge differences between, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – or Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz – and assert that those differences are substantive enough that they feel like that can either ignore independent or express outright hostility to candidates like Dr. Stein.

In this interview, Dennis Trainor, Jr. asks Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein, are most voters wrong? And, related to the broader ‘lesser-evil’ argument that keeps voters tied to the two party duopoly, if Bernie Sanders does not win the nomination of the Democratic party, is Dr. Stein positioned to treat his followers for #AfterBern?

http://thebluebanner.net/jill-stein-doctor-activist-and-a-villain-to-corporate-america-find-out-why/ 

Federal Matching Funds!

 

For Immediate Release: January 12, 2016
Six Months Ahead of Schedule, Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein Has Qualified For Federal Matching Funds.

 

Contact: Joel Peissig | Communication Director
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[e] press@jill2016.comAdditional resources for Media: jill2016.com/press
January 12th, Boston, Massachusetts
Today Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced that she has raised enough money to qualify for federal matching funds for the 2016 presidential race.The announcement followed an intense week of fundraising in which Stein volunteers manned virtual phonebanks and solicited support via email and Facebook appeals.  Their goal was to reach a threshold of $5000 in matchable funds from at least 20 states. On Wednesday, volunteers cheered as the last seven states crossed the finish line, giving Stein a total of 21 qualified states.

Stein qualified for matching funds almost six months earlier than in the 2012 race.  Once the Federal Election Commission approves the paperwork, all donations received by Stein will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to a limit of $250 per donor.

In 2012 Stein became the most successful female presidential candidate in US history by receiving almost 469,000 votes nationwide. This tripled the Green Party vote over the previous election. So far this year, the Green Party is well ahead of 2012 in both fundraising and ballot access efforts.

“If there is anything that has been proven by the presidential race so far, it is that voters are rejecting the type of candidates typically offered by the Democratic and Republican parties.” says Stein.

“By November 2016 we will be the only campaign that has not sold out to big money and Wall Street. We will be the only campaign standing up against a failing foreign policy built on militarism and a failing economic system that puts profits for the super rich over economic security for working people.We will give millions of voters a chance to vote for a fair economy,  health care for all, and a livable environment for their families. 2016 is not going to be another election year of the lesser evil – it will be the year when the greater good speaks up loud and clear in the voting booth. America desperately needs our voice in the presidential race, and we are now prepared to seize this unprecedented opportunity. “

Bexar Backs Jill — totally!


Upon coming back from COP 21 in Paris and Moscow. Dr. Jill Stein was invited to sit down with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks for an in-depth interview. They discussed everything from Bernie Sanders to the two party corporate duopoly to Israel and Jill’s plan of people, planet, and peace over profit in The Green New Deal. (1 hour vid)

 While in Moscow, Jill Stein met with Aleksey Pushkov, head of the foreign-affairs committee in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament.

This was a great opportunity to lay out some of my foreign policy proposals and get Russian reactions to them. After this meeting I am more sure than ever that the ideas I’m bringing into the presidential race will allow the US and Russia to work together to address problems that would otherwise be intractable.”

 Earlier in Moscow, Jill Stein met Russian President Vladimir Putin who spoke at a dinner held for attendees at the Moscow forum organized by the RT news network.

US political system designed to weed out truly progressive people

We want to be the voice of struggle in 2016

December 10, 2015

Dr. Jill Stein is an organizer, physician and pioneering environmental health advocate–and in 2012, the Green Party’s candidate for president of the U.S. She has announced her plan to seek the Green Party nomination again and to put forward an alternative to a Democratic Party where Bernie Sanders may have significant support, but Hillary Clinton is the likely presidential candidate. The International Socialist Organization has decided to endorse and support Stein’s campaign for president as an independent left alternative in the 2016 election. In an interview conducted last month, Stein discussed her campaign with Ashley Smith.

Dr. Jill Stein (right) marching for climate and economic justice in New YorkDr. Jill Stein (right) marching for climate and economic justice in New York

WHAT ARE the key issues in your campaign this year?

WE HAVE a crisis in our economy, a crisis in the climate, and a crisis in everything in between. Jobs are going overseas, wages are going down, and the cost of living is skyrocketing. Black lives are on the firing line, immigrants are facing deportation, and over 40 million young people are trapped in debt.

Our campaign is focused on these multiple crises and a systemic fix in the form of a Green New Deal. It assures the right to a job, health care and education. It will create 20 million living wage jobs that replace our deadly carbon economy with a just, green economy–on an emergency basis. We’re calling for 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2030.

This will also make wars for oil obsolete. When we have all the energy that we need here at home, there would no longer be any feasible argument to justify these catastrophic and immoral wars for imperial control of fossil fuels.

Our plan would pay for itself. How? The savings in health care alone for preventing fossil fuel illnesses would pay the cost of the energy transition. The Green New Deal is a win-win solution for the central crises in our lives. It revives the economy, turns the tide on climate change, and ends the catastrophic wars for oil.

IT SEEMS like a lot of your platform is similar to that of Bernie Sanders. What’s your view of his campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination?

SANDERS HAS tapped into the massive wellspring of dissent in our society. The surge of his campaign reflects the breakaway moment that we’re in. People are supporting him as an insurgent, non-Democrat inside the Democratic Party. But just like we used to say that the revolution will not be televised, it will also not happen within the Democratic Party.

However, I’m grateful to Sanders for stirring up the hornet’s nest of discontent, elevating the economic crisis and making it clear that there must be an alternative to the Democrats’ heir apparent Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, I think the writing is on the wall that Bernie’s days are numbered as a contender for the Democratic nomination.

We’ve seen the fate of insurgent campaigns inside the Democratic Party before. Remember Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean? The party has a kill switch for rebel campaigns in its ranks. Establishment candidates like Clinton use their corporate funding, support from elected officials and the party apparatus to trounce the radicals. They’ll use all of this corporate and organizational backing on Super Tuesday, March 1, when 12 states hold simultaneous primaries. On that day, the establishment usually buries dissident campaigns.

If that doesn’t work, the Democrats always have their superdelegates of elected officials, insiders and apparatchiks as a fallback plan. They comprise a substantial percentage of the delegates at the convention and can tip the nomination to their favored candidate, violating democracy in the process. As we know, Clinton has been busy collecting superdelegates by the hundreds.

At the same time, the Democrats benefit from insurgents like Sanders. The party uses these principled campaigns to lure the left back into the party and stop it from building an independent base from which it can truly grow–in a party like the Greens. With the left co-opted, the Democrats can then move further to the right and continue forcing their corporate and imperialist agenda down our throats, uncontested.

So while Bernie has stirred things up, he is facing a strategic dead end inside the Democratic Party. Many will realize this on Super Tuesday. He’s already stated on prime time TV that he will support whoever wins the corporate-controlled nominating process. When he throws his support to Hillary, his principled supporters will need another place to go. That’s where we come in–when Bernie’s supporters need a Plan B.

We’re appealing to all to help ensure plan B is alive and well when people need it. Help us get on the ballot to ensure everyone has a choice outside the corporate parties. Because you’re not going to want to vote for Clinton or the Republicans, but for a real challenge to politics as usual, which is what we are building.

WHY DO we have to challenge the two parties?

THE REPUBLICANS are clearly bought and paid for by the rich and the right wing. But the Democrats are also a corporate party. Just look at Obama’s record. Even his most celebrated reform–the Affordable Care Act–is a huge payoff to big business. It has been a boondoggle for insurance and pharmaceutical companies. For workers, it has meant minimal care with skyrocketing premiums and co-pays.

On the other issues, Obama basically followed George W. Bush’s agenda. He bailed out the banks far more than Bush ever did. He followed up Bill Clinton’s NAFTA with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He continued Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and expanded them with catastrophic regime change in Libya and proliferating drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. On the climate, he vastly expanded fossil fuel extraction, massively outstripping gains in renewable energy.

Obama basically outdid Bush on every count. So the result of voting for lesser evil? More evil.

If we want a world that works for all of us, we have to build an alternative to the Democrats. To do that, we have to reject the politics of fear, which tells you to vote against the candidate you fear the most, instead of for your deeply held beliefs. That politics of fear has delivered everything we were afraid of: the offshoring of our jobs, the expanding wars, the climate meltdown, mass deportations and incarceration, etc.

We must challenge corporate hegemony. The minute we get a sense of our power, the minute we stand up as a broad coalition for justice, we are absolutely unstoppable because we have the numbers, we have the solutions, and we have the values shared by the American people.

For example, if 40 million young people who are in debt get into their heads the wild idea that they are going to take over this election, they have the power to do exactly that. If all those young people turn up at the polls to vote Green for the only campaign that will cancel student debt, we could actually win and abolish student debt right here and now. Andvoila, their world is transformed.

So I’m not holding my breath, but I’m not ruling it out either. It’s got to eventually happen because there is no other way forward. We have two corporate parties that are basically funded by predatory banks, fossil fuel polluters and war profiteers. People are searching for an alternative.

The largest block of the American public has already defected from the Democratic and Republican parties. Around 50 percent of voters are either independents or belong to small parties. Only 21 percent identify as Republicans and only 29% as Democrats, according a recent Wall Street Journal poll. So the largest voting block by far is begging for something different, and we are working hard to build them an alternative.

Those who oppose building an alternative have either given up or have a stake in this predatory system. Some are wedded to lesser evilism despite the fact that the lesser evil has been brutal to them. They are like people stuck in an abusive relationship. And they need help breaking up and finding a healthy, empowering new one.

So we have to be like political therapists. It has been drummed into people’s heads that they have to defend their abusers and say, “It’ll get better next year” or “It was the Republicans who made him do it.” We have to help people see that there is no reason to accept taking a beating.

The parties may differ around the margins, but on the core issues–job, wages, health care, trade, student debt, immigrant rights, climate and war–the two parties are in agreement.

So the solution is to end the abusive relationship with the Democrats. We have to have the courage of our convictions. The minute we do that, we discover that everyone else is standing up, and we have the numbers to take control of this ship and turn back from the waterfall that the two parties are driving us toward.

HOW DO you see your Green Party campaign relating to social movements like Black Lives Matter?

OUR PURPOSE is to lift up the struggles of frontline communities in the presidential election. Why should the presidential race be about the issues of the 1 Percent? It should be about everybody. One out of two Americans right now are either in poverty or low income heading for poverty. Forty million students are in debt. One out of three African American men are held hostage by the prison system. Vast numbers are in the crosshairs of police violence.

These issues and the movements struggling for change should be the centerpiece of the election. It shouldn’t be about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails or tax breaks for corporations. The Green Party is determined to uplift today’s social movements and their many leaders.

This is a central theme of my campaign. We have worked with activists around Black Lives Matter, student debt, climate justice, and immigrant, indigenous, LGBT and women’s rights. We held the Green Party national meeting this year in Ferguson, rallying directly across from the police station to get the message out loud and clear that the Green Party supports the struggle against racist police violence.

We were in New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Katrina to say that this crisis is ongoing for 100,000 African American who have not been allowed to return because their housing has not been rebuilt. We decried the destruction of the city’s public education system and the teachers’ unions through privatization of New Orleans schools.

We need to connect with the movements in this way–give them a voice in the election and enable them to advance their demands at the ballot box.

OFTEN, CANDIDATES separate domestic reforms from anti-imperialism. How do you see the relationship between reform at home and stopping empire abroad?

THEY ARE absolutely inseparable. Our message is that we have multiple threats to humanity’s survival. Inequality, racism, climate change, militarism–none of these can be solved separately. Our economy at home is not going to survive the cost of war. We’ve already spent $6 trillion on these wars, when you include the long-term medical costs that we have incurred.

This is then used as one of the many excuses to justify inflicting austerity at home, sacrificing programs that meet basic human needs. So we can’t have a military that simultaneously heaps destruction on the rest of the world and have a viable economy here at home.

Another example: Look at how militarism fuels climate change. The world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases is the U.S. military. We can’t solve the climate problem while we have massive military spending on unending, ever-expanding wars.

Not only is U.S. militarism a threat to our economy–it’s also a disaster, of course, for the economies and societies that the U.S. invades. It overturns governments. It creates coups and military invasions.

We have done this throughout the Middle East, destroying Iraq, Libya and now Syria. By arming Saudi Arabia and Israel, we are enabling war crimes, and economic and human rights disasters in Yemen and Palestine. We have a long track record supporting coups and death squads in South America and Central America. We are heading for Africa next. Our militarism is producing massive disaster zones.

Which leads to the global refugee crisis. There are 60 million people this year, right now, fleeing poverty and wars, in which U.S. foreign policies have had a major hand. And the climate crisis, which we share a major responsibility for, is going to create hundreds of millions more.

What are we going to do with refugees? Shove them all back into the sea? No one with a shred of humanity can allow that to happen. But the establishment lacks such humanity. It is erecting walls all over the place in the wake of the Paris attacks to block the refugees’ search for safe haven. Such global apartheid is a violation of our basic human values; it is morally unacceptable.

We need to welcome these refugees and stop the devastation they are fleeing from in the first place. Our politics cannot pay attention to just Americans. We are increasingly all in one boat. That boat is getting smaller all the time.

Either we are going to sail together or we are going to sink together. As a practical reality and a matter of human compassion, we need a better way forward, based on democracy, justice, human rights and peace. And that will not come from political parties that are funded by banks, polluters and war profiteers.

There is, by the way, a far more effective way to stop ISIS than by throwing bombs and bullets at it–a strategy that created ISIS and only makes terrorism stronger. We, the greatest supplier of weapons to the Middle East by far, must stop arming terrorist groups ourselves and stop our allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey from doing so. We must also stop our allies from funding terrorists, even if it means freezing and seizing their bank accounts if they won’t stop. And we must demand Turkey close its border to the jihadi militias and stop buying ISIS oil.

HOW DO you see the Green Party and your campaign helping to cultivate the American left?

MANY SMALL parties of the left came together in an exhilarating conference last summer, where we found astonishing agreement among us. There was a sense of camaraderie many of us had never seen before. Then the Bernie Sanders campaign emerged and took the wind out of the sails of independent left party-building.

But looking ahead to when the Democrats eliminate Bernie’s campaign, I think people will pull back together–perhaps in far greater numbers–to challenge the two corporate parties in a way that allows us to truly build a party of resistance and transformation, outside the anti-democratic, corporatist, imperialist framework of the Democratic Party.

The Green Party is the only party with truly national scope that’s not poisoned by corporate money. So it has become the national umbrella for the electoral left, and it has evolved over the last decade as a result.

Greens have come to understand that there is no such thing as an environmental party. You cannot fix the environment unless you are also fixing our economy, racism, democracy and foreign policy. These things are joined at the hip. We have to fix them together. To do this, we need a party that brings us together across the spectrum of justice

We cannot do that in the Democratic Party. It’s time to get serious about building the alternative–a party for people, planet, and peace over profit. So it’s time to reject the lesser evil and fight for the greater good. Like our lives depend on it–because they do. And the clock is ticking. It’s in our hands.

http://socialistworker.org/2015/12/10/we-want-to-be-the-voice-of-struggle