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Green Party’s Stein picks human rights activist as running mate

Dr. Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention.
Dr. Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, July 27, 2016, during the third day of the Democratic National Convention. AP

Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, has chosen human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her running mate.

Baraka was founding executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network and coordinator of the U.S.-based Black Left Unity Network’s Committee on International Affairs.

He’s served on boards of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He’s also served on boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.

Stein described Baraka as “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.”

Stein is expected to be nominated as the Green Party’s presidential candidate Saturday at the party’s convention in Houston.

In the latest CNN/ORC poll, taken Friday through Sunday, she had 5 percent of the vote, trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. Some backers of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton, have said they’ll back Stein.

David Lightman: 202-383-6101, @lightmandavid

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