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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, capitalism and the military-industrial complex.
But Doctor Jill Stein has diagnosed what ails this nation and she feels that courage and commitment are the cures.
“As her campaign revs up, Stein plans to travel the country promoting her platform, which includes universal single-payer healthcare, abolishing student debt, slashing the Pentagon’s budget in half, and “creating police commissions that empower citizens to control their police.”
Q: How do social movements like the Occupy movement, which swept the nation in 2011, and now the Black Lives Matter movement, which emphasize direct action and civil disobedience tactics, complement a political and electoral strategy?
STEIN: When you look at US history–the abolition of slavery, the women’s movement, the labor movement–[those started with] direct action & very difficult struggles in the street, but those struggles then became political. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “power concedes nothing without a demand,” and that demand needs to happen in the street, in our communities, in our schools and in the voting booth. Because failing that, all the progress that we make in the street and in our communities will be rolled back if we simply wave the white flag of surrender inside the voting booth. History says these movements didn’t move forward inside the established parties at the time. They needed independent parties. These things [direct action and electoral politics] go together.
Source: Interview with Candice Bernd of Truthout.org , Jun 25, 2015
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.
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