US Green Party Touts Sustainable Virtues But Fights for Access| “We’re calling for a common-sense rule for participation,”

FILE - Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers her acceptance speech at the Green Party's convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 14, 2012.

FILE – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers her acceptance speech at the Green Party’s convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 14, 2012.

In the closing months of the 2016 presidential election campaign, the Green Party calls itself the “Real Difference” and has invited supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to consider the party as a political home.

The Green party is based on green principles, those of an ecologically sustainable society, such as environmentalism, non-violence and grassroots democracy. But the party is also fighting for basic access to voters.

“We are fighting to open up the debates, so the American people can know who their choices are,” Jill Stein, one of Green Party’s presidential hopefuls, said in June. Presidential debates are usually between the candidates for the two main parties, the Republicans and Democrats.

Stein also called for state ballots to be opened to all candidates. “We’re calling for a common-sense rule for participation,” she said.

As of June 2016, the Greens were on the ballot in 20 states and were working towards getting on the ballot in most others. Requirements for ballot access vary from state to state and can be stringent.

What the Greens stand for

The Greens say they are committed to social justice, renewing a democracy without the support of “big money” corporations, and long-term environmental sustainability programs. The party also supports raising the minimum wage, election reform and addressing climate change.

“The American people are tired of the rigged economy and rigged political system that created it. The presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees are the most disliked and mistrusted of all times,” Stein said.

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