Presidential Announcement Coincides with Lawsuit Against Commission on Presidential Debates
Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)– Dr. Jill Stein will formally launch her campaign as a Green Party candidate for President of the United States at a campaign kickoff event Tuesday, June 23 at 1:30 PM at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW 13th floor, Washington, DC 20045) (Map)
Earlier today, in a Democracy Now! exclusive, Dr. Jill Stein broke the news that she is formally seeking the Green Party nomination. “I have a people-powered campaign,” Stein notes. “I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding.”
At the National Press Club event tomorrow, Dr. Stein kick off her campaign and introduce her Power to the People Plan.
“The Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit,” says Dr. Stein.
It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.
This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”
ORGANIZED AROUND GREEN PARTY GROWTH AND MOVEMENT BUILDING
A key focus of Jill Stein’s 2016 Presidential Campaign is to bring the struggles of frontline communities into the frontlines of the Presidential debate and dialogue.
“The Green Party in the United States is growing,” says Dr. Stein “because we empower voices of resistance and transformation in the electoral arena. The Green Party can do this because we’re the only national party that isn’t poisoned by corporate money. In 2012, we emerged as the nation’s leading progressive party challenging the status quo. Now we are building on that.”
LAWSUIT AGAINST COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES
In the fall of 2012, Jill Stein and Vice Presidential Candidate Cheri Honkalawere arrested as they tried to enter a Presidential Debate sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Now, that fight moves from the streets to the courts.
Dr. Stein’s official entry into the 2016 Presidential race coincides with the filing of a lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Alexandra Shapiro is the star litigator leading the effort on behalf of Level the Playing Field (LPF), the successor to Americans Elect, LPF’s chairman, Peter Ackerman, and the Green Party.
Shapiro, a former federal prosecutor and former U.S. Supreme Court clerk, has won a series of high-profile victories overturning convictions by New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, including the highly-publicized reversal earlier this month due to massive juror fraud of a Deutsche Bank broker’s conviction, as well as the landmark Newman insider trading case, the Ernst & Young $1 billion tax shelter case, and several other major white collar cases. Shapiro also defeated the FEC’s effort to shut down the entity that became Americans Elect in a 2010 victory in the D.C. Circuit. Shapiro will be the public face of a legal strategy in which the plaintiffs argue that the FEC must either crack down on the CPD or empower them to sue the CPD leadership and its Directors over their exclusionary debate rules.
The lawsuit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 22, 2015.
According to LPF, “The suit paints a disturbing picture of a debate commission stacked with partisans who have been violating FEC regulations and the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by rigging the rules governing who can be in the debates to ensure that no candidate other than the Democratic and Republican nominees will ever be invited to the debates.”
ABOUT JILL STEIN
Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President of the United States. She is an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives promoting healthy communities, local green economies and stronger democracy – including campaign finance reform, green jobs, racially-just redistricting, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic-pesticides.
ABOUT THE GREEN PARTY of the UNITED STATES
The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) is a confederation of state green parties that campaign to elect Green Party candidates at all levels of government to promote the party’s core values of ecological wisdom, social justice, grass roots democracy and non-violence. GPUS was recognized as a political party in 2001 following Ralph Nader’s presidential campaigns in 1996 and 2000. More recently GPUS presidential candidate Jill Stein challenged her exclusion from the 2012 presidential debates and joined forces with other excluded presidential candidates to promote alternative presidential debates.
Official Launch Video here