Dr. Jill Stein Visits BinghamtonPosted: May 12, 2012
By: Kai Raub
Green Party presidential candidate and presumptive nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, visited the Two Rivers Bookstore in Binghamton on March 24th. Stein spoke to a group consisting of supporters and interested individuals for approximately an hour, casting light onto her previous involvement and accomplishments within the political arena of Massachusetts, discussing key components of her policy platform such as the Green New Deal, and speaking to the ludicrous injustices currently being perpetuated via the corporate controlled duopoly otherwise known as the Democrats and Republicans. Following Dr. Jill Stein’s speech was a question and answer session and everyone was able to question Stein on her stances of certain policies, the goals of her campaign, and her solutions to the complex issues that plague the common man in his daily pursuits. The crowd reacted in an extremely positive manner to both the speech and question and answer session, embracing the distinct differences between Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party and the nominees of both major corporate parties, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. “Thanks for getting Jill Stein here. I liked her a lot and I know I can vote for her, which makes me feel good. I didn’t think I was going to vote at all.” said Sonya Collins, a nurse and community activist. Stein’s strong stance against corporate personhood, corporate tax evasion, and the placement of profit motives over the general welfare of the people also garnered a lot of enthusiastic support. Ron Jones, the Broome County Move to Amend coordinator, was especially attracted to Steins’ anti-corporate greed message, stating “I’ve never heard the Democrats or Republicans speak up against corporate power.” Dr. Jill Stein’s arrival in Binghamton also played a crucial role in the recent mobilization of Greens within Broome County. Broome County Greens are currently working on certifying their new local chapter with the state and national party, running candidates for local offices during the 2012 election cycle, and direct action efforts focused on tackling the widespread social and economic injustice within the greater Binghamton area. General meetings for the Broome County Green Party are held every Thursday at the Two Rivers Bookstore in Binghamton, located on Conklin Avenue, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Anyone interested is encouraged by the chapter to join them in their work to bring about positive and effective change to the region.