Green New Deal for a Green American Century

green-panel-image.jpgThe goal: To shift from our dependence on fossil fuels to clean, green energy, rebuilding America with cutting edge green technologies to create millions of jobs.

As District 33’s new Congresswoman, Marianne Williamson will initiate and support legislation to:

  • Rebuild our roads, bridges, water systems, and public transportation with green technology.
  • Shift from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources like solar,algae, and geothermal.
  • Redesign our energy sources, including micro and distributed energy generation. This could make every building a potential power station.
  • Develop financial incentives and regulations for green investment and reduced energy usage.
  • Repurpose our aerospace and defense genius to create cleaner, green technologies to rebuild America.
  • Provide investment and incentives for creating a workforce well educated in green energy technology with Green STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
  • Increase federal subsidies and incentives for high efficiency mass transportation, solar powered electric car charging stations, and production and ownership of super-efficient green vehicles.
  • Expand the mission and goals of MB2025 in Manhattan Beach to a national platform.
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NO, I’M NOT SOFT ON CHOICE

I guess I must be ahead or something, because the smear attacks have begun. Through well-targeted and well-funded innuendo and attack, I am being labeled as soft on the issue of a woman's right to choose.

I support Roe v. Wade 100 per cent, and always have. I have never spoken one word, privately or publicly, to the contrary. I abhor and repudiate the current “war on women,” by which several states have in fact introduced restrictive legislation that limits women’s reproductive rights.

I did say in the past -- in 2006, in fact -- that I would support "speed bumps," a series of three neutral counseling sessions for any woman considering an abortion. I said this in the context of my experience in counseling women to be wise and reflective about such a momentous decision, but even then was not suggesting that a woman ever be denied the right to choose. When it was pointed out to me that the speed bump idea was a bad one for several reasons, I came to agree. Something that was good therapeutic advice was not in fact a good idea for a law.

From my book "A Woman’s Worth", to countless seminars and speeches in support of women and women’s causes, to my Sister Giant seminars encouraging women to take a more active role as leaders, I feel my life’s work speaks for itself. I hope all who agree will do what you can to spread the word that the “soft on choice” attack currently being waged against me is simply not true.

Many thanks.

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On Net Neutrality

An attack on Net Neutrality is an attack on democracy, as is anything that diminishes the free flow of information. One of the most unfortunate pieces of legislation in American history was the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, giving a few corporations the right to own the majority of our mainstream media outlets. As a result, the Internet has become a great bastion of our democracy. Anything that makes it easier for people to get their information on the Internet (or goods and services, for that matter) from giant corporate entities whose money can buy them more exposure and influence than anyone else, is something that all of us should be concerned about.

One wonders these days, where will it ever end? When our own government is chopping wood and carrying water for the very entities whose excesses it should be protecting us from, then we have a problem. 

I will do everything in my power to protect Net Neutrality.

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Today's Blog

Democracy matters because it supports the development of human potential. As a political system, it provides the opportunity for individuals to become whoever we want to be and do whatever we want to do, as long as we don't hurt anyone else.

As such, democracy is not just a political system at all. It is a political structure that derives from a specific philosophical worldview: that human beings have the inherent right to grow, to become, to spread our wingspan as far as we ourselves determine. Perhaps most people don't realize how many more millions of people throughout history -- and even today -- did not and do not have that right, than do. We take for granted things that the vast majority of people who've lived on this earth could never have taken for granted, or even dreamed of. 

And for this, we should be more than thankful. We should be intent on doing everything in our power to insure that others, particularly those who come after us, will inherit the same opportunities to become the people they choose to become and to have the lives they choose to create for themselves. We have more than the right to live as we choose; we have the responsibility to pass on that blessing.

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THAT LIGHT SHALL NOT BE EXTINGUISHED

The challenge of our generation is to resist the multi-national corporate takeover of the United States of America. These corporations have the right to exist in the global economy, but they do not have the right to turn the United States government into their servant or to use the resources of the American people as their cash cow.

The illusion we have been sold over the last few decades – and which too often we have fallen prey to – is that these corporations and the industries they represent are key to the health of the US economy. In fact, they are anything but. Our leanings toward economic servitude to these corporations has decimated the US economy, created a systematic pattern of economic injustice, and laid waste to some of the most precious material resources of our country. They have shown repeated disregard for the welfare of our economy, our planet, and even the health of our children. 

The way to a healthy economy is not through siphoning the major resources of wealth, education and opportunity into the hands of a few. The way to a healthy economy is through insuring the healthy flow of economic, educational and political opportunity to a majority of our citizens, that they too -- through hard work and personal responsibility -- might participate in that economy, become job creators themselves, and make manifest the real American dream: that anyone and everyone can be a winner in America.

I am running for a seat in the US House of Representatives in order to articulate this message. When elected, I will work with members of Congress – including those who have endorsed my campaign -- in returning the United States to its democratic and ethical ideal as a shining light of infinite possibility for all of our citizens. Millions of hearts now rage against the dimming of that light, and I dedicate my campaign to the idea that that light shall not be extinguished in our generation, or ever.

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THE PERILS OF GROUPTHINK

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi that Americans have in spades: a we-can-do-anything spirit that makes so many things possible for all of us. We’re rugged individualists, aspirational in nature, and we like to think for ourselves.

Who we are as individuals, however, is often quite different than who we are as a group.

Whether it’s because of television or the Internet or whatever other factor, we seem to have a Groupthink mentality these days. And that Groupthink is so easily manipulated by media images, those images seem to overwhelm the nonsense detector otherwise working for us in our private lives.

As individuals, for instance, we’re very clear that we don’t like to be controlled, manipulated, lied to, or treated unfairly. As a group, however, we’re acting as though we don’t mind.

National Defense Authorization Act, giving the government the ability to indefinitely detain US citizens?

Nah, we don’t mind.

Drones on their way, with the technological capacity to track everything from our sex life to our log-in information?

Nah, we don’t mind.

Multi-national industries having more influence over our government than we do?

Nah, we don’t mind.

The highest mass incarceration rate in the world, with huge numbers of inmates either non-violent drug offenders or mentally ill?

Nah, we don’t mind.

A permanent war machine, with the President handed year after year the authorization to do whatever he wants wherever he wants, as long as it even vaguely fits the “fighting terrorism” label?

Nah, we don’t mind.

And the list goes on. As individuals, we’re as spunky as ever. But as members of a larger society, we’ve become “Stepford citizens.” We just allow things we wouldn’t in a million years allow to happen in our personal lives. Lying to me, manipulating me and ripping me off isn’t okay if you’re doing it to me personally, but if you’re doing it to me as a member of a group that I’ll just magically figure it won’t have consequences in my life.

And there’s the rub. When it comes to politics today, the devils’ not in the details; the devil’s in the big picture, more often than not just hiding in plain sight. His minions are wearing a business suit and a smiley face. He is selling us ruin and calling it progress. He is selling us destruction and calling it security. He is dismantling our democracy and saying it’s just the way things are.

But the biggest problem is that we’re buying. 

We seem to think it’s not so bad, we don’t have to worry, it’s paranoia to be concerned, it’s just negative to mention anything unpleasant after all. But that is not the spirit of who we are as individuals, and it isn’t the spirit of who we should be as a group. A threat to our freedom is a threat to our freedom, whether from a terrorist or from a trade deal. I suggest we become as a nation who we are as individuals: not so easily fooled, alert to danger if danger appears, and ready to do the job necessary to respond to it and ward it off.

     

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Marianne's Statement on Tax Day

“Today is the deadline for filing our tax returns.  In doing so, millions of Americans across the country are contributing to the infrastructure and well-being of our nation.  And most Americans are happy to pay their fair share for our bridges and highways, schools and roads, brave firefighters and emergency workers who stand at the ready,  teachers and storm drain workers, forest rangers who keep our water supplies safe, and the overseeing of our beautiful State and National Parks.  

But our tax system contains one of America's dirty little secrets, as well. Many corporations dodge their taxes, sending their profits offshore or finding loopholes to avoid their obligations.  Too many corporations - banks, big oil, big pharma, the list goes on - shirk their civic responsibility to our country.  Some, even after avoiding paying taxes, grab government subsidies that rob our public treasury. Why should taxpayers pay billions in subsidies to Big Oil, while they are already making trillions in profit?

 Today, on Tax Day 2014, let us join to end the climate of greed and pillage by which billionaires and huge corporations are able to buy political influence and use it to lower their own tax rates at the expense of the American people. My campaign is refusing all special interest, corporate PAC and Lobbyist money, and any candidate decrying the undue influence of money on the one hand while accepting special interest money with the other is simply perpetuating a system of political double-talk.  The movement for fairness starts on June 3rd at your voting booth. I hope you will join me in non-violent resistance to a system of economic injustice by which our tax system  is used as a give-away to America's richest citizens. Such unfairness is ethically wrong, it is undemocratic, it is unsustainable -- and I will do what I can to stop it.

Vote Marianne Williamson for Congress June 3rd California CD 33

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THE McCUTCHEON DECISION: AS ROTTEN AS IT GETS

April 2 was a dark day for America, as our Supreme Court put one more nail in the coffin of our democracy.

In a 5-4 decision, SCOTUS ruled in the McCutcheon case that caps on individual donations to PACS and political parties violates the First Amendment rights to free speech. This has basically put American democracy up for sale.

I have said from the beginning of my campaign that the undue influence of money on our politics is like a cancer eating our democracy. While the Citizens United decision in 2010 had already perverted our democratic process by allowing so much more money to flood our system, with the McCutcheon decision things got even worse. We’re now at place where the political system has failed us so profoundly that it’s time for the American people to intervene.

Our Founders did not intend for the Supreme Court to lord over us. We can still interrupt the pattern by which our democracy has been put up for sale: pass a Constitutional Amendment outlawing the undue influence of money on our government. It is not easy to amend the Constitution, and it shouldn’t be. But it took an Amendment to abolish slavery and it took an Amendment to give women the right to vote. I enthusiastically support – and will see my election to Congress as a mandate to magnify in any way possible -- the growing movement both inside and outside Congress to pass an Amendment to the Constitution that outlaws the undue influence of money on our government, establishing that corporations do not have the rights of personhood and casting special interest corporate lobbying into the dustbin of history where it belongs.

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Time to Take a Stand

Dear Friends,

It's time for all of us to take a stand now for infinite possibility. Our conviction that anything is possible will literally make it so.

Just as the Abolitionists took a stand to end slavery, the Suffragettes took a stand to give women the right to vote, and the Civil Rights movement took a stand to end legalized segregation, now it's our turn. We must take a stand to end the legalized system of bribery and corruption that has put the U.S. government up for sale. 

With nine weeks to go before our primary on June 3rd, my campaign lays out the case for a comprehensive reform of our political system. Here is my newest blog articulating the reasons why it's time to do that - right nowhttp://www.marianneforcongress.com/blog

Here's what you can do to help make this campaign successful:

COME TO HEADQUARTERS AND VOLUNTEER:

We're at 11645 Wilshire Blvd, #602, LA 90025 every day from 10-7. We need you to canvass neighborhoods, do data entry and help us phone bank. Make the campaign your own; enroll yourself not only intellectually or financially, but also emotionally and psychologically. We're creating something historic here.

Even if you can't come in, write us at volunteer@marianneforcongress.com and we'll send you a packet so you can work from home.

WE WILL WIN THIS CAMPAIGN WITH PEOPLE POWER. We have an opportunity now to create a new American possibility: a genuine political force that repudiates the undemocratic trend of shrinking civil liberties, expanding corporate influence and domestic surveillance. And remember: what we do in California, becomes a national trend within 5 years.

With love and thanks,

Marianne

 

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We Don’t Do the Same Old, Same Old Here

Although a lifelong progressive Democrat, I registered as an Independent in my Congressional race. I didn’t do this to make war on the Democrats. If anything, I did it in hopes of contributing to the restoration of the principles I’ve always thought – and which many of us still believe – are the backbone of the Democratic Party. I don’t see how the party will get its progressive soul back, as long as progressives continue to co-dependently tow the line with the corporatist direction of either major party.

The Founders didn’t mention political parties when they wrote the Constitution, and George Washington in essence warned us against them in his Farewell Address. We need to disenthrall ourselves of the idea that the only way to attain meaningful change is through major political parties, as our history itself so powerfully proves. Abolition arose from the Abolitionist Party; Women’s Suffrage arose from the Suffragette Party; and the Civil Rights movement arose from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Major parties came into the process only after, not before, the drive toward fundamental change had emerged from the unfettered activism of the American people.

Major political parties have a role, but they are incapable of initiating fundamental change because they are fundamentally tied to the status quo. They are the status quo. And in today’s post-Citizen’s United world, the obsequious pandering of both political parties to the dictates of moneyed forces is hardly leadership or service to the American people. The only thing needed now is for the American people to realize this.

Many times in life, we say we want change but are then terrified when the opportunity for it arrives. What America needs – if we really want change -- is eighteen Independents in the House of Representatives, who like Bernie Sanders and Angus King in the Senate are capable of actions unfettered by party dictates. If we really want change, we will reach for this.

People don’t live in Los Angeles because we are tied to the same old, same old. We live in Los Angeles because of the intoxicating energy of new beginnings that permeate our city. This is the last place that should be towing the line with a continuing pattern of essentially aristocratic governance by which a “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has transitioned into a “government of a few of the people, by a few of the people, and for a few of the people.” We know better than that here, and as with so many instances where Los Angelenos say what is shockingly but beautifully true, we should say so. 

I’ve publicly announced that I am not taking money from special interest PACs or lobbyists. And I challenge my competitors to do the same. Any candidate who does receive such contributions is inherently tied to the system as it is. And someone so tied to the system cannot be reasonably expected to do anything other than perpetuate the system.

The Abolitionist, Suffragette and Civil Rights movements did not just make wimpy overtures toward incremental change; they boldly stood for that which was genuinely democratic. It is our turn to do that now. Our American ancestors did not just plead with their masters, “Please, can we sorta, maybe, almost do the right thing?” No, they remembered that they, the American people, were deemed by the Founders to be the masters of their own fate. Just as they refused to acquiesce to tyrannous, patriarchal and racist forces of their time, it’s time for us to similarly refuse to acquiesce to the hostile takeover of our democracy by corporate interests. We need to awaken from our denial and face the raw, uncomfortable truth: that we have in our country today a legalized system of bribery and corruption. We repudiated an aristocracy two hundred years ago, and it’s time to repudiate an aristocracy again.

We need to create a greater possibility for independent voices around the country to rise within the electoral ranks. We need more, not fewer people going to Washington with the express goal of standing for a new pro-democracy movement. We need more, not fewer voices both in and outside of government working towards comprehensive reform, up to and including a Constitutional Amendment that outlaws the undue influence of money on our government. We are the American people, and we need to remember who’s supposed to be boss here. We are. The Founders were clear about that; the only question is, are we?

June 3 primary. November 4 general election. We can rock this.

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