editor’s note: a message from Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts:
Welcome to our campaign’s weekly e-mail update. We’re off to a fantastic start, and I wanted to welcome new supporters and old friends with a quick message about the incredible opportunity that we face, even in the midst of great crises.
On Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill the sellouts continue apace – to health insurance giants, Wall Street banksters, war hawks and climate spoilers. Business as usual is still taking a heavy toll on our jobs, health, communities and environment, pushing us towards the brink. More than ever, there is cause to rise up for justice, survival and the future we deserve. We have an unprecedented opportunity to tip the balance in 2010 towards a healthy, just, sustainable future –in Massachusetts and beyond.
This campaign will be a vehicle for our shared vision that grows more essential with every passing year: vibrant, secure local economies, community-based green jobs, alternative clean energy and local agriculture (two of the fastest growing sectors around), an end to needless, cruel home foreclosures, and Medicare for all.
And here’s what’s so exciting. There has never been a better time and place for real change. As the second round of “yes we can” withers on the vine, Massachusetts is seeing once again that real change must come from outside of moneyed interests and the politicians they fund. The governor’s dwindling approval ratings underscore the opening. And, since the three CEO/politicians heading for the ballot differ only in fine points of their shared Wall Street vision –they’ll be splitting the business-as-usual vote three ways.
A four-way race can be won with as little as 26% of the vote. In our 2006 race for Secretary of the Commonwealth, we received nearly 20%, thanks to supporters like you. So it’s not unthinkable that we could potentially win this race. But here’s what’s assured: We can speak truth to power, hold their feet to the fire, and give business as usual a run for their money like they’ve never seen. We can open the gates of power, force real debate, and get neglected critical solutions back on the agenda. And we can mobilize the power of grassroots democracy for real change –not merely to believe in, but to actually accomplish. Because our jobs, our environment, our communities and lives depend on it.
Help pull us back from the brink to make Massachusetts a model of the healthy, just green future we deserve –and that is still within our reach. Circumstances have aligned like never before to make a breakthrough possible. Now we just need your support to make it happen.
Look for weekly updates about our progress, and forward them broadly. This is a campaign of, for, and by the people, and we need everyone’s participation. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail soon!
What’s Coming Up
Jill is hitting the campaign trail, and will be making stops in your area. Feel free to contact the campaign to let us know about opportunities for Jill and her team to visit your community and hear about the issues that are important to you.
Thursday Feb 18 9:20am – WHMP-AM, The Bill Dwight Show
Thursday Feb 18 7pm – 8pm – Amherst Police Community Room (Amherst Greens – Thurs. night) 111 Main St Amherst, MA 01002
Forget the spoiler effect, vote Stein for governor From the South End News Tuesday Feb 16, 2010
The sudden rise of Scott Brown tells us more about the frantic state of the electorate than about either candidate. People want to “t’row da bums out” over and over until a decent public servant comes along. Fortunately for us, such a candidate, Jill Stein, has entered the race.
Looking Past Dems: Stein Says Liberals Want Someplace to Go Worcester Telegram & Gazette – Feb. 15, 2010
Jill Stein has her own take on voter frustration and how it could translate into votes for the left in November.
Keller At-Large: Jill Stein Interviewed by WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller Feb. 13, 2010 – “How ’bout this race for governor?” WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller began his interview program Friday. “It’s starting to crowd up a little bit, what with the entry this past week of a familiar face in Massachusetts politics, Green-Rainbow Party ticket candidate Jill Stein, a physician from Lexington ….”
Green Party Hopeful Taps Anger – Lexington doctor Jill Stein launched her second long-shot campaign for governor yesterday with a forceful attempt to tap the populist anger that propelled Republican Scott Brown into the US Senate last month.
The Boston Globe – Feb. 9, 2010
A Familiar, But Green, Name in the Governor’s Race
The South End News – Feb. 8, 2010
Prepared Text of Jill Stein’s Announcement Speech- “This is the year we the people regain control of our Commonwealth and our common future. It’s time for a Commonwealth that listens to the people, works for the people, and answers to the people.
Feb. 8, 2010
Emily Rooney and Jill Stein on Debate Exclusion
Emily Rooney Show, WGBH radio – Within an hour after her announcement on the Statehouse steps on February 8, Jill Stein was interviewed on The Emily Rooney Show on WGBH (89.7 FM).
Jill Stein Announces Campaign For Mass. Governor
Open Media Boston Feb. 8, 2010
The Jill Stein for Governor campaign is going to have the best field organization this state has ever seen, and it starts with you! Get involved today to bring Jill’s message of a healthy, just, sustainable Commonwealth to your friends and neighbors.
Visit our website to volunteer, or just reply to this e-mail with your interests and availability.
What we need:
House party hosts – get Jill in front of your neighbors and get them inspired!
Bumper sticker displays – show support wherever you go!
Writing Letters – we need to ‘be the media,’ and you can help!
Making phone calls – voter outreach is critical, and every vote counts
Lawn signs – it’s all about visibility
Office Work – work in our office or yours
Signature Gatherers – we’ll soon need people circulating our nominating petitions
Media Watchers – get Jill the coverage she deserves in the in your town newspaper/radio station media
Needed: Car on loan
We’re also looking for someone who can donate/lend/or lease a car for our campaign manager to use on a regular basis. Please let us know if you can help.
Needed: Web Specialist
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