Former Green Presidential Candidate Comes To UO

Former presidential candidate Jill Stein will visit Eugene to talk about a new campaign she is helping create. The “Global Climate Convergence” campaign will kick off this spring from Earth Day until May Day.

Stein, who is a medical doctor, will speak at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference held at the UO on both Friday and Sunday.

“The minute I was invited I jumped at the chance. What a wonderful opportunity to talk to a dynamic, world-changing group of people,” Stein says. “The PIELC has a wonderful reputation of being at the leading edge of environmental justice and action.”

The campaign that Stein will present to her audience involves the idea that all the different movements — labor, education, race, LGBT, environmental — need to come together in order to be successful. Stein says that once the movements come together, there will be a strong majority to change many policies in America.

“We can have it all. We can have health care and education as a human right as well as a just, green, sustainable future,” Stein says.

In order for this to happen, Stein says that people in different movements will have to overcome the “divide and conquer” strategy.

“Essentially, we’re calling for nothing less than the Marshall Plan or the Manhattan Project,” Stein says. “If we did it for them, we can do it for us.”

Stein joins the “Powering Up for People, Planet & Peace” panel 3:30 to 4:45 pm Friday, Feb. 28, in LAW 175 and is a keynote speaker at 12:15 pm Sunday at the UO law school. Free.