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Above photo: People march in Washington, DC on the first day of the lame duck session of Congress to celebrate the popular victory over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and declare that it’s time for a People’s Agenda. By Eleanor Goldfield/Art Killing Apathy

The People Should Set the Agenda Not the Oligarchy

#PeoplesAgenda

Recent academic studies confirm that the United States is a oligarchy – ruled by and for the few, instead of the many. Studies show that government policies overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy and corporations and do not serve the interests or needs of the majority of people.

Now that the election between the two least popular presidential candidates in history is over, the people’s movement should not allow the billionaire elected president to set the agenda. This would also have been true if the other oligarch representative, Secretary Clinton, had been elected as well.

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We showed that when the people are organized we have power. We just defeated the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership- this was a treendous people-powered victory over transnational corporate power. We must build on that victory by putting forward our agenda and organizing people so that the political culture is moved to support the urgent necessities of people and planet. We must set the standard and force the political system to move toward us.

Evidence of the oligarchic domination of the political process is obvious from how healthcare was “reformed” and other recent policy decisions.  The Affordable Care Act was written by the private insurance industry and bailed out that industry and protected pharmaceutical company profits while tens of millions of people remain without coverage and even people who have health insurance struggle to afford care. Trillions of dollars were used to bail out Wall Street after the financial crash and most of the ‘recovery’ has gone to the top, while millions of people lost their homes, wealth inequality is growing and more people are in debt. The government has failed to act on the people’s demands for $15/hour minimum wage, police accountability, labels for GMO foods and ending the fossil fuel era. Our people are being sent abroad for endless wars while weapons makers and war profiteers are enriched.

1riseupWe have the power to change this. In fact, it will only change if we rise up and take action!

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Right now is the opportune time for people to say no to oligarchy and demand a people’s agenda. The rejection of the Democrats and the unexpected election of Donald Trump have caused confusion among the elites and have opened political space. The vote was a protest vote against the status quo, just as Senator Sanders’ broad support was also challenging the status quo. Voting for Donald Trump was the only way to protest the system — it was not a mandate for a right-wing agenda — but a protest of Washington, DC writing laws for the wealthy and not for the people.

People across the country are rising up and will continue to do so. This is critical for social transformation. We encourage you to organize in your communities and to take the streets.We must also be clear in our demands.

We are offering an outline for a People’s Agenda. This is based on the initial work of the October 2011 (Occupy Washington DC) organizers and community with additions based on the demands of current movements.

Please review the People’s Agenda, and if you support it, sign on as an endorser (CLICK HERE TO ENDORSE THE PEOPLE’S AGENDA). Share it widely!

Now you can join the National People’s Agenda Conference calls. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND THE DATES.

THE PEOPLE’S AGENDA

  1. Corporatism – Firmly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people and only people have Constitutional rights. End corporate influence over the political process. End corporate welfare that enriches the few and instead treat government investment as something that all profit from, ensure corporations pay their fair share by ending corporate loopholes and tax subsidies and put in place a global tax so that off-shoring of money does not avoid taxes. Protect people and the environment from damage by corporations and end corporate trade agreements and partnerships that undermine consumer, labor and environmental protections. Trade must be re-made to protect people and planet and developed in a transparent and participatory way without undue corporate influence. Re-invigorate corporate charters so corporations need the approval of government to exist and so their work can be reviewed on a scheduled basis to ensure they are still functioning as their charter requires. Stop privatizing public goods and services in order to commodify them for corporate profit.
  2. Foreign Policy, Wars and Militarism – End wars and occupations, end private for-profit military contractors and end the weapons export industry. War crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace must be addressed and those responsible held accountable under international law. The United States should not be engaging in regime change of other governments but rather it should respect the sovereignty of nations, including Indigenous nations. Honor the treaties. Reduce the national security state and demilitarize the police. US foreign policy should be based upon obeying international law (all of the recent US wars violated international law), protecting human rights and participating in diplomacy and not war. Armed forces should be used to defend the nation not to attack other nations.
  3. Human Rights – End exploitation of people in the US and abroad. End discrimination in all forms, guarantee equal civil rights, and the right of people to travel across borders to work and live. Make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international treaties that protect civil and political rights a reality. Negotiate reparations for Native Americans and African Americans. End deportations and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants.
  4. Worker Rights and Jobs – Guarantee that all working-age people have the right to safe, just, non-discriminatory and dignified working conditions, a sustainable living wage, paid leave and economic protection. Workers should be enabled to form unions for collective bargaining by removing the barriers that have been put in place since the 1940s. Put in place policies that allow worker owned and managed businesses, e.g. worker-owned cooperatives, so workers can build wealth and have greater control over their economic lives.
  5. Government – Guarantee that all processes of the three branches of government are accountable to international law, transparent and follow the rule of law. Respect the civil rights of government employees. Create a work environment in government that empowers people to serve, participation, honesty and integrity and that protects whistleblowers. Build policies and infrastructure that allow people to participate in decision making.
  6. Elections – Guarantee that all citizens 18 and older have the right to vote without barriers and establish universal voter registration. Ballot access laws should be re-written so they are consistent for all federal races and are not a barrier to inclusion of alternative parties and candidates. Count all votes in a transparent method open to the public. Institute new voting systems so that more than majority views are represented, e.g. proportional representation; and voting systems that avoid voting based on fear of the greater evil, e.g. instant run-off or ranked choice voting. Create a level playing field by funding public elections with public dollars and clean election laws. Require that all donations directly and indirectly to elections should be transparent, i.e. no anonymous funding of elections. Media should be required to provide equal time for all candidates running for office. Debates must be open to all qualified candidates. In the presidential race, all candidates on enough ballots to achieve a majority of electoral college votes should be included. The fraudulent debate commission, controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties, should have no role in deciding who can debate.
  7. Criminal Justice and Prisons – end stop and frisk and other racial profiling police practices that lead to police harassment,  brutality and even killings of civilians; respect constitutional rights against search and seizure, right to counsel and against self-incrimination. Create systems for community control of policing. Perform an independent investigation of all deaths of civilians by police. End the drug war and adopt a public health, evidence-based drug policy that respects individual rights and does not rely on law enforcement. End private for-profit prisons, end mandatory sentencing, recognize prisoners have the right to humane and just conditions, including the right to vote, with a focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into society and abolish the death penalty. Police need to protect the right to peaceably assemble to redress grievances and the right to Freedom of Speech without infiltration or other police practices that undermine those rights.
  8. Healthcare – Create a national, universal and publicly financed comprehensive health system, i.e. improved Medicare for All, which provides full health coverage throughout life with no out-of-pocket costs. Promote wellness in public policy. Recognize that health is a human right not a commodity.
  9. Education – Guarantee that all people have the right to a high quality, publicly-funded and broad education from pre-school through vocational training or university. Protect and empower teachers through unions, strong credentialing standards and professional development. Erase student debt.
  10. Housing – Guarantee that all people have the right to affordable and safe housing. End predatory mortgage and foreclosure practices.
  11. Environment – Adopt policies that create a carbon-free and nuclear free energy economy and that respect the rights of nature. Confront climate change with a rapid and comprehensive transition to an energy efficient, wind, solar and other renewable source-based economy that ends the wasteful use of energy. End the extractive economy and move toward a circular system where there is no waste and everything is re-used. Remake land use planning consistent with climate change and to support a healthy environment.
  12. Finance and the Economy – Break up the too big to fail banks, develop public banks in every state and major city, encourage community banks and credit unions, create local stock exchanges to allow investment in local communities and create micro-finance loans to encourage entrepreneurship and support local businesses. Return the power to create money to the US treasury so that money is no longer debt-based. Put limits on the discrepancy between worker and executive pay. End policies which foster a wealth divide and move to a localized and democratic financial system. Guarantee that people’s deposits are protected and that the public does not pay for financial institutions that fail. Reform taxes so that they are progressive and provide goods, monetary gain and services for the people including creating a guaranteed national income.
  13. Media – End the concentration of media by a small number of corporations. Democratize the media by recognizing that the airwaves and the internet are public goods and recognize independent and citizen’s media as legitimate media outlets. Require that media be accurate and accountable to the people and that the internet be accessible to all people, respect people’s privacy and promote the sharing of information. Protect net neutrality and freedom of expression on the internet so there is equal access to the Internet as a common carrier.
  14. Food and Water – Create systems that protect the land and water, create local, affordable and sustainable food networks, encourage community supported agriculture and farmer’s markets and diversify local food supplies so that food does not depend on transit over long distances. Encourage organic food production free of chemicals and regenerative agricultural practices. Label genetically modified foods. Guarantee the right to produce and harvest seeds. Stop commodification of water and guarantee access to water as a public good.
  15. Transportation – Provide affordable, clean and convenient public transportation and safe spaces for pedestrian and non-automobile travel. Develop land use planning that creates walkable and bikeable communities, with mass transit so that people do not depend on automobiles. Improve travel by train, rapid transit and commuter rails, so people are not dependent on air travel and automobiles.
  16. Economic Security for All  – People should have basic economic security throughout their lives. To end poverty and homelessness and insure economic security throughout life, we urge a guaranteed national income for all, sufficient to meet basic needs. The United States can end poverty for tens of millions by putting in place a basic income which has been supported by economists on the left, right, including libertarians, conservatives and radicals. This will be a supplemental income for many and the only income for others. In retirement we advocate doubling the Social Security payment and paying for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax and creating a progressive tax for all forms of income including investment income.

Here is another version of the People’s Agenda merged with the agenda that came out of the People’s Revolution.

There is a national consensus developing on many of the issues in the People’s Agenda. Below is a series of articles that provide polling showing support for these issues.

–  National Consensus Builds For Transformational Change: Action Needed

– We Stand With the Majority

– The American People Could Rule Better than the Political Elites

ENDORSE THE PEOPLE’S AGENDA

 

ENDORSERS:

Individuals:

Allan

Amelia

April

Claire A.

Elliot Abhau

Bridgit Agsar

Sandy Ahlstrom

Abraham D. Alexander

Grace Alexander

Dana Allen

Dottie Allen

Ellen Allen

Ruth Allen

Dave Allison

Kelly Allison

Kris Alman

Tim Ames

E Ingrid Anderson

Glen Anderson

Scott Angell

Tina Ann

Nile Arena

Suzanne Arms

Thomas Austin

Baruch

Ed Bennett

Beth

Brandon

Bri

Jim B.

Margie B.

James Babij

Lee Bailey

Paul Baker

Deb Bales

Garrick Balk

Heidi Ballard

Ellen E. Barfield

Deborah Barnes

David Barouh

Bob Barlett

Anne Bastian

MJ Baumann

Kimber Beachy

Mike J. Beeler

Finn Bell

Ed Bennett

John D. Bennett

Margaret Bennett

Randal Bennett

John Benoit

Steven Berge

Paul Berland

Faye Bernstein

Ken Berry

Tony Billard

John Bishop

Earl Boaz

Sean Bohac

Margie Borchers

James F. Botta

Laveta Bowen

Susan Boyce

Charlene Boydston

Jonathan Boyne

Kathy Bradley

Nick Brana

Richard Branning

Kathy Bringman

Yolanda Stern Broad PhD

D. Brockway

Mary Ann Brooks

Mr. Sherry Brown

Greta Browne

Cathy Brownlee

Gary Brumback

John Brusen

Carl Buchanan

Kathleen Burke

Patricia Burns

Vic Burton

John Buttny

Charles

Chris

Cindy

Laura C.

Seychelle Cannes

Diane Cardin

Renée Carlson

Catherine Carpenter

Tom Carpenter

John Casey

Liz Casey

Steven Cecchini

Sonja Chan

Bruce Chapman

Robert Charland

Susie Chasnoff, Trade Justice Activist

Manjari Chatterji

Kathryn Christian

Lucy Christopher

Bonnie L. Clark

Kenneth Clark

Toni Caldwell Clark

Tommie Clendening

Julia Cole

Mary Ann Cole

Merrill Cole

Mick Cole

James Coleman

Karen Collins-Fleming

Joan Columbus

Lyle Courtsal

Caryn Cowin

Bruce M. Cratty

Ann Creasy

Ed Croisant

Frances Crowe

Lawrence Crowley

Madeleine Crozat-Williams

William Crum

Suzanne Csejtey

Katherine Cunningham

Jean Cushman

John Cutler

Dale D.

Kristin D.

Deb

DJ

Don

Kathleen Daly

Linda Damico

David J Damstrom

Lo Daniels

Lawrence Danos

Peter F. Daroczy

Karen Davies

James R. Dawson

Emery Deaki

Mary Lou DeFino

Vyasa Deva

Ineke Deruyter

Maureen Dia

Thomas Dickinson

Charles Dineen

Arif Dirlik

Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D.

Sallie Dodd Butters

Elaine Donovan

Jim Dorenkott

Carolyn Doric

PR Douglasn

Joan Dowling

Joey Doyle

William Doyne

Kristi Doyne-Bailey

Dr. William ‘Skip’ Dykoski

Ellen

Eugene

Mr. Evans

Tod Edmondson

Norman Emmons

Heidi Erdmann

C. G. Estabrook

John Estes

Barbara Evans

Mr. Evans

Joseph Falkenstein

Lynn Faulkner

Joy First

Norma Fitts

Wayne P. Flottman

Margaret Flowers

Thomas Flynn

John Foran

Reese E. Forbes

Beverly Foster

Patrick J.Fowler

Lillia Frantin

Ridgely Fuller

Glory

Fritzie Gaccione

Cree ganMoryn

Arianna Garofalo

Johnny Garza

Gerard F. Gaudin

Robin Gaura

Sommer Gentry

Barbara Gerten

Bradley Geyer

Shari Gilbertsen

Rosemary Gilman

William Gittlen

L. Glasner

Colby Glass

Anthony Glavin

Jacqui Goeldner

Wendie Goetz

Bodhi Goforth

Roger Golden

Eleanor Goldfield

Dennis M. Goldstein

Alison Gottlieb

Rosemary Grace

Gary N. Granat

Chuck Graver, Jr.

David Green

Linda Greene

Brant Groff

William Grosh

Sterling Gruver

Elene Gusch

Helgaleena

Paul Haeder

Tomas Hakanson

Sue Hammond

Don Hannah

Phil Hanson

Amazing Amy Harlib

Susan Harman

Colin Hart

Kelly Hart

David Hartsough

John Hauf

Timothy Havel

Tyler V. Healey

Michael Heller

Antonia Herbstreit

Jill Herendeen

Laura Herndon

Richard Heron

William Byron Hess

Harriet Heywood

Therese Hicks

Taylor Hinton

Brian Hitchcock

Bruce Hlodnicki

Steven Hobbs

Deborah Hoff

Marilyn Hoff

Robert Hodge

Peter Holcomb

Henry A Homburger, MD

Lanlan Hoo

Nancy Hoop

Csilla Horvath

Adrienne Hudson

Randall Hughes

Tony Huszar

Ignasi

C. Imhoof

Elizabeth Izzo

Jack

Jason

Jim

Joan

John

Rita Jacobs

Anne Jacopetti

Dawn Jackson

Carol Jagiello

Forest Jahnke

Fred Jakobcic

Michael Jason

Richard Jennings

Dale Johnson

David Johnson, co-host of World Labor Hour radio collective

Stephen Johnson

Clayton Jones

Ernest Jones

Kit Jones

Lois Jordan

Debra Joswick

Adam K.

Ellen K.

Michael Karlin

Miriam Kashia

Michael Kast

Larry K. Kent

Ken Kenegos

Larry K Kentr

Susan Ketterer

John Kilcher

Marion Kim

Barry Kissin

Kit Kittredge

Lawrence Kitzmann

Billie Knighton

Carolyn Knoll

Joanne Kondratieff

Steven Kostis

Kyle Kosup

Elliot Kralj

Ellen Kratka

Daniel Kristof

Carole A. Kronberg

Terri Rae Kuhajda

Matt Kuhns

Christian Kunig

Mike and Miriam Kurland

Kurt

Lana

Linda

Larry Lambert

Rene Lambert

Lois Larsen

Fran Larson

Pat Larson

Douglas Lass

Janice Laurito

Christianna Leahy

Daniel LeClaire

Marilyn Ledoux

BrendaLee Lennick

Sandra Lewis

Rachel Lileet-Foley

Salvatore Liotta

Ronne Loerch

Leland Long

Pete Looker

Ed Lytwak

Mike and Von

Malia

Melvin Mackey

Theodore Majdosz

Paula Martin

Haley Mattel

Laureen Macpherson

Jan MacWilliams

Brian Maguire

Edward Martini

Lynn Lee Massicotte

Allyson Mattanah

Diane Mattson

Bill McAfee

Joan McCall

William McClellan

Haven McClure

Harry McCord

Ron A. McCullough

John McDermott

Duane McDonald

John McDonald

Susan McDonald

Christine McDonough

Marc McElligott

Aileen McEvoy

Charles B. McGarry

Doug McGee

Nettie McGee

John McGloin

Cheryl McGovern

William A. McGuire

Mark McKim

Michael McKinley

Robert McLaughlin

Walter McRee

Kathleen McTeigue

Kathleen Mendiola

Ron Meservey

Joseph Miller

Kerby Miller

Tricia Miller

Jonathan Mitchell

Darren Mitton

Pat Montee

Charlie Montgomery

Pat Moore

Judy Morgan

Everett Moris

Carole Muliken

Elizabeth Murray

Jeremiah Myer

Michael Nair-Collins

Phil Neal

Ken Neubeck

Douglas Newman

Joyce Niksic

Rael Nidess, M.D.

Mke Noon

Margarita O.

Bess O’Brien

Laura M. Ohanian

Shlomo Orr

David Osinga

Virginia Ota

Tiana Outram

Patrick

Patty

Lorna Paisley

Jane Pajot

Paul Palla

Joan Palmroos

Katie Pappas

Carol Paris

James Parker

Adam Parsons

Robin Pasholk

George Pauk

John Peck

Walter Pelton

Constance Pence

Susan Pennington

John Pepper

Reverend Mary Perry

Carolyn Pettis

Emily Pfister

Anthony Pfohl

Letty Phillips

Lazarus Poorman

Cinny Poppen

Robert Preece

Richard Profumo

Jim Prues

John Mark R.

Robert

Roger

Peggy Rabhi

Cynthia Rahav

Denis Recendez

Mary & Rev. Robert Reader

Bill Reitter

Beverly Rice

Jerry Rivers

Larry Robertshaw

Mary Robertson

Robert Robbins

Marianne Robinson

Alyssa Rogo

Mary Esther Rohman

Denise Romesburg

Lois Rose

Allan Ross

Dorothy E. Ross

Glenn Ross

Courtney Rosser

David Rovics

Linda Rubiano

Kenneth Ruby

Sahaas

Shari

Sherrie

Steve

Susan

Suzanne

Sue Saltmarsh

Jean Sanderson

David C. Sasser

John Saylor

Anne Scheetz

Katherine Schock

Stephanie Schoen

Andrew Seiler

Diana Senturia

Tim Sevener

John Sharrer

Kip Shrader

John Sidney

James Sigler

Lisa Simeone

Connie Simmons

Brian Simurdiak

Mark Skudlarek

Alice Slater

Marcia Slatkin

Stephen Sleeper

Red Slider

Jeff Sluka

Allen Smith

Rev. J.T. Smith

Jenifer Smith

Keith Smock

Susanna Sorin

Amanda Sousa

George Stadnik

Joan Stallard

Pallas Stanford

Louis Steffen

Toby Stover

Ake Stroede

John Stroncheck

Nancy Strong

Eileen Sullivan

Terry Sullivan

Stephen

Stickwork

Peggy L. Szymeczek

Terry

Mr. Rikhard Ravindra Tanskanen

Stan Taylor

Tahoeshell

Jessica Theriault

Dick Thompson

Tim Thompson

Tana Hartman Thorn

Mary Thorpe

Juli Tilsner

Thomas Tizard

Clare Tobin

Kathy Tolman

Charles D. Tribble

Ted Tripp

Pat Troxell

Stephanie Turnbull

Joel Tyner

Daniel Ulloa

Tom Ulrich

Virginia

Albert Valencia

Norma V.

Natalie Van Leekwijck

Richard Vanden Heuvel

Stephen Verchinski

Norma Versakos

Tom Violett

Brian Waak

Judy Wagner

Sue Walden

Scott Walker

Ray Wallis

Victor Wallis

James M. Wallrabenstein

Tom Warren

Martha Warner

Gabe Way

Emily Wheeler

Lamar Williams

Randall Williams

Susan Willis

James Wilson

Madeleine Winfield

Susan Withers

Nan Withington

Nancy Woodruff RN, IBCLC

Nancy York

Mightymel Zaloudek

Pablo Zambrano

Kevin Zeese

Crystal Zevon

zool Zulkowitz

 

Organizations:

Berning Media

Birthing The Future

Community Organizing Center for Mother Earth

Democratic Socialists of America, North Texas

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice

Hampton Roads Light Brigade

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

New Mode

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)

Occupy.com

Popular Resistance

R.I.S.K  Consultancy

Shambhala

Spiritkeepers Education Center

The Band of Rebels, Rochester, NY

ThePeopleGov.org

The Sacramento Z Newspaper

Trade Justice Alliance

Vermonters for a New Economy

Viva La Vida Foundation

Western Massachusetts Code Pink

White Rabbit Grove RDNA