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.
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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.
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.
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.
STEIN: And we get to hear from every candidate who is here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOXLEY: We need a plan for the long, long overdue racial justice that is needed in this country.
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.
MOXLEY: That must be done with a plan for reparations now. We also need paths to citizenship. We need to end ICE, abolish ICE.
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.
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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.