Stop Global Warming
No issue reveals more clearly the flaws of the U.S. political-economic system than global warming. Greed and corporate power dominate the public good, and impose nearsighted focus on short term profits instead of serving our long-term needs and the welfare of future generations.
Voter Access Protection & Election Integrity
The U.S. election system is in crisis. Big-money interests dominate U.S. politics in ways unknown in other industrialized countries, with social and environmental progress often blocked by officials who cater to big donors to insure re-election funds. Incumbents are unfairly insulated by district gerrymandering and rules, which obstruct independent candidates and parties.
Economic and Social Justice
The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay. Racial Injustice
Race: Refers to the categories into which society places individuals on the basis of physical characteristics (such as skin color, hair type, facial form and eye shape). Though many believe that race is determined by biology, it is now widely accepted that this classification system was in fact created for social and political reasons. There are actually more genetic and biological differences within the racial groups defined by society than between different groups.
Systemic Racism: A combination of systems, institutions and factors that advantage white people and for people of color, cause widespread harm and disadvantages in access and opportunity. One person or even one group of people did not create systemic racism, rather it: (1) is grounded in the history of our laws and institutions which were created on a foundation of white supremacy;* (2) exists in the institutions and policies that advantage white people and disadvantage people of color; and (3) takes places in interpersonal communication and behavior (e.g., slurs, bullying, offensive language) that maintains and supports systemic inequities and systemic racism.
* In the above definition, the term “white supremacy” refers to the systematic marginalization or oppression of people of color based on a socially constructed racial hierarchy that privileges people who identify as white. It does not refer to extremist ideologies which believe that white people are genetically or culturally superior to non-whites and/or that white people should live in a whites-only society.
It is a moral outrage for a country as wealthy as ours to leave 60 million people with no reliable access to health care and tens of millions more with inadequate or overly expensive coverage. In addition, despite spending nearly twice as much as other developed nations on health care, our system performs poorly, because the private U.S. insurance bureaucracy soaks up as much as one-third of all the money and pharmaceutical interests overburden America by avoiding price competition.
Healthcare Human Rights
- Americans with no health insurance = 60 million (est)
- Americans with no insurance with full ACA implementation = 30 million (est)
- Almost 1 million Americans declare bankruptcy each year because of medical costs – 75% had health insurance
- 60,000 preventable deaths occur each year for lack of medical care – with ACA the estimate will still be 30,000
- Even with ACA, many won’t be covered
- Medicare doesn’t cover dental or vision
- Mental health care is underfunded
- Copays and deductibles are prohibitive
- No medical control with HMO’s
No Police Union Money Pledge
Why should you take the No Police Money Pledge?
Founding American principles like justice and equality are absent from contemporary police institutions. The recent killings of unarmed black folk like George Floyd and many others renewed scrutiny of police policies and practices that consistently deny black individuals justice and equality. Five years ago, after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, activists called for police reforms at all levels of government. Yet today, activists are requesting the same reforms from their government. Why haven’t governments passed promised reform? Police unions like the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and the Fraternal Order of the Police (FOP) use their lobbying power to block necessary police reforms. In the past forty years, police unions have spent over five and a half million dollars lobbying legislators in New Jersey. Though Democratic legislators often claim to support police reforms, Democrats overwhelmingly take more money from police unions than Republicans. Of the over five and a half million dollars spent by police unions to lobby legislators in New Jersey, Democrats accepted around three and a half million of those dollars. Even as New Jersey’s Attorney General has allowed the release of previously confidential records of officers who have been suspended, terminated, or demoted, police unions like the New Jersey State PBA are decrying the Attorney General’s order and filing suit against the state. But Democratic legislators still accept money from police unions and justice and equality will continue to be denied. If our legislators refuse to rein in the power of police unions, we must take it upon ourselves to do so. When our elected officials refuse to stop taking police money, we should refuse to vote for them.