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On the Stein/Honkala Campaign Trail

On the Stein/Honkala Campaign Trail

“This has been such an easy campaign. It’s like giving out candy,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party presidential candidate, who was recently nominated at the Green National Con­ven­tion in July. “There is a rebellion going on out here and we [Stein/Honkala campaign] are the political platform for that rebellion. It is absolutely breathtaking.” Stein said the troubled condition of the country and the lack of democratic politics is giving her Green agenda a rousing welcome from the public. With…

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About Jill Stein

About Jill Stein

Mother, doctor and Green presidential candidate Jill Stein sees herself as a mother and a physician. She never thought of herself as a politician. “I was not political,” she said. “It was too corrupt to be politically involved.” But there was a point when she could no longer ignore what was happening. And now Stein is running for president of the United States. “I am an activist because, as a mother and M.D., I am trying to fix the causes…

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About Cheri Honkala

About Cheri Honkala

  Activist goes political running for vice president on the Green Party line In 2011, Cheri Honkala ran for Phila­del­phia sheriff on the Green Party ticket. Her platform wasn’t about enforcing foreclosures, but rather as sheriff she planned to refuse to evict people from their homes. As Honkala has dedicated the past 25 years to protecting the poor and homeless, it became clear to her that running for sheriff seemed the thing to do to stop foreclosures, particularly as big…

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The Origins of the Green New Deal

The Origins of the Green New Deal

The term “Green New Deal” is not original to the Stein campaign — it has been used recently by various organizations advocating rebooting the economy with a jobs program based on investment in environmentally friendly technologies. It refers of course to FDR’s ambitious financial reforms and social programs to address the Great Depression in the 1930s. Those who know a little history may not find it a positive slogan, as the New Deal defused and coopted strong social movements that…

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Solutions for a country in trouble

Solutions for a country in trouble

Jill Stein’s summary of the Green New Deal The Green New Deal is a four-part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depres­sion of the 1930s, the Green New Deal will provide similar relief and create an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy and just. The Four Pillars of the Green New Deal I. The Economic Bill Of Rights Our…

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Reducing global warming

Reducing global warming

Greens score high on the political scorecard for climate change By Mark Dunlea, Green Party of New York State The severe weather patterns throughout the U.S. and the world—drought, floods, heat waves, forest fires—seem to be finally waking up the American public to the fact climate change is not only real, but is already happening. Presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Green New Deal is part of the worldwide effort by the Green Party to take immediate action to confront climate change…

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Scores of Greens on the ballot line

Scores of Greens on the ballot line

A highlight of 2012 Green candidates from across the country By David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware This election cycle has brought forward a new group of Green candidates in several states. In total, hundreds of candidates will be running for positions— from seats in the U.S. Congress, to state legislatures, to city, county and township positions, to seats on boards, such as water commissions and school boards. Some of the numbers, as of late August: 10 candidates for U….

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New Green Party formed in Japan

New Green Party formed in Japan

Group seeks to reflect anti-nuclear, environmental, pro-democracy movements By Mike Feinstein, member, GPUS International Committee In the aftermath of the nuclear meltdown catastrophe at Fukushima, a new Green Party has arisen in Japan. Hop­ing to harness record public opposition to nuclear power, over 400 concerned Jap­anese citizens, and anti-nuclear and environmental groups gathered in Tokyo on July 28th to launch Midori no Tou (Greens Japan). The new party plans to field candidates in the Upper House (House of Council­ors) election…

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Green Party in Canada continues to grow

Green Party in Canada continues to grow

National Convention in British Columbia takes a look at why By Mike Feinstein, member, GPUS International Committee How did the Canadian Green Party win its first election to the House of Commons? Will it win more seats? What are the chances to overthrow Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government? Can Canadian Greens learn from elected Greens around the world? These and other questions highlighted the recent Green Party of Canada bi-annual convention August 17-19, held six years after Elizabeth May…

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Is the Green Party evolving through its presidential campaign?

Is the Green Party evolving through its presidential campaign?

An editorial by David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware I have been stunned by the strength and successes of the Stein-Honkala ticket! Re­gardless of the electoral outcome, make no mistake about it: this campaign is an improvement over our past presidential campaigns. Here’s a brief review. In 1996 and 2000 Ralph Nader was the party’s standard-bearer. At neither time was Nader chosen through a primary pro­cess. Rather, he was an endorsed candidate. His candidacy showed both the benefits and the…

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