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Dr. Jill Stein is a Massachusetts physician running as the Green Party candidate for President in 2016. This is her second time representing the party, as she also did so in 2012. Stein has been active in local government, and she previously ran for Massachusetts State Representative in 2004 and Secretary of State in 2006. She is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities, a non-profit that advocates for improved health care, local green economies, and the protection of labor rights and the environment. For her efforts, Stein has received several awards, including the “Children’s Health Hero” award. Stein officially announced her candidacy through the website Democracy Now! in June, 2015.

Vice Presidential Running Mate

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka is retired from the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam. After his service, Baraka became a well known human rights activist and in 2014 founded the U.S. Human Rights Network, which grew to over 300 U.S. based organizations and 15,000 members before he left his role as Executive Director in 2011. Baraka currently serves as an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and has served on the board of several respected human rights organizations including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights. Baraka has worked as a human rights defender and organizer to protest a wide range of global issues, from apartheid South Africa to the Nicaraguan revolution. Baraka has taught political science at various universities, including Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College  

On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Dr. Jill Stein has said on the campaign trail.


Foreign Policy     

Domestic Policy


U.S. Role in the Middle East 

Voting Rights 


U.S. Response to ISIL

Civil Rights + Civil Liberties







Community Policing




Bigoted Speech


Iran Negotiations 

Immigration Reform

Key Advisors



The U.S. Role in the Middle East

“We [The Green Party] don't support bombing other people's kids, unlike the other woman in the race. The U.S. should not be in the business of buoying up oppressive dictators like Saudi Arabia that is sponsoring jihadi terrorism world-over.” (May 26, 2016 – Rolling Stone)

“There’s an enormous potential for engagement and peace.” (February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

“We need to go back to the drawing board on our relationship to the Middle East. Our foreign policy has had catastrophic consequences; it’s based on economic and military domination rather than human rights and diplomacy.” (February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

“It’s no secret that the Saudis have been behind the terror groups tearing Syria apart. Saudi Arabia has been given blanket permission to instigate religious extremism to the tune of $100 billion in US weapons. Freely distributed to whichever terrorists they want to support.” (February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

“After 9/11 the US told the Saudis to clean up their act, stop sanctioning terror, etcetera. But as recently as 2009, Hillary Clinton wrote in a State Department memo that they were still the overwhelming funders of international terrorism. It’s crazy to spend $6 trillion on fighting terrorism when we turn blind eye to the Saudis.” (February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

"Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, human rights, and nonviolent support for democratic movements around the world." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Stop U.S. financial and military support to human rights abusers. Barring substantial changes in their policies, this would include Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Stop U.S. financial and military support to human rights abusers. Barring substantial changes in their policies, this would include Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"End the US’ role as the world’s arm supplies." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"End the destructive US economic and military intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations. Such intervention serve the interests of multinational corporations and  global capitalism over the interests of the vast majority of the citizens of those nations." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Freeze the bank accounts of countries that are funding terrorism, including the Saudi royal family" (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

U.S. Response to ISIL

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When asked if she would continue to give billions annually to the Israeli military, Stein responded, "Certainly not. This would be decisively against our common values, to support apartheid, to support home demolitions, to support occupation, to support violations of international law. And this is not just new policy towards Israel.I would bring ethical foreign policy to all countries...We should not be selling weapons or funding armies of countries who are violating our basic values of human dignity and human rights. I would go to Israel—and to Saudi Arabia—with all humility, because nobody has been a bigger violator of these rights and values than our own country." (August 5, 2016 - Newsweek interview)

"#BDS = tough love for #Israel. Nonviolent way to tell an ally their actions hurt them, us & #Palestine, & need to change. (June 6, 2016 - Twitter

“We need to go back to drawing board on Israel-Palestine. The US needs a principled foreign policy. We need to stop aligning with our favored country for that reason alone. We need to, generally, stop arming and funding governments committing war crimes and violating human rights.” (February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

“Most authorities say a two-state solution is no longer possible due to the carving up of the territories by Israel and the occupation. My feeling is we shouldn’t be in the business of telling them how to work it out. We should support the grassroots groups that are advocates of human rights and justice, and help them to figure out the best way to end the conflict and promote a integrated and peaceful coexistence going forward.” (February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

"US policy regarding Israel and Palestine must be revised to prioritize international law, peace and human rights for all people, no matter their religion or nationality. End US policies that have supported the worst tendencies of the Israeli government in its treatment of the people of Palestine." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)


 No statements recorded. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email Kristin McCarthy.

Iran Nuclear Deal 

“Why did we develop conflict with the Iranians in the first place? It’s a glaring example of the disaster of regime change, sixty years later.”(February 29, 2016 – Interview with American Herald Tribune)

Voting Rights

“I personally do think there is an argument for closed primaries in a multi-partisan system. We should have many choices for people. We don’t right now, we only have two, so the whole notion of closed versus open primaries is kind of crazy. It’s a very closed process to start with. It’s also closed because you need a huge amount of money to compete on the current playing field; it’s closed because the press won’t cover you; it’s closed because the ballot access rules keep you off the ballot; and at the end of the day it’s closed because the debates exclude everybody who’s not a part of the two parties who control the debate. So it’s closed from A to Z, and what you’re doing on any one particular detail is not as critical, in my view, as really overhauling the process.” (May 31, 2016 – Interview with Salon)

"Eliminate the doctrine of corporate personhood that among other things has been used to justify unlimited corporate spending in elections with a constitutional amendment to clarify that only human beings have constitutional rights."" (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: full public election financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates."" (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Protect voters’ rights by enforcing and expanding the constitutional right to vote (including a new amendment if necessary). Enact the full Voter's Bill of Rights guaranteeing each person's right to vote, the right to have our votes counted on hand-marked paper ballots, and the right to vote within systems that give each vote meaning. Make voter registration the responsibility of government, not a voluntary opt-in for citizens."" (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Restore Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, requiring preclearance by the Attorney General or federal district court of DC to election law changes in areas previously found to limit voting rights."" (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Abolish the Electoral College and directly elect the President using a national popular vote with ranked-choice voting..
Restore the right to run for office and eliminate unopposed races by removing ballot access barriers."    

"Restore voting rights to offenders, including while in prison." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Reduce barriers to voting by making Election Day a national holiday." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Enact simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)


Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

“This tragedy reminds us once again that our country needs to take action to restrict access to assault weapons that enable such mass killings to occur with such frightening regularity.” (June 12, 2016 – Statement on Orlando Tragedy)

“We must dismantle the structures of environmental, economic, racial, gender, etc inequalities. Democracy requires ever-expanding justice.” (June 8, 2016 – Twitter)

"When there's economic injustice, when there's racial injustice, when there's sexual violence, when there's health injustice, women are very vulnerable. We're vulnerable in part because we're busy taking care of young people, and we take care of our parents and our families and our communities…. When there is injustice out there, it tends to flow in our direction.” (May 26, 2016 – Rolling Stone)

"Enforce the Bill of Rights by protecting the right to free speech and protest, to be secure from unwarranted search and seizure and invasion of privacy, as well as our other Constitutional rights." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)


“We must roll back military-industrial-surveillance complex that is undermining liberty & security while bankrupting us financially/morally.” (March 2, 2016 – Twitter)

"Terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, close Guantanamo, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial. Repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that give the president the power to indefinitely imprison and even assassinate American citizens without due process." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Repeal the Patriot Act that violates our constitutional right to privacy and protection against unreasonable search and seizure." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

Community Policing

“Police brutality has taken many lives in #SanFran. Justice for Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amílcar Pérez López, Luis Gongora, Jessica Williams” (June 3, 2016 – Twitter)

"End police brutality, mass incarceration and institutional racism within our justice system. Support the Black Lives Matter Movement." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

"Establish police review boards so that communities control their police, and not the other way around. Appoint dedicated investigators to investigate every death or serious injury at the hands of police."  (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use

*The Arab American Institute is leading a campaign to hold public officials accountable for their bigoted rhetoric this election cycle. Join us by signing our Pledge to Combat Bigotry, and use #NoBigotry on social media to hold candidates accountable and thank candidates who stand against it.*

“Unfortunately passing laws against discrimination - whether based on sexual orientation, race, gender or national origin - does not eliminate hate or the threat of violence. This latest tragedy compels us to raise our voices against all such violence - whether motivated by religious extremism (Christian, Islamic or other), anti-LGBTQ intolerance, racist bigotry, anti-immigrant hatred, abusive policing, or needless state sanctioned violence.” (June 12, 2016 – Statement on Orlando Tragedy)

Immigration Reform

"We create refugees, and then our Democratic Party together with the Republicans, who are also a party to this, are criminalizing them and sending them back, inhumanely." (May 26, 2016 – Rolling Stone)

"Halt deportations and detentions of law-abiding undocumented immigrants., including the shameful practice of night raids being used to terrorize refugee families." (official platform statement - www.jill2016.com)