I live in the the 12th Congressional District of Illinois. We have three candidates on the ballot this year: incumbent Democratic candidate Bill Enyart, Republican candidate Mike Bost, and Green candidate Paula Bradshaw. If you live in the 12th Congressional District, I strongly urge you to cast your vote for Paula Bradshaw.
I know Paula Bradshaw. I’ve known her for over a decade. She’s a mother, emergency room nurse, and relentless advocate for social and environmental justice. Any Green elected to Congress will need a strong vision, a strong voice, and a willingness to fight an uphill battle for some serious change. I have no doubt that Paula Bradshaw has what it takes to get the job done.
What will Paula Bradshaw do in Congress?
Paula Bradshaw will work to roll back the assaults on our rights and freedoms. She will stop domestic spying on American citizens without a warrant and other violations of the Fourth Amendment. She will repeal the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, indefinite detention without habeas corpus, and other attacks on our civil rights. She will stop illegal assassinations and other acts of war by the executive branch. She will enact criminal justice reform, including repealing prohibition of cannabis and hemp.
Paula Bradshaw will promote economic opportunity. She is the only candidate with a plan for full employment: a Green New Deal which will create essential green jobs such as solar and wind energy in Southern Illinois and beyond. She will say no to tax giveaways for the rich and no to corporate welfare. She will say yes to monetary reform, giving Congress the power to create money as provided in the Constitution and taking that power away from the private banks who charge our nation interest. She will tax financial speculation and make Wall Street pay its fair share. She will cut the military-industrial complex and prison-industrial complex. With the money we save, we can restore health to education and social services, modernize infrastructure, promote sustainable energy and transportation, build a public health care system to provide quality care for all, and achieve full employment at a living wage. Neither of the other candidates comes anywhere close to that!
Paula Bradshaw will protect your health and security. Government has a duty to protect and restore the environment upon which all life depends. Paula Bradshaw is the only candidate who supports a ban on fracking and has a plan to combat the catastrophic disruption caused by climate change. She will also support the same basic living standards that workers of most industrialized nations enjoy: a living wage that can support a family, paid maternity leave, and paid sick and vacation time.
To make a long story short, Paula Bradshaw will do her best to make our society more just and peaceful; promote economic opportunity through green jobs, a financial transactiosn tax, and an end to corporate welfare; and help keep us healthy and secure by establishing a living wage and protecting us from catastrophic environmental threats such as fracking and climate change.
The other two candidates in this race support few if any of these goals. They have bought into the lies of the fracking and coal industries, actively seeking to place our health and long-term economic stability at risk with the toxic boom-and-bust cycle of extraction industries. They have bought into the lies of the military-industrial complex and prison-industrial complex, creating a growing number of enemies on the global stage and throwing a growing number of our own people in prison for profit. Their supposed solutions to our economic struggles will bring more poverty, not less. They don’t understand what the real problems are in this state, this nation, and this world, so no matter how hard they try, they can’t fix these problems.
Vote for change. Vote for your values. Vote for a better life for yourself, your fellow Americans, and your fellow humans around the world. Vote for Paula Bradshaw for Congress.