QUICK NAVIGATION
 
FOREIGN POLICY

1. 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.

2. End All Wars

All of them. Every single one.

3. 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.

 

4. Ban "Nuclear First Strike"

Ban “nuclear first strike” scenarios entirely. Actively and rapidly work to eliminate nuclear weapons from the US military’s arsenal.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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.

 

7. Eliminate the National Security Agency (NSA)
 

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. End Unilateral Military Action

The US must respect the decisions upon which the UN arrives democratically and stop trying to police the world.

12. Repeal the Hague Invasion Act

Petition the Senate to join the Rome Statute and recognize the authority of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

13. 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.

14. Close Guantanamo Bay

15. Abolish Torture

Abolish torture (“enhanced interrogation techniques”) and prosecute individuals responsible for torture programs, which violate international law.

16. Refocus Trade Policy

Refocus trade policy from “free trade” to fair trade. Workers and the environment should be prioritized in all international trade deals.

17. 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.

18. End Financial, Political, & Military Support for the Saudi Arabian Monarchy

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. Federaly 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.

23. Nationalize Military Weapons Production

Nationalize all military weapons production and make profiting from a government weapons contract federally illegal.

 
WOMEN'S RIGHTS

1. Universal Public Childcare

Create universal public childcare, with a thriving wage for childcare workers, via a new Child Development Act.

2. Penalize Revenge Porn

Create stringent federal penalties for revenge pornography blackmail or distribution.

3. Pay Equity

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act;We must achieve pay equity for women and AFAB (assigned “female” at birth) non-binary folks.

 

4. Repeal the Hyde Amendment.

5. Abortion Coverage

Include abortion coverage under Medicare for All. Abortion should be free, on-demand, and without apology or explanation.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Repeal SESTA/FOSTA; Federally Decriminalize Sex Work

Anti-SW legislation unfairly targets low-income women (and LGBTQ+ persons) while failing to address exploitative/predatory actors in the sex work industry.

9. 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"

1. LGBTQ+ Education

Develop and implement LGBTQ+-inclusive public education, PreK-16. 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.

2. 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.

3. LGBTQ+ History

LGBTQ+ history and identities should be included in public school curriculum to counter the deliberate historical erasure of the community’s history.

 

4. 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.”

5. Anti-Discrimination

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.

6. Homelessness Relief

Create a homelessness relief program specifically targeting LGBTQ+ youth, who are disproportionately represented in unsheltered populations across the board.

7. Ban "Conversion Therapy"

Federally ban "conversion therapy".

8. 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.

 
TRANS RIGHTS

1. De-gender Documents

De-gender (or add nonbinary gender options, where applicable) all public documents, federally.

2. De-gender Dress Codes

De-gender all school dress codes. Guarantee protection from gender-normative discrimination as a result of dress in all workplaces.

3. 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.

 

4. 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 29.9 percent of transgender female teens said they attempted suicide. Among non-binary youth, 41.8 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.

5. 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.

 

6. Workplace Protections

Federally prohibit firing trans employees for enforcing their gender/pronouns with customers, clients, or other individuals in the workplace.

7. Gender Affirmation

Include gender affirmation surgery as “necessary care” under Medicare for All, free, on-demand, and without justification required.

8. Ban "Conversion Therapy"

Federally ban "conversion therapy".

9. 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.

10. Ban Intersex Mutilation

Federally ban intersex mutilation.

 
IMMIGRATION RIGHTS

1. Abolish ICE

Abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and establish a Department of Citizenship, Refugees, and Immigration Services under the Department of Labor.

2. Ban Border Patrol

Federally ban the creation of state border patrol agencies and eliminate all such agencies that currently exist.

3. Prosecute Rights Violations

Prosecute all ICE agents who committed human rights violations.

 

4. Amnesty

Grant amnesty to every single undocumented person in the United States.

 

5. Whistleblower Visas

Provide whistleblower visas for immigrants who report labor violations or exploitative work conditions.

6. Dismantle All Deportation/Immigrant Detention Centers

7. "Sanctuary Cities"

Repair all structural harm to “sanctuary cities” who have been deprived of resources for their humane position on immigration.

 
HOUSING RIGHTS

1. Public Housing

Build 15 million publicly-owned homes over the next 10 years.

2. Tenant's Rights

Pass a universal Tenants’ Bill of Rights.

3. Rent Control

Pass federal rent control legislation with zero exemptions.

 

4. Limit Scarcity

Pass a federal rent freeze with a sunset clause tied to national homelessness rates.

 

5. 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.

 

6. Ban Property Taxes

Ban property tax on primary residences, federally, as part of comprehensive progressive tax legislation. Stop funding education with property taxes.

 

7. Repeal the Faircloth Amendment

Repeal the Faircloth Amendment so HUD can build public housing again.

8. Reinvigorate Federal Housing Programs

Reinvigorate Federal Housing Programs that build publicly-owned housing for families, for the elderly and for the disabled.

9. Defend Fair Housing

Deliberately expand Fair Housing programs and actively repair the generational damage done by housing discrimination and redlining.

10. 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.

11. Protect Rental Assistance

We need to provide full funding to all existing project-based rental assistance contracts.

12. 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.

13. First Time Home-buyers

Support 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

19. 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.

 
GUN SAFETY

1. Community Armory

Create community armories owned and operated by local governments. Ammunition should be available exclusively through an accountable, transparent firearm enthusiast community to prevent isolated/unstable individuals from stockpiling for a mass shooting.

2. Red Flag Measures

Pass federal red flag measures that allow family/community members to petition a court for the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to themselves or others.

3. Ban Private Ammo Sales

This includes individual and retail ammo sales.

 

4. Required Safety Training

Federally mandate and provide safety training and continued education for all licensed firearm owners.

 

5. Bump Stock Ban

Ban bump stocks and eliminate hellfire switches from all federal firearms permits.

 

6. Disarm Abusers

Empower judicial removal of firearms possession rights from convicted domestic violence offenders. There is a strong correlation between past domestic violence and the most heinous mass shootings.

 

7. Background Checks

Mandate background checks for all firearm sales, including personal sale.

8. Background Check Overhaul

Fully federally fund the modernization and optimization of existing background check systems, and make them compatible across all 50 states.

9. Ban Corporate Political Lobbying

Ban corporate political lobbying, including the NRA.

10. Demilitarize Police 

Demilitarize our police forces at all levels.

11. De-escalation Training

Require de-escalation training for all law enforcement professionals and licensed firearm owners.

 
ENDING ABUSE

1. 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)

2. Credit Protection

Pass federal legislation that allows victims of abuse to exit a lease without financial or credit repercussions.

3. Clear the Backlog

Mandate and fund testing the entire backlog of rape kits possessed by every law enforcement agency in the US.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

6. 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

1. 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.

2. Nationalize Energy

Nationalize energy production and the grid. Private companies like PG&E have proven to be irresponsible, exploitative, and dangerous. 

3. Climate Justice

Create a national environmental and climate justice plan that recognizes the heightened public health risks faced by low-income and minority communities.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. Free Public Transit

Completely eliminate public transit fares.

 

7. 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.

8. Ban Fossil Fuel Procurement

Ban the procurement of fossil fuels, including coal, natural gas, and oil.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Restore & Preserve Habitats

Protect and restore public lands by promoting natural resource conservation and habitat preservation.

 
SUSTAINABLE FOOD

1. End Factory Farming

End “factory farming” of animals. Mass meat production models currently in use have a massive carbon footprint and degrade the environment.

2. 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.

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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.

 

7. Eliminate Overtime Exemptions for Farm Workers

8. Prohibit raising and processing animals on the same site.

 

9. 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.)

 

10. 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.

 
ECOSOCIALISM

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Rezone Metropolises

Rezone major metropolises, prioritizing mixed high- and medium-density residential development with access to transit, ample green space, and minimum carbon footprint.

 

4. 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.

 

5. Redesign Roads

Redesign roads to increase safety while maintaining traffic flow via road diets, installation of roundabouts, and machine learning traffic signals.

 

6. Develop Sustainable Energy

Invest in further development of tidal capture, wind, and battery storage technology to supplement massive recent strides in solar energy capture.

 

7. Reforestation

Aggressively reforest all rural land not designated as “prime farmland” with native flora.

8. 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.

 

9. 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.

 

10. 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.

 

11. 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.

 

12. Footprint Requirements

Pass stringent energy- and footprint-efficiency requirements for all new commercial and residential construction.

 

13. 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

1. Water is a Human Right

Guarantee free, clean, drinkable water as a human right to every person on US soil.

 

2. Water for All

Fund all necessary infrastructure upgrades to deliver this Right to Water in every residence and public building in the United States.

3. Rainwater Collection

Legalize personal rainwater collection (with reasonable limits to prevent negative impacts to vulnerable watersheds).

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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

1. Cancel Medical Debt

Cancel all existing medical debt.

2. Single Payer Healthcare

Create a universal, single-payer healthcare system that provides care to every single person on US soil.

3. Free RX Medicine

Expand basic Medicare to cover 100% of all prescription costs for everyone.

 

4. Free Menstrual & Family Planning Products

Cover all menstrual and family planning products at 100% under Medicare for All.

 

5. Ban Health Insurance

Federally ban private health insurance.

6. 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

1. Nationalize pharmaceutical production.

2. Void Pharmaceutical Patents

Void all patents issued for pharmaceuticals; federally prohibit private ownership of healthcare-related intellectual property.

3. Free RX Medicine

Cover all prescriptions at 100% under Medicare for All. Prescriptions are part of healthcare, and healthcare is a human right.

DISABILITY RIGHTS
 

1. 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.

 

2. 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.

3. 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. We must fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and vocational education programs. We also need to expand funding for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), which aim to provide “one-stop shopping” for information on long-term services and support.

 

4. 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.

5. Ratify CRPD

Fight for the U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 
HUMANE DRUG POLICY

1. Decriminalization

Federally decriminalize the use of all drugs. 

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Release & Expunge

Release and expunge the records of all individuals incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses like simple possession.

 
BLACK LIVES MATTER

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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. 

5. 420 Reparations

Pay reparations to individuals who were incarcerated or had property seized due to marijuana- related offenses​.

6. 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.

 

7. Diversify Police

Demand police forces that reflect the diversity of our communities, including in the training academies and leadership.

8. Fund Body Cameras

Federally fund and require body cameras for law enforcement officers to ensure that they’re held accountable for their actions.

9. 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.

10. Public Body-cam Footage

Require that footage collected by body cameras be made public within 24 hours of any officer-involved shooting.

11. 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.

12. 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

13. Restore Voting Rights

Restore voting rights to every American who currently cannot vote due to a felony conviction. This includes currently incarcerated persons.

14. Voting Holiday

Make Election Day a national holiday to increase voters’ ability to participate.

15. Voting Accessibility

Enact vote by mail nationwide.

16. No-Fault Absentee Ballots

Make no-fault absentee ballots an option for all Americans.

17. 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.

18. Protect Minority Votes

End discriminatory laws and the purging of minority-community names from voting rolls.

19. 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 Policing

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. Legalize It!

Federally legalize marijuana.

23. Decriminalize Drug Use

Federally decriminalize all drug use and treat the opioid and methamphetamine epidemics like a public health emergency.

24. 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.

25. End Quotas

Investigate local governments that are using implicit or explicit quotas for arrests or stops. Federally ban arrest quotas.

26. End Fines as Revenue

Stop local governments that are relying on fines, fees or asset forfeitures as a steady source of revenue.

27. Reparations

Require governments funded by civil asset forfeiture to pay reparations to individuals whose property/assets were unfairly taken by a predatory system of policing.

Ending Environmental Violence

28. 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.

29. Equal Enforcement

Require equal enforcement of environmental, civil rights and public health laws across all communities.

30. Clean Up Waste

Address the inadequate environmental cleanup efforts of ‘Superfund’ hazardous waste sites in communities of color.

31. 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.

32. 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

1. 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. 

2. Prosecute Human Rights Violators

Prosecute individuals in all above-mentioned agencies who have engaged in human rights abuses during the course of their work.

3. 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.

4. Citizen Recall

Create a system that allows for citizen recall of any supervising law enforcement officer.

5. 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.

6. End Lifetime Judge Appointments

End lifetime appointments for judges.

7. Standardize Court Practices

Standardize court practices federally.; Consistency in legal procedure and interpretation is the only way to achieve equity in justice.

STUDENT DEBT
 

1. Cancel Student Debt

Cancel all existing student loan debt.

 

2. Free College

Make public colleges and universities tuition-free with all curriculum available digitally, free of charge.

3. Prohibit Student Lending

Federally prohibit student lending.

4. Education Grants

Provide and federally fund grants for education-related expenses (i.e. room & board, specialty supplies/equipment, and etc.)

 

5. Free Meals for Students & Faculty

Guarantee free meals to all college students and faculty.

6. Student Stipend

Pay college students a stipend, based on area cost of living.

PK-12 EDUCATION
 

1. Increase Teacher Salaries

Increase the federal base salary for teachers to $60,000 per year, with overtime pay and pensions.

 

2. 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.

 

3. Sunset Standardized Tests

Remove standardized testing requirements.

 

4. 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.

5. 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.

 

6. Universal Public Childcare

Fully fund universal public childcare.

 

7. 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
 

1. Green New Deal

Eliminate global carbon emissions by 2025 while transforming our economy from extractive global capitalism to a sustainable universal employment.

2. Federal Job Guarantee

Federally guarantee a job as a right to every person on US soil.

3. Universal Childcare

A new Child Development Act, which guarantees free, high-quality, public childcare for all Americans and a thriving wage for childcare workers.

4. Rebuild America

Pass the Rebuild America Act, which will create more than 13 million public sector jobs by investing in our crumbling infrastructure.

 
REVITALIZE UNIONS

1. 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.

  • Require all non-unionized businesses with 20+ 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.

2. End Forced Arbitration

End all forced arbitration.

3. End "Right to Work" Laws

Federally ban "Right to Work" laws.

4. Eliminate Overtime Exemptions

Eliminate all overtime exemptions for jobs that pay less than triple the median US wage.

5. Overtime Pay

Create a progressive overtime pay standard that increases the rate of additional hourly pay on an exponential curve.

6. 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.

7. Union Formation

Make it easier to form a union, with a simple majority of workers voting in favor. 

8. 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.

9. Repeal Taft-Hartley Act

Repeal 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.

10. Worker's Right to Refusal

Federally guarantee workers the first right of refusal for any sale, merger, acquisition, or insolvency in their workplace.

11. 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. 

RETIREMENT SECURITY
 

1. Remove Earnings Cap on Social Security

This will immediately increase solvency.

2. Increase Social Security Benefits

Increase Social Security benefits to all recipients. Current benefit amounts are woefully insufficient.

 

3. Social Security Matching

Require companies with more than $1 billion annual profit to match their workers’ Social Security contributions in addition to employer-paid Social Security.

 

4. 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.

 

5. State Pension Funding

Require all states to fully fund pensions for all public workers.

 
POLITICAL CORRUPTION

1. Ban Corporate Lobbying

Federally ban corporate lobbying.

2. Ban Lobbyist Bundling

Federally ban lobbyist bundling.

3. Publicly Financed Elections

Establish 100% publicly financed elections. 

4. Ban Corporate Contributions

Make private and corporate political contributions federally illegal. Political contributions are legalized bribery.

 

5. 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.

 

6. Paper Ballots

Require paper ballots for all elections.

 

7. Anti-Corruption

Strengthen anti-corruption enforcement by overhauling the broken Federal Election Commission and giving prosecutors the tools they need to combat corruption.

REVITALIZE DEMOCRACY
 

1. Right to Vote

Guarantee every American the absolute right to vote. This includes individuals with felony convictions and those who are currently incarcerated.

2. Federal Initiative

Create a federal initiative process similar to those already common on the state level.

3. 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.

 

4. Automatic Voter Registration

Create a nationwide automatic voter registration system.

5. Voting Access

Allow voting at home via mail-in voting, or in person at the polls.

 

6. Voting Holiday

Make Election Day a national holiday.

 

7. 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.

8. Electoral College

Support state efforts to award Electoral College votes to the national popular vote winner via a Congressional resolution.

9. 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.

 

10. 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.

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