What Is the Green Party?
America’s Green Party – which first took shape in the early 80s – is a values-based, third-party alternative to politics as usual. The Green Party Presidential Candidate, Jill Stein, polled at an unprecedented 2 percent of voters (plus 1 percent of likely voters) in August. For the first time, the Green Party has a line on ballots across Tennessee and nearly 40 other U.S states. Jill Stein made history by raising enough money to qualify for federal matching funds – a major milestone for a candidate whose party refuses to take corporate donations.
Jill Stein in TN
Last week, Jill Stein took a 1-day tour through Tennessee. At a Nashville fundraiser on Thursday, she promised to turn the White House “into a greenhouse,” according to an article by Michael Cass in the The Tennessean. She urged her audience not to “waste” votes on Obama or Romney, but rather to make a vote for the future of the country and the climate by supporting her “Green New Deal” platform.
Stein managed to keep all of her Tennessee commitments despite a Wednesday arrest while delivering supplies to activists peacefully protesting the Tar Sands pipeline. She started the day at a Pleasant Hill Church, visited Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, stopped by Tennessee Tech in Cookville, and ended the day in Nashville.
Stein’s race is historic in Tennessee. This is the first time the Green Party has had a line on the ballot in our fair state. She’s also not the only Green on the ticket – other Green Party candidates are seeking seats in congress and on the state legislature.
Tennesseans are paying more and more attention to the potential dangers of climate change and the “Catch-22” of finance and economy for today’s middle class. According to isidewith.com, Stein agrees with more than 50 percent of Tennessee voters on many of the most important environmental, policy, and economic issues of the day.
Why Jill Stein Might Surprise Us All
Tonight, Free and Equal will host an online debate between third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson beginning at 9:00 Eastern Time. According to a Harvard Crimson article by Jonathan Solarte, Harvard Ph.D. candidate, “Obama supporters watching these debates may be surprised to realize that Jill Stein has really matched their beliefs best all along.” Online social media and web campaigns have given Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala unmatched visibility, and the party’s drive to end current student debt has the potential to mobilize the frustrated over-educated, under-employed student sectors. Together, the confluence of factors in the 2012 Presidential Election positions the Green Party for unprecedented showings on election day.
Voting for Jill Stein may not win the White House – but enough combined votes will make the Green Party a legitimate power to be reckoned with in future elections. For fed-up progressives who feel both Obama and Romney represent a status quo that favors continued ecological and social irresponsibility, Jill Stein is the logical choice. The Green Party and the values set forth in Stein’s “Green New Deal” represent the sustainable future this country – and this planet – must strive to bring into being.