“Using power to dominate humans and nature has brought us to an impasse and can never take us beyond it. We must learn to think and act from our hearts, to recognize the interconnectedness of all living creatures, and to respect the value of each thread in the vast web of life. This is a spiritual perspective, and it is the foundation of all Green politics. It entails the radical, non-violent transformation of the structures of society and of our way of thinking, so that domination is no longer the modus operandi. At the root of all Green political action is nonviolence, starting with how we live our lives, taking small, unilateral steps toward peace in everything we do. Green politics requires us to be both tender and subversive. Affirming tenderness as a political value is already subversive. In Green politics, we practice tenderness in relations with others; in caring for ideas, art, language and culture; and in cherishing and protecting the Earth.”
Petra Kelly, co-founder of the German Green Party (Die Grünen)
I’m not running against my opponent. I’m running beyond him. The challenges we face from the global to the personal can no longer be addressed by the two entrenched, corporate influenced political parties.
We have allowed rampant corporatism to infect all areas of our lives:
- unhealthy, fat, sugar, salt and chemical laden food substituting for nutritious, wholesome foods resulting in increased health risks, particularly in our children
- privatization of public institutions and resources such as our schools, post offices, libraries, parks and other public spaces…even our prisons…, placing profit above human needs
- lax environmental standards and ineffective regulations combined with inadequate inspections leading to environmental degradation and threats to the health of all citizens.
- applying “bottom line” thinking to essential public services – police, fire, sanitation and emergency services – jeopardizing the safety of all citizens.
We hear mainstream politicians speaking all the time of defending the middle class, but who speaks for the poor? Who defends the powerless? Who protects the weakest members of our society? Who speaks for those who are afraid to speak up or can’t speak up? A government in a society that is truly compassionate needs to work for every member of that society, not just for the ones whose votes are being sought or for the special interests that fund candidates.
Green Party candidates do not accept corporate or special interest contributions. All our contributions come from individuals. This does place constraints on how we publicize our message but it allows us to say the things that need to be said with out the fear of reprisal. We’re beholden to no one but the people.
I believe that a government of, by and for the people needs to guarantee to every citizen the right to:
- Complete health care and preventive services
- Education from pre-school through college
- Affordable, adequate and safe housing
- A safe and healthy food supply
- A sustainable environment
- Jobs that offer a living wage in a safe workplace
My campaign is based on the belief and faith in the collective common sense of the people – acting collaboratively with our elected representatives – to make the decisions that will improve our lives, communities and environment.
As we approach Election Day, I intend to get out into the community both to introduce myself and the Green Party, and to listen to what you have to say – your concerns, the issues that are important to you – in order for me to be able to serve you to the best of my ability. I understand that, if elected, I’m first and foremost your representative.