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Marsha Feinland for U.S. Senate
Marsha Feinland of Berkeley is running for U.S. Senate. She has been endorsed by the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee, and party activists throughout the state gathered signatures in lieu for her so that she appeared on the June primary ballot without paying any filing fee. Since she is a federal, not a state, candidate, she can now accept donations to her campaign.
Marsha was also the Peace and Freedom Party's candidate for U.S. Senate in the November 2004 election.
Statement by Candidate
The U.S. Senate, along with the House of Representatives, is supposed to make laws to meet the needs of the people. Let's take a look at how they are doing.
The latest big debate in the Senate is about immigration. Faced with a House bill to make criminals out of undocumented workers and anyone who helps them, the Senate is working on a "compromise" which still punishes workers. No one points a finger at NAFTA, passed by Congress in 1994, which has put 19 million more Mexicans in poverty. That and other globalization schemes impoverish people around the world, forcing them to cross borders to find jobs. It is corporate globalization and the drive for profits which cause unemployment and lower standards of living for American workers, not the immigrants who are trying to survive.
Forty-five million people in this country do not have health care coverage. Congress has yet to even consider a universal health care system like the one Canadians, Europeans and many others around the world consider a basic right. Instead, they have saddled us with an expensive MediCare prescription drug plan which doesn't work for seniors, but provides a guaranteed stream of income to pharmaceutical companies.
More than half a year later, Hurricane Katrina has left thousands on the Gulf Coast still homeless, particularly African Americans. The only appropriation bill Congress can come up with to rebuild the region is part of the bill to fund the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no serious effort to bring the troops home or to address the fundamental infrastructure problems in this country.
And then there is the ticking time bomb, global warming. The president says it is no problem, and those in Congress who oppose him offer no real plan to turns things around. As long as corporations own or control our natural resources and industry, they will run them for maximum profit without concern for our future. Our leaders can't come up with a better solution than to have the corporations control each other with a system of "pollution credits." This will just generate more profits from buying and selling the right to poison the earth.
I am running for U.S. Senate as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party. We think that regular working people can join together and make decisions which benefit all of us and provide a better world for future generations. We may not win in this election, but we will always lose if we continue to let people who want to preserve capitalism represent and govern us.
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This page was last updated on 6 July 2006