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Sin compromiso - Un gobierno de, y para la gente

El lema para mi carrera de la junta del condado de 2018 era "sin compromisos", porque quería que la gente supiera que mi voto no estaba a la venta y que yo sería una voz para ellos. Que juntos podríamos formar un gobierno que funcione para todos.

Todos los niveles del gobierno están fuertemente influenciados por el dinero grande, pero ahora mismo en ninguna parte estan los esquemas de pagar para juegar de una manera más perversa que en Washington DC .Ya era bastante malo cuando las relaciones entre los grupos de presión, el personal y los legisladores permitieron a los ricos y poderosos agrupar donaciones y Comprar acceso a los que escriben la legislación. Pero en una publicación de Citizens United World (2010), los ricos pueden gastar ilimitadamente los recursos en campañas políticas con muy poca información o transparencias de los gastos.

Esta carrera se ganará en los temas, pero quiero dejar en claro que los resultados de las carreras como ésta envían un mensaje a través de todo el sistema político. ¿Continuará América trabajando unicamente para los pocos ricos o los votantes se levantarán, hablarán y dirán que seremos representados por aquellos que elevan nuestras voces? ¡Esta elección enviará un mensaje a nuestro gobierno que somos nosotros, la gente y no nosotros los dólares!

To give the power back to the people we must have political candidates, like myself, who reject corporate political action committee (PAC) donations. I am running my campaign without corporate PAC money. I will remain "no strings attached" as your representative in the United States Congress.

Apoyo significativamente los cambios a la Ley de Derechos de Votación para extender las boletas por correo a los 50 estados. Debemos hacer que sea más difícil para las autoridades electorales políticamente motivadas a eliminar a los votantes con un procedimiento de verificación estándar federal antes de la eliminación. Debemos hacer todo lo posible para asegurarnos de que más estadounidenses puedan ejercer su derecho al voto y ser un faro de la democracia para el mundo.

La Crisis Climática es Real: ¡Necesitamos un Nuevo Acuerdo Ecológico!

Debemos aprobar el New Deal verde, para preservar la tierra para nuestros hijos, invertir en infraestructura y crear empleos con salarios dignos.

Cuando las temperaturas del océano y el aire aumentan, el hielo ártico se derrite. Este junio, Groenlandia perdió 2 Gigatones de hielo y esta primavera los científicos comenzaron a informar que el permafrost se está derritiendo a un ritmo acelerado, 70 años antes de lo previsto. El informe del Panel Intergubernamental sobre el Cambio Climático (IPCC) de 2018 dice que tenemos 12 años para actuar antes de que el daño a nuestro planeta sea irreversible.

La degradación a nuestra atmósfera es causada por gases de efecto invernadero, en gran parte metano y CO2, por la quema de combustibles fósiles. No hay duda de que dependemos del petróleo y la gasolina para que podamos ir y venir del trabajo todos los días, calentar nuestros hogares y potenciar a nuestra nación. Desafortunadamente, nuestra dependencia de los combustibles fósiles hará que la tierra se vuelva inhabitable si no nos centramos en la eficiencia energética, la construcción ecológica, los coches eléctricos y las fuentes de energía renovables como la eólica, solar e hidráulica.

Estos son tiempos urgentes en los que vivimos, pero creo que Estados Unidos es capaz de manejar esta crisis. La propuesta Green New Deal, una resolución que pronto tendrá una legislación adjunta, es la solución más completa. El Green New Deal proporcionaría recursos significativos a los propietarios de viviendas y municipios para hacer la transición a combustibles renovables, y hacer que los edificios residenciales y comerciales sean eficientes energéticamente. El plan proporciona capacitación laboral y una gratificación para aquellos trabajadores que pasarán de trabajar en refinerías de petróleo para trabajar en granjas solares, parques eólicos o parques de carbono. Los nuevos empleos de energía verde serán bien remunerados, a los empleos sindicales. En el lado del transporte, tendremos que subsidiar la transición a vehículos eléctricos y, finalmente, reconstruir toda nuestra infraestructura para utilizar el tren de alta velocidad u otras innovaciones nuevas.

El Nuevo Acuerdo Ecologico (Green New Deal) es masivo en su alcance y costoso, pero tenemos el dinero y lo hemos hecho antes. De la misma manera en que los estadounidenses se unieron para enfrentar la crisis de la gran depresión y la segunda guerra mundial, creo que volveremos a unirnos. Cuando entramos en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, gastamos recursos significativos para incrementar la línea de producción de vehículos militares, barcos y aeronaves que atacaron con éxito las playas de Normandía solo 3.5 años después. Salimos de la Gran Depresión con el New Deal mediante una fuerte inversión en obras públicas y proyectos de infraestructura que ponen a los estadounidenses a trabajar para reconstruir nuestra nación.

Tenemos el dinero. Tenga en cuenta que la industria de los combustibles fósiles recibe $ 20 mil millones en subsidios cada año. Considere que hemos gastado cerca de $ 5 billones para financiar una serie de guerras en curso en el Medio Oriente para que el petróleo fluya hacia los Estados Unidos. Considere el costo de los huracanes a nivel de desastres naturales relacionados con el clima, ya que el huracán Katrina ha costado $ 537 mil millones en daños. Sin mencionar los ahorros en gastos familiares reducidos en servicios públicos y costos de transporte. ¡Es hora de que seamos prudentes con nuestros impuestos y gastemos este dinero de manera mucho más sensata, en la gente y el planeta!

La crisis climática es nuestra gran depresión. Es nuestra segunda guerra mundial. Es nuestra responsabilidad y desafío a superar. Nuestra generación escribirá nuestros nombres en la historia como la generación que tomó combustibles fósiles y la contaminación masiva para crear un futuro sostenible para la raza humana. Únete a mí en esta misión.

Medicare mejorado y ampliado para todos

Un sistema de Medicare para Todos reemplazaría todas las primas, copagos y deducibles con un pequeño impuesto a la nómina que a menudo se estima en aproximadamente la mitad del costo de las primas y copagos. Sería un sistema de atención médica y no un "seguro" contra enfermarse.

Incluso después de que se aprobó la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (ACA), seguimos siendo una nación que tiene 39 millones de ciudadanos sin seguro y millones más que están con seguro limitado. Aquellos que tienen acceso difícilmente pueden llamarlo "accesible" y muchas personas evitan acudir al médico, incluso para visitas preventivas que pueden prevenir enfermedades futuras.

La forma más sencilla de reparar nuestro sistema de salud es reemplazar el seguro de salud privado sobrevaluado con una cobertura de Medicare mejorada y ampliada para todos los estadounidenses. Aún tendría opciones ilimitadas al elegir a su médico, dentista, oftalmólogo o proveedor de atención especializada. Se cubrirían todos los procedimientos médicamente necesarios, incluidas las visitas a la sala de emergencias.

Tuve un sistema muy similar como cónyuge militar durante 10 años de mi vida. Las familias de militares son elegibles para TRICARE, un sistema que funciona de manera similar pero más simple que el de Medicare. Pude acudir a cualquier médico privado de mi elección y TRICARE, un sistema de seguro del gobierno pagó la factura.

Esta es una posición centrista y popular. Dos encuestas realizadas en los últimos 12 meses (agosto de 2018 y mayo de 2019) muestran que más del 70% de los estadounidenses quieren un sistema de Medicare para todos. Pero si es tan popular, ¿por qué los legisladores no están escuchando y saltando a bordo? ¿Por qué los periodistas siguen llamando a esto una posición extrema y utilizan tácticas de miedo para enmarcar el debate?

Según Opensecrets.org, Big Pharma y el sistema de atención médica con fines de lucro gastaron $ 24 millones en la influencia de compra de los legisladores demócratas y gastaron $ 30 millones en la compra de confluencias de los legisladores republicanos. No es de extrañar que tengamos un sistema tan amañado que resulte en 44,000 muertes cada año porque los ciudadanos estadounidenses no pueden pagar un seguro privado. Ya es hora de decir basta, ya que las compañías de seguros y las compañías farmacéuticas se aprovechan del sufrimiento y la muerte de otros. ¡La salud es un derecho humano!Opensecrets.org Big Pharma and the for-profit health care system spent $24 million buying influence over Democratic lawmakers and they spent $30 million buying influence over Republican lawmakers. It is no wonder we have such a rigged system that results in 44,000 deaths each and every year because American citizens couldn't afford private insurance. It is time we say enough with insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies profiting off the suffering and deaths of others. Health care is a human right!

You can view the IL Single Payer Coalition Presentation Below

Education from Pre-K through College

If we want the United States to remain competitive and a global leader, then we must invest in our future generations. For individuals looking to further their education through colleges, universities, trade or technical schools, public education should be tuition free.

Household income and finances should not be a barrier to a higher degree or a technical/trade certificate. If we as a nation want to make higher education a priority, we need to give graduating students a chance in life and that begins by not saddling them with hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt after graduation. There are a number of good proposals coming from presidential candidates that offer both tuition-free college and loan forgiveness.

I support a plan to fully fund pre-K through a 4 yr college degree or certificate. Furthermore, when it comes to job transitions we need to allow for growth. I support passing the Green New Deal which includes a transitions program to take people currently working in the fossil fuel industry and move them into renewable energy jobs.

I support a plan to eliminate college debt for those who have been saddled with an unnecessary financial burden after graduation. I will work with the next president and my colleagues in congress to find a way to cover this cost by either enacting a speculation sales tax (Robinhood tax) or the proposed wealth tax on individuals with a net worth of over $50 million. Canceled student loan debt will not be taxed as income.

In order to have a higher education system that works for everyone we need to also prohibit public colleges from considering citizenship status or criminal history in admissions decisions.

Reforma inmigratoria

Primero quiero decir que ningún ser humano es "ilegal" y que los centros de detención con fines de lucro van en contra de los principios de libertad y libertad en los que se fundó esta nación. Debemos reformar la inmigración y cerrar todas las cárceles con fines de lucro.

La idea de separar a los niños de sus padres y encerrar a los seres humanos como animales cruza un umbral moral que debería ofender a todos los estadounidenses. Para ser claros, me opongo a todas y cada una de las cárceles con fines de lucro.

El problema es mucho más grande que la frontera. Nuestro sistema de inmigración es complicado y eso tiene un propósito. Necesitamos crear un camino hacia la ciudadanía para quienes viven, trabajan y pagan impuestos en los Estados Unidos. Pero también debemos crear una política humana para los refugiados que llegan a nuestras fronteras pidiendo asistencia.

Sabemos que las empresas sin escrúpulos a menudo explotan a los trabajadores indocumentados que tienen muy pocos derechos en el lugar de trabajo. El interés comercial en la mano de obra barata lleva a los trabajadores indocumentados a nuestra fuerza laboral. Debido a que el Congreso aún no ha aprobado un proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria que ofrezca a las personas que vivan y trabajen aquí, un camino hacia la ciudadanía, estos trabajadores permanecen indocumentados, subcotizan los salarios y hacen más difícil la negociación colectiva.

Este es un tema que debería estar uniendo a los estadounidenses. Si los trabajadores indocumentados tienen un camino razonable hacia la ciudadanía, la explotación debería detenerse y la subcotización de los salarios debería fortalecer nuestra economía para todos los trabajadores. El aumento de las sanciones para las empresas que explotan a trabajadores indocumentados debe incluir tiempo en la cárcel. Es hora de enviar un mensaje claro de que no está bien sacar provecho del sufrimiento y la desesperación de los demás.

El cambio climático alterará significativamente toda la definición de inmigración. Cuando las personas que viven en las regiones del sur de América están plagadas de intensas olas de calor y tormentas violentas, eventualmente migrarán hacia el norte. Illinois es un estado relativamente seguro y tendremos que decidir cómo manejar a los refugiados climáticos. Por supuesto, cuando la mayoría de la gente piensan acerca de la migración, piensan que las personas que cruzan la frontera sur buscan una vida mejor, pero ¿cómo trataremos a los estadounidenses que huyen de las líneas costeras en busca de condiciones más habitables? No debemos permitir que el odio y el racismo nos dividan. Nosotros Somos una gente en una Tierra. Debemos trabajar juntos para encontrar soluciones porque, después de todo, estamos todos juntos en esto.

Reforma de la justicia penal

Debemos tener un sistema que sea equitativo y trate a las personas con dignidad. Un sistema que fomenta el reingreso a la sociedad a través de la educación, capacitación laboral y rehabilitación.

As it stands, our Criminal Justice System is abysmally flawed. It is reactive instead of proactive; it is a system that is indifferent to the suffering of the poor, incentives profit and is inherently prejudice. There is a significant lack of accountability for police brutality and misconduct—primarily towards Black Americans and people with disabilities. Due to the lasting legacies of racially motived policy, our prisons are disproportionately filled with people of color; the War on drugs and crime bills contributed to this as well lead to an increase in incarceration and prison overcrowding. Due to inmate populations increasing more prisons and jails had to be built as a result, state and localities were unable to keep up, a fact that corporations exploited, which lead to the private prison industry today. We need reform and we need meaningful criminal justice reform and we need it now.

Eliminating or seriously reducing mandatory minimum sentences:

Every single court case is different with different circumstances and different people involved. A judge or jury should be free to leverage penalties as they see fit without mandatory sentences imposed by federal lawmakers. We need to remove mandatory minimum sentences, return discretion to the courts, and do away with the three-strike rule.

Quoting Randy Ryder, “You will get as much justice as you can afford:”

As it stands, we are criminalizing poverty due to a lack of resources and financial support in our legal system. More than 80% of felony defendants cannot afford a lawyer, meaning that the destitute must rely on public defenders—which are understaffed, underfunded, and overworked. If a person is jailed and cannot afford a cash bail, they are effectively jailed without a trial. We need to adequately fund public defenders’ offices and eliminate or seriously reduce cash bail amounts, so we don’t prematurely imprison people for simply being poor.

A better solution in some cases than serving time.

Will and Cook county use problem solving courts for Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Veteran Court to name a few. These voluntary programs can be expanded federally to allow for rehabilitation and ultimately graduating from these courts ready to enter society without a record but armed with the training, job skills, housing, and more to transition to a better life. Restorative Justice programs, like those used in Colorado, offers yet another solution that also results in low recidivism rates and can be more effective than the traditional justice system.

A clean release and re-entry program for non-violent offenders:

Once someone has a record, it haunts them, making it nearly impossible to find a good-paying job or housing. If you have paid your debt to society, your prison sentence needs to end. I support giving people a second chance after they have served their sentence. Upon release and completion of probation, records should be sealed from employers and landlords. To reduce recidivism rates, we need give ex-felons a fair chance at leading a normal life. We should work to ensure a proper transition post-release, and have programs in place to encourage re-entry to society through education, job training, and rehabilitation.

Reducing police violence and restoring public service:

Police already have a daunting and dangerous task, and it is even more challenging to police neighborhoods they do not engage with. We need to rebuild the trust between law enforcement and the communities they protect so that they can be seen as civil servants again rather than antagonistically. I believe in community policing. From a federal level we can offer healthier tax credits to police officers who live in the precincts they serve in. While many police do seek to serve and protect, there are some who abuse the power of the badge and need to be held accountable. I support the use of body cameras. I support a “hands up” law that that basically says if a suspect has his or her hands up and is still shot, that police officer can be tried for assault or murder. Coupled with body cameras, this should serve as a deterrent that makes police think twice before shooting.

I support giving all Americans the right to vote, including the incarcerated:

Illinois restores the right to vote for ex-felons, but some states still do not extend basic voting rights. Furthermore, we should expand the right to vote to the incarcerated. Every American should have the right to vote.

Decriminalizing Marijuana:

At least 20 states have either decriminalized marijuana or have allowed for some form of medical marijuana use. One result is that Mexican drug cartels are now forced to compete with legal dispensaries in the United States. A 2017 study published in The Economic Journal shows that in states that border Mexico, drug-related homicides have dropped by 41%. There seems to be enough research on the reduction of violent crimes to justify passing a basic decriminalization law that gives states some rights to limit full production.

Human Rights

Human Rights need to be at the core of every policy issue, foreign or domestic. Human Rights are the most basic fundamental rights that should be guaranteed to every living and breathing human being across the globe. Whether we are discussing injustices here at home or abroad, human rights must be at the epicenter of American values. We must all work together to create and implement policies that align with our values of equality and justice.

I support these Human Rights:

1. We are all free and equal. Freedom of thought and speech.

2. The right to life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.

3. We are all protected by the law. It must treat us all fairly. The right to trial. Fair treatment by fair courts. Innocent until proven guilty. No unfair detainment. Nobody has any right to harm us or to torture us.

4. Marriage and family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. A woman must have autonomy over her own body to choose if or when she will have a family.

5. The right to education. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, and child care, and enough money to live on. The right to social security.

6. Freedom to move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish. The right to asylum. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe. The right to a nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.

7. Workers’ rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, to safe working conditions, and to join a trade union.

8. The right to democracy. Every adult should be allowed to choose their own leaders. The right to privacy.

9. We all have the right to a good life. Parents and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.

10. Food, Shelter, clean water, fresh air, and healthcare.

Domestic:

Domestically, we need fair and just immigration policies that include a reasonable pathway to citizenship. With the understanding that our foreign policy and trade policies are creating more refugees, we need a streamlined way to handle refugees. Additionally, the climate crisis will create even more refugees, both foreign and domestic.

We must end police brutality by taxpayer-funded officers of the peace – people we hire to protect us and our rights should not abuse us or profile American residents based on the color of their skin. Domestic violence is an abuse of power in our homes that must be countered by providing safe places for those who feel threatened. In divorce or separation our legal system should look out for the rights of the child, not the mother or father.

With respect to the growing refugee crisis, the current administration has sharply decreased the number of refugee admissions during 2019 which only worsens the crisis that has affected every part of our world. We cannot allow our foreign policy to create a refugee crisis and then refuse these refugees at our border. Additionally, we need to share the burden with our allies and other nations.

Foreign:

The United States has expanded our global reach through military intervention, often with the interests of capitalism as the driving motivator. As an example, our involvement in the Middle East is largely to secure one natural resource, petroleum. Instead of advancing the exploitation of natural resources, we should seek to expand human rights, women’s rights, environmental standards, the right to organize and collectively bargain for fair wages, the right to live free of military oppression, the right to live free of religious persecution, the right to a democratically elected government, and many of the same rights that we enjoy in the United States.

Our foreign policy can be re-shaped to empower those seeking democracy in their own country. If there is another Arab Spring, the U.S. Government should stand on the side of the people seeking freedom, not the side of the oppressive regime.

In Syria, a peaceful uprising against Assad in 2011 came before pro-Assad forces countered with massive arrests, censorship and bullets to suppress the rebellion. The U.S. stood by and did nothing to support the populist uprising and those seeking a voice in their government.

Even if the United States does not reverse Trump’s military withdrawal from Syria, we should oppose normalization of relations with the Assad regime, address Turkey’s security concerns and work to relieve the humanitarian crisis that years of civil war and border conflicts have caused. Syria is one of the best case studies to illustrate how our inaction has caused a refugee crisis and ongoing human suffering.

I do believe that we cannot solve these issues on our own and that we should work with regional and national allies. Any involvement in foreign affairs should be done through the United Nations, human rights groups, and other NGO’s to continue to advance the expansion of human rights. We cannot ignore the call to help the oppressed and we cannot absorb the full burden ourselves. I favor a multilateral approach with as little military intrusion as possible, and with a clear understanding that our role is that of peacekeeper.

There are places in the world where a peaceful intervention could be productive. In addition to the growing Syrian Palestinian refugee camps resulting from Assad’s dictatorship, Palestinians in Gaza face an indirect occupation and oppression by Israel. The overpopulated Gaza strip is dependent on Israel for water, electricity and utilities. The people who live there do not have the right to come and go as they please and are subject to at-will military entrances by Israel. Political hardliners on both sides have given a peace process little oxygen and the result has been an increased level of human rights abuses that are the new norm in Gaza.

The United States has enormous influence over Israel. U.S. taxpayers supply $3.3 billion every year for a period of 10 years in the form of “aid.” Most of this “aid” is military equipment.

Derechos de las mujeres

It is past time to sign the Equals Rights Amendment and make sure women are paid an equal pay! Furthermore, women must have reproductive freedom, reproductive justice, access to over the counter birth control, and the autonomy of their own body.

I fully support a woman's right to choose, and her complete autonomy over her own body. We need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. I will strongly oppose any actions to overturn Roe v. Wade.

I Support Marriage Equality for All Americans

I have always, and always will support full equality and legal rights for LGBTQ and trans Americans. I support teaching acceptance and inclusion in our schools.

To help end the epidemic of school-age suicides especially seen in the gay, lesbian and trans communities, we must provide mental health services via Medicare for All. I also support banning conversion therapy and passing the Equality Act, which would include sexual orientation and gender identity under federal non-discrimination statutes.

I Support Decriminalizing Marijuana

I support full legalization of marijuana, decriminalizing it, as well as criminal record expungements. I fully support commercial hemp as well.

A significant amount of tax revenue from the sale of legal marijuana should be first invested in opportunities for those hardest hit such as individuals who previously served time for marijuana charges or their families. These individuals should be given economic opportunities to thrive and make up for the years taken from them. The remainder of the profits should be devoted to treatment of addictive drugs like opiates, transitional housing for recovering addicts, education, as well as repairing the damage the war on drugs has caused to impoverished communities.

How do we close the Wealth Gap and Supporting the Right to Unionize

Presently, income disparity is at its greatest level since the Great Depression. In 2018, the richest 10% held 70% of total household wealth, up from 60% in 1989. The bottom 50% saw zero net gains in wealth over the past 30 years, driving their share of wealth down to just 1% from 4%.

Politics and wealth are directly connected. We fund our elections with corporate money, so it's not surprising that corporations like Amazon pay no federal taxes, leaving hardworking Americans stuck with tax bill. The first step is getting rid of bought and paid for politicians who will fight for an agenda that includes the following:

I support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15/hour and indexing it to inflation. A person working 40-hours a week should not have to depend on welfare programs to survive.

I support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or "card check" that would allow workers who want to organize a union to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits.

The uber wealthy like Jeff Bezos need to not only pay their workers a living wage, but they need to pay their fair share in taxes. Closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and asking them to pay their share in taxes is another step we need to take to close the wealth gap.

Fair Trade and My Position on Trump's USMCA (NAFTA 2.0)

My opponent, Bill Foster, voted to support Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 along with other democrats and republicans. I would have voted against Trump's NAFTA deal because it will only exacerbate the climate crisis. I would have stood with these environmental groups: 350.org, Earthjustice, Food and Water Action, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oil Change International, Sierra Club, and Sunrise Movement.

It perpetuates the offshoring of toxic waste and the outsourcing of jobs, creates incentives for more pipelines like the Keystone XL pipeline, and allows big oil companies to challenge environmental protections through a corporate tribunal process known as ISDS.

This trade deal does little to address the climate crisis and fails to even mention the words, “climate change." At least 10 national environmental groups are opposing Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 because the legislation is worse than the original NAFTA with respect to our climate.

The environmental concerns of NAFTA 2.0 are very real. This deal allows corporate polluters to dodge climate and environmental policies in the United States by outsourcing tightly regulated businesses like battery recycling.

The highly controversial Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) process that allows corporations to sue a sovereign government over lost profits due to increased environmental standards remains intact for fossil fuel companies. Unfortunately, this means that oil companies like Shell or Exxon Mobile can sue Mexico in private tribunals if new environmental policies undercut their government contracts for offshore drilling, fracking, oil and gas pipelines, refineries, or other polluting activities.

The Trump administration’s text included a new “rule of origin” that would make it cheaper for oil corporations to export climate-polluting tar sands oil to the U.S. through dangerous oil pipelines like Keystone XL. The text also failed to include a provision that is needed to preserve the U.S.’s autonomy to determine if gas exports to Mexico and Canada are in the public interest. This provision is necessary to fix NAFTA’s automatic gas export guarantee, which has contributed to a five-fold surge in gas exports to Mexico since 2010, fueling increased fracking in the U.S. and an expansion of controversial cross-border gas pipelines.

As the next representative from Illinois’ 11th district I will make sure that we address the climate crisis in every trade deal. In addition to stricter environmental standards, I will also support the inclusion and expansion of human rights, women’s rights and strong, enforceable worker’s rights standards. NAFTA 2.0 makes small strides forward with labor standards. However, while these baby steps need to be recognized, I still have serious questions about how labor standards will be enforced on factory floors. Regardless, NAFTA 2.0 remains damaging to the environment despite these modest gains.

The deep irony here is that in the past, my opponent has used fossil fuel industry talking points and defined climate change as a “global problem," rather than addressing the problems right here at home in the U.S. Specifically, he has singled out other carbon-polluting nations like India and China as a way of dismissing the need for serious climate action by the United States Congress. The best way for the U.S. to influence the climate policies of other nations is through trade agreements like USMCA. Bill Foster cannot talk out of both sides of his mouth by criticizing other nations and then voting for a trade agreement that makes the climate crisis worse.

This trade agreement is far from being a “template” for future trade agreements. It represents the a starting place and there is still much work to be done.

Foster’s vote for NAFTA 2.0 further solidifies that there is only one climate candidate in the race for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District. Her name is Rachel Ventura.

We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

I Support Rep. Adam Schiff’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment (H.J. Res. 57) to Overturn Citizen United and push for meaningful campaign finance reforms that prevent wealthy campaign contributors from buying off lawmakers.

I ran my County Board race with the tagline, “no strings attached,” and I am running for United States Congress by rejecting corporate campaign contributions and corporate PAC money. I will not be supported by dark money and when I get to Congress, I will call out those who are bought and paid for in a very transparent way.

In the first three months of our congressional campaign we raised $18,300 from small donors. Our average campaign contribution is $65 from 282 individual donors. This isn't enough to compete with those who are taking corporate campaign contributions.

I am challenging a multi-millionaire who has taken over $1.4 million in campaign contributions from banks and hedge fund firms. I have always known that we will not raise more than someone who sits on the financial services committee.

For the past 9 years, the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United has created a situation where billions of dollars in dark money has poured into political campaigns and influenced the American political process. We need to end this system.

We are watching an impeachment investigation because the president of the United States appeared to have encouraged a foreign power to influence our political process. Shouldn’t we also be questioning the intent of dark money and even transparent corporate cash from global companies?

It’s time we all stand up and say enough is enough. It is time to restore our democracy and make our government one that is of, by, and for the people.