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Dr Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka Campaign Events: 09/02 – 09/08, 2016.

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Campaign Events

Catch up with the campaign on the road. We’ll be crisscrossing the country to meet supporters, hear your ideas, and build a movement.

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Columbus, Ohio

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Dr Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President of the United States will be at Capital University on the Schaaf Lawn to speak about her vision for America.

In case of rain the event will be held in the Capital University Student Union, Schneider Room. Dr. Fitrakis will introduce Dr Jill Stein. There will be a meet and greet afterwards

Come out and listen to Jill explain how she would change our political landscape by enacting many programs that would:

Eliminate Student Debt
Create Millions of Jobs
Fix our failing infrastucture
Move us off of Fossil Fuel dependency
and so much more!

If you support Jill Stein, if you are dissatified with the 2 most promoted options, if you are open to hearing new and fresh ideas, or if you are just curious come out and hear her vision for the future of our country!! Come out and you will hear policy, not political spin.
Come hear Jill Stein speak on the future of third parties in America as well as student issues and climate change. Reception to follow. This event is sponsored by the Capital University Greens Student Organization.

http://www.Jill2016.com/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jill-stein-visits-columbus-oh-green-party-ohio-tickets-27399140567

Facebook Event Page

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Cleveland, Ohio

This event begins at 6:00 pm, with speakers taking the stage at 7:00 pm.

Besides Dr. Jill Stein, additional speakers include 14th District US House write in Andrew JarviKhalid Samad, Imam Paul Hasan and US Senate candidate Joe DeMare.

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Detroit Rally

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Dr Jill Stein andAjamu Baraka, the 2016 Green Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates will appear at a rally at Bert’s Warehouse Theatreon Saturday fromNoon to 3:00 pm.

This will be their first joint appearance since the Green convention in Houston at the beginning of August

Dr Stein and Ajamu Baraka will speak on how the Green New Deal will address injustice, social  and environmental concerns that residents of Detroit and Michigan deal with on a daily basis. They will also address the horrendous water pollution in Flint and the unjust Incarceration of Rev. Ed Pinkney of Benton Harbor.

Stein and Baraka will address how their campaign has been welcoming former supporters of Bernie Sanders to the corporate-free revolution.

Others speaking include a number of Green Party candidates and former Sanders delegates that have joined the Green Party.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Martha Reeves, Sturge Moreland (formerly with the Temptations), Jose Riojas and others.

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Chicago Rally

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The Green Party of Chicago is thrilled to announce that on September 8, 2016, Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President and the only presidential candidate in the race who stands strong for People, Planet, and Peace — will speak to supporters in Chicago!

Facebook Event page: Sept. 8 Chicago Rally with Jill Stein Event Please join and share!

Jill says: It’s time to build a people’s movement to end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of every person. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes; it’s not in our dreams — it’s in our hands!

Dr. Stein will talk about her urgently needed policies that work for the people, not the powerful: green jobs, fair wages, social justice, and a future for the planet and for human dignity.

Other invited speakers are our Illinois Green Party candidates:Scott Summers for U.S. Senate, Tim Curtin for IL Comptroller,and Metropolitan Water District candidates, George Milkowski, Karen Roothaan, Michael Smith, and Christopher Anthony.

The Chicago Rally with Jill Stein will be at the historic Preston Bradley Building in Uptown, home of the Peoples Church of Chicago, 941 W. Lawrence, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Please RSVP at the Facebook event page or the Illinois Green Party website to let us know you’re coming!

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From The Red & Black.com:

Third parties challenge state ballot rules

 

With presidential candidates as divisive as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, some voters are struggling to find common ground within the Democratic or Republican party this election season. This has led many voters, especially students, to consider third-party candidates who, while generally less popular, may fall more in line with their own ideological beliefs.

This was the case for Raphael Mina Eissa, a senior majoring in international affairs and political science, who said he will be casting the first vote in his life for the Green Party candidate Jill Stein. As a Middle-Eastern Christian, Eissa believes there is no other candidate who looks out for the interests of people within his background.

“Neither Republicans nor liberals properly represents the needs of my people or my country, Egypt, or the Middle East in general,” he said. “I think Jill Stein will be the one to give us what we deserve. Not Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, not Ted Cruz, not Elizabeth Warren.”

Many students have been told before how a vote for a third-party candidate is a waste. The UGA chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a Libertarian organization on campus, hopes to change that theory. Courtesy Connie Ma

Many students have been told before how a vote for a third-party candidate is a waste. The UGA chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a Libertarian organization on campus, hopes to change that theory.
Courtesy Connie Ma

However, despite passionate supporters such as Eissa, third-party candidates face an uphill battle when attempting to compete with the two major parties. In Georgia specifically, the Green Party candidate will not even be listed as a choice for voters, as it was announced Aug. 16 that Stein would not be eligible to be listed on the Georgia Presidential Ballot in November. The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office said the campaign had failed to obtain the 7,500 signatures needed for a third-party candidate to be listed on the ballot.

Signature collection, which is the bedrock of most ballot access laws, can potentially be time-consuming and costly.

Dr. Audrey Haynes, a professor in the University of Georgia’s Department of Political Science with expertise in presidential nominations and elections, said obstacles such as these petitions are common and oftentimes inhibit third-party candidates.

“To get your name on every state ballot is a very arduous endeavor,” she said. “Ballotpedia quotes one statistic that suggests one would need close to 900,000 signatures to make it on every state’s presidential ballot. Every state’s ballot access laws vary and it takes effort and thus money to get on the ballot.”

Ryan Williamson is a graduate student teaching political science, whose research focuses on primaries and voting in general. He argued that ballot access requirements, while they may be restrictive in some cases, generally have many good effects.

“Ballot access laws do serve a number of purposes. The most obvious of these is to restrict the number of candidates on the ballot to only those who are ‘serious,'” he said. “Though some may take contention with the arbitrary nature inherent in deciding which candidates are ‘serious,’ restricting the number of options for voters serves to reduce voter confusion and help insure the winner receives majority support from his or her constituency.”

Williamson said ballot access laws also serve to preserve the integrity of the electoral process “by preventing frivolous or potentially fraudulent candidacies.”

He said while Georgia’s ballot access laws are more restrictive than some states such as Florida, it would be a stretch to call Georgia’s laws extreme compared to many other states. He cited Oklahoma’s laws as an example, where a third party that wants to be on the ballot needs to gather 40,000 valid signatures, compared to the 7,500 needed in Georgia. Oklahoma’s ballot laws are currently being challenged in court by the Green Party.

Haynes also said these requirements can affect candidate’s success in the long run. “The difficulty of raising money when people do not believe a third-party or Independent candidate can win, and people [being] afraid of wasting their vote or casting a vote for a third-party candidate” are all factors that can hurt a third-party candidate’s chances of success.

“Not making the ballot can indeed have negative impacts on a third party aside from the obvious loss of votes. In terms of that year’s election, the party stands to lose a certain amount of momentum and viability across the nation,” Williamson said. “There appears to be a substantial psychological difference in the minds of voters when a candidate says ‘We’ve made it onto the ballot in all 50 states’ as opposed to ‘We’ve made it onto the ballot in a majority of states, but we’re still fighting the good fight in the others.'”

Not making the ballot in a state can have even more far-reaching consequences, Williamson said. In many states, if a party reaches a certain threshold of the vote in statewide or presidential elections, they automatically qualify for the ballot in the next election. Without that advantage, a party will continue to be forced to spend resources to getting on the ballot rather than for campaigning.

Eissa, who volunteered for the Green Party campaign and worked to gather signatures for Stein’s ballot petition, confirmed that gathering signatures was an arduous task. However, he, along with other Green Party members, take issue with the claim that they did not obtain the correct number of verified signatures.

“I think the results are very suspect” Eissa said, “We worked incredibly hard, really exemplifying grassroots political work in our communities, and we were confident in the number of verified signatures we had acquired.”

The Red & Black reached out to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office for a statement, but did not receive a response as of press time.

Despite the setback involving the signatures, the Green Party intends to use other methods to fight its way onto Georgia ballots come November.

“Right now the court has ruled that we will not be on the ballot. We will be in court litigating that before the end of the week. We don’t know how that is going to work out,” said Bruce Dixon, the co-chair of the Green Party of Georgia. “We know the Dems and Reps have created a minefield of obstacles for the third parties because they don’t want the competition. Period. We are what they fear. Whether we succeed in the litigation or not, we are not going away.”

Williamson believes that if the Green Party is ultimately excluded from the ballot, the electoral impact would not immediately be apparent.

“It is unclear what impact the exclusion of the Green Party candidates will have on the election. However, it is not completely out of the question to think it helps Clinton’s chances of being the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Georgia since her husband won here in 1992,” Williamson said, “Though this assumes the ‘Jill not Hill’ voters experience a change of heart, and Clinton’s new campaign efforts in the state prove effective.”

As far as the race for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s seat goes, the potential is even more hazy. In the four conducted polls that have included all three candidates, Isakson hold an average lead of 7.25 points, but falls below the 50 percent automatic win threshold. Williamson said the worst case scenario for Isakson would one where Green voters are galvanized by the exclusion and turn out for Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale. The best case scenario for Isakson, he said, would perhaps be one where the Green voters stay home because their candidate did not make the ballot.


“We know the Dems and Reps have created a minefield of obstacles for the third parties because they don’t want the competition. Period. We are what they fear. Whether we succeed in the litigation or not, we are not going away.”

-Bruce Dixon, co-chair Green Party of Georgia


As for Dixon, the alternative of voting for a Democrat appears to not be an option. When asked if a vote for Jill Stein was a vote for Trump because it could be taking votes from Hillary, Dixon said the question was almost beneath answering.

“Hillary has no inborn right to our votes; no candidate does. Candidates are supposed to earn our vote. Hillary has not come to our rescue,” he said.

Dixon said people know that “neither of the two capitalist parties really believes in economic or social justice.”

They are all obligated to the one percent of the one percent,” he said. “There is a hunger to make a peaceful world. People want these things to happen. They know that the capitalist parties are interested in servicing their investors and contributors. We call those things bribes.”

Thank you The Red & Black.comAlex Vanden Heuvel and Grace Walker

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From The Red & Black.com:

Letter to the Editor: Support Jill Stein

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University of Georgia at Athens charged $4,488 in tuition and fees in the 2000-2001 school year but charged $10,836 in the 2014-2015 school year. This is an increase of 141 percent. In the same time, the median income in Georgia fell by 14 percent.

According to Phan Fei at ProPublica, the median income in the U.S. is falling but public college tuition is climbing. In the US as a whole, median income has fallen 7 percent since 2000, while tuition has risen 80 percent during the same time period.

People are burdened with education loan debt now, but it’s going to be even worse for students who are in attending classes now. Can we do anything about it?

Yes, we can. In 2009, we bailed out the big Wall Street banks with TARP loans and quantitative easing (QE). The TARP loans were just plain money loans and were paid back over time. QE involved the government, through the Federal Reserve, purchasing loans that were uncollected because the borrowers were in financial distress. The Federal Reserve did this repeatedly, until the banks were more stable. The debts involved in the QE process were never paid back. The government essentially wrote them off.

The Green Party, with Jill Stein, M.D. and Ajamu Baraka, Ph.D., wants to do the same thing with student debt. The government, probably working through the Federal Reserve, would buy the student loans from the holding entities [Sallie Mae, for instance], and then just forgive the loans. Wipe them out. Erase them.

What would be the results of this action? The effect on the individual debtor would be immediate and clear. He or she would have a better credit rating because of less debt and would have funds to actually buy things. The effect on the overall economy would take a little longer to become apparent but it would be inevitable. More people would be buying things, increasing overall demand, which would force more production, which would create more jobs. It would be a boost to the entire economy.

The only way we can do this any time soon is to vote for the Green Party candidates for President this year. Vote for Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

Thank you The Red & Black.com & Linda Featheringill

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