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

2016 Bexar Green Ballot Slate

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

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


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


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. 


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.

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Stein in Russia calls for principled collaboration


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…

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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…


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