American workers need and deserve real increases in their take-home wages, not anti-union legislation, according to Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. She called the shift toward so-called “Right to Work” legislation in Indiana and elsewhere just the latest blows to the earning power of working people:
"The anti-worker economic policies adopted under Presidents Obama and Bush have depressed wages, and no improvement is in sight under their economic proposals. In major industries, we are seeing the spread of a two-tier wage systems in which young workers are paid 40% less than older workers. This reflects an abandonment of the principle of equal pay for equal work. It also represents a disastrous discrimination against younger workers. It will prevent many young people from gaining a foothold in the middle class."
Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, visits Occupy New Hampshire today as part of her national campaign for a new politics for the 99%. She is scheduled to appear in Manchester at 11am and in Keene at 2pm. Since announcing her candidacy, Dr. Stein has participated in Occupy Wall Street protests in a dozen cities in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.
Ballot Access News brings us the interesting news that the presidential campaign of Rick Santorum has completely failed to get on the ballot in Washington D.C., repeating the failure of Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry in neighboring Virginia. The threshold for getting on the DC ballot is quite low for Republican candidates, raising new questions about the wherewithal of the Santorum for President organization.
Yesterday, New Year's Eve, on the same day that most Americans were busy with celebrations, and the news media was out of the office, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into statute. As I described in a video last week, the NDAA authorizes this or any future president to declare anyone -- even U.S. citizens on U.S. soil -- a terrorist subject to indefinite detention, without trial. This is the kind of unlimited power granted to government leaders in dictatorships, not democracies.
In this first video message from Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate addresses the White House's recent agreements to violate the 6th, 7th, and 8th Amendments to the Constitution, to speed up the timetable on the Keystone Pipeline, and to eliminate the national health care standard.
FROM THE NATION "The desperation of young people in the Middle East triggered the Arab Spring. Shouldering insurmountable student debt yet seeing fewer opportunities, young Americans share a similar feeling of frustration, which has exploded in the Occupy movement. In this video coproduced by VideoNation and On the Earth Productions, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein talks about the momentum behind the Occupy movement, and why environmental sustainability and economic growth are two sides of the same coin."
Dr. Jill Stein, MD, the Green Party presidential candidate, has strongly criticized an action by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius taking the unprecedented step of overruling the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand access to the Morning After Pill (MAP). "The Obama administration is clearly more concerned about political battle over access to contraceptives during an election year than the health of millions of women in the U.S.," said Stein, a graduate of and former faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
On Friday, Dr. Stein and her supporters joined hundreds of Wisconsinites at their State Capitol building. Together, they raised their voices in song. And broke the law.
They literally broke the law. Faced with yet another act of collective defiance, the Scott Walker administration folded, and failed to enforce its new policy banning unpermitted rallies at the State Capitol. On paper, as of Friday, any outdoor public gathering of more than 100 people required a permit, 72 hours notice, and payment of police costs. In practice, the freedom of assembly still rules in Wisconsin.
Jill Stein went to Madison to support the First Amendment rights of Wisconsinites. But her visit was not limited to singing labor songs, and addressing the crowd at the State Capitol.In one day, Dr. Stein conducted eleven interviews with national and local media. And she joined Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, in a public conversation about her campaign.