Putting People First: A Day with Dr. Jill Stein

Putting People First: A Day with Dr. Jill Stein by James Jordan Just before we entered Bisbee, Arizona, Dr. Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, was on the phone scheduling an interview. She was excited because it would be with a Tucson television station. She told us these local market exposures were so important because they are best able to get her message out to new ears beyond her more typical audience. The interview was set for 3 p.m., which should be easy to make just so long as we stuck with the itinerary we had planned for the day. We were on our way across the border to Cananea, Sonora, a three-hour drive from our starting point of Tucson. We were going to meet with striking miners at the Buena Vista Copper Mine, and with families negatively affected by a huge chemical spill from the mine. After the interview was done, I would drive Jill to Phoenix for a 6:30 p.m. dinner. It was a tight itinerary, but not too tight, and we should be able to fit everything in. Jill was in Arizona for a series of events in preparation for the state’s primary elections. The race is contested, and she was there to win votes. (Jill is running against Kent Mesplay, who her field director Adrián Boutureira described as a good man and a brother in the struggle. It’s kind of refreshing to hear that kind of talk given the polarities so prominent elsewhere in this campaign season!)

Condemning terrorism in Brussels, Stein calls for an end to US/Saudi arms and funds for terrorist groups

I join the world in condemning the horrific acts of violence and devastating loss of innocent lives today in Brussels. Likewise we deplore the recent civilian slaughter in Turkey as well as the Middle East and Africa. In the first three months of 2016 alone, there have been over 100 acts of terrorism that have killed or injured innocent civilians. All life is precious. Every person killed is a tragedy for their loved ones that touches their communities and the broader world. Continue reading

Jill floats “collaboration” with Sanders

Boston.com, March 16, 2016 Green Party candidate floats “collaboration” with Bernie Sanders, blasts Democratic Party By Nik DeCosta-Klipa Jill Stein, a perennial Green Party candidate nationally and in Massachusetts, said she’s open to a “collaboration” with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders -- though it doesn’t seem like the Vermont senator is currently interested. In a series of tweets Wednesday, Stein said efforts to reach out to the Sanders campaign have returned no response. Continue reading

Jill talks with Law and Disorder Radio

Law and Disorder, a weekly independent radio program airing on many stations across the US, interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on its March 14 broadcast. The complete half-hour interview can be heard online.

Jill speaks with Ricochet Media

Ricochet Media, March 14, 2016 “Plan B” for Bernie Sanders supporters? Jill Stein and the Green Party A feature interview with the Greens’ presidential candidate by Cory Collins You wouldn’t know it from watching the mainstream media, but there is political life in the United States outside of the Democratic and Republican parties. Dr. Jill Stein was the 2012 presidential nominee for the Green Party of the United States, and is widely expected to be the party’s nominee for 2016 as well. Recently, she has cast her campaign as a potential “Plan B” for supporters of Bernie Sanders, should he not win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. As Jacobin recently pointed out, the Green Party is the only independent party of the left with a national presence in the United States. Ricochet spoke with Dr. Stein last week about her campaign and the comparisons with Sanders, as well as about Canadian and US politics.   How are things feeling in your campaign at the moment? It’s been amazing to see how much progress we’ve made and how much people have gone the distance to start breaking up with politics as usual. It’s a great thing. I’ve just come from Illinois, where we had a really exciting field event, and it was just very exciting, especially to see young people really flocking into campaign events like we have never seen before. I think word is getting out that there is another kind of politics here that’s of, by and for people, and especially of, by and for millennials. Continue reading

Pres. candidate Stein calls for removal of Gov. Rick Snyder & EPA’s McCarthy over Flint disaster

As EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions on the Flint, Michigan water poisoning, Green Party presidential hopeful Dr. Jill Stein issued the following statement. "Today the people of Flint, Michigan are heroes of health and democracy, fighting back against abuse and neglect in a political system that threatens us all. It is tragic and criminal that families and children have been injured by a series of negligent and harmful actions by multiple government agencies, elected and appointed officials, Congress and both establishment political parties. Flint is a wounded canary in the mine shaft of an economy that puts profit over people, endangering low income and communities of color first and worst – and ultimately imperiling us all. Continue reading

Grist: "Most of what Stein says makes sense"

Grist, March 14, 2016 Meet the Presidential Candidate Who Makes Bernie Sanders Look Conservative by Katie Herzog Jill Stein has a plan to win the presidency. Her idea is almost genius in its simplicity. There are 43 million Americans with student debt, Stein tells me over the phone, and if every one of them cast their ballot for her -- the one candidate who has promised to cancel their debt -- she could get a plurality of the vote and win the general election. “Young people are discovering that they can check the Green box and reclaim their lives,” she says. It’s a nice thought, especially now, when the average student with loans leaves school $30,000 in debt. But unfortunately for Stein, it’s not really true that 43 million votes would take the presidency. America, as anyone who voted for Al Gore in 2000 will remember, doesn’t elect presidents through a popular vote. We elect them through the Electoral College -- and if no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives gets to pick the president. This is one of the many problems with our electoral process, Stein says -- a system designed to discourage people from voting. She has a plan to fix that too. Continue reading

Jill discusses Democratic race with Huffington Post

The Huffington Post, March 14, 2016 An Interview with Dr. Jill Stein on the Democratic Party and Electoral Chances for Real Change by Eoin Higgins “The course of recent events has made it apparent we need to go outside of the Democratic Party to effect real change,” Dr. Jill Stein said in a phone interview last week. American politics is a two party system. The country is roughly split down geographic lines that mirror an ideological divide: urban liberal elites versus rural conservative populists. Democrats versus Republicans. The deadlocked split between the two main forces in American politics hasn’t allowed for a viable third party movement. The Republican Party has successfully absorbed right wing movements and the Democrats have absorbed left wing movements. “The idea that the Democrats are going to save us is ridiculous,” said Stein. She points to trade deals as evidence of this. Continue reading

Jill speaks at Oxford Union

The Oxford Student, March 12, 2016 Dr. Jill Stein at the Oxford Union: Movements, Students and Changing Minds by Toby Clyde Sitting in the busy Oxford Union bar on a Wednesday night, the most successful female presidential candidate in U.S. history looks ever so slightly out of place. It’s not like the Union is any stranger to the great and the good of history; the numerous framed photos on the walls confirm that. Yet as we watch the US presidential primaries squirm to the delight of international press and internet commentators it seems strange to have one of its key players here in the flesh. Dr. Jill Stein is distant from the current primaries in more than just air miles. A graduate from Harvard Medical School, she is the presidential candidate for one of the few independent parties that have any chance of making an impact on the presidential race this year: the Green Party. In 2012 she garnered 0.36% of the vote, an achievement that earned her the title of the most successful female presidential candidate ever. Standing for 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, a single payer public health system and a 50% cut in military spending she is not holding back. However, what has arguably launched her agenda, and that of the whole America socialist left, in to the eyes of mainstream media has been the success of Democrat nominee Bernie Sanders this year. It is highly unusual to see even an aspiring democrat donkey pulling policies like free public education, issues that Jill Stein has been campaigning on for years. Continue reading

Presidential Candidate Stein to Visit Families of Striking Mexican Miners, Victims of Common Environmental and Workers' Rights Abuses Contributing to the Immigration Crisis

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will travel from Tucson, Arizona to Cananea, Sonora on Friday morning, March 11, 2016, to meet with the families of striking miners and local residents impacted by environmental and workers’ rights abuses at the Buena Vista mine. The mine is owned by Grupo Mexico, the world’s third largest copper mine company, with operations in Mexico, the United States, Peru and Spain. In August, 2014, 10.5 million gallons of sulfuric acid produced by the Buena Vista mine spilled from a mining waste pond into the Sonora River, turning a 40-mile stretch of the waterway orange as it ran downstream towards Arizona. This was the largest environmental disaster in Mexico’s history. Workers at the mine had warned the company about problems with the dam holding the sulfuric acid in the waste pond, but their concerns had been ignored.  Continue reading