Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight’s debate a “mockumentary”

Jill-Stein-Cheri-Honkala-CPD-Debate-arrest.png(HEMPSTEAD, NY) – Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, were just now forcibly prevented from entering the grounds of tonight’s presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). See a video here.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala will appear on 85% of ballots on Election Day, and recently polled 2-3% in four consecutive national polls. The Federal government recognizes Jill Stein as a qualified presidential candidate, having approved her campaign for federal matching funds. Yet the two women were arrested by local police when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, where the debate is scheduled to take place. They are currently still in police custody.

Be-the-Debate.pngDr. Stein and Ms. Honkala walked with supporters toward the Hofstra campus at 2:00pm EST today. There they were met by three ranks of police officers in uniform and plainclothes. At this point, the Green Party candidates held an impromptu press conference in which Dr. Stein called the CPD debate a “mockumentary,” saying that, “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.”

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala then turned and began walking onto the debate grounds, at which point the rank of police officers physically stopped them and pushed them back. The two women sat down and the police arrested them, saying that Stein and Honkala would be charged with “obstructing traffic,” a charge Jill Stein for President staffer and lawyer Alex Howard called “bogus” in that there was no through-traffic visible at any time during the incident. 

The presidential debates are the first opportunity for millions of voters to see the candidates themselves, not just their advertising campaigns. These debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) – a supposedly “nonpartisan” entity which is a puppet of and serves the interests of the Democrats, Republicans and the big corporations that fund both of them. The CPD’s criteria to be included in these debates is designed to exclude independent presidential contenders who promote ideas that challenge those in power.

Over 14,000 have signed a statement calling on CPD to change its criteria, and repeated public calls for opening the CPD debates have been ignored by that corporation.

“The debates must include every candidate who is on enough ballots to win the White House and who has demonstrated a minimal level of support — meaning either 1% of the vote in a credible national poll, or qualification for federal matching funds, or both,” reads the statement. “In 2012, the Green and Libertarian party candidates both meet all of these criteria and are both contenders for the presidency…These debates belong to the people, not the politicians or Wall Street.”

In addition there have been protests all over the country about this issue including in Boston, home of the Romney headquarters, and in Denver and Kentucky – the sites of the two recent presidential and vice presidential debates.

Jill Stein will be participating in at least four debates coming up, during which the American people will be able to learn the real range of options available to them this election.  Below are the list of debates in which Jill Stein will be participating:

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Metroland Newspaper Endorses Howie Hawkins for Governor

Metroland: Howie Hawkins for New York State Governor Carl Paladino represents what is perhaps most loathsome in politics these days—a rich, Albany insider trying to capitalize on fear, racism and bigotry to gain control of the government that already greatly benefits his business. This should be an easy endorsement for Andrew Cuomo, but sadly, it [...] Continue reading

The Great Debate

Howie Hawkins of the “Green Party” looked and sounded the most like a legitimate major party candidate – if that party was a major Progressive party. He had knowledge of all the issues and realistic answers to all the questions. His positions on eliminating special interest money from public business by public finance of campaigns [...] Continue reading

Green Party Candidate For Governor Howie Hawkins On NY1’s “Inside City Hall”

From: NY1

Howie Hawkins Video

Green Party Candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins made his pitch to run New York State in an interview on Thursday’s edition of “Inside City Hall.”

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Green Party Election Results

Non-offical returns for all NY Green Party Candidates.

Allen Carstensen
Town Supervisor, Ulysses
Roxanne Marino (Dem) 693 88%
Allen Carstensen (Grn) 91 12%

Evergreen C. Chou
City Council, 20th District, Flushing, Queens
Peter Koo (GOP) 8,081 49.6%
Yen Chou (Dem) 7,278 44.7 %
S.J. Jung (WF) 664 4.1%
Evergreen Chou (Grn) 270 1.7%

Jennifer Dotson
Alderperson, 1st ward, Ithaca
Running unopposed, 212 votes total
166 Democratic line
46 on the Green line

Joe Duffy
Mayor, Hornell
Shawn D. Hogan (Dem) 925 66%
Joseph J. Duffy (Grn) 466 34%

Jeff Green
Town Board, Kent
(Two Seats)
Louis D. Tartaro 1,238 22.53%
John A. Greene 1,115 20.29%
Jeff Green (Grn) 998 18.16%
Karl R. Rohde 771 14.03%
Thomas F. Maxson 704 12.81%
Edward C. Durkee 669 12.17%

Luke Gucker
City Council, 11th ward, Albany
Anton Konev 352 52%
Luke Gucker (Grn) 227 34%
Ken Barnes 92 14%

Howie Hawkins
City Council, 4th district, Syracuse
Thomas M. Seals (D-Wor) 1,424 59%
Howie Hawkins (Gre) 974 41%

Mary Jo Long
Town Council, Afton
(Two Seats)
John H Lawrence 235
Mary Jo Long (Grn) 222
Robert Tallmadge 208

Walter Nestler
City Council, 18th district, Bronx
Annabel Palma (Dem) 11,983 87.8%
Leopold Paul (Rep) 1,063 7.8%
Walter Nestler (Grn) 421 3.1%
Arqui Sanders (Con) 186 1.4%

David Pechefsky
City Council, 39th district, Brooklyn
Bradford Lander (Dem) 15,279 69.7%
Joe Nardiello (GOP) 3,650 16.6%
David Pechefsky (Grn) 1,524 7.0%
Roger Sarrabo (Lib) 815 – 4%
George Smith (Con) 658 – 3%

Darin Robbins
7th ward Alderman, Corning
James Nelson (GOP): 174 52%
Daniel Blodgett (Dem): 127 37%
Darin Robbins (Grn): 33 10%

Lynne Serpe
City Council, 22nd district, Astoria, Queens
Peter Vallone (Dem) 10565 74.52%
Lynne Serpe (Grn) 3323 23.44%
Gerald F. Kann (Pop) 290 2.05%

William Talen
Mayor, New York City
Michael Bloomberg (GOP) 557059 50.61%
William Thompson (Dem) 506717 46.04%
Stephen Christopher (Con) 18277 1.66%
Billy Talen (Grn) 8964 0.81%
Francisca Villar (PSL) 3517 0.32%
Jimmy McMillan (Oth) 2615 0.24%
Joseph Dobrian (Lib) 2004 0.18%
Daniel Fein (SWP) 1496 0.14%

Russell Ziemba
City Council, 3rd district, Troy
Bodnar R/I/C 513 42%
Hoffmeister D/TA 394 32%
Ziemba WF/G 321 26%

Green Party candidates in New York.

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Vote Green Party in NY Today!

Election Day is upon us today. This year the Green Party in New York State has a dozen strong candidates across the state running for election or re-election. The Green Party represents a real choice in the usually sordid world of New York State politics.

Greens around the state have been fighting against the spoiling of our wilderness, harmful gas drilling upstate, for single-payer universal health care, affordable housing, living wage jobs, same-sex marriage equality, and against climate change.

Help us put them over the top by contacting their campaigns to volunteer on election day, getting the word out to friends and family in their districts, and being sure to Vote Green!

Green Party candidates in New York.

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