Tag: Green Party

Stein Welcomes Chance To Testify Before Congress

By Michael July 2, 2017 Off

Jill Stein, the 2016 Green Party Presidential candidate, says she welcomes a chance to testify before Congress concerning a dinner she attended in Russian during a December 2015 trip abroad. At this dinner, former Trump administration National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russian President Vladimir Putin were seated across the table from her. read more

Jill Stein Denies She Took Money from Putin

By Michael June 21, 2017 Off

Sounds of jazz from the bebop era flowed through the air of a two story home in Atlanta’s snazzy Little Five Points community on Friday, June 17, 2017 miles from Putin and Russia. Small groups of Green Party loyalists mingled, drinking purified water, nibbling on arugula salad with pitted and unpitted olives, humus and artichokes. read more

Jill Stein Poised To Win Or Spoil It!

By Michael August 29, 2016 Off

Jill Stein is poised to spoil or win the 2016 election for president of the United States. Last week Stein’s campaign released data showing that she has successfully gained access to 37 of the nation’s 50 state ballots.

Ballot access is automatically given to the nominees of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. In order for an Independent or other political party to be listed on the ballot in each of the states, they must secure a predetermined number of signatures on a petition requesting to be placed on the ballot. read more

Stein Calls Flood Relief Unfair and Uneven

By Michael August 24, 2016 Off

Jill Stein, following a tour of Denham Springs, Louisiana this week, said she witnessed first hand the unfair and uneven flood relief efforts.

Stein’s remarks were made during a Tuesday, August 23rd press conference at the National Press Club in the District of Columbia.

Denham Springs, Louisiana population of roughly 10,000 people was hit hard by the recent flooding. However, Stein said she did not see any evidence of a recovery effort in the Black section of Denham Springs that she toured. read more

Jill Stein Pushes Progressive Tax Plan

By Michael August 13, 2016 Off

Jill Stein, Green Party presidential nominee has unveiled a progressive tax plan for corporations and wealthy Americans. Stein’s platform says that “State and federal taxes must be progressive.” A progressive taxation plan taxes high income earners at a higher rate than lower wage earners. read more

Jill Stein Calls For Tax Cuts For Workers

By Michael August 12, 2016 Off

During election season, a political slogan is  frequently heard:”Tax cuts for the wealthy!”It usually is met with disdain, as one opponent accuses the other of favoring tax breaks for the rich.

This political season, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, has a tax plan that changes that refrain to “tax cuts for the workers!” read more

Jill Stein Nomination Virtual Media Blackout

By Michael August 10, 2016 Off

There was a virtual media blackout at the Green Party Convention last week in Houston, Texas.

Like any national political convention, the Green Party’s time on the stage did not go as smoothly as convention planners had hoped. It had a hiccup or two before delegates selected Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka as the party’s standard- bearers in November’s General Election. But unlike the recently held Republican and Democratic conventions, the Green Party convention was held before a virtual media blackout. read more

A Green Challenge To The Red And Blue

By Michael August 9, 2016 Off
 HOUSTON, TEXAS, CASCADE PRESS (CP) Is a Green challenge to the red and blue teams possible in 2016? I am not Green. But last week I spent three days at The Green Party Convention in Houston, Texas. My presence prompted three people to ask me the following question. “Harold, why would you travel to Houston to cover The Green Party Convention,” Tracy Larkin, host of the Tan Town Coffee Club on the Tracy Larkin Broadcast Network (tlbnetwork.com) asked right off the bat, during our weekly telephone interview on Presidential Politics. For the past year, I have been offering my perspective of the 2016 presidential race to listeners of the Tan Town Coffee Club Show.  In the past, I have provided my commentary from the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, from the Golden Isles of Georgia on Saint Simon Island and while lost on a country road in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Last Saturday morning our interview took place via telephone, as usual, while I was in a theater at the Student Center South on the campus of the University of Houston.  I was embedded in the media section of the Green Party’s Nominating Convention. As fate would have it, the convention took a recess in order to set up a Skype interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, just in time for me to receive my regular Saturday morning call from Tracy Larkin. This was not the first time I had been asked that question. The day before, I was walking through the student center enroute to a press conference with Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein. I was stopped by a sheepherder, Beryl Baker, from Tucson, Arizona. She took one look at the handwritten media pass that had been issued by the media credentialing committee and queried, “What’s with that media badge?” She has been a member of the party since 2000. She is running for the office of constable  in Tucson. The look on her face doubted that I was a member of the media and had handwritten a media pass in order to spy on her party’s gathering. I assured her that I did not have time to play games and that I did not appreciate her challenge of my credentials, inasmuch, as her party had issued the handwritten press badge. The Green Party Press Pass was a far cry from the press credentials that allowed media access to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The 2012 DNC was a historic convention. It was the first time a major political party had nominated a Black man as it nominee for two consecutive election cycles. After we cleared the air, she wanted to know why was I there, because she said, media outlets rarely covered any of their other conventions. As only a sheepherder can do it, she got to the real nitty-gritty, she asked if I was there to write a mean-spirited story about the Greens. I told her what I would tell Tracy Larkin the next day. I told her that I came to answer two questions in my mind. First, I wanted to understand who are the people who make up the Green Party. Next, I wanted to get a feel and sense of whether the Green Party could take advantage of the growing discontent Americans have for both of the major parties nominees. In short, could the Green Party pull off a miraculous victory. Then a prolific blond video blogger from Vermont, Claudia Stauber, posited the same question and broadcast my answer to thousands of her followers on Facebook. As a result, I received a flood of new friend requests from her subscribers. So, in between, press conferences and workshops on “abolishing corporate constitutional rights, confronting oppressive behaviors on racism and sexism and why the Green Party must become a membership financed party,” I talked with as many delegates and attendees as I could. Racially, the Green Party is primarily white, working class and poor. Very few of them watch television and of those who do, none tune into Fox News. It has a strong contingent of indigenous people, and a small, but solid tribe of Africans. If I had to guess, I would surmise that fewer than 10 percent of its members make more than $50,000 annually; with a large percentage making an average of $35,000 per year. There is no scientific basis for this guesstimate. I based these numbers purely on what members told me about their lives and by use of my own internal radar. Many of those in attendance were like Tim Dehne, a party regular since President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into law in 1994. He took a two-day ride on a Greyhound Bus from his home in Corvallis, Oregon. A two-time victor over cancer, Dehne, encountered many Americans on his bus trip, who are not registered voters and could care less about the presidential election taking place in November. Others drove from California, Washington State, Missouri, Vermont, Michigan, Georgia and Mississippi. They are serious about their issues, i. e., climate control, $15.00 an hour wage, universal health care, immigration reform and providing reparation to descendents of enslaved Africans. A refrain heard by several white speakers during the convention was that white people had to stop being white. David Cobb, the driving force behind the Move to Amend Movement said that white was a construct that has no place in today’s world. In fact he opined, that race was created to keep the natural allies – European immigrants and African immigrants – separated and at each other throats; and not at the throat of the captains of industry who profit from this division. Two black scholars, Asa Gordon, an expert on the electoral college from the District of Columbia and YahNe’ Ndgo, a nineteen year old freedom fighter from Philadelphia, challenged members to cleanse themselves of their racial biases. One white delegate from Mississippi walked out on Ndgo’s challenge for whites to purge themselves of their racism. The delegate later explained over a cool beverage, “I walked out on her because, I know I am a racist, but she does not have to tell me that I am one.” Which leads me to the second question I wanted to answer during my sojourn to the Green Party Convention. In order to have any chance of competing against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Green Party will have to expand its base. While they have much in common on the issues with progressive whites, Latinos, indigenous people and Blacks who supported Bernie Sanders, they are not, as is the case with most white Americans, familiar with the nuances of people of color. However, I saw a genuine and unique attempt to embrace the differences in people, in race relations, in sexual preferences and in perceived disabilities.  It was refreshing to see white people check other whites on race and ethnicity. Stein has pledged to paint the White House Green, thus sticking a psychological dagger into the heart of racism and white supremacy with the stroke of a house painter’s brush. No longer will the assumption be that the White House belongs to a dominant white male mindset, but to people of all hues, sex and religious belief or nonbelief. While the Jill Stein-Ajamu Baraka ticket will get some Black votes, it is not likely they will pull many members of the Black Bourgeoisie into the Green fold. Members of the Black professional class would lose status and finance should the Green Party win and lift the Black poor out of poverty. Surely, had this class of Black people been interested in lifting up less fortunate Blacks, there would be some tangible manifestations of this desire, as there is enough representation from this Black class in congress to have made significant inroads by now. Black congress members perpetually fight the battle for voting rights, purely it seems, out of a desire to survive in office; without correspondingly pushing for a decent wage, or for instance, financial access  to college. A case in point, many of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities that were founded to provide a pathway for Blacks to enter the American economy coming out of the era of enslavement are on the verge of closing their doors due to lack of funding and student financial aid from the federal government. If the Green Party is going to get a large percentage of Black votes, Baraka, a renowned international peace activist, will have to get the Pan African community to turn out in record numbers. This segment of the Black community, like the disinterested white poor that Dehne saw on his two-day bus ride down from Oregon, has never exerted its political muscle on election day; at least for the Blacks, not like their ancestors did in 1868 and for a few decades after the Reconstruction era. Many Pan Africanist have thrown up their hands at what they believe is a corrupt political system. This resulting hopelessness in the system, causes a sense of apathy about voting. Should the Pan African community show up around the issue of reparations; and Stein can mobilize recent college graduates with her plan to forgive student loan debt, the Greens could pull off a nonviolent revolution at the ballot box. We will watch and report. Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com.

The Politics Of Fear In 2016

By Michael August 7, 2016 Off

HOUSTON, TEXAS, CASCADE PRESS (CP) In 2016 the Politics of Fear is about the only way I can describe the first post-Obama presidential election.

“Fear reckless Trump,” the Hillary-Kaine Democratic ticket proclaims! ”

Fear lying Hillary,” is the Trump-Pence campaign retort.

Each campaign is playing the fear card hoping that enough Americans will be so fearful of their opponent that voters will select them instead. read more

Jill Stein One Upped Sanders

By Michael July 3, 2016 Off

Jill Stein has”One Upped”  Vermont Senator and Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders. Stein, the presumptive Green Party nominee for President has gone one better in addressing the tremendous debt college graduates have after completing their education.

Stein sensing that voters under the age of 45 will need a place to park their hats in the November General Election, has pledged to make “student loan forgiveness” a top priority on her first day in the Oval office should voters select her in November. read more