The Green Party had a message Monday for the Obama campaign and Democrats: Hands off our Occupiers.
In a statement honoring Occupy Wall Street on its one-year anniversary, the Greens blasted Democrats for attempting to cozy up to the movement, declaring that Green goals are more in line with Occupy’s fight against the so-called 1 percent.
“Greens have respected the nonpartisan nature of the Occupy protests and have criticized Democratic Party front groups like MoveOn.org for attempting to hijack the movement and turn it into ‘Reelect Obama,’” said the Green Party statement.
Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala participated in Monday’s Occupy anniversary protest in New York, speaking to demonstrators gathered for the movement’s anniversary.
President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats praised for the Occupy movement during its heyday in 2011, but their public support waned after some of the protests devolved into mass arrests and permanent squatting encampments.
Not so the Greens.
“America’s two-party political establishment — including President Obama and Gov. [Mitt] Romney — has continued to abandon the 99 percent and serve the interests of Wall Street and other powerful corporate lobbies,” said Julia Willebrand, Green candidate for New York Assembly, in the statement.