From Jill Stein:
As we approach the 2018 midterm elections, humanity and the planet hang in the balance as never before - with endless war, climate chaos, massive racial and economic inequality, the growing nuclear arms race, the assault on refugees and more.
The good news, of course, is the inspired grassroots revolt against this crisis, a revolt against not only Donald Trump, but the whole bipartisan neoliberal system spreading injustice and violence the world over, paving the way for demagogues like Trump to seize power in the first place.
I'm writing today with great excitement to share with you a new way to power up this fight, our fight, for peaceful revolutionary change. I’m delighted to introduce Green Uprising, a new vehicle for action to help turn resistance from the last election into rebellion in the next!
Green Uprising brings unifying vision and concrete tools to support both social and political change that are critical for peaceful, just, green transformation.
To jumpstart the Green Uprising, I urge you to join me in supporting two powerhouse candidates poised to break through into Congress! These candidates are both in winnable one-on-one challenges against vulnerable establishment Democrats in poor, Latinx districts ready to break away from the failed status quo. Each successfully fought their way to a top-2 position in California’s primary, a historic first for Greens.
Kenneth is running to represent the 34th Congressional district of California. The son of a first-generation immigrant single mother, he graduated college at age 20 and landed an accounting job in the finance world. Inspired by Bernie Sanders, he then left his comfortable position to become a grassroots organizer in Los Angeles. He made his #Demexit after the DNC and is now leading the charge of young LA rebels into the Green Party.
With hundreds of volunteers on board, Kenneth's troops are knocking on thousands of doors, phone-banking, and getting the word out as we speak. With your help, he has a real shot at winning.
For example, if Kenneth could raise an additional $20,000, he could afford to expand his outreach with a mailer to every voter in his district and supercharge a rebellion that’s already underway. You can support Kenneth from wherever you are by donating or signing up as a volunteer to phone bank!
Another Green powerhouse, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, is running for Congress in California’s 40th district. Challenging a 25-year incumbent who inherited the seat from her father, and who isn’t even campaigning, Rodolfo also has a real shot at an upset victory!
Here’s why Rodolfo's race is winnable: When voters in the 40th District hear about the incumbent’s votes to expand ICE and boost military spending while their human needs are neglected, they switch their vote to Rodolfo over 90% of the time.
If Rodolfo could raise an additional $20,000, he could hire organizers to support his growing band of volunteers for phone banking and canvassing. Will you support Rodolfo’s campaign by contributing or volunteering today?
With your help both Rodolfo and Kenneth can change the shape of politics forever - with an agenda for healthcare and education as human rights; an emergency Green New Deal to create millions of good jobs, turn the tide on climate change and make wars for oil obsolete; a welcoming path to citizenship; free college and a bailout for student debt; and a shift in budget resources from catastrophic wars abroad to human needs at home.
A victory for Kenneth or Rodolfo will send shockwaves through the political establishment and fire up the Green Uprising whose time has come.
Please pitch in whatever you can to these two breakthrough candidates, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan and Kenneth Mejia. You can make all the difference in this historic moment, to tip the balance towards a Congress, a nation, and a world that works for us all.
More than ever, the power to create that world is in our hands!
PS. For more information about Green Uprising, see our website! In brief, Green Uprising will put the skills and tools from our Green movement to work to turn potential wins into actual victories, with the help of our social media, visibility, organizing and more. We’ll support Green candidates and new and existing Green Party chapters, expanding the visibility, engagement and impact of the Party and candidates. We’ll also support frontline movements that are the ultimate engine of social change – from the struggles against empire, austerity and extraction, to the fight for a Green New Deal; health care, jobs and education as human rights, and democracy reforms like Ranked Choice Voting. The imperative for action has never been more urgent. Green Uprising will seize this transformative moment, and help build the rebellion that’s already underway – so people, planet and peace will prevail!