Sunday, September 18, 2016

Don't Trust The Pen/The Peace Team: Establishment Masquerading as Independent

Don't Trust The Pen/The Peace Team: Establishment Masquerading as Independent
by Angela Smith, HEAL Coordinator

On Sunday, September 18th, 2016, I received an e-mail from is a project of The Pen.  The mailing address for both is PO Box 35022, Los Angeles, CA 90035.  According to online resources, The Pen is an organization for independent voters who do not support establishment politics and parties.

I've been receiving e-mails from The Pen for many years and have participated in many of their action alerts.  In addition, they claim contributors such as Glenn Greenwald on their website.  But, they are not a registered organization in California and have no publicly recognized leadership.  They do not in any way identify themselves.

In researching this organization today, I ran a search for the phone numbers attributed to The Peace Team and The Pen.  The Pen claims the phone number 1.310.494.0114 and that number appears to belong to Dean Larson of Santa Monica, CA.  I could find no detailed information about Dean Larson's association with The Pen.  The Peace Team claims the phone number 1.202.403.0766 and that number appears to belong to Kermit Farley of Washington DC.  I could find no detailed information about Kermit Farley's association with The Peace Team.

As of now, I have no idea who The Pen or The Peace Team is nor why they would endorse Hillary Clinton and spread fallacious propaganda for her campaign. 

In their e-mail (provided in its entirety below), they said the following:

"Yesterday we told you the Jill presidential run was effectively over... Show us the campaign infrastructure where the Greens can get a dog catcher elected."

Well, today I received multiple Green Party and Jill Stein for President email updates and the campaign is still growing and going strong.  So, the first sentence I provide above is clearly a lie.  The second sentence requesting information on whether the Greens have ever run a successful campaign winning any election in the US, is easily answered.  There are over 100 elected Green Party officials throughout the US right now.  Source:  And, in order to get federal election funding for third parties, we the people have to help them reach 5% of the vote in the general election.  Then, they will qualify for federal funding which will aid in getting more Greens and Independents elected going forward.  This is why it is imperative for strong third parties like the Greens and the Libertarians to run and as imperative that we vote for them and work to get their numbers where they need to be for inclusion and resources in future elections.  Source:  So, both of the sentences from The Pen above are not reasonable, not factual, and quite honestly made me lose all respect for The Pen and anything they have to say.

But, that wasn't all...  The Pen also wrote:

" We've got people yelling at us that the last message was not supportive enough of Hillary, and just as many people yelling at us that it was too supportive of Hillary. Which we suppose actually tells us we struck about the right balance, when we said we were very unhappy with Clinton, but that we had no choice but to hold our nose for her . . . enthusiastically."

So, here we have the organization claiming to be Independent whose symbol is:

And, these "independents" are telling us our only option this election is Hillary Clinton.  It would appear that The Pen and The Peace Team are front groups for the establishment trying to manipulate independent voters into supporting Hillary Clinton.  And, just like Clinton, they are willing to lie, distort the facts, and use insulting rhetoric to abuse Jill Stein supporters while propping up Clinton and throwing a slight nod of approval to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Candidate.

Based on this, I will personally no longer support The Pen nor The Peace Team.  I believe they are an astroturf group likely lying about their association with Glenn Greenwald or that they have duped him as they did me for years with their diversionary campaigns and rhetoric.  Be careful who you trust.  Be careful who you support.  And, check everyone and everything out thoroughly before backing individuals and organizations intent on misleading you and destroying your political strategy with front groups for the establishment.

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On 9/18/2016 7:31 PM, The Pen wrote:

Dear Angela, 
We have a message for the haters we hear from every day. If it does 
not apply to you, for CRYING out loud don't take it personally. 
We're talking about the Hillary supporters who hate both Jill and 
We're talking about the Jill supporters who hate both Hillary and 
Bernie (calling him a sellout) 
We're talking about the Bernie supporters who hate both Jill and 
Where is the end of all this hatred? 
We'll cut to the chase and tell you where this all leads . . . 
President Donald J. Trump the Fraud, the biggest hater of them all. 
We gave you the magic answer before the Democratic convention, but 
you would not hear it. 
When it became obvious to us that Bernie had fallen short, that 
Hillary had an insurmountable lead in the pledged delegate counts, we 
did an action page calling for Bernie to be tapped for the VP slot. 
The strategic solution was painfully obvious to us, and should have 
been likewise to anyone who actually wanted to win on policy. 
Everybody now is asking how Hillary can get the millenials behind her 
and nobody has an answer. 
That's Bernie's core base. With him on the ticket, the Democrats win 
the young vote, they win the change vote, they win it all including 
the Senate majority and possibly the House as well. No matter how 
passionately Bernie pleads with them to get behind someone else it's 
not even close to the same thing. The team of their respective bases 
would have been unbeatable. 
But NOooooooo . . . 
What was the response to our Bernie for VP action page? Abuse, 
yelling, condemnation, and people telling us to just shut up. 
We tried at least two more times to generate interest in the Bernie 
for VP action, same response, never got any real traction at all. Not 
that the knucklehead so-called strategists with the Clinton campaign 
would have been especially receptive to the idea. BUT, we could have 
forced their hand if enough people had spoken out. 
We told you without Bernie on the ticket as VP this election would be 
a chancy toss up. You would not hear us. We told you in the midst of 
#TrumpTheFraud's post convention nose dive that he would get on 
script, that he would come back to life like Jason in Friday the 
13th, using those exact words. Do you hear us now? 
Yeah, well, that's just swell. Because now it's too late to pick a 
winner for VP. But hey, the news isn't all bad. Lots of Republicans 
like Kaine a bunch, not that they would ever vote for him. 
Yesterday we told you the Jill presidential run was effectively over. 
At some point people need to deal with reality and not base their 
strategic political decisions on some fantasy parallel dimension, 
where 40 million votes suddenly fall out of the sky for Jill. 
Show us the campaign infrastructure where the Greens can get a dog 
catcher elected. Then we'll talk about state legislature seats. Then 
we'll talk about runs for Congress. And THEN, we can talk about a 
moon shot for the White House. Anybody can be a frequent candidate. 
Actually winning is quite another matter. 
At least Johnson shows as a tiny, less than 0.1% blip for his 
presidential prospects on the 538 site. Jill can't even muster that, 
with 7 weeks to go. 
We had no trouble giving away about 15,000 Bernie bumper stickers, 
and frankly we were bitterly disappointed the number was not much, 
much higher. 
32% of you said you were supporting Jill in our post-convention poll, 
so we did a bumper sticker run for her. 
Do you want to take a wild guess how many Jill bumper sticker 
requests we've had, even giving them away for free? We'd be 
embarrassed to tell you. The good news is we've got a lifetime supply 
of shelf liner here. Honestly though, the Hillary stickers are not 
moving all that much better. 
How desperately do you folks want to lose? Really. We're about as 
tired of begging you to request free bumper stickers as you probably 
are tired of hearing us beg for you to cost us money. 
We've got people yelling at us that the last message was not 
supportive enough of Hillary, and just as many people yelling at us 
that it was too supportive of Hillary. Which we suppose actually 
tells us we struck about the right balance, when we said we were very 
unhappy with Clinton, but that we had no choice but to hold our nose 
for her . . . enthusiastically. 
But hey, some of you folks, again if it actually applies to you, you 
just keep up with yelling and the screaming and the abuse and the 
rancor, and Mr. Big Hate himself will mop the floor with all of you. 
As it turns out, he's just your kinda guy, a hater. 
By the way, ya wanna know what other action page of ours got 
practically no response, our call to authorize the Zika defense 
Stop Zika Action Page: 
We lost count of the number of arm chair amateur Nobel prize winners 
cursing at us that the microcephaly was really being caused by 
pesticides, or the GMO mosquitos themselves that were so effectively 
wiping out the mosquito populations where they were deployed. 
Today a study from Brazil was published in the Lancet, the most 
respected medical journal of them all, with ironclad, conclusive 
proof that Zika was the cause, the only cause of relevance, by 
demonstrating the major detectable presence of Zika virus in the 
affected babies, and NO Zika in non-deformed children. But of course 
anyone capable of competently reading the scientific literature 
already out there knew this already, which is to say off of something 
besides a quack website. 
All the while Zika spreads out of control in Florida, and it already 
nearly endemic in Puerto Rico. 
We're not even going to bother to link to any gift pages today. If 
you want to support our voice and our work, dig up a previous alert 
from your inbox and follow one of the links there, or you can find 
them through the Zika action page link above. 
And good luck November 8th. You're going to need it . . . 
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HEAL said...

PS This is Angela Smith again and I purchased my Jill Stein for President yard signs, bumper stickers, and buttons directly from They are all union made in the US. The Pen wants to sell stickers to "independents" or give away stickers for "Hillary" (which they can't even give away). I wanted my donation to go to the campaign and candidate I support, not some dummy establishment front group diverting attention and support away from real progressives.

Unknown said...

Right on. I finally unsubscribed from The Pen emails. Their strawman "tired of hearing GOP and Democrats are the same" was the last straw. Establishment Dems are wrong on the issues and nearly unelectable to boot.