Press from The Bohemian and Pacific Sun:
Some call it bold, others may say “it’s time.” I, Barbara McVeigh, state my candidacy for California Governor 2022 to usher in a state for the people and by the people. It’s time for a governor to stick up for the people. That is my pledge.
Come join us as we revolutionize California’s economy to meet the needs of the people as we reshape educational opportunities, support health initiatives and take a stand for the health of our oceans, land and water.
It is high time to hold those accountable for criminal actions against the people, those who have exploited and overstepped their legal power over the people. Never again should our country go into “lockdown” over manipulated data and narratives which has ruined the people, creating chaos, health issues, depression and suicides, while the corporations and elite cashed out.
Environment: Our children are facing a crisis which has building for the last 40 years. Between massive land areas no longer ripe for agriculture and depleted of their natural biome to polluted water, we need to heal and we can do it. Many organizations have risen to address restoration efforts with success. Other lands are being poisoned with pesticides and we need a stronger organic food and “power to the people and local communities” to grow sustainable foods to cut transportation pollution. Our forests are burning. Why? They have been grossly mismanaged when you consider forests had been the food source for the native tribes and were managed for thousands of years. Let us reshape how we work with our forests to create new local food sources and support power back to our indigenous people of California, respectfully.
Education: Why is it that wealthy families have educational choice, but others do not? When we recognize the pay inequalities and what has become nothing but exploitation of workers to empower those with wealth, we can recognize “we, the people” are once again being exploited when we can’t even choose a school for our children that meets our values. I support a voucher system for students, an act that will help diversify our educational models. An emphasis will be placed on learning about our natural world with experiential opportunities, all of which should be a child’s right to understand and engage in the natural world. In a time when technology and screen time dominates our children’s lives, we need a counter to what many call, including those from Silicon Valley, a rise to respect our children’s natural learning and real life experiences.
Health: Our health is in a crisis, and it’s not just about “Covid”. Our corporations are dominating our food culture with advertising and lobbyists that do not serve us. In fact, their approach is making us unhealthy as they cash out. With the rise of obesity and diabetes crippling our nation, we need a movement to support our own ability to make wise decisions and strive toward healthy living. That comes with healthy food, education and opportunities to engage in what should be a joyful renaissance of cultural renewal in our state as we take charge.
Economy: I grew up middle class. Our neighbors were lawyers, school teachers and janitors. Apparently living like that today is called socialism. It’s not and we continue to be misguided with the elites telling us how to think and what to feel with fear driven methods. We are not stupid. For forty years, our economy has been supporting elites as it sabotages the workers. With today’s gross economic injustices, I will be taking a firm position in adjusting our economy to work for the workers. We have opportunity to support co-op establishments, employee owned businesses and unions. This is not radical at all. My position is merely an adjustment of 40 years of businesses taking advantage of the working people when trickle down economics have devastated the middle class and created the billionaire class, an empowered class that is destroying our democracy.
Immigration/Central America: It is time to build relationships with our good neighbors of Mexico and Central America and recognize the need for reparation based on the injustices of the wars of the 1980s when our country supported right wing militias, brutally killing the Indigenous Mayans and peasants who were taking a stand for their rights. Is it a wonder there is a vast migration of people leaving their country when the only source of income for many is ushering escapes from what has grown into vast corruption? California has continued to grossly exploit these same people here in California with low paying agricultural work and other service jobs that have led to horrific abuse and hardship. It’s high time to respect and honor the people as we build a new relationship, one based on trust, education and health with our southern neighbors.
ARTS Harry Belafonte says artists are the gatekeepers of truth, much as my campaign has been run to showcase that testament. Why do our schools lack arts education in favor of violent, gender divisive sports? Can we integrate the healing power of cultural arts back into our schools and culture? Absolutely.
Join our movement. It’s high time “we, the people” take charge and show the rest of the country how California does business and take care of its own as we dance into a new era that is healing for us all, one best on equality, nurturing, healing and joy.