Jill Stein to speak at Green Drinks Charlotte, NC Green Party convention

April 5, 2013 in State Party News

Jill_SteinThe Charlotte Business Journal reports:

Environmental-health advocate and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will speak in Charlotte next week at a pair of events.

On April 11, Stein will be the guest speaker at Green Drinks Charlotte, a monthly gathering that mixes sustainability and socializing. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St.

Then on April 12, Stein will speak as part of the North Carolina Green Party’s 2013 Spring Gathering. The free event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Green Hotel, 3024 E. Independence Blvd. Her comments begin at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session.

Stein was in town during September’s Democratic National Convention and participated in the protest march in uptown on Labor Day. Despite her reputation for civil disobedience, she wasn’t arrested at the 2012 DNC.

There’s no word whether she’ll participate in any direct action while in the Queen City. Local operations of environmental activist groups Greenpeace and Rainforest Action Network rarely miss an opportunity to set up elaborate demonstrations against Charlotte-based Bank of America and Duke Energy Corp.

Stein will likely speak on her experiences working on campaigns to clean up coal plants, close trash incinerators and promote national bans on toxic pesticides.

In 2003, she helped start the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities. In 2008, she pushed the “Secure Green Future” ballot initiative in her state to advance the renewable energy and green jobs economy.

Stein, a physician and internal medicine instructor, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1973, and from Harvard Medical School in 1979.

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