Issues

Fair Wages

  • We support a fair, living wage (no less than $15 an hour), for all classes of workers.
  • We support the inclusion of a single standard cost of living adjustment (COLA) in all government tax and spending legislation. We oppose any Consumer Price Index (CPI) calculation, including but not limited to, chained CPI, that seeks to limit COLA increases based upon an assumption that people must be willing to accept a lower standard of living
  • We support increased funding for social security, by raising the social security wage base.
  • We support paid sick leave, overtime after an eight (8)-hour workday, and guaranteed paid vacation time.
  • We oppose any efforts to erode workers’ earned benefits, including but not limited to, unemployment insurance, social security, retirement programs, and pension plans.
  • We support paid parental leave of significant length (at least 6 weeks).
  • We support active enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, particularly in the area of wage employees for the purpose of overtime eligibility.
  • We support the right of employees to organize and collectively bargain via unions anywhere in the US or its territories, and support ending the status known as “right-to-work.”
  • We support the availability of universal public day care as an extension of our public school systems, including the training, certification, and increased pay of those involved in such programs.

Economic Mobiltity

  • We support oversight and regulation of predatory lending and debt collection practices.
  • We support a progressive state and federal tax code to more equitably distribute the tax burden.
  • We support budgets that are balanced fairly and equitably, that do not place the burden of tax responsibility on the middle and working classes, and that reward hard work.
  • We support transparency and full debate on all trade agreements and oppose fast tracking on all trade agreements.
  • We support eliminating tax code loopholes that allow corporations to create offshore tax havens with the intent to avoid their tax obligations.
  • We support ending “corporate bailouts,” the subsidies given to big businesses.
  • We support creating major infrastructure programs that are publicly funded and managed before any more of our dams and bridges collapse and roads crumble.
  • We support legislation that would provide a legal framework for the creation of cooperative worker- and community-owned businesses.
  • We oppose the privatization of natural resources, such as water and food crop seeds, that are required for the survival of the biosphere and its inhabitants.
  • We oppose prioritizing corporate profits over the health and well-being of human and animal life and our shared environment.
  • We support protecting and strengthening the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its ability to designate financial institutions “too big to fail.”
  • We oppose forced arbitration for employees and consumers and legislative efforts to restrict and/or eliminate class action lawsuits.
  • We support oversight and regulation of predatory lending and debt collection practices.
  • We support extending the same economic and political rights to US territories, including specifically Puerto Rico, that states have.

Quality Public Schools

  • We support diagnostic testing, but oppose test-based accountability.
  • We oppose high-stakes standardized testing.
  • We support the federal protection of students with disabilities, such as Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
  • We support access to developmentally appropriate pre-kindergarten (Universal Pre-K).
  • We support providing resources and fair funding for schools in impoverished areas.
  • We support policies that reduce the high cost of tuition and interest payments on student loan debt, such as refinancing, and expanding forgiveness programs.
  • We support free public university education and support the addition of technical/vocational training into the initiative. 
  • We further support rolling a cost of living stipend and all fees into the tuition calculation, thereby making the initiative truly free for its participants.
  • We support developing public service programs for young adults to give back to society, within their chosen field, either during, or once they have completed their course of study.
  • We oppose the proliferation of for-profit companies directly involved in public education, such as testing and outsourcing educational services.
  • We support stronger oversight and regulation of for-profit and ‘paper mill’ universities.
  • We support the ability of non-tenured university employees to unionize.
  • We support increased federal support to public institutions of higher education.

Justice and Equality

  • We oppose the use of private jails and prisons nationwide.
  • We support paying inmates in prison who work a minimum wage.
  • We support efforts to stem mass incarceration.
  • We oppose the death penalty nationwide.
  • We support the Violence against Women Act.
  • We support equal pay for equal work/worth.
  • We support comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, the DREAM Act and DACA.
  • We support net neutrality and equal access to the Internet.
  • We support the right to marry as a human right and, therefore, a national issue.
  • We support the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
  • We support women’s rights, including reproductive justice, as a national issue.
  • We support federal regulation to prevent states from imposing unnecessary restrictions and regulations on abortion rights.
  • We support stronger enforcement of the Americans’ with Disability Act.
  • Except in matters of public safety, we support non-discrimination policies in employment, education, and housing for felons who have completed their sentences.
  • We support federal action to pass and ratify of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
  • We support humane and compassionate refugee entrance policies and programs.
  • We support indigenous peoples in their fight against all forms of exploitation.
  • We support substantial limits to and reform of our monetary bail system which discriminates against low-income people nationwide.
  • We support substantial reductions in funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation forces and adherence to international human rights norms.

Affordable Housing, Health Care and Retirement

  • We support the right of every person to affordable, habitable, accessible, safe, and healthy housing.
  • We support creative reuse of abandoned properties to reduce homelessness.
  • We support universal, single-payer health care or comprehensive Medicare-for-All, as a right including mental health, dental, vision, and long-term care.
  • We support lifting the income cap for Social Security contributions.
  • We oppose Chained CPI and any other benefit cut to Social Security.
  • We support legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prices for prescription drugs and to allow Americans to import prescription drugs.
  • We support limiting hospital and pharmaceutical markups and fees for goods, services, and research
  • .We support fully funding and expanding the Veterans Administration so that all veterans receive the care they need and deserve, including fully funding claims reform in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • We support ending military survivor’s penalties on surviving widows and widowers when they become eligible for Social Security and Medicare.
  • We support utilizing the same COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for all entitlements, including at the Veterans Administration (VA).
  • We oppose any effort to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • We support expanding social service programs, such as WIC and SNAP.
  • We support expanding the funding of Title X family planning programs including, but not limited to, Planned Parenthood.

Clean and Safe Environment:

  • We support the right of every person to affordable, habitable, accessible, safe, and healthy housing
  • We support creative reuse of abandoned properties to reduce homelessness.
  • We support universal, single-payer health care or comprehensive Medicare-for-All, as a right including mental health, dental, vision, and long-term care.
  • We support lifting the income cap for Social Security contributions.
  • We oppose Chained CPI and any other benefit cut to Social Security.
  • We support legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prices for prescription drugs and to allow Americans to import prescription drugs.
  • We support limiting hospital and pharmaceutical markups and fees for goods, services, and research.
  • We support fully funding and expanding the Veterans Administration so that all veterans receive the care they need and deserve, including fully funding claims reform in the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • We support ending military survivor’s penalties on surviving widows and widowers when they become eligible for Social Security and Medicare.
  • We support utilizing the same COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for all entitlements, including at the Veterans Administration (VA).
  • We oppose any effort to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • We support expanding social service programs, such as WIC and SNAP.