Monday, September 26, 2016
Over 20 Green Party supporters arrested as Jill Stein Occupy the Debates
Despite exclusion from Hofstra debate stage, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein engaged in real time with the official debate, making her case directly to the American people before, during, and after the televised debate via an unprecedented and innovative social media experience presented in partnership with Twitter and Periscope. She engaged in a “People’s Debate” with the assembled crowd at the gates, that was livestreamed via Periscope on Dr. Stein’s official Twitter. She also livestreamed her responses via Facebook Live on her Facebook page . This online initiative will ensure that Stein reaches the largest audience reached by a third party candidate since Ross Perot was included in the debates in 1992. In effect, Jill Stein used new media and technology to literally "insert" herself into the debate process.
Hundreds of supporters of Dr. Jill Stein attended the venue of the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. They seek to escort Jill Stein to the debate venue. After she was prevented from participating in the debate, her supporters held a "People's Debate" outside of the Hofstra venue. Some pledged to engage in dignified non-violent civil disobedience as a way to protest the Commission on Presidential Debates resulting on over 20 arrests.
The American people not only have a right to vote, they have the right to know who they can vote for. The Stein/Baraka campaign continues to fight for open debates and stand up for democracy, using all available means to inform and empower voters in the 2016 election.
The Stein/Baraka campaign agrees with 76% of US voters who, according to a USA Today poll, favor four candidates being included in the debate. They disagree with the Democratic and Republican controlled commission which is ensuring their parties do not have to debate other candidates.
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