As a teacher, I believe that it is important to always be learning. This campaign is no different. I am always listening, researching and learning. Therefore, the agenda for this campaign is a living document that is subject to change. My views of putting people first, protecting all people and the environment and expanding our democracy will never change. I am open to your constructive input and suggestions.
PUTTING MICHIGAN BACK TO WORK
- Placement of all major corporations under social ownership and worker control under the principles of economic democracy.
- A massive state and federal public works program to rebuild our cities and communities, administered and controlled by elected assemblies of working people.
- Reopening of all closed and closing factories under workers’ control, retooled (if necessary) to produce staple items for human need.
- Creation of a Statewide Pension Authority, under democratic control of elected workers’ assemblies, to hold the assets of private pension funds and 401(k) retirement funds, and a levy against corporate assets for any pension fund deficits.
- State and federal cultural works projects to develop and bring cultural activities into working communities.
- Creation of a Workers’ Superfund to pay a worker’s full wages and benefits, as well as necessary educational and/or retraining costs, for workers who lose their job due to environmental transition, downsizing, corporate restructuring or capital flight.
- Cut the workweek with no loss of net pay or benefits to spread available work around in accordance with the aim of producing for use and public need, rather than for the maximization of private profit.
- A 100-percent capital flight tax on corporations who attempt to leave the state.
REBUILDING OUR COMMUNITIES
- Creation of a neighborhood reconstruction program, to build quality, community based housing, controlled and administered by democratically elected assemblies of construction workers and future residents.
- Rent control for all existing rental units, and the right of tenants to organize into unions and conduct rent strikes and strikes over conditions.
- Support for the formation of housing cooperatives and nonprofit land trusts.
- Creation of a housing rehabilitation service, democratically controlled by construction workers and residents, to aid homeowners and renters in renovations and maintenance, and seasonal weatherizing.
- Repeal Act 226 of 1988, which prohibits Michigan counties, cities, villages, and townships from establishing local rent control ordinances
Citizens of Flint are still without water and the government depends on us to send bottles of water. Bottles of water! We cannot fix the issues in Flint without fixing the system that created them.
We can start by:
We can start by:
- Not electing government officials that sit on their hands and/or disregard the needs of others for financial gain
- Placing Flint under community control - no emergency financial managers
- Creating boards of elected citizens to determine and oversee community needs - then actually listening to what they have to say and help them with resources in order to meet those needs
- Bringing in professional tradesmen, volunteers and anyone who is able to train and certify unemployed, and underemployed, citizens to fix and maintain infrastructure
- Boosting their economy with good paying, unionized, jobs - fixing and maintaining their infrastructure, construction and other trades including installing solar panels
- Working with scientists and conservationists to do a massive clean up of the Flint River
- Sucking it up and providing the finances in order to fix the waterlines (which will be cheaper in the long run) and hooking their water system up to the clean water of Lake Huron - It's about saving lives!
safe and efficient access to travel
- Government-subsidized programs to expand foot and bicycle paths. Creation of pedestrian ways that exclude vehicles from downtown areas of cities and towns, accessible only by mass transit.
- Creation of fully funded high-speed rail transportation systems between the major cities in Michigan, with fares set low enough to be a viable alternative to the use of the automobile.
- Creation of an elevated train/subway system in Detroit, and commuter lines from Detroit to suburban communities.
- Subsidies for socialized mass transit so that fares are affordable to all.
- Establishment of a democratically controlled Highway Redevelopment Commission to explore ways to transform the state’s roadway infrastructure into a non-invasive, environmentally friendly system.
- Replacement of all diesel-powered buses by electric- and CNG-powered coaches.
- Establishment of state-owned auto insurance, with rates on a sliding scale based on income, administered by an elected state Insurance Commission.
- Replacement of salt for snow removal on roads with an ecologically sound chemical substitute that does not deteriorate the roads, so as to preserve our state’s resources and reduce the need to rebuild roads.
- Establishment of a state agency for road repair.
- Increase the quality of new road repairs so as not to require constant repair, which increases fuel consumption, causes accidents, and creates tension.
lifting the tax burden off of working people
- An amendment to Michigan’s Constitution to replace the state’s flat-rate income tax with a steeply graduated income tax structure, with people below the poverty line paying no income taxes.
- Top-bracket tax rates for millionaires and billionaires at 80 percent
- Restoration of the estate tax, capital gains tax and luxury tax on a progressive, steeply graduated scale.
- Elimination of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Venture Michigan Fund, and all other subsidies, tax breaks and credits for the benefit of corporations and individual capitalists (also known as “corporate welfare”).
- Tax benefits for renters equal to those for homeowners.
- A 100-percent tax on the profits of war goods and weapons manufacturers.
protecting workers' dignity
- We must raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $15.00 per hour over the course of four years. Increasing to $9.00 in 2018, $10.50 in 2019, $12.00 in 2020, $13.50 in 2021, and $15.00 in 2022. Raise the minimum yearly salary to $35,000 for salaried workers.
- An uninterrupted weekly break, of no less than 64 hours, for all workers, with exception for flex-time.
- A minimum of three weeks paid vacation, and a minimum 24 days of personal time off, for all workers.
- Abolition of mandatory overtime. Employees working voluntary overtime must receive double pay.
- Increased unemployment compensation at a living wage and indexed to the cost of living.
- Establishment of a guaranteed annual income at a living wage for those outside the work force.
- Price controls and freezes on all staple food items and essential services, established by democratically elected assemblies of producers and consumers.
- Support for the right of any number of interested workers in a workplace to form a union and bargain with their employer, with no limits on the subjects upon which employees and unions may bargain with employers.
- Automatic union recognition based on card check and neutrality.
- Democratic control by the membership of all labor unions, independent of employer and government domination and influence.
- Support for the right of all workers, particularly workers in service industries, the unorganized, under organized and unemployed to organize labor unions, associations and cooperative societies.
- Support united labor action including secondary strikes, sympathy strikes and secondary boycotts, factory committees, and ultimately the expropriation of the work place.
- Support of the right of first-time and part-time workers to full benefits.
- Repeal of all legislation such as the 1994 Public Act 112 amendments to the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act, the federal Hatch Act, Taft-Hartley Act, and Landrum-Griffin Act, and 2012 Public Acts 348 and 349—comprising Michigan’s so-called “right-to-work” laws.
- Abolition of the National Labor Relations Board, replaced by community-based elected commissions composed of at least 50 percent working people.
- Support for the right of workers to organize workplace committees and assemblies, to hold shop meetings on company premises, elect their supervisors, and administer health and safety programs.
- Support for the right of workers, consumers and communities to information on plant safety, hazardous wastes, toxic substances, and the quality of goods and services.
- Support for the right of workers to strike over health and safety issues.
- Support for the right of all workers to organize irrespective of job titles and responsibilities, citizenship status, method of payment or sector of the economy where employed.
IMPROVING THE RURAL ECONOMY
- Formation of cooperatives to represent small and family farmers in negotiating contracts with canneries and grocery/produce distributors.
- Technological and resource incentives to small and family farmers that agree to form a cooperative.
- The right of farm workers to organize into unions to gain better wages and benefits, quality housing and working conditions, and for negotiating contracts.
- Placement of corporate-run “factory farms” into public ownership, administered and restructured by democratically elected farm workers’ assemblies.
- A parity system that guarantees farmers a full return on the cost of production.
- Creation of grants, no-interest loans, micro-credits and technical help to farmers, including help to shift farm production from non-essentials to staple foods and fibers.
- The right of farmers and farm workers to organize unions for good wages, housing, and working conditions (including the right to be protected from pesticides).
- Labeling of genetically modified foods, and the banning of genetically modified seeds designed to be sterile.
- Democratic control of agricultural research and the complete testing of agricultural products.
- Increased funding to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry out full inspections of domestic and imported agricultural products to make sure they meet standards for food safety.
- Full disclosure in the labeling on agricultural products, including listing the country of origin.
- Full funding for research geared toward the elimination of pesticide use.
a people's budget, approved by the people
- Establish a policy of direct, popular participation in the formulation and passage of municipal, county and state budgets. These “Participatory Budgets” would be drafted by the people themselves, and adopted by elected assemblies. Communities would be presented with the amount of money that is received annually, the budget lines that could be funded and possible recommendations from an elected Budget Commission. Meeting in community assemblies, elected delegates and members of the community would debate and decide on how much each budget category would receive and when, and then adopt it.
- Working people are the most qualified to know which services should receive priority funding and which should be cut. Since working people are the majority of the population, and the recipient of the overwhelming majority of municipal, county and state services, we believe they are the most qualified to decide these issues.
Social equality and democratic rights
- Full equality for all, regardless of race, color or creed, nationality or national origin, sex, gender identity, sexuality or sexual identity, age, ability, political affiliation, religion, or citizenship status.
- State anti-discrimination legislation covering the above categories, with fully empowered enforcement mechanisms in the hands of elected assemblies of working people.
- Grant the rights outlined in the Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to all humans – in our country, including immigrants, and around the world.
social equality and democratic rights - people of color
- Affirmative action programs, including concretely measurable targets and timetables, overseen by diversity oversight commissions in community investment, education, employment, residential financing, and state services.
- Recognition of the right of oppressed nationalities to autonomy, community control and self-determination, up to and including separation.
- Full representation and/or sovereignty, land reform, and honoring of treaties for Native American communities and nations in the state government as autonomous entities. I fully support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the world indigenous movement working to protect the Earth from industrialism.
- Opposition to attempts to adopt an official language for Michigan or the United States.
- Passage of legislation making racial profiling a crime severely punishable by law.
- The right of immigrants to housing, education, health care, jobs, and civil, legal and political rights.
- Genuine integration of Michigan’s most racially segregated public school districts within the state’s greater metropolitan Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Muskegon, and northeast Berrien County regions, through the remapping of new school district boundaries over and across those of the traditional municipal, and long correspondingly racially segregating, lines.
social equality and democratic rights - women
- The right to free abortion on demand without interference or coercion.
- Repeal legislation that limits access to abortion services, thus denying the right to choose to millions of women, particularly low-income women, women of color, and young women. Support full reproductive freedom for all women by removing all discriminating barriers to reproductive rights and reproductive health care.
- Equal pay for equal work or work of comparative worth.
- Establishment of 24-hour childcare and medical facilities, crisis lines and shelters for victims and survivors of rape, domestic violence and child abuse, and community-based education and response teams to combat violence against women and children.
- Banning all involuntary sterilizations, with doctors who perform them subject to prosecution.
- For organizational structures based on feminist practice: rotating leadership, gender balance, gender based caucuses and systems for ensuring full and open participation in discussion and decision-making.
social equality and democratic rights - lesbians, gay men, transgender, queer, and intersex (lgbtqi)
- Repeal of all anti-LGBTQI legislation, including anti-sodomy “criminal deviant,” and gender-discriminatory bathroom laws.
- Recognition of equal protection under the law for same-sex couples through a constitutional amendment affirming their right to obtain a marriage license and certificate from the State of Michigan, and their right to adopt and raise children, and protections from any discrimination that may occur in the workplace, housing, and privately owned businesses.
- We call on all schools to adopt policies and procedures to address and prevent student violence and to ban discrimination against LGBTQI people throughout the educational system.
- A state and federal ban on all forms of job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in both the public and the private sector. To assist in this, the creation of an independent agency to investigate allegations of discrimination on these bases.
- We support full coverage, under a national or statewide healthcare system, of sexual reassignment surgery, hormones, breast implantation/reduction, and associated procedures.
- We are committed to confronting the heterosexism and transphobia that provides the fertile ground for homophobic and transphobic violence, and support all efforts toward fostering understanding and cooperation among persons and groups of different sexual orientations and gender identities.
social equality and democratic rights - disabled
- Restoration and enhancement of enforcement provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Establishment of a network of support for people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities, including home assistance, recreation centers, guaranteed income, voting access and quality control in residential facilities.
- We oppose any attempts to reduce social security entitlement, remove protections for the disabled under social security, or privatize the social security system.
- A raise in Social Security and SSI benefits to a minimum of $2,588 a month and remove the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes. This would keep the system fully funded, without any need to cut benefits or raise the retirement age. In fact, more jobs would be available if full-retirement age was back down to 65. And we should not let Wall Street profit off our retirement by privatizing Social Security.
- Adjust the resource limits and income exclusions for SSI for the cost of living from the point they were last raised in the mid 80’s.
social equality and democratic rights - elderly
- No compulsory retirement. Right of retirement at age 55 — age 50 for workers in hazardous or extremely labor-intensive industries.
- Increase in home service and hospice care for older people so that they can remain independent in the community.
- Formation of publicly funded and democratically controlled senior centers to provide positive opportunities for community involvement.
- Vigorous enforcement of health and care standards for nursing homes.
- Election of advocates and ombudsmen by assemblies of seniors and caregivers to insure the protection of residents’ rights in nursing homes, and a stimulating environment in group and nursing home situations.
social equality and democratic rights - youth
- Opposition to measures that increase responsibilities and penalties on youth ostensibly to curb crime.
- The right of all parents to share in the child-rearing process.
- Adoption and foster care reform, including child protections from abuse and abandonment, and the stripping of parental rights from abusive parents.
- The right of young people to a job, proper training and/or full benefits after finishing their education.
- The right of young people to enter into personal relations with their peers without fear of repression from the state.
- Repeal of Michigan’s so-called Parental Rights Restoration Act, which preconditions minors’ access to abortion upon the receipt of parental or judicial consent.
breaking the system of legal injustice
- Repeal M.C.L. §§ 168.692- 693 which directly provides for convention nominations by the two major parties to be the means through which Michigan Supreme Court Justice candidates gain qualification to appear on the “nonpartisan judicial ballot.”
- I support establishing democratic control of local police forces. One way is to make sure proceeds of police seizures go into a state or local government's general fund, not the budget of the police that carry out the seizures. This way, no police force can become a self-financing entity outside the budget control of elected officials – which keeps related corruption in check. I also support elected Citizen Review Boards to oversee law enforcement, with the power to fire police officers and start prosecution of criminal acts.
- Full prosecution of the criminal activities of politicians, corporate managers and other privileged individuals rather than the over-enforcement of minor infractions by working people.
- Expansion of community release programs and other alternatives to prisons, and a moratorium on new prison construction.
- Immediate closure of all “Supermax” prisons. Abolition of “prisons for profit”.
- Abolition of prison labor for profit, forced labor (“chain gangs”) and the use of prison labor to perform state services.
- Adoption of a zero tolerance policy towards sexual assault within prisons.
- Establishment of academic programs and schools to aid prisoners with literacy, attaining higher education and understanding the law and society.
- Support services for prisoners and their families to reduce ostracism, maintain family ties, and provide for non-degrading visitation policies.
- Abolition of multi-prisoner cells.
- Establishment of completely independent and democratically elected police control and oversight councils, with full power to fire police and to arrest, detain, and indict police officers who brutalize or abuse people or who commit any violation of laws or civil rights and liberties.
- Recognition of the right of working-class and oppressed communities and communities of color to defend themselves against reactionary violence, police harassment and brutality.
- Community response services for crime victims.
- Sliding scale of fines based on income.
- Commutation and pardoning of all political prisoners.
- Legislation to make the recitation of the rights of the accused (the “Miranda warning”) by police mandatory.
- Immediate dismissal of all prosecution cases where the rights of the accused have been violated.
- Oppose the institution of the death penalty in Michigan.
- Statewide safety standards and training for gun owners, under democratic control.
- Unconditional amnesty for undocumented people. For full citizenship rights upon demonstrating proof of residency for six (6) months.
- Make Michigan a Sanctuary State that stands for all people in order to help those who are in the country "illegally" avoid deportation.
- We call for an end to the use of “secret evidence” in deportation hearings, a ban on all immigration detentions and military tribunals, and full due process and habeas corpus rights in U.S. courts for all non-citizens on U.S. territory or in U.S. custody.
- Repeal of all existing state mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
- Elimination of prosecutorial immunity.
- Legalize growing and sales of marijuana, while regulating any use proven to be hazardous. Industrial hemp can bring our state benefits including jobs in growing and processing. The US leads the world in percentage of citizens in prison, most for non-violent drug offenses. A disproportionate number are blacks and Hispanics due to racial profiling, though drug-use rates are evenly spread across racial/ethnic lines. We must work to end this injustice, and the financial incentives set up by prison privatization and the “War on Drugs.”
- Make Michigan a no-recourse state. This means that, if a family's house is foreclosed on, the foreclosure would entirely settle the mortgage debt. We must also require proof in court before a foreclosure proceeds, and impose a moratorium on home foreclosures and utility shutoffs when unemployment is high.
protecting the health of humanity
- Health care should be a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can pay. Socialized single-payer universal health care, or “Medicare for All”, could cover everyone equally, with standard and alternative medical coverage, and vision and dental care, for all, and save us hundreds of billions annually (out of insurance-company profits).
- For a health care system that emphasizes preventive care, respects patients’ privacy, gives special attention to the needs of the physically and mentally disabled, and conducts treatment and research unimpaired by sexism, racism or homophobia/heterosexism.
- Free and safe access to reproductive services, including birth control and medical termination of pregnancy (abortion), on demand.
- Fully paid maternity leave three months before and six months after giving birth; the partner or guardian couple to be provided with six months’ leave.
- Full funding for research into developing vaccines, treatment, and a cure for HIV and AIDS.
- Full funding for research into medical benefits that can be derived from the study of the human genome.
- Abolition of all patent protection for medicines and genes and biomedical/technology products.
- Immediate lifting of the restrictions upon government funding for human embryonic stem-cell research.
- Full funding for treatment and management of addiction to controlled substances, and the development of synthetic alternatives that aid in eliminating physical addiction, not merely replace one addictive substance with another.
- Full funding for community mental health services available on a voluntary basis, with patients’ rights respected.
- Repeal Michigan’s ban on the right of state residents to sue pharmaceutical drug manufacturers.
- Passage of the Patient Safety Act
a 21st-century public education system
- Restoration of tenure rights to Michigan public school teachers by repealing Acts 101-103 of 2011.
- Free, quality and universal public education, from pre-kindergarten through postgraduate studies, including open admissions with the abolition of tuition and fees at all public universities.
- Cancellation and forgiveness of all outstanding debt from student loans.
- Recognition of full unionization rights for graduate student teaching and research assistants.
- Abolition of legislation that allows public funds to be diverted into private schools. Abolition of school voucher programs and charter schools.
- Funding for massive teacher recruitment and retention program, administered by the teachers’ unions.
- Mandatory reduction of class sizes to no larger than 20 students per teacher.
- Broadband Internet access in all schools, libraries and other educational facilities, free and accessible to all students, parents and members of the community.
- Repudiation of the provisions of the “No Child Left Behind” Act and the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, including teacher testing and merit pay.
- Multicultural, class-conscious curricula that allows for alternative methods of learning and development.
- Non-moralistic sex and health education beginning in the fourth grade.
- Mandatory updating of all school textbooks and other learning-related materials every five years.
- Inclusion of vocational and fine arts courses in the mandatory curriculum.
- An end to military research at public universities and the abolition of all ROTC and JROTC programs
- Teacher control of curriculum formation.
- Student, Parent, and Teacher input in the hiring and dismissal procedures of school personnel, through the formation of local school/community committees.
- Student, teacher, and faculty representation on school boards, and for those boards to be fully accountable to students, parents, teachers, school workers, and members of the community
- Elimination of the Michigan Education Achievement Authority.
- End the influence of money in politics. Democracy should express the will of the people through a “one person, one vote” process. Public financing for all legally qualified candidates and a ban on corporate donations to politicians, parties, PACs, or lobbyists.
- Abolition of all public financing for the process of conducting primary elections on behalf of the two major parties. They cost us all millions, and marginalize alternative political parties. Let each party set up and pay for the process by which it selects candidates. Require legislators to spend 26 weeks a year in their districts, and to hear from all their constituents instead of seeing only select friendly audiences.
- Implementation of Instant Runoff Voting in all state, county and municipal elections. Runoff Voting lets voters list all their preferences among candidates. This eliminates the pressure to vote for one “lesser evil” candidate or risk “spoiling” the election. Paper ballots (counted by human beings instead of machines), election audits, and other reforms can make sure all valid votes count – and are counted.
- Abolition of restrictive rules for obtaining and retaining ballot status as a political party.
- Automatic granting of “Political Party” status for any organization that holds a State Convention and elects a State Central Committee.
- Abolition of the two-tier system that favors the Republicans and Democrats by abolishing signature-gathering requirements.
- Abolition of the current major party nomination process for members of the Board of State Canvassers and “bipartisan” approval vote requirement for passage of motions.
- Repeal of all laws restricting participation by labor unions in the political process.
- Equal public financing of all registered candidates and abolition of the use of personal funds in elections.
- Mandatory, verifiable paper trail of all votes to allow for recounts and verification.
- Automatic voter registration upon reaching voting age, based upon the most recent of address provided on a driver's’ license application, state ID application or state tax return, whenever possible.
- Extension of the right of Michigan citizens incarcerated in jails and prisons within the state to vote.
- Election day as a national and state holiday.
- Amend Article II, § 8 of the Michigan Constitution to remove the provision barring any judge from facing voter recall from elected office.
- Amend Article II, § 9 of the Michigan Constitution to remove the provision prohibiting state voters’ referendary repeal of legislative acts which include any form of financial appropriation.
the people's airwaves
- Abolition of privately funded campaign commercials, replaced by state-mandated blocks of time for each candidate and recognized state political party.
- Reinstitution of the “fairness doctrine” in all media, with automatic recognition of equal time for all candidates.
- Expansion of public access media, including print and radio, to allow for more diverse voices to be heard.
- Sliding scale of fees for obtaining broadcast licenses, based on income and audience served.
- Free Internet access for all.
- Support Net Neutrality, which keeps anyone from controlling the Internet with restrictions on content, platforms, transmission speed, or equipment. If courts will not let FCC enforce this democratic concept under current law, we call for new laws to make sure people have fair and equal access to online information – and to each other, to share it.
- Immediate and permanent repeal of the “Local Financial Stability and Choice Act” (Act 436 of 2012), and immediate and permanent removal and termination of all currently appointed “emergency managers” and established “consent agreements” there under, without any resulting return to that Act’s original legislative predecessor (Act 72 of 1990). I correspondingly demand the abolition of the assumed ability of the state government to stage “takeovers” of municipalities, school districts, or local community-owned institutions and assets; to abrogate or suspend union contracts or collective bargaining rights; or to subject any local governmental body to the dictatorial rule or control of an ‘Emergency Manager’ or so-called “consent agreement.”
- Utilities and other essential community services should be in the community's hands, based on elected assemblies of those employees working the facilities and liaison bodies from the community, not privatized for corporate profits. Local governments should support time banks, transition towns, community gardens, and similar non-profit organizations which build their communities. I also support community involvement in schools and literacy programs as well as shelters for battered women, men, and children. Training in nonviolent conflict resolution should be a regular school program – for students and parents.
democratic economy and society
- All financial institutions, including credit unions, mutual insurance cooperatives, and cooperative state banks, to be publicly owned and operated by democratically controlled assemblies of financial service workers.
- Abolition of all ATM, check cashing and bank fees.
- No business secrets hidden from the workers. The books and data banks of every company must be open to the inspection of specialists appointed by and responsible to the workers.
- Abolition of state secrecy. Public access to all state files, cabinet papers, diplomatic agreements, etc., with respect to personal privacy.
- Mandatory full disclosure of corporate plans to close and relocate plants and compensation for workers and communities affected by plant closings.
- Mandatory full disclosure of budgets and assets for all declared failing and bankrupt corporations.
- End to all forms of censorship, both legislative and institutional.
- Separation of church and state, and separation of church and school. Full freedom for religious and atheist beliefs.
- An end to all state-sponsored religious propaganda and acts of worship. Religion taught in public schools only as a subject of academic study.
- Sanctioning of fully empowered neighborhood councils and assemblies to administer areas and communities within cities.
- Transfer of oversight of all services in a community to such assemblies.
- Establishment of liaison committees between community assemblies and workplace assemblies to recommend new techniques, improvements to equipment, additions of personnel, etc.
- Citywide, county, regional and statewide gatherings of community assemblies on a periodic basis, to exchange ideas, set policy and coordinate activity.
A DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTION
A Democratic constitution
- Abolition of the State Senate and expansion of the State House of Representatives into a general State Legislature, chosen by proportional representation.
- No representative to make more than the average wage of a skilled worker.
- All Representatives and executive officers subject to immediate recall at any time.
- All members of the executive Cabinet, including directors of state agencies, not directly elected by the people to be chosen from among the elected Representatives.
- Direct election of all judges and justices of the court, subject to recall and earning no more than the average wage of a skilled worker.
- Secretary of State to be empowered to oversee relations with other states and the federal government.
- All post-Census legislative redistricting to be done by a non-partisan commission, employing the latest in computer-aided design and database technology.
- A “Working People’s Bill of Rights,” designed to make clear and concrete the rights of working people in the state to the necessities of life, the means of expression and the power to determine their own futures and those of succeeding generations.
preserving natural resources
- Public ownership and democratic control of all our natural resources in order to conserve resources, preserve our wilderness areas, and restore environmental quality.
- Placement of all financial responsibility for cleaning up toxic wastes on the corporations which are responsible for them.
- Requirements for manufacturers to contribute to research and development of new technologies for cleaning up and preventing future toxic wastes.
- Banning of the placement of local municipal landfills, toxic waste disposal sites or incinerators in working-class communities and communities of color.
- Legal action against any U.S. private corporation that violates environmental laws in the operation of facilities overseas.
- No clear-cutting in commercial forestry. Banning of commercial cutting in old-growth forests.
- An environmentally sound timber policy that takes into account the historical ecology of the region.
- Endangered species protection that focuses on habitat-centered protection for plants and animals.
- Clean, accessible water is a fundamental human right and a public trust. We must protect Michigan's unique fresh-water resources against privatization and ban hydraulic fracturing, pumping and exploration for oil, natural gas, or any other purpose that could pollute the water supply.
- Revoke the sulfide-mining permit wrongly issued for the Eagle mine, which will drain acid into the Yellow Dog Watershed and Lake Superior.
- Massive cleanup of all Michigan lakes and waterways.
- Ban on the use of water from the Great Lakes for bottling and sale.
- Strict adherence to the federal Clean Water Act.
- Strict controls on runoff and effluent by industry and agriculture.
- Programs to reduce and eliminate mercury contamination in water.
- Statewide program to clean up and restore our state’s beaches and shorelines.
- Provide more non-motorized lakes and campgrounds
- “Polluter pay” laws to stop corporations from exceeding pollution levels.
- Mandatory DEQ monitoring of air pollution levels in urban areas.
- Conservation-focused limits and regulations on all commercial and large scale logging operations and other programs that cause deforestation.
- Legislation to preserve old growth forests and create new forest areas.
- Acceptance and compliance with the Kyoto Protocols.
- For alternative energy systems that are not harmful to the environment or living things.
- Public ownership and control of energy plants, organized in a production-for-use system, and administered by elected workplace and community assemblies, assuring the most careful use of natural resources, and giving local communities power to decide whether or not to accept large energy projects in their areas.
- Establishment of wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric power plants to end Michigan’s dependence on fossil fuels.
- I oppose new nuclear plants, and call for phasing out all existing reactors, and an indefinite moratorium on all nuclear plant construction . Fossil fuels bring their own disasters, including the Enbridge pipeline break in Marshall. I also oppose offshore oil drilling, Keystone XL, Enbridge's pipeline over the Straits of Mackinac, tar-sands oil, fracking, coal, and biomass.
- Mandatory vitrification of all spent nuclear fuel, control rods and other waste.
- Ban on all imports of nuclear materials, whether they are vitrified or not.
- Sliding scale of utility rates which favor low-income people and ensure that everyone has access to utility services.
- A state moratorium on the extraction of fossil fuels through the process of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).
- Ban on all imports of consumption waste.
- Moratorium on the construction of new waste dumps and landfills.
- Retrofitting of all current dumps and landfills with technology that aids in breaking down waste.
- Increasing conservation efforts by individuals, businesses and communities.
- “Premium pricing” for virgin raw materials.
- Expansion of weekly curbside recycling programs.
- Expansion of the “Bottle Bill” to include all glass, plastic, metal and coated paper containers.
- Democratically-elected, community-based environmental oversight committees.
- Immediate moratorium on all new construction and an injunction on all current construction contributing to urban sprawl.
- Credits and incentives to individuals and construction teams to build new dwellings and facilities in urban areas.
- Creation of and support for programs aimed at preserving wildlife preserves and natural wetlands.
- Expansion of federal and state wildlife areas, under democratic control of elected DNR representatives.
- Support for the development of programs aimed at studying the effects of naturally-occurring chemical compounds.
respecting all living things
- Free spaying and neutering of domesticated animals and pets to prevent overpopulation.
- Mandated humane treatment of all animals employed to entertain humans, enforced by a Bureau of Animal Rights Enforcement, attached to the DNR.
- Abolition of the fur trade.
- Support for greater inclusion in and enforcement of the federal Endangered Species Act.
- Opposition to the practices of overcrowding, drugging, and otherwise cruelly treating animals on large and factory farms.
hunting and fishing
- Condemnation in the strongest terms of hunting and fishing for no purposes other than to slaughter.
- Sliding scale of limits and seasons to preserve threatened species and control overpopulation.
- Cleaning and dressing stations for the safe and sanitary butchering of wild game.
new cities initiative
- I would work to pass a New Cities Initiative, which would go beyond the proposals for “cool cities” advanced by modern technocrats. The New Cities Initiative would reorganize urban and rural life to provide for a common bond between all people in Michigan. Modern conveniences and culture would be brought to rural populations; rural calm and openness would be brought to urban peoples. Through modern methods of municipal planning and organization, it would be possible to bring the 21st century to even the most remote village and town in Michigan, while at the same time preserving old-growth forest, natural wetlands and wildlife areas.
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