Keep the Revolution Going: Jill Stein for President
The Jill Stein for President campaign is building a movement for an America that works for us all. Sign your name below to let Jill know you’re with her.
|We the undersigned urge your support – including your voice and your vote – for Jill Stein for President on the Green Party line as an essential, urgent step to continue building a true American revolution.
A movement for democracy and justice is sweeping the planet – from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring to the Black Lives Matter movement. People are rising up to halt the neoliberal assault, calling for an America and a world that works for all of us. While our movement is winning important victories – notably for living wages and against fossil fuel infrastructure – the economic elite have only tightened their grip. People are realizing that if we want to fix the rigged economy, the rigged racial injustice system, the rigged energy system and more, we must also fix the rigged political system.
The toxic 2016 Presidential election is yet another manifestation of the desperate need for deep change. Many have flocked to the banner of socialism and equality raised by the Sanders campaign, while conservative voters have rejected the illusions peddled by Republican elites. Meanwhile the two corporate parties have anointed the two most disliked politicians in the country to be their standard bearers this November.
Jill Stein’s Power to the People agenda reflects many of the domestic policies of the Sanders campaign – income equality, climate justice, free public higher education, Medicare for All, immigrant rights, racial justice and an end to mass incarceration. In other areas, Stein goes much further than Sanders, calling for the cancellation of student debt, full public financing of elections, and the creation of public banks. Her rapid transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 makes wars for oil obsolete, enabling a 50% cut in the dangerously bloated military budget which has made us less safe, not more safe. Stein offers a foreign policy based on international law and human rights, not economic and military domination that has proven so catastrophic.
While support for the Sanders campaign surpasses that of all other campaigns, the elites of the Democratic Party have stacked party rules to sabotage his campaign, like principled and powerful grassroots candidates before him. The Democratic Party is proving once again that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party.
Each time a challenger such as Jesse Jackson, Dennis Kucinich and Sanders inspired hope among progressives for change, Democratic Party leaders sabotaged the effort. All the while, the Democratic Party has continued to march to the right, becoming more corporatist, imperialist and militarist in spite of its inspired progressive electoral campaigns. The party’s trajectory has been to fake left, but go right.
As the Democrats shut down Sanders’ campaign, some “progressives” are advocating retreat from electoral politics, suggesting people double down on social movements. Of course we must continue to fight for these movements in every way possible. But if we do not also fight for political power, the battles of our social movements will count for little, as they will be outflanked by predatory elites making our laws, writing our budgets, and appointing government administrators. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.” We must bring that demand into the halls of power.
Other loyal Democrats are calling for a focus on Congressional races. But even when the Democratic Party held both houses of Congress and the White House from 2008-2010, the Democratic majority delivered for its corporate sponsors, not everyday people, with Wall Street bailouts, wars for oil, an “all of the above” energy policy that was “drill baby drill” on steroids, and tax favors for the wealthy.
As the Democratic Party continues its assault, growing numbers are looking to the Stein campaign as the vehicle to continue the revolt. The Green Party is currently on the ballot for more than half of voters, and with Stein’s current petition drives, they expect to have ballot lines in all or nearly all states.
The potential for the Stein campaign to become a major force in the 2016 election should not be discounted. Forty-three million people locked in student debt have no way out except through Stein’s plan to cancel student debt and bail out the students like Obama bailed out Wall Street. Young voters overwhelmingly supported Sanders in the primary. Tens of millions of others have made clear that they are not interested in Clinton’s corporate, pro-war agenda.
The groundswell for Donald Trump was created by the economic misery of NAFTA and Wall Street deregulation – policies promoted by both Clintons. Neoliberal Clintonism caused the rise of Trump. Another Clinton presidency will only make things worse. Besides, the lesser evil merely paves the way to the greater evil, because people stay home rather than vote for a lesser-evil politician who’s throwing them under the bus. That’s why blue legislatures, governors, and Congress keep flipping red.
The clock is ticking – on the next Wall Street collapse, the climate meltdown, the expanding wars, the slide towards fascism, nuclear confrontation and more. This is the time to stand up with the courage of our convictions, while we still can. Forget the lesser evil. Fight for the greater good – like our lives depend on it, because they do. The corporate parties will not fix this for us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
The Stein campaign provides the next time-critical step to build peaceful political revolution. Please join us in supporting, volunteering, donating and petitioning to get Jill on the ballot. Tell your friends and neighbors about this historic opportunity to build an America and a world that works for all of us. Together we can put people, planet and peace over profit. #ItsInOurHands
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Chris Hedges, Author
Medea Benjamin, Peace Activist
Marc Lamont Hill, Journalist / Professor
Dr. Margaret Flowers, US Senate candidate (Maryland)
Kevin Zeese, PopularResistance.org
Howie Hawkins, former GPNY Gubernatorial candidate
David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org
Harvey Wasserman, Solartopia
Kali Akuno, Producer, Black Liberation and Labor
Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report
Rosa Clemente, GP VP candidate 2008
Robert Caldwell, Solidarity, Indigenous Peoples Rights Activist
Cheri Honkala, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign
Todd Chretien, Ashley Smith, International Socialist Organization
Joanne Landy, Thomas Harrison, Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Colleen Rowley, Peace activist / FBI whistleblower
Richard Wolff, Economics Professor
Ben Manski, Pro-Democracy Activist
Tali Shapiro-Shimrit Baer, Boycott from Within-BDS (Israel-Occupied Palestine)
David Finkel, Solidarity, Editor-Against the Current
Dan La Botz, American Labor Union Activist, Academic, Journalist, and Author.
Alice Slater, Peace and Environmental Activist
Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative, Seattle City Council Member
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