The Presidential Contender You Didn’t Know About

Meet presidential candidate, Jill Stein. Stein is a woman that has proven through determination, hard work and steadfast morals that overcoming great obstacles is possible. She’s a spitfire in face-to-face interviews. She backs up her verbal beliefs, sometimes, even at the cost of her own freedom. What’s more? She has the potential to be our next president. That’s right. If you thought Hillary was the only female contender, meet the Green Party’s mighty rep.


While many citizens have raved over the positive effect that a female president could have on our country, many fear that Clinton is not the best choice. As it stands, a great deal of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump supporters have chosen whom to support in an attempt to accept the “lesser of two evils.” Many voters are confused as to where our two main candidates stand. While others have an understanding that is clouded by the fear of the election’s limitations and the potential danger of their vote. As a result, this election is arguably one of the most controversial and (for lack of a better word) ridiculous presidential elections.

The decision process is all the more frustrating for voters who refuse to offer their support to either party. The problem is that not many people know about Jill Stein. Media coverage of Jill Stein has flown under the radar of most major media outlets. As consequence it has flown under the radar of the undecided and hesitantly-settling voters.

Now, acknowledging the lack of awareness to our third-party candidates is not to say that they’re any better Clinton or Trump. Nor does it claim  that Jill Stein is irrevocably the best option. Stein, like many before her, has a lot left to prove and a lifetime of choices to defend. In many ways, the battle has yet to begin for Stein; the surface merely skimmed. But, Stein is making headway in where she stands environmentally, politically and, honestly, in every way.

So why don’t we know about her?

With all the media frenzy focusing on the animosity between Clinton and Trump, there isn’t a lot of spotlight left to go around. The recent debate left us no better off. I felt more confused than before the childish back-and-forth. Now I have more questions than I thought possible. I had a hard time comprehending the small details when the main subjects felt like they were being shoved in my face. How can we possibly make a decision that will have international consequences without knowing all of our options?

Media coverage of the election is like answering a test where only two of four possible answers are shown. As a voter, you are expected to make a choice based off what you can see. At best, its a shot in the dark and one we must live with. Not only for the next four years, but for generations after.

It is incredibly important to understand each choice and to make the one that best reflects what you stand for. We have to know what everyone is bringing to the table as a potential future President of the United States.

Stein, for one, is a supporter of women’s rights and the protection/equality of the LGBTQIA+ community. She is pro-choice in all things revolving women’s healthcare and supports equal pay for women and gay marriage. She is also a firm supporter in the Black Lives Movement. Stein acknowledges the violations of cops and the existence of racism and discrimination that persists in today’s society.

She backs up her beliefs, too. Jill Stein became the first presidential candidate to make a stand on the Dakota Access Pipeline. She earned herself an arrest warrant after spray painting a mark of support to the water defenders of Scared Stone Camp. The Nation, made a great point in saying, “Surely, an intervention by Clinton would get more attention. But the intervention by Stein—and the attention to the arrest threat she now faces—offers a reminder of the consequential role that independent and third-party candidates can and should play in our politics.” Stein knows that these changes cannot be made overnight. Her making a stand and raising awareness is half the battle even if her power is limited now.

Image from Say Anything Blog                                                                                          Stein (left) at Sacred Stone Camp 

So maybe you won’t change your mind. Maybe you’ve already got the bumper sticker to show off your undying support, or maybe Stein will only add to your indecision. Whether you want to go green, be stronger together, or make America green again, do it with no regrets and no ignorance.


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Pretty Woman Turns 25

Pretty Woman celebrated 25 years since it's 1990 release.
Pretty Woman celebrates 25 years since it’s 1990 release.

Pretty Woman celebrated its 25th anniversary this week while remaining one of the highest grossing romantic comedies of all time. The 1990 film starred Richard Gere and a then unknown Julia Roberts. The movie skyrocketed her career, was nominated for an Academy Award and is one of my favorite movies of all time. As the cast reunited to celebrate the film’s silver anniversary, new revelations have also come out.

The film is popular internationally and has had more ticket sales in the U.S. then any other romantic comedy, making approximately $463.4 million world wide. The movie was so popular it led to a reunion between Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Director Garry Marshall and actor Hector Elizondo in the hit movie Runaway Bride. Pretty Woman is the ultimate Cinderella story about a prostitute named Vivian (Roberts) falling in love with an uptight businessman named Edward (Gere) after he hires her to be his date for a week. However, the film that audiences have come to love almost never happened. During a sit down interview with the Today Show, Marshall revealed that the original script was a dark dramatic tale about drug addiction. The dark version was titled 3,000 based on the salary provided to Vivian her services. In the tale, Kit (Laura San Giamaco) died of a drug overdose and the movie ended with Edward tossing money on the body of the drug addicted Vivian. However, when Marshall came on as director, the plot of the movie was completely changed and emerged as the beloved classic.

When the plot changed, Roberts spent a couple of weeks thinking that she was actually out of a job. She had been contacted and told the original movie she was hired to do no longer existed. She then had to re audition and screen test for the new role. After Roberts was on board, she and Marshall faced the hard task of convincing Gere. Richard Gere had been told about the project, but after reading the script he was not interested in taking on the part of Edward. Undeterred, Marshall brought a 21-year-old Roberts to meet him at his New York Apartment. During their Today Show interview, Gere shared that is what convinced him to star in the film. Marshall left the two alone and there was immediate chemistry. However, Gere was still not convinced about the project until he received a call asking if he was in and Roberts slid him a post-it-note reading “please say yes”. Richard Gere signed on right then to play businessman Edward Lewis and audiences everywhere asked Pretty Woman to say it’d stay.



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