Jill Arrested in Wood Co. Shame on Texas!

Why Jill Stein went to the front line of the climate crisis today

OCT 31, 2012

 In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was handcuffed and arrested this morning after bringing food and supplies to a coalition of climate justice activists, known as the “Tar Sands Blockade,” who are attempting to stop the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.  She is currently at Wood County Jail awaiting processing.

“Everyone needs to step up resistance to climate-killing emissions,” said Stein, who was willing to risk arrest in order to show solidarity for this blockade.  “Romney and Obama are only talking about the symptoms of climate change in terms of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy; the blockaders are addressing the cause.”

Jill Stein was joined by seven others, including three blockaders and four members of the press.   They were delivering fresh fruits and vegetables, canned proteins, trail mix, and Halloween candy. They were not warned of imminent arrests; and the arresting officers did not self-identify as police. 

Prior to running for office, Jill Stein, a 62-year old physician and mother of two, had never been arrested.

***UPDATE 3:15PM – Dr. Jill Stein has been released from Wood County Jail on a Class B Misdemeanor Criminal Trespass charge.

Stein responds to Sandy by delivering supplies to Keystone XL tar sands blockaders

Stein responds to Sandy by delivering supplies to Keystone XL tar sands blockaders

POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON OCTOBER 30, 2012

beverly-luff_sarah-reid_gary-stuard.jpgIn the midst of the record-breaking Hurricane Sandy, which caused major damage and deaths along the East Coast, a coalition of climate justice activists known as the “Tar Sands Blockade” have been converging from across the continent with local organizers and landowners to put a stop to the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is on her way to bring food and supplies to the blockaders tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31. Dr. Stein left Massachusetts ahead of the hurricane, traveling last night by car, then bus, then bus again to Ottawa, Canada, from which she caught a flight to Texas.

“The climate is taking this election by storm, breaking the silence of the Obama and Romney campaigns that have been bought and paid for by the oil, coal and gas companies,” said Stein. “Hurricane Sandy is just a taste of what’s to come under the climate destroying policies of Romney and Obama. We must stand up now, not four years from now, and call for climate solutions and green prosperity. The blockaders are heroes. They are on the front line of stopping even worse climate storms in the future.”

Activists are opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, in part, for the following reasons . . .

CLIMATE CHANGE – NASA’s leading climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen has called the Keystone XL pipeline “a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.” Hansen has said that if all the carbon stored in the Canadian tar sands is released into the earth’s atmosphere it would mean “game over” for the planet.

SPILLS – All pipelines spill. According to TransCanada the Keystone 1 pipeline was predicted to spill once every seven years. It spilled 12 times in its first year and it has spilled more than 30 times over its lifetime. The Keystone XL pipeline is built to spill, and when it does it will have a devastating effect upon employment and the economy, according to Cornell University.

WATER CONTAMINATION – The Keystone XL pipeline threatens Texas’ Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which supplies drinking water to more than 12 million people living across 60 counties in drought-stricken East Texas. The pipeline’s cross-border section also threatens the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest aquifer in the western North American region, upon which millions of people and agricultural businesses depend for drinking water, irrigation and livestock watering.

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Stein noted that the recent events sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates were the first set of presidential debates since 1984 in which global warming was not mentioned. In response, over 2500 climate activists have signed a statement of support for Dr. Stein and criticizing the failures of the political establishment. See http://www.jillstein.org/climate

Meanwhile, drought has blighted 60% of the corn crops in the U.S. and wildfires have turned thousands into refugees.   The Arctic ice cap has lost 75% of its ice and dangerous methane gas is seeping out from melting subterranean deposits.

Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala are the only candidates talking about addressing the climate crisis head on by pushing for a 100% renewable carbon neutral economy, with full employment. The Green New Deal that they are proposing would create 25 million jobs in sustainable energy, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as in social services and public education.

For more information visit:

http://tarsandsblockade.org/about-2/why-oppose-kxl/ 

Honkala describes storm impact on Philly

OCT 30, 2012

Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala  arrives back in Philadelphia after two weeks on the campaign trail just in time to witness the impact of Hurricane Sandy on her hometown. Watch it now:

Jill Stein coming to Keystone XL Tar Sands Blockade!

Be certain to take cover and to follow instructions from local and federal emergency management authorities if you are in the path of Hurricane Sandy. 

hurricane-sandy-climate-storm.png“The Republicans and Democrats each talk about the election of the other party as the end of the world; maybe they’re right,” said Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein last night, as the first winds from superstorm Sandy buffeted her on the windy expanse of Boston City Hall plaza. Stein made her remarks at a 350.org vigil during a brief campaign stop in her home state.She heads to Texas tomorrow to support the Keystone XL pipeline Tars Sands Blockade

Scientists tell us that we now have access to five times more fossil fuels than we can afford to burn without triggering catastrophic climate change.

“If President Obama’s ‘all of the above’ energy policy is pursued, it’s ‘game over’ for the climate,” said Stein. “Romney once was honest about climate, but now is parroting industry lines. Hurricane Sandy is not the first warning we’ve had; let’s not let there be another such warning before we act decisively to move to a new green economy.”

Stein noted that the recent events sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates were the first set of presidential debates since 1984 in which global warming was not mentioned. In response, over 2500 climate activists have signed a statement of support for Dr. Stein and criticizing the failures of the political establishment. See http://www.jillstein.org/climate

Meanwhile, drought has blighted 60% of the corn crops in the U.S. and wildfires have turned thousands into refugees. The Arctic ice cap has lost 75% of its ice and dangerous methane gas is seeping out from melting subterranean deposits.

“The President and his Republican challenger are so firmly in the service of the gas, oil, and coal industries that they want to accelerate our plunge down the path of destruction,” said Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, adding that, “The only vote that will count for action on climate change in this election is a vote for the Green Party.”

At last year’s climate conference in Durban, South Africa, the White House’s team worked to delay the effective date of any international climate treaty until 2020. This will mean eight more crucial years of inaction that scientist universally agree could prove deadly for the planet. In fact, the President is proposing to spend 32 times more on his latest Wall Street bailout initiative, known as Quantitative Easing III, than he is spending on renewable energy.

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala are the only candidates talking about addressing the climate crisis head on by pushing for a 100% renewable carbon neutral economy, with full employment. The Green New Deal that they are proposing would create 25 million jobs in sustainable energy, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as in social services and public education.

“When we show that we take the climate crisis seriously enough to vote for the Green option, the power of democracy will be unleashed, and our political system will finally respond to this growing threat,” said Stein.

Jill with Blockaders in Houston Oct 5th (click for full size)

Free and Equal Debate with Jill Stein

Free and Equal Elections Foundation Changes Presidential Debate to November 5 Due to Hurricane

Free and Equal Elections Foundation today announced the date of the second open-party Presidential debate has changed to November 5.  The debate will feature Libertarian Party candidate  Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a line-up decided by voters last week after the first debate between Johnson, Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate  Rocky Anderson.

The November 5 debate will be held from 9:00pm to 10:30pm Eastern Time at RT America’s state of the art studio and facility. RT America will open its studio and offer a live, neutral feed via satellite to interested media. The moderator will be announced next week.

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The debate will be livestreamed at 9pm Eastern time (8 Central/ 7 Mountain/ 6 Pacific) on the Free & Equal website.

WHERE
RT America studio
Washington DC, DC
United States
(2:39 RT-America full versionof Oct 23 3rd-parties debate

Cheri Honkala Speaking at 2012 Socialist Minnesota Conference

Cheri Honkala Speaking at 2012 Socialist Minnesota Conference – University of Minnesota

POSTED BY JIM IVEY ON OCTOBER 18, 2012

373161_535950673098446_1719397490_n.jpeg Cheri Honkala will be speaking at the 2012 Socialist Minnesota conference, hosted by Socialist Alternative.  She’ll be talking about challenging the two-party system, and addressing the myths of lesser-evilism.  Cheri’s part of the program starts at 4:30 pm, but everyone should attend the rest of this great conference, with speakers like Glen Ford and Stephan Koch.

Go to http://socialistmn.tumblr.com/ for more information about the event.

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SOCIALIST MINNESOTA: Conference Hosted by Socialist Alternative

FEATURING
** GLEN FORD Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, speaking on Obama’s corporate education agenda
** CHERI HONKALA, Green Party vice presidential candidate, speaking on the myths of lesser-evilism
** STEPHAN KOCH, Committee for a Workers International, London office, speaking on the revolt against capitalism in Europe

 See agenda:

CHERI!!!

Honkala’s complete itinerary: http://www.jillstein.org/events

Cheri Honkala Interview on KFAI Radio’s Catalyst show with Lydia Howell

POSTED BY JIM IVEY ON OCTOBER 19, 2012

cherihonkalaWVKO-300x225.jpeg If you live in Minnesota near the Twin Cities, you can tune in to Catalyst with Lydia Howell on KFAI Radio at 9am on Friday October 26th to listen to the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate talk about the campaign and how a Green New Deal could be the beginning of an end to poverty and homelessness.

If you don’t live in the broadcast area for KFAI, you can also listen to the show streaming live at http://kfai.org/catalyst .

WHEN
October 26, 2012 at 9am CDT
WHERE
KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul
1808 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Turn the Rust Belt into a Green Belt

Cheri’s “Turn the Rust Belt into a Green Belt” tour continues

POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON OCTOBER 21, 2012

rust_belt_green_belt.pngGreen Party Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala has begun a tour of the Rust Belt during which she has seen first-hand the effects of the failed economic policies advanced by the two corporately owned parties. This tour has highlighted the plight of impoverished communities in the Upper Great Lakes and Appalachia.

Honkala began the tour in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and witnessed the horrors of mountaintop removal mining. The environmentally unsound and shortsighted energy policies of both the Republicans and Democrats have left this area dependent on the harvest of coal. The local population now faces abject poverty, contaminated water sources, and the continued degradation of one of the U.S.’s most ecologically significant natural areas.

According to Honkala, “What the Great Lakes and Appalachia need is the Green New Deal. Dr. Jill Stein and I offer commonsense, time-tested solutions to the ongoing cycle of pollution and poverty in the central Appalachian mountains. We would redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, non-toxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry. We offer a transition away from dirty coal and an escape from poisoned air and water as well as the destruction of these mountains.”

Honkala then continued to Louisville, Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, where she witnessed the dismantling of public housing and met with displaced families and community leaders. “People in Kentucky and Ohio are suffering. The austerity programs offered by President Obama and Governor Romney offer no relief. We must end the demolition of public housing which serves to only raise homelessness rates. My number one priority, if elected, is ending homelessness in the U.S. by ending foreclosures, and placing families in abandoned housing units and creating employment by fixing them up. There are more abandoned homes than there are homeless people in this country. We just have to put the two together.”

Honkala then traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with leaders on the World Court of Women East which will take place in Philadelphia in October of 2013. This Court will address poverty in the U.S. using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The Republicans and Democrats both violate the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by continuing to allow homelessness and poverty in one of the world’s richest nations. A Green presidency will end homelessness, end unemployment, and provide a living wage for all workers, which would bring the U.S. into compliance with international human rights norms.”

The Rust Belt tour continues with stops in Milwaukee on October 24, the Twin Cities October 25-27, and Detroit October 28-29. Honkala will continue to advocate for the Green New Deal which will allow these ailing economies an escape from the continued downward trend offered by President Obama and Governor Romney.

Cheri Honkala Interview on KFAI Radio’s Catalyst show with Lydia Howell

POSTED BY JIM IVEY

If you live in Minnesota near the Twin Cities, you can tune in to Catalyst with Lydia Howell on KFAI Radio at 9am on Friday October 26th to listen to the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate talk about the campaign and how a Green New Deal could be the beginning of an end to poverty and homelessness.

If you don’t live in the broadcast area for KFAI, you can also listen to the show streaming live at http://kfai.org/catalyst.

WHEN
October 26, 2012 at 9am
WHERE
KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul
1808 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

 

NOWCastSA Early Voti​ng Polling Locations​ Map​

Early voting begins this Monday, Oct. 22. To help the public find their way to the polls and cast their votes, NOWCastSA has mapped out all 40 Bexar County early voting polling locations at http://bit.ly/SAVotes

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Conversations with the Candidates

This is a VIMEO link to the League of Women Voters senatorial forum, Houston cablecast 12 October. It was originally going to feature all four candidates on the Texas ballot for the open US Senate seat, but the two “major-party” candidates declined to appear because

they’re both CHICKEN!  


After a brief introductory civics lesson, the next 25 minutes or so is Libertarian candidate John Jay Myers, followed by 25 minutes of David B. Collins, candidate of the Green Party
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ALSO, from Fort WorthStar-Telegram.com :

Fort Worth has already won the battle for the 33rd Congressional District

FORT WORTH — No matter what happens on Election Day, the newly drawn congressional district that stretches from Fort Worth’s Stockyards to Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood will be represented by a Fort Worth man.

The question now is which one.

After fierce primary battles earlier this year, the race for the 33rd Congressional District — which pits Democrat state Rep. Marc Veasey, Republican Chuck Bradley and Green Party candidate Ed Lindsay against each other…

Ed Lindsay Ed Lindsay

The 73-year-old retired educator and part-time insurance broker said he jumped in this race as a member of the Green Party “to make the real changes that are needed for our country.”

The Fort Worth man said the biggest issues in the race include Social Security, Medicare, the economy, the federal debt, the employment rate, individual rights and closing tax loopholes.

He said he’s busy talking to voters, sending campaign e-mails and putting out campaign signs.

Lindsay said he wants voters to know “that I am honest, that I don’t accept corporate money, that I am a true representative of the people and that I am highly educated and knowledgeable about how to solve the problems facing this country.”

Overall, if elected, he said his goal is to “end corporate welfare, ensure Social Security and Medicare are protected, stop deficit spending, end subsidies to oil companies, protect individual rights, stop sending our troops to war without a declaration of war, support our men and women in uniform, especially, veterans, and use my knowledge and 40 years experience in education to solve the nation’s education problems.”

He has run for one other public office, Texas comptroller, in 2010, and he received more than 250,000 votes, or 6.34 percent.