Meet Angelica Duenas
Duenas was a Bernie Sanders Delegate in 2016 when she experienced the disgust of corporate collusion, and the effects of oligarchic manipulation over the election process. Since her time as a Delegate, her first elected office, she has been an activist in her community, and a member of the Green Party. She was detained by police for defending DACA in the LA office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, according to a statement released on Dec. 5th, 2017. Today, she is running to represent California's 29th Congressional district against incumbent Democrat Tony Cardenas. Rep. Cardenas has been purchased by the pharmaceutical corporations for $236,703. Alternatively, Duenas has not taken corporate or Super-PAC contributions, and has vowed not to do so in the future. She has raised $1700 via 41 individual contributions, with the goal of raising $29,000 (view her crowdpac page here), in stark contrast with the $1.6 million Cardenas has received from business PACs.
Duenas is running on a highly progressive platform, including single-payer health care, an end to Citizen's United, an end to NAFTA (her own family has suffered as part of the effects of NAFTA), the legalization of cannabis, housing as a human right, a "Green New Deal" to promote ecologically friendly job creation, serious immigration reform (path to citizenship), and an end to "all wars". When asked for comment regarding her foreign policy positions her response was unlike any other; "We are seeking peace worldwide. We want to end all wars - domestic and abroad. From the War on Drugs to the War on Terror. To close down all foreign bases and stop funding terrorist groups."
Unsurprisingly, she has been given zero media coverage, save one entry in "Voxpublica" which, according to the document, was submitted by her. Her campaign's Facebook page has 554 likes, and she has less than 130 followers on twitter. That is going to need to drastically change quickly if she is to stand a chance against the establishmentarian machine. With corporatocracy pulling on the levers of power, it is going to require the mutual and collective strength of progressives at large to make any sort of difference at all. I implore you to follow her on twitter and Facebook, and share her Crowdpac page all over the internet. Take off the boxing gloves, progressives. It's time for the brass knuckles!