You’ve Got Options: Meet The Other People Who Want To Be Your President
American people have different schools of thought on just about everything you can think of. On most issues, whether important or trivial, Americans usually stand strong in their personal preferences. However, it’s not so black and white when it comes to who we want for President next month, especially after last night’s debate.
Now don’t get me wrong. Out of the two candidates who are in the spotlight, “Her” probably is the best person for the job. Nonetheless, not too many people are thrilled about saying “I’m with Her” (Don’t front; you’ve seen the memes that say I guess I’m with her)! Let’s be honest—the average person’s admittance to supporting Hillary Clinton is similar to the mumble-cough you do when you tell your boss to kiss your butt. That mumble-cough isn’t what I’d call standing proudly and “saying it with your chest.”
What if there were other options for the 45th presidency of the United States? What if there were some other woman who appealed to people of color?
Meet Dr. Jill Stein, the woman running for president under the Green Party, a party that does not accept corporate funding and prides itself on the pillars of peace, ecology, social justice, and democracy.
Stein is a practicing physician who has been a pioneer in environmental advocacy since discovering the direct effects on human health and pollution in the ’90s (I’d love to hear her thoughts on solving the Flint Water Crisis). As an organizer she has helped nonprofits, disenfranchised communities, and Native Americans fight causes on environmental injustice and racism. Also a mother, Stein was the 2012 presidential nominee for her party and currently holds the most votes ever received by a woman candidate for President of the United States in the general election.
According to her campaign’s website, Jill’s platform is all about restoring power to the people:
“My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.
It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.
This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”
Jill Stein’s running mate is Ajamu Baraka, a human rights defender whose experience spans four decades of domestic and international education and activism. Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose work includes the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles.
Representing the Libertarian Party, Gov. Gary Johnson is also seeking to be Commander-in-Chief of the free world. His running mate is Bill Weld, also a former governor. The duo is focusing on issues such as criminal justice reform, jobs, education, and internet freedom, veteran support, and civil liberties.
Am I telling you who to vote for? Of course not. Neither am I telling you who I plan to vote for (Since childhood I’ve heard it’s illegal. Is that true?). But what I am stressing is that we have more choices in this election than what we appear to have. Educate yourself on everyone involved before you cast your vote. As African-Americans we sometimes stifle our own progress by living in tradition. Tradition isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just a thing — not the only option. As a Louisiana woman, I embrace the tradition of eating red beans and rice every Monday. Nevertheless, I am fully aware that I don’t have to eat it just because it’s Monday in Louisiana… Chew on that and let it digest.