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Green Party USA encourages national Occupiers to impact the 2012 elections by running for office or by supporting up-and-coming Green Party presidential hopefuls. When You Find Yourself In A Hole -- Quit Digging!! -- Reject Democrats -- Reject Republicans


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PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 6:15 am




For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614;

Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,

As some Occupy Movement participants turn to electoral activism, the Green Party sends them an invitation

Greens condemn orders for police to clear Occupy encampments in Oakland, California and New York's Zuccotti Park

Green Party Election Results for November 2011 - Green Party Watch:

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WASHINGTON, DC -- As some participants in the Occupy Movement across the US begin to turn towards involvement in elections, Green Party leaders are inviting them to run for office as Greens and to support Green candidates.

"The Green Party encourages those Occupiers who want to have an effect on the 2012 elections to help us build a permanent alternative party that represents the interests of "We The People" -- the 99 percent -- instead of banks, oil companies, arms manufacturers, insurance firms, and other powerful lobbies.

The Green Party accepts no money from corporate PACs.

Our platform reflects the values and demands of Occupy Wall Street," said Kent Mesplay, candidate for the Green Party's 2012 presidential nomination:

Breaking News: Greens condemned the police clearance of the Occupy Oakland encampment and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's order for police to evict the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park on November 15.

New York Greens are offering assistance in the form of emergency housing, arrest support, and food and expressed hope that the court order obtained by the National Lawyers Guild would allow the encampment to continue.

Greens noted that the clearances and other
police actions in various cities will swell the November 17 Day of Action:

*(See "Eviction of Wall Street Occupation Exposes Mayor's Corporate Collusion, Says NY Green Party," Green Party of New York State press release, Nov. 15:

Occupy Wall Street in New York City and other Occupy protests have declared that they do not endorse any political party and that the demonstrations are not a venue for electioneering.

The Green Party has respected and cooperated with this request:

But many Occupiers have begun to embrace electoral participation as a strategy for challenging the corporate corruption and the erosion of democracy in the US :

Occupy Cincinnati demonstrators are working to establish their own party

Carl Mayer, public defender and long-time Ralph Nader/Green Party supporter, recently spoke before Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park and expressed "his hopes of the OWS movement's becoming a viable third party in the future":

"The Green Party, as an established national party, has laid a foundation for Occupy candidates to run for public office," said Budd Dickinson, secretary of the Green Party of the United States.

"In many states, Greens have accomplished the difficult task of achieving ballot status, overcoming prohibitive rules enacted by Democratic and Republican politicians to hinder alternative parties and candidates.

By allying themselves with the Green Party, by becoming the Green Party in some states and towns, Occupiers who wish to launch campaigns for office can take advantage of the infrastructure and experience we've been building for more than a decade."

In New York, the Green Party gained major-party status through Howie Hawkins' campaign for governor in 2010, fulfilling the state's difficult requirements and earning the Green Party of New York State its place on the 2012 ballot.

New York Greens have been active participants in Occupy Wall Street since the protests began in September.

(See "Hawkins Blasts Cuomo for Arrests at Occupy Albany", Nov. 14,

"If the policy goals and legislative agenda of the Green Party and Occupy Movement participants who wish to pursue electoral activism are the same, there's no reason we should compete with each other in 2012.

Nor do we want to see the Occupy Movement exploited by the Democratic Party and front groups like or the American Dream movement, which seek to corral people sympathetic to the Occupy Movement into voting Democratic and reelecting Barack Obama.

There is no hope for the Occupy agenda as long as the US is stuck in the two-party status quo.

Elections aren't the only way to effect social change, but change must including replacing the corporate-money politicians who now hold public office. We appeal to those who support Occupy Wall Street -- help the Green Party emerge as a major party," said Audrey Clement, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

"Without Green Party candidates to vote for, the demands of movements like Occupy get ignored, because their votes are routinely taken for granted by Democratic politicians who know that progressive voters
have nowhere else to take their votes," said David Doonan, Green Mayor of Greenwich, New York.

The Occupy Movement's demands, such as an end to the legal status of corporations as 'persons', a halt to home foreclosures in the wake of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, rejection of an austerity budget that burdens working people and the poor, requiring corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, a ban on hydrofracking, and withdrawal of all US military forces from Afghanistan and Iraq (including private contractors, which President Obama intends to keep in Iraq after 2011) reflect the Green Party's positions.

The Green Party also supports Medicare For All (single-payer national health care) and rejects the Democratic health care bill passed in 2010, which requires Americans to subsidize the for-profit insurance industry through 'mandates' to purchase private coverage or pay a penalty.

The party also supports a massive public works program to include millions of new green jobs in conservation, conversion to safe clean energy, expansion of public transportation, and other efforts to curb the advance of global climate change.

The Green Party's goals are summarized in the 'Green New Deal' adopted by Green candidates across the US:

The Green Party will nominate a presidential candidate at its 2012 national convention, at a site to be announced.

Greens have warned that the Occupy Movement and its agenda may be eclipsed by late spring 2012 as the media focus on the debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for the White House.

"No one can pretend that either of the establishment parties -- the Democrats and Republicans -- represents the Occupy Movement in any way," said Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party's 2012 presidential nomination: .

Dr. Jill Stein For U.S. President 2012 @

"President Obama campaigned in 2008 as the candidate of change, but after taking office he simply continued the pro-war and pro-Wall Street policies of the Bush Administration, with troop surges and bank bailouts and attacks on social programs under the guise of deficit reduction.

We need to create eight times more jobs than are promised by his inadequate 'jobs bill' and we need to stop his attempts to create job-destroying trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

Im glad he backed down from his climate-destroying threat to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, but we know that without a long-term political pressure, schemes to exhaust the tar sands into the atmosphere will be back on the table.

This is the time for a principled opposition party to emerge and give an effective voice to all those who are suffering under the current Republican/Democratic doctrines.

Greens and OWS together are a formidable force to take our democracy back.

*See also:

"Green Party calls for a nationwide moratorium on home foreclosures" Green Party press release, November 3, 2011:

"Occupy Wall Street looks ahead to 2012" By Justin Elliott,, November 11, 2011:

"One Bay Area mayor WELCOMES Occupy protests to her city" ("At least one Bay Area mayor is actually welcoming the Occupy Wall Street movement to her city: [Green] Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.") By Joe Garofoli, Politics Blog, San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 2011:


Green Party of the United States:


Green candidate database and campaign information:

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Ballot Access Page

Livestream Channel

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Green Papers

Press conferences, forums, and other events at the Green Party's 2011
Annual National Meeting in Alfred, NY, broadcast and archived on the Green Party's Livestream Channel:

2011 Annual National Meeting:

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of
the United States (Summer 2011 issue now online):

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PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 6:26 am

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PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 6:30 am

If you're not part of the solution, then you are a habitual part of the political problem --

When You Find Yourself In A Hole -- Quit Digging!! -- Reject Democrats -- Reject Republicans 2012.

Jonathan Cook (13)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 8:20 am
Thanks for sharing this, PinkMindy. What I'm looking for now is a statement from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. Will she come out with a statement opposing the forced shut down of the Occupy Wall Street protest?

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 8:38 am

Jonathan; I am waiting too, so please post it here when one is officially made ... I or anyone else can post this update concerning this important subject matter on this comment line here ... Thnx!!

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Dr. Jill Stein's Facebook Page @

Roger Skinner (14)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:31 pm
Nice change from your usual Obama-bashing. This is something I could get behind if the Green Party can actually get the attention of the Occupy movement. As David Doonan, Green Mayor of Greenwich, New York said, "Without Green Party candidates to vote for, the demands of movements like Occupy get ignored, because their votes are routinely taken for granted by Democratic politicians who know that progressive voters have nowhere else to take their votes."

Joy Ellis (75)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 1:58 pm
thank you for thinkimg about us love tou hugs be safe :)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 2:16 pm
Seems like a good alliance. =)

Jonathan Cook (13)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 3:37 pm

Penny C (17)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 3:51 pm
go green party!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 4:08 pm
Thanks for the post.

Kenny V (173)
Wednesday November 16, 2011, 9:12 pm
Great post Thanks PinkMindy,
All Americans are needed regardless of political or social boarders to defend our 1st Amendment Rights, breaking them on anyone,any group or party violates us all. Both on the Federal and State level leaders have conspired together, and with force attacked peaceful citizens and protesters and the base of OWS itself unconstitutionally using all means necessary, including violating both our Freedom of Speech and Right To Peacefully Assemble under the Bill of Rights.
Police have instigated with violent acts and false arrests in order to incite violence regularly in an attempt to end the peace within the movement, so to remove the right to peacefully assemble, when this failed they resorted to further manipulative acts resulting in the coordinated raids nationally based on unsound and distorted laws in an attempt to to dismiss the 1st amendment altogether. They have failed and we need to stick together. They are killing the 1st amendment when we use it how it was intended.This is no better than what China does and worse They are disrupting and censoring our most basic Constitutional Rights.

Jill Stein and The Green Party are with the people and nice to see the kind invitation ,The're most help put an end to the greed and corruption of the 1%.That's what OWS is, add it to your general assembly. People Unite!

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 12:20 am
We must all work together for the good of the country and mankind.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 5:01 am

*** Here it is: > > > >

In her official statement responding to the current arrests of Occupy Wall Street protesters, Jill Stein says she sees the sometimes brutal assaults as civil liberty violations and a part of a suppression campaign to stop the economic/democracy movement.

"Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein Condemns Occupy Wall Street Arrests" - Official Statement @ Care2 News

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 6:55 am

*** Hot Off The Presses:

Police have begun arresting Occupy protesters who are sitting on the ground and blocking traffic entering New York's financial district. Further confrontations are expected to continue throughout the day!

"Wall Street Clashes Start Occupy's 'Day Of Action' " - CBS News Report @ Care2 News

Robert Hardy (68)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 8:28 am
But aren't we trapped? If liberals split their vote then the conservatives win and we find ourselves subject to more of this insanity! And in the end, no matter who you vote for, corporations buy them. We are a nation occupied by a foreign power that resides in Washington D.C..

Robert O (12)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 2:21 pm

David C (75)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 5:21 pm
thank you...this is a good idea and not surprising....glad to see Ms. Stein voicing her objections to the terror being pushed on OWS...wish more candidates and politicians would speak out against it.....

having said all this, I do think that Robert Hardy makes an interesting point....we can't let the conservatives/repuglicons gain back any more power we are already too deep in the whole w/r climate change, fighting inequality, fighting poverty, endless wars to serve the MID, etc......can't let them ruin it so much that the next election people will vote more progressively, need to have the progressive candidates win now....I remember hearing many commentators say that if we just were patient and let the Neocons hurt themselves then we could get more progressive candidates elected in the future....and I'm still waiting.....

will remain optimistic....

linda g (3)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 6:03 pm
The basic premise of the OWSers is well-founded; their tactics lack the cohesiveness of a solid plan with goals and DO-ABLE actions to effectively follow through. IIf they do cooperate with the Green Partty, their current fractured methodologies need to morph into a magnet deed that everyone can partiicipate in without slumming the public streets or compromising small and community businesses.

Jean Corcoran (1)
Friday November 18, 2011, 8:44 am

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Friday November 18, 2011, 10:14 am

The Green Party is no longer just an alternative choice and lost vote, because now it has become our national imperative through Occupy Wall Street, Nation & Town.

American citizens must cast their vote to remove the corrupt Left and Right party system!!

"Green Party USA Voter Registration Assist - Vote Green 2012" @ Care2 News

Tim C (2420)
Friday November 18, 2011, 12:32 pm

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday November 18, 2011, 3:41 pm
As an outsider looking in it appears that choosing between Democrats and Republicans is choosing between the lesser of two evils . That may be ok in the short term but the whole system needs to be called to task and major changes made.

PinkMindy Ellinwood (567)
Sunday November 20, 2011, 8:46 am

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Dr. Jill Stein has recently won an amazing 27% 3-way split of the vote during a mock election trial-run.

Her presidential campaign for official Green Party USA nomination continues.

Please see my comment #1 for full-coverage links and then share article:

"Green Party Watch: Presidential Campaign 2012" @ Care2 News

The Green Party is no longer just an alternative choice and lost vote, because now it has become our national imperative through Occupy Wall Street, Nation & Town.

American citizens must cast their vote to remove the corrupt Left and Right party system!!

"Green Party USA Voter Registration Assist - Vote Green 2012" @ Care2 News

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Michael M (60)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 5:57 pm
Thank you for making care2 news about the Green Party.

That party thrives in local governments, including nearby Arcata, CA.

I see above someone concerned with "splitting" the liberal vote - no worries: although Green Party embraces an agenda clearly liberal, it also attracts more radical thinkers who may disagree with some problematic coalitions in liberal agenda.
However, since it is the only party which prizes environmental concerns along with the recognition that war is the ultimate environmentally destructive activity, I feel you (Greens) should be embracing such parties as peace & freedom, whose concerns are narrower than yours.

We know that parties are coalitions of individuals, groups, and ideas.
To involve oneself in large-scale governance is to acquiesce to that as necessity.

I tend to vote individuals, except for large issues and governance, where I vote Green. I do not register Green, but that is because I reserve my own opinion on some issues to be more realistic.
I cannot be in favor of growth, as that economic ideal runs directly counter to the reality of nature: when a species overblooms, radically changing its ecosystem, poisoning itself and other living components, it will inevitably collapse - fall back from its overpopulated condition. In order to have social justice, the population cannot be saturated, but must somehow maintain a level lower than saturation.

Saturation is defined as completely filling its niche, so that it cannot increase. We have clearly passed that point worldwide: we have consistently taken 90% of forests, ocean and land species, and land itself for human purposes.
Although saturation varies with types of resource use (every type from hunting/gathering through agricultural through industrial and worldwide environmental manipulation), it causes intraspecies difficulties. To repeat, social justice cannot occur when conditions are saturated.

Social justice cannot occur when the definition of government is "legal user of force."

I'll leave it there, as the subject is too involved for comment only.
THe Green party is the only way through this period of overexploitation ofworldwide resources, which of necessity, must be shared with other wild species and ecosystems for the earth to remain viable.

Ruth R (246)
Monday July 16, 2012, 1:53 pm
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