Economic Democracy & Workers’ Rights: We support the development and just transition away from economic policies of profit-maximization and private consolidation to a new economy rooted in solidarity and democratically-operated by the people in their communities and workplaces. We support workers’ rights to organize, to collective bargaining, to strike without the threat of reprisals or replacement, to safe and healthy working conditions, to equal pay for equal work, and to receive a living wage, pension and benefits. We are committed to building a just and sustainable society in which the excessive and obscene concentration of corporate power and personal wealth is overcome by the achievement of basic economic rights for all: secure jobs paying living wages; decent, affordable housing; adequate food, water and clothing; universal health care; quality education; a safe, clean environment; an equitable, progressive tax system which taxes unearned wealth; sustainable food production based upon family farms and farm cooperatives; and protection from economic insecurity caused by disability, old age, sickness, accident or unemployment.
7. Political Democracy: A democratic economy assumes a democratic political system. The current electoral system is not democratic and has been privatized by the wealthiest citizens who fund political campaigns. These winner-take-all electoral rules deny racial and political minorities fair representation and equitable share of power. We support fundamental political reforms aimed at finally realizing the full democratic promise of our country, including (but not limited to): universal right to vote; easy access to voting; publicly-financed elections with full ballot access; equal access to media for all candidates; voting rights for immigrants and convicted felons; preferential ballots (ranking candidates in order of preference) for single-candidate races; and proportional representation in electing local, state, and federal legislatures.
8. Peace and Anti-Imperialism: We oppose the policies of militarism and the culture of violence which permeates our society. We call for major cuts in the military budget and the conversion of weapons-producing industries to socially-needed production. We oppose military intervention in sovereign nations, colonialism and neo-colonialism, economic coercion, and political interference in the sovereign affairs of any foreign nation, including the indigenous First Nations within our own national borders.
9. Sustainable Environment: An ecologically-sustainable society requires replacing the economic policies prioritizing profit-maximization and endless “growth/productivity” compelled by multinational corporations with a democratic economy enabling people to gear production to human needs prioritizing sustainability and conservation for future generations. We support the creation of an ecological economy where everyone’s basic material needs are met through the sustainable use of non-toxic and renewable energy and materials. We oppose corporate attempts to shift the liability for environmental damage onto taxpayers; polluters must pay for the restoration of environmental damage. In place of the failed policy of regulating pollution releases, we call for pollution prevention, including a rapid phase-out of chlorinated compounds, trash incinerators, nuclear power plants, and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. We call for: a massive “Jobs for the Environment” program of public investment in the replacement of toxic technologies with ecological alternatives, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable organic agriculture, mass transit, biodegradable materials, solid waste reduction, recycling and clean composting, and eco-industrial parks for zero-emissions manufacturing.
10. Political and Economic Independence: It is essential to free ourselves and remain independent from partisan politics or the quid pro quo expected by corporate or wealthy funders in order to build a movement to achieve and sustain an authentic government of, by, and for the people. We promote independent candidates and parties who subscribe to the above principles and who are outside of the Democratic and Republican parties, which are dominated by the corporate ruling class and part of the problem, not the solution. We also support independent working class solidarity and action across international borders to counter the power of multinational corporations dominating our domestic and global economies.