- Abolish the CIA
Our military can gather intelligence. The Central Intelligence Agency is an unaccountable institution with a long history of uninterrupted brutality that often undermines US and UN security interests.
- End All Wars
All of them.Every single one.
- End the Presidential Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)
The Constitution clearly requires all military action be authorized by Congress;. The President should never have been given this unilateral power in the first place.
- Ban “Nuclear First Strike”
Ban “nuclear first strike” scenarios entirely. Actively and rapidly work to eliminate nuclear weapons from the US military’s arsenal.
- Dismantle Imperialism
Deliberately dismantle imperialism. This means ending military occupation and intervention, closing all foreign military bases, and restructuring our economy to end reliance on extractive, environmentally destructive global capitalism.
- End the IMF and World Bank
End the IMF and World Bank. The US should not bully other countries into enacting devastating austerity and allow for vast extraction of their resources.
- Eliminate the National Security Agency (NSA)
- Eliminate the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Eliminate the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and reassign immigration processing to the Department of Labor. The US military is responsible for homeland security.
- Diplomacy in Good Faith
Renew our commitment to collaborative international diplomacy. We must conduct international relations within the United Nations, where even historically-impoverished nations have representation. We must end unilateral military action by the US and NATO, and engage in good faith with the will of the international community.
- Double Base Military Pay
Right now, adjusted to hourly pay, the average entry-level military job pays below the federal minimum wage. About 10% of the military budget currently goes to personnel; we should pay our service members well and bring them out of harm’s way to deal with the true national security threat: climate change.
- End Unilateral Military Action
The US must respect the decisions upon which the UN arrives democratically and stop trying to police the world.
- Repeal the Hague Invasion Act
Petition the Senate to join the Rome Statute and recognize the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- Prosecute War Criminals
Prosecute all war criminals. Any individual who is guilty of war crimes under ICC’s definition should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, with no exceptions.
- Close Guantanamo Bay
- Abolish Torture
Abolish torture (“enhanced interrogation techniques”) and prosecute individuals responsible for torture programs, which violate international law.
- Refocus Trade Policy
Refocus trade policy from “free trade” to fair trade. Workers and the environment should be prioritized in all international trade deals.
- End Federal Subsidization of the Israeli Government/Military
We cannot financially support a state, run by a right-wing ethno-nationalist party, that is actively committing genocide against the Palestinian people.
- End Financial, Political, & Military Support for the Saudi Arabian Monarchy
- The Cold War is Over.
Normalize diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, China, North Korea, Iran, and all other nations currently being sanctioned in what is essentially the arbitrary continuation of the Cold War.
- Puerto Rico
Recognize and support the will of the Puerto Rican people, whether that be independence, statehood, or any other arrangement. Repeal the Jones Act.
- Support Statehood for all US Territories
Offer and provide support for statehood, as part of the US or a sovereign nation, to all territories currently under US control.
- Federally Ban Private Military Contractors (PMC’s)
Federally ban private military contractors and prosecute PMC corporations that contract with foreign nations. War should not be an industry.
- Nationalize Military Weapons Production
Nationalize all military weapons production and make profiting from a government weapons contract federally illegal.
- Universal Public Childcare
Create universal public childcare, with a thriving wage for childcare workers, via a new Child Development Act.
- Penalize Revenge Porn
Create stringent federal penalties for revenge pornography blackmail or distribution.
- Pay Equity
Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act;. We must achieve pay equity for women and AFAB (assigned “female” at birth) non-binary folks.
- Repeal the Hyde Amendment.
- Abortion Coverage
Include abortion coverage under Medicare for All. Abortion should be free, on-demand, and without apology or explanation.
- Family Leave
Provide at least 12 weeks of paid family leave, two weeks of paid vacation, and one week of paid sick days to all American workers.
- Expand WIC
Expand the WIC program and increase benefits for pregnant women/AFAB (assigned female at birth) individuals, and their infants, so that every low-income family receives the nutrition they need to live healthy lives.
- Repeal SESTA/FOSTA
Federally Decriminalize Sex WorkAnti-SW legislation unfairly targets low-income women (and LGBTQ+ persons) while failing to address exploitative/predatory actors in the sex work industry.
- Clear the Backlog
Mandate and fund testing the entire backlog of rape kits possessed by every law enforcement agency in the US.
“THE GAY AGENDA”
- LGBTQ+ Education
Develop and implement LGBTQ+-inclusive public education, PreK- Anti-LGBTQ bullying in school can quadruple the likelihood of suicide.; LGBTQ students are up to three times more likely than their peers to be physically threatened or assaulted at school and 91% more likely to be bullied or harassed.
- Community Spaces
Provide community space for LGBTQ+ students. Schools should be prepared to support LGBTQ students by maintaining LGBTQ+ clubs such as GSAs and offering LGBTQ+-specific school counseling.
- LGBTQ+ History
LGBTQ+ history and identities should be included in public school curriculum to counter the deliberate historical erasure of the community’s history.
- Community Training
Students and administrators alike will (as Teaching Tolerance advises) guarantee that “all school community members [have] a thorough understanding of the part they play in making their school an environment that welcomes all students.”
Eliminate all anti-discrimination law exceptions that the US military currently receives. This includes but is not limited to a ban on trans service members. Expand all federal workplace protections to apply to LGBTQ++ persons.
- Homelessness Relief
Create a homelessness relief program specifically targeting LGBTQ+ youth, who are disproportionately represented in unsheltered populations across the board.
- Ban “Conversion Therapy”
Federally ban “conversion therapy”.
- End “Gay Panic” Defense
Federally legislate to end “gay panic” murder defense. Homophobia is not an excuse for violence and it is outrageous that “gay panic” defense is accepted in our criminal justice system.
- De-gender Documents
De-gender (or add nonbinary gender options, where applicable) all public documents, federally.
- De-gender Dress Codes
De-gender all school dress codes. Guarantee protection from gender-normative discrimination as a result of dress in all workplaces.
- Easier Name Changes
Remove punitive/prohibitive requirements for legal name changes and create fee waivers for ID replacement as the result of a legal name change.
- Declare National Emergency
Declare trans murder and suicide rates a national emergency. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than half of transgender male teens surveyed reported attempting suicide in their lifetime, while 9 percent of transgender female teens said they attempted suicide. Among non-binary youth, 8 percent reported a suicide attempt. Combined with a historically-unprecedented uptick in violence against trans Americans, immediate corrective action on the federal level is required.
- Remove “Transmedicalist” Language
Remove “transmedicalist” language from all education materials relating to trans individuals; the “transmedicalist” viewpoint is deliberately antagonistic to nonbinary individuals and is not rooted in any scientific understanding of gender.
- Workplace Protections
Federally prohibit firing trans employees for enforcing their gender/pronouns with customers, clients, or other individuals in the workplace.
- Gender Affirmation
Include gender affirmation surgery as “necessary care” under Medicare for All, free, on-demand, and without justification required.
- Ban “Conversion Therapy”
Federally ban “conversion therapy”.
- End “Trans Panic” Defense
Federally legislate to end “trans panic” murder defense. Transphobia is not an excuse for violence and it is outrageous that “trans panic” defense is accepted in our criminal justice system.
- Ban Intersex Mutilation
Federally ban intersex mutilation.
- End Misgendered Imprisonment
Currently it is legal in all 50 states to force trans persons into facilities based on the gender they were assigned at birth when they are incarcerated. This is cruel and unusual punishment and must end immediately nationwide.
- Abolish ICE
Abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and establish an Office of Citizenship, Refugees, and Immigration Services under the Department of Labor.
- Ban Border Patrol
Federally ban the creation of state border patrol agencies and eliminate all such agencies that currently exist. Redirect all funding to processing centers that connect/provide immigrants and refugees with resources for housing, work, and healthcare upon arrival.
- Prosecute Rights Violations
Prosecute all ICE and CBP agents who committed human rights violations.
Grant amnesty to every single undocumented person in the United States, and implement a path to citizenship with expediency. Whistleblowers go first.
- Whistleblower Visas
Provide whistleblower visas for immigrants who report labor violations or exploitative work conditions.
- Dismantle All Deportation/”Immigrant Detention Centers”
There are concentration camps on US soil. Our “immigrant detention” programs are cruel, inhumane, and dangerous. We must close every single one of these camps, now, and stop locking up and/or deporting people immediately.
- “Sanctuary Cities”
Repair all structural harm to “sanctuary cities” who have been deprived of resources for their humane position on immigration.
- An Open Door
Expand refugee programs and improve the housing conditions for all refugees during resettlement. Remove stringent requirements for linguistic assimilation and employment, and expand mental health services for refugees.
- Public Housing
Build 15 million publicly-owned homes over the next 10 years.
- Tenant’s Rights
Pass a universal Tenants’ Bill of Rights.
- Rent Control
Pass federal rent control legislation with zero exemptions.
- Limit Scarcity
Pass a federal rent freeze with a sunset clause tied to national homelessness rates.
- Ban “Homestay Rentals”
Federally ban “homestay” rentals, which create artificial scarcity in housing markets with proximity to tourism industry and open loopholes in renter protections.
- Ban Property Taxes
Ban property tax on primary residences, federally, as part of comprehensive progressive tax legislation. Stop funding education with property taxes.
- Repeal the Faircloth Amendment
Repeal the Faircloth Amendment so HUD can build public housing again.
- Reinvigorate Federal Housing Programs
Reinvigorate Federal Housing Programs that build publicly-owned housing for families, for the elderly and for the disabled.
- Defend Fair Housing
Deliberately expand Fair Housing programs and actively repair the generational damage done by housing discrimination and redlining.
- Penalize Housing Discrimination
Utilize civil asset forfeiture to acquire the properties of individuals found guilty of housing discrimination and utilize the seized properties for public housing.
- Protect Rental Assistance
We need to provide full funding to all existing project-based rental assistance contracts.
- Expand Housing Choice Initiative
We must increase funding for the housing choice voucher program to target families who need support the most and provide greater economic stability to the more than 3 million households struggling to remain in safe, secure and affordable housing today.
- First Time Home-buyersSupport First Time Home-buyers.
We should expand the Department of Housing and Urban Development and USDA Rural Development assistance programs for first time home-ownership, particularly through down payment assistance and direct guaranteed loans.
- Pre-Purchase Housing Counseling
Expand Pre-Purchase Housing Counseling. Study after study shows that people who receive counseling before buying a home are more likely to succeed at home-ownership.
- Credit Score Reform
Implement Credit Score Reform to repair the damage done to credit scores of millions of families due to foreclosures or other financial hardships from the 2008 housing market crash.
- Prevent Predatory Lending
Prevent Predatory Lending. We must require that all mortgage costs are clear, risks are visible, and nothing is buried in fine print.
- Protect Homeowner Mortgage Interest Benefits
Protect Homeowner Mortgage Interest Benefits. We need to expand homeowner mortgage interest benefits to the 19 million otherwise eligible homeowners who do not itemize their taxes. We must also close the “second home & yacht loophole”, a cartoonish tax giveaway to the rich.
- Reinvigorate HARP
Reinvigorate HARP, which was designed to assist homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments but owe more than their home is worth, by allowing them to refinance their underwater mortgages at lower interest rates. While the average homeowner saves about $2,500 per year, many people who theoretically qualify don’t benefit because of various application barriers and inadequate outreach.
- Expand Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling
Expand Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling. We need to expand National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling programs to help underwater homeowners. The best solution is to keep homeowners in their homes.
- Housing First!
Nationally adopt Housing First practices. When investing in direct relief for unsheltered persons, all government programs should utilize the Housing First model, which has proven to improve outcomes when compared with mitigation-based approaches to homelessness.
- SAFER Act
Create and fully fund a functional, accountable federal program to house, support, and provide mental health treatment to all individuals impacted by domestic violence, trauma, and partner/child abuse – the SAFER Act (Stop Abuse; Fund Emanicpatory Resources)
- Credit Protection
Pass federal legislation that allows victims of abuse to exit a lease without financial or credit repercussions.
- Clear the Backlog
Mandate and fund testing the entire backlog of rape kits possessed by every law enforcement agency in the US.
- Expand Funding
Dramatically expand funding to agencies like Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, and domestic violence shelters to address the enormous shortfall these critical social services currently face.
- Intervention Threshold
Lower the legal threshold for intervention by the state on behalf of abused and neglected children;. The current high burden of proof is more a result of inadequate resources than any scientific understanding of what abuse actually is.
- Visa Protection
Federally audit enforcement of protections for immigrants who want to leave their engagements/marriages due to abuse so nobody has to choose between an abuser and deportation.
GREEN NEW DEAL
- 2025 or Bust
Switch to 100% renewable energy by 2025 and create millions of jobs while doing it. Invest in exclusively in clean, sustainable energy sources powered by the sun, wind , tides, and Earth’s heat.
- Nationalize Energy
Nationalize energy production and the grid. Private companies like PG&E have proven to be irresponsible, exploitative, and dangerous.
- Climate Justice
Create a national environmental and climate justice plan that recognizes the heightened public health risks faced by low-income and minority communities.
- Electric Charging Stations
Build electric vehicle charging stations. In a country where nearly 30 percent of carbon pollution emissions come from the transportation sector, it is imperative that we end our dependence on gasoline.
- High-Speed Rail
Build high-speed, modern, safe, zero-emission passenger and cargo rail nationwide, serving long-distance riders as well as local routes in urban areas.
- Free Public Transit
Completely eliminate public transit fares.
- New Grid, Who Dis?
Update and modernize the energy grid. Some of our grid infrastructure has not been updated since it was first built in the 1920s and 1930s. Technology development in clean energy resources and electric grid improvements have enabled “smart” technologies, programs and policies to create a safer, more sustainable energy system.
- Ban Fossil Fuel Procurement
Ban the procurement of fossil fuels, including coal, natural gas, and oil.
- End Fossil Fuel Exports
End all exports of fossil fuels, and end imports completely as soon as sufficient green grid technology exists to produce a base load that meets basic energy needs.
- Ban Fossil Fuel Transport
Ban the transport of fossil fuels on US soil. This includes ending the use of all pipelines routed through any US territory.
- Hold Them Accountable
Hold energy and fossil fuel companies financially accountable for the environmental and public health damage their industries have done, including but not limited to damage from fracking, mountaintop removal, and offshore drilling.
- Restore & Preserve Habitats
Protect and restore public lands by promoting natural resource conservation and habitat preservation.
- End Factory Farming
End “factory farming” of animals. Mass meat production models currently in use have a massive carbon footprint and degrade the environment.
- Ban Antibiotics for Growth
Ban antibiotic use for growth promotion. Antibiotics should be used exclusively to treat illnesses in livestock populations; the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to the development of “superbugs” that resist treatment.
- Void Seed Genetics Patents
Void all patents for seed genetics. Food crops are not intellectual property; they’re a human need. Advancements in food science belong to civilization, not shareholders.
- Break Up Big Agriculture
Currently, a handful of companies control nearly all of the seed and chemical production required for agriculture; this monopoly must be broken to allow necessary developments in research to advance.
- Ban Synthetic Fertilizer
End commercial use of synthetic fertilizer. These fertilizers sterilize the ground and run off into nearby bodies of water, creating toxic algal blooms.
- Soil Renewal & Watershed Management
Invest in soil renewal and watershed management. We must revive the soil and water in ecosystems that our “modern” agriculture methods have destroyed.
- Eliminate Overtime Exemptions for Farm Workers
- Prohibit raising and processing animals on the same site.
- Eliminate Monoculture Subsidies
Eliminate subsidies for monoculture crops. We must diversify our food production, moving away from nitrogen-intensive, low-nutrition feed/food crops like corn to a higher percentage share of nitrogen-fixers (legume crops, alfalfa, and etc.)
- End the Use of Corn for Fuel
Ethanol, while cleaner and cheaper than oil, still releases carbon emissions and pits energy needs against food production in a dangerous way.
- Prepare for Climate Change
Prepare all major cities for climate change. This will include redesigning not just coastal cities, but every major metro area to resist specific, model-predicted environmental destabilization based on area.
- Buyback Program
Pass an aggressive buyback program to replace all gas automobiles with electric cars to solve the “last mile problem” during transition to more advanced transit infrastructure.
- Rezone Metropolises
Rezone major metropolises, prioritizing mixed high- and medium-density residential development with access to transit, ample green space, and minimum carbon footprint.
- Kinetic Energy
Utilize kinetic energy capture technology for walkways in heavy foot traffic areas; populated cities can offset their extremely high energy demand by utilizing this existing kinetic energy, which is otherwise wasted.
- Redesign Roads
Redesign roads to increase safety while maintaining traffic flow via road diets, installation of roundabouts, and machine learning traffic signals.
- Develop Sustainable Energy
Invest in further development of tidal capture, wind, and battery storage technology to supplement massive recent strides in solar energy capture.
Aggressively reforest all rural land not designated as “prime farmland” with native flora.
- Vertical Agriculture
Develop modern, vertical commercial agriculture systems in current agricultural centers to offset farmland loss as a result of reforestation without displacing workers or leaving them unemployed.
- Acquire Private Golf Courses
Acquire all privately owned golf courses by eminent domain and replant them with native flora. Golf courses have massive negative environmental impact and are extremely resource-intensive with regard to land and water.
- High-speed Rail Systems
Create a comprehensive, zero-emissions, fare-free rail system that services long-distance and local routes. Invest enough in this project that the rail system actually outperforms car travel.
- Solar Investment
Invest in solar energy and put money back in the pockets of consumers. I will introduce/co-sponsor the house version of the Low Income Solar Act to increase low-income families’ access to solar energy by making it more affordable for people who own their own home and incentivize access to community solar projects.
- Footprint Requirements
Pass stringent energy- and footprint-efficiency requirements for all new commercial and residential construction.
- Energy Efficiency
Invest in making all existing American homes more energy efficient. For every dollar invested in energy efficiency technologies, like weatherization and efficient light bulbs, energy customers can enjoy up to four dollars in savings.
WATER IS LIFE
- Water is a Human Right
Guarantee free, clean, drinkable water as a human right to every person on US soil.
- Water for All
Fund all necessary infrastructure upgrades to deliver this Right to Water in every residence and public building in the United States.
- Rainwater Collection
Legalize personal rainwater collection (with reasonable limits to prevent negative impacts to vulnerable watersheds).
- Water Protection
Expand and enforce protections for all naturally-occurring bodies of water within the jurisdiction of US federal law, including aquifers and coastal waters.
- Ocean Cleanup
Direct the US military to completely clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. If we can put a rover on Mars, we can take the plastic out of the ocean.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
- Cancel Medical Debt
Cancel all existing medical debt.
- Single Payer Healthcare
Create a universal, single-payer healthcare system that provides care to every single person on US soil.
- Free RX Medicine
Expand basic Medicare to cover 100% of all prescription costs for everyone.
- Free Menstrual & Family Planning Products
Cover all menstrual and family planning products at 100% under Medicare for All.
- Ban Health Insurance
Federally ban private health insurance.
- More Doctors, Nurses, and CNAs
Incentivize the pursuit of medical education with increased stipends for med students, to increase the number of available medical workers and meet the needs of the aging Baby Boom generation.
RX DRUG PRICES
- Nationalize pharmaceutical production.
- Void Pharmaceutical Patents
Void all patents issued for pharmaceuticals; federally prohibit private ownership of healthcare-related intellectual property.
- Free RX Medicine
Cover all prescriptions at 100% under Medicare for All. Prescriptions are part of healthcare, and healthcare is a human right.
- TIME Act
Pass the TIME Act. While that Fair Labor Standards Act created better wages and working conditions for most Americans, it contained a provision that excluded people with disabilities from its protections, especially the minimum wage. Nearly 80 years later, the law still contains that provision, known as Section 14(c). The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act, or TIME Act, will phase out Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) over a three year period.
- Expand SSDI
Protect and expand the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI). Remove barriers to individuals who can’t afford a lawyer to help them apply for SSDI.
Education & Jobs
- Increase employment and educational opportunities for persons with disabilities
In the year 2019, it is unacceptable that over 80 percent of adults with disabilities are unemployed. Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and vocational education programs. Expand funding for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), which aim to provide “one-stop shopping” for information on long-term services and support.
- Guarantee Care at Home
Guarantee long-term care at home as a right to all Americans. Nobody should have to leave their home to receive long-term, necessary care. A modern healthcare system preserves the dignity of the people it treats.
- Ratify CRPD
Fight for the U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Marriage Equality
Establish federal marriage equality for individuals with disabilities.
- Pay Equity
End all exceptions in wage laws and workplace protections for individuals with disabilities (beyond the reach of the TIME Act). Federally guarantee pay equity to all people, regardless of ability.
HUMANE DRUG POLICY
Federally decriminalize the use of all drugs.
- Public Health Emergencies
Treat opioid/meth addiction as public health emergencies. Carceral solutions to addiction make the problem worse; addiction is a disease that requires treatment.
- Hold Them Accountable
Hold pharmaceutical executives accountable for their role in over-producing and over-selling opioid painkillers while minimizing the risks of opioid addiction/overdose.
- Release & Expunge
Release and expunge the records of all individuals incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses like simple possession.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
Pay reparations to the descendants of African slaves, fully funded by a wealth tax;. This is a deliberate redistribution of historically plundered wealth to the impacted communities from whom it was stolen (who still suffer a massive, totally unaddressed wealth gap.)
- Restorative Justice
Federally fund the creation of Restorative Justice Offices in every state to implement Restorative Justice Best Practices (including accountability metrics, democratic control, and non-carceral policing standards) set forth by the Movement for Black Lives and other impacted communities.
- Community Control
Establish direct-democratic community control of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, ensuring that communities most harmed by destructive policing have the power to hire and fire officers, determine disciplinary action, control budgets and policies, and subpoena relevant agency information.
- Racial Justice Policy
Source federal racial justice policy exclusively from impacted communities. We have adopted much of this policy from Campaign Zero (by the Movement for Black Lives) and the rest is derived from direct interaction with racial justice activists.
Ending Violence against Black and Brown Communities
- Demilitarize Police
Demilitarize our police forces so they don’t look and act like invading armies. Invest in community policing. Only when we get officers into the communities, working within neighborhoods before trouble arises, do we develop the relationships necessary to make our communities safer together.
- 420 Reparations
Pay reparations to individuals who were incarcerated or had property seized due to marijuana- related offenses.
- Civilian-Controlled Agency
Create an independent, transparent, 100% civilian-controlled agency that allows for good officers to report the actions of bad officers without fear of retaliation and provides accountability structures to immediately dis-empower and remove individuals who abuse their power from their positions.
- Diversify Policing
Demand police forces that reflect the diversity of our communities, including in the training academies and leadership.
- Fund Body Cameras
Federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to ensure that they’re held accountable for their actions.
- Require Body-cams for Law Enforcement
Require that body cameras be enabled for the entirety of all law enforcement shifts, and render the cameras impossible for the users to disable.
- Public Body-cam Footage
Require that footage collected by body cameras be made public within 24 hours of any officer-involved shooting.
- Public Shooting & Death Data
Require police departments and states to collect data on all shootings and deaths that take place while in police custody, and to make that data public.
- De-Escalation Training
Require Police officers to be trained to de-escalate confrontations and humanely interact with people who have mental illnesses.
Ending Political Disenfranchisement
- Restore Voting Rights
Restore voting rights to every American who currently cannot vote due to a felony conviction. This includes currently incarcerated persons.
- Election Day
Make Election Day a national holiday to increase voters’ ability to participate.
- Voting Accessibility
Enact prepaid vote-by-mail nationwide.
- No-Fault Absentee Ballots
Make no-fault absentee ballots an option for all Americans.
- Automatic Voter-Registration
Automatically register every American to vote when they turn 18 or move to a new state. The burden of registering voters should be on the state, not the individual voter.
- Protect Minority Votes
End discriminatory laws and the purging of minority-community names from voting rolls.
- Expand Polling Locations
Ensure that there are sufficient polling places and poll workers to prevent long lines from forming at the polls anywhere.
Ending For-Profit Podiv cing
- Ban For-Profit Prisons
Ban all for-profit prisons, which create incentive to arrest, jail and detain non-violent offenders in order to keep prison beds full.
- End the “War on Drugs”
End the failed “War on Drugs” and eliminate mandatory minimums which result in sentencing disparities between black and white people.
- Legalize It!
Federally legalize marijuana.
- Decriminalize Drug Use
Federally decriminalize all drug use and treat the opioid and methamphetamine epidemics like a public health emergency.
- Legalized Banking Access
Allow people in states which legalize marijuana like Washington to be able to fully participate in the banking system and not be subject to federal prosecution for using pot.
- End Quotas
Investigate local governments that are using implicit or explicit quotas for arrests or stops. Federally ban arrest quotas.
- End Fines as Revenue
Stop local governments that are relying on fines, fees or asset forfeitures as a steady source of revenue.
- CAF Reparations
Require governments funded by civil asset forfeiture to pay reparations to individuals whose property/assets were unfairly seized by a predatory system of policing.
Ending Environmental Violence
- Protect Climate-Impacted Communities
Protect low-income and minority communities, who are hit worst by the effects of climate change, while also protecting existing energy-sector workers as they transition into clean energy and other jobs.
- Equal Enforcement
Require equal enforcement of environmental, civil rights and public health laws across all communities.
- Clean Up Waste
Address the inadequate environmental cleanup efforts of ‘Superfund’ hazardous waste sites in communities of color.
- End Environmental Racism
Stop the unequal exposure of people of color to harmful chemicals, pesticides and other toxins in homes, schools, neighborhoods and workplaces, and challenge faulty assumptions in calculating, assessing and managing risks, discriminatory zoning and land-use practices and exclusionary policies.
- Cleaner Products, Cleaner Jobs
Federally mandate cleaner manufacturing processes, renewable energy systems, and safe product designs that end pollution and the use of toxic chemicals while providing safe jobs and other economic benefits for people of color.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
- Abolish Harmful Agencies
Abolish all agencies and policies focused solely on deportation, detention and suppression of migration, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Patrol, border militarization, and the denial of the right to seek asylum.
- Prosecute Human Rights Violators
Prosecute individuals in all above-mentioned agencies who have engaged in human rights abuses during the course of their work.
- Ban Solitary Confinement
Federally prohibit the use of solitary confinement for punishment. Solitary confinement is torture and has no place in a modern justice system.
- Citizen Recall
Create a system that allows for citizen recall of any supervising law enforcement officer.
- Bias Training
Require comprehensive bias training for every law enforcement officer, member of the judiciary, and court employee; this includes but is not limited to: the LGBTQ+ community, racial/ethnic minorities, minority religious groups, mental health conditions, people with disabilities, and immigrants. Include stringent requirements for continuing education to respond to the needs of marginalized communities.
- End Lifetime Judge Appointments
End lifetime appointments for judges.
- Standardize Court Practices
Standardize court practices federally.; Consistency in legal procedure and interpretation is the only way to achieve equity in justice.
- Abolish Execution
Federally abolish the capital punishment.; This should not be left to the states;. Capital punishment is morally wrong, inherently “cruel and unusual”, and historically weaponized against communities of color.
- Cancel Student Debt
Cancel all existing student loan debt.
- Free College
Make public colleges and universities tuition-free with all curriculum available digitally, free of charge.
- Prohibit Student Lending
Federally prohibit student lending.
- Education Grants
Provide and federally fund grants for education-related expenses (i.e. room & board, specialty supplies/equipment, and etc.)
- Free Meals for Students & Faculty
Guarantee free meals to all college students and faculty.
- Student Stipend
Pay college students a stipend, based on area cost of living.
- Increase Teacher Salaries
Increase the federal base salary for teachers to $60,000 per year, with overtime pay and pensions.
- Stop Funding Schools With Property Taxes
End all funding of schools via property tax. This creates a segregated education system based on neighborhood income, and has cemented racial inequity across the US.
- Sunset Standardized Tests
Remove standardized testing requirements.
- End Homework
Federally eliminate homework from public school curriculum. Homework is outdated;.The best education systems on earth have eliminated homework with excellent outcomes across the board.
- Teachers, Not Packets
End the use of prefabricated curriculum. We know that in education, one size does not fit all. Teachers should drive the educational experience for their students.
- Universal Public Childcare
Fully fund universal public childcare.
- Need-Based Funding of Schools
Fully fund K-12 education federally, based on need. This includes:
- Expanded special education services.
- Expanded vocational education at high school level.
- Expanded arts and music programs.
- Expanded counseling, mental health, and social services.
- Free school breakfasts, snacks, and lunches for every child.
- Improved nutritional standards and food preparation education.
A JOB FOR EVERYONE
- Green New Deal
Eliminate global carbon emissions by 2025 while transforming our economy from extractive global capitalism to a sustainable universal employment.
- Federal Job Guarantee
Federally guarantee a job as a right to every person on US soil.
- Universal Childcare
A new Child Development Act, which guarantees free, high-quality, public childcare for all Americans and a thriving wage for childcare workers.
- Rebuild America
Pass the Rebuild America Act, which will create more than 13 million public sector jobs by investing in our crumbling infrastructure.
- Membership Expansion
Create a national structure to provide stable funding for rapid expansion of union membership: the Revitalize Unions Now (RUN) Act. The RUN Act will:
- Provide training and administrative resources for new unionization efforts.
- Subsidize union dues at 100% for all union members, including retired union workers who continue to pay dues.
- Extend federal unemployment benefits to striking workers and guarantee the right to strike to all federal workers.
- Guarantee the right of all public workers to collectively bargain (H.R. 3463 in 2019)
- Require all non-unionized businesses with 20++ or more employees to hold quarterly votes on unionization.
- Require all non-unionized businesses with fewer than 20 employees to pay no less than ⅔ of total profits in bonuses/dividends to all employees.
- End Forced Arbitration
End all forced arbitration. Workers deserve their day in court.
- Raise the Wage
Pass federal legislation similar to the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582 in 2019) to guarantee all American workers a living wage as quickly as possible. Create incentives for shared ownership/co-ops to increase workers’ total share of the economy and the product of their labor.
- End “At-Will” Employment
Federally ban “At-Will Employment” statutes. Pass federal legislation guaranteeing just-cause employment for all workers.
- Eliminate Overtime Exemptions
Eliminate all overtime exemptions for jobs that pay less than triple the median US wage. Eliminate all overtime exemptions for farm, transportation, and all other “heavy work” or hazardous jobs.
- Overtime Pay
Create a progressive overtime pay standard that increases the rate of additional hourly pay on an exponential curve.
- Union-Busters Get Busted
Utilize civil asset forfeiture to acquire all companies found guilty of violating workers’ right to unionize and other workplace protections, and transfer full ownership of of the offending company to the workers at that company.
- Union Formation
Make it easier to form a union, with a simple majority of workers voting in favor via majority sign-up (or “card-check”) elections.
- Penalty Expansion
Expand and enforce penalties on companies that violate labor laws, including for firing workers who try to organize a union. These moves are illegal, but nowadays are only penalized by forcing employers to repay some wages to the fired workers, a punishment so light that many employers treat it as just a cost of doing business. I will vote to create stringent penalties in order to shut down this illegal behavior.
- Sectoral Bargaining
Amend the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 to transition from enterprise bargaining to a hybrid system of national and sectoral bargaining. Historical data are clear on which system is better for workers, and we must adopt that system.
- Repeal Taft-Hartley
Repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act. This law allows workers to get all the benefits of their local union without paying union dues. It pits underpaid workers against their own interests and is deliberate class warfare.
- Workers’ Right to Refusal
Federally guarantee workers the first right of refusal for any sale, merger, acquisition, outsourcing, or insolvency in their workplace.
- The Workers’ Bank
Establish a workers’ public investment bank to fund the purchase of companies to transition to worker ownership during “right-of-refusal” situations.
- The PRO Act
Pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 2474 in 2019), which amends the National Labor Relations Act and related labor laws to extend additional protections to union workers.
- No Exceptions
Eliminate all exemptions from existing workplace protections in federal law. This includes domestic and agricultural workers, who currently do not enjoy protections under FLSA and NLRA.
- Fair Scheduling
Pass federal legislation guaranteeing fair scheduling requirements that apply, without exception, to all US employers.
- Board Representation
Federally guarantee workers 50% representation on the board of all companies with annual revenues in excess of 50 million USD. Massive corporations that exclusively serve investors have proven to be socially and environmentally destructive. The people making decisions must change.
- Remove Earnings Cap on Social Security
This will immediately increase solvency.
- Increase Social Security Benefits
Increase Social Security benefits to all recipients. Current benefit amounts are woefully insufficient.
- Social Security Matching
Require companies with more than $1 billion USD in annual revenues to match their workers’ Social Security contributions in addition to employer-paid Social Security.
- Company Pension Funding
Require companies with more than 20 employees to pay into pension funds that all their workers qualify for, regardless of hours worked per week or job description.
- State Pension Funding
Require all states to fully fund pensions for all public workers.
- Ban Corporate Lobbying
Federally ban corporate lobbying.
- Ban Lobbyist Bundling
Federally ban lobbyist bundling.
- Publicly Financed Elections
Establish 100% publicly financed elections.
- Ban Corporate Contributions
Make private and corporate political contributions federally illegal. Political contributions are legalized bribery.
- Not for Sale
Close the “revolving door” by stopping elected representatives and senior staff from selling off their government power for high-paying lobbying/”consulting” jobs.
- Paper Ballots
Require paper ballots for all elections.
Strengthen anti-corruption enforcement by overhauling the broken Federal Election Commission and giving prosecutors the tools they need to combat corruption.
- Right to Vote
Guarantee every American the absolute right to vote. This includes individuals with felony convictions and those who are currently incarcerated.
- Federal Initiative
Create a federal initiative process similar to those already common on the state level.
- End Gerrymandering
End gerrymandering by creating independent, fully transparent redistricting commissions that follow strict guidelines to ensure accurate representation for all voters, regardless of political party.
- Automatic Voter Registration
Create a nationwide automatic voter registration system.
- Voting Access
Allow voting at home via mail-in voting, or in person at the polls.
- Voting Holiday
Make Election Day a national holiday.
- Increase Polling Locations
Increase the number of polling locations, starting in African-American and poor communities, which were the first victims of coordinated voter suppression efforts.
- Electoral College
Support state efforts to award Electoral College votes to the national popular vote winner via a Congressional resolution.
- System Alternatives
Federally fund pilot programs to test efficacy of alternatives to the first-past-the-post system, including RCV (ranked-choice voting), STAR (scored, then automatic runoff), and multiple-round elimination voting methods. Voters should not be perpetually stuck choosing the lesser of two evils.
- Open Primaries
Require all states to hold open primaries. Voters should choose their representation based on whose vision they want, not which party they chose to align with months before the election.
- Voting Age
Lower federal voting age to We must de-couple voting and civic participation from “adulthood”. Young people deserve a say in their future.
- Declare National Emergency
Declaring missing and murdered indigenous women a national emergency and aggressively act to prevent the problem from further escalating.
- Tribal Sovereignty & Tribal Jurisdiction
Support Tribal Sovereignty and Tribal Jurisdiction.
- Trust Responsibility
Uphold the Trust Responsibility: We must honor the treaties and federal statutes that are the foundation of the trust relationship. We need to maintain a White House Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs to ensure that tribal issues are consistently addressed and coordinated throughout the federal government.
- Housing Justice
Fight for increased local control over the administration and operation of tribal housing programs and for full funding of the Indian Housing Block Grant Program.
- Strengthen Education
In order to create economic opportunities, we must invest in education from early childhood through higher education. We must fight to fully fund the Bureau of Indian Education and strengthen self-determination to enable culturally tailored learning unique to each tribal nation and help to retain qualified teachers for Native youth. We should build upon the integrated work of the Generation Indigenous Initiative to ensure that every Native American child can reach their full potential. We should fight for plans that allow students to refinance federal debt, lower interest rates, triple federal work-study jobs, and provide for free tuition at all public colleges and universities.
- Universal Healthcare
Healthcare is a human right. We should support a Medicare-for-all system that would complement the healthcare provided by the Indian Health Service. We need to work to fully fund the Indian Health Service, strengthen regional management and recruitment of committed IHS health care personnel, demand audits of IHS operations, and ensure that Native Americans have adequate, safe, and affordable access to primary care providers, including oral health and mental health practitioners as well as substance abuse treatment options.
- Restore Tribal Lands
All tribes must have the right to protect and restore their lands. I support streamlining the land-trust transfer process and will work to reverse the Carcieri Supreme Court decision that resulted in an unjust two-tier system of tribes.
- Economic Development
Invest in upgrading our roads and bridges, drinking water and wastewater, freight and passenger rail, and electric, telecommunications and broadband networks, creating millions of good-paying jobs across the country. Such investment will help address the “digital divide,” where lack of internet access means that Native American communities are at risk of falling even further behind in their ability to access employment, educational, and assorted opportunities made available by modern information technology. Lastly, all federal grants open to state and local governments will also be open to tribes.
- Protect Sacred Sites
Protect Sacred Places and Native American Cultures: Native Americans must be empowered to maintain and pass on traditional religious beliefs, languages and social practices without fear of discrimination or suppression. Native children are the future of tribal nations; the Indian Child Welfare Act is critical to survival and must be enforced with the original intent of the law. Furthermore, tribal cultures, sacred places, religious practices, and landscapes must be federally protected.
- Expand Consultation
Examine the Executive Order 13175 “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments” to ensure that consultation means more than mere listening sessions. Moreover, all voices — tribal leadership and grassroots alike — must be heard. Expand the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference that brings tribal leaders, cabinet members and the White House together to find solutions to common problems with specific requirements, deliverable on a timeline.
- Voting Rights
Stand with Native Americans to fight for voting rights, and defend the enfranchisement of minority communities across the country.
- Combat Racism
End the scourge of bias and discrimination against Native peoples in federally funded institutions. Eliminate offensive public school mascots that reflect outdated stereotypes and perpetuate racism against Native Americans.