Jill Stein, Green Party Candidate for President, arrested for holding a sit-in against foreclosures
Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 Candidate for President, was arrested for holding a sit-in at the local Fannie Mae office located in Philadelphia, protesting the housing foreclosures occurring throughout our country. She was formally charged with “defiant trespassing”. So do we now have tyranny in our country when individuals peacefully exercise free speech?
In explaining why she protested, Stein said that almost half of Americans now live in poverty or near poverty, while eight million families face eviction from their homes due to foreclosures, and over a third of mortgage holders are “underwater” – meaning that they owe more to the lenders than their properties are worth on the market.
Said Stein, “The developers and financiers made trillions of dollars through the housing bubble and the imposition of crushing debt on homeowners. And when homeowners could no longer pay them what they demanded, they went to government and got trillions of dollars of bailouts. Every effort of the Obama Administration has been to prop this system up and keep it going at taxpayer expense. It’s time for this game to end. It’s time for the laws be written to protect the victims and not the perpetrators. It’s time for a new deal for America, and a Green New Deal is what we will deliver on taking office. ”
I applaud Jill Stein for her courage in standing up to tyranny for all Americans. This is the civil disobedience that worked so effectively for Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau. This is the courage of real leadership.
Thank you, Jill Stein, for standing up for the working classes of America. Certainly Obama, Romney, and the Congressional Republicans and most Democrats won’t stand up for the working and middle classes of America since they are all on the corporate payroll of these financiers.