Dr. Jill Stein on Israel, Palestine and The Middle East

Jill Stein is the only American Presidential candidate to insist on a Middle-East policy platform grounded in international law, human rights, equality, peace, freedom and justice for everyone. She asks the right questions and provides brilliant answers.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein
says U.S. PolicJillSteiny Towards Israel, Palestine and the Middle East Must Change. The American People need no longer fund terror. 

 Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, released a clear and comprehensive policy statement on Israel, Palestine and the Middle East on her website.  Jill Stein is the only American Presidential candidate to insist on a Middle-East policy platform grounded in international law, human rights, equality, peace, freedom and justice for everyone. She asks the right questions and provides brilliant answers.

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“United States policy regarding Israel and Palestine must be revised to make international law, peace and human rights for all people, no matter their religion or nationality, the central priorities. While the U.S. government sometimes voices support for this principle in name, in practice U.S policy towards Palestine and Israel has violated this principle more often than not.

defendingisraelIn particular, the United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace within Israel and Palestine, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights. There is no peace or justice or democracy at the end of such a path. We must reset U.S. policy regarding Israel and Palestine, as part of a broader revision of U.S. policy towards the Middle East.

On taking office, I will put all parties on notice – including the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, and the gaza1Hamas administration in Gaza – that future U.S. support will depend on respect for human rights and compliance with international law. All three administrations will also be held responsible for preventing attacks by non-state actors on civilians or military personnel of any nationality. The parties will be given 60 days to each demonstrate unilateral material progress towards these ends.

Material progress will be understood to include but not be limited to an end to the discriminatory apartheid policies within the state of Israel, the removal of the Separation Wall, a ban on assassination, movement toward denuclearization, the release of all political prisoners and journalists from Israeli and Palestinian prisons, disarmament of non-state militias, and recognition of the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians.

peace-justiceFailure by any party to demonstrate sufficient material progress will result in the end of U.S. military and economic aid to that party. Should the end of U.S. aid fail to cause a party to redirect its policies and to take steps resulting in sufficient material progress within an additional 60 days, I will direct my State Department to initiate diplomacy intended to isolate and pressure the offending party, including the use of economic sanctions and targeted boycott. In this way, U.S. policy will begin to become consistent with its practices regarding other violators of human rights and international law in the region.

Consistency in U.S. policy regarding human rights and international law will begin, but not end, with Palestine and Israel. I will apply this same approach to other nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen, among others. I will also ensure that the United States begins to honor its obligations to protect human rights, and will expect that the world community will hold us to the same account we hold others.

Finally, as President I will put the full weight of the United States behind the establishment of a Palestine and Israel news3-1Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of human rights violations to one based on trust and bringing all parties together to seek solutions. Any stakeholder who enters into this process must pledge to work for a solution that respects the rights of all involved. This will bring America’s Middle East policy into alignment with American values. I understand that in the end, a dedicated commitment to justice will further American interests in the region much better than the current policies of supporting abuses and violence by one side against the other. And I believe that this is in the best interests of all people living in Israel and Palestine.”

Dr. Jill Stein

~fiat justitia ruat caelum

This info can also be found at:

http://www.alterpolitics.com/politics/green-party-presidential-candidate-jill-stein-u-s-policy-to-israel-palestine-must-change/

http://occupywallst.org/forum/us-policy-to-israel-palestine-must-change-by-by-ji/

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guest_stein-640x360Dr. Stein:

“Bibi is a threat not only to human rights and to U.S. interests, but also to the security and sanctity of the Jewish people living in Israel-Palestine.”

According to her website, Jill Stein’s Green Party of the United States:

“…urges support for “popular movements for peace and demilitarization in Israel-Palestine, especially those that reach across the lines of conflict to engage both Palestinians and Israelis of good will.” The platform specifically recognizes the rights of self-determination of all peoples in Israel-Palestine, the legal right of return for refugees from the conflict, the suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, the use of boycott and divestment as non-violent means to pressure corporations and the Israeli government to end human rights abuses, and the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “whose inaugurating action would be mutual acknowledgement by Israelis and Palestinians that they have the same basic rights, including the right to exist in the same, secure place.”

onemorethingStein has praised the Israeli political party Meretz in calling for a return to 1967 borders, including a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, and for supporting the 2002 Arab Peace Proposal.

Stein is not afraid to talk tough about travesties being perpetrated by Israel that are politically and materially supported by the US. She sees the US as ENABLING the “worst tendencies of the Israeli government.” She cites these toxic policies: occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law.”

Stein challenges that the US government, instead of aligning with the courageous voices advocating peace, REWARDS an Israel that consistently ABUSES the human rights of Palestinians.

Declares Dr. Stein:

“There is no peace or justice or democracy at the end of such a path. We must reset U.S. policy regarding Israel and Palestine, as part of a broader revision of U.S. policy towards the Middle East.”

http://www.correntewire.com/1st_jewish_american_prez_candidate_stein_calls_out_usisrael


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Over 100,000 People Want Jon Stewart to Host a Presidential Debate
By Maya Rhodan, Time, August 20, 2015
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Green Party joins lawsuit for inclusion in the presidential debates
Press release: Green Party of the United States, June 23, 2015
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=819

Secret Control of the Presidential Debates
Project Censored, May 8, 2010
http://www.projectcensored.org/20-secret-control-of-the-presidential-debates

No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates
Book by George Farah, Seven Stories Press (2004)

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Join us in Atlanta 9/25-9/27 to End the Occupation!

The Rasmea Odeh Defense Committee is calling on people across the country to join in the Week of Justice for Rasmea! September 8-14. This week of action will build and help mobilize for Rasmea’s court appeal in Cincinnati, OH.

                                                       

Join us in Atlanta 9/25-9/27! 

       In less than a month, hundreds of people will be gathering in Atlanta for the US Campaign’s 14th Annual Conference:Advancing a Mass Movement for Palestine.
It is important to have people supporting Palestinian rights by coming together to advance this work in support of freedom, justice, and equality.
This year will be especially powerful as our program grows and reflects the solidarity between struggles against oppression and commitment to fighting racism here and abroad.  We have achieved a great deal in the past 10 years and will continue to call for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions).
Y
ou will not regret joining us in Atlanta next month. Register today!
While there is much to celebrate, we know we have to do more. Palestinians continue to suffer due to Israel’s denial of their rights. Too many are living under military occupation, facing apartheid policies and remain under siege. We must continue to build this movement to bring freedom and justice for all. You can take part by coming to the conference.
If you want to support the conference but cannot make it, please donate today to help others attend. We want to make sure everyone who wants to come has the opportunity.  
Hope to see you in Atlanta!


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PS– The Rasmea Odeh Defense Committee is calling on people across the country to join in the Week of Justice for Rasmea! September 8-14. This week of action will build and help mobilize
for Rasmea’s court appeal in Cincinnati, OH in the fall.

Rasmea, a Palestinian American community leader based in Chicago,
has spent the past two years fighting U.S. government persecution,
the latest example of efforts to stifle Palestine organizing.
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When Angels get the Blues…

“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.”
D.H. Lawrence

A time for angels or maybe blues will do…

“The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding.”

“A recent cover story of Time magazine called it a grass-roots revolution of the spirit.
The article, `The New Age of Angels,’ states: 69 per cent of Americans believe they [angels] exist. …”

“I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.”

William Blake

“The reflection of the world is blues, that’s where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that’s tryin’ to come around.”

“Accounts of angelic contact contain common elements that angels are incorporeal, sexless, highly intelligent, able to move at the speed of thought, full of warmth and joy, are cooperative not competitive, and often say the same thing: Don’t be afraid.”
(Source: Wall Street Journal, USA)

“An angel has no memory.”

https://youtu.be/23r9mFgrD1o

  “I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.”
 D.H. Lawrence

“…encounters with angels seem to provide in some cases the extrication from danger, but in others they allow for the removal of the fear of that danger – a change in attitude, not circumstance.  The common thread is a profound change in the lives of those who have had an experience with angels.”
(Share International, January/February 1994)“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”

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“Audiences like their blues singers to be miserable.” – Janis Joplin

“…In a sectarian age, when people are being slaughtered for their differences, angels are nonsectarian well-wishers, common to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism. Bodhisattvas fulfill the same role …  in Buddhism, as avatars do in Hinduism. They are universal exemplars of grace and innocence …  a sweet antidote to the nastiness of most popular culture.”  (Share International, December 1994)

“We are not angels, we are merely sophisticated apes.” 

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The Cons on both sides of the corporate aisle are not on your side.

“A vote for Clinton is a vote for austerity, for imperialism, and for the augmented perpetual war regime established under her tenure as Secretary of State.”

war-is-moneyRepublicans work for the corporate elite and brag about it.  Democrats work for the corporate elite and lie about it.
And the American people are too often led like sheep into the corporate fold… or respond like lemmings… dashing over the brink of lesser evilism into endless wars for the corporate bottom line. We can do better.

Here is a great piece on Hillary (Hawk)Clinton.  Just like Obama was able to do more damage than George Bush, Hillary has the capacity to do more damage than Jeb Bush. 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/21/anti-hillary-across-the-spectrum/

counterpunchimageofhclinton(image at left is from Counterpunch)

The piece varies, but this salient point is the rub:

“A vote for Clinton is a vote for austerity, for imperialism, and for the augmented perpetual war regime established under her tenure as Secretary of State.”

~And a vote for Bush or whatever Republican is the same thing. But we have a choice in 2016. We can vote for endless war or we can come to our senses and find the courage to ignore the corporate cons who run mainstream media. We can finally vote our values instead of our fears.

The only candidate who has the guts and determination to challenge the corporate elite is Doctor Jill Stein. She may not have the charisma of deceivers like Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama… nor does she have the fiscal power of the Bush dynasty, but she is speaking truth to power. And there are more of us than there are of them.

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/…/if-war-is…/

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               Black Lives Matter: fix the system of racism

Q: Your campaign so far has been talking a lot about what’s been happening in Ferguson. You’re talking about the Black Lives Matter movement , and the issue of police violence seems to be more at the top of your agenda. Why?

STEIN: This has also been the direction of the Green Party. The Green Party has expanded over the last 8 years. Cynthia McKinney and that race, that was a wakeup call, for a lot of Greens to understand the broader agenda. We sort of historically associated with the green movement, and there’s been sort of a progressive understanding that we will never fix the environment unless hand-in-hand we are fixing the economy and the system of racism and the civil liberties and police state and all those issues that–they cannot be separated. We have become much closer as a community. I began working with the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and that whole network as of four years ago. And we have worked together over the past four years.

Ronnie Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jon Ellis (JEB) Bush and Bernie Sanders are ALL on the same page when it comes to Gaza, wars of choice and the military industrial machine.

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Lawsuit Against Phony Debate Commission Filed

Note: The Commission on Presidential Debates is a charade. It may have a name that sounds official but in fact it is a corporation created by Democratic and Republican political operatives and funded by big business interests to keep independent parties like the Green and Libertatian Party as well as independent candidates out of the presidential debates.

Open Debates 2016

Note: The Commission on Presidential Debates is a charade. It may have a name that sounds official but in fact it is a corporation created by Democratic and Republican political operatives and funded by big business interests to keep independent parties like the Green and Libertatian Party as well as independent candidates out of the presidential debates.
Jill Stein announced that she would be running for the Green Party nomination for president in 2016 on the same day the Green Party announced it was joining the lawsuit.  In 2012 she and her running mate, Cheri Honkola, were arrested seeking to participate in the presidential debate held at Hofstra University.

JillSteinThe corporate media has played along with these charade debates that exclude candidates rather than insisting that all candidates with ballot access be allowed to participate. A lawsuit has been filed to require the so-called Commission become non-partisan and use objective criteria to determine debate participation.

A record number of Americans now consider themselves independent of the Democratic and Republican parties. Forty-two percent say they are independents while only 30 percent consider themselves Democrats and 26 percent consider themselves Republicans. In addition, 60 percent of Americans want a third party candidate in 2016, also a record. This makes increasingly difficult for the Commission to justify excluding candidates independent of the duopoly. This would be long overdue changes because non-participation in presidential debates is a barrier to fair elections. KZ

Green Party candidate Jill Stein along with her VP candidate Cheri Honkola getting arrested in 2012 at Hofstra University debate

Green Party and Libertarian Party Joins Level the Playing Field Lawsuit to Open the Presidential Debates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States has joined in a lawsuit filed in a federal district court in Washington, D.C. on Monday alleging that third-party and independent candidates have been illegally excluded from the televised presidential debates in general elections.
The lawsuit charges that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) and certain of its directors have violated federal election law, including a Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulation requiring organizations like the CPD to be “nonpartisan” and to use “objective criteria” to determine who can be in their debates.Nader Open Debates image
The federal court complaint cites extensive evidence showing that the CPD is not nonpartisan and instead promotes the candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties while excluding all others from the debates, and that since 2000 it has used a criterion that only the Democratic and Republican nominees could reasonably achieve in order to illegally exclude third-party and independent candidates from the debates.
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala were excluded from the CPD debates in 2012.
According to the lawsuit, the failure of the FEC, whose commissioners are members of the Democratic and Republican parties, to act on an administrative complaint against the CPD and a petition for rulemaking was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise contrary to law.
Plaintiffs have asked the Court to either direct the FEC to find that the CPD and certain of its directors have violated the law, or permit plaintiffs to bring a civil action directly against the CPD and those directors. The suit also asks the Court to direct the FEC to open a rulemaking proceeding to revise its rules governing presidential debates.

Level the Playing Field (LPF), the lead plaintiff, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit corporation not affiliated with any candidate or candidate committee. Its purpose is to promote reforms that allow for greater competition and choice in elections for federal office, particularly for the presidency and vice presidency. LPF is the successor to Americans Elect, which obtained signatures sufficient to qualify for ballot access in 41 states in connection with the 2012 presidential election.Debate Nader protest at Commission on Presidential Debates in 2000 with Christopher Hitchens speaking

The Libertarian National Committee, Inc., which controls and manages the affairs and resources of the United States Libertarian Party, is also a plaintiff.
“The CPD uses its control of the debates to exclude qualified candidates and promote its favorite corporate-money candidates. Their exclusionary tactics keep voters from hearing the voices of candidates who are offering ideas outside of the two- party duopoly,” said Dr. Stein. “Polls show that American people are disgusted with the Democrats and Republicans and demand a viable third party. The actions of the CPD make the debates less informative and perpetuate the status quo. Opening up the debates will be a powerful force to revive our embattled democracy.”
(See “Americans Continue to Say a Third Political Party Is Needed,” Gallup, Sept. 24, 2014, http://www.gallup.com/poll/177284/americans-continue-say-third-political-party-needed.aspx)
fightback“Elections should be decided by informed voters, not by party insiders who manipulate debate rules to keep voters in the dark. Open and inclusive debates will revitalize American democracy. In 2016 we have a chance to get it right,” said Karen Young, co-chair of the Green Party.
Contact for the “Level the Playing Field” lawsuit: Alexandra Shapiro, 212-257-4881ashapiro@shapiroarato.com
See also:
Green Party, 2012 Green presidential nominees are among the plaintiffs in the “Our America Initiative” law suit against the Commission on Presidential Debates, Press release: Green Party of the United States, April 21, 2015
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No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates by George Farah, Seven Stories Press (2004).

the whole story:  https://www.popularresistance.org/lawsuit-against-phonty-debate-commission-filed/



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March on Washington: September 22: Resist Militarism at home and abroad!

ANTI-WAR ACTION-WASHINGTON,DC
DATE: 9.22.2015
TIME: All Day
COST: $Free
ORGANIZER: Malachy Kilbride
VENUE: The White House
ADDRESS: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
CITY: Washington, DC


  • United Against Terrorism March on Washington Photo #1UNITED AGAINST TERRORISM MARCH ON WASHINGTON
    September 22, 2015

          Monday   8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Rally starts at The White House –
1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Washington D.C.  Washington, District of Columbia 20500


Tell Coaca5ngress and The President to reverse course and secure peace instead of war in America, Afghanistan, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gaza, Gulf of Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tunesia, Uganda, Ukraine, West Bank, & Yemen.

27 Wars of Aggression cannot be sustained.
Since taking office, Obama has bombed TEN Sovereign NATIONS, more than any of his predecessors.  None of these nations attacked America. These bombings violate International Treaties, U. S. Civil Law, The War Powers Act and the Constitution.

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DATE:
9.22.2015
TIME: All Day
COST: $Free
ORGANIZER: Malachy Kilbride
VENUE: The White House
ADDRESS: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
CITY: Washington, DC

SOWING THE SEEDS OF HOPE: From Congress to the White House

For our planet, the war-ravaged, and the poor we will sow the seeds of hope for peace.
occupyGuided by conscience, reason, and commitment…  we call upon people of good will to come to Washington, DC on Tuesday September 22, 2015 to actively participate in a witness of nonviolent civil-resistance calling on Congress and the White House to take meaningful action as we confront the climate crisis, unending wars, poverty, homelessness, police getting away with murder and the structural violence of a military-security state.  We ared now at war in 27 nations, habeaus corpus is suspended at home and we send drones to kill an average of 50 innocents per strike.  We kill prisoners at home and have bombed mrore than 7 nations who have not attacked us. Congress has ignored violations of the War Powers Act.  There will be an occupation of a Congressional office, followed by direct action at the White House.

Come together to save Mother Earth!

joy2The Pentagon is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels. Unnecessary wars are being fought for oil and profiteering. These avoidable conflicts will continue to be waged to secure precious resources in years to come. Wars destroy populations and habitat, assault the environment, and exascerbate deteriorating environmental conditions.  The use of depleted uranium, chemical weapons and toxins are part of the Pentagon’s arsenal. Pesticides are another disastrous example of the mistreatment of the environment. Drug wars and Plan Colombia have had catastrophic impacts on people and planet Earth. Too many weapons of mass destruction entirely threaten life on the planet. All nuclear weapons and the plans for their use must be abolished.

stopviolenceEnd corporate wars!

The United States has been in a perpetual state of war for decades. Democratically-elected governments have been overthrown in violation of international law. It is not sustainable for the US to continue waging war. The US is conducting an illegal and immoral drone program that has killed and maimed thousands of innocent victims.  The US military footprint is in evidence at hundreds upon hundreds of military bases abroad including new and expanding bases on South Korea’s Jeju Island and in Okinawa, Japan.

The US must cease its hostile rhetoric and sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Furthermore, the US onemorethingshould seek a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria, disband NATO, and end the increasing military presence in Southeast Asia commonly referred to as the “Asian Pivot” which works against peaceful relations with China. We must end all military aid to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries in the Middle East. A new approach must be taken by the Obama Administration to free the Palestinians from over half a century of violent Israeli oppression. Diplomacy is the only answer to stop perpetuating the cycle of violence. Violence and war are not the answers to conflict, as history has shown that only human misery results.

End poverty by using money for jobs, education, infrastructure, and the poor!
It is not sustainable and or even moral to continue to spend trillions of dollars to prop up this economic system dependent on the war profiteers and fossil fuel industries. We call upon our government to withdraw support for the wealthy financial corporate elites who profit at the expense of the poor. Such inequality threatens our planet. We must create an economic system that supports working people and the poor by reorienting our economy to supporting human needs over the profits of a tiny minority of people. The Pentagon budget must be cut and resources directed to a universal healthcare system, renewable energy, free education and trades programs, and the creation of a jobs program to rebuild the infrastructure of this country. We have enough resources to eliminate hunger and homelessness and this must be done.

enhanced-buzz-26394-1375369390-23End structural violence!
We call upon our leaders to listen to and take action on behalf of Native Americans and people of African descent who have suffered grave injustices for centuries through many forms of institutional and structural violence. We call for an end to mass incarceration and solitary confinement in all prisons and jails, closing the detention centers for undocumented immigrants, shutting down the Guantanamo prison and immediately releasing prisoners who’ve been cleared for release, closing the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation “School of the Assasins”, and ending the militarization of our local police. Black lives matter, Palestinian lives matter and we cannot continue to allow these policies of exclusion and repression.

Organized by National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) as part of Campaign Nonviolence week of actions.  For more information contact malachykilbride at gmail.com, mobuszewski at Verizon.net, or joyfirst5 at gmail.com.  Find updates on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Campaign-for-Nonviolent-Resistance-NCNR/184398124955311 .    

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Supporting Sanders sends the wrong message

“In 2016, we need to make sure there is a ballot line for any independent left or socialist candidate to contest the corporate party lackeys running for office.”

bernieseattleAll Bernie had to do was pick up the microphone, after the 4.5 minutes of silence, and say something useful. Instead, he opted to shut down the event and leave. If this is how a relatively conservative 73 year-old white man reacts to discussions about racism and black lives, we have better options.

And Bernie has baggage. He supports a trillion dollar boondoggle, the F-35 fighter/bomber, which cannot even match the performance of the previous bomber costing 80% less. (The definition of profiteering.) He is also supportive of drone strikes which are known to kill an average of fifty innocents per strike. He condones illegal settlement-building and attacks on Gaza by the IDF. This is beyond the pale.

blm“The Sanders platform has a populist bent, but the Green Party platform is clearly to the left of that. Sanders has been silent on the increasing police violence against Black and Brown young men and women. In my opinion, no leftist who stands in solidarity with Palestine can make excuses for Sanders foreign policy positions.

…IT IS likely that the majority of Sanders supporters will follow Sanders into his already declared support for the Democratic nominee, the warmonger and 1 Percenter Hillary Clinton.

I agree with Ashley Smith that getting involved in the Sanders campaign will be demobilizing and take energy away from the radical movements of today

To continue to build a bigger and stronger left independent political movement, we need to organize around a declared, independent left candidate now. We cannot take for granted that the candidate of our movement will be on as many state ballots as possible unless we have everyone on board from day one.

JillSteinTo sum up, I don’t support the organized left actively participating in the Sanders campaign.

…And right after Jill Stein announces her bid for president as an independent, left candidate seeking the Green Party nomination, we need to get behind her 100 percent.

In 2016, we need to make sure there is a ballot line for any independent left or socialist candidate to contest the corporate party lackeys running for office.

We need to ensure that there is a healthy, viable independent presidential campaign, like Jill Stein’s, that will lift up and support our left candidates and their social movements around the country.

That, in my opinion, comrades, along with our movement and education work, will be the path to system change.”

GLORIA MATTERA, Socialist and Green Party Member
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http://socialistworker.org/…/the-wrong-message-on-sanders

Dr. Jill Stein is the ticket.

She has a plan for shutting down dozens of wars of choice, including the ongoing brutality in Gaza and the West Bank. It is time we got past the last five angry militant men, and put a brilliant and capable woman (and distinguished physician) in the White House.

enhanced-buzz-26394-1375369390-23Dr. Jill Stein can provide the critical transition from exporting munitions, terror and war… to exporting knowledge, technology and medical and agricultural expertise… along with peace in our time.

Let’s allow her to help heal a nation in distress.

Dr. Jill Stein is endorsed by Noam Chomsky, a linguist, author and activist, and by Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent, among others. She is as real as it gets.”

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/…/why-jill…/

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