Dr. Jill Stein's statement on Orlando mass shooting

Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party Presidential candidate, released the following statement about the recent mass shooting in Orlando:

Martin Luther King Jr said that peace is not the lack of violence. It's the presence of justice.

Orlando compels us to strive for a vision of justice in a country that respects diversity and allows people to exist freely in a safe and welcoming community - without prejudice against differences of race, religion, country of origin, sexual preference, gender identity or age. We must reject inflammatory attempts to scapegoat all Muslims for this tragedy. We must be free from fear in the streets, at work, in the ballot box, and on the dance floor - a freedom from fear that so many at that Orlando club were seeking on the dance floor that night. We should all stand in solidarity, love and support with members of the LGBTQ community.

Orlando also compels us to come to terms with the epidemic of mass shootings that this barbaric event is the most recent and extreme example of. This conversation must not be silenced by a parallel and important discussion about ending terrorism. We must have both these conversations, and not allow one to dominate the other.

We cannot ignore what the Orlando shooting has in common with Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, and the near miss of the would-be homophobic shooter in Los Angeles. We must address the culture of hate and violence, the scourge of homophobia, racism, anti-immigrant violence and domestic abuse, and the desperate mental health needs of growing numbers of Americans. And we must break the stranglehold of the NRA over Congress to provide critical protections for American safety, including an assault weapons ban and background checks.

To stop ISIS, we call for ending the US supply of weapons to terrorists and for a weapons embargo to the Middle East. We also call for freezing the bank accounts of US allies like Saudi Arabia that are continuing to fund terrorism.

Ironically, while the US and allies are fighting terrorism with one hand, with the other hand the US has been the driving force behind the rise of jihadi terrorism ever since it first emerged in Afghanistan in the 1970s. It's time to end the catastrophic wars on terror that have cost $6 trillion since 2001, tens of thousands of US soldiers killed and maimed, and over a million people killed in Iraq alone. These wars have only produced worse terrorist threats, along with failed states and mass refugee migrations. It's time to end this failed policy and begin a US foreign policy founded on human rights, international law and diplomacy.

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  • Susan Purviance
    commented 2016-06-21 10:41:10 -0400
    I suggest a tighter, less academic writing style for Jill Stein’s statements and press releases.
    Here are some ways to make the campaign’s communications more effective for more people, as per the Orlando Jill Stein statement:

    “Orlando cannot go unanswered. We call for justice, for freedom to live and move freely and gather together safely— without prejudice against someone’s race, religion, country of origin. Without prejudice against someone’s age, gender identity, or sexuality. Haters want to scapegoat all Muslims, but we know all about haters already. We reject that.”

    [etc., etc. You need to develop a rhythm, a cadence, and shorten the catch-phrases. Take the word “must” out of these sentences. Replace it with “we will” or just the verb. etc., etc.]

    Even a Statement or Press Release should sound like a call to action, so that supporters are heartened by everything they read. Keep at it, it is working. Just get the sludge out of the communications!

    Susan Purviance
  • Alex Santos
    commented 2016-06-19 06:56:55 -0400
    Society has NO PLACE for weapons that can kill human beings in large numbers within minutes. No member of society in any country should be armed with automatic weapons, not even or depending on your point of view, especially police. These weapons are designed to kill human beings in large numbers within an extraordinary short period of time. A very serious debate is long overdue and we should be doing everything to protect citizens by encouraging laws that protect citizens from being afraid and at risk while in their cities and neighborhoods because these weapons are in circulation.

    This is not about second amendment rights, it is about restricting a specific tier of weapons from being distributed. Citizens do not need weapons of mass destruction. The second amendment does not specify which weapons, one or another, but being reasonable is at the heart of the matter.

    No to automatic weapons.
  • Robert Montgomery
    commented 2016-06-16 06:45:52 -0400
    One of the reasons we have the 2nd amendment is so the people can protect themselves against a tyranical government. An ‘assault weapon’ ban effectively removes that ability. By enforcing the laws we already have as well as the other ideas you propose we can accomplish the goal of reducing or eliminating mass shootings without stripping law abiding citizens of their right of personal protection from bad guys and bad government, not to mention the other legitimate uses of the scary black guns.
  • Beatriz Viacava
    commented 2016-06-15 21:07:53 -0400
    Permanent solutions…www.jill2016.com
    The umbrella for all concerns…
  • Stewart Kautsch
    commented 2016-06-15 18:13:12 -0400
    Really excellent statement. Your inclusion of the cultural factor (in addition to the political) puts you in front of the other campaigns.
  • Denise Casey
    commented 2016-06-15 16:48:02 -0400
    I agree Jill we need to end this war. All it has done is created hate. You have my vote on November 8.