Jill Stein Picks "Black Left" Human Rights Activist As Presidential Green Party Running Mate

‪Jill Stein picked seasoned human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her vice president nominee on Monday night (8/1/2016), after Nina Turner declined the spot. 

Ajamu Baraka is a powerful, eloquent spokesperson for the transformative, radical agenda whose time has come — an agenda of economic, social, racial, gender, climate, indigenous and immigrant justice. Ajamu’s life’s work has embodied the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King: Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Honored to announce human rights champion Ajamu Baraka as my VP running mate! #SteinBaraka   — Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein)

Baraka worked with Amnesty International to uncover human rights violations within the United States and to oppose the death penalty in the '90s. From 2004 to 2011, he served as the founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network, the first group in the United States whose goal was to apply international human rights standards to the country. The Network spearheaded the Katrina Campaign on Internal Displacement, which sought to designate people who lost their homes during the hurricane as "internally displaced," a designation that highlights the government's responsibility to protect them. Baraka currently coordinates the Black Left Unity Network's Committee on International Affairs.

Stein herself has advocated for human rights for decades, mainly with her environmental activism that focused on the needs of people in poverty, people of color, and Native Americans. The Stein-Baraka ticket is fiercely progressive, offering two candidates whose primary political experience is not in office, but in the sphere of activism and advocacy.

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