Partisan Number 26
Once "a typical soccer mom" with six children, now the grandmother of 7, Karen Martinez is concerned about every child, and wants free education from pre-school through the university. "We can't have a democracy when the people are denied education." She wants to put people back to work, make sure everyone has a home, and "green our economy." She is the Peace and Freedom Party nominee for State Assembly in the 5th District (parts of Sacramento and Placer Counties).
Karen met her first California leftists years ago. After graduating from college in Missouri, she visited California in 1964. Strolling past Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, she noticed something going on. Wandering into the building, she was put to work moving supplies, met Joan Baez, and helped hang the banner from the roof. This was the last day of the seige of Sproul Hall during the Free Speech Movement, and two hours after she left, the police moved in and beat and arrested hundreds. She returned to Missouri, but moved to California a few years later. Now Karen has found her place on the barricades again.