Joshua Bradley for Raleigh City Council, District A
Joshua Bradley grew up in Brevard and moved to Raleigh in 1992. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over twenty years. Joshua has been happily married to his wife, Caren, for 18 years.
An activist with Occupy Raleigh, formed to resist the burden of excessive debt, the spread of widening financial inequality, and the planned indifference of government to public well-being. Joshua served on the Political Education Working Group of the Triangle People’s Assembly, investigating how these problems might be addressed from the perspective of workers. He is the current chair of the Northern Piedmont Local of the Socialist Party-USA and a member of the North Carolina Green Party.
Joshua is running to give voice to the workers of Raleigh. Property speculation and financial opportunism have driven housing and rent prices beyond reasonable limits, while pressure from well-financed pro-business and anti-tax forces drive down wages and benefits.
The current City Council fully supports allowing developers and speculators to determine what our city will look like and who can afford to reside in its neighborhoods and communities. Development of affordable housing, including limits on what constitutes reasonable rents, have taken a back seat to failed planning models that generate profits for a few while displacing renters and longtime residents. The people deserve someone who will resist the rising costs of residing in their city.
At the same time, the nationwide trend to police enforcement and ICE predation that aims mainly at immigrants, the poor, and the working class needs to be checked in Raleigh by citizen-led police accountability and oversight committees. Joshua will provide effective leadership that considers the economic well-being of workers in Raleigh.
Allen Smith for US House of Representatives, District 9 (Charlotte area)
Allen Smith, who is running for US House of Representatives in the District 9 special election this September, has been officially endorsed by the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP).
In a speech delivered at a press conference in front of Duke Energy headquarters, organized by the NCGP in Charlotte on May 30, 2019, Allen clearly summarized the platform of both his campaign and that of the NCGP:
“We need a real Green New Deal—an ecosocialist transformation—not only to combat climate change and revolutionize our infrastructure, but to re-engineer our social order. A Green New Deal that says no to war and imperialism by taking the billions of unnecessary dollars that we pour into our Defense Department—that also happens to be the world’s worst polluter—and redirecting those resources into sustainable programs that fulfill basic human rights like healthcare by providing improved Medicare for All. A Green New Deal that creates 20 million new jobs and provides a just transition for all the working folks whose livelihoods will be affected when we end our dependence on fossil fuels. A Green New Deal that democratizes our energy system through public ownership and control, because clean energy is a human right.”
The press conference was covered by the South Charlotte Weekly.
Allen Smith, Green Party candidate for US House District 9
Allen's Duke Energy Press Conference Speech
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