Jill Stein: Providing a choice for all Americans in 2016

“My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit. It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy. This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands”

 → BACKGROUND  ON JILL

  • Dr. West, who was one of the biggest reasons as to why Bernie Sanders was able to ignite a political revolution, just endorsed Jill Stein
  • “This November, we need change. Yet, we are tied in a choice between Trump, who would be a neo-fascist catastrophe, and Clinton, a neoliberal disaster. That’s why I am supporting Jill Stein,” Dr. West said Thursday. “I am with her – the only progressive woman in the race – because we’ve got to get beyond this lock-jaw situation”
  • “I have a deep love for my brother Bernie Sanders, but I disagree with him on Hillary Clinton,” Dr. West added. “Her militarism makes the world a less safe place. Clinton policies of the 1990s generated inequality, mass incarceration, privatization of schools and Wall Street domination”
  •  Jill Stein told The Hill in an op-ed, “We cannot forget the triumph of Bernie’s campaign, and the hunger of the public for an economy that works for working people, not just the billionaires”
  • Within hours of Bernie’s endorsement of Hillary, thousands of supporters have joined Stein on Facebook where $27 contributions have surged. “Sanders supporters refuse to be “burned” by a Democratic Party that hopes to absorb their revolution into a campaign that represents the opposite of what they and Bernie Sanders have fought for,” Stein commented
  • “As Dr. West has said, in this tumultuous time we can draw inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement, a youth-led movement that is leading the charge to better the world we know is possible,” she said. “Like these courageous activists for racial justice and an end to violence, we must reject the suicidal logic of accepting lesser evil, and stand up to fight for the greater good like our lives depend on it”
  • Unless Sanders decides to openly compete against Clinton, Jill Stein will continue his political revolution as our first female president

 → ABOUT  JILL STEIN

  • Jill Ellen Stein is an American physician, activist, and politician
  • In 2012, Stein received 469,501 votes in the presidential election, more than any other female general election candidate
  • Stein graduated from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, sociology and anthropology then attending Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1979
  • In December 2011, during a mock election at the Western Illinois University mock election, Stein captured 27% of student votes, with Obama getting 39% & Romney getting 33%
  • On October 16, 2012, Stein and Cheri Honkala, an anti-poverty activist, and her running mate for the Green vice-presidential nomination, were arrested after they tried to enter the site of the presidential debate at Hofstra University while protesting the exclusion of smaller political parties, such as the Green Party, from the debates
  • On October 31, Stein was again arrested for criminal trespass, after trying to deliver food and supplies to environmental activists camped out in trees protesting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline

 → POWER TO THE  PEOPLE PLAN

  • Jobs as a Right
  • Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work
  • This is an effort to replace unemployment offices with employment offices
  • ⇒ End Poverty
  • Guarantee economic human rights
  • Including access to food, water, housing, an utilities
  • Create anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity
  • ⇒ Health Care as a Right
  • Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program
  • Accessible to everyone providing quality health care, at huge savings
  • ⇒ Education as a Right
  • Abolish student debt
  • Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university
  • ⇒ A Just Economy
  • Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage
  • Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve
  • Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes
  • ⇒ Protect Mother Earth
  • Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change
  • End destructive energy extractions
  • Protect public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators
  • ⇒ Racial Justice Now
  • End police brutality and mass incarceration
  • Ensure communities control their police rather than police controlling the communities, by establishing police review boards and full time investigators to look in to all cases of death in police custody
  • Demilitarize the police
  • ⇒ Freedom & Equality
  • Expand women’s rights
  • Protest LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination
  • Legalize marijuana/hemp & treat substance abuse as a publish health problem, not a criminal problem
  • ⇒ Justice for All
  • Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying
  • End persecution of government and media whistleblowers
  • Close Guantanamo & repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial
  • ⇒ Peace and Human Rights
  • Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights
  • End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire
  • ⇒ Empower the People
  • Abolish corporate personhood
  • Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote
  • Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy
  • Public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation and open debates