Stein Calls on Congress to Fight Terrorism by Halting Arms Shipments to Saudi Arabia

Stein Calls on Congress to Fight Terrorism by Halting Arms Shipments to Saudi Arabia November 23rd, Athens, Georgia Dr. Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party Presidential nomination, called upon Congress today to stand up to terrorists by rejecting the Obama administration’s proposed sale of $1.29 billion bombs to Saudi Arabia. Congress has 30 days to reject the deal. “The wealthy elites of Saudi Arabia have been one of the leading funders of terrorism for decades. Now they are funding terrorists like ISIS. And often the weapons the US provides to our so-called allies in the Middle East end up in the hands of those who attack us. The Saudis have also been accused of war crimes in their bombing of civilian areas of Yemen, killing over 2000 civilians in the past six months. We have to stop sending US weapons to fuel terrorism and civil wars that breed terrorism,” said Stein.  Continue reading

After 14 years of violence triggering violence, we must stand for a new cycle of peace.

In response to the brutal attack in Paris, Dr. Jill Stein issued the following statement. November 15th, Charlotte, NCI join the world in condemning this horrific act of violence and devastating loss of over 127 innocent lives, with hundreds more injured. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and communities. The Paris massacre is an attack on innocent civilians everywhere. Sadly, this comes as we mourn the loss of nearly 50 innocent lives the day before in Beirut, and several dozen in Baghdad. And the 224 individuals who were killed the prior week in the apparent bombing of the Russian airliner in Egypt. We grieve for the victims and their families everywhere. All life is precious. Every person killed is a tragedy that touches their loves ones as well as the broader world.   Already we are hearing calls to turn our cries our grief into a call for vengeance.  But the use of violence invariably leads to the death of civilians, and drives more recruits into terrorist extremism. Vengeance is not a path to peace. Resorting to more violence in the aftermath of the Paris massacre is especially tragic because there are effective peaceful measures available to us right now to shut down ISIS. It is critical that we not allow the voices that call for justice and peace to be silenced at this pivotal moment. It is important to understand the attack in Paris in the context of the growing global epidemic of violence, so we can stop its continuing spread and resist the call for more war.   The violence in Paris is clearly a product of the exploding violence in the Middle East over the past 15 years. Governments have been destabilized and weapons have poured into the hands of extremists. Over a million lives, largely civilians, have been lost in Iraq alone. That carnage enables terrorists to rationalize their own horrific acts. Unleashing more death in response just continues and escalates the cycle of violence. The callous manipulation and exploitation of the Middle East over the last half-century-plus by the US and other outside powers in their drive for oil has resulted in the deaths and displacements of millions of civilians. In the last decade, the US-led assaults to achieve regime change have created failed states in which ISIS has flourished. In the process, the US has supplied 80% of the weapons to the Middle East. Much of the weaponry used by ISIS is supplied directly or indirectly by the US and our allies. The role of the US and our Saudis allies in fomenting Jihadi violence goes back much further than ISIS. We funded and armed the Mujaheddin, including Osama bin Laden himself as part of the effort initiated under President Carter to embroil Russia in Afghanistan.   Our promotion of civil war in Afghanistan led to the rise of the Taliban and its training camps. From our subsequent invasion of Afghanistan, to regime change in Iraq and Libya, the cycle of wanton violence has continued to grow. This violence has disasterly failed to produce peace or security. Clearly violence does not extinguish violence. The horror in Paris shows that the horror inflicted on the Middle East is coming home to roost. It's time for a new approach. One that can be effective. Murdering innocent civilians - whether by rock concert massacres, drones, bombing campaigns, invasions for oil or arming dangerous warlords - is neither effective nor morally acceptable. US and its allies created and maintain the life support systems of ISIS. Therefore we can shut ISIS down. The Saudis must stop funding them. Turkey must close its border to the jihadi militias that reinforce them. Iraq and our other allies must stop buying their oil on the black market. We must cut off the flow of weapons to ISIS by initiating a weapons embargo to the middle east. Invasions and bombing campaigns will be no more effective against ISIS or Al Queda or Taliban now than they have been for the past 15 years. After $5 trillion dollars, tens of thousands of US killed and maimed, over a million Middle East civilians slaughtered -- what more can be mobilized to "win" the battle for an occupying imperialist force? Such battles cannot be won, as we saw as far back as Vietnam. And we see from the Paris massacre, as from 9/11, that this battle is blowing back to the shores of the West. It's time for a foreign policy based not on immoral wars for oil and market domination but on international law, human rights and diplomacy.  

Condemning Paris Attacks, Stein Warns Vengeance Continues Cycle of Violence

Condemning Paris Attacks, Stein Warns Vengeance Continues Cycle of Violence In response to the brutal attack in Paris, Dr. Jill Stein issued the following statement. November 15th, Charlotte, NC I join the world in condemning this horrific act of violence and devastating loss of over 127 innocent lives, with hundreds more injured. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and communities. The Paris massacre is an attack on innocent civilians everywhere. Sadly, this comes as we mourn the loss of nearly 50 innocent lives the day before in Beirut, and several dozen in Baghdad. And the 224 individuals who were killed the prior week in the apparent bombing of the Russian airliner in Egypt. We grieve for the victims and their families everywhere. All life is precious. Every person killed is a tragedy that touches their loves ones as well as the broader world.   Continue reading

Yes! Weekly: Fighting for the Greater Good with Jill Stein

Yes! Weekly | Jeff Sykes | November 11, 2015 I spoke to Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein last week in advance of her four-day visit to North Carolina on Nov. 14. Stein spoke to me from her office in Boston. She will visit Greensboro on Monday, Nov. 16, with an appearance at Guilford College scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Stein is a physician who practiced internal medicine in the private sector before becoming politically active in 2002, when the Green Party recruited her to run for governor of Massachusetts. Stein was born in Chicago and graduated from Harvard College in 1973 and later Harvard Medical School in 1979. According to her campaign biography, “Jill began to advocate for the environment as a human health issue in 1998 when she realized that politicians were simply not acting to protect children from the toxic threats emerging from current science. She offered her services to parents, teachers, community groups and a native Americans group seeking to protect their communities from toxic exposure.” Stein has published two medical reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009. YES! Weekly: How is the campaign going and what are you up to at the moment? Jill Stein: The campaign is going awesome. I’m about to head to Baltimore where we have a new candidate who is a new entry into the party and is very much at the core of the Black Lives Matter movement in Baltimore. It’s a trend all around the country where so many of the social movements who’ve been thrown under the bus by the big parties have discovered that they have a new support system for political voice. So I’m very excited about what’s going on. Baltimore is just a case in point. I just came from Texas where there was so much engagement from Black Lives Matter, from the immigrant rights community, the communities fighting fracking, it’s just very wonderful to see these vibrant social movements that have come together, really, under the framework of the Green Party. We’re all working together for the world that we deserve. Continue reading

Green Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, Arrested for Pipeline Protest in 2012, Congratulates Activists on Keystone XL Victory

Green Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, Arrested for Pipeline Protest in 2012, Congratulates Activists on Keystone XL Victory Calls For Immediate Halt In New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, & 100% Clean Renewable Energy by 2030 Dr. Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party’s 2016 Presidential nomination and the party’s 2012 nominee, released the following statement congratulating climate justice activists on the final rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline: “Congratulations to all the climate justice activists who stood up to the fossil fuel industry and Wall Street and forced the President to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Now is the time to intensify our fight to reverse all the policies leading toward climate disaster. We need to tell the Administration that they must commit to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, stop supporting the expansion of fracked gas pipelines and export terminals, stop expanding the pillage of public lands and coastlines for fossil fuels, and stop blocking the international climate treaty needed to save our climate,” said Dr. Jill Stein, who as the Green Party presidential candidate in 2012 was arrested while delivering food to pipeline protesters. Continue reading

Stein Calls for Immediate Closure of Immigrant Family Detention Centers as Sites of Legalized Child Abuse

Stein Calls for Immediate Closure of Immigrant Family Detention Centers as Sites of Legalized Child Abuse October 30th, Lexington, Massachusetts Dr. Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for the president, today called for immediate shutdown of family detention centers for immigrants, describing them as a form of child abuse. Stein said that the US needs to celebrate the contributions that immigrants have and are continuing to make to the well-being of this country, and to provide a fair, expedited path to citizenship. She called for a halt in the deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants.  “Our nation of immigrants desperately needs a just immigration system to protect the rights of people who came to the United States to find life, liberty, and happiness,” noted Stein. Continue reading

Stein: Exxon Deserves the Death Penalty for Climate Change Fraud

Stein: Exxon Deserves the Death Penalty for Climate Change Fraud October 26th, Lexington, Massachusetts Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, said today that she supported bringing criminal charges against Exxon for its deliberate lying about climate change. Stein said that Exxon should also be sued for stock fraud and for the damages caused by climate change. “As President, I will crack down on corporate criminals like Exxon. Their fraud about climate change has contributed to the deaths of millions worldwide and has caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damages, with far worse to come. I would support putting the death penalty on the table for Exxon as a corporate entity,” said Stein. Continue reading

Stein Congratulates Elizabeth May on Re-Election to Canada’s Parliament as a Green

Stein Congratulates Elizabeth May on Re-Election to Canada’s Parliament as a Green October 20th, Dallas, Texas Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, congratulated Canadian Green Party leader Elizabeth May on her re-election to Parliament. “May’s voice on climate change and the need to promote prosperity rather than austerity had an impact on Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau in his defeat of the Conservatives. The Canadian Greens will continue to push for stronger climate action and essential democratic reforms.” The Greens were poised for victory in several more districts but were hurt by the cancellation of a major, televised leaders’ debate and a “strategic voting” campaign urging people to vote against incumbent Premier Stephen Harper, rather than for the candidate that represented their deeply help beliefs.  Continue reading

Stein Blasts Obama’s Halt to Afghanistan Withdrawal. Says Pullout Is Long Overdue

Stein Blasts Obama’s Halt to Afghanistan Withdrawal. Says Pullout Is Long Overdue October 15th, Dallas, Texas Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, criticized the decision today by President Obama to halt the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and maintain a military presence. Stein said it was long past time for the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan, the graveyard of empires over the centuries. “For four decades, starting with the Carter administration, the United States has worked to impose its will on the nation of Afghanistan, inflicting death and incredible misery upon millions of innocent civilians. The United States government has wasted tens of billions of dollars propping up a series of unsavory regimes sustained by brutality and corruption. The real beneficiaries from U.S. interference are the warlords, drug dealers, terrorists, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and a host of petty, crooked politicians,” noted Stein. It is time for the longest war in U.S. history to end. Continue reading

Democracy Now Post Democrat Debate Round Table

On Wednesday Oct 15 our friends at Democracy Now! hosted a round table discussion of the previous night's Democratic presidential candidates' debate, featuring among others, Jill Stein.  Click the link below to view that segment.  The round table discussion begins at 15 minutes 50 seconds.... http://www.democracynow.org/2015/10/14/clinton_sanders_take_center_stage_at  Be sure and leave us feedback on the interview.