Carl Estabrook For Congress
|Fundraiser Auction Saturday, 9/28!|
Hello out there!
We hope to see you all at the Benefit for the Estabrook Campaign next Saturday evening, September 28, from 8-11, at the Bread Company (Oregon and Goodwin).
The Auctioneer for the Auction/Raffle will be Mr. Brian Hagy.
Music, and more, provided by:
Some Velvet Morning
Brian J. Boyd
Donated items will include a David Bushman print, Paul Kotheimer box-set, Ginza Flowers, Lunch with Carl, Priceless Books, dinner at Sweet Betsy's, and much more!!
We are asking a $5-50 donation, which brings each of you your choice of wine, beer, soda, and hors d'oeuvres...
So come enjoy yourselves and help us to make the third-party option in this country more than a far-fetched idea!!
|Labor Day Parade in Champaign 9-2-02|
Tired of the anti-Labor politics of the two major parties? Join the Greens as they march in Champaign's Labor Day parade to remind the powers that be what real labor politics are all about -- repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act, laws with teeth that actually protect the right to organize, a Living Wage for all Americans, the abolition of global trade treaties that don't protect or respect the rights of workers, and real democracy in the workplace.
We will be meeting between 8:00 and 9:30 Monday morning at Central High School and the parade will begin at 10:00 from West Side Park. Please contact Al Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org, 344-3372) if you want more information.
|Estabrook opens office, criticizes incumbent|
CHAMPAIGN, IL - Wednesday, August 7, 2002 - The Green Party candidate for Congress, Carl Estabrook, who surprised many people by gaining a position on the November ballot with more than 7,500 signatures, is opening an office in Champaign. His campaign for the seat in the US House of Representatives currently held by Republican Timothy Johnson will get under way after Labor Day.
|Green Party candidate condemns Bush|
Carl Estabrook, Green Party candidate for Congress (IL-15), joins other Greens on the eve of the party's Midterm Convention (July 18-21 in Philadelphia), to warn of damage to rights, security, and the economy in Bush's protection of corporate and government criminals.
Greens cite Enron-like abuses in Harken and Halliburton, rollback of "whistle-blower" protection, and undermining of the International Criminal Court.
|"Green Party edges onto ballot"|
June 25, 2002
BLOOMINGTON -- Central Illinois members of the Illinois Green Party hope to grow enough support among dissatisfied voters to land a seat in Congress and several positions on the McLean County Board.
Carl Estabrook, 59, of Champaign, filed petitions Monday with the State Board of Elections to put his name on the November ballot in the 15th Congressional District.
Carl Estabrook teaches and writes about history, politics and theology. He studied at Harvard (AB, AM, PhD) and has taught at Brown, Notre Dame, the University of Rochester, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has most recently been Visiting Professor of Sociology. He also conducts programs on politics and literature on community radio station WEFT-90.1 FM and writes political columns and theatre criticism in the Champaign-Urbana weekly, The Octopus/CityView ("News from Neptune," etc.). He has lived for fifteen years in Champaign with his wife, Leigh Estabrook, who recently retired as dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC. They have five children and two grandchildren.
Principles and Policies
Political action to protect the environment
Opposition to corporate globalization
Opposition to (misnamed) "free-trade" agreements
Federal chartering and regulation of corporations
Renewable energy, municipal utilities
Family farms, not corporate farms
Universal health care
Guaranteed annual income
Right to adequate housing
Right to education and a good job
Simplified, progressive tax system
End to "War on Drugs" (decriminalization, no forfeiture)
End to Bush's "War on Terrorism"
Terrorists brought to justice under international law
End to US support for Israeli occupation
Tax cuts from ending massive military spending
End to excessive incarceration
"Consistent Ethic of Life" (including end to death penalty)
Community control of police
Community control of schools
Opposition to all discrimination
Economic democracy at every level
REMARKS FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF CANDIDACY
16 APRIL 2002
I am today announcing that I accept the nomination of the local Green Party to run for the seat in the United States House of Representatives from the 15th Illinois Congressional District. The seat is currently held by one-term Republican incumbent Timothy Johnson. There is at the moment no Democratic Party candidate for the seat, but as recent history -- including the last presidential election -- has shown, there is little significant difference between the two semi-official parties on the issues, economic and political, that matter most to Americans. The reason is to be found in their list of major donors: the Republicans and Democrats represent the 1% of the population who own the country and the 20% who want to be like them. Eighty per cent of the population is unrepresented by the so-called major parties. The Green movement is growing rapidly across the country because it does offer an alternative to the two parties: it speaks for that 80%.
More than 80% of Americans agree in polls with the statement that the government is "run for the benefit of the few and the special interests, not the people," regardless of which party is in power. In a recent (December 2001) Harris poll, more than two out of three Americans agreed that "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer"; more than three-quarters of Americans believed that even in the midst of the false "boom" of the 1990s. They were right, of course, because real wages had been falling for a generation.
Americans do know what they want from government -- overwhelmingly they endorse policies that they know won't be accomplished by the existing parties. In recent polls, 76% thought government should do more to help working families, 84% want a higher minimum wage, 87% percent want government help for health insurance, 82% want extended unemployment benefits, and 83% want government to create jobs. Large majorities support universal health care.
*Green parties agree on four principles, which I affirm and around which I organize my views on specific issues.*
First, ECOLOGICAL WISDOM. Green parties grew from concern for the environment, and the realization that assaults on the environment could be countered only when the economic and political structures that made them possible were changed.
I support what has become nothing less than the largest mass movement in history, the world-wide criticism of the corporate economy that came to public attention at the demonstrations in Seattle in 1999. Labor and environmental groups have joined to demonstrate in Washington, Quebec, Genoa and elsewhere, culminating with the 50,000 people who came to Porto Allegre, Brazil, for the World Social Forum two months ago. The cure for an international economy dominated by trans-national corporations is democracy at every level, but the misnamed "free-trade agreements," promoted by all recent administrations, are designed to prevent democratic control of the privileges granted to investors: they must be opposed.
The experience of most of our fellow citizens is that their work lives, their exercise of their talents of head and hands, are conducted within private tyrannies -- the companies that we work for are hardly democratic. But corporations have received their immunities in law only in the last century or so, and not by legislative decision but by judicial fiat. Corporations must be brought under democratic control by methods including re-regulation and the revocation of the charters of corporations that do not serve public interests, as well as by the exercise of the elementary right of all who work for others to form unions. Recent examples of corporations' ability to substitute their own interests for those of the public, from airlines to energy, have come from deregulation; and perhaps nowhere is this corporate control more apparent than in agriculture.
Second, SOCIAL JUSTICE. I support universal health care, which the Democrats ostensibly advocated in the Truman administration, and a guaranteed annual income, which the Republicans proposed in the Nixon administration. (There is little evidence that either party ever seriously meant what it said.) People also have rights to meaningful work, the education that they want, and adequate living conditions; if the misnamed "free market" cannot provide these things under corporate control as it is, it is the right of the people to provide them for themselves through the mechanisms of government. A well-known Illinois political figure pointed out that "This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it." Health, income, education, good jobs and good housing are not gifts from government, as the recent disastrous "welfare reform" would suggest, but rights of citizens in the richest country in the world. Nor should these things be paid for by increasing taxes on the majority, in the country that has the most uneven distribution of wealth in the industrialized world. The present tax system is thoroughly regressive: simplifying measures -- such as a flat tax on income joined with taxes on wealth -- should be taken, so long as the result is progressive. Tax cuts should come from massive reductions in the military budget, which is not only enormously greater than that of any other country but is also the instrument whereby US industry is controlled and directed: we need to do such things democratically.
Third, NON-VIOLENCE. I endorse the statement of the Seamless Garment Network, "I am committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today's world by war, the arms race, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment, and euthanasia. I believe that these issues are linked under a 'consistent ethic of life.' I challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected."
I oppose the "War on Terrorism" as it has been undertaken by the Bush administration. The crimes of last September 11 should have sent the US to the UN Security Council to get a resolution explicitly authorizing action that would identify the criminals, call for their extradition, and, if their extradition was not granted, use force to apprehend them. Instead, the present administration, with a supine Congress, has continued the example of earlier administrations in undermining the United Nations and flouting international law. They have launched a war on the world, from Colombia to the Philippines, that has now killed more innocent civilians in Afghanistan alone than died in the September 11 attacks. The War on Terrorism has taken the place of the old crusade against Communism, as a cover for the extension of American corporate interests abroad and the transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich at home. And nowhere are its excesses more apparent than in Israel, by far the largest recipient of US foreign aid and an instrument of US control of Middle East oil: we must demand that Israel immediately withdraw from the Occupied Territories and observe international law.
Fourth, GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY. I oppose the assaults on the Bill of Rights undertaken particularly by the last two administrations and supported by the Congress, notably in the misnamed "USA Patriot Act," and the patently illegal moves by the similarly misnamed Justice and Defense Departments. One immediate result of September 11 was that every harsh and repressive state in the world took it as an excuse to attack their own dissidents. Russia, China, Turkey and Israel, among others, amplified their repression. The United States, Britain, India and other such democracies increased efforts to control the domestic population. As Noam Chomsky points out, "The elite groups in the political system, the economic system, and the ideological system despise democracy ... they believe in an extremely powerful state which serves the interests of the rich and which is immune to inspection by the public."
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These are the principles -- ecological wisdom, social justice, non-violence, and grassroots democracy -- that animate Green parties on behalf of the unrepresented 80%. I invite Timothy Johnson to discuss them with me publicly in forums, panels and debates throughout the 15th Congressional District. The people have a right to know the views of those who seek to represent them in the US Congress -- not just their party affiliations.
First, though, we must overcome a major obstacle. It's very difficult to get a place on the ballot if one is not a Republican or Democrat. In order to have my name appear on the ballot, I must collect five thousand signature of registered voters on petitions that must be notarized and submitted in the next two months. (One almost gets the impression that the Republicans and Democrats, who make these rules, don't want anyone else on the ballot...)
I appreciate all the time and effort that is being put into this petition drive, which should not be necessary in a democratic polity. The boss of the New York Democratic political machine called Tammany Hall once said, "The people can elect whomever they like -- because I control the nominations." We intend to break up that control by the establishment parties and send a Green representative to the United States Congress from the fifteenth district.