Tonight! Last Third Party Debate, 5 pm PST

The last Third Party debate will be held Monday Nov 5th, 2o12 from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM EST (6:00 PM PST) at RT America Studios in Washington, DC, broadcast live worldwide. Political correspondent coverage will occur from 8:00 to 9:00 pm (5:00 PM PST). The debate will be hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and will feature Libertarian Party candidate  Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, a line-up decided by voters last week after the first debate between Johnson, Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate  Rocky Anderson.

Confirmed political correspondents include:

  • Thom Hartmann – NY Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, political commentator, and host of The Big Picture
  • Sam Seder – comedian, writer, actor, director, producer and talk radio host
  • Amber Lyon – Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and whistleblower
  • Maytha Alhassan – journalist, writer, editor and University of Southern California Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity
  • Matt Welch – editor in chief of Reason magazine

Additional correspondents and moderator will be announced shortly.

Several American media outlets will stream the debate live including Free and Equal, Free Speech TV, Stitcher, Orion Radio Network,Yes Magazine, NextNewsNetwork, RT America’s YouTube channel, American Free Press, as well as UK-based Reciva Internet Radio. RT America will open its studio and offer a live, neutral feed via satellite to interested media.

International media will cover the debate in countries including Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, China, Spain and the UK.

In the US, RT is available on Dish Networks, channel 280, and on cable in the metro areas of Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego as well as in North and South Carolina, and Philadelphia. For more information go to

About Free and Equal

Free & Equal Elections Foundation is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public policy advocacy organization dedicated to reforming the electoral system throughout the United States.

For the 2012 debate season, Free & Equal has assembled a diverse group of ballot-qualified candidates, political parties, media, businesses, musicians, radio personalities, organizations, and individuals across the political spectrum to support an open, honest, unscripted, multi-partisan debate for American voters and the international community.

Green Voter Card Now Available!

Dear Voter,

Our 16-page Green Voter Guide for the November election is now available, with analysis and recommendations for the eleven state propositions, and many local and regional candidates and measures.  Our summary “Green Voter Card” is copied below for your convenience.

The Green Party of Alameda County

Green Voter Card

Federal Offices

President/Vice President – Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala
U.S. Senator – No Endorsement, see write-up
U.S. Representative, District 13 – No Endorsement, see write-up

State Offices

State Senate, District 9 – Mary McIlroy
State Assembly, District 15 – Eugene Ruyle
State Assembly, District 18 – [Don’t vote for Rob Bonta]

Special School Districts

Peralta Community College, Area 2 – Randy Reynaldo Menjivar

City Offices

City Council – Jane Sullwold; Tony Daysog, with reservations
School Board – Vote for 3 of these 4: Barbara Kahn, Jon Murphy, Kurt Peterson, Trish Spencer
Healthcare District – Tracy Jensen and Leland Traiman
Treasurer – Kevin Kennedy, with reservations
Auditor – Kevin Kearney, with reservations

Albany City Council – Sheri Spellwoman, Peter Maass, and Nick Pilch
School Board – Byron Barrett and Pat Low
Treasurer – No Endorsement, see write-up

Berkeley Mayor – Sharing # 1 & # 2: Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi and Kriss Worthington, # 3 Jacquelyn McCormick, with reservations
City Council, District 2 – Sharing # 1 & # 2: Denisha DeLane and Adolfo Cabral (i.e. “No Moore!”)
City Council, District 3 – Max Anderson
City Council, District 5 – Sophie Hahn
City Council, District 6 – # 1: Write in Phoebe Sorgen, # 2: Write in anyone else, (Don’t vote for Wengraff)
Rent Board – Asa Dodsworth, Judy Shelton, Alejandro Soto-Vigil, and Igor Tregub

School Board – Judy Appel and Beatriz Leyva-Cutler
Oakland City Council, At-Large – Theresa Anderson (Don’t vote for Ignacio De La Fuente)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 1 – # 1: Donald Macleay, # 2: Craig Brandt*, # 3: Dan Kalb* (Don’t vote for Amy Lemley or Leonard Raphael)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 3 – # 1: Derrick Muhammad*, # 2: Nyeisha DeWitt*, # 3: Lynette Gibson-McElhaney* (Don’t vote for Sean Sullivan)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 5 – No Endorsements (Don’t vote for Noel Gallo or Shelly Garza)
Oakland City Council, Dist. 7 – # 1: Sheryl Walton*, # 2: Beverly Williams*, (Don’t vote for Larry Reid)
City Attorney – [Don’t vote for Jane Brunner]
School Board, District 1 – Thearse Pecot
School Board, District 3 – No Endorsements (Don’t vote for Jumoke Hinton-Hodge)
School Board, District 5 – Mike Hutchinson, with reservations
School Board, District 7 – [Don’t vote for James Harris]

* These candidates have been ranked, but not endorsed.(Only Anderson and Macleay have been endorsed for City Council).

Special Districts
A.C. Transit, At Large – No Endorsement, see write-up
A.C. Transit, Ward 1 – Yelda Bartlett
BART, Ward 3 – Rebecca Saltzman
BART, Ward 5 – No Endorsement, see write-up
BART, Ward 7 – [Don’t vote for Lynette Sweet]
EBMUD, Ward 5 – Doug Linney
EBMUD, Ward 6 – No Endorsement, see write-up

State Propositions

30 – Temporary Taxes for Education, Public Safety – Yes, with reservations, and a call to action
31 – State Budget, State and Local Government – No
32 – Special Interest Money, Prohibits Political Payroll Deductions – No
33 – Auto Insurance Prices Based on History of Insurance Coverage – No
34 – Death Penalty Repeal – Yes, with reservations
35 – Human Trafficking, Penalties, Sex Offender Registration – No
36 – Three Strikes Reform Act, Repeat Felony Offenders – Yes
37 – Genetically Engineered Foods, Mandatory Labeling – Yes
38 – Tax for Education and Early Childhood Programs – No
39 – Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses, Clean Energy & Energy Efficiency Funding – Yes
40 – Redistricting, State Senate Districts, Referendum – Yes, in opposition to the referendum

Local Measures

A1 – Countywide Oakland Zoo Parcel Tax – No
B1 – Alameda County Transit Sales Tax – No
D – City of Alameda Disposal of Parks – Yes
F – Albany Sales Tax – Yes, with sales tax reservations
J – Oakland School Bond – Yes, with bond reservations
M – Berkeley Streets Bond – No
N – Berkeley Pools Bond -Yes, with bond reservations
O – Berkeley Pools Parcel Tax -Yes
P – Berkeley Gann Limit Override – Yes
Q – Berkeley Utility Users Tax – Yes
R – Berkeley Redistricting Amendment – No
S – Berkeley No Sit Law – No , No , No!
T – Berkeley West Berkeley Project – No , No , No!
U – Berkeley Sunshine Ordinance – No, with Reservations
V – Berkeley FACTS Initiative – Yes with Reservations

Green Party of Alameda County:

Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested at tonight’s debate!

(HEMPSTEAD, NY) – Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, were just now forcibly prevented from entering the grounds of tonight’s presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

Watch the video here.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala will appear on 85% of ballots on Election Day, and recently polled 2-3% in four consecutive national polls. The Federal government recognizes Jill Stein as a qualified presidential candidate, having approved her campaign for federal matching funds. Yet the two women were arrested by local police when they tried to enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, where the debate is scheduled to take place. They are currently still in police custody.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala walked with supporters toward the Hofstra campus at 2:00pm EST today. There they were met by three ranks of police officers in uniform and plainclothes. At this point, the Green Party candidates held an impromptu press conference in which Dr. Stein called the CPD debate a “mockumentary,” saying that, “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.”

continued here.

Saturday 9/22: Jill Stein in Berkeley with Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Please come out to hear Jill Stein speak with Green Party Candidate for Berkeley Mayor, Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi at the Kahlil for Mayor headquarters in Berkeley, September 22, 2012 at 6:30pm

The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Stein campaign to help cover the costs of our California campus tour.  All are welcome.

September 22, 2012 at 6:30pm
Kahlil for Mayor of Berkeley Community Campaign Headquarters
1551 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703
United States
Google map and directions

Kahlil · · 310-927-0391

Jill Stein will start her California trip with Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Green Party Candidate for Mayor in Berkeley.  Kahlil is a teacher, free speech and community activist who has worked to energize and empower youth in California.  Jill Stein’s visit follows the previous night’s opening kick-off of the Kahlil for Mayor Community Campaign’s New Headquarters and Green Party Endorsement Celebration with speakers, DJs and music from 5pm-9pm Friday.


Bill Moyers Hosts Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala!

Moyers & Company Full Show: Challenging Power, Changing Politics

September 7, 2012

Bill discusses the power of independent thinking with Senator Bernie Sanders and Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala.

You can also watch Bill’s other discussions with Jill and Cheri:

Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on Third Party Politics

Bill talks to Green Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala about what they’ve learned about American politics. Stein graduated from Harvard Medical School to become an internist specializing in environmental health. She was a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate in 2002, co-founded the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities in 2003, and represented the Green-Rainbow Party in state races in 2004 and 2006. Honkala is an anti-poverty activist and community organizer who co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. A formerly homeless single mother, Honkala became the first woman ever to run for Sheriff of Philadelphia in 2011.

Also watch: Jill Stein on Organic Food

9/20/12: Nuclear Free Convergence with Jill Stein (DC)


September 20th-22nd, Washington, D.C.

Organized by the Coalition Against Nukes

Please join the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Information & Resource Service, Dr. Jill Stein, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, nuclear expert Arne Gundersen, and more, in D.C. to fully expose the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan & its relation to the U.S. nuclear industry before the 2012 presidential election.

This is a GRASSROOTS effort! We are calling on people across the country to converge on the capitol.

Partial Schedule:

Thursday, Sept 20th, 11:30-1:30 pm, Capitol steps
Rally For A Nuclear Free Future!
Please call 800-826-3688 to urge elected representatives now to commit to attending the Congressional Briefing on Sept 20th in the Cannon Bldg, Rm 121, 2-4pm.

Friday, Sept 21st

Morning: Occupy Japanese & Indian Embassies Afternoon: Occupy the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Saturday, Sept 22nd

Strategy Meeting regarding the impending national no nuke blitz

Confirmed speakers over the three days will include:

Nationally recognized experts Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER); Arnie Gundersen of; Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Michael Mariotte of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS); Beyond Nuclear’s Paul Gunter; Harvey Wasserman of; congressman Dennis Kucinich; Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein; and Japanese activist Yuko Tonohira.

To learn more about these events and how to participate, go to:

John Nichols: A Presidential Candidate Willing to Get Arrested to Fight Foreclosure Abuse

John Nichols

A Presidential Candidate Willing to Get Arrested to Fight Foreclosure Abuse

John Nichols on August 2, 2012 – 11:26 AM ET

It is not quite true that a third-party presidential candidate has to get arrested to get attention from the media. Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee for the presidency this year, has gotten her share of attention — in part because she is a genuinely impressive contender, in part because her campaign has been strikingly focused and professional in its approach.

But Stein got a good deal of attention Wednesday for a good reason. She was busted with fellow Greens and activists from the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign outside the Philadelphia office of Fannie Mae, the government-backed mortgage lender that is foreclosing on precisely the people it is supposed to help.

Most politicians avoid saying — let alone doing — anything of consequence regarding the foreclosure crisis. But Stein, her vice presidential running-mate (Cheri Honkala, who last year mounted a campaign for sheriff in Philadelphia as part of an anti-foreclosure fight), labor lawyer James Moran and Sister Margaret McKenna of the Medical Mission Sisters were arrested after attempting to gain access to the Fannie Mae office through an adjacent financial institution on Philadelphia’s “Bankers Row.”

The charge was one that any activist would be proud of: “defiant trespassing.”

Why get aggressive with Fannie Mae?

At a point when an estimated eight million American families face eviction from their homes due to the threat of foreclosure, and when roughly one third of all mortgage holders are “underwater” — that’s the term for when a homeowner owes more to his or her lenders than their property would be worth if they attempted to sell it — the answer is obvious enough.

But what makes Stein put things is perspective Wednesday when she explained that: “The developers and financiers made trillions of dollars through the housing bubble and the imposition of crushing debt on homeowners. And when homeowners could no longer pay them what they demanded, they went to government and got trillions of dollars of bailouts. Every effort of the Obama Administration has been to prop this system up and keep it going at taxpayer expense. It’s time for this game to end. It’s time for the laws be written to protect the victims and not the perpetrators. It’s time for a new deal for America, and a Green New Deal is what we will deliver on taking office. ”

Stein says she would:

issue an executive order establishing a moratorium on foreclosures of occupied dwellings

encourage local governments to help homeowners get out of underwater mortgages by seizing mortgages through eminent domain and letting non-profit community development organizations — not Wall Street banks — reissue the mortgages.

That may sound like radical talk. But older Americans will hear echoes of Franklin Roosevelt, from whom Stein has taken inspiration with her “Green New Deal” campaign.

Even if Stein does not take office — and she’s realistic about the challenges facing third parties — she is putting important ideas on the agenda. And she doing more. She and Honkala are securing ballot positions nationwide. Stein’s making a big push for inclusion in this fall’s presidential debates (along with Libertarian Gary Johnson). And Stein is getting arrested to focus attention on the issues.

That’s a vital role in American politics, as vital as the role played by Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas in 1932, when he used big ideas and big activism to place many of the ideas that would form the New Deal on the agenda.

See also an in depth story: