Voters before donors
People before corporations
People before profits
Free and fair elections: one person, one vote
Actions over words
Healthcare is a right of all
A dignified life is a right of all
Fair trade before free trade
Accountability and transparency at all levels of government, including political parties
- Raise the minimum wage at the city, county, and state level to $15 per hour
- Prohibit employers from checking the credit score of applicants
- Require that any enterprise receiving taxpayer funds shall not compensate that enterprise’s highest paid person in an amount greater than twenty-five times what the lowest compensated person receives
- Reinstate Bankruptcy protections for Student Debt
- Use quantitative easing to write off student debt, enabling young Americans to participate in the economy
- Reinstate Usury laws setting a maximum interest rate that can be charged for loans and credit cards
- Enact a law that mandates that lenders cannot require individuals to pay more than 25% of their income to service debts
- Require banks to write off debts when housing prices drop and mortgages end up being more than the value of the house
- Break up the “too big to fail” banks
- Require the Attorney General to seek prosecutions every time a financial institution is fined for rule breaking
- Ban bank executives and lobbyists from serving in government oversight rolls without a waiver
- A financial transaction tax
- Pass the working families agenda: fair scheduling, earned sick and safe time, and wage theft protections
- Require the wealthy to pay their fair share to fund education, housing, healthcare, green jobs and infrastructure
- Call for a state and nationwide introduction of a Universal Basic Income that will guarantee to all, without means testing or work requirement, a periodic cash payment that will be sufficient to afford a dignified life. social security for all
- In collaboration with other economic justice groups and individuals, we will advance any effort to implement economic practices that are based on justice and equity
- Support progressive taxes over flat taxes
- Implement a tax covering all public school meals, with parents and students exempt from covering any of the costs
- Tax revenue of gas refiners, distributors, and resellers instead of implementing a flat end-user gas sales tax
- Strengthen Collective Bargaining
- Establish union organizing as a civil right
- Support the rights of all public and private workers to organize for better conditions
- Oppose attacks on the right of workers to collectively bargain, such as the so- called “right to work” legislation
- Enact reparations to historically oppressed communities of color by divesting from institutions that cause these communities harm, and investing in institutions that support the empowerment of those communities
- “Decolonize” the teaching of American history to include marginalized perspectives
- Protect sovereign Native land rights
- Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences in drug-related arrests
- Ban for-profit incarceration facilities in the state
- Ban and divest privatization of probation and parole monitoring equipment and employees
- Oppose the implementation of the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism program and NSEERS in the state of Minnesota, which perpetuate Islamophobia and specifically target and endanger Muslim communities
- Repeal and resist district gerrymandering that adversely affects communities of color
- Promote non-discriminatory practices within lending, financial, and employment institutions
Potential Partners: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Resource Group, Advancement Project, Voices for Racial Justice, NAACP, Urban League, SURJ Minnesota, NOC, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, Black Lives Matter St. Paul, ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action
- Pass policies implementing a mandatory minimum of 12-weeks paid family leave for parents of new children (by birth, adoption and fostering) and other paid provisions that allow for care responsibilities
- Implement true equal pay for equal work across the state of Minnesota
- Call for a mechanism that acknowledges, values and compensates the many unpaid contributions of women to society and humankind, such as basic income
- Defend a woman’s right to choose (which includes access to safe abortion), upholding Roe v. Wade
- Educate to address misinformation surrounding abortion at all stages of pregnancy
- Expand access to free birth control and remove taxes from items like pads and tampons
- Overturn Burwell v Hobby Lobby in the state of Minnesota; require insurance providers to cover prescriptions determined fit by a person and their doctor
- Support funding for Planned Parenthood, ie cancer screenings and STI testing
- Expand sex education programs for children and adults to include conversations of consent and sexual violence
- Enforce current laws and support the creation of stronger laws and guidelines that assist in the prosecution of sexual violence and provide stricter sentencing
- Extend safe harbor protections for trafficking to adults
- Support zero tolerance for gender demeaning language and references in all speech
- Promote election of women, which includes trans and gender non-conforming people, to political leadership positions
- Support and maintain funding for domestic violence programs
- Encourage the state of Minnesota to develop and implement programs that help single parents and/or providers of children
Potential Partners: Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, BIWAG (Basic Income Women Action Group), Gender Justice, Planned Parenthood, League of Women Voters
Money in Politics
- Establish a system that will eliminate financial influence in campaigns and elections
- Eliminate corporate influence of campaigns and elections
- Establish complete disclosure of any and all money that is intended to influence any candidate or public policy campaign
- Call on Minnesota to pass the Constitutional Amendment: Money isn’t free speech; corporations aren’t people, in an effort to overturn Citizen’s United
- Support a Constitutional Amendment that would establish 1) a system of public funding for elections; 2) limit contributions; 3) limit campaign expenditures; 4) limit candidate’s personal and family contribution and expenditures; and 5) establish a required time limit of campaigns
- Defend separation of church and state, preventing religious institutions from contributing to campaigns and from collecting money to be used for lobbying efforts
- Oppose discrimination against any candidate or person based on their economic means/status, such as but not limited to eliminating fees which can prevent a person from running for office
- Prevent outside interests influencing local and state politics including campaigns and lobbying
- Divest from fossil fuels
- Fully disclose fossil fuel funding in MN state pension funds
- Support the adoption of the Anti-Corruption Act: anticorruptionact.org
- Require public financial disclosure of self-serving business impact during the election process
- Require investments of the governor or other statewide offices to be put in a blind trust
- Require that candidates and politicians at all levels of state/local government must disclose past/current lobbying
Potential Partners: Move to Amend, League of Women Voters, Common Cause MN, Represent.us, Wolf PAC
● Defend and expand human rights policies preventing LGBTQIA discrimination in the workplace and in housing based on sexual/gender identity, such as but not limited to prevent firing, harassment, or eviction
● Ensure that LGBTQIA parents have equal adoption/fostering/guardianship rights, such as but not limited to enrolling children in school and healthcare
● Require that municipal/county hate crime statistics be reported to the FBI
● Fund anti-bullying programming in public schools and enforce anti-bullying policies for all schools
● Reform sexual education to both avoid heteronormativity (including education about non-cis gender identities) and develop sex-positive curriculum
● Require that transition-related healthcare be covered by insurance providers and state healthcare providers
● Extend family leave policies to include LGBTQIA parents
● Protect the rights of transgender people to use public restrooms that align with their gender identity
● Ban gay conversion therapy
● Defend LGBTQIA spousal rights in matters of health-care directives
Potential Partners: OutFront MN, HRC MN, ACLU MN, Southern Poverty Law Center
● Preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA)
● Provide access for all immigrants to statewide driver’s licenses/state I.D.s
● Demand non-cooperation of local and statewide law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
● Ensure immigrants have access to legal representation by immigration attorneys
● Expand voting rights for all residents (regardless of citizenship status) in school board elections, such as a non-citizen parents of citizen children
● Protect access to healthcare benefits for undocumented immigrants
● Establish hospitals as safe havens for undocumented immigrants
● Establish equal protection for undocumented immigrants under domestic law (e.g. protect the ability of undocumented immigrants to call the police without fear of deportation)
Potential Partners: Mesa Latina, Navigate MN, Cosecha MN, ISAIAH, Confederation of Somali Community in MN, MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee, ACLU of MN, MN Immigrant Freedom Network, SURJ MN, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Immigration Fund
- Create an open border policy for refugees
- Preserve the “sanctuary city” status of Minnesota cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Worthington, and endorse the creation of other statewide sanctuary cities
- Ease integration, while respecting cultural characteristics, of local refugees to promote economic independence
- Ensure that refugees are treated with dignity and regard for their basic human rights
- Clarify community benefit agreements for all developments valued at over one million dollars to protect low-income neighborhoods from negative effects of gentrification
- Enact fewer income qualifications and fewer non-income variables to prevent discriminatory practices among landlords, such as but not limited to denying low-income tenants
- Reform Section 42 income requirements to support their claims as “affordable” housing
- Invest in expanded affordable housing trust funds and community land trusts
- Enact steep penalties for real estate transactions for investment purposes exclusively, such as foreign nationals with no intent to reside on or rent the property for housing.
- Enact rent control to stabilize skyrocketing rents and fight gentrification
- Enact inclusionary zoning to ensure that, for example, new developments must include adequate affordable housing
- Increase felon-friendly affordable housing opportunities, such as creating tax credits for landlords who rent to felons
- Increase Group-Residential Housing (GRH) grants and subsidies
- Provide sufficient shelter capacity and funding , including emergency, homeless, or transitional facilities, so no person has to live outside
- Increase independent shelters (e.g. tiny homes, transitional apartments)
- Create co-housing, co-operative housing, and communal housing opportunities
- Fine banks for vacant properties and invest that revenue in affordable housing
- Apply eminent domain to vacant properties, in order to benefit the community, such as through land trusts and/or provide local business spaces
Potential Partners: Inquilinxs, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), Minnesota Housing Partnership, Rondo Community Land Trust, Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Lutheran Social Services
- Provide sufficient insurance coverage for veteran families, including mental/emotional health treatment from government-provided insurance programs (e.g. Veterans Affairs, MinnesotaCare)
- Ensure any future state-provided public option for healthcare includes access to mental/emotional health and addiction treatment programs
- Increase funding to state Veterans Affairs (VA) programs to expand medical services and insurance benefits
- Ensure addiction treatment programs are available and accessible to veterans, through direct state-sponsored programs or funding for non-profit programs
- Increase state funding for existing workforce rehabilitation, vocational and educational programs for veterans
- End predatory loan practices targeted at veterans, especially non-white veterans
- Protect and increase funding for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grants, which work to fight veteran homelessness
- Oppose federal hiring freezes, which disproportionately affect veterans
- Increase veteran-friendly affordable housing opportunities, such as creating tax credits for landlords who rent to veterans
Potential Partners: Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), Tri-County Action Program, Inc., Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Eagle’s Healing Nest, Veterans For Peace, Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO)
Strengthening Our Democracy
- Implement Score Voting and/or Ranked Choice Voting for state and local elections
- Institute participatory budgeting practices to include communities in deciding how public dollars are spent for their own benefit
- Support manual recounts/vote audits for elections
- End voter suppression, such as prohibiting Voter ID laws, extending polling hours, and increasing polling places
- Require superdelegates to be pledged to their states’ results
- Abolish the Electoral College or at least make it representative of the popular vote
- Protect our first amendment rights and oppose surveillance and repression of social movements
- Repeal gerrymandering
- For inconclusive elections, institute a popular run-off process, such as abolishing the House of Representative voting process in presidential elections
- Oppose Minnesota making non-violent protest illegal and charging activists for costs
- Support proportional representation in governments
- Strengthening whistleblower rights
- Institute a jury of democracy: select 12 citizens randomly for each office then vote on them, after 3 months of evaluation. Provide each equal campaign support and debate rights
- Eliminate political parties – a party free democracy
Potential Partners: Common Cause, FairVoteMN
- Oppose corporate courts, such as ISDS, in “free” trade deals, such as TPP, TISA, and NAFTA.
- Oppose trade outsourcing agreements that violate workers’ rights at home and abroad.
- Oppose trade agreements that do not prohibit child labor.
- Oppose the extension of intellectual property (e.g., patents and copyrights) protections as part of trade deals.
- Oppose trade agreements that don’t prohibit child labor.
Potential Partners: Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition (includes AFL/CIO), CWA, Land Stewardship Project, Sierra Club, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
- Expand and improve public transportation to more effectively meet the needs of the disabled
- Explore alternatives to sheltered workshops
- Support daily activities and community involvement including work, educational, social networking opportunities that do not require sheltered workshops
- Support and encourage opportunities of higher education for the disabled
- Expand incentives including tax credits to employers providing accommodations including but not limited to access and work opportunities for the disabled
- Oppose wage exploitation of the disabled
- Expand provision of medical, preventive, and rehabilitative care services
- Expand independent oversight of living conditions including case support and coordination
- Support the right to live in the safest and least restrictive setting
- Require state mandated staffing levels and appropriate training for caregivers of people with disabilities, especially the Developmentally Delayed
- Increase support for both parents and guardians of children with disabilities
Potential Partners: AccessMN, Opportunity Partners, Courage Center, The Arc, State Ombudsman
- Support MN legislation that benefits all students and teachers rather than corporations and donors.
- Repeal all punitive and shaming accountability systems, for example the use of standardized tests to label students, teachers, and schools as “failing”; instead, urge reliance on holistic, performance, self- and peer-assessments to measure student growth and school support needs.
- Close opportunity gaps by supporting economic, social, and cultural needs of students and families through a, for example, Full Service Community School model.
- Increase annual state funding for public schools (pre-K-12), colleges, and universities to sufficiently cover inflation and provide supplementary funds to “catch up” from years of under-funding.
- Implement full and adequate funding for students with special education needs including necessary staff time to legally required perform documentation.
- Reduce disparities between school districts through equitable distribution of state education funding
- Implement publically funded, high-quality pre-K as a right for all families
- Provide sufficient funding for teacher-to-teacher professional development and efforts to recruit and retain teachers of both color and multicultural backgrounds to better serve MN’s increasingly diverse student population.
- Prohibit voucher or voucher-related funding to private schools.
- Make all public institutions of higher education tuition free.
- Require at least thirty minutes of recess and thirty minutes of lunch for all public school students
- Require public school funds be distributed equally among all public school districts.
- Recognize the importance of arts and music in public schools with adequate funding.
- Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline by removing School Resource Officers from schools and replacing them with support such as social workers.
- Support faculty unionization in public colleges and universities.
- Reverse the influence of corporate funding on university institutional structures and research agendas.
Potential Partners: Education Minnesota; MFT59; SPFT28; Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools; Network for Public Education; Social Justice Education Movement (IWW); Voices for Racial Justice; Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota; Minnesota Education Equity Partnership; Teacher Education Colleges & Universities; Minneapolis Rising
Climate, Energy, and Environmental Justice
- Oppose privatization of natural resources and put them under democratic control.
- Demand an immediate transition to 100% renewable energy that creates jobs and offers workforce development training for low-income people, people of color, and existing fossil fuel industry workers.
- Pass legislation to keep all fossil fuels in the ground and oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as but not limited to pipeline expansions (e.g. Dakota Access Pipeline and Line 2), fracking, coal- or sand-mining.
- Prohibit sulfide mining.
- Provide retraining for displaced miners and subsidies and/or financial support for non-mining business developments, infrastructure, and public works in affected parts of the state.
- Promote clean alternatives to garbage incinerators like the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC).
- Pass legislation to expedite the electrification of our transportation system with emphasis of powering said system via renewable energy.
- Provide incentives and direct payments to contractors to make renewable, energy efficient upgrades accessible to people of all income levels.
- Pass legislation that protects pollinators in MN.
- Break up agribusiness.
- Support organic and sustainable agri- and horticultural practices.
- Eliminate factory farming of livestock.
- Support small-scale farming.
- Increase funding for urban farming.
- Promote good energy and natural resource conservation, preservation and education practices from–especially for individuals and the state’s biggest consumers.
- Require composting to be a component of all public and commercial waste disposal
Potential Partners: MN350.org, Sierra Club, TakeActionMN, NOC, MPIRG, ISAIAH, MNIPL, Community Power MN, Water Legacy
- Demand adoption of Article 25 of the UN Charter’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the healthy and well-being of themself and of their family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care, necessary social service, and the right of security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age, or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control.
- (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection
- Institute a universal, single-payer national health program
- Increase funding and accessibility of Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs, and Indian Health Services
- Implement automatic registration for healthcare coverage at birth
- Publicly fund the costs of healthcare with a progressive tax, including taxing public officials
- Allow “buy-in” public option of coverage as a step toward universal healthcare
- Institute equitable accessibility of care
- Institute portability of care across state lines and within US territories
- Establish an automatic and easily-accessible electronic health record sharing program with patient consent
- Eliminate co-pays, deductibles, and lifetime limits on healthcare spending
- Eliminate and incentivize health insurance networks
- Expand residencies and educational seats for an adequate health care workforce, e.g. CNAs, RNs, PAs, NPs. MDs, DOs, CRNAs, etc.
- Demand transparent costs for patient procedures, office visits, and all other health care expenditures
- Incentivize health professionals to serve in primary care
- Incentivize health professionals to serve in rural areas
- Institute vocational education or retraining for staff in health insurance fields when a single-payer system is implemented
- Mandate advance directives for patients with updates as needed
- Expand healthcare coverage to include evidence-based complementary/alternative treatments
- Condense paperwork to improve the quality of patient care
- Emphasize the education of preventative health care practices that encourage healthy living
- Ban refined-sugar product advertisements, especially those that target children
- Expand medicare and medicaid to include dental, vision, and hearing
- Require the CDC to decouple its research activities and public decision from any financial considerations
The ORTC Living Platform is also here.
This platform is in addition to the national Our Revolution Platform.