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Green Party of New York: “Open” primaries are not the answer

On Monday, the day before competitive Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in New York, the Green Party of New York said, “We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in… Continue Reading

Upstate New York shop offers Stein-themed green tea donut

Troy, New York, donut shop Nibble Inc. offered a “Green With Stein” donut this week in advance of the state’s Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. In addition to the donut honoring Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, the shop had… Continue Reading

Texas Green U.S. House candidate Tijerina steps up campaign

Vanessa Tijerina, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Texas’s 15th District, is stepping up her campaign. Tijerina, a nurse and activist, visited United Nations in New York to delegate on behalf of economic development, global faith awareness, and civil rights earlier this month. She recently debated Democratic candidates for the open-seat race, and has […]

Hawkins arrested at gas storage facility protest

Longtime Green Party activist Howie Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lake blockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility in upstate New York. According to the Green Party of New York, Hawkins “joined a U.S. armed forces veterans contingent in a human chain across the entrance to Crestwood Midstream […]

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:

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 [...] Read more »

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 [...] Read more »

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