In 2017 #WeThePeople interviewed Dorothy Gasque who is running in Washington.

Dorothy Gasque on Single-Payer; the Military budget; Immigration; I-940; the Right to declare War; Defending democracy…

Dorothy Gasque is a candidate in the 3rd Congressional District of Washington. She was interviewed by #WeThePeople on August 9th, 2017.

#WeThePeople opens with an extract from the “A Future to believe in” rally in Vancouver WA on March 20th, 2016. We listen as Dorothy introduces Bernie Sanders. She speaks about volunteering to serve her country in 1999, like her father and grandfather before her. There is a big cheer. She deployed to Iraq in 2005 attached to a combat unit – as the only woman. There follows an even bigger cheer. Women were not allowed to serve in combat roles at that time, but because her maintenance team was attached rather than assigned… She lists what she did, and what she learned to look for in a leader serving in a war zone – such as strength and compassion, selfless service and integrity, the courage to do what’s right in the face of opposition and the ability to motivate others to strive to be their best. A great leader leads by action and not by command – she says. A great leader would not only speak out against prejudice, they would fight to end discrimination. They would take a stand against those who’d prey on the most vulnerable. They would not be complacent when faced with a war of contrivance. They would fight against a war that has no purpose and that could go on to claim the lives of the daughters, sons, soldiers and civilians. My ideal leader – she continues, would have fought against a war without purpose that would leave veterans to return home with scars on their bodies and in our minds and on our souls. My ideal leader would continue to fight to ensure we could receive the care we deserved and the benefits that we had earned. My ideal leader is Bernie Sanders. A huge cheer ensues.

I agree 100% with that statement regarding the ideal leader - John says, as he in turn introduces Dorothy and thanks her for being on #WeThePeople. He adds that what she said then was awesome and inspirational. Dorothy - in answer to his next comment tells us that although she got to meet Bernie, she unfortunately has no pictures with him from that entire experience. She goes on to tell us that things are going really great campaign-wise and that they are finding that their message is spreading, even when they are not aware of it … We are running into people all over the place who have heard the message and are ready to join the campaign. That’s fantastic – says John. I believe that you received the endorsement from the Progressive Caucus in WA (State) recently (08/09/2017). We did – she replies. John expands on this. I saw two articles. The author of the first was very enthusiastic about your endorsement and the other was surprised that you and not David McDevitt received it - as he is also progressive… There must be some differences between you then? Yes - Dorothy replies. There are some. We see a broad smile from John. Dorothy reflects on how to word what she wants to say … Our campaign brings back together the energy of the Bernie team that helped get us 80.8% of the vote in the 3rd Congressional District, in the caucus. We came out strong, hitting the ground running and just building on that. John agrees that that is going on. They then say hi to Laura who says everyone is being very supportive in YouTube chat and are returning the greetings (John had previously said hello to all in YouTube chat.). We learn that Dorothy isn’t really on friendly terms with the wealthy elite in her district. There is definitely some backdoor stuff going on and some attempts to smear the campaign – she tells us. However, they are really searching on that as there’s not much that they can say that’s bad because we are a people-powered campaign. John is appreciative of the fact that Dorothy jumped in so early on. That seems to have been of benefit to you – he says. Your opponent in the primary – McDevitt, seems to have a lot of cash on hand already. He appears to think that in order to win he needs to get name recognition. He did have his name on the ballot last time which is an advantage to him – Dorothy says, but we have the base – the people. That’s the key to really winning a campaign I reckon. Some still think money is going to win and I just don’t see that as being a solution. I think it’ll take grassroots (action) to unseat the incumbent. It will take money as well – John says, as you can’t run a campaign without it. Dorothy smiles in agreement. The difference – John continues, is in where that money is going to come from. You’re looking for a people-powered and funded campaign. Dorothy nods. Her campaign is in communication with other groups regarding (big) endorsements, but they can’t really talk about it yet. We are though super proud of the WA State Progressive Caucus endorsement. The Progressive Caucus is really powerful in the WA State Democratic Party and they had the option to dual endorse, and they chose not to. We are concentrating on the Primary challenger on the Democratic side right now – John tells us. There may be others that enter the race before the election (Presently there are 2 other Democratic challengers besides McDevitt and 3 Republicans including Jaime Herrera Beutler - the incumbent.). Right now you are much more (defined) on the issues and the progressive direction you want to take, whereas David seems to be taking the easy road. Dorothy tells us that that is because he is trying to be more the traditional politician but she thinks people are over “politics as usual”. Our campaign slogan is “It’s our future. It’s our fight”. We are a lot of parents and younger people who see the future ahead of us and it isn’t bright. We want to make it bright.

So – John asks, how do you feel about the fight for $15? McDevitt seems to be for incrementalism on this. I think the time for $15 an hour has passed – Dorothy replies. By the time we implement a living wage it’s going to be closer to $20 an hour. Yes – John nods, if you really do the math it should be about $22 an hour right now – he says. If the worker was keeping pace with the CEO, we’d be doing all right, so $15 is already a compromise. Anything less than that – he continues, is a slap in the face. That’s what separates the two of you for me … You are more focused on people and the working class and McDevitt is focused on keeping things comfy for the elite. Dorothy smiles but doesn’t answer. John laughs and says - I know. You don’t have to say a word. I’m saying these words.

He goes on to ask Dorothy where Washington stands on healthcare. She speaks of a Single-Payer Initiative that will hopefully be on the ballot (thanks to Whole Washington) sometime in 2018 (Sadly the Initiative did not reach the threshold of verified signatures necessary to appear on the November ballot, but over 100,000 voters signed that they want universal healthcare (within WA)…) and tells us that she believes that this is the route that the people will have to take initially to create some Single-Payer systems among the States, which we can do now – she says, because the ACA will allow States to get wavers, which they were (not) allowed to do before. Until we get money out of politics and get rid of the influence of both the pharmaceutical industries and the health insurance industries, we aren’t going to get politicians who are willing to fight for Single-Payer. Absolutely - says John. I was reading that McDevitt believes in healthcare for all … which doesn’t mean that people will be able to afford it, just that it’s out there. I believe he was saying something about detaching healthcare from employment … I understand that if the employer doesn’t have to pay into the system as well, then that helps the employer. However I don’t get how that is supposed to work. It seems like a band aid for a bullet hole in terms of a fix – John says. Dorothy says that she’s not really sure what direction he wants to go in … we already have a Single-Payer system in the US, it’s called Medicare! We only have to change the age from 65 to 0, fix some of the issues with funding and make sure we have ways to ensure that rural areas have doctors and hospitals, and that may involve bonuses for medical professionals who are willing to work in those areas. There is really not a lot of complication necessary in all of this. Very true - says John, and there is a bill right now being pushed which would drop the age to 55 and it really wouldn’t take that much (more) to go all the way. Everybody in the States talks about having (or not) the money to do so, but that’s not the issue. It’s a case of redistributing the money rather than finding it - John says.

Melissa in YouTube chat wants to know - as this is the first #WeThePeople since the announcement of the (Grand) Better Deal … what Dorothy’s first reaction was when she heard about it? Platitudes – Dorothy says. We do need a 21st century New Deal. We need jobs and infrastructure investment. We have crumbling infrastructure all over this Nation. We could put people to work for decades just fixing things. We need a living wage. We need investment in Green Technology. We need to get off of fossil fuels, which are costing us globally 5 trillion dollars a year in subsidies!

Jeffrey Pearson asks how Dorothy feels about declaring U.S natural resources as private property, so that the evil corporations can’t grab them away from us. Dorothy is not sure about that … We should definitely protect what is already public – she says thoughtfully, but do you mean privatize all natural resources - she asks? Laura says he probably has something specific in mind … so they invite him to expand on the question (in chat) and they move on.

Metalhead would like to know how strong the Hillary wing of the party is in the 3rd district. Not really strong - Dorothy says. Most people here are really gung ho for Bernie, but we did work really hard - starting in 2015, to educate people and talk about Bernie, to get them on-board and bring them into the party. (I mean) we took over the party statewide. Even in the 3rd Congressional District we took a lot of State Committee positions and many other (important) positions in order to strengthen the progressive political power here. John reminds everybody of the fact that we had talked about the amount of power that was taken by Progressives in WA, and now – he says, we are seeing where that power is going to be implemented. This is why we take (the) long game - right Dorothy? Yes – she says and speaks of January of 2020 and preventing the Democratic Party from doing stupid things during the Primary again, by getting DNC membership. So, we need to get control of the party so that we can vote in, and appoint the right people to the DNC so that they will make much more rational decisions. Agreed – says John!

Jillylove would like to know if you’ve heard about #UNRIG – which is McKinney’s election reform movement. Yes, I have - Dorothy answers. I’m heavily involved in our local chapter of REPRESENT.US which is also pushing for reform and it looks like we’ll be going to the UNRIG the System Summit in February. I don’t know if those are related – she says. Are they Jilly – asks Laura?

I imagine you are familiar with the People’s Platform – John says. Would you sign it if you were in Office today? Yes she would! Dorothy thinks we need to go full-on 21st century New Deal. It’s time that the People get a break. “It is time to kick out the professional political class and get some people in who’ll want to fight for the People and not for their own careers” – she adds.

We are going to talk about the military – John tells us, because Dorothy is an 8-year veteran and as you heard earlier, she got to do all sorts of things (during her years of service) that according to the military she wasn’t supposed to (be allowed) do. If and when we rebuild our infrastructure – John begins, and we want to do so fast, don’t you think that the best thing to do would be to have our military come home and start getting to work? I don’t know – says Dorothy. Infrastructure can be done by other people. We have got a lot of building trades that need work. We do need to bring the military home though, because it is a disaster what’s going on in the Middle East and it isn’t helping us. It isn’t making us more secure. It’s only causing more problems. We need to look for foreign policy solutions that are actually going to end in a better outcome rather than what we’re currently doing, which is just essentially keeping the defense contractors busy. Apparently – comments John, if we keep going in Afghanistan, it really has more to do with mining rights and whatever we can pillage out of the earth, right? Yes, it’s crony capitalism - Dorothy answers. The military takes the largest portion of all of our income – John continues. Would you fight to redistribute that or to downsize it? I think - says Dorothy, that there is a misconception that that money is actually being spent on the soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen … and it’s not. John makes gestures indicating that he agrees with her. We probably waste a trillion dollars between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense and all of the secret money that is spent. It’s not correlating to military readiness. When I deployed we had to spend time, welding our own armor onto the vehicles. None of that money is being spent on our safety and security. It wasn’t being spent on what we needed. We waste a lot of money on programs that don’t even work. We are still paying for Reagan’s Star Wars program – that’s a complete failure. We have these jets that nobody wants … the F-35s - asks John? An F-35 if dismantled and sold could feed so many people – he says. Dorothy smiles in response and continues. We are wasting tons and tons of resources and we’re not getting anything back for it. So, reallocating that money to where it could be better spent is definitely a priority. John asks whether the actual number of U.S. military personnel is a little over a million people. Dorothy nods in silent agreement. Those people can still be taken care of – John says. Billions can be slashed from the military budget because they are really just building more weapons that sit on shelves to be sold by our Secretary of State. True? Yes – Dorothy answers. John adds that HRC was excellent at that it seems. She sold a lot of “good” weapons all around the world and was very excited about that! Where would you redistribute it - he says, to education perhaps or NASA? A couple of things are super important right away – she tells us. The infrastructure investment is obviously one of those. We need to ensure that people have safe access to potable water across this country. We still haven’t fixed the issues in Flint and that’s a total disgrace, but there are a lot of Flints in the United States and that is something that we need to tackle. Even here locally there has been lead found in water that goes to schools. These are our kids! They are going to grow up and be sick because of this exposure to lead. It is completely unacceptable to me that this should be the case. John agrees, but adds that we can get clean water – if only out of a plastic bottle from Nestlé. She nods. There needs to be some legislation around that. I don’t know what Nestlé is sucking out of your State but I sure hope you work on legislation to stop that – he says.

Where are we with regard to climate change – John asks? What do we need to do about it? In Washington you have (to worry about) the Columbia, the Pacific, Fukushima, radiation … all stuff that MSM isn’t even talking about. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being mobilize, how quickly do we need to operate? What number are we at? We are probably at a 10 – Dorothy replies. There is a lot that isn’t being talked about. There was a recent news “sort of push” on the extinction level event that we are seeing. We are in the midst of mass extinction. We have a lot of die-offs happening across the globe. The oceans aren’t healthy so we are thereby risking the end of humanity. I have a 16 year old son, and to think that he is going to struggle in the future because we can’t get our act together and work on what is really important … it breaks my heart to think of that and all the people that are suffering and whom we are not really talking about - such as the fishermen who live on island nations who are already struggling with the sea level rising and who rely on the fisheries … that are struggling with the acidification of the ocean. We need to shift the military spending towards research into the technology that we need to solve these big problems. Agreed - says John. It’s getting frightening and there was a study leaked to the New York Times yesterday (08/09/2017) by a group of I don’t know how many U.S. agencies and scientists that got together to say that climate change is real, that it is happening right now and is affecting U.S. citizens. They delivered it to the White House and to the New York Times to make sure that the White House didn’t suppress it – he says. It is frightening to have a government in charge that you can’t trust and that you know would willingly suppress that kind of information. Most people though understand the issues at stake – Dorothy tells him. We really need to talk about this not just from the environmental aspect, but also from the economic aspect, because people are also hurting economically. So, it’s hard for them to decide between what is environmentally sound versus what puts food on the table. We can do both though - work towards a sustainable future while also providing jobs. Yes – John comments, that’s been the big talking point on the Republican or Climate-Denier side (which suggests that both aren’t possible) – the fact that jobs would be lost. Progressives keep saying you need to re-train (to change-over if you have been working in the fossil-fuel industry). Sorry you do have to learn a new job and we need to provide those new jobs. WA needs to be a part of the solution in providing those. Don’t you think each State has a responsibility to work in that regard if they are going to push towards climate change solutions – John asks? Dorothy thinks both State and Federal (government) needs to take a role in providing overall support in solving these problems … We need to get off of fossil fuels and we need to figure out how we are going to mitigate the issues we are already facing. (Momentary audio issues) Dorothy talks about unbearable weather patterns like the one in Oregon and Washington at the moment (08/09/2017). John mentions that the biggest user of fossil-fuels is the military, outside of consumer transport. Everything seems to be tied together. In order for us to reduce our fossil fuel footprint, we and the military need to shift. The military has identified climate change as a threat to the United States of America. You would think if Donny was going to listen to anything, he’d listen to that … but he doesn’t even listen to his advisers on what to say to other countries.

Any other questions Laura? No John, you’ve been doing a really good job of answering them just as they are being asked! Well done Dorothy - laughs John. I have this “break the circle” graphic of yours – he says ... I stirred up some stuff with that one – Dorothy replies. It’s sort of a cycle that we get stuck in. It’s just a way to stifle what we are trying to do.

“Why don’t you work within the existing party?” Answer: Okay, we’ll run progressive candidates …

“Sorry, they’re not really Democrats.” Answer: The Democrats need to move left …

“If you want to move left start your own party.” Answer: Okay I’ll vote for a third party …

“I can’t believe you’d split the vote like that!”

This doesn’t really apply to WA State now because we’ve worked our way into the party. This graphic represents the third party conundrum – John points out. How do you feel about the Democratic Party and what needs to be done – he says? It’s not really going to matter whether you start and build up a third party – she answers, because you are still going to end up with 2 parties. So that seems like a lot of work to build that infrastructure when we already have the infrastructure in place. We just need to show up, build the votes (starting) from the bottom and then take over. The party has the rules in place that allow us to take over from the local level and work our way up. We were treated badly in 2016 and that’s neither acceptable nor a winning strategy. The Democrats aren’t going to win without people under the age of 50. John and Laura laugh. John has one of Larry Taylor’s slides to hand (which has been shown on the Progressive Oregon show) that demonstrates what Dorothy is explaining, about how to take over the local parties and how your political representatives are chosen. It is fairly similar in the different States and basically shows how one can climb the ladder of power. You start as a Registered Voter in a Precinct. The registered voters elect a Precinct Committee Person. From there the next rung up is either Delegate to the State party organization or County Officer. Above the Delegate to the State party organization rung is either Officer to the Democratic Party of Oregon or Delegate to the DNC. There are not a lot of rungs – says John! We did it in WA State in one year – Dorothy says. We took over about 70% of the party which gave us a winning vote for the Chair – who is amazing. Every time I hear her speak, she always makes sure to talk about the bad behavior of the party during the 2016 Democratic Primary, and to remind people that we were wronged and that we cannot move forward as a party until amends are made. We need to get through to them - she explains, that we don’t have President Trump because “we” voted the wrong way, and now we all have to work together to get rid of him. Trump isn’t the problem. He is a symptom of the problem. Absolutely - says John. He’s the end result of decades of problem. That’s what we get when we fall asleep at the wheel of our democracy…Trump … and Hillary. We struggled – he says, to understand and grasp it all and the loss (we felt) and now we are picking ourselves up and we’re getting on with it. You are an example of that, and it’s phenomenal!

So how do we deal with immigration? And might I add, there is no such thing as an illegal human being – John says, and then there is the problem with police violence and violence with federal and local law enforcement in general. WA has definitely had some issues recently. How do we de-escalate? Regarding immigration – Dorothy says, we just need to streamline the system and make sure that it functions. The more I talk to people who have struggled, the more I find out that they pay fees over and over again. Their checks would get cashed but their paperwork would have been lost and then they would have to re-apply. They are pushed through the system and there are a lot of issues with who is and isn’t allowed in, and it’s questionable about how those decisions are made. I don’t feel that someone from one particular country is better than someone from another country. Anyone (is okay) who is willing to come here and wants to be a part of who we are, and not come and be bad … just wants to come and work hard and live the American Dream. We all do. We are still looking for it – she says. We need to re-build that dream on something other than military power – says John. Yes - replies Dorothy … So streamline the system and make sure it functions and that it is affordable. So - says John, if you can’t afford it that’s our filter in many ways ... Dorothy agrees. That seems horrible – he says. Where I’m going with the base question is, do you believe that there should be a clear path to citizenship for everyone here working right now, regardless of papers or not. That would be the best way to do these things – she says. It’s not good for us as a society to have these people afraid to come out. It allows a lot of crime to happen because they are not willing to report it, out of fear that they’ll be deported. You’ve got a lot of people who are being abused and they aren’t going to report it, and it just creates a lot of problems. And those problems manifest and spread out into the rest of society so it’s really preventative care for us – John says. Dorothy agrees and adds that it means that those people will earn the same wages as everybody else, so that we don’t have to worry about people being paid sub-wages and under the table. So much change - says John, will need to happen including in the agricultural industry which is being decimated right now because there is nobody there to pick those crops. The elites are going to have to pay more for their stuff. Police violence is a major issue – Dorothy continues. We need to look at what is happening and figure out how to deal firstly with the underlying issues of bias, such as the targeting of people for the color of their skin. It will probably be necessary to teach police officers to recognize their own biases although we are not going to be able to eliminate them altogether I assume. However, teaching them to recognize when they are reacting to bias (where someone is considered suspicious) rather than a criminal event is important, and we need to look at the general use of deadly force when that completely violates the Constitution. We have to find ways to deal with these issues without resorting to deadly force. People have a right to due process and when you execute them on the spot you are denying them that due process. That basically sums it up - says John. It seems like a lot of police officers have become executioners, just because … I – he says, have a big issue with the police. But, if you look around the world to other countries you find that they train police officers extensively. It takes 3 years to be a cop in Germany. It takes 6 weeks in some other places! There is a lot of mental evaluation and training on how to handle a situation with your words and your brain, and teaching them not to just pull out their 9mm and put some holes in a guy. Dorothy nods. That’s an investment in us that we are not making – John says. So you’d be willing to write legislation to work on improving our training facilities for police so that we can get them to be a little less violent, a little more “psychologist”. Yes, they need to solve crimes and arrest criminals, not to harass teenagers – she answers! Protect and serve, that’s all I want to see - John sighs a little. Compared to other parts of the country, racism is less rampant in Seattle (and where John is). John can’t say the same about Portland though as they’ve got some serious racial stuff going on there. They both agree on that.

Obviously I run this little volunteer network because the truth isn’t getting out. What would you work on legislatively statewide to maybe regulate net neutrality and MSM – John asks? The issue with the media is the same one we have with our economy in general, it’s lack of competition. Five corporations own 90% of the media and without that competition, they can work together to shape the narrative. So as we have this corporate control of the media, we get the corporate narrative. The solution is to break them up. So – John says, you’d pull an AT&T breakup on the big conglomerate media, which really means you’d destroy the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Yes – she says, and they both smile. This is an example of big-time corporate cronyism that started in the 1980s and has just being going on as they slowly take control of the things that they shouldn’t have control of. We negotiated the digital airways and instead of keeping the rules in place that require the news to be a loss to the corporations, they were able to profit off of the news. As a result, the news became corporatized and they basically got to use the airways - which belong to the public, for free – she tells us. They claim they laid the cable … so it’s the cable now. I am with you 100% though – John lets her know. They still broadcast – Dorothy says. It was supposed to be the broadcast news and was supposed to be information. That was part of the negotiation for these airways, but when they switched to digital airways they got rid of that and now we have the problems that we have now. Would you write legislation to put the Fairness Doctrine back in place – John asks, and make news actually be accountable and take the football spectacle away from our political … Yes - Dorothy interrupts to say. I want political information to be broadcast by public stations – John states. It shouldn’t be on CNN, you know. The fact that we can’t even watch a lot of the Presidential debates without having access to cable is to my mind a big problem – Dorothy says, her face registering distaste. It’s not acceptable. And the fact that they can claim ownership … - John says. I mean this channel was shut down the first time out of 4 times because we were running the first debate and it was being carried on CNN and on Public Broadcasting. I said - this belongs to the People, so we can carry this debate. CNN said yes you can - until we see that you’re getting a lot of volume traffic out of that, then we’re going to shut you down - and they did. When they can claim ownership of our political content, then political speech is no longer the most protected speech in the land - which it used to be according to the Constitution. There is a lot that is being (done to) the Constitution (at this point) – Dorothy says. Yes - John replies. We need some people back in there who understand…

Rhonda Walker in YouTube chat wants to know whether Dorothy is behind I-940. That is the De-Escalate Washington measure. It’s to change the wording in the law to make it easier to prosecute police officers who use excessive force – Dorothy says. And yes I am, and hi Rhonda. Dorothy smiles and Laura laughs. John is happy. There needs to be something, there can’t just be a blank check – he says.

Chad wonders how Dorothy would handle North Korea. Easy one - John laughs. Dorothy is thinking as she lists off North Korea; problem child; hard to think of a solution; they are so isolated … It’s difficult for us to be able to influence what happens in that country. I think though that reacting as if they are a huge threat when they haven’t successfully done anything is not good. It doesn’t sit well with me – she says, and it causes more tension and more problems. I think we need to think rationally and really look at this from every angle that we can. Certainly we should never threaten to attack a country until … it never worked for us before – at this point John is giggling and Laura mutters something, but Dorothy wants to make her point and continues talking. The big thing we need to do, the real solution is that Congress needs to take back its right to declare war. It needs to take that power away from the Executive branch and to stop pretending that these decades long wars that we are now in are police actions or whatever they wanted to call them to allow the President to make that decision. It’s Congress’s job and Congress needs to take responsibility. Good point - says John, and I think they are trying to take a little power … they’ve got some bills in place - we’ll see what happens there. Good answer. North Korea – he says, is basically just a distraction and we had been kind of leaving him alone, but it seems like Donald Trump is looking at it as the way to get out of the whole FBI inquiry thing that’s going on there … Robert Mueller or whatever, I don’t know…Good question Chad.

One last question from YouTube chat, via Laura … What kind of trade deals should we have with our neighbors – North and South and the rest of the world? Trade deals - says Dorothy, that benefit the People, that help countries develop sustainably and really take care of environmental concerns. Our trade deals should be to make the world a better place for everybody, not just for the rich. Awesome - says John. Well done! Thank you so much, and thank you all in chat for your questions.

Why should the people of your district vote for Dorothy Gasque - asks John? That is, for reasons other than because you are a math nerd, which I think is pretty cool – he says. That’s not normally part of my stump speech – she laughs. John suggests smilingly that she at least add that she is smart enough to understand science…

The big thing is that I come from a family of civil servants – Dorothy says. It’s important culturally in my family to defend democracy and to work to improve and protect it. That is what drives me forward. It’s what made me join the military - where I did deploy as the only woman in an otherwise all male combat unit, which was an interesting experience that left me learning leadership on the fly and having to learn how to do certain things that I wasn’t trained to do. So I can adapt easily and take leadership and I think that we need bold leadership. We need people who are willing to go in to Congress and to fight for the people, because we don’t have that right now. We do not have representation. We have a problem with big money in politics and corporate cronyism. We need to get that money out, so we need to band together and support candidates who are going to be fighters, who are not going to be concerned with their own political career, who are doing it because they want to make things better. That’s what I want to do … to go in, to fight, and to work with all the other wonderful people who are running for Congress across the country in 2018, to build the People’s Platform and to build a 21st century New Deal that will put people to work, that will address our environmental concerns and that will deal with our Defense budget and some of these civil issues that we are facing nationwide such as police violence and issues with immigration and healthcare. It’s beyond time for us to have Medicare for All.

Well said - says John. It has been really nice having you on. It has been fun.

The links are in the video description. Good luck on August 7th, 2018 Dorothy Gasque!

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