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Crime

We’ve got to treat drug abuse as a health problem. You should legalize marijuana and decriminalize the hard drugs like Portugal.

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Crime

Defunding the police means to stop paying police to harass, exploit, and control poor communities of color over non-criminal behavior and low-level offenses like homelessness, drug possession, and mental health crises. It means scaling back policing to dealing with serious crimes of violence and theft. It means investing the savings in real solutions, like homes for the homeless, legalizing marijuana, and medical treatment for the addicted and mentally ill.

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Income

Parents will be provided with extended leave for the first year of each child’s life, encouraging both parents to take time off to provide care, with compensation and their job guaranteed when they return.

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By paying a living-wage for public jobs, wages in the private sector will rise to a living wage because the private sector will be forced to compete for workers by paying a living wage.

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The full employment program’s cost can pay for itself over the entire course of the business cycle. The public workers will pay taxes. They will not need federal unemployment insurance, Medicaid, SNAP, and other public assistance.

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Income

If you cannot find a living-wage job in the private sector, you go the Employment Office—not the Unemployment Office—and get your living-wage job.

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Income

We will enact a federal jobs program that creates a federal job guarantee to every American willing and able to work in public services and public works (infrastructure).

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Economy

We must nationalize the Federal Reserve System as a Monetary Authority in the Treasury Department. The Monetary Authority will create all national currency (cash and electronic) free of any associated debt. New money will be credited to the account of the federal government as additional revenue to be spent into circulation in the economy in accordance with the federal budget. Banks will be prohibited from creating new money as loans. Banks will borrow or raise money for lending from savers and investors, including the Monetary Authority. People and businesses will borrow from funds in the banks’ accounts.

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Economy

Online platforms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Uber tend toward monopoly because people gravitate to the platforms that have the most users and information. These monopolies are abusing data collection and privacy, censoring content, and eliminating competitors through predatory pricing and buyouts. The remedy is a combination of antitrust action to divest tech conglomerates of multiple platforms and the conversion of some platforms to public utilities that serve the public interest.

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Economy

Local governments will plan public works and public service projects that create reservoir of jobs on the shelf ready to go when unemployed people need work. Larger-scale infrastructure projects at the state and national level will also be part of the program.

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Economy

Agriculture needs government help to move from dependence on pesticides, artificial fertilizers and other fossil fuel inputs to organic farming located close to towns and cities.

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Economy

We must enact an Economic Bill of Rights to provide universal programs for economic security in a race-conscious way. Government would guarantee all people the rights of a living-wage job, an income above poverty, decent housing, comprehensive health care, a good education, and freedom from discrimination.

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Education

[Hawkins] would have the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education actively monitor school discipline and suspensions in local school districts and intervene in school districts with racial disparities to enact a plan to revise their codes of conduct and other disciplinary practices to end unequal treatment. [Hawkins] would push for legislation and federal incentives to reduce the race and class segregation of schools that has been growing over the last 40 years.

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Education

The federal Department of Education should have guidelines and incentives to promote age-appropriate state and local public school curricula that teach scientific knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Regarding sex education, the curricula should expand understanding of LGBTQIA sexuality as a way to normalize the understanding of the spectrum of gender.

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Education

Oppose educational tracking that reproduces existing race and class inequalities and limits students’ learning opportunities. All students should have access to both academic and vocational learning throughout their education.

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Education

[Hawkins] would end federal policies and incentives that support the privatization of public schools in the form of privately-managed charter schools. [Hawkins] would end high-stakes testing that is the leading edge of the privatization policy. The charter schools are undermining public school finances and increasing race and class segregation.

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Education

End all federal support for high-stakes testing and support teachers and parents in local school districts to provide their students with a well-rounded education.

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Education

[Hawkins] would push for federal financing of all public education (in place of local property taxes) so that every school and every child has the resources necessary for a good learning environment.

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Education

Fully-funded, tuition-free public education from preschool to post-secondary college or trade school training, including bilingual/dual-language education to maintain language spoken at home.

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Education

Invest in school infrastructure to repair, construct, and upgrade public schools for health and safety; disabled access; heating, cooling, and lighting conducive to learning; and up-to-date technology, including high-speed internet.

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Education

[Hawkins] support[s] expansion of the Pell Grant program to cover for low-and moderate-income students the non-tuition and fee costs of both public and private institutions, including housing, utilities, books, personal computers, supplies, transportation, and other normal student and living expenses.

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Education

Educational policy should be made primarily by teachers and parents through locally elected school boards. Mayoral and state control of schools have become a way of closing public schools and imposing educational policies, especially charter school privatization, from the top down. Local parents and teachers have more interest in good local schools than top-down administrators.

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Education

[Hawkins] would establish a progressively graduated repayment program of 10% of income above the poverty line for 20 years after leaving school, after which all remaining debt would be forgiven. The federal government can do this because 92% of student loans are federal. The program would take possession of the remaining 8% of student loans. This program would cover student debt for tuition incurred going forward at accredited private institutions. For public institutions, [Hawkins] support[s] free tuition.

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Education

Free Public Education from Pre-K Child Care through College

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Drug Policy

[Hawkins will] treat drug abuse as a health problem, not a criminal problem.

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Drug Policy

[Hawkins will] decriminalize the personal possession of hard drugs and legalize marijuana.

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Environment

The only sacrifices will be made by the very wealthy and large corporations, who will contribute most of the funds needed to pay for this program via higher taxes for them, accompanied eventually by lower taxes for the rest.

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Environment

Our ecosocialist Green New Deal encompasses two major programs, an Economic Bill of Rights and a Green Economy Reconstruction Program. Implementing the Green New Deal will require ecosocialism—social ownership in key sectors in order to democratically plan the coordinated reconstruction of all economic sectors for ecological sustainability.

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Environment

[Hawkins] favor[s] the decommodification of housing through Community Land Trusts. By capturing the unearned increase in value of the land underneath buildings for the common use of the community land trust through a ground lease, the cost of the use value of a building for living is separated from the price of the exchange value (commodification) that the building can command on the market for landlords and sellers. [Hawkins] also favor[s] land value taxation to accomplish the same end across society, but [he] would structure the Land Value Tax to support the grassroots democracy of CLTs.

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Environment

The fossil fuel industry should be nationalized so a democratically-accountable public authority can ensure that what fossil fuels still need to be used during the transition to 100% clean energy are produced as cleanly as possible and that the revenues from fossil fuels are reinvested in renewables instead of more coal, oil, and gas infrastructure and production. Pending nationalization, the federal government should enforce the laws on the books against air and water pollution by fossil fuel companies. The laws should be strengthened to hold the executives of fossil fuel companies personally criminally liable for breaking those laws.

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Environment

Enact a federal ban of fracking. Enforce water pollution laws against fracking pads and make the industry pay for clean up.

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Environment

The Green Economy Reconstruction Program will zero out greenhouse gas emissions and build a 100% clean renewable energy system by 2030. It will reconstruct all economic sectors for zero emissions, clean energy, and ecological sustainability—not only electric power production but also zero-waste manufacturing, regenerative agriculture, green buildings, and electrified transportation.

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Civil Rights

I support: senate ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women; Proportional Representation in Congress through ranked-choice voting in multi-member districts.

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Civil Rights

Trans rights are human rights. We must push for the passage of the federal Equality Act to amend federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We must also ensure that medical treatment related to gender such as surgery and hormone treatment are decisions made between doctors and patients.

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Civil Rights

The foundation of the Howie Hawkins 2020 campaign is its Ecosocialist Green New Deal. The Ecosocialist Green New Deal is fully inclusive of everyone. No exceptions. Freedom and social justice for LGBTQIA individuals will come with the liberation of all people.

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Civil Rights

I support the Equal Rights Amendment. To promote women’s equality, I support: Stronger enforcement of laws against discrimination and sexual harassment of women by Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Department of Justice; Enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Civil Rights

We will also continue to advocate for automatic voter registration, same day registration on Election Day, voter verified paper ballots, public audits, easy recounts, and open software for all voting machines. Hawkins/Walker will also advocate for lowering the threshold of signatures needed for ballot access as well as electronic gathering of signatures.

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Social Services

We will campaign for a rural reconstruction program that revitalizes and reintegrates town and country. It will center around a Just Transition to Organic Agriculture and Green Manufacturing.

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Social Services

The income guarantee we will enact is often called the Negative Income Tax (NIT). We prefer it to the Universal Basic Income (UBI) because it targets the benefits to those who need it, provides a sufficient benefit to end poverty, and costs a fraction of a UBI.

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Social Services

We will double Social Security so every person of retirement age has a livable income. The Social Security system will become a true national retirement system. Doubling Social Security benefits could be paid for by lifting the ceiling on Social Security taxes for high-income earners, ending the deduction for business pension expenses, eliminating the home mortgage deduction, and closing tax loopholes for the rich.

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Budget

Allow members of Community Land Trusts to give a portion of their Federal Income Taxes to their Neighborhood Government with a Community Land Trust. This tax policy would also incentivize the creation of Neighborhood Governments.

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Budget

If your income is below poverty, the federal government will send you a monthly check to bring your income above the poverty line. If your income is above the poverty line, you will pay taxes on your income according to the progressively graduated income tax brackets.

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Budget

More progressive personal income taxes. Higher corporate income taxes. A graduated wealth tax. A graduated estate tax. A progressive carbon tax with rebates to low-to-moderate income people. A land value tax on unearned appreciation of land site values due to social investments. Severance tadxes on the extraction of natural resources including fossil fuels, minerals, and timber. Steering taxes on emissions, effluents, solid waste, hazardous waste, and other pollution.

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Foreign Policy

I support an escalating program of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to put pressure on Israel to respect human rights and negotiate a just settlement, starting with cuts to US military aid to Israel, as called for by the Palestinian BDS National Committee with broad support across Palestinian society. I oppose laws in the United States that criminalize individuals and businesses that take their own BDS actions. These laws violate our constitutional rights to organize, speak out, and take political action.

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Foreign Policy

Hawkins’ foreign policy platform is based around “The United States…using its wealth to be the world’s humanitarian superpower instead of its imperialist superpower.” He wants to abandon regime change efforts in Venezuela and Cuba and instead normalize relations to improve lives through trade and humanitarian aid.

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We will campaign for a federal law for fair ballot access that requires each state to qualify a new party or any independent candidate for the ballot through a petition of no greater than 1/10th of 1% of the total vote cast in the district in the last gubernatorial election, with a 10,000 signature maximum.

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We will campaign for House Joint Resolution 48, the We the People Amendment, an amendment to the US Constitution to end corporate personhood by establishing that only natural human beings, not artificial corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights and by establishing that money is property, not protected speech. This amendment would undo the Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FEC, and McCutcheon v. FEC decisions and enable we the people through our elected representatives to publicly and fully regulate and finance public elections, as well as better regulate corporations.

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Healthcare

[Hawkins supports] laws that allow physicians as well as non-physician health professionals, including physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives, to perform abortion procedures.

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Healthcare

I support rescinding Trump’s attempted “gag rule,” now disputed in the courts, that would prohibit healthcare agencies receiving Title X federal funding such as Planned Parenthood from informing clients of their abortion options.

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Healthcare

[Hawkins favors] rescinding Trump’s attempted “gag rule,” now disputed in the courts, that would prohibit healthcare agencies receiving Title X federal funding such as Planned Parenthood from informing clients of their abortion options.

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Healthcare

[Hawkins supports] the legal framework established in the Roe v. Wade decision. During the first trimester, it is up to the pregnant woman to decide whether to get an abortion. During the second trimester laws can only regulate abortion to protect the health of the mother. During the third trimester, or after fetal viability pursuant to Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), laws can restrict or prohibit abortions except in cases where it was necessary to protect the mother’s health. [Hawkins believes] this framework should be codified into federal law by an act of Congress.

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Healthcare

[Hawkins supports] repealing the Hyde amendment that blocks federal Medicaid funding for abortion services.

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All medically necessary care will be covered including hospitalization, surgery, emergency services, transportation, outpatient care, checkups, preventive care services, diagnostic and treatment services, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, substance abuse services, mental health care, vision, hearing, dental care, reproductive services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, home and community-based habilitative care, as well as home-based and institutional long-term care and support services.

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Healthcare

[The Hawkins Healthcare plan] starts by immediately implementing National Health Insurance, what is commonly called today a single-payer, improved Medicare for All. In the second phase, it builds out a National Health Service where health care facilities are publicly owned, health care workers are salaried, and the system is governed by community boards elected by the public (two-thirds of the seats) and health care workers (one-third of the seats). The second phase conducts a national assessment of unmet healthcare needs, develops a plan to meet those needs, implements the plan, and converts the system to a fully public and democratically-run healthcare service.

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Healthcare

Decriminalization and drug treatment on demand are the best way to stem the epidemic of deaths from opioid overdoses.

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Healthcare

All licensed health professionals will be included in the healthcare system. Patients can choose their health professional and stay with that person or change caregivers if they so desire. If a patient requires specialized care, they can seek care at any facility in the United States or its territories.

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Healthcare

There will be no out-of-pocket costs for care such as copays or deductibles, and no supplemental health insurance will be needed because the National Improved Medicare for All will provide all medically necessary services.

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Healthcare

Prices for pharmaceuticals and services provided by the system will be negotiated on a yearly basis. Pharmaceutical and medical device corporations that fail to satisfactorily negotiate with the system may lose their license to produce their drug or device and the healthcare system will assume production. Within eight years after initiation of the new system, all pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing and distribution will become publicly owned and medical research will be fully funded through public institutions.

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Healthcare

Every person will receive a Medicare card that enables them to seek care at any health facility in the United States and its territories. If a person seeks care, they are presumed to be covered and will receive treatment whether they have a card or not. This card will grant coverage for the duration of each person’s life.

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Guns

[Hawkins will] defend the individual right of law-abiding citizens to own pistols, rifles, and shotguns for self-defense, hunting, and sport shooting.

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Housing

I am calling for a 10-year, $2.5 trillion dollar federal program to build 25 million units of public housing that will end the housing affordability crisis. 40% of these units will be affordable for very low income people, thus creating 10 million new affordable units for very low income people. That will close the affordability gap for the 7.8 million very low income people now without affordable housing.

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Housing

Now as a candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, I am calling for a federal crash program of public housing to not only fix and repair the public housing we have, but to make a decent home a human right by radically expanding public housing so every person in the United States has access to affordable quality housing.

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Defense

[Hawkins will] end Endless Wars [and] bring US troops home.

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Defense

[Hawkins will] cut the Military Budget by 75%.

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Immigration

We must push the Department of Justice to intervene when state attorneys general and district attorneys fail to abide by VAWA’s provision for an avenue to legal status for undocumented women who are victims of violence and abuse. Basic social and economic benefits should not be tied to marriage. Legal protections must be provided to undocumented LGBTQIA people, just as they are provided to other immigrants recognized under the law. Medicare for All means all, regardless of immigration status.

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Immigration

Defend sanctuary cities.

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Immigration

The status of undocumented immigrants would be legalized and immigrants provided a timely path to citizenship. The “border security” policies of the Democrats and Republicans are about using the border to divide and conquer workers on both sides of the border, not protecting us from terrorists and illicit drug runners.

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Immigration

[Hawkins] would immediately open the borders to the migrants seeking entry on the Mexican side of the border. [Hawkins] would create an emergency relief program for the migrants to reunite their families and assist them with income, housing, health care, and other social services to help them get settled in the United States. The program would include measures to properly vet and monitor host families for unaccompanied minors.

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Immigration

Release the detainees. Let the immigrants camped out on the Mexican side of the border enter. Reunite families.

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Immigration

The federal government should end its defense in court of Trump’s executive order attempting to end the DACA program. The federal government should start properly administering the program.

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Immigration

People crossing international borders would be required to present their identification at a border crossing. Only people wanted for criminal charges or terrorist organization affiliation would be detained. People who cross without checking in at a border crossing would also be detained and checked at an official border crossing. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (BPE) should be abolished and replaced with a new immigration agency with personnel committed to the open borders policy.

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Immigration

The migrants seeking asylum and immigration now at the southern border should be let into the United States immediately. [Hawkins] would redirect resources from the US Department of Education to provide transitional native language instruction for the children of asylum seekers, to ensure education continues without further interruption.

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Immigration

[Hawkins] would push for immigration reform laws that create a policy of Open Borders where people are free to move back and forth across US borders for work, shopping, recreation, and residence, similar to the open borders policy within the European Union.

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Infrastructure

[Hawkins supports] infrastructure reconstruction.

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Infrastructure

[Hawkins supports the construction of an] Interstate High Speed Rail system.

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