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Green Party prepares for Oct. 3 protests over Jill Stein

A dispatch from the Green Party:

WASHINGTON, DC — Greens across the US are demanding an invitation for Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein (http://www.jillstei n.org) to the presidential debates, in advance of the first debate on Wednesday, October 3, in Denver.

Dr. Stein’s plans for October 3 include an appearance on Democracy Now!’s Live Debate Talkback, hosted by Amy Goodman, live from Denver during the Obama-Romney debate (http://www.jillstei n.org/democracy_ now_s_live_ debate_talkback_ with_jill_ stein).

Below is a list of events in Denver and links related to the first debate and Dr. Stein’s exclusion, including a march on the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

Green Party leaders and activists have insisted that the debates must include every candidate who is on enough ballots to win the White House and who has demonstrated a minimal level of support — either 1% of the vote in a credible national poll or qualification for federal matching funds or both. Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson meet all of these criteria. (See ‘Occupy the CPD!’, http://occupythecpd .org)

Greens have called the CPD, which controls the debates, an attempt to rig elections. The CPD, owned and run by the Democratic and Republican parties and the two parties’ corporate funders, determines criteria for participation and has decided that only Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be allowed in front of the microphones.

The CPD took over the debates in the early 1990s to limit the stage to their own candidates and to make sure that no challenging questions get asked. The League of Women Voters, which sponsored the debates before the CPD took over, has called this situation “a fraud on the American voter.”

Events

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 pm MST: Occupy the Debates! Occupy Denver, Green presidential candidate Jill Stein, Green vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, and supporters will join an Occupy Denver march on the Commission on Presidential Debates. McWilliams Park at E. Yale Avenue and S. Steele Street in Denver. More information: http://www.jillstei n.org/occupy_ the_debates_ denver

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 pm MST (9 pm EST, 6 pm PST): Democracy Now!’s Live Debate Talkback with Jill Stein, former Salt Lake City Mayor and 2012 presidential candidate Rocky Anderson, and host Amy Goodman. The live program will begin at 6:30 pm, and Jill Stein will join the show at 7 pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman Street in Denver. More information: http://www.jillstei n.org/democracy_ now_s_live_ debate_talkback_ with_jill_ stein
http://www.democrac ynow.org/ blog/2012/ 9/28/third_ party_candidates _to_join_ in_real_time_ on_democracy_ now_s_live_ coverage_ of_first_ pres_debate

• Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 pm MST: Occupy the Debates! AFTERRALLY with Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala and musical entertainment. Stein-Honkala campaign manager Ben Manski will host a post-debate rally with live music and rousing speeches from the candidates. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street in Denver. More information: http://www.jillstei n.org/occupy_ the_debates_ after_rally_ with_jill_ stein_and_ cheri_honkala

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