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The Next President: Who is Jill Stein?

In 2000, 2.8 million people voted for Ralph Nader as the Green Party presidential candidate. Jill Stein is running for president as the standard bearer of the Green Party in 2016. She has no chance of winning. Her motivation for running—and the motivation of those who would vote for her—can only be explained by a combination of self-gratification and the belief that simply making a statement is important in today’s national politics.

Stein graduated from Harvard Medical School and practiced internal medicine for 25 years. She became an activist protesting coal fired power plants in Massachusetts and later served on the board of the Boston chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. She advocated for campaign finance reform in Massachusetts. She is a musician who has recorded several albums in a folk-rock band, Somebody’s Sister.

Stein ran unsuccessfully for governor in Massachusetts in 2002 and again in 2010, finishing both times in last place. She ran for state representative in 2004, losing to the incumbent candidate in a three-way race. She lost the race for Secretary of the Commonwealth in 2006. She was elected to serve in local government as a Town Meeting Representative in Lexington, Massachusetts in 2005 and 2008. She first ran for the presidency as the Green Party’s candidate in 2012, receiving 0.36 percent of the vote (about 470,000 votes). In August, 2016, she was nominated to run again as the Green Party candidate along with Ajamu Baraka as her vice-presidential running mate.

Baraka is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and was the founding director of US Human Rights Network, an organization that seeks to apply international human rights standards to the United States. An outspoken opponent of the death penalty, he serves on boards of several organizations dedicated to human rights advocacy.

The next chapter is tracking six focus issues during the current presidential election process. TNC has summarized the positions of the major party presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Where does Jill Stein stand on these issues?

On immigration:

Do you favor immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship?

Stein opposes deportation and favors immigration reform including a path to citizenship. She supports the DREAM Act. She believes that “predatory U.S. foreign policy” has driven the wave of “refugees” to the United States and that “we are then criminalizing these refugees once they come here by detaining, deporting, and night raiding them.”

On health care:

Do you support the ACA and efforts to improve or expand it?

Stein favors a single-payer health care system. She believes that the ACA is fatally flawed and appears to support repeal of the law, calling Clinton’s support for the ACA “a critical mistake.” She would replace the ACA with a “Medicare for all” plan.

On the Iran Nuclear Deal:

Do you support the nuclear agreement with Iran?

Stein supports the Iran nuclear agreement, and sees it as a step toward nuclear disarmament. She favors “better ties” with Iran.

On Climate Change:

Do you believe that human activity is largely responsible for climate change and do you favor regulation of emissions?

Stein has proposed a “Green New Deal” to address climate change and stimulate the economy. “She has adopted a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2030, calling for a “mobilization” that would create “20 million new jobs. She has called climate change “an emergency expounded by racial disparities.”

On the Minimum Wage:

Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?

Stein supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

On campaign finance:

Do you support campaign finance reform?

Stein’s Power to the People Plan calls for public campaign financing and “abolishing corporate personhood.”

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Cuidar Para Nuestra Común Casa

The English version of this post—Caring for Our Common Home—was posted here on September 8, 2015. This Spanish translation is my own and may contain errors. I invite native speakers of the language to comment on my errors and to suggest corrections. Aquí está una traducción en español de Caring for Our Common Home. Por favor, hispanohablantes quienes leen mis traducciones me permitan saber mis errores y sugieran enmiendas.

En verano 2015, Papa Francisco publicó la encíclica Laudato Si’, una carta “Sobre Cuidados para Nuestra Común Casa.” Aunque una carta encíclica es definido como una carta de el papa a los obispos de la Iglesia Católica, dirigió ampliamente esta carta a “todas las personas que viven en este planeta.” Nuestra “hermana”—Madre Tierra—él escribe, “clama a nosotros porque del daño que hemos impuesto por nuestro irresponsable uso y abuso de los bienes que Dios ha dotado a ella.” Ponerlo francamente: “La Tierra, nuestra casa, empieza a parecer más y más como una pila de basura.”

Aspirantes presidentes en los Estados Unidos pueden debatir si o no climático cambio es real y usar el debate por una excusa para hacer nada. La carta de Papa Francisco es una lección en liderato. Nos recuerda que “un consenso cientifico muy sólido indica que actualmente estamos presenciado un calentamiento de el sistema climático.” Climático cambio, él advierte, “es un problema global con implicaciones graves: ambiental, social, económico, político y para la distribución de productos.” Él cree, “Es uno de los desafíos principales que enfrenta humanidad en nuestro día,” y él nos urge, “desarrollar políticas así que, en los próximos pocos años, la emisión de dióxido de carbono y otros gases altamente contaminantes se puede ser reducido drásticamente.

Habiendo reconocido la ciencia de climático cambio, la carta de El Papa expresa su preocupación para los pobres. Estos no son preocupaciones separadas, él nos dice. Cuidados para el ambiente debe ser juntado con cuidados para humanidad:

“El ambiente humano y el ambiente de naturaleza se deterioran juntos; nosotros no podemos combatir suficientemente degradación del ambiente a menos que ponemos atención a causas relacionadas a la degradación humana y social.”

Pero nuestra respuesta a “ambos el grito de la tierra y el grito de los pobres” ha sido débil. Nos parecemos poco dispuestos para abordar estos problemas o hasta reconocer la crisis.

“Como ocure frecuentamente en periodos de profundo crisis que requieren decisiónes atrevidas, estamos tentado a creer que lo que está ocuriendo no es totalmente claro. Superficialmente, aparte de algunos indicios obvios de polución y deterioración, cosas no parecen tan serias, y el planeta podría continuar como está por un rato. Esta actitud evasiva sirve como una licencia a seguir con nuestros actuales estilos de vida y modelos de producción y consumo. Esta es la manera en que seres humanos arreglan a alimentar sus autodestructivos vicios: tratando no verlos, tratando no reconocerlos, retrasando decisiones importantes y fingiendo que no pasará nada.”

Papa Francisco emfatiza que “todo está interconectado.” No podemos considerar naturaleza como algo separado de nosotros mismos. El ambiente no es un marco que nos rodea; es la relatión que existe “entre naturaleza y la sociedad que viva en ella.”

“No estamos enfrentado con dos crisis separadas, uno ambiental y la otra social, pero más con uno compleja crisis que es ambas social y ambiental. Estrategias por una solución demandan un enfoque integrado a combatiendo pobresa, restaurando dignidad a los excluidos, y a misma momento protegiendo naturaleza.”

La respuesta que es necesario requiere un nuevo modo de pensando. Requiere una “profunda conversación interna.” Leyes y regulaciones solas son insuficiente. Francisco nos dice: “para lograr significantes y perdurables efectos, la majoría de miembros de sociedad se deben ser motivado suficientemente a aceptarlos, y personalmente transformado para responder.” Así, la respuesta necesario a climático cambio no es una competencia de las políticas pero una transformación de corazones que alcanza a la dimensión espiritual.

“Hablamos de una actitud de la corazón, una que aborda vida con la serena atención, que está capable de ser completamente presente a alguien sin pensando en qué viene luego, que acepta cada momento como un don de Díos ser vivido al máximo.”

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