Mays said that making things right doesn’t necessarily mean that mandatory minimum sentencing should be eliminated.
“You’ve taken discretion away from the judges,” he said.
Ventura chimed in, saying that having greater representation may change how the judiciary rules going forward.
During the last election cycle, Will County voters elected two new circuit court judges, both of whom are men of color.
“If we return the mandatory minimum sentencing to the discretion of the judges, that would be something that, by all means, every registered voter would want to get involved in,” Ventura said.sigue leyendo »
“Rachel has been a strong, clear voice for working people here in Will County. She has been one of the leaders advocating for change at the county board level. Will County Progressives endorsed Ventura's grassroots campaign in 2018 and was part of her upset victory back then. We look forward to working hard to get her to Washington. We trust fully that Rachel will fight hard for Improved Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and getting corporate interest money out of politics.”sigue leyendo »
Ventura said she decided to run against Foster in part because of his refusal to support Medicare for All. She was among a group of locals who demonstrated in front of Foster’s district office in Joliet earlier this year to pressure him to support the plan. On her campaign website, she argues that Medicare for All is the simplest way to fix the nation’s health care system and said she wants to stop private insurance and pharmaceutical companies from “profiting off the suffering and deaths of others.”sigue leyendo »
During a recent canvassing session in Bolingbrook, Ventura was straightforward with residents about her views. Her campaign shirt listed progressive policy priorities such as the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and closing the wealth gap.
While the reaction from residents ranged from enthusiasm to politely declining to sign her petition because they were Republicans, Ventura was able to convince a few who appeared unsure.
One resident in attendance asked her if Foster was himself a Democrat. She said that Foster was, but then explained why she was challenging him: “I like Bill, but a little competition don’t hurt.”sigue leyendo »
In backing a Green New Deal and likeminded initiatives at the county levels, Ventura hopes to build a shared and sustainable form of economic development. “When we’re investing money into communities and into jobs, that money gets recycled back into our economy. It’s the exact opposite of trickle-down,” Ventura said. “As we’re all receiving better jobs, that goes back into business and that generates more tax dollars, which creates more money for infrastructure.” Among Ventura’s concerns about the explosive growth of the area’s shipping industry is that many warehouse workers are hired under short-term contracts that leave them vulnerable to mistreatment and injuries on top of low wages.
Foster is no ally in the fight. A trained physicist who founded a manufacturing company, he’s a member of the business-friendly New Democrat Coalition and ran unopposed in the most recent midterms. Ventura is making sure he has opposition this time. And the climate is her driving motivation. “It wasn’t until he came out and said he wouldn’t support a Green New Deal that I decided to run,” she told The Intercept. She’ll now challenge Foster for his seat in the primary next March.sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in the 2020 Democratic primary, received her first national-level endorsement from a progressive political group. Blue America PAC, a progressive political action committee, endorsed the Will County Board member.sigue leyendo »
Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, who is challenging Foster in the 2020 Democratic primary, said in a statement that she preferred to talk about the causes for such violence and called for unity.
“While some politicians will only use this opportunity to call for stricter gun laws, I will also use my voice to call for a government that represents everyone ... so that we may share in our prosperity and not only in our grief,” she said.sigue leyendo »
She said the actions the board has taken, like passing the proclamation about gun violence awareness or speaking out against racist graffiti, speak to issues residents face. "These are things that we need to address," Ventura said.
Still, Ventura conceded that talking about such issues can bleed over into the political realm, although, she said, members should be cautious about using social issues as "power plays."sigue leyendo »
She said in the release she recognizes the national significance of the race as the divide spreads wider between the Progressive Democrats and the New Democrat Coalition, a conservative caucus that Foster belongs to.sigue leyendo »
The challenge comes from Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, who in announcing her candidacy last week hit notes high on the list of many political progressives: “Medicare for all” single-payer health insurance, the passage of the Green New Deal and comprehensive immigration reform.
“Outcomes to races like this send a message through the whole political system,” Ventura says on her website. “Will America continue to work for only the wealthy few or will the voters stand up, speak out, and say we will be represented by those who amplify our votes.”sigue leyendo »
"America does not need nor want transactional politics, nor pay-to-play politicians," Ventura said. "We want our voices to be heard and represented."
Ventura also decried a "broken" political system, and endorsed a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, the Green New Deal and comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She also specifically criticized Foster for not supporting a Medicare-for-All health care system and even said it was one of the reasons she thought to launch a primary challenge against him.sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura challenging Bill Foster in Illinois 11th Congressional District. Rachel Ventura Interview
Proudly progressive, Rachel Ventura hopes to take her message of affordable healthcare, combating climate change, union and living wage jobs, going after industries profiting off of the suffering of others, and protecting the most vulnerable all the way to Congress.sigue leyendo »
“It is just too much inaction on major issues like climate change, meaningful health care reform, wealth inequality and campaign finance reforms,” Ventura said.sigue leyendo »
La Junta del Condado, el recién llegado Ventura, desafiará al Representante de los Estados Unidos Foster
Ventura, a single mother of twin girls and business director ran an uphill battle against the local Democratic establishment to earn the seat on the Will County Board.
“It is just too much inaction on major issues like climate change, meaningful health care reform. wealth inequality, and campaign finance reforms. We the people deserve meaningful actions to address the crisis facing our generation and the next.”sigue leyendo »
“We have to start having green jobs, innovations to help fight climate change,” said Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet. “These are things that are going to affect us in the near future. It’s really time to take a laser focus.”sigue leyendo »
If it sounds like Ventura is a progressive with a capital P – think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, if not 99 percent of the other presidential candidates - you would be right. If you think she sees eye to eye on many of the issues embraced by “Squad” leader and Republican bogeywoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – in particular the Green New Deal - you would also be correct.sigue leyendo »
Ventura said she is committed to fighting for the cause.
“I’m here to fight for every door I knocked on,” she said, referring to her 2018 campaign for Will County Board. “We knocked on 10,000 doors in my district to make sure that people were represented.”sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura participated in the demonstration. Ventura shared her personal story of her fear in leaving her previous marriage with an abusive husband and losing health insurance in the process.
“If we do not have health care as a right, there are millions of people in relationships, abusive relationships, and they fear leaving,” Ventura said. “And they stay in a horrible situation because they’re too afraid. That is not a government that works for everyone.”sigue leyendo »