From Green Change via Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:
Jeremy Karpen’s clean-money Green campaign for the IL State Assembly is poised to pull off an upset victory against his Chicago Machine opponent.
Jeremy and his volunteers have already knocked on 7,000 doors and made 3,000 phone calls. Jeremy has earned enthusiastic endorsements from leading newspapers, unions, and voter groups.
At this critical moment, Jeremy needs to raise $3,000 to air a bilingual TV ad, “I support Jeremy Karpen/Yo Apoyo a Jeremy Karpen.”
If you have a spare hour to phone bank, please volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “phone bank”. Even if you don’t live in Chicago, you can make calls from the comfort of your own home.
Jeremy Karpen’s election could spark a peaceful Green revolution from coast to coast. His victory will prove that Greens can start winning state legislative races.
Let’s do everything in our power to help him win.
Here is more information about Jeremy and his campaign:
Jeremy Karpen is a Licensed Professional Counselor working as a supervisor with
at-risk youth at a residential treatment center in Chicago. He was motivated to run by
the failure of Illinois’ corrupt government to provide decent funding and services for
He previously ran in 2008, taking 21% of the vote with a bare-bones campaign. This
year, the campaign has opened a beautiful storefront office next to the largest polling
place in the district, knocked on over 7000 doors, and identified thousands of supporters.
Karpen’s commitment to quality public education, affordable housing, green jobs, single-payer health care, and clean politics is paying off.
Mr. Karpen is the only challenger to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Teacher’s
Union, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. He has also received the
endorsement of the Independent Voters of Illinois and is the only Chicago candidate
being supported by the local chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America.
His pledge to not take corporate money shows the clear difference between Jeremy and his sole opponent, incumbent Democrat Toni Berrios, the daughter of gambling lobbyist and Chicago machine insider Joseph Berrios. She regularly votes for bills that directly benefit her father’s clients, and supports an expansion of predatory gambling in the community.
Electing a clean-money Green over a corrupt Chicago machine politician would send
a message that can’t be ignored: organized people can beat organized corruption and
entrenched political power.
Watch Jeremy Karpen’s bilingual 30 second ad, “I support Jeremy Karpen/Yo apoyo a
Jeremy Karpen”. The campaign is attempting to raise an additional $3000 to get the ad on the air in the final week of the election.
Help make history – donate to Jeremy Karpen for Assembly today.