Rhode Island College goes Green
Louisa A. D’Ovidio
Shane J. Inman
Editor in Chief
Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein was welcomed to campus last week by her Rhode Island Green party organizers and Rhode Island College’s Environmental club as well as a Media Center consortium of reporters.
Stein spoke with Robbie Rhodes, General Manager of 90.7 WXIN, in a one on one interview before her speech and Q&A. Stein focused on the issues facing college students, the importance of voting third party and the ‘Green New Deal’ she is proposing that would end dependence on nonrenewable energy.
“Jill Stein is my personal hero and I’m super excited,” said RIC student Marisa who was attending the event.
Stein had a very clear message for young voters, “they tell you you’re powerless, but it’s exactly the opposite. You have the numbers to come out and take over this election, to render student debt null and void, to make public higher education free…”
As one of the prominent third party candidates in the 2016 election, Stein has been attracting and relying on the backing of former Bernie Sanders supporters. Throughout the interview, she made it clear that she sees herself as a desirable alternative to the continuation of the current two-party system which has left many voters dissatisfied and angry. Stein made headlines during the campaign cycle for her two arrests, once for trying to attend the first Democratic debate and a second time while protesting with the Sioux Standing Rock Tribe.
Stein described the similar policy goals she shares with Senator Bernie Sanders, such as a higher minimum wage and free higher education, but also emphasized where she and the senator differ, drawing attention to her plans to forgive all student loan debt because “it’s time to bail out the victims” of the economic crash.
Rhode Island Stein organizer Sue said, “the Democratic and Republican parties have become two points on the same continuum. Our country is run by corporations and politicians do the bidding of their donors and not of the people they serve,” Sue went on, “Jill Stein, on the other hand, is acutely in tune with the pulse of the people of the nation, she’s close enough to people to understand what’s caused the pain in our society that has produced the two candidates we have.”
Stein’s lasting message was that, “It’s all about rejecting the lesser evil, standing up and fighting for the greater good like our lives depend on it, because they do.”