Amidst the cacophony of insulting chants from both Democrats and Republicans, the party that wants to be heard most at the so-called "green" debate was the California Green Party, whose candidate Laura Wells, had been invited then effectively barred from participating.
Wells and other third party candidates had been invited to attend if they received 10 per cent in a voting poll; only problem was, the poll only included two names, that of Whitman and Brown.
At the protest, Wells received a valid ticket to the private debate event. Tickets had been allotted by lottery, according to the debate website. Yet, after Laura entered the lobby and was approached by journalists, she was quickly ushered out by private security and then arrested for "trespassing."
Wells has accepted the charges and is scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 2, election day.
Whitman is understood to be pro-deregulation and anti-immigration reform whereas, Brown has labor behind him and has privately committed to prioritizing environmental issues, However, neither
of the mainstream candidates are willing to address Prop 13, largely seen by Progressives as the elephant in the room of the California budget chaos.
Greens support IRV and proportional representation, an electoral system which improves political discourse and eliminates the stigma of a spoiler vote.
"Seriously Green" is a documentary aimed to be released in 2011 that tells the story of electoral activists representing an environmental platform and the barriers they must overcome.
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