Green New Deal
Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation. Pay for the Green New Deal through cuts in the bloated military budget that is bankrupting us at home and embroiling us in endless wars abroad that do not make us safer. Guarantee a just transition, converting military and fossil fuel jobs to secure, good wage green jobs that are good for workers, communities and the planet.
Jobs as a Right
Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work through the Green New Deal and other programs to revitalize our communities.. Support workers' rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.
Health Care as a Right
Establish an improved "Medicare For All" single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.
Education as a Right
Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high-stakes testing and public school privatization. Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude.
A Just Economy
Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically-run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.
Protect Mother Earth
Turn the tide on climate crisis and ecological destruction with the Green New Deal. Lead on a global climate treaty. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, agriculture, fisheries, parks and pollinators.
Racial Justice Now
End police brutality and mass incarceration. Create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to understand and eliminate the legacy of slavery, xenophobia and Indigenous genocide that lives on as pervasive racism in the economy, education, housing, health and mass incarceration. Ensure that communities control their police rather than police controlling our communities, by establishing police review boards and full time investigators to look into all cases of death in police custody. Demilitarize the police.
Freedom and Equality
Expand women's rights, Protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination. Defend indigenous rights and lands. Create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet. Legalize marijuana/hemp and treat substance abuse as a public health problem, not a criminal problem.
Common Sense Gun Control
Enact strong gun control measures that respect the Second Amendment protection for arms for state-level militias - not individual ownership of assault weapons. Implement background checks for all gun sales. Reduce weapons in circulation with a buyback program similar to Australia's response to the tragedy of a mass shooting. Renew and strengthen the assault weapons ban. Treat gun violence as a public health emergency and end prohibitions on using federal funding for science-based solutions to gun violence. Follow the lead of countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Finland that strengthened gun control laws after mass killings and succeeded in dramatically reducing the rate of gun violence.
Justice for All
Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of whistleblowers and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.
Peace and Human Rights
Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks that are killing countless civilians and making the world less safe. Cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers. Lead on global nuclear disarmament.
Empower the People
Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters' rights and end voter suppression by establishing a constitutional right to vote. Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.
No CMP Corridor/NECEC
Stand with Mainers against the CMP Corridor. NECEC is a bad deal for Maine. We can’t let corporate profits override Mainers’ deep connection with our land. Cutting through 53 miles of Maine woods for corporate profits is no way to address the climate crisis or protect the resources our economy depends on, especially tourism. Keep corporate hands off our Maine woods!
Regulate the collection and use of personal data tightly. In the Digital Age, participating in society inevitably means using devices and visiting websites that can create huge volumes of personal data without our knowledge. The U.S. government should extend its own rules for use and collection of personal data, the Privacy Act of 1974, to the private sector. We should always be informed when our data is collected alongside the justifications for that collection, we should always have the ability to see what data an organization has collected about us, and we should always have the right to request that data be deleted. Facial recognition technology should not be deployed in public, whether by the government or by private organizations. In private settings, such as social media sites and in private establishments, everyone should always have the right to object to the use of facial recognition technology, and no person’s face should be stored in a facial recognition database without their express consent.