Jimmy Cooper is a working class Georgian, seeking to represent the interests of other working class Georgians in the U.S. Congress. Please watch his campaign launch video, contribute to his qualifying fee (due next week) and add your name to his campaign mailing list. He can’t do this without your support.
Our campaign’s first hurdle is to raise the $5,220 required to pay our qualifying fee, due no later than 12:00 noon, on Friday, March 6th. Please consider helping to put this campaign on the ballot by clicking the “Your Donations Fuel this Campaign” link below and giving as generously as you can. The corporate interests will not fund a politics accountable to the working people of Georgia’s 8th Congressional District. That work is left to us!
- Launch Video: A campaign for the soul of America:
Jimmy Cooper Launches 2020 Congressional Bid in Georgia's Eighth District
. . . and in this video he explains what inspires his run for office
In his announcement video, Jimmy Cooper outlines his motivations for entering the campaign to represent Georgia's 8th Congressional District in the 117th term of the U.S. Congress, to be elected on November 3rd, 2020. He discusses
- the urgent action required to address catastrophic climate change,
- the degree to which corporate funded candidates for public office fail to represent the interest of the working people on whose votes their election depends,
- the illegal, immoral and unnecessary forever wars supported by both democrat and republican elected officials, including the devastating impact they have on US service members, and
- the virulent white supremacist attitudes, rhetoric, staffing and policies of the Trump administration which have given rise to violent domestic terrorism.
Please share this video broadly with your friends, neighbors, coworkers, classmates and congregants. As the 2020 election year begins, the incumbent has a $700,000 war chest. It will take the financial and volunteer support of the working people of Georgia's 8th Congressional District to challenge a Congress member who has spent five two-year terms being a part of the problem while accumulating campaign contributions from the corporate interests he has served.
By joining Jimmy Cooper's campaign to create a revolution at the ballot box, you can be a part of the solution. Please see the links below to donate to the Jimmy Cooper for Congress Campaign or to subscribe to receive campaign updates. Please follow Jimmy on facebook and twitter. Please invite Jimmy to meet your neighbors, classmates, fellow workers and congregation. Your help is key to a successful campaign to ensure that we have a voice in Washington!
- Your Donations Fuel this Campaign
Whether it is the $5,200 qualifying fee due the first week of March, 2020, to qualify Jimmy Cooper for this election, or the work of mobilizing working people throughout South Georgia to collect the petition signatures due July 14th to put Jimmy on the ballot, the printing, the media buys, staging events to meet the voters and a range of related expenses; no doubt about it, running a campaign for public office costs money.
Whether you can give $10 or the $2,800 maximum permitted by law, your contributions are both necessary to fuel this campaign and vital to the challenge Jimmy must make to bring us back from the brink of the climate catastrophe, to exercise the Congressional oversight necessary to reign in corruption and impeachable offenses, to effectively challenge the forever wars which drain from our communities the resources so desperately needed to serve the needs of rural Georgians. Your shared sacrifice makes Jimmy's challenge possible.
Please consider flipping the switch to make your contribution a monthly pledge. It takes only 520 $10/month sustaining contributors now to both pay the qualifying fee in early March and to provide a base for building this campaign through the close of the polls in November. But if you can afford to do so, please consider $20, $50 or $100 a month instead.
As Jimmy put it in his campaign launch video, "Working class Americans can win elections and take over our government. There are far more of us than there are billionaires. All we have to do is support progressive candidates; and vote for them. It really is just as simple as that. We can win a revolution at the ballot box." Your financial support fuels our work to do just that.
Jimmy is challenging a five-term incumbent who has nearly $700,000 cash on hand in his war chest, raised almost exclusively from PACs and high dollar contributors, less than 1.5% of funds raised by Jimmy's opponent this election cycle comes from those contributing less than $200. Jimmy's opponent over ten years in office has sponsored only a single bill which has become law; of the many bills he has introduced, none have sought to address the nation's health care crisis, nor challenged this country's imperial designs on the resources of the sovereign nations among our global neighbors, nor to effectively serve the veterans whose lives and health has been sacrificed to advance those wars, nor to take action to walk us back from the brink of the climate catastrophe; but the incumbent has managed to consistently side with the wealthy bosses and against the interests of work-a-day Georgians living in the rural communities of South/Central Georgia's 8th District.
The chart below, prepared by the Center for Responsive Politics shows us where Jimmy's opponent gets his money. Jimmy Cooper's campaign however relies on the contributions of working class Americans like you. Please give generously.
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- Pandemic Platform of the 2020 Georgia Green Party Congressional Slate
The candidates of the 2020 Georgia Green Party's Congressional Slate have collaborated on the following Pandemic Platform, intended to address a wide range of issues faced by Americans, and particularly those exacerbated by the pandemic conditions we currently face. The policies advocated by our Pandemic Platform are grounded in the Platform of the Georgia Green Party, but address as well the urgent demands we must make to protect human health and our survival in the midst of the economic crisis which has been developing for a while, but are all the more pressing during the covid-shutdown.
We ask that you please vote early, or on November 3rd to support our Party's candidates. John Fortuin is our ballot qualified candidate in Georgia's special election for the U.S. Senate. Please WRITE-IN me, Jimmy Cooper, candidate in Georgia's 8th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Our 2012 and 2016 Presidential nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, has often reminded us that "Voting for the lesser-evil has brought us everything we had feared" from the greater evil, and which we now face. To paraphrase our 1996 and 2000 Presidential nominee, Ralph Nader, "voting your hopes, not our fears" sends a powerful message that we understand that corporate politicians do not work for us, that we are demanding better for ourselves and our families. Remember, as generations of union organizers have taught us, we only get what we are organized to take.
This link below provides the full text of the Pandemic Platform of the 2020 Georgia Green Congressional Slate. But first an excerpt taken from it's introduction:
We now know that Peter Navarro, Trump's Trade Advisor, circulated a January 29 warning in the White House stating:
"The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil. . . . This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans."
Yet meaningful action was not taken, even when a "public health emergency" was declared Jan 31. Trump's inaction on the declared emergency delivered measurable results. The COVID-19 death toll is the metric of his mis-leadership and that of his party of yes-men, their fawning, uncritical media, the bipartisan cult of neoliberalism, and an incompetent opposition party in the Democrats. Note that former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner sees Trump's inaction as involuntary manslaughter on a massive scale.
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The solutions offered by Democrats & Republicans are not only inadequate, but demonstrate the servile relationship between legislators and the elites who fund their campaigns . . .
Pandemic Platform of Georgia Green Party's 2020 Congressional Slate -- full text
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