Jill Stein (1950- ), an American doctor, is running for US president in 2016 for the Green Party. She is the only clearly left-wing candidate. Last month in Texas she was tied with Harambe, a dead gorilla, and trailed Deez Nuts, a satirical candidate, according to Public Policy Polling.
Slogan: Time to Reject the Lesser Evil for the Greater Good.
Endorsements: Cornel West, Marc Lamont Hill, Dr Boyce Watkins, Chris Hedges, Ana Kasparian (Young Turks), Abby Martin (“Empire Files”), Immortal Technique, Viggo Mortensen, Oregon Progressive Party, etc. Noam Chomsky is voting for her, but urges those in swing states to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton to stop Republican Donald Trump.
Polls: 4% said they would vote for her for president, according to Pew Research in August. Most of the Bernie Sanders voters, like me, have gone to Clinton. Stein does best among Hispanics (9%) and peoople under 30 (9%). She ties Libertarian Gary Johnson among Blacks and Hispanics and beats Trump among Blacks (4% compared to 2%).
Issues: 99% the same as Bernie Sanders and 91% the same as Hillary Clinton, according to ISideWith.com. Unlike Clinton, she is against the endless warfare state. Unlike Sanders, she is not colour-blind. She wants to cut the military in half and fight global warming by putting people to work to move the US to renewable energy. Communities should control the police, not the other way round.
Money: not beholden to the rich.
Experience: town meeting representative for Precinct 2 in Lexington, Massachusetts, elected in 2005, re-elected in 2008. She has run for state office in Massachusetts several times since 2002, twice for governor, but never won. She ran for US president in 2012 and got 0.36% of the vote.
Protests: She has been arrested for protesting things like the Keystone XL pipeline, but as far as I know, only in 2012, a year she was running for president.
Vice president: Ajamu Baraka, human rights activist. In 2001 the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty named him “abolitionist of the year”.
“Half of our tax dollars are going into these wars for oil and they spill over into militarizing our communities, militarizing our borders, and we’re creating the immigration crisis to start with through the war on drugs, which has killed over 100,000 people in Mexico alone, and now NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement], these so-called free-trade agreements, that are supposed to be good for American workers, they’ve been devastating for American workers.”
“Reparations needs to happen. And this is a community that has been robbed blind, that built magnificent architecture and our transportation systems; they’re low-income people of color, in particularly slaves on whose backs this country was built. And we can’t stop at reparations, we need to totally reform the economy, and let me just say that this is not just some pie in the sky thing, we can do this.”
“This November, we need change. Yet we are tied in a choice between Trump, who would be a neo-fascist catastrophe, and Clinton, a neo-liberal disaster. That’s why I am supporting Jill Stein. “
– Abagond, 2016.
- 2016 election for US president
- Noam Chomsky
- Cornel West