Green Party Candidate
for Attorney General
A candidate who isn't
to straighten out the justice system
People First in the First State
It's about Time!
Too many big companies and
powerful politicians think that the word "justice" means
"just us" as if they are the only ones who
We must change this.
Houghton Attorney General
Green Party of Delaware
800 West St., Wilmington DE 19801
... Phone (302) 239-2572
A Letter from Vivian Houghton to You
"Delaware needs a People First criminal justice system."
An Attorney General should make sure the law
works for all people, not just the well-off and powerful.
The state is expanding its prisons, yet the
authorities let most corporate crimes go unpunished; meanwhile,
those same authorities fill our huge prison system with mostly
petty criminals from low-income backgrounds. The law should
be applied equally, to the well-off as well as the
Delaware needs an Attorney General who isn't
afraid to apply the law to all people equally. Why,
for instance, should residents of Wilmington's east side have to
suffer health problems stemming from the high concentration of
toxic waste sites in their community, or why should Sussex
residents have to watch their waterways ruined, when the companies
that cause these problems go unchecked?
My campaign for Attorney General is about
fighting such injustices. This race isn't about me alone;
it's about Delaware's frustrated and disenfranchised saying,
"We want a fairer criminal justice system. And we want
I would love to have your help in this
campaign. So, if you are an independent-spirited person who
would like to see the powers that be held accountable for what
they do, then please give me your support by:
- Volunteering some time to work on the
- Making a financial contribution if at all
- Voting for me on Nov. 5.
To volunteer, phone Frieda Berryhill at
To make a contribution, make out a check to
Committee to Elect Vivian Houghton and mail it to: 800 West St.,
Wilmington DE 19801.
VALUES THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF
A campaign that isn't afraid to state its principles clearly
A lot of politicians don't talk straight.
They'll say anything to get our votes. They tell the working
man or woman one thing and the CEO another. For such
politicians, getting elected is more important than getting at the
truth. People's needs don't interest them, only power
Most people are fed up with this kind of
behavior. That's why we need an Attorney General candidate
who isn't afraid to state clearly what she believes in. You
might not agree with the Houghton campaign on all issues, but this
you can take to the bank: the Green Party's Vivian Houghton isn't
afraid to stand up for what she believes.
Here are some of Houghton's positions on
1. Support people who are illegally denied
mental health treatment or general health care. Make sure no
one is denied on the basis of age, economic status or race.
Prosecute insurance companies if necessary.
2. Investigate the legality of the type of
"community profiling: that places a majority of landfills,
incinerators and pollution sources in low-income
3. Investigate why Delaware companies ranging
from General Chemical to Motiva have repeatedly broken state
environmental laws while receiving ineffective
4. Advocate the state's right to cancel a
corporation's charter if the firm endangers residents or the
5. Support revoking the death penalty, the end
of mandatory sentencing, and more racial diversity in police
6. Champion the principle that people doing the
same or similar work should receive equal pay, regardless of
color, gender or sexual preference.
A brief biographical sketch
||Vivian was born in Wilmington's Hedgeville area in
1942. She attended Hedwig School and Padua
||After high school Vivian got married and had her only child,
a daughter Lucia.
||Vivian worked her way through college by holding a series of
waitressing jobs. She graduated from the University of
Delaware in 1976 and from the Delaware Law School at Widener
College in 1979. She has run her own Wilmington law
practice since the early 1980s.
||Growing up in Hedgeville, and then living the life of a
single mother, Vivian learned how to struggle against the
odds. Drawing on this strength, she became a grassroots
activist who fought for people's rights.
||An early believer in women's rights, Vivian led NOW's
state-wide fight against the cancellation of Delaware's
ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and for Pay Equity
||Before breaking with the Democratic Party in the early
1990s, Vivian managed ten successful Democratic Party
campaigns for public office.
||In the 1980s and 1990s, Vivian combined her feminist
interest in issues like reproductive rights with other issues
of concern to her: the plight of working and low-income
people, racial inequality and industrial pollution.
||In 2001 Delaware Today named Vivian one of the
state's top lawyers.
Why People Support Vivian
"She's the only candidate who makes any
sense when talking about how to use the law to help workers fight
job losses. I'm voting for her."
James Richardson, General Motors
worker, Wilmington DE
"What I like about Vivian Houghton is how
she connects different issues--the legal system, the environment,
the economy, questions of fairness, and so on. As a lawyer,
she's certainly qualified to be Attorney General, but what makes
her the best candidate isn't just that she's a lawyer. It's
that she has a vision of justice that includes everyone."
Cynthia L. Carrol, Esquire, Newark
"Vivian Houghton knows what she's
doing. She has principles and she sticks to them. As
an early feminist who later expanded her vision to include racial,
economic and environmental concerns, no other Attorney General
candidate is better qualified to apply the law fairly to all
Kristofor Okita, New Castle DE
"Vivian has lived in Delaware her whole
life. She grew up in an immigrant section of Wilmington's
Hedgeville, the oldest of six kids, the other five of whom she
helped to raise while her parents worked. Vivian is a
down-to-earth person who isn't afraid to stick her neck out for
the little guy. Plus, she's a Delawarean who knows the state
inside and out. She has my vote."
Linda Malone, owner of Thistle
& Thimble, Habeson DE
"Don't wait. There ain't no free bus
ride to justice. If we want it, we have to fight for it on
Civil rights activist, 1950s
Things You Can Do to Help
- Phone (302) 994-1342 to volunteer
- Phone (302) 239-2572 for more information
- Send a financial contribution to the address
- Vote for Vivian Houghton on Nov. 5, 2002
The scales of justice in
[graphic of uneven scales]
who are they titled FOR
and who are they tilted AGAINST?
Vote for a candidate who isn't
to straighten out the justice system.
Committee to Elect Vivian Houghton
800 West St.
Wilmington DE 19801
Phone: (302) 239-2572