Monday, September 17, 2012

GP RELEASE Green Party salutes Occupy Wall Street on its first anniversary

For Immediate Release:
Monday, September 17, 2012
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614,
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805,
The Green Party salutes Occupy Wall Street's first anniversary on Sept. 17
• Green presidential candidate Jill Stein and VP candidate Cheri
Honkala address Occupy Rally
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party of the United States saluted and
praised Occupy Wall Street on September 17, the latter's first
anniversary, calling the movement a sorely needed revival of protest
for the economic rights of working people and the poor in an era of
increasing redistribution of wealth to the top "one percent" supported
by both Democratic and Republican politicians.
Many Greens, including presidential nominee Jill Stein and running
mate Cheri Honkala, have joined the Occupy rally in New York. On
Monday, September 17, Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala spoke to the rally at
Bowling Green, with Dr. Stein addressing the connection between
climate change and big banks
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"We need Occupy Wall Street in the next few months more than ever
before," said Julia Willebrand, Green candidate for New York State
Assembly in Manhattan (67th District) and participant in current
Occupy actions ( "America's
two-party political establishment -- including President Obama and
Gov. Romney -- has continued to abandon the 99 percent and serve the
interests of Wall Street and other powerful corporate lobbies. The
attack on public education and labor in Chicago, which led to the
teachers' union strike, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endorsed by
Romney and Obama, are just two recent examples."
Greens have respected the nonpartisan nature of the Occupy protests
and have criticized Democratic Party front groups like for
attempting to hijack the movement and turn it into "Reelect Obama."
Greens assert that many Occupy grievances and demands match those of
the Green Party. Green Party leaders said that Jill Stein's likely
exclusion from the presidential debates means that Occupy's concerns
will be banished from discussion
"We urge all Americans who share the frustration and anger of the
Occupy Movement to learn about the Green Party and the 'Green New
Deal' that our candidates are promoting. We urge working Americans to
remember that Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala stood with the Chicago
Teachers Union, were arrested for protesting foreclosures in
Philadelphia, and have spoken at Occupy events -- while Democratic
Party leaders were on the wrong side or remained silent," said Drew
Langdon, Green candidate for New York State Assembly in Rochester
(137th District /
"And we remind everyone that not voting is really a vote for the
status quo," said Mr. Langdon.
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