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Press Release re Candidacy

Press Release 9/16/11

LAUREL LAMBERT SCHMIDT ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY
for U.S. Congress in the 3rd District

DATE:       Saturday, September 17, 2011
TIME:        12:30 PM
WHERE:   In front of 26 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange, IL

In her second run for the 3rd Congressional seat, Lambert Schmidt vows to challenge the status quo again by working to:

1.  Create a PEACE economy where we value sustainability over short-term profits
2.  Bail out people instead of Wall Street
3.  Strengthen social security and extend Medicare to everyone
4.  Make elections fair so you don’t have to be rich, somebody’s relative or in the pocket of a corporation to be elected

Laurel Lambert Schmidt says, “the will of the people in the 3rd district has been ignored on war, peace and social issues.  Congressman Lipinski voted against the meager health care improvements of his own party, still denies a women’s right to choose and the children of immigrants a chance to Dream yet he votes for endless war (authorizations & appropriations).
“The people of the 3rd District need and deserve an alternative to the two corporate parties,” says Lambert Schmidt.”The system does not work for the bottom 80% of us.  I joined the Green Party because Greens will not receive money from corporations.  We can’t be bought.”

Lambert Schmidt’s run for Congress in 2010 garnered 6% of the vote on a budget of only $500 raised from individual donors. Now we have a new 3rd.  By redistricting for purely partisan purposes, Illinois Democrats are trying to exclude Greens from the political process.  Lambert Schmidt says she “will campaign in the neighborhoods and, if necessary, in the courts so voters can choose peace over profits.”

After the press conference, Laurel will be available for questions and her volunteers will be collecting the required 600 signatures.

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Press Release re Candidacy

Press Release 9/16/11

LAUREL LAMBERT SCHMIDT ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY
for U.S. Congress in the 3rd District

DATE:       Saturday, September 17, 2011
TIME:        12:30 PM
WHERE:   In front of 26 S. LaGrange Road, LaGrange, IL

In her second run for the 3rd Congressional seat, Lambert Schmidt vows to challenge the status quo again by working to:

1.  Create a PEACE economy where we value sustainability over short-term profits
2.  Bail out people instead of Wall Street
3.  Strengthen social security and extend Medicare to everyone
4.  Make elections fair so you don’t have to be rich, somebody’s relative or in the pocket of a corporation to be elected

Laurel Lambert Schmidt says, “the will of the people in the 3rd district has been ignored on war, peace and social issues.  Congressman Lipinski voted against the meager health care improvements of his own party, still denies a women’s right to choose and the children of immigrants a chance to Dream yet he votes for endless war (authorizations & appropriations).
“The people of the 3rd District need and deserve an alternative to the two corporate parties,” says Lambert Schmidt.”The system does not work for the bottom 80% of us.  I joined the Green Party because Greens will not receive money from corporations.  We can’t be bought.”

Lambert Schmidt’s run for Congress in 2010 garnered 6% of the vote on a budget of only $500 raised from individual donors. Now we have a new 3rd.  By redistricting for purely partisan purposes, Illinois Democrats are trying to exclude Greens from the political process.  Lambert Schmidt says she “will campaign in the neighborhoods and, if necessary, in the courts so voters can choose peace over profits.”

After the press conference, Laurel will be available for questions and her volunteers will be collecting the required 600 signatures.

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Redistricting Changes 3rd Congressional Dist Boundaries!

Check out the new map of the Third Congressional district here:  http://www.ilhousedems.com/redistricting/2011-maps/Congressional_Proposed_Districts_PDFS/CD3.pdf  Current boundaries can be found HERE.

The Third now extends south past 159th St almost to I-80 and west to Lemont, Romeoville extending into Will County.

However, Berwyn, Riverside, LaGrange Park and most of Brookfield has been allocated to  District 4, now represented by Luis Guittierez, a member of the Progressive Caucus.

It seems that after scoring 10,028 votes that Illinois Dems had to cut me out of Dan Lipinski’s District by about four blocks!

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Rich Whitney & Laurel4Congress Benefit Brunch May 8 in Riverside

Meet Illinois Green Party candidates for Governor and Representative to Congress in the 3rd District, Rich Whitney and Laurel Lambert Schmidt, Saturday May 8 from 11 am to 1 pm!

The laurel4congress.org campaign is pleased to announce there will be a joint benefit with Rich Whitey in the form of an open house/brunch at Laurel’s house in Riverside on Saturday, May 8

Residents of the 3rd Congressional District and folks who want to volunteer with either campaign are cordially invited. There is a $20 suggested donation.

Public transportation is available. Please respond by calling 773-991-8751.

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Lipinski is silent on Immigration Reform

Rep. Daniel Lipinski has remained silent on what is a hot button issue with voters in the 3rd Congressional District. Except for Native Americans who migrated to the Americas before the dawn history and except for African Americans, who were brought here as slaves, WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS or the children of immigrants.

As a Green, I support Comprehensive Immigration reform, but as a citizen of my planet as well as my country I know that immigration reform means:
*Keeping families together
*Restoring due process
*Eliminating racial profiling
*Creating paths to citizenship
*Ensuring equal rights for all workers
*Ending raids and deportations
Arizona has it wrong. Stand up on May 1 to make it right! There will be a demonstration and march in Chicago’s Union Park at one pm on that day.

Vote for justice for all workers! Vote Green!

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Lipinski is Dead Wrong on Health Care

By voting “no” on the health care bill that passed the US House last night (3/21/10), Dan Lipinski has put his  personal religious values before the well-being of millions of Americans who just might be able get health care coverage when before they could not.

It seems Lipinski was the only Illinois Democrat to vote “no” on the bill because (even with an executive order to the contrary) it contained insufficient restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion.

Don’t get me wrong.   I am not a big fan of the bill.

  • It maintains and even strengthens the power relations that are to blame for skyrocketing health care costs.
  • There is no viable public option.
  • I advocate single payer, or expanded Medicare for all and will work to make that come about.

However, in the US Congress one has to swallow bitter pills in the name of compromise and this health care bill is the only game in town.

By voting “no,” Lipinski solidifies his record as a social conservative.    He has also voted against stem cell research; against ENDA — the bill that prohibited employment discrimination of LGBT persons —  and for the Federal suppression of medical marijuana use.

Lipinski, however, continues to vote  in favor of numerous war appropriations bills.  I think it is fair to characterize Dan Lipinski as “Pro Life before Birth only.”

Vote Green Party!  What the 3rd Congressional District needs is someone who will work to improve the new health care bill, to work for jobs right here, to create sustainable communities and to bring our troops home.   I urge you to join my campaign and dump Dan Lipinski this coming November.

Laurel Lambert Schmidt

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When will we Filibuster Against War?

Sen. Jim Bunning probably imagined himself as Jimmy Stewart last week when he conducted a filibuster to block appropriations for an extension of unemployment benefits to millions of cash strapped US workers. In Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Stewart plays a courageous representative who put himself on the line before caving into the politics of corruption.

Bunning’s stunt would have been better played out in opposition of where the money really is: gargantuan spending for war including a new “defense supplemental” appropriation.

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