Greens Expose “Spoiler” Myth

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Green Party responds to Stephen Colbert’s repeat of the “spoiler” myth, urges Colbert to invite Greens to appear on his show

Why did Gore lose in 2000? Because 13% of Florida Democrats voted for Bush, GOP vote obstruction in Florida, and a biased Supreme Court ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Green Party responded to Stephen Colbert’s repeat of the “Nader spoiled” accusation during the Wednesday, May 18 broadcast of “The Late Show” on CBS, chiding the talk-show host for parroting a baseless Democratic Party propaganda myth.

“When you look at the actual numbers in 2000, it becomes clear that the spoiler allegation is the Democratic equivalent of the right-wing fringe belief that Barack Obama was born in Kenya,” said Paul Pipkin, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and Green candidate for Congress in Texas, 20th CDhttp://www.newmenu.org/paulpipkin ).

Greens also corrected Mr. Colbert on his claim that Bernie Sanders “is now being courted by the Green Party to join their ticket” and noted that it would be nearly impossible, legally and logistically, for Mr. Sanders to launch a new campaign after the Democratic nomination. The Green Party has its own candidates for the Green presidential nomination (http://gpus.org/committees/presidential-campaign-support/2016-recognized-candidates ).

Greens have, however, invited Mr. Sanders to help promote the Green Party as a permanent independent alternative to the two corporate-money parties. Mr. Sanders has not responded…

Read the full press release.

Green challenge to Colbert picked up by Washington Times:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/25/greens-slam-colbert-warning-against-third-party/

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Green Party recognizes two Presidential candidates

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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.

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

Jill in Moscow

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“Our good allies are empowering enemies. Why don’t we start by ending the funding of terrorist groups? That would lay them to rest,” said Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for US president.

Green Party’s candidate in the 2016 US presidential election said that Russia and the United States could ban weapon supplies to the Middle East and make Turkey close its borders with Syria and Iraq in a joint effort to defeat Daesh. (Islamic State)

MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Russia and the United States could ban weapon supplies to the Middle East and make Turkey close its borders with Syria and Iraq in a joint effort to defeat Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State, the Green Party’s candidate in the 2016 US presidential election, Jill Stein, said Thursday.Between the two of us [Russia and the US], we could create a weapons embargo [on the Middle East], we could lean on Turkey to shut down its borders,” Stein told RT broadcaster’s International Conference in Moscow.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/world/20151210/1031521352/russia-us-daesh.html#ixzz3u2ZOunsk

Stein in Russia calls for principled collaboration

POSTED BY JILL STEIN 2016 ON DECEMBER 13, 2015

In Moscow, Presidential Candidate Stein Calls For US Foreign Policy of Principled Collaboration Rather than Lawless Domination

(MOSCOW) United States foreign policy in the Middle East is failing badly because it is built upon a futile quest for military and economic domination, according to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Speaking as part of a panel of foreign policy experts at a forum organized by the RT news network, Stein said that solutions to problems such as jihadi terrorism would require Russia and the United States to work together, shedding outdated cold war attitudes that prevented collaboration on problems facing both nations…

Read more: http://www.jill2016.com/stein_in_russia_calls_for_principled_collaboration

Stein continued, “Tomorrow I will meet with the foreign affairs chair of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, to explore whether Russia would be receptive to a more collaborative approach to foreign policy that I have been talking about in my presidential campaign. Citizens of our countries and the world deserve a new commitment to collaborative dialogue between our governments to avert disastrous wars for geopolitical domination, destruction of the climate, and cascading injustices that promote violence and terrorism. Opening such a dialogue would be a first step towards real progress on the interlocking threats that both nations – and the world – are facing.”

VIDEO from Red Square: 

Dr. Jill Stein’s update/thank you from Red Square where she wrapped up her environmental and diplomatic mission of People, Planet and Peace over Profit through a series of forums, discussions and meetings with climate activists and government officials from Carolyn Lucas Green Party MP, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Sun Zhen, China’s deputy lead negotiator on climate, anti-war activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, and Duma Foreign policy chair Aleksey Pushkov.  See video at…

https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/

 

Jill in Paris

British Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas, Dr. Jill Stein, and New Zealand Member of Parliament Kennedy Graham all sat down and spent the evening in Paris discussing Socialist and Green collaborations in the United States and how the Green parties in each of their countries are growing. They also discussed how Greens can pressure the COP 21 Climate Change conference to go beyond non-solutions.

“I met with representatives of indigenous peoples who came to Paris to plead for action on climate change. The survival of indigenous societies depends on keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. We have to make sure indigenous voices are heard as we work together for real climate solutions.”

“In Paris I visited the Bataclan Concert Hall, where gunmen opened fire on concertgoers November 13. Acts like this run counter to our every human value. We must redouble our efforts to stop the descent into violence and to empower forces of peace and understanding that will ultimately triumph over terrorism.”

Jill2016's profile photo Stein Arrives in Paris for Climate Talks,  Calls for US to Lead Emergency Action Ending Dependence on Fossil Fuels by 2030 

(PARIS)  Dr. Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party Presidential nominee, arrived in Paris today as part of a growing Green Party presence at the UN COP21 climate conference.  While in Paris Stein will be calling on world leaders to “Act urgently to save humanity from the looming catastrophe of climate change.”

According to Stein, “Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.  A 0.9 degree global temperature increase is already responsible for monster storms, catastrophic droughts, melting of glaciers, rising sea levels, and spread of tropical diseases.  But this is just a taste of what we are in for if warming reaches 2 degrees.  Beyond that point, we are in uncharted waters.”

“The nations of the world deserve a solution as big as the crisis bearing down on us — not half measures or politically expedient non-solutions.”

With reference to COP21, Stein noted that “COP has failed in its original intention to fashion a binding science-based international treaty that would keep global warming below 2 degrees.  I am sad to say that my own country, the United States, contributed in a fundamental way to undermining this critical effort.”

“We are now seeing a hodge-podge of voluntary pledges that adhere to no clear standards and have no mechanisms for enforcement.  Analysts have estimated that even if implemented, these plans will result in an alarming 3.5 degree rise in global temperature.  And due to the lack of binding commitments,  it is highly unlikely that they will be fully implemented. It is time for the people of the world whose lives are at risk to rise up and say that the risk this poses is simply not acceptable.”

On Tuesday, Dr. Stein will speak alongside China’s chief climate negotiator, the President of Iceland and noted climate advocates at the Belong Forum being held in conjunction with COP21.

Stein is expected to call for a refocusing of US energy policy,  ending the Obama Administration’s promotion of hydrofracking, offshore oil production, and fossil fuel subsidies.  In contrast, Stein is calling for an emergency “Green New Deal” to create 20 million green jobs and achieve 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.

While in Paris, Dr. Stein will confer with Green Party members of parliament Caroline Lucas of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth May of Canada and Kennedy Graham of New Zealand. She will also meet with key global climate justice organizers and speak at two forums organized by non-government organizations.

“The era of fossil fuels must be brought to an end without delay,” Stein says. “Building a carbon free economy will not only save billions of people from the ravages of climate change, it will deliver enormous health benefits from cleaner air, cleaner water, and healthier food supplies.  We know how to do this.  We can do this.  And we must do this because the consequence of failure are unthinkable.”

Stein is currently seeking the Green Party nomination for President of the United States, and hopes to bring her call for climate action into the 2016 presidential debates.

An American campaigns for president in Paris

Dr. Jill Stein is campaigning for president of the United States in Paris.

Not Paris, Maine, or Paris, Ohio, or Paris, Va. But the Paris, as in the city in France, where Stein, the Green Party White House hopeful, will push her plan to create living wage jobs and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, at events related to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

According to Stein, who is from Lexington, it’s more “strategic” to campaign halfway across the world than in her own backyard, where the lens of the country’s media is trained on New Hampshire with its first-in-the-nation primary in early February.

So, while dozens of lesser-known candidates, including a man who wears a boot on his head (No, seriously: a boot. His name is Vermin Supreme) are taking advantage of the attention to promote their causes, Stein is not.

She abhors the idea.

“These folks are using the machine parties, and they may be libertarian or totally independent or switching around, but they are hanging their hats inside of the machines which gives them the right to be on the ballot,” Stein said in an interview before jetting off to the City of Light. “When you’re on the ballot, people pay attention and the press pay attention, and when you are not the ballot, then they do not.”

Stein’s will not be one of the 58 names on the New Hampshire primary presidential ballot, which is only open to members of the Republican and Democratic parties. It’s not impossible for a candidate from a third party to appear on the primary ballot, but it’s not easy either.

The Green Party must first run a candidate for New Hampshire governor or US Senate, and that candidate must earn 4 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Then it can apply for a spot on the next presidential primary ballot. Or, the party can submit the signatures of about 15,000 registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election to appear on the ballot in the next one.

But that’s not happening, considering the Green Party of New Hampshire is pretty much nonexistent.

“The system is very biased against independent voices,” Stein said. “The rules in New Hampshire speak volumes for the hurdles put in the way of independent candidates to reach out to voters.”

But remember: It’s not impossible. The Libertarian Party and Constitutional Party managed to pull it off in the general election in New Hampshire in 2012. Stein ran for president as the Green Party’s nominee that year on the ballot in other states.

So, while Stein said New Hampshire is “not a strategic use of our time,” Paris, some 3,435 miles away, apparently is.


Boston Globe
By Akilah Johnson
December 04, 2015 

http://www.gp.org/an_american_campaigns_for_president_in_paris

SAWS’s Vista Ridge WATER GRAB

From the SA Current: (click image to enlarge)

http://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/first-words-the-sa-water-grab/Content?oid=2480990 

Your Bexar County Green Party have opposed the Vista Ridge water privatization scam since its inception a year ago:

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Read our StatementVista Ridge Statement AUG 2015 

By November 19th, City Council is set to approve the first of the SAWS rate hikes! Join with the growing opposition at the League of Independent Voters’ press event at Noon on Tuesday, Nov 10th–on the steps of old City Hall, 100 Military Plaza, San Antonio.

What you didn’t hear in last night’s debate

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You may hear a lot today about the back and forth of last night’s Democratic Party debate, but let’s talk about what you didn’t hear – and won’t hear – from the Democratic candidates.

Guaranteed jobs for all who need work. 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. Abolishing student debt. Implementing a racial justice action plan to end police brutality, mass incarceration, and institutional racism in education, housing, health and employment.

On issue after issue, we’re calling for the solutions we really need – while the establishment parties are offering either band-aids, or nothing.

Can you contribute today to help me lift up the call for real solutions that Washington politicians won’t touch?

I’ll be on Democracy Now! today to talk about how we are challenging the establishment parties’ silence on crucial life-or-death issues.

Only our campaign is calling for an immediate halt in all new fossil fuel infrastructure and exploration, and an emergency transition to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.

Only our campaign is calling for an end to high stakes testing and school privatization.

In foreign policy, only our campaign is calling for an immediate weapons embargo to the to Middle East and an end to drone warfare.

Only our campaign calls for ending financial support for governments violating human rights and committing war crimes, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

We are the only campaign to call for cutting U.S. military spending at least 50%. And leading on global nuclear disarmament.

On the corporate parties’ debate stages, they may disagree within the narrow boundaries allowed in Washington.

But only our campaign is willing to challenge the deadly bipartisan consensus and put forward an agenda of justice, peace and sustainability that tens of millions of Americans are clamoring for.

Please contribute today to help us get the word out that the American people have a choice in this election that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

Thank you for moving this world-saving, life-changing movement forward.

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