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Jill Ellen Stein (born May 14, 1950) is an American physician, activist, politician and is a candidate for the Green Party’s nomination in the 2016 Election. Stein was the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in the 2012 Election, and was twice a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts – in 2002 and 2010. Stein is a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Harvard College (1973) and Harvard Medical School (1979).
Referring to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal approach to the Great Depression, Jill Stein advocates a “Green New Deal”, in which renewable energy jobs would be created to address climate change and environmental issues; the objective would be to employ “every American willing and able to work”. Stein noted the successful economic effects of the 1930s’ New Deal projects, and said she would fund the start-up costs of the plan with a 30% reduction in the U.S. military budget, returning US troops home, and increasing taxes on areas such as speculation in stock markets, offshore tax havens, and multimillion-dollar real estate. She says, based on the research of Phillip Harvey, Professor of Law & Economics at Rutgers University, that the multiplier economic effects of this Green New Deal would later recoup most of the start-up costs.
Stein supports the creation of sustainable infrastructure based in clean renewable energy generation and sustainable communities principles, in order to improve or avoid what she sees as a growing convergence of environmental crises in water, soil, fisheries, and forests. Her vision includes increasing intra-city mass transit and inter-city railroads, creating ‘complete streets’ that safely encourage bike and pedestrian traffic, and regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture.
Stein has been highly critical of Israel, accusing the Israeli government of “apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law.”