Green Party can­di­date Jill Stein speaks in Ne­wark

Calls for end to ‘two-party tyranny’

Cecil Whig - - REGIONAL - By JOSH SHAN­NON

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

NE­WARK, DEL. COR­REC­TION

In the 2016 med­i­cal di- least 15 per­cent of sup­port in na­tional polls. Ac­cord­ing to Real Clear Pol­i­tics, which av­er­ages poll re­sults, Stein is polling at about 3 per­cent.

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.

She ar­gued that for­giv­ing loans would free It should have read “Nurse prac­ti­tioner to open der­ma­tol­ogy of­fice.” The Whig re­grets this er­ror. peo­ple up to start small busi­nesses and pur­sue cre­ative projects.

“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.”

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

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.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Green Party pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jill Stein crit­i­cized the Demo­cratic Party dur­ing her speech.

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