Jill Stein is an American physician, activist and politician from Massachusetts, and is the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2016 election. Stein was also the Green Party’s 2012 nominee and received 469,627 votes in the general election, more than any woman in U.S. history.
Jill Stein: Political Positions
Much of Stein’s policy centers around her “Green New Deal,” an initiative to address climate change and environmental issue by creating renewable energy jobs that would employ “every American willing and able to work. She supports sustainable infrastructure and community principles aimed at avoiding the expanding environmental crises in water, soil, fisheries and forests.
Jill Stein’s fiscal budgeting would be made possible by slashing military spending by 50%, which she claims is responsible for the coup in Ukraine and will result in a similar action in the South China Seas. Stein also views our Israeli relationship with great skepticism, accusing their government of “apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law.”
This expenditure reduction would allow the government to erase all student debt and establish a “Medicare-for-All” healthcare system, as well as expanding mass transit systems both in and between cities and creating ‘complete streets’ that include pedestrian and bike traffic.
A History of Activism
Stein began her activist career in 1998 when she protested the “Filthy Five” coal plants in Massachusetts. She then served on the Boston board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she she partnered with Boston University’s Superfund Research Program and became a key member of the Environmental Health Nursing Education Collaborative.
For these efforts she received the “Not in Anyone’s Backyard Award” in 1998 and the “Children’s Health Hero Award” in 2000 from Clean Water Action, and the “Citizen Award” from Toxic Action Center in 1999 and the “Friend of the Earth Award” from Salem State College in 2004.
An Activist Politician
Stein is a strong advocate for campaign finance reform, helping to pass the Clean Elections Law in Massachusetts in 1998, but which later was repealed by the Democratic legislature. This convinced Stein to leave the party and join the Green Party.
She ran unsuccessfully as a Green Party candidate for governor in 2002 (finishing third out of five), as a representative in the Massachusetts House in 2004 (finishing with 21.3% of the vote), as the Secretary of the Commonwealth in 2006 and again for governor in 2010. However, she did win Town Meeting Seat, Precinct 2 in Lexington in 2005 and won her re-election bid in 2008 as well.
Her Second Presidential Run
Stein became the presumptive Green Party nominee for President of the United States in 2012 after winning two-thirds of California’s delegates. Her campaign received enough contributions to qualify for primary season federal matching funds, the second Green Party presidential candidate ever to have qualified, with Ralph Nader being the first in 2000.
Jill Stein and her running mate, Cheri Honkala, were arrested three times during the general election race; the first time for a protesting sit-in in Philadelphia, the second for trying to enter the site of a Presidential debate at Hofstra University from which they had been blocked, and the third time Stein was arrested in Texas for criminal trespass, after trying to deliver food and supplies to environmental activists camped out in trees protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Photo (crop): Jill Stein speaking at the Green Party Presidential Candidate Town Hall, Mesa, Arizona by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0