Jill Stein, a resident of Massachusetts, announced her candidacy for the presidency, running as a candidate for the Green Party.
Her campaign aims to challenge the current "broken" two-party political system and offer an alternative for American voters.
Dr. Stein, a progressive, has outlined a platform that includes addressing climate change through a Green New Deal, eliminating student debt, and establishing an "economic bill of rights" that guarantees access to housing, healthcare, and a living wage for all Americans. These proposals would be funded by taxpayers, as stated on her campaign website.
In her presidential launch video, Dr. Stein criticizes both Democrats and Republicans, labeling them as a "danger to democracy." She argues that the American people need a political party that will prioritize their needs and interests.
"People are tired of being disregarded by wealthy elites and their politicians. The political system is in shambles. The two major parties, influenced by Wall Street, have failed us. Over 60 percent of Americans now believe that the bipartisan establishment has let them down, and they are seeking a party that truly represents them," Stein asserts.
She goes on to say, "We will present solutions to the crises we face: extreme inequality, endless wars, and the impending climate catastrophe. The ruling parties that have led us into this mess are not capable of getting us out. Both parties pose a threat to our democracy, with their attempts to expand censorship, criminalize protests, suppress debates, and manipulate their primaries."
Stein emphasizes that real change will not come from the ruling elites but from the collective power of the people. She envisions a future where all Americans have access to well-paying jobs, and an economic bill of rights that guarantees essential needs such as healthcare, housing, food, and education. Additionally, she proposes the abolition of student and medical debt. Stein also advocates for the implementation of a Green New Deal, which would create millions of jobs to combat climate change and protect the environment. She further pledges to end endless wars and militarism, advocating for diplomacy and international law as alternatives to violence, occupation, and apartheid.
Dr. Jill Stein was born in Chicago and raised in Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1973 and obtained her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979, according to her website. Stein describes herself as a climate justice warrior and environmentalist, actively involved in initiatives to combat "environmental racism, injustice, and pollution."
She played a significant role as a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet, and Peace over Profit.
This is not Dr. Stein's first foray into presidential politics. She previously ran as the Green Party candidate in both the 2012 and 2016 elections. Additionally, she sought the position of Governor of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010, although her bids were unsuccessful.