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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrested in Texas

Published time: October 31, 2012 18:00
Edited time: November 01, 2012 17:40

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)

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Jill Stein, a presidential candidate from the Green Party, has been arrested in Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, according to anti-pipeline activists.

The Tar Sands Blockade activists said she was released soon after being taken to the Wood County jail in Quitman, TX.

Dr. Jill Stein has been released from Wood County Jail on a Class B Misdemeanor Criminal Trespass charge,” the group’s website stated.

Tar Sands has been protesting against the costruction of the Keystone XL pipeline for the last month. However,  a spokesperson for TransCanada, the company in charge of the pipeline project, confirmed they are preparing to build around the existing blockade.

Jill Stein and two other women came to resupply the tree-sitters in Winnsboro, Texas. Stein and a freelance journalist were subsequently detained by TransCanada security, and handed over to the police.

“Jill Stein has been released from jail,” activists from Tar Sands Blockade say in their Twitter (Image from twitter user@KXLBlockade)
“Jill Stein has been released from jail,” activists from Tar Sands Blockade say in their Twitter (Image from twitter user@KXLBlockade)

On her website,, the third-party candidate explains she went to the blockade to adress a very important national issue: climate change.

“Everyone needs to step up resistance to climate-killing emissions. Romney and Obama are only talking about the symptoms of climate change in terms of destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy; the blockaders are addressing the cause.” 

The Green Party's media coordinator, Scott McLarty, explained to RT that Jill Stein was focusing on the issue as both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have ignored climate change during the presidential debates that took place earlier in October at Hofstra University.

We find it reckless and irresponsible that both the Democratic and the Republican  candidates for president never once mentioned climate change at all during this debates.”

Earlier this month, police arrested Dr Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, after they tried to enter the site of the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.

The two were protesting against the exclusion of all but the two major political parties from taking part in the debate.

RT has been broadcasting all third-party debates live and will host the third and final debate, which will take place on November 5, from its DC studios. Jill Stein is slated to participate, alongside Gary Johnson.

Comments (4)


Travis Arnzen 18.10.2013 02:11

Wow, Ben Stoneking. I am thankful that you're not a Green!


Saad Jafri 14.10.2013 22:32

Ben Stoneking -- Jill Stein did more as a doctor to service the public through the private sector in one year than you could hope to do in 2 decades.

So save the 'crazy old lady' terms for your un-empowered, right-wing, idiotic family.

And go buck-hunting with your hillbilly friends.


Ben Stoneking 03.10.2013 21:20

I'm glad that the Green Party is going extinct
We've had enough crazy old ladies trying to increase govt waste under the guise of helping poor people when it's really about lesbos taking control of our govt

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