The Ten Key Values of the Green Party are:
How do We Incentivize the Behavior We Want to Encourage and incentivize quality vs. quantity?
Ecological Wisdom, Sustainability, Decentralization & Community-Based Economics
AKA How do we substitute ecological gems of wisdom for a lump of coal (or uranium or plutonium) in our proverbial Christmas stocking?
We can incentivize the conversion to clean energy for individuals and businesses and non-profits of all sizes by offering not only tax breaks but matching funds and grants to low-income individuals and families
We can offer our cities matching funds and grants to run their own utilities and convert to clean energy sources
We can build a rail system like Europe has that connects the entire state so people can choose rapid transit rather than driving cars
We can provide incentives for cities that incorporate bike lanes, green belts, and pedestrian-friendly roads and that institute an auto-free day per month
We can provide grants for students/teachers/community leaders who devise eco-friendly practices in their schools and communities
We can provide matching funds and grants to worker-owned enterprises
Non-Violence & Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, Feminism & Respect for Diversity
In order to implement these values we can do the following:
We can offer matching funds and grants to schools to institute non-bullying and cultural sensitivity programs
We can offer matching funds and grants to counties that implement domestic violence programs
We can offer matching funds and grants to schools and universities to institute rape prevention and accountability programs
We can offer matching funds and grants to communities that develop cultural educational programs and festivities
We can offer matching funds and grants to police departments that practice community-based policing and show a decrease in incidents of police violence
We can expand our victim witness programs to offer more treatment and training
We can implement restorative justice programs that hold offenders accountable in a personal way so we can heal the cycle of abuse
We can reinstate true rehabilitative programs in our correctional facilities that treat, educate, and train offenders
We can provide incentives for cities and counties to implement electoral reforms like ranked choice voting and open-source election software, voting machines, and tabulators.
How do we get the money?
Remove insurance companies and pharmaceuticals from our healthcare system
Hold big polluters accountable and start charging them a carbon tax
Close the property tax loophole for commercial property
Create a state bank that offers low-cost loans to California residents
Tax natural resource extraction and use
Charge royalties for the use of our natural resources—oil, timber, minerals, and water
Pass a progressive tax system instead of the regressive one now in use
Single Payer Healthcare advocate Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute, answers some of the most-frequently asked questions in this blog post. Check it out: https://www.sandersinstitute.com/blog/10-questions-about-healthcare-answered
Out meeting voters and making them aware of the campaign, the Green Party, and Green values!
You can listen to my May 9th interview on Real Left Politics with Stewart Alexander at this link:
Hey everyone, I need some help putting up some campaign signs–like this one that one of my great volunteers, Mark, put up outside his home and at another location in the desert:
We need to put them in as many yards as possible throughout Assembly District 42! Fill out one of the contact forms if you can help!
On Monday, April 23, 2018 the Yucaipa City Council considered whether or not Yucaipa would join with other cities in California in filing an amicus brief in support of the federal lawsuit against California over SB 54. Yucaipa City Hall was filled to overflowing with people, some local, many not, advocating for joining with the federal lawsuit and with those opposing doing so.
I was the last person to make a public comment, and I chose to draw attention to the larger issues of foreign policy that are seldom addressed in discussions about immigrants and refugees. To hear the recording of the council meeting and my comments, go to: http://www.yucaipa.org/wp-content/uploads/city_council/audio/04232018.mp3 My two minutes start at 1:40.
Just ordered some campaign signs and am waiting for them to be printed–now I need some people to help me put them up!
Single Payer Healthcare would save us $37 billion annually and cover everyone for everything!
More people file bankruptcy in this country for medical bills than for any other reason. Healthcare reform is very much needed in order to rein in skyrocketing costs and offer services to everyone in need of medical care.
A bill was introduced in the state legislature last year, SB 562, the Healthy California Act, which was passed by the State Senate, but stalled in the Assembly because the Speaker of the Assembly placed it in the Rules Committee and wouldn’t allow it to come to the floor for a vote in last year’s legislative session.
SB 562 is a Single Payer bill which corrects the core problem of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, by taking the insurance companies and pharmaceuticals out of the middle of healthcare. If you believe like I do that health care is a human right, this bill needs our support; we must put pressure on the Speaker, Anthony Rendon, to let the bill onto the floor so it may be amended and put to a vote.
We can not only cover everyone for everything, do away with co-pays and deductibles, but save approximately $37 billion annually by switching to Single Payer healthcare by passing the Healthy California Act. Why? Because Single Payer would be similar to Medicare (a single payer system), which operates on around a 3% overhead vs. around a 26% overhead for insurance companies. This is because in a for-profit healthcare system, tens of millions of dollars go to CEO salaries and shareholder payouts every year, allowing insurance companies and pharmaceuticals to make millions of dollars by profiteering off patients’ suffering and death.
This is not only cruel and inhumane, but predatory, and needs to be replaced by a system which covers everyone, regardless of age or health, and does not profit off people’s illness. What is needed is a shift in priorities in government so that people’s needs, not corporate greed, come first.