Green Party candidate Jill Stein speaks in Newark
Calls for end to ‘two-party tyranny’
Special from the Newark Post
— Green Party candidate Jill Stein brought her grassroots presidential campaign to Newark on Friday, imploring a crowd of about 75 to rally against what she called “two- party tyranny.”
“We need to stand our ground and say enough is enough,” Stein said during her hourlong speech at the George Wilson Center.
A physician from Lexington, Mass., Stein served two terms in Lexington town government. She has also run for office several times on the Green Party ticket. This is her second time running for president.
Her appearance in Newark came as she continues to push for an invitation to the three presidential debates this fall. Under the debate committee’s rules, candidates must draw at
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Still, she argued that issues like climate change and nuclear weapons won’t be represented at the debates unless she is given a place on the stage.
“The solutions won’t be on the table, and the crises won’t even be on the table,” she said.
Stein noted that her campaign is organizing busses to take supporters to Hofstra University in New York to protest outside the Sept. 26 debate and encouraged people in the audience Friday to participate. She reminded the crowd that, four years ago, she was arrested while protesting outside a debate, also held at Hofstra.
“Who knows, there might be a similar action this time,” she hinted.
Stein drew applause while discussing her latest brush with the law, which came Sept. 7 in North Da- rectory, a supplemental to the Cecil Whig, a headline incorrectly stated “Dermatologist to open Cecil office.” kota, where she helped protest an oil pipeline that a Native American tribe says would disrupt and pollute sacred land. Upon urging from other protestors, she spray painted “I approve this message,” on a bulldozer. Authorities in North Dakota issued a warrant for her arrest.
“How could I say no to the people who are the most vulnerable?” she said Friday, adding, “It was an honor to be a part of that.”
She said her attorneys are talking to North Dakota officials about how to answer the charges.
In her speech, Stein advocated for a $ 15 minimum wage, a presidential pardon for non- violent drug offenders and what she called “the stimulus package of our dreams,” making college free and forgiving existing college loans.
“If our fearless leaders – or misleaders – found a way to bail out Wall Street, it’s time to bail out students,” she said.
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“They need to be liberated from debt slavery,” she said.
Stein also called for a federal program similar to the New Deal to create 20 million jobs in clean energy and public transportation.
While she took a few jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump, Stein reserved most of her criti- cism for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
“They made the mistake of nominating their favorite daughter,” she said, adding, ” They rely on fear to intimidate you into voting for them.”
She said voting for the “lesser of two evils” is not good enough.
“Democracy is not deciding who we hate the most or fear the most,” she said. “Democracy means a moral compass.”
Audience members cheer following Jill Stein’s speech at the George Wilson Center.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks at the George Wilson Center on Friday.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein criticized the Democratic Party during her speech.