Straight off her arrest Tuesday night outside the presidential debate at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will be in Seattle Sunday night for an appearance at Town Hall. Stein will be joined by Socialist Alternative candidate for the 43rd District Kshama Sawant and well-known musician and activist Jim Page.
Expected to discuss "climate change, poverty, Medicare for all, getting the money out of politics, the shredding of the social safety net, legalization of marijuana, our vanishing civil rights," according to pre-event hype, it seems likely Stein will also make time to tell the audience all about her recent run at Hofstra, where she and Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala were arrested while trying to enter the grounds of the university. The arrests were the result of an act of protest against the Commission on Presidential Debates and its long history of excluding third-party candidates.
Despite the fact her name will appear on 85-percent of presidential ballots, and, as she notes on her website, the federal government has approved her campaign for federal matching funds, Stein, along with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, have both been stonewalled when it comes to getting in on this year's presidential debate action.
Stein's arrest Tuesday was also detailed on her website:
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.
Here's some visual proof:
The good news for Seattle is, even if the CPD doesn't want you to hear what Stein has to say, you can bypass this ridiculousness by catching her Sunday at Town Hall.