Jill Stein

Jill Stein Addresses Disenchanted Sanders Supporters at Occupy DNC Rally

To chants of "Jill not Hill"

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Ed Krayewski

Presumptive Green party presidential nominee Jill Stein appeared at the Occupy DNC rally across from CIty Hall in Philadelphia today (or at the "Bernie Sanders rally" as one cop put it) to speak before a cheering crowd full of Bernie Sanders supporters and other activists.

"Power concedes nothing without a demand," Stein said, quoting Frederick Douglass, "and we are that demand."

Stein told the crowd that they stood for "economic justice, for racial justice, for workers justice, for climate justice, for indigenous justice, for women's justice, for LGBTQ justice."

"We will be a unified movement, an unstoppable movement," she said, "because we are for all the forms of justice." She criticized the mainstream for trying to divide and conquer the crowd. "They would like us to be a movement to stop fracking over there, and a movement to stop police violence over there, a movement to stop deportation over there," Stein told the crowd. "We need to be all of those movements, all together, that's how we'll stop the unstoppable."

Stein called Democratic presidential nominee "a candidate who has been the advocate for the big banks, for the prison industrial complex, for the war profiteers," calling on the crowd to reject the choice of the "lesser evil," arguing that it "paved the way to the greater evil" and that that was how Republicans took over Congress. "It was not a set of Republican victories, it was a set of Democratic defeats," she said.

Stein also argued such lesser evils contributed to the rise of discontent that has fueled the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. "Clinton and the Democrats helped do that," she said. "Putting another Clinton in the White House is the worst thing that we can do for Donald Trump and his movement… we are the solutions to the Donald Trumps of the world."

Stein also acknowledged the work of the Black Lives Matter movement, saying the U.S. had to "end for once and for all this disaster of racism that is hardwired into our economy and a culture that was founded on the criminal institution of slavery… We call for an end to police violence, but in order to address the racism of policing we must end the systemic racism in every area of our society."

Stein called for the creation of a "truth and reconciliation commission to put this crisis of the legacy of slavery behind us once and for all," saying it should "share the outrageous stories which have continued from slavery to lynchings to Jim Crow to segregation to redlining to the war on drugs to the police violence to the incarceration state," which she called a "continuous line."

She said the commission would also "share the solutions," which involved the economy, housing, schools, and the "segregation and apartheid state that we continue to live in." She called other racial disparities "another form of racial violence" and said she was calling for specific solutions to "end this emergency of racism that we see in police violence" but that exists "throughout society," and called for reparations for African-Americans and indigenous people.

She also addressed immigration, saying that the human rights of immigrants were "essential" to all human rights, and that all Americans except those whose ancestors were indigenous people or brought to the country forcible were immigrants. "The diversity of our nation is the real exceptionalism of America," she said, "that we are people from all corners of the world who have come together to find our common humanity."

Stein touched on foreign policy as well, saying it was important not only to value black lives at home but to "stop the bombing of black and brown lives around the world." She criticized the size of the military budget, arguing cuts would pay for her spending plans, and said U.S. foreign policy "has created failed states, meass refugee migrations, and worse terrorist threats." She reminded the crowd about "where the first terrorist threat came from," saying the CIA and Saudi Arabia hatched a plan to use mujahadeen in Afghanistan to topple the Soviet Union, and that that "started the international jihad."

Stein also called for an "emergency jobs program to end the crisis of climate change," healthcare as a human right, a "welcoming path to citizenship," and an end to police violence and student debt.

"I am so honored and proud to be working with you and for you, we are together, we are one," she told the crowd before leaving, "this is the beginning, we will prevail, we are unstoppable together." On her way to her next location she was surrounded by volunteers from Black Men for Bernie as well as Philadelphia police officers, both of whom she thanked for their help. One cop told Reason no other person this week has gotten so much attention.

Watch the speech here.

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    2. Jesse is disappointed.

  2. You know, I’m not seeing anything here about free college.

    1. She said the commission would also “share the solutions,” which involved the economy, housing, schools, and the “segregation and apartheid state that we continue to live in.”

      You’re terrible at socialism. You know that, right?

      1. That could be K-12. We already do that. I want it spelled out what will be redistributed my way.

        1. They’ll do that after the election.

        2. Differentiating between K and U is literally apartheid.

        3. They’ll be even more free than they are now.

        4. …an end to police violence and student debt.

  3. WTF happened to Captain Janeway? Thought time dilation made space-traveler younger, not older.

    Goddamn Jews always get it wrong.

    1. She broke Warp 10, this is her salamander form. A little worse for wear.

        1. Made no sense since TNG already had at least one episode with ships going past wap 10 (all good things).

  4. Wind Farm Jill can crawl on top of one her giant spinning horizon rapers and eat the dicks of a thousand goddamn Communchinks and then shit Mao jizz by the fucking gallon from her crimped sighing starfish for the next decade or so.

    Jill Stein rates second stringer wart in a sub-shaved Gary Johnson armpit.

    Also, FUCK wind farms near humans. Goddamn shit ruins everything like volcanoes and ghetto elves.

    1. ghetto elves

      Straight Outta Mirkwood

      Hot damn, that’ll go platinum real quick!

      1. I’m finna go double mithril ya heard?

  5. “Stein also acknowledged the work of the Black Lives Matter movement”

    In taking legitimate grievances and making them politically radioactive?

    In misdiagnosing the problem of police abuse by blaming it on whitey in general?

    In fanning the flames of racial hatred?

    In fomenting civil disorder?

    1. But then, there *are* the BLM people who set up those police abuse databases, though I expect that the people doing that weren’t the same people as the ones blocking highways, etc., etc.

    2. In taking to the streets and protesting police violence?

  6. Wow.

    That may be the largest word salad I’ve heard in many a year. It certainly compares with some of the dreck I used to read during my Uni days…

  7. I’d douse the queen green’s bean with my libertine protein.

      1. “Crusty Juggler” has come to be synonymous with “romance.”

      2. Hopeless romanticism! This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

  8. Jill Stein needs a new jacket. A white one, with extra-long sleeves and neat buckles.

    1. And some of this for that neck: http://www.crepeerase.com/

      1. It’s guys like you that give the rest of us a bad name.

        1. “It’s guys like you that give the rest of us a bad name.”

          To the extant people use Reason to check out Libertarianism, AND use the Reason commentariat to check to rank and file Libertarians (and why wouldn’t, shouldn’t, or couldn’t they?), the easier it is for them to see the current Libertarian movement as just a refuge for the same old no-nothing conservative assholes behind vaguely modern masks. How would they be wrong?

          1. ” current Libertarian movement as just a refuge for the same old no-nothing conservative assholes behind vaguely modern masks.”

            I guess you can’t get laid at the DNC, so you’re trolling here instead. I feel so sorry for you.

            1. Yes, if you can’t get laid at the DNC, you’re probably out of luck everywhere else in the world.

              All you have to do is put on a sign that says “I am the 99%” and someone
              will give you at least a hand job.

      2. I’d prefer Creep Erase, thank you very much.

      3. I’d look better, too, if you only saw me in photo-shopped pictures.

      4. For those of us tired of our skin being like an edible dessert?

  9. “economic justice, for racial justice, for workers justice, for climate justice, for indigenous justice, for women’s justice, for LGBTQ justice.”

    All of these terms have no meaning.

    1. That’s the beauty of ’em, d00d ? they’re empty vessels, into which Jill can pour any old bull she wants.

      1. ….or more to the point, they’re empty vessels into which Jill’s audience can pour any old B.S. they want.

        1. Indeed. More elegantly stated than I.

    2. Those words made my leg tingle…

    3. I think I ran across the term “climate justice” for the first time last year. It still cracks me up. Like an old Seinfeld episode.

    4. What in the actual fuck is “climate justice”?

      1. Climate Justice= Save the Planet, Kill Yourself.
        http://churchofeuthanasia.org/

  10. indigenous people

    No such thing in North America. All the groups that ever traveled to and lived here were constantly waring with and conquering and enslaving each other. You would never be able to determine who’s ancestors “owned” any spot of land.

    1. indigenous people

      IE Siberian-Americans.

      1. Originally from Africa, just like those of us whose ancestors migrated from Africa to Europe to North America, instead of Africa to Asia to North America.

        And aren’t those the guys who wiped out the woolly mammoths?

  11. healthcare as a human right

    Do I have a right to put a gun to a doctors head and force him/her to give me healthcare or have anyone else do this on my behalf?

    1. Farm out your violence to me, and I’ll getcha a good deal. 😉

      /USGOV

  12. emergency jobs program to end the crisis of climate change

    Uh… huh. Is the emergency in reference to jobs or climate change?

    1. Someone has to staff the nuclear plants in Antarctica to pump the rising seawater back to the interior of that continent for refreezing. (Actual news story in the Washington Post).

      Probably easier and more effective to just raise seawalls in coastal cities by another foot though. Hey, that could be a jobs program too.

      1. All able-bodied hipsters must leave mom’s basement now and report to McMurdo station to begin nuclear power plant construction. Failure to do so may result in your enrollment in free gender studies bachelor degree program being delayed.

    2. I think she believes Climate Change would no longer be a crisis if it could get a job with a Living Wage. But I’m not fluent in Greenspeak.

  13. called for reparations for African-Americans and indigenous people

    If Ayn Rand was supposed to “lead by example” by not benefiting from the welfare state later in life, should white progressive reparations advocates lead by example and voluntarily give most of their money to the African American community?

    1. It’s all about Story Time, dude. Epic battle of Good vs Evil. You can’t mess with the narrative without damaging the feel-good quality of self-righteous impotent whining. “Actually organizing to get these things done voluntarily with other interested parties” doesn’t beat “struggle of oppressed (and friends) battling oppression head on” as a story idea. Call it the NeverEnding Story, if you will.

  14. I’m not with her either.

  15. “We will be a unified movement, an unstoppable movement,” she said, “because we are for all the forms of justice.”

    I’ll bet they’re not for the form of justice that respects natural rights.

  16. Stein told the crowd that they stood for “economic justice, for racial justice, for workers justice, for climate justice, for indigenous justice, for women’s justice, for LGBTQ justice.”

    “We will be a unified movement, an unstoppable movement,” she said, “because we are for all the forms of justice.”

    Now if only they could figure out what “justice” actually means.

  17. in order to address the racism of policing we must end the systemic racism in every area of our society.”

    you sure you couldn’t just end the drug war?

    wtf is the “every other” part anyway?

  18. Stein called for the creation of a “truth and reconciliation commission to put this crisis of the legacy of slavery behind us once and for all,”

    I keep posting quotes, thinking – “this here has got to be the most incoherent and crazy part of the whole mess”.

    Then i go back and read the next line, and go….. oh.

    re: “Truth & Reconciliation”

    BECAUSE THE 20th CENTURY WAS JUST A TIME-OUT BETWEEN SLAVERY, AND ACTUALLY THINKING ABOUT IT

    1. Perhaps a commission should examine the links between communism and slavery.

      From proslavery writer George Fitzhugh’s Sociology For The South Or The Failure of Free Society (1854):

      “A Southern farm is the beau ideal of Communism; it is a joint concern, in which the slave consumes more than the master, of the coarse products, and is far happier, because although the concern may fail, he is always sure of a support; he is only transferred to another master to participate in the profits of another concern…

      “There is no rivalry, no competition to get employment among slaves, as among free laborers. Nor is there a war between master and slave. The master’s interest prevents his reducing the slave’s allowance or wages in infancy or sickness, for he might lose the slave by so doing. His feeling for his slave never permits him to stint him in old age. The slaves are all well fed, well clad, have plenty of fuel, and are happy. They have no dread of the future – no fear of want….

      “With negro slaves, their wages invariably increase with their wants. The master increases the provision for the family as the family increases in number and helplessness. It is a beautiful example of communism, where each one receives not according to his labor, but according to his wants….”

      1. ” A maxim well calculated not only to retard the progress of civilization, but to occasion its retrogression, has grown out of the science of political economy. “The world is too much governed,” has become quite an axiom with many politicians. Now the need of law and government is just in proportion to man’s wealth and enlightenment. Barbarians and savages need and will submit to but few and simple laws, and little of government. The love of personal liberty and freedom from all restraint, are distinguishing traits of wild men and wild beasts. Our Anglo-Saxon ancestors loved personal liberty because they were barbarians, but they did not love it half so much as North American Indians or Bengal tigers, because they were not half so savage. As civilization advances, liberty recedes: and it is fortunate for man that he loses his love of liberty just as fast as he becomes more moral and intellectual.”

        1. (of course, Southern proslavery writers denounced northern socialists, just as Russian socialists denounced the German version of socialism)

          1. “Russian socialists denounced the German version of socialism”

            Where do you get this nonsense? Is that something else you learned from Fitzhugh?

      2. TL;DR version:

        “A Southern farm is the beau ideal of Communism”

        “It is a beautiful example of communism, where each one receives not according to his labor, but according to his wants”

        “it is fortunate for man that he loses his love of liberty just as fast as he becomes more moral and intellectual.”

  19. You know how some of us have been saying that Sanders and Trump are stooges, and it’s the one who comes after the stooges that you have try watch out for?

    That’s Warren. She frightens me.

    1. Oh, I thought this was Warren. That makes some of the comments about Clinton less confusing.

      Luckily, I think we’re a good two elections away from Stein level stupidity

      1. If Stein is the next Bernie, we’re in big fucking trouble.

  20. “Stein told the crowd that they stood for “economic justice, for racial justice, for workers justice, for climate justice, for indigenous justice, for women’s justice, for LGBTQ justice.”

    So she’s for free markets, monetary freedom, and holds an voluntary gov’t stance as their record of justice is horrid???? I mean, it only took the gov’t 89 years to end slavery, another 99 years to end the black codes and jim crowe………
    Don’t forget gun control designed to keep guns out of individuals hands based on their race, along with the drug wars.

    Liberty is the only justice anyone should be intersted in. People advocating moar gov’t to fix the problems created by it are promoting repeated failure. You would think with all of it’s history, folks would want to limit the great fiction where some can live at the benefit of others by force.

  21. Occupy DNC rally

    The Occupy Wall Street movement was a bunch of people who couldn’t manage a decent campsite telling us how to run the world. Sounds like these folks have inherited their philosophy.

  22. In all seriousness, this woman is worse than Trump. I read her wikipedia article, and she is dumber than most undergrads I’ve met. She wants federally funded homeopathic medicine for christ’s sake, not to mention she’s mildly anti-vaccine. She also wants to basically ban any form of energy production other than wind and solar. She wants to ban GMOs and pesticides. She hates nuclear energy “because it’s dirty.” And, and, to illustrate her understanding of economic policy, she daid, regarding QE:

    “”is a magic trick that basically people don’t need to understand any more about than that it is a magic trick.”

    It’s magic!

    Good God, this woman may be genuinely retarded. Why are the lefty rags not at the very least panning her for her stance on vaccination like they did Christie and Paul (and him not even actually anti-vaccination)? Why is she some kind of rebel hero? I can’t even understand how she passed grade school.

    1. “Why is she some kind of rebel hero?”

      She will syphon off leftist votes that would otherwise go to Trump.

      1. I’m assuming that was sarcasm?

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