News from our Presidential ticket:
Hip-Hop and the Green Party: Jared Ball and Rosa Clemente Were Right. Shamako Noble of the Green Party and Hip-Hop Congress discusses the burgeoning relationship between the hip-hop community and the Green Party as both look to move past the rhetoric and imagery of current and past presidential/electoral politics.
Why I'm Voting Green. Author and Activist Chris Hedges explains why he's voting for Stein/Honkala.
Voting Green in a Swing State. B. Sidney Smith explains why he's voting for Stein/Honkala, even though he lives in the swing state of Virginia.
Jill Stein was recently arrested for bringing food and supplies to activists blocking the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. Articles posted on her campaign website explain why she risked arrest.
Jill Stein will be in debates the Sunday and Monday before the election; see our debate post for more details.
If you're registered Green in SF, you should have received this card in the mail:
These are our endorsements for November 2012; click on them for longer explanations:
- 30: YES - Jerry Brown Tax Plan
- 31: NO - State Spending Cuts
- 32: NO - Limit Political Contribution from Unions
- 33: NO - Increase Car Insurance Rates
- 34: YES - End Death Penalty
- 35: NO - Misleading Human Trafficking Initiative
- 36: YES - 3 Strikes Reform
- 37: YES - Label GMO Foods
- 38: NO - Munger Tax Plan
- 39: YES - Clean Energy Jobs Act
- 40: YES- Keep Citizen -drawn Districts
- A: YES - Save City College
- B: NO - Bond to Fund Park Privatization
- C - did not reach consensus on supporting or opposing Housing Trust
- D: NO - Fewer Elections
- E: YES - Gross Receipts Tax
- F - did not reach consensus on supporting or opposing Hetch Hetchy Study
- G: YES - Oppose Corporate Personhood
- D1: Eric Mar
- D3: No endorsement
- D5: #1 John Rizzo,
- #2 Julian Davis, Christina Olague (dual #2)
- D7: No endorsement
- D9: David Campos
- D11: John Avalos
School Board: Sandra Fewer, Kim Garcia-Meza, Gladys Soto & Shamann Walton
City College Board: Rafael Mandelman
BART Board, D9: Tom Radulovich
State Assembly, AD17: Tom Ammiano
State Assembly, SD11: Mark Leno
Congress, CD12: No endorsement
An open letter to the San Francisco Democratic Party Central Committee, from Denise D'Anne, Green Party county council member:
The Democratic Party, at least in San Francisco, is noted for its compassion and egalitarian principles. Recently, during the last debate between candidates Obama and Romney, Dr. Jill Stein, a Green Party presidential candidate, was not only denied entrance to the debate, but also arrested. She was shackled to a metal chair for eight hours merely for expressing her constitutional right to be unhindered in her expression of attending a debate. This kind of police tactic is a blemish on all of us who sit back and allow this abuse of anyone's constitutional right to peaceful free speech or association and should not be tolerated in a democratic society. It behooves this body to express its outrage no matter who is denied their right guaranteed under our constitution and laws.
By not speaking out we give silent assent to an abuse that may come back to us in a similar fashion under different circumstances. Please use this opportunity to write to the authorities in Hempstead, New York or Hofstra University where the debate was held on October 16.
Congratulations to the four Supervisors who thwarted the City Family's attempt to illegally fire Sheriff Mirkarimi: Christina Olague (D5), David Campos (D9), John Avalos (D11), and Jane Kim (D6). See the Green Party's statement on Sheriff Mirkarimi for why we think he should be allowed to serve his term.
See updates below on additional debates.
As explained on Democracy Now, the Democratic and Republican parties have conspired for years to shut all other voices out of their Budweiser sponsored-Presidential debates.
This year, Democracy Now! expanded the first debate by splicing in real-time footage of the Green Party's Jill Stein and Justice Party's Rocky Anderson as they responded to the same questions as the two Wall Street candidates. The Libertarian candidate was also invited to participate, but declined. Watch the first debate below, as Jill Stein demolishes Romney for a second time:
Democracy Now! also expanded the Vice Presidential debate by including the Green Party's Cheri Honkala and Luis Rodriguez of the Justice Party
Democracy Now! expanded the 2nd Presidential debate in a 2 hour special, including Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. Jill Stein was especially impressive after having been arrested (along with Cheri Honkala) and handcuffed to a chair for 8 hours the night before by thugs hired by the Democratic and Republican parties.
Jill Stein debated Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party (who skipped the first 2 debates on Democracy Now!) one on one, in a forum sponsored by the Independent Voter Network. There were some technical issues with this one, but it's worth watching!
Democracy Now! also expanded the third Presidential debate in a 3.5 hour special, including Jill Stein of the Green Party and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson (Gary Johnson skipped this one as well). A panel of Bay Area guests also provided comments.
The Green Party's Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala recently participated in an election panel discussion (not a debate) with other activists hosted by Davey D on the KPFA Morning Mix show.
Finally, KALW (not KPFA) covered the 3rd Party Debate on October 23, hosted by Larry King. The debate featured Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. Video of the event can be seen on CSPAN website, or watch it below:
On Sunday, November 4, former Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader will host a debate between Jill Stein of the Green Party, Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode, Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson, and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. The event should be broadcast online; check this page for updates.
The last debate before the election will take place on Monday, November 5. Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will debate live from RT’s Washington, DC studio. More details are posted here about how to watch this on TV or online.
It's easier than ever to join the Green Party! California residents can now register online, and you no longer have to print out and mail in a paper form. And although same-day voter registration recently passed, it is not yet in effect. You have until October 22 to register for this November's election if you have moved to a different address.