Tag Archives: Bernie Sanders

Jill Stein open to “collaboration” with Sanders

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Green Party Watch, March 18th:

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s tweetsthis week regarding a collaboration with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders were covered by Boston.com, the website of The Boston Globe. Continue reading

Bernie Sanders says he ran as a Democrat for ‘media coverage’

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From Politico, March 14th:

Bernie Sanders on Monday told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he ran as a Democrat to get more media coverage. Continue reading

Oklahoma Green Party explains Bernie Sanders endorsement in interview

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From The North Star, February 26th (Note, Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary on March 1st)

Questions posed to Rachel Jackson, State Facilitator, Green Party Oklahoma Cooperative Council about their endorsement of Bernie Sanders

  1. Is the endorsement of Bernie a tactical move?

Our endorsement of Bernie Sanders in the Oklahoma Democratic Primary accomplishes two goals: 1.) to find a way to participate electorally given our state’s repressive ballot access laws, and b.) to build a base to strengthen our efforts to reform those ballot access laws.

  1. Why endorse him now?

The Oklahoma Democratic Party recently decided to allow Independent voters to participate in their primaries. Because we cannot register to vote as Green Party members, many are registered as Independents. We want to encourage them to use their electoral power in the Democratic primary to support the candidate that aligns most with Green Party values. We believe Bernie Sanders represents the best chance for Oklahoma Greens to do that, given the current lack of ballot access.

  1. How will this endorsement help the Green Party of Oklahoma?

We hope it will bring attention to our ballot access situation among progressive and leftist voters in Oklahoma. Because of it’s relative obscurity compared to other social justice issues, ballot access is a difficult issue around which to mobilize. We are hoping that we can sustain the support we gain from Sanders supporters in our state and fold it into our ballot access reform efforts.

Read the rest of the interview here. 

ABC Tulsa: Oklahoma’s Green Party To Endorse Bernie Sanders

(The following was originally published in ABC Tulsa.)

TULSA – Ahead of the first presidential primary in which registered Independents in Oklahoma can vote, a major Independent party has officially endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.

The Green Party of Oklahoma’s Cooperative Council voted unanimously to endorse Sanders, the Democratic candidate, according to a press release emailed to Tulsa’s Channel 8 late Monday.

While Sanders does not align with all of the Green party platforms, GPOK officials said they believe he is the best possible option for their members casting votes on Super Tuesday in Oklahoma.

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Austin Petersen on Gary Johnson, John McAfee, voting third party, and New Hampshire primary results

On February 10th, 11th and 12th, Austin Petersen, a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, uploaded three new videos to his YouTube channel. The first one is titled “Petersen’s NH Caucus Response: Bernie Wins! America is the New Venezuela!” and runs for 22 minutes. The second video, uploaded on February 11th, Petersen answers the question,”Is voting third party a wasted vote?” and runs for 9 minutes. The most recent video, “Gary Johnson attacks Austin Petersen and John McAfee Steps In…”, runs for 13 minutes. Petersen’s official YouTube channel can be found here.


Jill Stein highlights her differences with Bernie Sanders

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Dr. Jill Stein

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke with CounterPunch about her differences with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Stein praised Sanders “for ‘giving voice and legitimacy’ to key majority-progressive policy sentiments,” but asked, “How long will a campaign calling for ‘revolution’ be tolerated by a counter-revolutionary party?”

Stein continued, “Whether our campaign is a Plan B for Bernie supporters…or whether we’re Plan A because we need a real movement that is independent of the corporate interests that dominate the Democratic Party from top to bottom, it’s important to ensure that this revolution lives on in way that is deep and that will grow strong…and you really have to discount the last decades of experience to think that the Democratic Party is going to just roll over and allow this to happen.”

Stein also said she has considerable differences with Sanders. She points out that Sanders backs drone warfare and “‘supports governments that commit egregious human rights abuses,’ including Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.” She says he has backed the expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program because it will bring jobs to Vermont, and calls him “a loyal man of U.S. global empire.” She also said, “Bernie treats Edward Snowden like a criminal rather than a hero.”

They have domestic policy differences as well, including Stein’s call for the nationalization of the Federal Reserve and her opposition to high-stakes standardized testing, which Sanders supports.

Wikipedia section on Bernie Sanders’ Liberty Union campaigns for public office:

While at the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League,[22] the youth affiliate of the Socialist Party of America, and was active in the Civil Rights Movement as a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.[11][23] Under Sanders’ chairmanship, the university chapter of CORE merged with the university chapter of SNCC.[24] In January 1962, Sanders led a rally at the University of Chicago administration building to protest university president George Wells Beadle‘s segregated campus housing policy. “We feel it is an intolerable situation when Negro and white students of the university cannot live together in university-owned apartments,” Sanders said at the protest. Sanders and 32 other students then entered the building and camped outside the president’s office, performing the first civil rights sit-in in Chicago history.[25][26] After weeks of sit-ins, Beadle and the university formed a commission to investigate discrimination.[27] He once spent a day putting up fliers protesting against police brutality, only to eventually notice that a Chicago police car was shadowing him and taking them all down.[28]

Sanders attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.[11][28][29] That summer, he was convicted of resisting arrest during a demonstration against segregation in Chicago’s public schools and was fined $25.[30]

In addition to his civil rights activism during the 1960s and 1970s, Sanders was active in several peace and antiwar movements. He was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Student Peace Union while attending the University of Chicago. Sanders applied for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War; his application was eventually turned down, by which point he was too old to be drafted. Although he opposed the war, Sanders never placed any blame on those who fought and has been a strong supporter of veterans’ benefits.[31][32]

Liberty Union campaigns

Sanders began his electoral political career in 1971 as a member of the Liberty Union Party, which originated in the anti-war movement and the People’s Party. He ran as the Liberty Union candidate for governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976 and as a candidate for U.S. senator in 1972 and 1974.[33] In the 1974 Senatorial race, Sanders finished third (5,901 votes; 4.1%) behind the victor, 33-year-old Chittenden County State’s Attorney Patrick Leahy (D, VI; 70,629 votes; 49.4%), and two-term incumbent U.S. Representative Dick Mallary (R; 66,223 votes; 46.3%).[34][35]

The 1976 campaign proved to be the zenith of Liberty Union’s influence, with Sanders collecting 11,000 votes for Governor and the party forcing the races for Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State to be decided by the state legislature when its vote total prevented either the Republican or Democratic candidates for those offices from garnering a majority of votes.[36] The campaign drained the finances and energy of the Liberty Union, however, and in October 1977 — less than a year after the conclusion of the 1976 campaign — Sanders and the Liberty Union candidate for Attorney General, Nancy Kaufman, announced their retirement from the party.[37]

Following his resignation from Liberty Union, Sanders worked as a writer and the director of the nonprofit American People’s Historical Society (APHS).[38] While with the APHS, he made a 30-minute documentary about American Socialist leader and presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs.[22][39]