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Laura Wells Solutions - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

PLEASE SHARE THIS so that family, friends, and colleagues can consider making their votes count as much as possible in this year of pandemics and protests, peril and possibility.

To say we do not all agree on how to vote this year is an understatement! The following process may help...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2020-09-01 - Original post - cached version

There Are Solutions is my favorite political slogan, and in this year of crisis 2020 there are many solutions in the air. One of my favorite political quotes is by Thoreau, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2020-06-29 - Original post - cached version

The reality of someone having a billion dollars is almost impossible to grasp. You change one little letter in millionaire, from an “m” to a “b” and what’s the big deal?

Why even think about it?

We think about it because when we have billionaires, we have a big problem for...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2020-05-14 - Original post - cached version

The year 2020 has been a challenging year! We have in front of us, however, two great opportunities. Please forward this message to your contacts, you never know who needs to hear this message of hope.

1) PUBLIC BANKING has a...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2020-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Earth Day’s 50th anniversary is April 22, 2020. There are many individual changes we can make to celebrate Earth Day, but we know that in addition to individual efforts, institutional changes are necessary.

Right now, even during this time of COVID-19, we can make a strong institutional...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

During this coronavirus pandemic, it is easy to see that many other countries have responded more quickly and with better and more available testing and treatment than the US has.

It is also easy to see that we would benefit by shifting away from acting as if the US is a world unto itself...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Big money will be talking plenty between now and November 2020. How does it make us do what it wants, even going against our own self-interest?

One of big money’s targets will be the “Prop 13 reform” initiative on the ballot in California. Winning Prop 13 reform will have repercussions...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

“Tax The Rich” is an idea approved by more and more people across the political spectrum according to multiple polls taken in 2019.

Right now we have a very real chance to move this popular idea forward. California passed Prop 13 in 1978, flattened property tax for residents and...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-07-24 - Original post - cached version

1. AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY

I had not planned to run for Congress at all, certainly not against Barbara Lee, arguably one of the most progressive longterm members of Congress. However, when we realized she would be unopposed on the primary ballot, we saw an opportunity we needed to seize...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-06-02 - Original post - cached version

I like to gather signs of hope that things really can change for the better in a major way. With that in mind, I keep the website venezuelanalysis.com as my browser’s home page. Years ago I would have said, “No way!” if anyone had told me I would have great enthusiasm for a country where these...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Venezuela is facing significant difficulties, and one of the worst is the widespread misinformation spread by governments and media. Here is a list of 13 basics to help shed light on this complicated situation. There are three U.S. options that can help: (1) no war, (2) end government sanctions...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

This question has deep relevance.

In my first BLOG after returning from the Alliance for Global Justice “End Venezuela Sanctions” delegation, my goal was to provide the most fundamental...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

I just returned from 11 days in Venezuela, my sixth trip there since 2005.

Plaza Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela

Many people have asked me how they can understand what’s really happening in Venezuela based on information from public institutions such as the U.S. government and the...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Join us if you can, April 14, 5:00-6:30pm, Oakland, see details below.

Venezuela is facing significant difficulties, and one of the worst is the widespread misinformation spread by governments and media.

Laura Wells and Roger Harris have traveled to Venezuela multiple times to...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version


Hope. 

That’s it, in one word. And there’s more!

I am writing this because many people have been asking – and have been worried – about my planned trip to Venezuela. The political delegation – 20 people from 7 countries – will be in Venezuela from March 28 through...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

DISTRICT 13’s WISH LIST FOR CONGRESS

WHAT WE WANT:

OUR DEMOCRACY IS IN PERIL

Corporate money out of campaigning Endorsements of candidates Improve democracy and elections

THE VERY BASICS WE NEED

Improved and expanded Medicare For All Public banking – not bank bailouts...
Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

DISTRICT 13’s WISH LIST FOR CONGRESS

WHAT WE WANT:

OUR DEMOCRACY IS IN PERIL

Corporate money out of campaigning Endorsements of candidates Improve democracy and elections

THE VERY BASICS WE NEED

Improved and expanded Medicare For All Public banking – not bank bailouts...
Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version
I received many different reactions from people when they first heard I had won the June primary write-in campaign and would be facing Barbara Lee in November.

As you can imagine, some people were shocked that anyone would challenge the most progressive congressperson in Washington. Others,...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-09-13 - Original post - cached version
I received many different reactions from people when they first heard I had won the June primary write-in campaign and would be facing Barbara Lee in November.

As you can imagine, some people were shocked that anyone would challenge the most progressive congressperson in Washington. Others,...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-07 - Original post - cached version
A platform of integrated policies

Why was there a New Deal in the Great Depression of the 1930s and none in the Great Recession that started in 2008, the year Obama was elected president?

In the 1930s there were huge organizations that were on the side of regular people. They applied...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-06 - Original post - cached version
System Change Not Climate Change

On a personal level, it seems I have always been reluctant to characterize myself as anything ending in “ist”. In my twenties, I’m sure everyone could tell I was a feminist; I always believed that girls and women were not valued equally, and we should be. But...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-05 - Original post - cached version
Serve the People Not Corporations

How do you get the government to serve people and not corporations? One way is to change the laws. Grassroots organizations “left and right” have been working for years to get money out of politics by changing laws. Another way is for voters and candidates...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-05 - Original post - cached version
Serve the People Not Corporations

How do you get the government to serve people and not corporations? One way is to change the laws. Grassroots organizations “left and right” have been working for years to get money out of politics by changing laws. Another way is for voters and candidates...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-04 - Original post - cached version
System Change Not Climate Change

On a personal level, it seems I have always been reluctant to characterize myself as anything ending in “ist”. In my twenties, I’m sure everyone could tell I was a feminist; I always believed that girls and women were not valued equally, and we should be. But...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-04 - Original post - cached version
A platform of integrated policies

Why was there a New Deal in the Great Depression of the 1930s and none in the Great Recession that started in 2008, the year Obama was elected president?

In the 1930s there were huge organizations that were on the side of regular people. They applied...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-04 - Original post - cached version
Tax the Rich and End the Wars

There are solutions to the problems we face, and they often cost money. Right up front, however, we need to say real solutions donotalways cost more. Look at how utterly ineffective the war on drugs has been, with expensive militarization and excessive...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-04 - Original post - cached version
Tax the Rich and End the Wars

There are solutions to the problems we face, and they often cost money. Right up front, however, we need to say real solutions donotalways cost more. Look at how utterly ineffective the war on drugs has been, with expensive militarization and excessive...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-03 - Original post - cached version

My name is Laura Wells and I’m running for Congress in California’s District 13 as a Green Party candidate. I am running because we need to raise our expectations and use our power to challenge a system that refuses to provide the very basics for us, in this, the richest country on earth....

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-08-03 - Original post - cached version

My name is Laura Wells and I’m running for Congress in California’s District 13 as a Green Party candidate. I am running because we need to raise our expectations and use our power to challenge a system that refuses to provide the very basics for us, in this, the richest country on earth....

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Here is some basic campaign information, including a brand new Crowdpac donation site — check out the 2-minute video to see why we’re running! We also have a brand new Facebook page. This LauraWells.org website is in the process of being transformed into a new campaign website, coming soon....

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Our democracy is based on GOTV, Getting Out The Vote, and we did it! Most of the grand total of 5,239 write-in votes went to cartoon characters, dogs, or others who did not do the paperwork. Of those who did become “qualified” write-in candidates, I received 832 votes, followed by a Republican...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Our democracy is based on GOTV, Getting Out The Vote, and we did it! Most of the grand total of 5,239 write-in votes went to cartoon characters, dogs, or others who did not do the paperwork. Of those who did become “qualified” write-in candidates, I received 832 votes, followed by a Republican...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Our democracy is based on GOTV, Getting Out The Vote, and we did it! Most of the grand total of 5,239 write-in votes went to cartoon characters, dogs, or others who did not do the paperwork. Of those who did become “qualified” write-in candidates, I received 832 votes, followed by a Republican...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Please consider writing in “Laura Wells,” and connecting the arrow, in the race for U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District. The district has the Alameda County cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro.

This seat is currently held by Barbara...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Please consider writing in “Laura Wells,” and connecting the arrow, in the race for U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District. The district has the Alameda County cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro.

This seat is currently held by Barbara...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Please consider writing in “Laura Wells,” and connecting the arrow, in the race for U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District. The district has the Alameda County cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro.

This seat is currently held by Barbara...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to Congress, polls show an odd fact: Congress as a whole has a very low approval rating, and yet people in congressional districts across the country approve of their own representative. This creates a huge incumbent advantage. In Congressperson Barbara Lee’s district, no one else...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2018-04-24 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to Congress, polls show an odd fact: Congress as a whole has a very low approval rating, and yet people in congressional districts across the country approve of their own representative. This creates a huge incumbent advantage. In Congressperson Barbara Lee’s district, no one else...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2016-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The billionaire class won again. Shocking, depressing. So I look for some news to give me courage to continue, and here’s what I found:

Richmond Progressive Alliance achieved its first ever majority on the Richmond City Council, a government formerly run by the largest corporation in...
Laura Wells Solutions - 2016-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Here are eight reasons to register yourself and others Green:  

(1)  Four years! Not until the 2020 presidential primary will your voter registration affect what ballot you get for public offices and initiatives. The freedom to register Green is one good thing in California’s generally...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2016-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) is at the forefront of showing that people power can beat money power. People can make their lives and their communities better, healthier, and happier.

RPA began in late 2003 when a group of community activists in Richmond, California became tired of...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2016-02-24 - Original post - cached version

I do NOT endorse Donald Trump. I am Green. I hope and expect Jill Stein to be the Green Party’s nominee for president, and I heard a hashtag idea I like, #BernieOrGreenIn2016.

I despise Trump’s (and anyone’s) blaming of immigrants for everything from terrorism to bad schools to lack of...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2016-02-10 - Original post - cached version

This is the written and expanded version of remarks I delivered at two well-attended and engaging events. The debate/panel “Debating the 2016 Presidential Elections and the Key Issues of Our Time” took place on February 5th and 6th in Oakland and San Francisco. Speakers included:

Black...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-12-04 - Original post - cached version

ONE: A movement is building. People are questioning the fairness of capitalism and looking at socialism with fresh eyes. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been a major spokesperson for bringing the term “socialism” back into our national dialogue. I like that about Bernie.

I...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-11-30 - Original post - cached version

For online OR mail-in, you need your paper ballot with your code. See way below for what to do NOW if you don’t have it. Here’s the slate I endorse: http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?page_id=3182

At this late date, online voting is recommended, but if your mail-in ballot is...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-10-15 - Original post - cached version

Here’s a huge opportunity Bernie’s campaign can either take or lose. Bernie Sanders states that he wants to create a political revolution in order to fight the Billionaire Class and decrease inequality. Hugo Chávez did that in Venezuela. (Do a little research and you will be able to verify that...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-09-23 - Original post - cached version

I am adding a P.S. to my prior blog because a number of people have questioned whether Bernie Sanders really meant Hugo Chávez when he said “dead communist dictator.” An excerpt and a link, HERE.

In a statement to the Huffington Post, Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said that...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-09-17 - Original post - cached version

I just got an email from independent journalist and activist Jonathan Nack, and I was shocked when I read the first paragraph: Bernie Sanders just referred to Hugo Chávez as a “dead communist dictator.”  Jonathan’s entire open letter is below. All I would add, for those who would like to see...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Recently I was invited to post blogs focusing on Latin America on the Tikkun Daily Blog. My first post is HERE, a slightly revised version of my “Ten Things I Learned from Hugo Chávez.” (NOTE: If you do a quick read of the ten headings, you may be able to spot one “tone-it-down” revision in the...

Laura Wells Solutions - 2015-08-06 - Original post - cached version

There actually are people who want to have all the power and wealth in their own hands, and so it is in their interest to make the rest of us believe we have no power, no choice. Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister in the 1980s, had the perfect phrase for it, “TINA — There Is No...

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