The only wasted vote is one that goes unused

“Recent polls show Romney headed for a sound defeat, and Jill Stein receiving the votes of at least 2 million Americans. Yet some Democrats continue to push fear-based voting as their response to the reappearance of the Green Party on the national political stage.” — Ben Manski, Campaign Manager

Nationally, Democrat arrogance has been demonstrated in media blackout & a campaign of distortion from the big liberal mouthpieces, lockout of Green & Libertarian voices by the corporate party puppets on the Commission for Presidential Debates, to outright election fraud in the form of illegally withholding a full 80% of Green Party’s rightfully-won matching funds.

In our San Antonio venue, this has devolved to blocking access to routine non-partisan electoral functions, down to pettiness like personal ostracism and slander, denial of service at commercial establishments, and email hack-attacks.

Where y’all at on all this? Please take time to read.
 Paul Pipkin
Green Party candidate for Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector

wasted_vote.jpg Though, if you prefer to see America continue on its current path, a vote for Green Party Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, would be a wasted vote.

Holding both parties accountable for 30 years of this country’s largest transfer of wealth to the rich means coming to terms with the fact that neither are in a position to solve the challenges we face. While some partisan Democrats are once again claiming that a vote for the Greens is a vote for the Republicans, that argument falls flat with millions of disenfranchised voters who believe we can do better.

These are Americans who believe we must stop our descent into economic disparity, the erosion of our civil liberties, and the corruption of our political system by corporate power and massive wealth. They are Americans who understand the Democratic Party has been complacent, if not complicit, in this process and is now, as evidenced by an administration that has kept the policies of George W. Bush largely in place, institutionally incapable of any real reform.

The fact is, political parties change over time, so why shouldn’t our votes change as well?

This is not the Democracy the revolutionaries of 1776 envisioned. They had just lived through a long, bloody war to throw off the shackles of an oppressive regime that had denied them rights and representation while pillaging their resources and their labor. It was not their intention that we live under a duopoly political system where a tiny handful of people control the pursestrings and allegiances of both parties.

Votes aren’t being stolen, they are being bought.

Hundreds of millions of dollars from a small group of individuals are being spent by the two establishment parties to control the national conversation and convince Americans they have a clear choice. That sum of money and their record provide clarity enough. It is not a choice, it is maintenance of the status quo. It is a further grab for power by those who are threatened by recent cracks in the national conversation opening to issues of money and politics, the polarization of wealth, ecological responsibility, and the preservation of civil liberties.

The choice to be made is: Do we wish to be truly represented? Do we need to set a new course as a country? Do we need a real opposition party immediately capable of new ideas and energy, that isn’t subject to the approval of the most rich and powerful?

lesser_evils.jpg Evil vs. Eviler.

Choosing the lesser of two evils keeps things exactly as they are. Fear tactics have worked well in the past to keep party stragglers and independent voters in check. But today’s America is not the the America of 2000. We’ve seen first hand that the lesser of two evils isn’t lesser at all. Arguably, it is worse because we are encouraged to hope against history, yet the outcome is the same.

If Democratic operatives were only concerned with the 2012 election results, they would not be aggressively fighting to keep people from voting Green in states like New York, California, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, and many more, that have absolutely no chance of going GOP due to the Electoral College system. These tired tactics and failed arguments of the two dominating parties are beginning to be seen for what they are: the last remnants of a fear-based political landscape that is changing.

The election IS spoiled, but not by the Greens.

Even though the Republican and Democratic Parties were once third parties themselves, they have shored up the political system to keep third parties out. This battle continues over the issue of the presidential debates. Neither of the establishment candidates wishes to share to stage with a candidate like Dr. Stein who freely speaks truth to power – a candidate who stands on a platform of building a sustainable economy and creating a future that puts the dignity of Americans ahead of corporate interests.

Including Dr. Stein in the debates would do something unthinkable to the Democrats and Republican candidates: show them as two peas from the same, spoiled, pod. An alternative voice is urgently needed and Dr. Stein’s deserves to be heard.

courage.jpg Vote what you believe.

A simple enough statement. If we all found the courage to do so, we would begin to rebuild the country we deserve instead of settling for what gets left behind.

The Green Party and our 2004 presidential nominee made the Ohio Recount possible. If not for the continued determination of elected Greens, we would not have municipal sick leave or minimum wage and living wage policies in cities across the country. There would be no movement to amend the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling and end the toxic influence of money in our political system. The cause of equal marriage rights would not be as far along as it is (because of Green mayors and mayoral candidates defying anti-marriage laws in CA and NY). And the 100s of cities that passed anti-war and anti-PATRIOT Act resolutions would likely have been many fewer, since those efforts were also led by Green elected officials.

Meanwhile the establishment parties try to avoid our discontent by changing the subject from the real problems we face, and making elections all about preventing the other party from winning. In a way, the Democrats and Republicans are each correct. Either one of them winning would mean more of the same for America: maintaining a status quo that continues to ruin what is best about the United States.

The Green Party and the Green New Deal will shatter the status quo by addressing the real economic, social, and political challenges we face at their root causes with specific and already proven solutions. Vote for Jill Stein for President. Give a mandate for the Green New Deal.

Join us and come be part of the solution. We are all in this together.

Digital Town Hall: Climate change Q&A with Dr. Jill Stein


  • Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein
  • Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, Green Party Candidate for Congress, will moderate the event
  • Bill McKibben, author and climate change expert, will offer scientific, non-partisan background on the issue


Despite the Democrat and Republican candidates near silence on the issue, climate change is happening, the impacts are getting more severe, and it’s not something we can choose to ignore.

Join us online Sunday to hear how Jill Stein’s Green New Deal would curb climate change and transition the United States to a sustainable economy. 

Here’s how to participate in the event:

  • Click here on Sunday 9/30 at 4pmPDT/7pmEDT. (Yes, it’s that easy!)
  • Host a house party! (Of course, this is optional, but we’d be grateful if you chose to!) Have a little BBQ with neighbors and friends and watch the event together. If you and your guests are impressed with what you learn about the vision of the campaign, collect donations to help that dream become reality!
  • Join the conversation online! Use the hashtag #ClimateTownHall to share your thoughts and questions with us on Twitter. Post comments on our Facebook wall, as well as your own (be sure to tag our page).

Have a question you’d like Jill to answer? You can submit questions both before and during the event in the following ways:

  • Tweet your question using the hashtag #ClimateTownHall
  • Post your question on our Facebook wall. (Please still tag it #ClimateTownHall, so we know it’s related to this event.)
  • Share your question with us on Google+ (again, using the hashtag above).
  • Submit your question during the event on LiveStream.

And, here’s how to help us demand action now!

This event is just one part of an entire day of action. The Green Party is urging local supporters to organize events (or issue a release) in your community to highlight our demand that the US take action now on climate change. The Green Party of NY has drafted a Green Climate Change Model Media Release and Green Climate Change Action Plan you can use for local releases, news conferences, and media events.

The Republicans are climate change deniers, the Democrats are climate change evaders. Contact for more information.

September 30, 2012 at 6pm Central Time

Another World — S-17 NYC

S17: Another World is Possible

imgres-2.jpeg STORM WALL STREET

99% Ground Swell Against Wall Street’s Debt to Mother Earth

JOIN Rev. Billy, Jill Stein, Polly Higgins, the 99%, The TimesUp! Polar Bears on Bikes, the Solar Panel and Rising Sea Level Swimmer Brigade as we take Wall Street by STORM!!!

 At 10am, we will unite in front of the doors of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, at Bowling Green, the site of Occupy Wall Street’s first assembly. All roads lead to Wall Street, when it comes to the environmental crisis: Every day, the big banks invest in fossil fuel extraction and borrow against our future. Rising sea levels and surging debt will soon land us underwater!

At the site from which Occupy Wall Street first arose, we are calling for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrating that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth and that the Commons belong to us all.

September 19, 2012 from The New Yorker


Posted by Katia Bachko Jill-Stein-233px.jpg

On a brisk Monday morning, Jill Stein, the Presidential candidate for the Green Party, was in New York City to give a speech. She was ready to go: her gray hair was neatly combed; a bright scarf was draped over her slim shoulders. But she was waiting for her audience—the protesters celebrating the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street—to assemble in the shadow of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The protesters, who had spent the morning creating a human wall around the Financial District and deploying disruptive “swirls” of people in intersections, were slow to arrive. As she waited, Stein gave a reporter a teaser of her address. “The issues that are really gripping people are jobs, our economic debt crisis, the student debt crisis, the housing foreclosure crisis, and the skyrocketing cost of health care,” she said.

As part of Stein’s visit to New York, she had planned to appear on John Stossel’s show on Fox Business Network, for a round table along with Stewart Alexander, the Socialist Party candidate, plus Virgil Goode, of the Constitution Party, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. She pulled out, however, when she learned that her remarks on the show would not be broadcast live. “I think it’s really important for us to be able to speak freely, especially when you have an editor like Fox,” she said. Having given up her bully pulpit on national television, and Stossel’s viewers, Stein would now have to fight for a chance to speak above the joyful din at Bowling Green.

A little after ten o’clock, whistles and tambourines announced the arrival of the marchers, who slowly assembled in the park below the court. Anthony Gronowicz, the president of the New York Green Party, steered Stein—who paused on the way to grab handfuls of blueberries and wheat sprouts from a plastic container—into what seemed to be the center of the action so that she could address the crowd. Before Gronowicz could claim the spotlight for her, though, the people’s microphone came online:

“Mic check!” called out an unseen protester.

“Mic check!” the crowd responded.
“Why don’t we…” he suggested.
“Why don’t we…”
“Take a walk around this park!”
“Take a walk around this park!”

Thwarted, Stein joined the marchers, only to run into the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping, who was meant to m.c. the festivities, but who had ceded the spot to the collective. He had worked up a sweat in the morning’s activities, and was rummaging around his pockets.

“What kind of reverend am I without a handkerchief?” he boomed in his practiced preacher’s voice, and attempted to guide Stein once more to the front of the crowd. But once again, the people’s mike stopped her, this time for a group singalong of “We Shall Not Be Moved,” which Stein joined. Then the people’s mike requested that everyone be seated, so that a street theatre performance could commence. Stein crouched on the pavement, jotting down notes for her speech, while eight performers holding hoops festooned with plastic garbage bags to look like jellyfish danced to some baleful polka music and explained how the jellyfish were like toxic assets. (Or so it seemed; the people’s mike appeared to have some interference.)

As the Jellyfish Brigade dispersed, Stein once again made her way to the front of the crowd, hoping to capture their attention, but then a new group of performers took the stage, with an allegory about corporate greed and the tooth fairy. So Stein waited in the wings: chatting with supporters, batting away balloons that read “I Am Not a Loan.” After the tooth-fairy tale concluded, another skit began. One of the event organizers, Rebecca Manski, a slim woman in a black lace dress, signalled to the performers that it was time to wrap up. “It was cool at first, but now it’s annoying,” she muttered.

With that last allegory complete, a Lenin look-alike named Peter Ruch (actually Rugh) sprang into the middle of the group and introduced Stein’s running mate, Cheri Honkala, “the first formerly homeless woman running for Vice-President,” who brought on Stein. Finally able to speak, Stein ran through her best applause lines. She declared that America is at a breaking point, and that it’s “time to turn that breaking point into a tipping point,” and she criticized the Dodd-Frank Act as “gutless, toothless, and useless.” As she brought her speech to its end, she pointed to the nearby headquarters of H.S.B.C. and described its “greenwashing” initiatives as a “partnership with the devil.” The protesters wiggled their fingers in the air to signal their support. With that, Stein relinquished the people’s mike to Green Party speakers from South Africa and England. Her schedule called for a few more interviews, and then a break until a fundraiser in the evening. She’d only slept five hours in the last two nights, and she needed a nap.

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Google+ photos inc JillCheri, Rebecca Manski, Peter Rugh, others:
 Jill at Storm Wall Street 

Speeches 4 mins into vid: 

Cheri & Jill Speak: Jill denounces “Partnership with the Devil”.  


Occupy Wall Street Anniversary

imgres-2.jpeg Monday, September 17, 10am EST: Jill Stein will be addressing the crowd at Bowling Green, focusing on the connection between climate change and big banks.


99% Ground Swell Against Wall Street’s Debt to Mother Earth

JOIN Rev. Billy, Jill Stein, Polly Higgins, the 99%, The TimesUp! Polar Bears on Bikes, the Solar Panel and Rising Sea Level Swimmer Brigade as we take Wall Street by STORM!!!

At 10am, we will unite in front of the doors of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, at Bowling Green, the site of Occupy Wall Street’s first assembly. All roads lead to Wall Street, when it comes to the environmental crisis: Every day, the big banks invest in fossil fuel extraction and borrow against our future. Rising sea levels and surging debt will soon land us underwater!

At the site from which Occupy Wall Street first arose, we are calling for an end to the corporate occupation of the planet and demonstrating that a just and sustainable world is possible. As the 99% circle New York’s first public park, our groundswell will remind the 1% of their growing debts to Mother Earth and that the Commons belong to us all.

Streamer already on the ground.

Should be up directly:
Nathan Grant
Tim Poole

Chitown support:

In Solidarity Against Austerity: Occupy Chicago Celebrates the Anniversary of OWS

September 17th, at Congress and Michigan. Rally at 5:30pm. March steps off at 6:00pm.

Livestreams at:

It’s getting Intense!

Dear Paul,

Yesterday Jill Stein walked the picket line for the Chicago public schools. In Pennsylvania, Cheri Honkala rallied for voting rights and against that state’s voter ID law.



Jill_Stein_Chicago_strike.jpgEarlier today, Jill Stein joined the picket lines at Amundsen and Lane Tech, two Chicago high schools. On her way from Ohio, she cancelled her morning appearances in Minnesota in order to visit Chicago teachers, parents, and students who have been engaged in a citywide strike since Monday.

The battle the teachers of the Chicago Public Schools are fighting is not one of their choosing. It is one which has been foisted on them by politicians who have been bankrolled by, and who therefore represent the interests of, the 1%.


Cheri_Honkala_Voting_Rights_Rally.jpgAt a press conference today in front of the Municipal Service Building in Philadelphia, Green Party VP candidate and National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Cheri Honkala, made the following remarks about the state’s proposed new voter ID law, currently being challenged in the courts:

“Politicians should be our servants. It says in the Declaration of Independence that in America power is derived from the consent of the governed. And that consent is granted, formally, by our vote that elects people to office. So politicians have nojust power except that which we award them by our vote. That’s why the right to vote is fundamental to the legitimacy of our government. If you don’t let me vote, you have no right to exercise the power of office.


Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala will appear on at least 85% of the ballots cast this November. Following is the state-by-state ballot access breakdown.

Last updated on September 12, 2012 Ballot Access Map

We are currently seeking a ballot line or litigating in: Kansas, Nevada, North Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

We are on the ballot in: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawai’i, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin and new states Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Virginia!

We will appear as write-ins in: Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, and New Hampshire.

CNN poll shows Jill Stein climbing into the race

Stein at remarkable 2% versus Obama, Romney, Johnson

In a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday afternoon, a remarkable 2% of registered voters said they would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein over Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or Libertarian Gary Johnson for president of the United States.  Based on the number of total voters in 2008, 2% of voters in the upcoming election could equal approximately 2.4 million people.  The Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala ticket expects to be on the ballot in 40 states come November, with 85% of Americans seeing their names on the ballot.

“People are starting to realize that they have a choice in the upcoming election, and that choice includes a presidential candidate who is not a pawn of Wall Street,” said Stein.  “Voters want a Green New Deal for America and Cheri Honkala and I are offering that.”

Earlier this month the Stein campaign bought over $150,000 worth of airtime on cable TV nationally and in select markets across the country to run this controversial ad.  In the ad Stein calls for a revolution and says that what we don’t need is:  “pandering irresponsible bullshit that passes itself off as campaigning.  I can’t believe I just said that, but that’s how I feel,” she says.

Stein, a medical doctor who once ran against Mitt Romney for Governor of Massachusetts, is proposing a Green New Deal for America that will create 25 million jobs, end unemployment, and transition our country to a green economy. Her proposals will also guarantee public higher education and Medicare for all, break up the big banks, and end corporate domination of elections.

Running mate Cheri Honkala is the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial, inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.

Watch Jill and Cheri on ‘Moyers & Company’!


This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks with Green Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala about their campaign platform and what they’ve learned about American politics.

The episode, appropriately entitled “Challenging Power, Changing Politics,”  delves into the history of the candidates’ civic engagement and their vision for a just, sustainable future. Don’t miss it!

Moyers & Company airs weekly on public television – Check your local listings  and learn more at

Photo courtesy Dale Robbins / Moyers & Company

If you missed them on TV, here they are: 

Allow the gray bar to go all the way across (fully download) before playing. You may not want to go to full screen. There may still be a little stalling but just wait–you won’t miss anything.

This is great! When Cheri talks “the tipping point”, she even scares Moyers! lol

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary

Occupy Wall Street Anniversary


imgres-2.jpegJill Stein and Cheri Honkala will be at the Occupy Wall Street Anniversary events from September 16-18.  We are still putting together their full itineraries and will post them here as we know more.  Check back soon!

September 16, 2012 at 3pm – September 19, 2012 at 3pm
Zuccoti Park
115 Broadway
New York, NY 10005
United States
Comprehensive OWS Updates:


Artwork by Ed Seeman