Jill Stein

Jill Stein

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will be making a stop on her campaign in Napa this month to discuss investing in renewable energy as a way to bring America out of its economic doldrums.

Stein will speak at Napa Valley College on Sept. 25 as part of a tour of California college campuses, and her focus will be on her proposal for an economic bill of rights that would pay for students’ tuition while forgiving student loan debt, and a Green New Deal that would increase investment in renewable energy infrastructure.

With a little less than 800 registered Green Party members in Napa County, party organizer Alex Shantz said he hopes Stein’s visit will provide a boost in enthusiasm for the party as a political alternative to the Democratic and Republican parties.

“There’s an active Napa County Green Party,” Shantz said. “Within the last year (to) year and a half, we’ve been trying to grow our party locally. Usually when there’s a candidate that’s running for office, that helps excite people.”

This will be Stein’s second time speaking at Napa Valley College, Shantz said. She spoke last year at an event kicking off Occupy Napa Valley College, he said.

The event is being hosted by Napa Valley College Campus Greens, which is part of a national group affiliated with the Green Party, Shantz said. He said three other speakers will talk at the Sept. 25 event, including NVC student trustee Ruscal Cayangyang, SEIU representative Nathan Hansford, and a member of the conservation group Save Rural Angwin, which is backing Measure U, the initiative that aims to prevent development in Angwin.

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Shantz said organizers are hoping to get 100 to 200 people to attend the event.

Mostly, though, he said he hopes the event sparks interest in ideas that don’t often draw attention in American political discourse, including the Green New Deal.

Noting that Germany has implemented something similar, Shantz said the program would create millions of jobs while weaning the U.S. off its oil dependence.

“The Green New Deal isn’t something that’s new,” Shantz said. “It’s something that other countries are doing as well.”

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