Campaign Trail

Jill 2016

It’s been a whirlwind on the campaign trail! I wanted to share with a few of the remarkable moments that have left me humbled and honored that the peaceful rebellion has found a home in our campaign.

In California I joined journalist Chris Hedges and Gayle McLaughlin, Green Mayor-turned-City Council Member of Richmond California, for a discussion on “The Moral Imperative of Revolt”. The crowd of hundreds agreed with us wholeheartedly that we have a moral imperative to revolt in the voting booth!

I also met with the organizers of the San Onofre nuclear power plant resistance. They succeeded in getting their nuclear power plant shut down, inspiring communities everywhere threatened by nuclear disaster to do the same. They still have a nuclear waste crisis to deal with, showing yet again why nuclear power is a catastrophe waiting to happen, not a solution to our energy problems. Like so many activists, they too are realizing the only livable future is Green, for our politics as for our energy.

And I had an exciting conversation with Tavis Smiley, which you can see here.

In Washington DC I met with several people on an astounding 18-day water-only fast to demand that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission stop issuing any new permits for the fossil fuel infrastructure causing climate catastrophe. In contrast to the bipartisan consensus of “all of the above”, ours is the only campaign calling for 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 and an immediate halt to all new fossil fuel infrastructure and exploration.

In Baltimore I attended an event to support the inspirational, unstoppable Dr. Margaret Flowers, who recently announced her Green campaign for US Senate in Maryland. Soon after, Margaret was arrested for her courageous protest of the US war crime of bombing the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan.

In New York City
 I attended a 10th anniversary gala for the TV station RT, along with Chris Hedges, peace activists Col. Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, and hip hop artist Immortal Technique. Our Russian friends at the gala were excited about our campaign proposals for US-Russian led initiatives for a weapons embargo to Syria and the Middle East, creating a fossil-fuel-free Arctic Sanctuary, and resuming steps toward nuclear disarmament (sabotaged by the unilateral US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2000). I also had the honor of speaking briefly with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.