0

Green for Greens: Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw for Congress (IL)

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p rich whitney debate protestFor years, the two-party establishment has attacked Green Parties around the country for daring to offer voters another choice, but perhaps nowhere has the crackdown been more intense than Illinois. After Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney earned over 10% in 2006 running against Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich (who soon afterward went to federal prison for massive corruption), the IL Democratic machine pulled out all the stops to fight off the Green surge with a combination of dirty tricks and discriminatory ballot access laws. In 2014, although the Greens submitted nearly 30,000 signatures to qualify their statewide slate, the IL Democrats took advantage of the state’s notoriously anti-democratic ballot access laws to kick the Greens off the ballot.

NancyWade

Nancy Wade

Yet the Illinois Greens persevere in their quest to rid their state of corrupt machine politics and return the reins of government to the people. This resilient spirit is embodied by Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw, who are both making their second run for Congress.

A Spanish teacher and longtime community activist, Nancy Wade is running in Illinois’ 5th district (Chicago and DuPage County) on a bold progressive platform that includes taxing the 1% to pay for mass job creation, Medicare for All, overturning Citizens United, slashing military spending and ending the MidEast wars. In 2012, Nancy Wade earned 5.7% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Nancy Wade for Congress now!

Paula Bradshaw - Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw – Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale (in Southern IL) comes from an active family: her husband is Rich Whitney, IL Green candidate for governor in 2006 and 2010, and her daughter Jessica Bradshaw became the first Green elected to Carbondale City Council in 2012. Paula Bradshaw’s campaign is centered around the Green New Deal platform of creating millions of family-supporting jobs in the transition to a sustainable society. In 2012, Paula Bradshaw earned 5.6% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Paula Bradshaw for Congress now!

Despite the efforts of powerful political elites to suppress the Illinois Green Party, these strong women are bringing the Green message of peace, justice, democracy and ecology to thousands of new voters. Show your support for their courageous efforts by making a contribution to their campaigns today!

1

Greens to Obama: War is not the way

NancyWadeFrom the Green Party US:

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his plans to increase airstrikes and arm Syrian rebels in an attempt to control Iraq. The Green Party has called on the President to resist this next step and on Congress to revoke its ‘blank check’ for war. Green candidates for Congress added to the chorus of voices calling to resist this escalation.

Nancy Wade, Green candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 5th District: “Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibilities by handing the Executive branch virtually unlimited authority to wage war on the scale and in the fashion of its choosing. This has resulted in catastrophic and costly crimes against humanity such as we have seen in Iraq and Libya, and as we see continuing in an increasing number of countries…” Continue Reading

0

Green Party to FCC: Instead of tampering with Net Neutrality, make Internet a free public resource

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact also threatens Internet freedoms; Greens support petitions and protests against FCC proposal

WASHINGTON, DC — Saving the Internet as we know it will take perpetual public pressure on the FCC, the Obama Administration, and future administrations not to enact new rules repealing net neutrality, said Green Party leaders and candidates.

Green Party leaders said that telecommunications lobbies will continue to press the FCC to abolish net neutrality and said that the U.S. must remove the Internet from corporate control by providing public access through free broadband. Continue Reading

0

Green Party: Stop the deportations, enact legal protections for undocumented immigrants

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, DC — Candidates and leaders of the Green Party of the United States expressed support for the ongoing protests against deportations and confirmed the party’s demand for protected legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.

Recent protests against deportations include hunger strikes and a peaceful sit-in by members of the Orange County DREAM Team at the Washington D.C. office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

Margaret Guttshall, Green candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors in Michigan:

“Greens call for the protections of the Dream Act to be extended to all undocumented immigrants, not just those who arrived as minors or graduated from high school. The unprecedented spike in deportations — nearly 2 million, averaging 1,100 per day — under President Obama has meant brutal raids, destroyed families, and a climate of fear and helplessness. The President promised to work for passage of the Dream Act but has also surrendered to pressure from xenophobic Republican politicians.” Continue Reading

1

Illinois Greens file for 2014 primary

NancyWadeFrom the Illinois Green Party:

Earlier this month, several Green Party candidates* successfully filed for office and will be on the ballot in the March 18, 2014, primary, including:
  • Nancy Wade, U.S. Congress, U.S. Congress, 5th District (NW Chicago & Cook, NE DuPage)
  • Paula Bradshaw, U.S. Congress, 12th District (Metro East/Carbondale)
  • George Milkowski, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Roothaan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Michael Smith, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
In addition, there are a number of candidates in Cook County and Downstate for precinct/township committeeperson. While these races are unopposed, you can show your support for the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot in the March 18, 2014, Illinois Primary (if there is no Green Party ballot available in your area, you can ask for a nonpartisan ballot).  Continue Reading
0

Incumbent Won’t Debate Nancy Wade in Congressional Race

From the Nancy Wade Campaign:

On Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m., IL’s 5th U.S. Congressional District candidate Nancy Wade will participate in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters.  The debate will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago. Wade will square off against suburban Republican Dan Schmitt.  Conspicuously absent from the debate will be incumbent Democratic placeholder Mike Quigley, who took over IL-5 from current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2009.

Regarding Quigley’s absence in the planned League of Women Voters’ debate, Nancy Wade observed that this represents a pattern that should raise the eyebrows of 5th District voters.

“Mike Quigley has refused or ignored multiple invitations to debate me, and he’s taken no public stands on issues of great importance and currency to 5th District voters, such as the recent effort by the Chicago Teachers Union to fight against Rahm Emanuel’s destructive and unpopular education policies,” she said.  She also noted that Quigley hasn’t said much about his vote to extend the Patriot Act’s domestic spying provisions.  “Where will he stand on the next president’s attempts to bargain away Medicare and Social Security?  How will he vote if the next president requests authorization for bombing or invading Iran?”

Given that so much is at stake in the next two years, said Wade, 5th District voters need to know what kind of representative they’ll be sending to Washington.  “My campaign has been very open about where I stand on our country’s most important issues, and the voters deserve no less from the incumbent.  Mike Quigley needs to make his positions clear to the voters.”

“We promise not to lock him out and have him arrested,” Wade said, referring to the treatment that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recieved at the third presidential debate.

17

Green Party is ON THE BALLOT in Illinois

In yet another historic feat, the Illinois Green Party submitted over 25,000 signatures to get back on the ballot in 2012, and this time the Democrats did not challenge the petitions. This means that Illinois joins California, Texas, New York and Florida to have the Green Party on the ballot this fall in the five most populous states. The next most populous state, Pennsylvania, is currently petitioning. The Green Party is currently on the ballot in 22 states, and petitioning in 18 more.

Also, two Green Party Congressional Candidates Nancy Wade (5th Congressional district) and Paula Bradshaw (12th Congressional district) submitted over 5,000 signatures each to appear on the ballot. According to the DuPage County Greens, Paula Bradshaw’s petitions were challenged. Nancy Wade announced that she is on the ballot without challenges.