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Missouri Green Party makes ballot for the first time in 16 years

The Missouri Green Party made the ballot for the first time since 2000. Photo- missourigreenparty.org

The Green Party is back on the fall ballot in Missouri for the first time since 2000.

They received approval from Secretary of State Jason Kander's office, following a petition process that required the party to submit 10,000 signatures. They surpassed that number reaching an impressive 23,000 signatures.

According to the party's website they are comprised of "grassroots activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice, nonviolent resisters and regular citizens who’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics. Government must be part of the solution, but when it’s controlled by the 1%, it’s part of the problem."

Mid-Missouri coordinator Amy Bojean Campbell believes America's overall disapproval with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton makes the green party a major contender.

"It just shows what time we're living in, Campbell said. "This is a time unlike any we've ever had before and people are really interested in something else. Sixty percent of Americans want another major party and we're here to fill in that gap."

On the national scale, a North Dakota county has issued a warrant for the arrest of green party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka.

The pair are facing misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. According to Morton County sheriff's department, Stein and Baraka spray-painted construction equipment during a protest yesterday against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"I hope the North Dakota authorities press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs," Stein said in a statement.

"Our campaign supports the courageous Indigenous leaders who are taking a stand to protect future generations from the deadly greed of the fossil fuel industry."

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