Who is Jill Stein
Why vote Jill Stein and the Green Party
- "Meet the woman trying to turn the White House Green" (Yahoo news, includes video)
"Before entering politics, Stein was a practicing doctor and
authored two books on medical topics. Now, Stein said she’s practicing a
different type of medicine."
- '“For trying to get
into that debate, I was actually arrested, taken to a dark site where
no one knew where I was -- the site was secret -- and held handcuffed
to metal chairs for approximately eight hours,” Stein said. “It speaks
volumes about how terrified the political system is that the voices of
principled opposition may actually get heard."'
- "...This is the oligarchy that we currently live in. It is very important that we break that stranglehold. Now, it’s one thing to tell people to vote, it is another thing to tell people who to vote for. I share people’s cynicism about voting when you only have two choices that are both funded by Wall Street, and big corporate interests. To me that is throwing away your vote." (source, interview: Jill Stein)
- "... If we are going to win, we have to start moving. […] By running a strong national campaign, we build a movement, and that movement needs political expression. I think people have different identities, but at the end of the day we all converge into an interdependent world in the 21st century, which is being thrown under the bus. People feel that we are in a unifying moment. I am extremely excited. When I was out there in 2002 running for governor [with the Green Party] and I won the instant online viewer poll — those weren’t self-identifying Greens, they were people who feel like they are getting cheated [by] a money dominated government, and money dominated parties. This is the perfect moment. Voters have never been more disgusted with and cynical about corporate-dominated politics, and are really open now to a people powered agenda, and the way forward that we have to make together." (source, interview: Jill Stein)
- "Stein’s brand of feminism is invested in liberation politics, and she linked aspects of that and the fight for a living wage to broader issues of economic and social justice. Those are two areas where Clinton is particularly vulnerable among progressives because of her ties to Wall Street and her strident lobbying for the 1994 crime bill that led to devastating increases in mass incarceration in the United States, particularly among minority communities." (source, article)
- “[They are] women and children who are fleeing what? U.S. policies of regime change in South America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, countries where we have overturned democracies, either through our U.S.-trained death squads, or military coups, or CIA-supported coups. This is what they’re fleeing from… We create refugees, and then our Democratic Party together with the Republicans, who are also a party to this, are criminalizing them and sending them back, inhumanely.” (Jill Stein, article)
- But the lesser evil paves the way for greater evil, because people
don’t come out to vote for lesser evil politicians who are throwing them
under the bus – even if someone else could be even worse. Democracy
needs a moral compass. We must be that moral compass.
The clock is ticking, and this is the Hail Mary moment. In this
election we’re not just deciding what kind of world we will have. We’re
deciding whether we’ll have a world or not in the future. The day of
reckoning is drawing closer – on climate change, on endless war, on
nuclear weapons, and the next economic meltdown. We’re accelerating into
all of these crises under Republican and Democratic rule. So It’s time
to reject the lesser evil and fight for the greater good – like our
lives depend on it, because they do.
Why vote for Stein instead of Hillary or Trump
Green New Deal
- "It would create jobs, which would be nationally funded but locally
controlled. Jobs that would revive our economy…renewable energy by 2030
in time to solve the climate crisis. It jump-starts the economy, it puts
a halt to climate change and it makes wars for oil obsolete. That’s
part of how we pay for it: You don’t need this gigantic military when
you’re not fighting these wars for oil anymore.
It’s self-funded by cuts in the military, but also because we get so
much healthier when we end fossil fuel pollution, we get so much
healthier that we have an enormous savings in our healthcare system,
enough to pay the cost of the energy transition. So, we call
specifically for jobs in clean, renewable energy, in healthy-sustainable
food production, in public transportation, and in restoring our
Peace and Foreign Policy
the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 25 million
green jobs in sustainable energy, mass transit, sustainable organic
agriculture, and clean manufacturing, as well as social work, teaching,
and and other service jobs.
grants and low-interest loans to green businesses and cooperatives,
with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth
created by local labor circulating in the community, rather than being
drained off to enrich absentee investors.
NAFTA and other "free trade'' agreements that export American jobs,
depress wages, and undermine the sovereign right of Americans and
citizens of other countries to control their own economy
Cut the bloated Pentagon budget by 50%.End use of assassination as an
instrument of U.S. foreign policy, including collaborative
assassination through intermediaries.
- Increase our energy security by reducing our nation's dependence on oil.
Demilitarize U.S. foreign policy to emphasize human rights,
international law, multinational diplomatic initiatives and support for
democratic movements across the world.
- Restore the National Guard as the centerpiece of our defense.
Create a nuclear free zone in the Middle East region and require all
nations in area to join. Oppose attacks on nuclear facilities.
- Ban use of drone aircraft for assassination, bombing, and other offensive purposes.
- End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, withdrawing both troops and military contractors.
- Make human rights and international law the basis of our policy in the Middle East.
Join 159 other nations in signing the Ottawa treaty banning the use
of anti-personnel land mines.Close some 140 U.S. military bases
abroad.Initiate a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives.
- "More of the same failed war on terror is not the answer. It’s time
to stop ISIS in its tracks and end the Wars for Oil with a new kind of
offensive in the Middle East, a Peace Offensive – including a
weapons embargo to the Middle East, and a freezing of the bank accounts
of countries that are funding international jihadism, including the
Saudi’s, who comprised 15 of 19 9/11
attackers, and who were identified as still the leading funder of Sunni
extremist terrorism worldwide in State Department cables signed by
Hillary Clinton in 2009, released by Wikileaks.
It’s important to recognize where this violent extremist threat came
from in the first place. A global terrorist movement linked to
Saudi wahhabism was an idea cooked up CIA and Saudi Arabia in
Afghanistan to grow the Mujaheddin to stop the Soviet Union. And it has
continued with Saudi schools – madrassas – that continue to be a
recruiting and training ground for tomorrow’s terrorists.”
We can’t simultaneously fight terrorism with one hand, while we and
our allies fund terrorism, train terrorists and arm terrorists with the
other. The only ones benefitting from this catastrophic policy are the
war profiteers themselves, who are calling the shots in foreign policy
by funding the establishment parties and their politicians. In fact, US
foreign policy has become fundamentally a marketing strategy for the
weapons industry. We started the terrorist threat. Now it’s time to shut
it down. That is what our campaign alone will do."
- "We can create health care as a human right through an improved Medicare
for All system of everybody in, nobody out, and you’re covered head to
toe and cradle to grave. You get your choice of doctor and hospital, and
you and your doctor are put back in charge of your health decisions,
not a profiteering insurance company CEO."
- "We can revive public education by fully funding it and ensuring kids
come to school ready to learn – nourished, healthy and free
from poverty, the biggest obstacle to learning. And we must end the high
stakes testing that is harmful especially to challenged learners, and
used to justify closing and privatizing schools,
and to disempower teachers and unions. It’s time to provide small
classrooms, to pay our teachers well, to honor their unions, and to
teach to the whole student for lifetime learning – with enriched with
arts, music and recreation, and nurture the independent, creative minds
and spirits that Democracy depends on."
Immigration, Race Relations, Criminal Justice
- We will put an immediate halt to deportations, detentions and night
raids for people whose only crime was to flee the poverty and violence
created by predatory US policies across the border.
- And we can end racist violence and brutality not only
in policing, but in courts and prisons, and in the economy at large. We
can start by ensuring every community has a police review board, so
communities control their police, and not the other way around. And
communities must have dedicated investigators so every death or serious
injury at the hands of police is investigated. And we must end the
racist war on drugs, treat substance abuse as a health issue not a
criminal problem, and discharge from our prisons the hundreds of
thousands of nonviolent drug offenders who shouldn’t be locked up in the