Green Party Annual Meeting Highlights – Stein Blames Neo-Liberals; US House Socialist Candidate Cheered

Dr. Jill Stein gives opening night keynote to Green Party Annual Meeting, Friday, 20 July 2018. Post Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Photo by Joe Buchman.

2012 and 2016 Green Party Candidate Dr. Jill Stein gave the opening keynote at the Annual Meeting of the Green Party of the United States held on the campus of the University of Utah July 20 to 22.  Dr. Stein’s keynote was followed by 2-minute long statements from 20 federal, state and local Green Party candidates.  A partial transcript of Dr. Stein’s comments, a full transcript of New Jersey US House candidate and Green Annual Meeting Organizer Diane Moxley’s comments, links to video of subsequent press conference statements by various Green Party candidates and a link to the feature film, DAWNLAND, shown at the conclusion of the opening night agenda follow.

STEIN: . . . We are not just fighting this xenophobic, predatory, misogynist, racist who happens to be occupying the White House right now, we are fighting the whole system that created him – the whole neo-liberal establishment and the neo-liberal agenda – which is essentially sowing violence and misery world over, which has thrown people under the bus and made folks reject the Democratic Party that has been sort of the visible symbol of neo-liberalism and banks and in an insane way support Donald Trump, not know what they were getting.

I think people are beginning to see what they are getting right now. Suffice it to say, as horrible as Donald Trump is, the Democratic Party is not rising up strong.  In fact people are continuing to Dem-exit and to Green-enter and to stand up for the future that we need.  So we are out changing the system to create an America and a world that works for all of us.  That’s what we are building right here in this room; that’s what you are doing as candidates whether you are running for school committee, or city council, or for your legislature, or for Congress – this all builds together.  These are the components of system change.

Running for President is a high visibility . . . what shall we say? . . . hard row to hoe.  It is a lot easier, in my opinion, than running for local office. I’ve done them both; I’ve run for everything really from my local town meeting up to President.  They are all difficult; it is not easy to face the system, to be right up against it day-after-day, really confronting what is exploiting people and hurting people and having a human conversation with everybody in the community and moving things in the direction that they need to go.

Our agenda, whether it is our global agenda, or our national agenda, it breaks down into what we are fighting for locally. What there is for community-based schools, for ending high-stakes testing and the privatization of our schools. Whether it is fighting for healthcare as a human right at the state level.  Whether it is fighting for free public higher education – San Francisco recently established that as a city. Whether it is being opposed to the war.  Whether it is standing up for young people and calling for a bailout and ending student debt. If you are an elected official, no matter what level you are at, your voice carries an incredible way in fighting on all of those issues, whether it’s greening your community and investing in solarizing your community, or whether it is creating jobs right there for the people who need it.  Whether it’s standing up for clean water in your community. Whether you are Standing Rock, or whether you are along the Penobscot River, or whether you are in Flint Michigan, these are our national issues.  Our values break down to what we are struggling with right here in the community level.

I just want to thank you so much for being the lifeblood of who we are as Greens. Global is local and local is where change is most achievable.  It is so important and I am personally so grateful for all of the work that you are doing.  I just want to say, thank you very much.  Give yourselves a big hand.

(Applause)

. . .

STEIN: We are under attack, if you haven’t noticed, moreso than usual. I consider it a real honor, actually it’s a badge of distinction to be under attack outside of an election season.

(Laughter)

STEIN: I’m not running for office; you’d never know it considering the way I am being vilified right now.  I think it just says how much the political establishment is just quaking in their boots that word should get out that there actually is this alternative that people are looking for.  We know that 61 percent of Americans, 71 percent of millennials are clamoring for a new, independent political force.

This whole business about stealing the election from Hillary?  Like Hillary owned your vote? That’s news to me.  The exit polls tell us very specifically that the vast majority of our voters would not have voted had we not had a Green candidate so we’re not stealing anyone’s vote.

(Applause)

STEIN: And for those who still want to whine about Hillary’s loss, remember if you are going to give our votes to Hillary, you have got to give Gary Johnson’s votes to Trump and then he would have won the electoral college and the popular vote both.  So go think about that one.

It is a sign of our strength that we have certain people a little worried right now.  Word is getting out on the street that there are alternatives, and that is our job right now to keep getting that word out and empowering voters.  Letting people know that this so-called spoiler voting system is a choice of the political establishment; it does not have to be that way.  We could have ranked-choice voting right now and end the duopoly forever. It is a false concept that candidates are stealing votes from each other. They are not, but if you are concerned about it, then just enact ranked-choice voting right now.  Let’s enable voters to vote for what they value, not against what they fear. Because the politics of fear has delivered everything we were afraid of.  It is time to stand up for the future that we value and the future that we deserve.  That future is right here right now in the hands of our candidates.  So together we are going to make it so.

(Applause)

STEIN: And we get to hear from every candidate who is here.

. . .

MOXLEY: I am Dianne Moxley. I am running for Congress in the seventh congressional district in New Jersey.  I am a gen-Xer who is the mom of a millennial. I am an attorney; I follow my law school’s motto which is, “Law in the service of human needs.” (City University of New York.)  By being an attorney for legal services in the city of New York and the surrounding communities for over fourteen years, I am an activist who has had my eyes blown wide open viewing the suffering from Palestine to Standing Rock and beyond. I will fight all forms of oppression and stand by the axiom of agitate, agitate, agitate.

(Applause, cheers)

MOXLEY: The best thing about running as a Green is that I can stay true 100 percent to all of my values.  I am proud to declare myself running openly as a socialist.

(Cheers, applause)

MOXLEY: The only real way to combat racial, social and environmental injustice is by completely turning this country around through a plan of eco-socialism.

(Cheers, applause)

MOXLEY: Our survival depends on radical shifts from politics as usual. The working class has suffered for far too long under the corporate-controlled duopoly. Regardless of which side of the status-quo they are on, our politicians are selling out to big-money corporate donors and Wall Street.  It is time for us to take our country back and finally make it actually great, because it has never been great.  Never.

(Applause)

MOXLEY: My platform includes a plan for free public higher education, student loan debt forgiveness, improved Medicare for all, an actual living wage because, yes, as the woman before me stated, you cannot live anywhere on $15.00 an hour.

(Applause)

MOXLEY: We need a plan for the long, long overdue racial justice that is needed in this country.

(Applause)

MOXLEY: I will adopt and utilize the platform from the Movement for Black Lives.  We need a plan to completely eradicate police brutality.  We need to end mass incarceration and work toward healing hundreds of years of systemic, institutionalized racism.

(Applause, cheers)

MOXLEY: That must be done with a plan for reparations now.  We also need paths to citizenship. We need to end ICE, abolish ICE.

(Applause)

MOXLEY: Not rename it; not rebrand it, end it.

I will just close with, I know we all say our names out, we have got to follow everybody on Facebook, go to our websites.  We are all people powered.  So, please, all of us; small donations, whatever donations you can.  Please help people power our campaigns.

(end of transcripts)

Video of press conference remarks by 2018 Green Party Candidate for State and Local office — Dr. Brett Joseph, Lt. Governor of Ohio; Constance Gadell-Newton, Governor of Ohio; Mollie Dyer, Missouri HD-162; Michael White, Governor of Wisconsin; Michael Feinstein, Secretary of State, CA; Tiffany Anderson, Lt Governor of Wisconsin; Aaron Camacho, Wisconsin State Senate; Brendan Phillips, Tooele County Commissioner (Utah); and Adam Guymon, Write-in for Salt Lake County Council, can be viewed HERE.

Videos of Green Party candidates running for federal office –  Jo Crain, U.S. Senate, Missouri; Laura Wells, Congress, CA; Dr. Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, Congress, CA; Madelyn Hoffman, Senate, New Jersey; Adam Davis, Congress, Utah; Diane Moxley, Congress, New Jersey; and Kenneth Mejia, Congress, Los Angeles, can be viewed HERE.

Following candidate statements, the opening night event concluded with a screening of the film DAWNLAND – 2018 documentary about Native American cultural survival and stolen children and the efforts of the first truth and reconciliation commission’s efforts to heal those wounds.

More information about the film, including the trailer, is available HERE.

18 thoughts on “Green Party Annual Meeting Highlights – Stein Blames Neo-Liberals; US House Socialist Candidate Cheered

  1. Gene Berkman

    Of course Dr Stein is wrong in awarding Gary Johnson’s votes to Donald Trump. If the Libertarian Party were not an option, some of the Johnson voters would have gone for Evan McMullin or Darrel Castle, some for Trump and some for Hilary. Libertarian voters cover a wider spectrum than do Green Party voters.

  2. Rob

    Wow,looks like it was attended by dozens. Dozens, I tell you.

    The Greens were founded explicitly as an ‘Unparty’ to bring about eco-privatization locally. So Stein is way off-mission. Granted Libertarians founded the Greens as a halfway house for totalitarians, sooner or later pro-libertarians will have to go in and straighten them out a little.

    Then again, in many countries like the ‘-Stans, the libertarians are the Greens. A Green Party in China would be a good thing.

  3. Bondurant

    In fairness to Stein the context of giving Johnson’s votes to Trump is based on the incorrect assumption many many have that Libertarians and Greens would vote Republican and Democrat without another choice.

  4. Fred Stein

    There were alot of empty seats in the picture. Only 20 candidates showed up at a national convention? Green Party will disappear in influence like the Reform Party.

  5. Anthony Dlugos

    “In fairness to Stein the context of giving Johnson’s votes to Trump is based on the incorrect assumption many have that Libertarians…would vote Republican…without another choice.”

    Which points to the real issue here (for Libertarians): the belief in the public at large that we take more votes from Republicans than we do Democrats, and why that belief persists, whether true or not. Could it be something in our messaging that leads people to believe we are just “republicans who want to smoke pot.”?

    This is important, because if its in our messaging, we’re leaving support on the table.

  6. Andy

    Anthony, a big part of the reason is the party frequently running Republican retreads for office, like Bob Barr, Gary Johnson, Bill Weld, etc…

  7. Anthony Dlugos

    What about your idol, Ron Paul? What party was he in? Funny how you leave his name out of your list.

    You’ve also spoke approvingly of Amash and the old coot Ron Paul’s son.

    You also can’t have it both ways: excoriating Johnson and Weld for being ex-republicans, then excoriating them for doing the most un-republican thing one can think of: vouching for Hillary Clinton.

    The sustained attack from hard-right/alt-right folks like yourself was that J-W were far too left leaning.

    Its quite hypocritical for the paleo cabal to call Johnson a “republican retread” then flip out when he answered the Bake the Cake question with a decidedly leftist spin.

    Are you under some delusion that your virulently racist immigration stance, if implemented by the LP, would make us sound LESS republican to the general public? lol.

  8. Andy

    You are correct to point out that Ron Paul was a Republican retread when he ran as an LP candidate back in 1988.

    I am not completely opposed to the LP running Republican retreads if that candidate is sufficiently libertarian, and I believe that Ron Paul passed that test, and this is evidenced by his record, and the r3VOLution he sparked in 2007-20012.

    Andrew Napolitano would make a great candidate for the LP, and he is a Republican retread.

    I think there is a problem with the LP running Republican retreads too frequently though, and that is that the LP gets branded as the home of Republican retreads.

    This is another reason why the LP needs to focus on building its own stars, rather than relying on cast offs from other parties.

  9. Joseph Buchman Post author

    The seating capacity of the Post Theater is listed as 250.

    This was not an annual convention, but an “annual meeting.” No bylaws, no delegates, no platform committee reports, etc. Apparently they only do that every four years.

    I asked where and when their Presidential Nominating Convention was scheduled to occur (and where/when the 2019 annual meeting was to occur).

    Apparently those have not been booked yet, they do not contract with big hotels or convention centers and those decisions aren’t made this far out.

    I was also told the caucus meetings, as well as the meeting of the GNC were not open to the public or to those who had been granted media credentials.

    That said, I found some common ground in conversations from time to time. Felt respected except by those who see the Libertarians as corporate shills, and apparently didn’t find my argument that the party was founded on the NAP, self-ownership and “political positions that are easily and naturally derived” from those two fundamental moral paradigms persuasive. Still, I felt more at home there than among my more fervent Democratic or Republican extreme loyalist friends.

    I also find their argument that government action to recover the externalities of polluters is not an “initiation” of force, but an effort for equity worthy. We have some common ground there even though I’d rather see courts than taxes, and competitive/media pressure rather than prior- independent regulatory agency regulations; they aren’t the first people/those aren’t the first issues I’d want to focus on to advance liberty.

    I’d like to see us reach out to them for dialog at our conventions. Greens at 2020 on a “what do we have in common?” as well as Libertarians at their 2019 (and 2020) meeting/convention explaining how we can align on everything, or much of they want to do *non-violently* and why/how history shows that the initiation of violent actions, no matter how good the cause might seem, always backfire.

  10. Anthony Dlugos

    “I am not completely opposed to the LP running Republican retreads if that candidate is sufficiently libertarian…”

    I know you’re not completely opposed, that’s why I pointed out your hypocrisy.

    Suggesting running a guy like Napolitano as a way of disabusing people of the idea that we are just disaffected republicans is sheer lunacy.

    Frankly, if someone were to distill your various rants on this site down to a 1,000 word treatise of your beliefs, 99% of the American public would assume you are an actual republican, probably of the alt-right Trumpster variety. And they wouldn’t be far off.

    Consequently, any suggestions by you on how to disabuse the public of the idea that we are disaffected republicans should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

  11. Anthony Dlugos

    “…apparently didn’t find my argument that the party was founded on the NAP, self-ownership and “political positions that are easily and naturally derived” from those two fundamental moral paradigms persuasive.”

    I’m not surprised they found that argument unpersuasive. In the real world, it IS unpersuasive, and why Libertarians are tagged with the “republicans who want to smoke pot” moniker and why it is assumed the LP takes more votes from the GOP than we do the Democratic Party.

    You’re responding to a real world problem with a theoretical answer. Given that, especially in America, the playing field is, and always has been, strongly tilted to the favor of the corporations and the rich, any answer based in the theoretical usefulness of the NAP is going to sound like you approve of the 20-meter head start given to the corporations and the rich in the 100-meter race of life.

    The only difference with the Greens is that they are hyper-sensitive to that reality, probably on a pathological level, so their own solutions are worse.

    As an aside, not that I am opposed to outreach to the left, but I wouldn’t want to reach out to the Green Party, except for ballot access purposes perhaps.

    I WOULD like outreach to organizations within the Democratic sphere of influence, but that’s because such organizations can help us. The Greens can’t. Far too small, and in far too constraining of an ideological straitjacket. (Of course, outreach to individual Greens is a different story. I just wouldn’t want the LP to reach out on an official level to the Green Party).

  12. Anthony Dlugos

    No doubt about it. Because that makes the LP’s case stronger. We’re using them to get into the debates ourselves, plain and simple.

    But politics is a bare-knuckle fight. We’re not obligated to make sure the Green Party gets a wider audience. That’s up to them. Any effort that helps put the LP on the level of the Demopublicans (in the eyes of the voters, such as with the presidential debates), is a productive activity.

    Any activity that helps put the Greens on our level (such as official, party-to-party dialogue) is wasted effort.

    IMHO

  13. Seebeck

    Joe,

    The Greens, like the ACPers, are only our allies when it comes to things that negatively impact all non-DP/GOP parties–nonpartisan issues like ballot access, debate inclusions, and so on. Political processes, not philosophies. We have done that before.

    Beyond that, the paths of the Golds and the Watermelons diverge drastically. So do the paths of the Golds and the Cassocks.

    We do not need an alliance with a leftist statist party that is slowly self-destructing until the DP implodes and the environmental Nazis leave the DP and join the Greens. Our philosophies are that far apart.

    We do not need an alliance with a rightist theocrat statist party that is basically irrelevant until the GOP implodes and the so-called “social conservatives” (they aren’t conservative since they want big religious government) leave the GOP and join the ACPs. Our philosophies are that far apart.

    The libertarian philosophy is superior to any flavor of statist mantra out there. We do not need to dilute it with those statists.

  14. Joseph Buchman Post author

    “We do not need to dilute it with those statists.”

    Perhaps as a life-long educator, I’m more hopeful people will learn, and then change.

    Also for full disclosure, I’m going out to Burning Man for my seventh time in three weeks (be there for the Build Week and Early Man this year). It’s the closest I may come to living in Libertopia and part of that is the rather incredible, performance-art-awash, radical voluntaryist gifting. Some call it voluntary socialism. I think that’s a fair term – taking care of one another in a harsh environment without any force other than a cultural push to not engage in barter or trade, but in unconditional gifting.

    I doubt that can last for more than the week that it does, but it sure is . . . beyond fun, something on the order of healing.

    It’s also my impression that my Greenish friends do not see the dark violence at the heart of some of their proposals – at least not until confronted by it in conversation. It’s likewise my sense that some Libertarians don’t notice where the initiation of violence or fraud actually began. Sometimes defending the initiators, because that initiation is relatively invisible.

    I’m not so much interested in advancing the Libertarian Party, as I am interested in advancing Liberty. So where there’s common ground with Greens, or anyone, I tend to want to cheer that.

    And, I’m probably wrong. I’m just not a dedicated, strategic, warrior type. I’m more hopeful about others having that AH HA moment Mary Ruwart talks about where the NAP and self-ownership principles click, and the person is never the same.

  15. Joseph Buchman Post author

    GREEN PARTY PRESS RELEASE related to the event above.

    Green Party of the United States
    http://www.gp.org

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 24, 2018

    CONTACT
    Ann Link, Co-Chair, Media Committee, ann.link@gp.org
    Justin McCarthy, Co-Chair, Media Committee, justin.mccarthy@gp.org
    Dee Taylor, Green Party of Utah, deedeelivesgreen@greenpartyutah.com, 801-403-0121

    Available online at http://www.gp.org/green_party_midterm_challenge

    The Green Party of the United States closed the 2018 Annual National Meeting at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City held July 19 to 22 with a challenge to the corporate-funded Democratic and Republican Parties and a call to action.

    “Green campaigns are powering up for victory in Utah and all across the country,” said Erin Fox, Co-chair of the party’s Coordinated Campaign Committee. “Our candidates aren’t just asking for votes, they are asking voters to participate in our shared democracy by getting involved in a movement that puts the people, planet and peace first.”

    Highlights of the meeting included candidate presentations and a keynote speech by Chase Iron Eyes at the opening ceremony Thursday evening. Workshops were held on Thursday and Friday.

    Meeting organizer Diane Moxley and keynote speaker Chase Iron Eyes radio interview:
    https://slc.gp.org/radioactive-talks-with-chase-iron-eyes

    Candidates for local, state and federal office were featured in two press conferences on Friday.

    Candidate press conference live streams and photos:
    http://www.gp.org/highlights_2018_anm

    The National Committee meeting on Saturday and Sunday included caucus meetings and two panels, “Ballot Access Under Attack” and “From Standing Rock to Palestine: Linking Our Movements in the Target Hairs of Empire,” and featured three candidates from California who won in the restrictive Top Two primary, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, Kenneth Mejia, and Laura Wells.

    The Green Party’s Coordinated Campaign Committee will host an online fundraising telethon on August 18 to 19.

    MORE INFORMATION

    Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
    202-319-7191
    @GreenPartyUS

  16. Andy

    “Anthony Dlugos
    July 24, 2018 at 11:54
    ‘I am not completely opposed to the LP running Republican retreads if that candidate is sufficiently libertarian…’

    I know you’re not completely opposed, that’s why I pointed out your hypocrisy.”

    There is nothing hypocritical about my stance. If there are any Republicans or Democrats out there who can pass my libertarian litmus test, I am willing to consider them as a candidate. I did not reject the Bob Barr/Wayne Root, Gary Johnson/Jim Gray, and Gary Johnson/Bill Weld tickets because they were former Republicans. I rejected them because I don’t think that they were very libertarian, if they were libertarian at all, and I think that they did a poor job of representing the party.

    “Suggesting running a guy like Napolitano as a way of disabusing people of the idea that we are just disaffected republicans is sheer lunacy.”

    The LP running Andrew Napolitano for Present, or for some other office, would not be a way to break the “Libertarians are disgruntled Republicans” image, but at least Napolitano is hardcore libertarian, and he’s an excellent communicator.

    Like I said above, the Libertarian Party should be building up its own people, and helping them become stars, so the party has less of a need to even consider relying on stars from other political parties.

    “Frankly, if someone were to distill your various rants on this site down to a 1,000 word treatise of your beliefs, 99% of the American public would assume you are an actual republican, probably of the alt-right Trumpster variety. And they wouldn’t be far off.”

    Well then you haven’t paid very close attention to my total body of comments. I have spent plenty of time criticizing Republicans, and I have criticized Trump as well. I mentioned this here before, but when I took that “I Side With” political quiz, my #1 candidate was Darryl W. Perry at 96%, and my #2 was Marc Allen Feldman at 94%. I came out something like 90% aligned with Austin Petersen, 89% aligned with John McAfee, 87% aligned with Gary Johnson, 75% aligned with Ted Cruz, 65% aligned with Donald Trump, 55% aligned with Bernie Sanders, 47% aligned with Jill Stein, 37% aligned with John Kasich, and like 27% aligned with Hillary Clinton.

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