2012 General Election Voters' Guide

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Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala

Elected Experience: Lexington Town Meeting

Other Professional Experience: Physician

Education: MD, Harvard Medical School, 1979; BA, Psychology-Sociology-Anthropology, Harvard University, 1973

Community Service: Dr. Jill Stein is a mother, housewife, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has served in elected leadership roles with the Coalition for Healthy Communities, Citizens for Voter Choice and the national Physicians for Social Responsibility. She has has won several awards including Clean Water Action's Not in Anyone's Backyard Award, the Children's Health Hero Award, and the Toxic Action Center's Citizen Award. In 2002, she ran for governor against Mitt Romney. 


Vice President
Elected Experience: NA

Other Professional Experience: Founder of Kensington Welfare Rights Union; National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign.

Education: Minnesota public schools

Community Service: For the past 25 years Cheri Honkala has been a leading advocate for poor and homeless in America. In 2001 Ms. Magazine named Honkala Woman of the Year and she has won numerous awards including the Bread and Roses Human Rights Award, Public Citizen of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Social Workers, and the prestigious Letelier-Moffitt award from the Institute for Policy Studies. In April 2005 Mother Jones magazine named her Hellraiser of the Month.

Statement: We must act to save our planet. The course we are on leads to irreversible climate change. Yet the politicians in Washington continue doling out subsidies to the oil companies while much of our country burns.

We must change our economy. Almost half of Americans are living in or near poverty. The rich are getting richer while wages go down. Nothing is being done because the financial elite that collapsed the economy in 2008 are still calling the shots.

With your vote, I will implement an emergency program called the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal will create 25 million jobs, end unemployment, and transition our country to a green economy. It will guarantee public higher education and Medicare for all, and forgive student loan debt. It will break up the big banks. And it will end corporate domination of elections.

I represent an end to business-as-usual in Washington. As an environmental health advocate in the 1990s, I saw how corporate money stopped essential reforms from becoming law. In response, I led the effort to get fully publicly financed elections in Massachusetts. We put it on the ballot, and the electorate voted for it. Then the Democratic legislature repealed our clean elections law. That's when I decided it was time to go Green.

My running mate, Cheri Honkala, is one of America's leading advocates for the poor. She was once a homeless mother who slept in abandoned buildings with her son because they had nowhere else to go. Since then she has given her life to keeping people in their homes. And she has often stood between the bankers and a frightened family facing eviction.

We ask for your votes and we invite you to find out more about the Green New Deal at JillStein.org

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