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WATCH: Crowd Chants ‘Let Her Speak’ as Third Party Candidate Forcibly Removed from Debate

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Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, was physically ejected from a Monday Goucher College senatorial debate featuring Republican and Democratic candidates after she took the stage in defiance of a last-minute rule change that reportedly caused her to be disinvited from the event.

Dramatic footage seen above captured the moment when audience members chanted “Let her speak” as she was being forced out of the building. Some audience members rushed the stage to argue in favor of allowing her to speak and were also subsequently ejected.

Dr. Flowers was invited by the Baltimore Jewish Council to participate in early January. The forum had been scheduled for February 24th and Flowers accepted the invitation. Two weeks later the forum was delayed to March 28th and Flowers was once again invited to the rescheduled event. At the time, no conditions were placed on the invitation. In mid-March, Flowers was informed that she was no longer invited to participate in the event,” claimed a press release by the Flowers campaign.

Saying that too many candidates had accepted debate invitations, the Baltimore Jewish Council reportedly adjusted its debate criteria, requiring candidates to be participants in a contested primary on the ballot who are polling at or above 5 percent.

However, the Green Party is not allowed to place its candidates on Maryland’s primary ballot, and no polls have been conducted which include Dr. Flowers.

I attempted to participate in tonight’s forum because there can be no democracy when voters aren’t allowed to hear from the candidates seeking public office. As a non-profit entity, the Baltimore Jewish Council has a responsibility to let all candidates speak. If it chooses to support a candidate or party over another, it should relinquish its non-profit status, act under the rules assigned to political advocacy groups and not solicit tax-deductible contributions,” said Dr. Flowers.

Sarah Mersky of the Baltimore Jewish Council told The Real News in footage seen below, “Lots of people did respond, and, again, they were given the information and criteria just as Dr. Flowers was. So, obviously, you’re not going to have a forum with 30 people. No one has a forum with, I think, more than 5 or 6 candidates. And almost every one has just been [featuring Democratic candidates] Van Hollen and Edwards, so…

People are not aware of how corrupt the political system is, and it was made that way by the Republicans and the Democrats to exclude third party voices and that’s why we’re stuck in the box that we’re stuck in — because third parties can’t get through these obstacles,” said Dr. Flowers.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Barry Donegan, originally published on Truth in Media on March 30, 2016, and has been slightly modified for publication on IVN. 

Source: Dr. Margaret Flowers’ Campaign Facebook Page

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297 comments
bradroon
bradroon

THIS is why YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE SYSTEM BY WORKING WITH THE RULES THE SYSTEM HAS MADE.

We need to break this system and as far as i can tell it means essentially a non-violent REVOLUTION - POINTED AT THE HEARTS AND CONTROL OF THE WEALTHY PARASITE CLASS.

Don't rebel against the fake government - too many violent toys and too many too willing to use them on you. Besides - even if you survived and won that revolution - the rich maggots would just buy the next group of candidates. You must cut the head from the snake - totally disempower the parasitic wealthy class from controlling any societal direction whatsoever.

Just look at their results: Rich people running the world, within a couple hundred of years with technology, are literally causing the death of EVERY system on this planet which supports your ability to live. If we let them continue their current and increasing control and damage - you and i will die.


SteveCrosmer
SteveCrosmer

The voters should also be allowed to vote NOTA (none-of-the-above) and reject the slate of candidates. If NOTA wins, then those candidates who had their names PRINTED on the ballot can NEVER run for that office again! They CAN run for a different office later on, and also, if the incumbent was among the candidates defeated, he/she MUST leave office when the term they are currently serving expires.

MauriceLynnDeArmon
MauriceLynnDeArmon

Democrat and Republican political duopoly parties wish to keep American voters for their own feeding trough unshared -- competition does not behoove the status quo interests of their 'business as usual' machine.  In reality more competition would do our electioneering process well -- starting with a breath of fresh air into their machine.

Herb Laing
Herb Laing

Democrats and Republicans are cowards

Rob Pow
Rob Pow

Its Dangerous behavior people to silence opposition with oppression.

Jeremy Cossey
Jeremy Cossey

I don't support the Green Party but I don't believe I will be voting for Democrats or Republicans ever again. Libertarian or Constitution Party seems to be the way to go. At least until they get bought by lobbyists and Bankers.

Dan Michalak
Dan Michalak

Time to get rid of this two-party system and the electoral votes and the superdelegates it's all rigged for the status quo time to dump them

Ron Gasper
Ron Gasper

This is what is wrong with our alleged two party system. It promotes elitism. She had a right and the rules were changed last minute it reads. That is elitism and what must be driven from our system if we still call ourelves a Democracy.

Dode Hall
Dode Hall

THAT.... IS the Establishment of BOTH PARTY'S ........

Paul Panehal
Paul Panehal

What is an "open debate" susposed to mean??

Rose Callahan
Rose Callahan

The Republicrat party has the people by the throat!

Jim McMahon
Jim McMahon

WHO WHO WHO decided this....NAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bette Brown
Bette Brown

Time for an overhaul of this 'two party' system.

Mark Dresselhaus
Mark Dresselhaus

Ah too bad--green candidate ( read communist)wasn't going to win anyway

Daniel O. Christian
Daniel O. Christian

The Two Major Parties are Scared...3rd Parties and Independents are on the rise. In my County in Arizona the Idependents outnumber the major parties.

Debra L. Taylor
Debra L. Taylor

We need Third party, especially GREEN PARTY, to start running for Mayor positions!!! Just do it!!

Michael Vanna
Michael Vanna

IVN is a screwed up site...good news...they have been deleted!

Beth Harris
Beth Harris

This is too much like Germany in 1933

Drmikey Phillips
Drmikey Phillips

reaction?? dems=gop=1%rs. the partisans ARE the problem!!

Joe Pickett
Joe Pickett

AND we live in a democracy ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RolandHCaufield
RolandHCaufield

What's even worse is everybody sat still and watched those thugs take that lady out -- didn't do a damn thing like the pansies they are. 

Annette Zsenyuk
Annette Zsenyuk

Why doesn't she put on her own event rather than interfere in someone else's? I guess ruining the experience of others is just more fun. And I'm sure productive. No doubt everyone embraced her ideology and appreciated her interruption.

Karen McCormick
Karen McCormick

This kind of garbage is what's killing the political process in this country. Get rid of the two party system, lets have direct elections where he/she with the most actual votes wins. Make everyone's vote count the same.

John Graham
John Graham

THey are scared of us. Most dangerous thing to the Party Machine is an informed citizen who puts Country before Party. And what do Tyrants do to their opposition? Removed them for sight, stick them on boxcars and send them to the oven...Only 3% of the colonists beat back King George and they would be shooting already

Dan Grundeman
Dan Grundeman

Obviously she didn't pay off the right people.

Ben-German Willis
Ben-German Willis

What are they afraid of. Integrity and wanting to do good means allowing others to have different ideas that may be better than yours. This is childish.

Sonny Rosen
Sonny Rosen

now will more people believe me when I say the elections are rigged and both parties agree to taking "turns" in the white house every 8 years?

Sherry Hitchcock
Sherry Hitchcock

Get rid of the party system. Everyone should be independent with no required party affiliation. It is 2016, grow up old white men!

John Mundt
John Mundt

what's this concept that neither party practices. oh yea...democracy. the elites don't care about these concepts

Eileen Zelek
Eileen Zelek

Dr. Margaret Flowers has integrity and experience and deserved respect of being heard. Shame on the democrats and republicans for inviting then excluding her from the debate. Independents must create their own party.

Bette Elliott
Bette Elliott

OMG! We are bombarded with Trump but a woman who might have some sense is uninvited.

Marianne Mathieson
Marianne Mathieson

Crowd should have done more, like raise holy hell---we are losing our ability to vote for whom we like, speak out about what we think and a lot more of our freedoms thanks to the 1 percent who want to retain their privileges. STAND FOR YOURSELF!

Amelia Zupan
Amelia Zupan

This election is the death of the 2 party system.

Timothy Bowen
Timothy Bowen

Donald Trump is doing HIS part to disassemble the GOP Power Structure!! GO, Donald!!!!

Bob Olivarez
Bob Olivarez

Exactly why I became an independent after a life time of being a dem. This two party facade has had its run...but both have become corrupt and have shown the only thing they care about is what is in it for them. Everyone else be damned.

Sabrina Niespodzianski
Sabrina Niespodzianski

Independents should be able to debate in the party of their choice. If they lean more right or left Tha5s where they debate

Rex Mullins
Rex Mullins

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Susan Holcombe

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