The Peace and Freedom Party endorses Green Party candidate Rodolfo Cortes Barragan for U.S. Congress representing California’s District 40, which includes East Los Angeles and environs. Rodolfo’s statement upon receiving the PFP endorsement is as follows.

“I am proud to have sought and received the endorsement of the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP). The PFP recognizes that the current structure of society is both problematic and unsustainable. Humans have been a collaborative species for hundreds of thousands of years. Yet, over the last few hundred years, an economic system that rewards self-interest at the expense of the community has managed to take root.

“This is the system of capitalism. It is at odds with our deep drive to engage with each other in a collaborative, compassionate, empathetic manner. Capitalism is destroying societies all around the world. It is also destroying the planet itself. Species cannot survive if they trash their habitat, as we are doing under capitalism. In my own community, capitalism has created one of the most impoverished and polluted areas in the entire United States. My only opponent, incumbent Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, has allowed this system to thrive. It has rewarded her well. As cancer and homelessness increase in the District, she has bought new mansions outside the District. She has long neglected the community. It is time for her to go.

“In the words of the PFP platform, my aims are to work toward a world of ‘freedom and peace’ where ‘all people are well fed, clothed and housed,’ ‘where all women and men have equal status,’ and ‘where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires.’ I thank the PFP for their endorsement of my candidacy in California’s 40th Congressional District.”

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