Jill Stein, an American physician and activist, is the Green Party's presumptive nominee for the 2016 presidential election. She is currently polling around 7% and, like Gary Johnson, is seeking that coveted 15% polling that would allow her access into the general election debates in the fall.
This isn't her first time running in the general election. Jill Stein ran in 2012 capturing about 3% of the votes, more than any woman presidential candidate in history at the time. Now, she is more motivated than ever in the 2016 presidential elections hoping to offer an alternative to voters who are dissatisfied with the current two candidates.
She is strongly in favor of the environment and transitioning to 100% clean energy; thereby, creating millions of jobs in the process. She plans to do this through a reimagined "New Deal" that she has aptly named the "Green New Deal".
She believes in economic human rights such as the right to have access to food, water, shelter, and utilities. She believes in the right to have a job. She believes in a single-payer healthcare system. She is for abolishing student debt and enacting free tuition at publicly-funded schools across the country.
She is for a $15 minimum wage as well as breaking up the banks that are "too big to fail". She is for ending police brutality and mass incarceration within our justice system. She is for the protection of an Internet, free from surveillance. She is in favor of legalizing weed and promoting harm reduction of drugs instead of outright drug prohibition.
She is for promoting a foreign policy based on diplomacy and cutting U.S. military spending by 50%. She is for ending all of the wars abroad and stopping U.S. arm sales to human rights abusers abroad (Saudi Arabia).
As far as I can tell, she seems like an excellent alternative to Bernie Sanders. She cares about the environment, student debt, and cutting down on the oppressive wars abroad. These are all major checkpoints to me.
Finally, Jill Stein is currently on the ballot in 21 states, but is working hard to be in all 50 states come November. Check her out!
What do you think of Jill Stein? What do you think of her platform?