Stein says this election year presents an important historic opportunity to work together right now just to break through this stranglehold and challenge the two parties right out of the gate because the meaningful benchmark for third parties would be to win 5 percent of the popular vote which would lead the Federal Election Commission to confer the classification of “minor party,” which means they’d get easier ballot access and be eligible for matching public funds.
Dr. Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President. She holds the current record for most votes ever received by a woman candidate for President of the United States in the general election. She is a mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate.
The 2016 presidential race features two of the most disliked candidates in electoral history, which has given a boost to Jill Stein, a 66-year-old Harvard-trained physician from Massachusetts who’s running on the Green Party ticket.
For instance, Stein favors a single-payer health care system, which she claims would cost taxpayers nothing. She also says she would pour federal money into the clean energy sector and end our use of fossil fuels by the year 2030.
Stein is the only candidate bold enough to address the epidemic problem with vaccine poisoning threaten and entire future generation and has been battling the perception that the Green Party is anti-vaccine after she told the Washington Post that there were real questions that needed to be addressed especially with regards to small amounts of mercury once found in childhood vaccines.
Stein calls the media coverage of her statements misleading and characterizes it as the “birther” issue of this election, claiming that she’s only calling for reforms to the FDA, which she sees as corrupted by lobbyists.
But because of the biased media control, the majority of voters are not even aware that Jill Stein and Gary Johnson are legitimate presidential candidates under the Green and Liberal Parties, respectively; and hardly if anything know what their running position statements are.
As a practicing physician, Jill became aware of the links between toxic exposures and illness emerging in the 1990s. She began to fight for a healthy environment as a human right, assisting non profits, community groups and Native Americans combating environmental injustice and racism in dangerous exposures like lead and mercury in air and water pollution, incinerators and land fills, toxic waste sites and more. She helped lead the fight to clean up the “Filthy Five” coal plants in Massachusetts, raising the bar nationally to a cleaner standard for coal plants. She helped close a toxic medical waste incinerator in Lawrence, MA, one of the poorest communities in New England. She played a key role in rewriting the Massachusetts fish advisories to better protect women and children, Native Americans and immigrants from mercury contamination. She also helped preserve the moratorium on new toxic trash incinerators in Massachusetts.
Having witnessed the power of lobbyists and campaign contributions to block health, environmental and worker protections, Jill became an advocate for campaign finance reform, and worked to help pass the Clean Election Law by voter referendum. This law was passed by a 2-1 margin, but was later repealed by the overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusetts Legislature on an unrecorded voice vote. This sabotage of campaign finance reform by the Democratic Party was a pivotal event in Jill’s political development, confirming her growing allegiance to the Green Party.
Stein’s Running mate: Ajamu Baraka
A human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism, Ajamu Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles.
Baraka is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. As such, he has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists across the country, has given briefings on human rights to the U.S. Congress, and has appeared before and provided statements to various United Nations agencies, including the UN Human Rights Commission (precursor to the current UN Human Rights Council).
As a co-convener with Jaribu Hill of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, Baraka played an instrumental role in developing the series of bi-annual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ conferences (SHROC) that began in 1996. These gatherings represented some of the first post-Cold War human rights training opportunities for grassroots activists in the country.
Baraka played an important role in bringing a human rights perspective to the preparatory meetings for the World Conference on Racism (WCAR) that took place in Geneva and in Santiago, Chile, as part of the Latin American Preparatory process, as well as the actual conference that he attended as a delegate in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
Meet Stein’s Running mate: Ajamu Baraka