Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight’s debate a “mockumentary” POSTED BY JILL STEIN FOR PRESIDENT ON OCTOBER 16, 2012

Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight’s debate a “mockumentary”       



(HEMPSTEAD, NY) – Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential
and vice-presidential nominees, were just now forcibly prevented from
entering the grounds of tonight’s presidential debate organized by the
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). See a video here.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala will appear on 85% of ballots on Election
Day, and recently polled 2-3% in four consecutive national polls. The
Federal government recognizes Jill Stein as a qualified presidential
candidate, having approved her campaign for federal matching funds.
Yet the two women were arrested by local police when they tried to
enter the grounds of Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, where
the debate is scheduled to take place. They are currently still in
police custody.

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala walked with supporters toward the Hofstra
campus at 2:00pm EST today. There they were met by three ranks of
police officers in uniform and plainclothes. At this point, the Green
Party candidates held an impromptu press conference in which Dr. Stein
called the CPD debate a “mockumentary,” saying that, “We are here to
bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock
debate, this mockery of democracy.”

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala then turned and began walking onto the
debate grounds, at which point the rank of police officers physically
stopped them and pushed them back. The two women sat down and the
police arrested them, saying that Stein and Honkala would be charged
with “obstructing traffic,” a charge Jill Stein for President staffer
and lawyer Alex Howard called “bogus” in that there was no
through-traffic visible at any time during the incident.

The presidential debates are the first opportunity for millions of
voters to see the candidates themselves, not just their advertising
campaigns. These debates are organized by the Commission on
Presidential Debates (CPD) – a supposedly “nonpartisan” entity which
is a puppet of and serves the interests of the Democrats, Republicans
and the big corporations that fund both of them. The CPD’s criteria to
be included in these debates is designed to exclude independent
presidential contenders who promote ideas that challenge those in

Over 14,000 have signed a statement calling on CPD to change its
criteria, and repeated public calls for opening the CPD debates have
been ignored by that corporation.

“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 — meaning either 1% of the vote in a credible national poll,
or qualification for federal matching funds, or both,” reads the
statement. “In 2012, the Green and Libertarian party candidates both
meet all of these criteria and are both contenders for the
presidency…These debates belong to the people, not the politicians or
Wall Street.”

In addition there have been protests all over the country about this
issue including in Boston, home of the Romney headquarters, and in
Denver and Kentucky – the sites of the two recent presidential and
vice presidential debates.

Jill Stein will be participating in at least four debates coming up,
during which the American people will be able to learn the real range
of options available to them this election.  Below are the list of
debates in which Jill Stein will be participating:

• Thursday, October 18 — The Independent Voter Network debate between
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson can be viewed live on October 18, 2012
beginning at 7:00 PM EST on http://ivn.us/, or on IVN.us’ Google+ and
YouTube page. More information at:

• Monday, October 22 — Time TBA: Democracy Now continues its
“Expanding the Debate” series with a live broadcast during the third
presidential debate with real-time responses from Green Party
presidential nominee Jill Stein and Justice Party nominee Rocky
Anderson. For full details:

• Thursday, October 23 & Tuesday October 30 — Free and Equal
Election’s Alternative Debate will be available live online, streaming
from http://freeandequal.org/live on Oct. 23 and Oct 30 at 9:00 PM
EST.  The first of thses two debates will include Jill Stein from the
Green Party; Gary Johnson from the Libertarian Party; Virgil Goode
from the Constitution Party; and Rocky Anderson from the Justice
Party.  More information at:



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