(The following editorial was originally published by Jill Stein in TruthDig.)
nyone watching this year’s elections knows that Latinos are going to play a critical role. The Age of LatinX is upon us. Without a doubt, LatinXs will play a determinant role in these important elections. As the presidential nominee for the Green Party, I take seriously the urgently critical role of the Latino vote in the 2016 elections. That’s why our campaign continues the work of raising LatinX and other issues.
In an election over which some are depressed because they see no path other than one that winds between two obsolete but deadly choices, this is a race to the bottom between the “lesser evil” and the “greater evil,” Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively. Such a choice starkly reflects the problems Latinos and we all face, ones that reach far beyond Donald Trump. Trump’s candidacy is a virulent symptom of a far more sinister problem infecting our entire political system, something every community, including Latinos, experiences in very particular ways, regardless of their political affiliation.
Growing numbers of Latinos are among the millions who helped push the question “How do I vote for Jill Stein?” as a top Google search term for our campaign after Monday’s debate. LatinXs have heard our message and are acting on their desire for change. I am confident and I see every day on the campaign trail that even more are preparing to join us in this election. Our presidential platform is packed with the policies and positions—student debt forgiveness, free college education, fair trade instead of free trade, labor rights, racial justice and police reform, a Green New Deal and more—that we all know are necessary and that Latinos especially have good reason to be concerned about.