Bustle, May 6, 2016
Jill Stein Versus Bernie Sanders on the Progressive Issues That Matter Most
by Madhuri Sathish
In spite of what you may have heard, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not the only woman running for president this year. The Green Party’s likely nominee, Jill Stein, is running on a much more progressive platform, and is attempting to crack the two-party system status quo. A Massachusetts resident, Stein ran for the presidency back in 2012, when she received 469,627 votes in the general election. This time around, she has already called on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to join her in building a political revolution outside the Democratic Party establishment, and has drawn the attention of many Sanders supporters who would rather vote to his left than for Clinton if he ultimately loses the Democratic nomination.
So where does Jill Stein stand on issues like gun control, Palestine, and the War on Drugs? She definitely falls to Sanders’ left on the first two issues, so imagine the potential a Stein-Sanders ticket could have in changing the way the American political system works. Some Democrats worry that, if Clinton is the nominee and Stein provides her with some serious competition, we could see another Ralph Nader situation, but if Sanders wants to sustain the grassroots political movement that he has helped to build, then his best bet might be to help the Green Party poll high enough to be included on the debate stage and receive federal funding in the next election.
The Hill, May 5, 2016
America Needs Four Parties
by Bernie Quigley
On Fox News, the station that plays in the background where I work, a somewhat different spirit entered into their studio on Wednesday. In several touching moments, commentators and hosts paused to honor one another for the work they had done together this past year. This seemed a different day; something historic had happened and they were proud to have been part of it and proud of each other.
After the Indiana GOP primary on Tuesday, it seemed the beginning of something. And it turned so quickly when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz left the race in the night. Something had ended, something had begun and Ohio Gov. John Kasich felt it as well by noon the next day, when he announced that he would also leave the race. The race to the Republican nomination was over; tycoon Donald Trump had won. Indeed, an awareness seemed to be setting in that his was a legitimate, new approach -- an awakening -- to governance in the new millennium; unbeholden to the past, unbeholden to anyone. The glass had been shattered.
Vice, May 5, 2015
Here Are Some People You Can Vote for Not Named Trump or Clinton
by Harry Cheadle
The best thing about the 2016 election is that it will be over come November. The worst thing about it is that one of the candidates will have become president. As it stands, it looks like the campaign will come down to who voters hate less, with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump working very hard to ratchet up the negativity. So, who to pick? On one hand, you have Trump, whose nomination-clinching victory in Indiana on Tuesday had Republicans burning their voter registration cards and even thinking about supporting Clinton. On the other, there’s Clinton, whose hawkish foreign policy views, ties to Wall Street donors, and habit of attempting to keep her emails secret have many liberals and leftists thinking they might be more ready for anyone--even Trump--than Hillary.
But voters don’t technically need to choose between the lesser of these two evils, even though it’s a given that one of them will wind up in the Oval Office. If your conscience compels you to not lend your ballot to Trump or Clinton for whatever reason, or if you just want to have a “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos” excuse later on when the country really slides into hell, you have options. Here are a few:
As families around the country celebrate the women in their lives this Sunday with gifts and dinners, I am reminded of the origins of Mother’s Day and how much we need that sentiment today. Women organized for peace, spoke out against war and grieved for every son that had been killed. Mother’s Work Day and Friendship Clubs took action by fighting poverty and unsanitary living conditions for poor women and children.
I do agree with Hillary Clinton that it is time that America elects a woman for President. But I want that President to reflect the values that are part of being a mom. Taking care of others and being compassionate, starting with our children. We need to make child care a universal right. We need to end hunger and poverty for all, but especially for children. We need to increase federal support for our school systems.
A mother is also a healer. That starts with joining the rest of the industrial world and providing health care to everyone, through a single payer improved Medicare for All program. It means solving international disputes through negotiations and a commitment to international law and human rights, not being the biggest bully in the sandbox.
May 5, 2016
Physician-Candidate for President, Jill Stein, Applauds National Health Program. Says It’s Urgently Needed.
As a candidate for President of the United States, I enthusiastically applaud the National Health Program put forward today by Physicians for a National Health Program. The program would make health care a human right, and put people rather than profit at the core of our health care system.
The Norwich Bulletin, May 6, 2016
Our View: Sanders voters can turn to Stein
Much has been made of recent polling showing that more than half of voters dislike the front-runners in their respective presidential primary races, Donald Trump (R) and Hillary Clinton (D). But provided her Connecticut petition drive is successful, voters here will have at least one more option: Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate.
“We are made to feel like we are the lunatic fringe when actually we are the heart and soul -- that is, this vision of a just and sustainable future really resonates with the basic community values of the American people, more and more,” Stein said in a meeting with our editorial board last week.
Indeed, the dynamics for the third party are different this year -- in 2012, Stein took about a half-million votes, about one-third of 1 percent of the total -- thanks to the unexpected strength of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy. Stein’s platform and Sanders’ have plenty of overlap, and if and when Sanders is no longer a factor, Stein is in a position to pick up some of his votes.
CounterPunch, May 4, 2016
The Story of Jill Stein: Putting People, Peace and the Planet Before Profits
by Leslie Scott
Even with support from the thousands that pack his speaking engagements, pundits continue to count Bernie Sanders out once the 2016 Democratic National Convention rolls around in July. This rhetoric should not be taken lightly. History reveals how candidates, who are unpopular with their own establishment, have been taken down by the powers-at-be even as they gained popularity in the polls. Green Party presidential frontrunner Dr. Jill Stein noted how this occurred with Dennis Kucinich, who was redistricted out of an election, with Jessie Jackson, who was branded an anti-Semite, and with Howard Dean, who was taken down by a public relations campaign. Despite the back talking, Sanders’ delegate count is the primary predictor of his success in the 2016 primary races. Sanders is trailing in pledged delegates and he must win nearly 95 percent of the remaining delegates to get the democratic nomination. Despite these nail biting odds, Sanders’ supporters have an alternative choice if he falters.
In Sanders’ campaign he offers a promise, to the 99 percent, unlike any of the other candidates from the two major parties. Sanders supports the unions, he supports healthcare for all, he recognizes the oppression of the Palestinians, he promises relief for students in debt and most importantly he promises to take power out of corporate hands and give it back to the people. These are the ideas that led to the surge of Sanders’ popularity, but they are not unheard of. Green Party Member Jim Brash, said all the things Sanders is saying, Stein has been pushing since she first ran for president in 2012. The Green Party has done many firsts, Brash added, “Jill Stein was there from the beginning to support Black Lives Matter and we were the first ones to come and support $15 Now.”
The Humanist Report interviewed Jill Stein about her presidential campaign and the issues confronting the U.S. and the world. The complete audio runs just under 42 minutes.
After the epic failure of the corporate-friendly Paris Climate Summit to produce a binding, substantive treaty, we the people must lead the way to end the use of destructive fossil fuels and choose a just and clean energy future.
Unless America rapidly and radically alters course, we are headed towards climate catastrophe.
That’s why I’m headed to Washington State to support the international Break Free from Fossil Fuels campaign. I’m excited to join the Indigenous Day of Action march and rally in Anacortes, WA on Saturday May 14.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this month warned that sea levels could rise by roughly three meters or nine feet by 2050-2060, confirming a warning from Dr. James Hansen and other leading scientists.
The Norwich Bulletin, May 1, 2016
Green Party presidential candidate talks about her platform
by John Penney
Jill Stein, 65, the Green Party’s presidential nominee, is banking on a groundswell of support from disaffected, debt-ridden young people as she again makes a run for the highest office in the land. Stein, who received more votes -- 456,169 -- than any other general election female candidate in the 2012 race, sat down with The Bulletin’s editorial board on Friday to discuss her platform, the unlikelihood of collaborating with the Bernie Sanders campaign and her plan to cut the military and reinvest in renewable energy.
On Bernie Sanders: “The Green Party’s been trying to get in touch with Bernie Sanders for about four years, so I’m not holding my breath. Many of his supporters are also our supporters and they have been urging us since the beginning to collaborate. And as the road became very rocky for Bernie, which was pretty much inevitable as the Democratic Party is not friendly to rebel campaigns, we were glad to reach out to him. He has been very clear that his commitment is to the Democratic Party.”