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Citizens Climate Lobby Debate 2020

ON-AIR APPEARANCES

3.31.20 Jennifer talks with Gary about the upcoming June 2nd primary and campaigning in the Coronavirus era.

Jennifer Discusses Climate Change on the Gary Snyder Show: CLICK HERE

JENNIFER'S VIDEOS

Medicare For All

Immediate Needs for the Covid-19 Crisis

Time for a NEW GREEN DEAL

PRESS RELEASES

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Date: April 9, 2020

Media Contact: Amanda Shepherd, (317) 476-2170                                                  

 Candidate for US Congress from Indiana Calls on the Federal Government to Ramp Up Programs to Protect Americans From the Impact of the Coronavirus.

Jennifer Christie is Running for the 5th Congressional District Seat on a Platform of Progressive Causes, Leading with Solving the Climate Crisis

 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Jennifer Christie, candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat in Indiana, released a statement today calling on the Federal Government to broaden its assistance to American citizens and health care workers. As a scientist and mother, Ms. Christie has a unique background that she hopes to employ on behalf of her constituents in the 5th district. Her statement (below) is an example of how she would address the crisis of a pandemic and its impact on the citizens of Indiana.

“The United States has known since late December about the pending COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government, however, did not begin taking substantive steps to prevent the spread of the virus until mid-March. By then, the virus had already taken hold in many cities, overwhelming hospital capacity and staff. Today, the US is still woefully behind on testing and struggles on a daily basis to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) and ventilators for us by healthcare professionals. The result is that the Coronavirus has spread faster in the US than in most other nations and the death toll is growing exponentially on a daily basis. How did we get to this point?

The short story is that the Trump administration has been unprepared, slow to act, and neglectful of its responsibility to the People by passing off leadership to the states which are now competing for precious medical resources. Media reports chronicle the neglect of this administration. President Trump has been videotaped stating that the virus was a “hoax” and “media hype” intended to derail his re-election campaign. Then he went on the record saying that there were only fifteen cases which would soon be treated, leaving no cases in the US. Then, ignoring the advice of scientists, he offered false hopes that the virus would soon go away “like a miracle” on its own or that warm weather would kill it. Of course, none of these predictions turned out to be correct. While he was denying the viability of the virus, his administration’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) botched the development of a coronavirus diagnostic test, setting back testing for more than six weeks. As states then became overrun by the virus, instead of using the full power of the presidency to treat this virus as a war and combat it on a united front as a nation, President Trump pushed the responsibility of addressing this crisis to 50 individual states, an unprecedented abdication of his responsibility as president. As a result, the US now leads the world in number of cases and deaths due to COVID-19.

The economic fallout from the pandemic has shattered the lives of tens of millions of Americans. There are a record number of people filing for unemployment as the economy suffers. Millions of small businesses are on the verge of bankruptcy and are still waiting for the federal assistance promised over a month ago. Given the poor preparation and response of the federal government to this health crisis, the nation’s future success depends on people avoiding the virus through social distancing. Meanwhile most Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, with mortgage, rent, and utility payments now past due.

Given these conditions, I am calling on the federal government to step up and address the needs of US citizens:

 

  1. We need President Trump to fully implement the Defense Deployment Act to order mass production of medical PPE, ventilators, and test kits.
  2. Call every available doctor, nurse, and scientist to staff hospitals, research, and testing labs. This includes military reservists and civilians who can help beat the virus and find a cure.
  3. Immediately freeze all mortgages, rent, and utility bills. This is not a “bailout” or a time to allow payments to build up. It is a freeze to prevent people from becoming homeless or losing utilities. The taxpayers bailed out the banks during the mortgage crisis. Therefore, it isn’t too much to ask for the federal government to help average Americans weather the economic storm of this pandemic without incurring huge debts and poor credit ratings. We need to put families first this time. By doing this, businesses and banks will stay afloat.
  4. Guarantee healthcare for all through Medicare during the crisis. We already had a healthcare crisis before COVID-19 with 87 million uninsured and under-insured people. With the tens of millions of people now losing their jobs, nearly all have also lost healthcare coverage. We cannot afford to have people forgoing treatment or trying to work due to a lack of coverage. Failure to provide health coverage will only lead to further spreading of the virus.
  5. Guarantee universal basic income for everyone in America for six months to avoid extreme poverty, hunger, domestic violence, and economic collapse. The consequences of a deep recession or depression are much more expensive than implementing a universal basic income, which will help keep the economy moving while protecting families from poverty. This is costly, but the alternative is far more expensive.

 

This is an unprecedented time, and it deserves an unprecedented response from our federal government. Failure to do so will set back our nation for many years and leave many dead or financially destroyed. It is time for President Trump to accept responsibility and accountability for this problem, and step up to the challenge.”

 

 

 

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Jennifer is running a campaign entirely dependent on the people – not the corporations – and on a platform of climate action, single-payer healthcare, women’s rights, passage of the Equality Act, a $15 minimum wage, workers’ rights, gun reform, redistricting reform, and more.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        

Date: February 7, 2020

Cannabis Statement from Jennifer Christie, 5th Congressional District Candidate

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Statement from Jennifer Christie, candidate for the 5th Congressional District, regarding the legalization of cannabis, marijuana, and hemp:

“It is time to end the federal and state prohibitions on cannabis, marijuana, and hemp by legalizing its use for industrial, medicinal, and recreational purposes.

Fully legalizing cannabis benefits our economy, our healthcare, and our planet. We must take bold action to solve the climate crisis, and that is why I have released a Climate Agenda which can be found on my website (JenniferForIndiana.com) with specific actions that will bring us to zero carbon emissions. In a new green economy, hemp and marijuana crops provide opportunities for farmers and businesses.  Utilizing hemp instead of fossil fuels for plastics and other manufacturing products, such as paper and textiles, reduces greenhouse gases. 

We must give doctors and patients access to the medicines that work for them. Medicinal marijuana could save money for patients while reducing dependencies on addictive drugs like opioids.  Furthermore, we need to make sure that medicinal marijuana is covered by all types of insurance and at the VA. I am an advocate for a Medicare For All system which would also require consistent prescription coverage including marijuana, across all states. Right now, a person who legally buys medicinal marijuana in Denver and flies to Illinois, could technically be arrested in the air (federal jurisdiction) even though their medicine is legal in both states. We need a federal law that legalizes Cannabis. 

Ending the prohibition has positive economic effects. We are losing tax revenue to the black market that could otherwise be used to improve education, fund healthcare, and other important issues. Legalizing recreational marijuana would provide a way to capture that revenue as well as provide the opportunity to establish safety and product integrity standards much like we do with alcohol (which is widely known to carry more deadly risks than marijuana). Opening a legal market creates jobs for farmers, businesses, has export potential, and generates much needed tax revenue. In addition, it gives businesses fair treatment. Perfectly legal cannabis businesses in some states cannot access federal banks and federal tax deductions due to the inconsistent legalization. 

This is also about freedom. Adults should have the freedom to choose whether they want to responsibly use marijuana. Instead, we criminalize it and waste public dollars to imprison people for a non-violent issue. That is a waste of taxpayer dollars and police resources. We should expunge the records of those who have been imprisoned for marijuana and decriminalize it so that no one goes to jail for marijuana. We need to simply end the prohibition now. Otherwise, 100 years from now, our grandchildren will wonder why we were more concerned about someone going home to “smoke a joint” than solving important issues like the existential threat of climate change.”

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Date: January 21, 2020

Media Contact: Amanda Shepherd, (317) 476-2170                                                   

 Join a Canvass for Climate with Jennifer Christie, 5th Congressional District Candidate

Christie is Running for the 5th Congressional District Seat on a Platform of Progressive Causes, Leading with Solving the Climate Crisis

 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Jennifer Christie, candidate for the 5th Congressional District, is hosting a “Canvass for Climate” at her Zionsville campaign office on Saturday, January 25th beginning at 11:00 AM. Christie has centered her campaign around the issue of climate change and is looking to encourage more people in her district to get involved in solving the greatest challenge of our time. Her people-driven campaign has dedicated itself to elect a candidate to Congress who will put the issue of climate front and center in her agenda on Capitol Hill.

At the Climate Canvass, Christie will sign a pledge to support Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763), which will reduce America’s emissions by at least 40% in the first 12 years as part of her larger climate agenda, which can be found on her website jenniferforindiana.com. She will also sign an endorsement of the Green New Deal, which she fully supports and plans to push if elected.

After a short ceremony in which Christie will sign the above, volunteers will be given information and instructions before being sent out to talk with voters in the neighborhood around the campaign office.

Jennifer is running a campaign entirely dependent on the people – not the corporations – and on a platform of climate action, single-payer healthcare, women’s rights, passage of the Equality Act, a $15 minimum wage, workers’ rights, gun reform, redistricting reform, and more.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 8, 2020

Media Contact: Amanda Shepherd, (317) 476-2170

5th Congressional District Jennifer Christie Speaks Out on Iran

Christie is Running for the 5th Congressional District Seat on a Platform of Progressive Causes, Leading with Addressing the Climate Crisis

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – Iran has now sought retaliation for the assassination of Qassim Suleimani by attacking U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. While there is no question that Suleimani was an enemy of America and our allies, the fact that President Trump did not alert our Congressional leaders nor our allies before taking this instigative action is deeply disturbing and irresponsible. The American People expect our leaders to be nonpartisan and responsible when it comes to acts of war. Our Constitution grants authority to Congress, not the President, to declare war.

A quote from Christie on January 7th:

“In this moment, Congress must take back the Constitutional power to make decisions about war on behalf of the People. In this moment, we must show leadership by deescalating the rising tensions between Iran and the USA. It’s time to be the adult in the room. In the middle of his impeachment, Trump assassinated Suleimani and we have yet to hear detailed or compelling reasons for his decision to act without consulting Congress nor our allies. An endless war with Iran is not in the interest of the people of America, Iran, nor of the world. It is time for cool heads and forward thinking.”

Jennifer is running a campaign entirely dependent on the people – not the corporations – and on a platform of climate action, single-payer healthcare, women’s rights, passage of the Equality Act, a $15 minimum wage, workers’ rights, gun reform, redistricting reform, and more.

APPEARANCES in the 5th DISTRICT

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