‘We’re Here to Stand Our Ground’: Stein and Honkala Arrested at Hofstra
“Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala walked with supporters toward the Hofstra campus at 2:00pm EST today. There they were met by three ranks of police officers in uniform and plainclothes. At this point, the Green Party candidates held an impromptu press conference in which Dr. Stein called the CPD debate a “mockumentary,” saying that, “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.”
Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala then turned and began walking onto the debate grounds, at which point the rank of police officers physically stopped them and pushed them back. The two women sat down and the police arrested them, saying that Stein and Honkala would be charged with “obstructing traffic,” a charge Jill Stein for President staffer and lawyer Alex Howard called “bogus” in that there was no through-traffic visible at any time during the incident. “
Stein and various other third party candidates will participate in four other debates to which the 99% have been relegated.
[Updated]: Peasant Party just reminded us that Stein, Anderson and Goode are on Democracy Now! answering debate questions and…debating. ;o)
Thursday, October 18 – The Independent Voter Network debate between Jill Stein and Gary Johnson can be viewed live on October 18, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM EST on http://ivn.us/, or on IVN.us’ Google+ and YouTube page. More information at: http://ivn.us/ca-election-center/2012/10/11/ivn-us-to-host-first-online-presidential-debate/
Monday, October 22 – Time TBA: Democracy Now continues its “Expanding the Debate” series with a live broadcast during the third presidential debate with real-time responses from Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson. For full details: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2012/10/10/expanding_the_debate_upcoming_democracy_now_election_specials
Thursday, October 23 & Tuesday October 30 – Free and Equal Election’s Alternative Debate will be available live online, streaming from http://freeandequal.org/live on Oct. 23 and Oct 30 at 9:00 PM EST. The first of thses two debates will include Jill Stein from the Green Party; Gary Johnson from the Libertarian Party; Virgil Goode from the Constitution Party; and Rocky Anderson from the Justice Party. More information at:http://action.freeandequal.org/debate-rsvp/
Meanwhile, Inter Press Service reports is reporting that:
~ 20.5 million U.S. citizens live in extreme poverty. This means their family’s cash income is less than half of the federal poverty line, which corresponds to about 10,000 dollars a year for a family of four.
~More than 46 million U.S. citizens currently rely on the federally-funded food and nutrition assistance programs to help meet their nutritional needs, with senior citizens, families with children and minority groups among others.
~An especially vulnerable group is children, with as many as 17 million children nationwide who are currently struggling with food insecurity.
~In the world’s wealthiest nation, rising unemployment compounded by unprecedented high food prices are contributing to worsening living conditions. Persistent poverty and growing inequalities rather than scarcity of food is the main cause of hunger in the U.S.
Did the Red/Blue Candidates really switch tie colors this time, or was that just appropriate and telling snark showing further collusion (‘Of course government doesn’t create jobs!’ or… ‘No! I’ll issue more drilling permits than HE will!’ bullshit)?