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Green of the Month, Julia Williams -- Ran for 12th US Congressional District, Detroit, MI in 2010

I initially met Julia Williams, an emergency room registered nurse, online on another progressive website and was so happy to reconnect with her here at corrente. When Julia decided to run on the Green Party ticket for US Congress from Detroit Michigan this past November, it inspired me to become more active myself. With her encouragement I joined the Green Party and vowed to not just talk the talk on line but walk the walk as a Green in Manhattan.

This is a statement from Julia Williams on her EMPTY PLATES protest: THE BEGINNING: ONE SMALL OUTCRY!!!! DEC. 12, 2010. The Manhattan Greens held a protest of their own inspired by it.

“I call for all of us who reject the economic terrorism of our legacy parties to RISE UP and hit the pavement! I want to see grandmothers and mothers, grandfathers and fathers, children, union members, students, Greens, Socialists, any group that rejects the idea that forced starvation can in any way “be good for our country”, become a visible, palpable, physical presence, and demonstrate on December 12th! …

Can we demand that Obama sign Executive Order 7034 and create a WPA? A thousand small fires can light up this country, the beginning of a movement that rejects the savaging of our safety nets, that disavows the idea that throwing millions of children into poverty, hunger and homelessness is the answer to our economic problem, while corporations and CEOs enjoy ever-larger profits and income at our expense. Please, can we join together for this one, small outcry? For a few hours in the middle of this holiday season we can make a statement that could reverberate around the country and begin to show our true strength.”

I visited Julia's website (http://juliawilliamsforcongress.com/) recently and found some stirring quotes and a wonderfully usable roundup of and platform for the many issues facing our struggling citizenry.

Julia Williams’ 3 KEY ISSUES: JOBS, END THE WAR, HEALTHCARE

JOBS:

“Inequitable trade policies have led to the race for rock-bottom labor costs, at the expense of the American worker, in addition to allowing manufacturers to skirt pollution regulations put in place to protect our environment, all in the cause of creating greater CEO pay and short-term gains for investors. We need to invest in our greatest resource, the most productive workforce in the world, our fellow citizens. The situation we are in today has its parallel with the Great Depression, and so is the answer: a massive investment in jobs programs, like the WPA and the CCC. Not only did these programs lift people out of abject poverty, they created an infrastructure that can, in many cases, still be seen today.”

END THE WAR:

“In addition, curtailing our out-of-control defense spending, ending the wars, and refusing to invest in undemocratic and volatile countries can only help to increase our own security. .... The Center for Defense Information has projected the total costs of both wars to reach 1.08 Trillion dollars by the end of fiscal year 2010. The costs in our troops lives and injuries are incalculable, in addition to the numbers of innocent civilians killed and maimed and made homeless. We need to stop the hemorrhaging of our blood and wealth for wars that are illegitimate in both their cause, and their prosecution. There is also a tremendous amount of waste, corruption and fraud connected to our military expenditures, and it would be better policy to invest our money, talent, and energy in productive enterprises aimed at improving our employment and energy policies."

HEALTHCARE:

“As a nurse, I’ve seen the immense damage and pain caused by our being the only developed nation in the world that does not provide healthcare to its citizens. Passing Medicare for All will produce many improvements in our lives. Unhealthy people cannot work, be productive, or lead happy, fulfilling lives. Enacting Single Payer would also immediately stop the leading cause of bankruptcies in this country, a shameful statistic. In addition, our businesses will be more competitive with those of other nations, whose citizens have universal healthcare. The cost savings in the elimination of bureaucracy and administrative costs would be 400 Billion dollars a year, a sum that would not only cover everyone, but would lead to improved coverage."

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Here is a wrap-up of some other stances Julia Williams is taking to promote US recovery [Julia, if you get to read this, let me know if I have mis-paraphrased anything]:

JOB STIMULUS BILL, LIKE WPA FOR WORKING FAMILIES, REPEAL NAFTA, CAFTA

REPEAL “HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDERS PROFITABILITY ACT”, ENACT MEDICARE-FOR-ALL, REMOVE 30% PROFITMAKING AND GRATUITOUS BUREAUCRATIC WASTE FROM EVERY HEALTH CARE DOLLAR, PROMOTE REASONABLE NEGOTIATION OF PHARMACEUTICALS

REGULATE GLOBAL WARMING GASSES, PUNISH POLLUTERS, COLLECT A FEE IN PROPORTION TO CARBON CONTENT, PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

STOP GOVT. SUBSIDIZATION OF PRIVATE COAL, OIL, NUCLEAR, AGRIBUSINESSES THAT GENERATE THE MAJORITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION

INVEST IN MORE EFFICIENT, HIGH-SPEED RAIL AND MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS

RESTORE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, END TORTURE AND RENDITION, RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW, CREATE COALITION OF LIKE-MINDED CITIZENS TO END RAMPANT CORRUPTION

REMOVE LOBBYIST-WRITTEN LEGISLATION THAT LED TO COLLAPSE OF STOCK AND HOUSING MARKETS, DEBILITATING THE MIDDLE CLASS, END LAISSEZ-FAIRE OVERSIGHT OF BANKING PRACTICES AND RATING AGENCIES, PROMOTE PUBLICLY-FUNDED ELECTIONS AND ELIMINATE LOBBYING INFLUENCES IN BOTH HOUSES

RE-IMPOSE PROGRESSIVE TAXATION FROM EISENHOWER ERA

POLITICIANS AND MEDIA IMMIGRATION FAUX-REFORM DEMONIZES FOREIGN CITIZENS AND ILLEGAL ALIENS WHILE IGNORING CORPORATE-FRIENDLY POLICIES THAT ARE THE ROOT CAUSE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WITH LITTLE REPRISAL, MULTIPLE BILLIONS ON WALLS AND BORDER PATROLS NOT EFFECTIVE WAY TO SPEND MONEY, GO AFTER CORPORATE ROOT OF PROBLEM AND CREATE HUMANE LEGAL-CITIZENRY MECHANISMS

RAISE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATES ON EARNINGS OVER $250,000 DOLLARS (CREATE $700 BILLION IN REVENUE)

END "RACE TO BOTTOM" IN WAGES AND BENEFITS, RECREATE A MIDDLE CLASS (MIDDLE CLASS INCOME HAS BEEN STAGNANT FOR 30 YEARS, TOP 1% INCOME SOARED OVER 250% DURING SAME TIME)

RESTORE THE CAP ON EARNINGS TO COVER 90% OF EARNINGS (NOW $106K PER YEAR), PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST, EARLIER NOT LATER RETIREMENT RE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING JOBS

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Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

Thank you for your kind comments, libby, I truly appreciate your support, now and during my campaign, you helped keep me focused on what was important. The paraphrased positions are absolutely spot on, but I would also like to remind people that they are basically the Green Party platform (and please if anyone is interested, here is the MI GP platform:
http://migreens.org/GPMI_platform_022908...)
with a few positions and statistics and explications of my own to accentuate the facts and help illuminate the possible answers we could employ. I can only encourage more interest and involvement in the Green Party, "boots on the ground" is what we so dearly need now, since with any amount of volunteerism and involvement comes a reward to our society (which you, dear libby, so well represent).

Submitted by libbyliberal on

I was so impressed with your updated site, too, and the eloquence and astuteness of your analyses of what is wrong and what needs to be done. I will be sharing some of your statistics and insights with my Manhattan Greens on flyers, etc. Thanks for the link, too.

People of conscience and commitment can fight to release from oligarchical capture the governance of this country. It is a huge fight and needs all we've got. And all whom we can encourage to join up! Last night at a meeting as we went around the room sharing I appreciated how sometimes our passionate issues coincide, sometimes our energies are differently focused. (A lot of environmentally focused greens in the Manhattan local I discovered. Urban setting maybe enhances that, ironically? They were all concerned about everything else, as well, but that was a strong strong stance for a good number there! And their passion moved me.)

It gave me hope, if there are enough of us organized and yet who can fight on the multiple fronts we can make things happen. My head spins each day when I try to catch up on what is going on on so many fronts. I want to write a blog on the assault on women's rights that is important to me but I have been focused on economy and on the war and its horrors, etc. One day and issue at a time, I guess. I gotta do the serenity prayer a lot on this stuff.

I am getting ready to go to a school closings protest downtown. Last night's heavy snow may make it all the more interesting. You take care! :)