(San Francisco) Jill Stein, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for President, campaigned today in San Francisco on the Green New Deal, an end to police violence and mass incarceration, and affordable housing.
Stein wants the U.S. to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, creating full employment and a Just Transition through investments in offshore wind, solar and energy conservation. Stein says it is time to end all investments in fossil fuels and has long supported a ban on fracking and the use of natural gas. She criticized the recent decision by the Obama administration to open up waters offshore from California to fracking.
“Climate change is happening much faster than scientists warned. The droughts and wildfires in California are harbingers of worse changes to come. We need a mobilization comparable to what the US did after WWII, not these incremental steps being promoted by Governor Brown,” said Stein. She warned that both Drumpf and Clinton would be disasters when it came to climate change.
Stein would pay for the Green New Deal with a 50% cut in the military budget and higher taxes on the wealthy and Wall Street. “The Green New Deal would make wars for oil obsolete.”
Stein said she supported a transition to a sustainable decentralized food system that uses organic and regenerative agriculture practices. California needs to implement stringent water conservation measure, curbing the wasteful water practices of factory farms, big oil and bottled water companies.
Stein joined the national Green Party in condemning the prosecution and conviction of Black Lives Matter (BLM) organizer Jasmine Richards in Pasadena, California, on “felony lynching” charges. Stein cited widespread suspicions that Pasadena police were targeting Ms. Richards for speaking out and organizing public protest after the police killing of Kendrec McDade, an unarmed black 19-year-old, in 2012. Repeated incidences of police violence against people of color in San Francisco were met with public outcry, including a hunger strike by activists, that led to the recent resignation of the city’s police chief.
“The fight for justice for people of color is the same as the struggle for a living wage, human and immigrant rights, environmental justice and political democracy. My Power to the People Plan will build an economy that works for everyone, elevating the needs of the 99% above the greed and profits of the 1% who have bought off the two major parties,” said Stein.
The main planks of Stein’s platform also include a $15 per hour federal minimum wage, a single-payer health-care system, immigration rights, universal public education, the abolition of student debt, breaking up big banks and slashing the military budget to re-invest in domestic needs including affordable housing and clean drinking water.
Stein will be in the Green Party presidential primary in California on Tuesday June 7. She has urged non-Green voters eligible to vote in the Democratic Party primary to support Bernie Sanders’ call for a progressive revolution.