Jill Stein is the 2016 Green Party nominee for President. Stein was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 14, 1950, to Gladys and Joseph Stein. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families and Stein was raised in a Reform Jewish household although she now considers herself to be agnostic. For her education, Stein attended Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude in 1973 with a degree in sociology, anthropology, and psychology. Stein then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979. After graduation, Stein practiced internal medicine for 25 years and also served as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Stein lives in Lexington, Massachusetts and is married to Richard Rohrer and has two adult children, Ben and Noah.
Jill Stein first began to get involved with politics due to her experiences as a physician. As a medical doctor, Stein gained a level of first-hand knowledge as to the link between toxic exposure and illnesses emerging during the 1990s. Stein first gained attention as an activist in 1998 when she began protesting the “Filthy Five” coal plants in Massachusetts, giving testimony on testimony on the effects of mercury and dioxin contamination originating from the plants. Her efforts proved to be successful and helped to raise the bar nationally for cleaner standards for coal burning plants. Additionally, Stein played a key role in rewriting the Massachusetts fish advisories to better protect women and children, Native Americans and immigrants from mercury contamination and also helped preserve the moratorium on new toxic trash incinerators in Massachusetts.
In addition to her environmental activism, Jill Stein became an advocate for campaign finance reform after seeing the efforts of lobbying groups to defeat the initiatives that she supported. In 1998, Stein helped to campaign for the Clean Elections Law in Massachusetts, only to later see the law repealed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature. As a result of the opposition by the Massachusetts Democratic party to the law, Stein became disillusioned with the Democratic Party and soon declared allegiance to the Green Party.
In 2002, the Massachusetts Green Party recruited Jill Stein to be their candidate for governor. Even though Stein ultimately lost to Republican nominee Mitt Romney, many political observers credit her for bringing attention to numerous issues ignored by the two major political parties and for being the most informed candidate in the race. In 2004 and 2006, Stein unsuccessfully ran for additional positions in Massachusetts state government, but ultimately polled better than previous Green Party candidates.
In 2011, Jill Stein announced that she would be a candidate for the Green Party Presidential nomination. At the Green Party national convention on July 14, 2012, Stein announced that anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala would be her running-mate. In the general Election, the Stein/Honkala ticket received 469,501 votes, with its best states being Maine (1.3%), Oregon (1.1%), and Alaska (1.0%).
In 2015, Jill Stein once again announced that she would be seeking the Green Party nomination and selected African-American human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her running-mate on August 1, 2016. During the campaign, Stein has repeatedly claimed that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will do little to address the challenges facing the American people and that both are beholden to corporate interests. Additionally, Stein has sought to gain the backing of former Bernie Sanders supporters. Due to her outreach to Bernie Sanders supporters and claiming that Hillary Clinton is not a true representative of progressive values, it is possible that Stein will cost the Democratic party support in many key states, potentially flipping many to Donald Trump.
Advocates increased government spending on alternative energy
as a way to address the underlying structural economic problems facing the US and place the country on a firm footing to combat climate change.
Supports increasing taxes on the top 1%
to reduce income inequality and create a higher level of economic fairness.
Supports ending poverty
through strong enforcement of anti-poverty programs and guaranteeing economic human rights such as mandating access to food, water, housing, and utilities.
Supports reforming the health care system
by implementing a “medicare for all” single-payer healthcare system.
Favors reforming the student loan system
by canceling all student debt and guarantee a tuition-free, public education from pre-school through the university level.
Supports shifting the US away from an interventionist foreign policy
by reduceing US military spending by as much as 50% and clsing US overseas military bases, claiming that they are bankrupting the US and seeks to replace lost military jobs with jobs in renewable energy
Stein is opposed to US intervention in Syria and is critical of the past record of the US in the conflict.
Stein feel that the US has deliberately sought to antagonize Russia through its response to the dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
Stein is critical of the two-party system and encourages electoral reform to allow for ranked-choice voting.
Overall, Jill Stein’s rating on a 1-10 liberal-conservative scale would be around a 1. Stein holds view that are to the left of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and much of the Democratic party. On the other hand, Stein’s views on foreign policy may attract voters who are tired of the interventionist polices of both political parties and her stances on economic policy may encourage the younger generation of voters to go to the polls in higher numbers in the 2016 Election.
“Dr. Jill Stein on Israel, Palestine and The Middle East.” The Peace Resource. N.p., 29 Aug. 2015. Web. 18 Aug. 2016.