- 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.