Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—July 1, 2015. DR. STEIN OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN last week in a Democracy Now Exclusive stating “I have a people-powered campaign. I am running with the only national party (the Green Party) that does not take corporate funding.”
When host Amy Goodman asked (full transcript) how Dr. Stein differs most from Bernie Sanders and from Hillary Clinton, Dr. Stein responded:
“I think if you had to look for differences, you would find them in foreign policy, where my campaign is perhaps more critical—I would say definitely more critical—of funding for regimes like that of the Netanyahu government, which are clearly war criminals. You know, so we would not be funding the weapons used in the massacre on Gaza. (…)With Hillary, you know, I think, across the board, Hillary is the Wal-Mart candidate. Though she may change her tune a little bit, you know, she’s been a member of the Wal-Mart board. On jobs, on trade, on healthcare, on banks, on foreign policy, it’s hard to find where we are similar.”
JILL STEIN UNVEILS POWER TO THE PEOPLE PLAN
“Seeks system change, to overthrow Corporate Capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.”
At a campaign kick-off event held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., where she introduced her platform (The POWER TO THE PEOPLE PLAN; read it here) Stein said she aims “to create 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.”
In her introductory remarks, Dr. Stein told the assembled press and her supporters [full video and text of speech here]:
“This work for Democracy and Justice is the antidote to the converging crises we face, crises that Martin Luther King described as racism, militarism and extreme materialism, now made even worse by the climate crisis. Communities across the globe are rising up against these disasters – from Ferguson to Gaza, Baltimore to Cairo, Detroit to Pine Ridge.
“This struggle for justice is especially wrenching today in the aftermath of the latest act of racist terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine magnificent lives were taken from their families, communities, and all of us. This tragedy is a painful reminder that our nation’s roots in the criminal institution of slavery go deep. And that legacy carries forward from slave trade to lynchings, to Jim Crow, to drug wars, mass incarceration, police violence, the school to prison pipeline, and unconscionable racial disparities in health, wealth and education.
We must see the continuity between the covert violence of institutional racism and the flagrant violence of white supremacy. And it must all be stopped. In the face of this horror, the courage, forgiveness and love of the victims’ families is utterly astounding, and a model of the transforming power of human spirit. Let their example be a living inspiration for the broader movement for democracy and justice.”
LAWSUIT AGAINST COMMISSION ON PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES
In the fall of 2012, Jill Stein and Vice Presidential Candidate Cheri Honkala were 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.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 22, 2015.
Related New York Times article:Third-Party Groups Sue F.E.C. to Try to Open Up Presidential Debates.
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.
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.”
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.