Dr. Jill Stein
Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech
Green Party National Convention
August 6, 2016
Thank you so much. This is what democracy looks like. This is what political revolution looks like.
Thank you so much you for being here today and for leading the charge for an America and a world that works for all of us, a world that puts people, planet and peace over profit.
I am honored beyond words to be your candidate in this election. I’m honored to be running for President of the United States with the Green Party, the one national party that stands up for the people, and that’s been ahead of the curve in so many ways - on climate change and green energy, on marriage equality, free public higher education and health care as human rights, on stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership, on reparations for slavery, opposing Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and Israeli human rights abuses and occupation in Palestine, on recognizing indigenous rights. I want to recognize the heroes who have kept the party going through thick and thin. Please stand if you are a part of a Green Party organization - at the local, state or national level.
It’s also so exciting to be running in alliance with the Bernie Sanders movement that lives on outside the Democratic Party. We owe you such a debt of gratitude for getting the revolution going. And then for refusing to be shut down. It’s so exciting to run with you and for you. Please stand up if you’re coming here from the Bernie Sanders campaign.
It’s an honor to be your candidate running alongside Ajamu Baraka, a powerhouse of human rights –who brings a lifetime of dedication to racial and economic justice. And I thank Dr. Cornel West, for bringing his powerful voice into the campaign. And it’s an honor to run along with so many inspirational state and local candidates running for office. If you are running for office would you please stand?
It’s an honor to be your candidate in this historic moment, of unprecedented crisis and unstoppable momentum for transformational change so we can solve those crises. And we have an historic opportunity, an historic responsibility to be the agents of that change. As Martin Luther King said, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." I know that arc is bending in us, and through us. And we are actors in something much bigger than us as we struggle for justice, for peace, for community, for healing.
That arc of justice is moving through us as we mobilize to make black lives matter, and to end violent policing – as the Frisco Five and the Millions March NYC just did. The arc of justice is moving through us as we sit in and lock down to stop fracking pipelines, fossil fuel bomb trains, coal and LNG export terminals, and all manner of fossil fuel and nuclear infrastructure.
The arc of justice was moving through us in Philadelphia. The city of brotherly love was overrun by love and revolution, as the Bernie or Bust movement declared independence from the Democratic Party, and merged with our campaign in rally after rally, growing stronger by the hour. The power of this movement was clear during our Power Rally at FDR Park, where nature erupted in thunder and lightning as our rally drew to a close, and the heavens opened up as if to say, "get ready, there’s a big change coming." We sought shelter in a nearby highway underpass and we kept going. This movement is unstoppable.
So here we are, a movement for justice and democracy that’s sweeping the planet. From living wage campaigns, to fossil fuel blockades, to the fight to end mass incarceration, to cancel student debt, to restore the rights of immigrant rights, indigenous rights, LGBTQ and women’s rights and disability rights. Across the globe people are rising up like we haven’t seen for generations.
We face unprecedented crises that call for transformational solutions, a new way forward based on democracy, justice and human rights. And that won’t come from corporate political parties funded by predatory banks, war profiteers and fossil fuel giants. It will come from we the people, mobilized in a broad social movement, with an independent voice of political opposition, because, as Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has. It never will.” And we must be that demand.
They say we’re in a recovery but in fact it’s an emergency. We’ve lost good jobs - replaced by part time and temporary jobs. A generation of young people is locked in predatory student debt. Black lives are on the firing line. Immigrants face mass deportation. Wars for oil are blowing back at us with a vengeance. And the climate meltdown threatens civilization as we know it in our lifetimes.
Meanwhile, the super-rich party on, richer than ever. Twenty-two of these super-rich people have the wealth equivalent to half of the US population. And the political elite that serve the economic elite are making things worse, inflicting austerity on everyday people while they squander trillions on wars, Wall Street bail outs, and tax favors for the wealthy.
No wonder people are in revolt. And the good news is that we actually have the power to turn this around, the minute we stand up with the courage of our convictions. Because we have the vision and values of the American people. And, as a broad coalition for justice, we have the numbers to win the day.
Here’s how. There are 43 million young people – and not so young people – who are locked in predatory student debt, with no prospects for getting out. And there is only one candidate who will cancel that debt – and you’re looking at her. And by the way, we bailed out Wall Street, the guys who crashed the economy with their waste, fraud and abuse. It’s about time we bailed out the young people who are the victims of that abuse. So if young people come out on election day 2016 to vote green to cancel their debt, they can actually take over the election, not only to cancel student debt, but to advance the whole agenda for justice. And the world will be a better place for it! And millennials are the self organizing demographic that can do this.
So we do have the power to end student debt, and to make public higher education free. This is the right thing to do to provide the younger generation with economic security in the 21st century, just like free high school education provided security in the 20th century. And it pays for itself by a 7:1 margin, as the results of the GI bill demonstrated following the 2nd World War.
We also have the power to create emergency jobs program, with 20 million living wage jobs as part of a Green New Deal. It’s like the New Deal that got us out of the Great Depression… but a Green New Deal to fix the climate crisis as well as the economic crisis. It creates a wartime level mobilization to green our energy, food and transportation systems, and restore critical infrastructure, including ecosystems. And we’ll do this in the needed time frame – by achieving 100% renewable energy by 2030, and implementing an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure and exploration. This will revive our economy, turn the tide on climate change, and make wars for oil obsolete, which enables us to cut the military budget to pay for this. In addition, it saves so much money by preventing the fossil fuel-linked diseases like asthma, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and more, it actually pays for itself in health savings alone.
We can create health care as a human right through an improved Medicare for All system of everybody in, nobody out, and you’re covered head to toe and cradle to grave. You get your choice of doctor and hospital, and you and your doctor are put back in charge of your health decisions, not a profiteering insurance company CEO.
We must support the disabled members of our community, to ensure they have the needed support, treatment, housing, health care and jobs that enable them to be fully contributing members of society, and respect their human dignity.
We can revive public education by fully funding it and ensuring kids come to school ready to learn – nourished, healthy and free from poverty, the biggest obstacle to learning. And we must end the high stakes testing that is harmful especially to challenged learners, and used to justify closing and privatizing schools, and to disempower teachers and unions. It’s time to provide small classrooms, to pay our teachers well, to honor their unions, and to teach to the whole student for lifetime learning – with enriched with arts, music and recreation, and nurture the independent, creative minds and spirits that Democracy depends on.
We can create a welcoming path to citizenship for undocumented Americans who are critical to the diversity and vitality of our communities, economy and culture. We must end the shameful night raids, detentions and deportations of hard working, law abiding immigrants. In fact, one of the most important things we can do to fix the immigration crisis is to stop causing it in the first place with predatory policies like NAFTA, the war on drugs, military interventions, CIA-supported coups and US trained death squads.
We say to Donald Trump, we don’t need no friggin wall. We just need to stop invading other countries. And by the way, the Republicans are the party of hate and fear mongering. But Democrats are the party of night raids, detentions, and deportations.
We will put an immediate halt to deportations, detentions and night raids for people whose only crime was to flee the poverty and violence created by predatory US policies across the border.
And we can end racist violence and brutality not only in policing, but in courts and prisons, and in the economy at large. We can start by ensuring every community has a police review board, so communities control their police, and not the other way around. And communities must have dedicated investigators so every death or serious injury at the hands of police is investigated. And we must end the racist war on drugs, treat substance abuse as a health issue not a criminal problem, and discharge from our prisons the hundreds of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders who shouldn’t be locked up in the first place.
We call for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to get to the bottom of the crisis of racism, and to provide reparations to acknowledge the enormous debt owed to the African American community for the unimaginable price they paid in building this country and sustaining our economy for generations while they were denied dignity and freedom.
We must end the assault on our privacy, on freedom of the press, on the free internet, and end the war on whistleblowers, and free the political prisoners - that includes Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu Jamal, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, and Edward Pinkney, whose only crime was to stand up against the theft of public resources from Benton Harbor, one of the poorest communities in the nation, by the Whirlpool Corporation.
And finally we can create a foreign policy based on international law, diplomacy and human rights, not on global military and economic domination, which has been catastrophic. This policy will have cost us $6 trillion dollars including the costs of caring for our wounded veterans, which translates to $75,000 per American household on average. Over a million people have died in Iraq alone, which is not winning us hearts and minds in the Middle East. And tens of thousands of US soldiers have been killed or maimed. And what do we have to show for it? Failed states, worse terrorist threats, and mass refugee migrations that are tearing the EU and the Middle East apart.
More of the same failed war on terror is not the answer. It’s time to stop ISIS in its tracks and end the Wars for Oil with a new kind of offensive in the Middle East, a Peace Offensive – including a weapons embargo to the Middle East, and a freezing of the bank accounts of countries that are funding international jihadism, including the Saudi’s, who comprised 15 of 19 9/11 attackers, and who were identified as still the leading funder of Sunni extremist terrorism worldwide in State Department cables signed by Hillary Clinton in 2009, released by Wikileaks.
It’s important to recognize where this violent extremist threat came from in the first place. A global terrorist movement linked to Saudi wahhabism was an idea cooked up CIA and Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan to grow the Mujaheddin to stop the Soviet Union. And it has continued with Saudi schools – madrassas – that continue to be a recruiting and training ground fortomorrow’s terrorists.”
We can’t simultaneously fight terrorism with one hand, while we and our allies fund terrorism, train terrorists and arm terrorists with the other. The only ones benefitting from this catastrophic policy are the war profiteers themselves, who are calling the shots in foreign policy by funding the establishment parties and their politicians. In fact, US foreign policy has become fundamentally a marketing strategy for the weapons industry. We started the terrorist threat. Now it’s time to shut it down. That is what our campaign alone will do.
This is the world we can create outside of the two corporate parties sponsored by predatory banks, fossil fuel giants and war profiteers. So it’s time to vote for our deeply held beliefs, not against what we fear. Because that politics of fear has delivered everything we’re afraid of. All the reasons you were told you had to vote for the lesser evil – so we wouldn’t get the massive Wall Street bail outs, the offshoring of our jobs, the meltdown of the climate, the endless wars, the attack on civil liberties and on immigrant rights – all of that we’ve gotten by the droves, because we allowed ourselves to be silenced, and to let the lesser evil speak for us.
But the lesser evil paves the way for greater evil, because people don’t come out to vote for lesser evil politicians who are throwing them under the bus – even if someone else could be even worse. Democracy needs a moral compass. We must be that moral compass.
The clock is ticking, and this is the Hail Mary moment. In this election we’re not just deciding what kind of world we will have. We’re deciding whether we’ll have a world or not in the future. The day of reckoning is drawing closer – on climate change, on endless war, on nuclear weapons, and the next economic meltdown. We’re accelerating into all of these crises under Republican and Democratic rule. So It’s time to reject the lesser evil and fight for the greater good – like our lives depend on it, because they do.
That means join our campaign – at jill2016.com. Help us get into the debates, help us get the word out by social media and break into mainstream press. Help us phone bank, canvass, bring a campus event to your college or a superrally to your region.
The corporate parties are not going to save us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Together we can build an America and a world that works for us all, that puts people, planet and peace over profit. The power to create this world is not just in our hopes. Not just in our dreams. Right here. Right now. It’s in our hands. And together, we are unstoppable.
Green Party National Convention
August 4-7, 2016
Welcome to Houston and the Green Party National Convention! We are so excited to have all of you here — over 300 of you from all across the country.
The Annual National Meeting Committee, in partnership with local Greens from Houston and Texas, have been working hard to bring you an exciting and inspirational program. We also hope you will make new friends and connections as well as learn some new skills to strengthen your own organizing and campaigning work in your local community. We hope you will use this event to “recharge your batteries,” and get inspired for the hard work ahead of us.
So, sit back and relax — no, stand up and get engaged — in the most authentic political convention this country has seen lately. Unlike the Cleveland and Philadelphia affairs, this convention is funded entirely by individuals — small dollar donors from across the country. There will be no corporate-sponsored special events or $10,000 plate dinners, just good times and great people.
Tamar Yager & Hillary Kane ANMC Co-Chairs
p.s. Don’t forget to make use of social media during the convention!
selfies and show all your friends back home what you’re up to! Use
#GNCinHouston and #Green2016 along with GPUS hashtags #IAmGreen
Thursday, August 4
|Workshop: session #1 (Student
Workshop session #2 (Student Center)
Opening Reception (Hall Ballroom 210)
Film: Iron Jawed Angels (South Downtown 261)
Friday, August 5
9:00 am-12:00 pm
10:15-10:30 am 10:30-11:45 am
Registration Opens (Multi-Purpose Room 237)
Platform Hearings (Half Ballroom 210) OR
Caucus & Committee Meetings (Student Ctr.)
Workshop session #3 (Student Center)
National Delegates Meeting (Half Ballroom) OR
Workshop session #4
Workshop session #5
Workshop session #6
Panel & Film: Universal Health Care (Half Ballroom)
GPUS Fundraiser & Talent Show (Half Ballroom)
Saturday, August 6
Doors Open to Convention Hall
|12:00-1:00 pm||Lunch (Moody)
Party for the Revolution (Ballroom)
Sunday, July 26
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Closing Session & Campaign Planning (Half Ballroom and breakout rooms)
Thursday, August 4
1:30-3:00 pm Workshop session #1
Abolish Corporate Constitutional Rights by David Cobb
(Downtown - Room 261)
An introduction of Move To Amend, a concrete campaign for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate constitu- tional rights and money as speech. The focus will be on how Greens can grow the party while working on this campaign.
Constitution's Voting Rights Apportionment Formula by Asa Gordon (Midtown - Room 262)
The Constitution's malapportionment penalty clause establishes a de jure apportionment formula that mandates proportional representational redress for de facto partisan abridgment of voting rights.
Recruiting Single Women to the Green Party by Brandy Baker (Impact - Room 113)
The Democratic Party has done over a decade of extensive research on unmarried women and their potential as a voter base. I wish to discuss this and see how the Green Party can use this research to reach this very economically impoverished, but left-leaning demographic.
Confronting Oppressive Behaviors Series - Racism and Sexism by Remington Alessi (Third Ward - Room 212)
An uncomfortable journey in learning to unpack the behaviors within ourselves that can create oppressive environments, focusing on racism and sexism.
3:15-4:45 pm Workshop session #2
Getting out of the fossil fuel trap: possibilities and costs by George Reiter (Downtown - Room 261)
A comparison of the promise and costs of powering the entire planet by earth-based renewable energy or lunar solar power.
Storefront Socialism by Christopher Casey (Impact - Room 113)
An exploration of a base-building strategy to complement the Green Party's electoral focus. It involves creating storefront centers that can operate as everything from food banking co-ops to alternative energy enterprises.
A broad overview of the various aspects of running for political office, particularly as a Green Party candidate. We will cover topics such as building a campaign committee, fundraising, media, volunteer management, ballot access, and Get Out The Vote.
- Confronting Oppressive Behaviors Series - Ageism and Ableism by
Katija Gruene (Third Ward - Room 212)
An uncomfortable journey in learning to unpack the behaviors within ourselves that can create oppressive environments, focusing on ageism and ableism.
Friday, August 5
9:15-10:15 am Caucus & Committee Meetings
- First come, first served
- Sign-up in the Multi-Purpose Room
- Available Rooms: 262, 257, 219, and 223
10:30-11:45 am Workshop session #3
Green Money Power and The Populist Agenda by Howard Switzer (Astrodome—Room 257)
An exposure of how the existing system works, its history and global physical and psychological consequences, and the how the Green economic transition would change this.
Why the Green Party Must Become A Membership Financed and Led Party Before it Can Become A Mass Party by Howie Hawkins and Bruce Dixon (Midtown—Room 262)
What if the Green Party -- or local and state Green parties -- rejected the elite-dependent organizational models of the Democrats and Republicans and democratized itself as a mass-membership party with a mass base of dues-paying members organized at the grassroots with the support of paid staff? This workshop will explore how we can meet the organizational, legal, and political challenges to building the Greens into a mass-membership party that can really compete for power with the top-down parties of the professional/managerial class and the corporate elite.
- Working with the National Electoral Strategy by the
CoordinatedCampaign Committee (Bayou City - Room 219)
Come learn about the implementation of the first GPUS National Electoral Strategy. The workshop will discuss the four featured issues (water, voting rights, racial justice, and demilitarized foreign policy) and how candidates can contribute to, and gain from, the strategy.
- Replace the US Constitution by Alfred Molison
(Skyline - Room 223)
Did William Lloyd Garrison have the right idea? The US Constitution was pretty good, until it was turned against us. Let's reify the ideals hinted at in the Constitution in ways that are open and democratic this time. If Venezuelans can do it, we can too!
1:00-2:15 pm Workshop session #4
- The Next System: Changing the Rules of the Game by
Dana Brown (Astrodome—Room 257)
This participatory workshop will introduce attendees to basic concepts in systems theory/thinking, exploring its implications for those of us who want to see transformative change in the US's political-economic landscape. We will look at how economic, legal, political, socio-cultural and ecological systems all interact and what deep transitions might be necessary to cement lasting change in the US.
- U.S. Green Party/Global Greens by Keli Yen
(Bayou City—Room 219)
The Workshop delves into the relationship between the U.S. Green Party/International Committee on the one hand and the Global Greens on the other. It considers the strong and the weak points of the relationship and how that may be improved in order to realize the full potential of the relationship; included is a brief précis of the 4th Global Greens Congress to be held next March in Liverpool.
NationBuilder for State Parties (Midtown—Room 262)An open discussion for anyone currrently using NationBuilder or thinking about using it. Representatives from Pennsylvania and Texas will discuss their experiences.
Latinx Issues by Andrea Merida and other members of the Latinx Caucus (Skyline—Room 223)
Organizing opportunities with the Latinx community
2:30-3:45 pm Workshop session #5
The State of Black America by Ashely "Flashe" Gordon (Astrodome—Room 257)
Panel discussion to highlight issues affecting Americans of the Black Diaspora and how the GP can lead a national campaign to highlight these social issues.
Media for Women Candidates by Ann Link and GPUS Media Committee (Bayou City—Roome 219)
This workshop will assist Green women running for office, and those involved with their campaigns, with attracting media attention, working with the media, etc.
Building the Revolution with Social Media by Dave Schwab, Jill Stein for President Communications Director (Midtown—Room 262)
Social media is quickly revolutionizing politics and organizing. Learn how you can use social media to build the revolution and win.
Organizing in Frontline Communities by Cheri Honkala and Darlene Elias (Skyline - Room 223)
Longtime community activists Darlene Elias & Cheri Honkala will present some of the elements needed to have good and effective community organizing. Examples will
be drawn from work around housing, poverty, education, Black Lives Matter and more. Discussion will also include their roles as activists working within the Green Party.
4:00-5:15 pm Workshop session #6
The Role of Art in Revolution by Ruthi Engelke (Honors College in MD Anderson Library)
Artists and cultural workers play a crucial role in social change. Art tells truths, frames history, sets norms, reflects a current moment, and is a voice of We The People. As corporate control threatens our health, safety, sovereignty, and communities, it threatens our culture. The role of the artist in Revolution will be examined. Highlighted will be an exhibit of Houston artists and activists.
Planning Your Next Four Months by the Coordinating Campaign Committee (Astrodome—Room 257)
This workshop is for candidates and their key staff/volunteers to help design a concrete action plan for the remainder of the election cycle. Candidates will walk away with a game plan for now until Election Day.
The Green New Deal: What Is It and How Is It Working? by Howie Hawkins (Bayou City—Room 219)
This workshop will discuss and evaluate the "Green New Deal,” which scores of U.S. Greens have campaigned for since 2010 to revive New Deal reforms that the Democrats have dropped — including public jobs for the unemployed, single- payer health care, progressive taxation, financial regulation, and fair labor laws — and to expand the reforms to address today’s top crises of economic inequality (cooperatives and public enterprises that “predistribute” income fairly), climate (100% clean energy by 2030), and war and militarism (cuts to U.S. military spending and foreign wars).
Better Group Decisions by Frank Atwood and Blake Huber (Midtown—Room 262)
Presentation on how group decisions can be made more ef- fectively and with higher levels of satisfaction.
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator
Wrap-up of the 2016 Green National Convention
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At approximately 3:30 p.m. CT on Aug. 6 during the Green Party's 2016 national convention, Greens chose Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka to be the party's presidential and vice-presidential nominees.
Dr. Stein was nominated after receiving a majority of votes in the
first round of voting. She received 239.5 out of 293 total votes
(81.7%) cast by Green delegates from across the U.S.
Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka nominated on Aug. 6 in Houston: links to videos and transcripts of the speeches and other events
CNN town hall with Stein and Baraka: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9 p.m. ET
The convention took place in Houston, Texas, on the campus of the University of Texas. Dozens of Green candidates from Texas and other states were among the party leaders, delegates, and observers.
Along with the nomination, highlights of the convention included speeches by Julian Assange (via live feed from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London), YahNé Ndgo, and Dr. Cornel West on Saturday and events welcoming former supporters of Bernie Sanders. Videos and texts of many of the speeches follow below.
CNN will air a town hall event with Dr. Stein and Mr. Baraka on Wednesday, August 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET, live on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, and online via CNNgo ( http://www.cnn.it/go ).
Green Party delegates also voted to confirm the party's new national platform ( http://www.gp.org/platform_2016 ).
Party members also elected a new steering committee. The new co-chairs are Darlene Elias (from Massachusetts), Darryl! L.C. Moch (District of Columbia), and Chris Blankenhorn (Illinois). Brian Bittner (Maryland) was chosen to be treasurer of the party.
Remaining co-chairs are Andrea Mérida-Cuéllar (Colorado), Sanda Everette (California), Tamar Yager (Virginia), Bahram Zandi (Maryland), and party secretary Jan Martell (North Carolina).
Greens thanked outgoing co-chairs Audrey Clement (Virginia), Charles Ostdiek (Nebraska), Paul Pipkin (Texas), and treasurer Jeff Turner (Hawai'i).
Greens also thanked Tamar Yager (Virginia) and Hillary Aisenstein (Pennsylvania), co-chairs of the party's Annual National Meeting Committee, for their hard work in organizing the convention.
Videos, speech transcripts, and related links
Jill Stein, acceptance speech
Campaign site: http://www.jill2016.com
Meet Jill Stein: http://www.jill2016.com/about
Ajamu Baraka, acceptance speech
Transcript (excerpt): http://www.democracynow.org/2016/8/8/a_new_day_another_way_green
About Ajamu Baraka: http://www.ajamubaraka.com/about
Web site: http://www.ajamubaraka.com
Julian Assange, interviewed by David Cobb
Transcript (excerpt): http://www.democracynow.org/2016/8/8/wikileaks_julian_assange_attacks_against_jill
Justice for Julian Assange web site: https://www.justice4assange.com
YahNé Ndgo: keynote speech
Dr. Cornel West: keynote speech
More videos from the convention
Post-nomination press conference with Dr. Stein and Mr.
More press conferences and other videos from the Green National Convention, from Viva Bernie 2016: https://www.facebook.com/VivaBernie2016/videos
Real News Network: interviews with Green Party candidates
and leaders, Dr. West
C-SPAN: Dr. Stein's acceptance speech, introduced by Mr.
Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections
News Center http://www.gp.org/newsroom
Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/ballotaccess
Video Page http://www.gp.org/video
Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/
Livestream Channels http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus and http://www.youtube.com/user/GreenPartyVideos/live
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GreenPartyUS
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