Campaign poster on teal paper for Patricia Schroeder's historic run for office in 1972. Monochrome (dark blue) image of a Latino toddler in a striped shirt, necklace, and diaper, sitting on a rug and surrounded by blankets. On the wall behind him is a crucifix.
Below the image is the text:
This radical troublemaker is out to get something from us. Hope.
Pat Schroeder refuses to sit in Congress and wait for better education programs to come along. Or wait for better education programs to come along. Or for stronger health care legislation to happen. She's ready to stand up and fight for these things. You see, children are a big part of Pat Schroeder's life. Her own children. Your children. Our children. They're all worth fighting for.
Pat Schroeder, Congresswoman.
She wins. We win.
On the back of the poster are several paragraphs with a quote in bold typeface, then a paragraph explicating the quote.
"The next time you go on a shopping trip, ask yourself if the consumer is getting a fair shake at all times."
Pat Schroeder has long been an advocate of tougher, more meaningful consumer protection programs. Poor quality of products and services is especially frustrating for people on fixed incomes. Manufacturers must be required to be truthful in labeling, to let the buyer know what he is getting for his money. Fair credit practices must be enforced. The Federal Trade Commission must be given greater powers to stop consumer frauds. Warranties and contracts must be made to protect the buyer, at least as much as they are allowed to protect the seller.
"Have you ever heard a politician come out *against* the environment? I want to come out against the politicians who exploit the issue."
Virtually every candidate, for nearly every office, is a champion of our environment, it seems. But where were they while variance after variance allowed our air to become further polluted? Where were they when some dissident voices began to ask state officials to stop "selling Colorado" so vigorously - for virtually any price? Where were they when land developers used - and abused - the land as though it were expendable?
Pat Schroeder calls for tough enforcement of clear air standards, as established by the Environmental Protection Agency. She will work for Federally-supported mass transportation programs to alleviate automobile pollution in the cities. And she will call for limits on development of land in the Front Range of our state. As for the controversial Winter Olympics, Pat Schroeder will work for legislation that would withhold Federal funding of such events, unless the people support them through public referendum.
"Yes, there is crime in our streets. But too much of it is spawned in our prisons and in our courts."
Immediate steps can - and *must* - be taken if crime, and the fear of crime, are to be controlled. A frightened country is not a free country. When our law enforcement agencies tell us street crimes are drug-related, we do not hear them. We put addicts in jail, to learn bitterness and hatred, instead of in programs to find rehabilitation. Justice is made to wait behind interminable courtroom backlogs. We must work for prison and court reform, for ways to attack the drug problem. Pat Schroeder will use her extensive legal experience to seek solutions to the problems of court delays, which take so heavy a toll on defendant and victim alike.
"This country wasn't built in smoke-filled back rooms, or with an archaic seniority system. It was built on change."
You can't beat the system, we're told. When you go to Congress you *must* wait to build some seniority. Meanwhile, be patient. Pat Schroeder has no patience for unresponsive government in Washington. She will not wait for outdated systems to work. She demands an open government, with limited use of executive privilege. She calls for full disclosure of budgets and revenues of Federal agencies. Committee chairmen must be rotated, instead of being allowed to become permanent fixtures. Political campaigning must be reformed, with greater opportunity for less wealthy candidates to run for office. Today's problems are far too complex for yesterday's politics. The way we can change the kind of Congress we have is to choose a new kind of representation.
She is unique because she is a human candidate. And an action candidate. She does not *speak* for peace, for our earth, for equality. She *acts* for these things. With positive programs. With a call for change. And with a demand for government that responds to those whom it governs.
Pat Schroeder is a young, sensitive and strong candidate who can give Denver's First Congressional District the kind of change it wants. She is an experienced attorney. Like her husband, James Schroeder, she is a graduate of Harvard Law School. She is the mother of two children, a member of the American Bar Association, an instructor of law. She has worked in government, in the courts and in our political party system. If elected to Congress, she will serve no special interests; she will bow to no control. She will represent those who will elect her - the people. All the people.
That way, if she wins, we win.
[Image of headshot of Pat Schroeder]