Grassroots Rap for Jill Stein

 

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We grow from the grassroots! Let’s help each other send Jill Stein to the White House. It’s in our hands!

The following is a one minute script for face-to face organizing. I am a local activist and this is not an official part of Jill’s campaign literature. Take what you like or pass it by. It is very introductory but well suited to outreach at concerts, farmers markets, and downtown street corners. Remember 40% of Americans do not vote and many people have never heard of, or thought seriously about, Jill Stein or the Green Party. Particularly the 70% of Americans that still get their news from the corporate media. Get out there and go for it. It’s in our hands!

This rap is meant to go with a flyer that has the issues listed. I suggest the 1/4 page handouts on at Jill2016  They are easy to download, print and cut.

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Hi, I’m supporting Jill Stein for President. Jill is the candidate for the Green Party. She is not a Democrat or a Republican. I support Jill because I think the two parties have failed us, and don’t like either candidate.  What do you think?  Jill Stein is a great alternative.

Or, if you are the kind of person that votes for the quality of the candidate rather than the party, Jill Stein is far and away the best presidential candidate we have. And that is because Jill is totally independent and takes no corporate money. It’s all small donors like us.

For me, the trends on climate change, war, and economic inequality, are so troubling that four more years of “more of the same” will lead us to disaster. We need to change course now.

(And/Or) I was a big Bernie supporter. After the Democrats pushed him aside I decided that Jill Stein was the best way to continue the effort to get money out of politics and the people back in. Jill’s politics are a lot like Bernie’s but even more so.

The Green Party sides with everyday Americans not the corporations and billionaires.

Our democracy is in such deep trouble that we really need more voices and more choices. It’s up to us now.

What do you think?

Would you like to sign up for our email list for more information? Local Facebook group? Come to our meeting?

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People have been so heavily propagandized by the corporate media that the negative comments or questions are fairly predictable. Here are some standard Q&A.

Q. “Electability” If they say: But third parties can never win. or Can Jill win?

It’s hard for sure, but now 40% do not vote and for the first time 43% of registered voters are independent. That shows that its time for change. People have already had enough of the Democrats and Republicans. Clinton and Trump are the two worst candidates ever. And, we don’t have to win the election to make a real difference. If we get just 5% nationally the Green Party will get federal funding and we can continue the debate. A vote for Jill is a vote for the long-term project of building a real opposition party.

Q. “Spoiler” If they say: “But this will split the Democratic vote like Nader did.”

I know this was repeated by the media a million times but it does not stand up to the actual history. You may have never heard the fact that 12-13% of registered Democrats in Florida voted for Bush. That is 300,000 votes for Bush by Democrats in Florida alone but the media did not mention it.  Nader got 97,000 or so in Florida about 24, 000 of which were Democrats and that was supposed to be the reason Gore lost? Not the 300,000 Democrats that voted for Bush?  53% of white women voted for Bush in Florida. Why? Those votes were Gore’s to lose. And 40% of the people stay home. Why didn’t the Democrats get them? Gore lost his home state of Tennessee where Nader was not a factor and the Clintons’ home state of Arkansas where Nader was not a factor. The real spoiler is that the two parties don’t represent us anymore and run weak campaigns because they have nothing to offer. Gore failed to excite his base just like Clinton is failing now.  So they resort to fear instead.

Q. “Lesser of Two Evils” if they say: I am afraid of Trump.

A. Trump is scary, but on all the really big issues of importance to me, the differences between Clinton and Trump are so small it’s hardly meaningful. Trump denies climate change, Clinton supported fracking around the world as Secretary of State and is in the pay of the fossil fuel industry. Trump talks war, Clinton makes war and has destabilized Libya, Yemen and Syria leading to more terrorism and more refugees. Trump cheats his workers and opposed unions, Clinton has held down wages when she supported NAFTA, TPP and ended welfare. While Trump talks racism, the Clintons were architects of mass incarceration, the biggest form of institutionalized racism today. It’s like a choice between arrogance and blatant racism and the abuse of power and institutionalized racism.

As a county we have been voting for the lesser of two evils for decades and these two candidates is exactly what that way of voting produced. By telling Clinton that she does not have to earn your vote, the Democrats are free to turn into Republicans and serve Wall Street instead of the American people.

About Richard Moser

Richard Moser has 40 years experience as an organizer and activist in the labor, student, peace, and community movements. Moser is author of "New Winter Soldiers: GI and Veteran Dissent During the Vietnam Era," and co-editor with Van Gosse of "The World the Sixties Made: Politics and Culture in Recent America." Moser lives in Colorado.
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