Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who ran as the vice presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party in 2012, recently announced she is running for Governor of California in 2014 under the Peace and Freedom Party banner.
Reality Watch: Would you be better suited as a Senator than a governor?
Cindy Sheehan: I now believe that for real change, we should focus on state and local elections.
Thane Eichenauer: Do you support secession of California from the United States?
Sheehan: If it is the will of the people.
Thane Eichenauer: What California prison inmates do you believe are deserving of commutation or immediate pardon?
Sheehan: Everyone there on marijuana or other non-violent drug busts, or on 3rd strike sentences that were non-violent. Jerry Brown has raised the cost of keeping one inmate incarcerated five-fold to 60k/year while per-student spending is less than 9k per elementary student. Brown’s priorities do not match the priorities of the people of the state of California.
NewFederalist: How do you plan to deal with the state’s fiscal crisis?
Sheehan: The fiscal crisis in California is dire and is tied with the global crisis of Capitalism. Corporate greed triumphs over human need and this paradigm can be shifted state-by-state; country-by-country. California has vast resources of wind, solar, geo-thermal, and hydro energy and tax breaks and other incentives for toxic oil companies need to stop so we can have a “green” economy, not a filthy dirty situation where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Raising taxes on the corporations and over 700,000 plus millionaire or above households in California would be a good start, but we need to take a hard look at Prop 13 and the damage that it did to the state. Corporations have been sucking this state dry and not giving much back, we need to democratize corporations and the economy.
I am also in agreement that California needs a state bank which has worked for state debt relief in two other states in the US.
Krzysztof Lesiak: Why did you chose to join the openly socialist PFP over the more sensible Greens?
Sheehan: Because I am openly socialist (you act like socialism should be hidden in a cave—capitalism hasn’t worked, how about trying democracy for once inherent in the system of socialism?) and I while I agree with the platform of the Green Party, the platform of the Peace and Freedom Party is more humane and comprehensive in scope.