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PROGRESSIVE GOALS

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1.) Minority populations are vulnerable to poverty and violence that's multipled by social issues.

A) African-American people face negative health circumstances. Medical unaffordability is the direct cause. We receive less health care access due to racism. 84,000 Black and Latino Americans die annually from this disparity (Just Medicine). Discrimination gives 20-year-olds chronic diseases. Social sickness is not abstract in physical, long-term impact. Answer Coalition and BLM understand.

B.) Low-income housing has rapidly declined for millions of Americans, minorities most of all. The racist justice system has strangled growth in these communities. ONE DC's a local organization working on this complex problem. Color of Change, Gathering for Justice, People Demanding Action, Sankofa and the Stop Police Terror Project fight it too.

People of color's socioeconomic status is closely tied to debt and homelessness, since many have not bounced back from the last crisis. Many are not even allowed to vote. The National Coalition for Black Civic Participation focuses on that right.

C.) Discriminatory hiring continues to block opportunities for young people of color. This segregates them from a workforce that would benefit from their input and skill set. 2017 should mark this transition.

D.) Gender and sexual orientation intersect violently for LGBT non-white Americans, especially Black trans women in a triply oppressed status. This is outlined later.

E.) Indigenous and Latino Americans face blatant barring from assistance and voting too. $24 million may be taken from Native American education, -$64 million from the Indian Child Welfare Act via the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assaults on Indigenous rights occur by law.

LatPac is a top Democratic group that's taking on voter suppression and unifying Latino/immigrant communities in civic action. United We Dream currently devotes most of their time to DACA.

F.) Migrant workers are hurt by environmental negligence. They're likely to die via occupation, unsafe housing and extreme weather. Indoor air contamination presents a broader issue about U.S. living standards (WFF Report). Eco-protections apply to them chiefly.


2.) The United States has damaged international health through climate change denial and poor standards. The consensus is global. Environmental racism threatens millions.  Trump's administration plans to defund the EPA 31%.

A.) Native Americans and island residents are high-priority climate change victims. Their homes have been destroyed, but not rebuilt. This complicates health and housing issues. Tribes could lose $10 million in climate efforts with Trump's proposed budget.

B.) As Earth's #1 polluter, we present a bigger danger than any other country. The U.S. will add a half-degree of warming by 2100. American businesses destroy nature and livelihoods for profit. Cost outweights gain on this bipartisan issue.

The people have a right to protest corporate pollution and religious extremism in politics (WFF report), as the consequences are environmentally severe.

C.) Land and soil are very fragile. Potable water is becoming scarce worldwide. Southwestern U.S. and Pacific Coast fires warn us about little preparation for climate disaster. Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Jose show us the risks. Let's reestablish environmental rights, renewable energy and sustainable industry (Renewable Energy/Sustainable Reform). Every living thing depends on that.

D.) Progressive organizations should create a virtuous support circle. Which groups have eco-initiatives already? World Future Fund should distribute a condensed Criminal Destruction of the Planet for reference. Read Networking Potential.

Climate Action Network and Climate First are essential. Hip-Hop Caucus and The New School co-run an amazing artistic platform: People's Climate Music. Honor the Earth is an Indigenous, women-led climate justice foundation.

EDF does incredible work toward reducing pollution, clean energy and environmental laws like the co-created Lautenberg Act in 2016. This requires safety reviews for new and previously used chemicals, plus strict EPA testing. Earthjustice also prioritizes ecosystems. Together, we'll improve and preserve life on our planet.

E.) The next step is getting representatives to fight climate-related, EPA budget cuts. How will we rally them? Present it as a constituency issue while collaborating with the ones already on our side. Be firm about risks later down the road.

F.) Additional taxes on high-income individuals don't have to be simultaneous. A new National Gas Tax and Value Added Tax system would help finance the CDC, EPA, and other government health agencies (Consumption Tax Report/Energy Tax Report). This potentially boosts $18 trillion in revenue! Subsidies and tax credits would be budgeted for Americans with less income.


3.) Women's and reproductive rights are integral to America's future. The current administration aims to strip this away entirely. Informed and protected decisions ensure that 25% of American girls and young women don't have unplanned children by 20. That same quarter relies on funding to live. There must be better opportunities for them.

A.) Team with grassroots organizers and/or leadership who share the same views on reproductive rights and respect for women. Raising Women's Voices has a majorly effective campaign right now, two hashtags: #ProtectMyCare and #IfILoseCoverage. The latter shows Republican healthcare's personal impacts on women (cancer treatment, no maternity care, family bankruptcy, etc.)

They also lay out disparities in health care related to ability, orientation, race and other factors (Our Issues). The Young Women's Project are tackling community-/school-based reproductive health care, teen health, comprehensive sex ed and birth control access.


4.) Student debt is a crushing experience for low-income youth and people of color in America. This introduces a financial roadblock that can't be removed in years. Bankruptcy does not apply to a generation told that college was a guaranteed money-making option. The largest student loan servicer, Navient, has been charged with million-dollar fraud.

A.) It is hypocritical and morally wrong to let businesses with market-collapse on their records receive bailouts, but punish graduates for student debt. A congressional committee should assess state and national deficit that's tied to unpaid loans. Is there a chance to eliminate the crisis? Look at our Student Loan Debt report and decide.

B.) Black student debt is an ugly wake-up call to racialization in owing money. This group builds twice as much debt in the four years post-graduation. It affects their credit, their ability to have mortgage and housing.

C.) The elderly are the fastest-growing percent of borrowers, in 2014 their debt equalled $18 billion. Now it's $66.7 billion. Pensioners still may pay for their own or someone else's education; this number's quadrupled in 10 years (2005-2015). An aging boom accompanies debt's effect on older Americans. Intergenerational activism and political action are the only way to change.

How many representatives co-sponsor student debt bills, speak out against unfair loans and have acted on this issue? 

D.) Undocumented students may fall into a loophole where they pay high fees with no protection, an education that isn't assured even if they are in the naturalization process. Federal loans are denied. Wells Fargo is just one private servicer guilty of this practice.

E.) Native American student debt has influenced tribal colleges to forego loans, since too many defaulters can pull funding from that university. The Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act allows  $8,000 per Native student. Will that be upheld?

F.) The United States stands as the world's largest debtor (WFF report). Student debt continues to grow at $1.2 trillion. It is necessary to handle loans. America's future should not be dictated through poor educational spending (report). Let's liquidate loans.


5.) Employment has left the United States as a result of corporate outsourcing and deindustrialization. Middle-class and poor America suffers the aftermath. Health insurance rates decline partially due to vanishing employer plans.

A.) Overworked, underpaid workers are the backbone of our infrastructure. They feel the pinch of the biggest wealth gaps in history. It's past time to correct unfair treatment against the needy.

B.) Protect employer-based plans that provide life-saving health insurance to workers AND their families. This has kept D.C.'s insured rate above 96% (Afro). That high percentage shows what budget incompetence could damage. Ban tampering with cost-sharing subsidies and Medicaid.

C.) Unions must ally to promote employee rights. We can't exaggerate how vital workman's compensation and built-in coverage is. A right to live should not be optional. Codetermination allows real growth by giving employees a say in their workplace (WFF Report).

D.) The goal is national, non-negotiable single-payer health insurance for all. Denying this is criminal and unheard of in other nations. The European social welfare state has been successful for decades (WFF report).


6.) Broadband for all is critical for educational and employment access in the United States. Internet speed should at least 100MB/per second to every American: 100 for 100 (WFF Report).

A.) This investment can save Americans from poverty, lacking education and unemployment. How so?

The Internet Innovation Alliance projects a 25% or higher increase in jobs linked to broadband dependability. 62% rely on Internet now for work. They've estimated that a $10 billion broadband investment creates almost 500,000 new jobs-half a million chances for workers. We need a technically skilled and communication-proficient labor force to move our nation forward. Let's be that big push.

B.) Only 35% of lower-income households have Internet access. Our leadership has a responsibility to shorten this socioeconomic gap. How do we make Broadband for All a reality? A presidentially-approved National Broadband Council will include relevant industry leaders, IT experts and public interest citizen groups.

C.) We propose a "Broadband Summit" at the White House that's open to telecommunication companies and staff, taxpayers and their representatives in office. They'll discuss placement for cellular broadband and land-based fiber optics (i.e. low disruption, eco-friendly construction, and safe cell towers) in the future. The national budget equals roughly $50 billion.


7.) LGBT rights are ruthlessly attacked like the community fighting for them. Public dissent and violence follow Trump's inauguration, though the White House distances itself from responsibility. Anti-trans bathroom and military bills show a top-down threat of "outing": scrutiny for LGBT status. Improper gendering leads to more hate crimes.

A.) White patriarchal supremacy has targeted non-heterosexual Americans and Indigenous people for over a hundred years. No more anti-gay, pro-bigotry endorsements and organizational affiliation in government. The Oval Office's accountable for rising intolerance.

B.) How are health risks correlated? LGBT Americans endure double/triple oppression. Kiwi Herring died from police brutality as a Black woman in the LGBT community (transgender). Address this compounded violence and we'd provide a platform to save lives. CASS, Casa Ruby, the DC Center and Wanda Alston Foundation help provide a safe space for DC's LGBT, especially youth.

Equality Federation, Fight OUT Loud, GLAA, GLAAD, GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association), Immigrant Equality, HRC, ILGA, The National Black Justice Coalition, NCLR, Soulforce, and Transgender Law Center all do amazing work for LGBT rights.


8.) Health care is a human right! World Future Fund supports national health insurance without high medical prices or hoop-jumping.

A.) Stop White House interference with health care. Resist House and Senate's plan for budget cuts that kill Medicaid. Maximize support for Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, supported by 15 Democrats. This is life-or death (WFF Report).

Single-payer insurance might save $6 trillion annually, costing $1.38 trillion. National health expenditures are $3.35 trillion (NHE). Low-income families (-$50,000) spend $4,955 in premiums. $466 for universal care could save a family of four $5,800 a year. Businesses see a decrease of $9,400 for an employee's medical costs if they pay a 6.2% income-based health premium, which may generate $630 billion each year. Progressive income taxes for high-income individuals ($250,000+) would raise $110 billion.

B.) Disability must be handled more fairly, and this directly involves the aging boom and nursing care crisis that millions of Americans cannot emotionally or financially afford. "Care means care", a similar slogan would work. Save My Care is a great example.


D.C. ORGANIZATIONS AND PEOPLE TO BUILD WITH

Arlington Democrats
Black Lives Matter DC
Sean Blackmon
Kenny A. Boddye (Vice Chair, Our Revolution Northern Virginia/Prince William Young Democrats)

By Any Means Necessary (Eugene Puryear/Twitter)
BYP100
Center DC
Collective Action for Safe Spaces
Crushing Colonialism (Jen Deerinwater/Twitter)
DC Environmental Network

DC Fair Elections
DC for Democracy
DC Justice for Muslims Coalition
DC ReInvest

Grassroots DC
Green Latinos
Impact Silver Spring
Institute for Policy Studies
La ColectiVa
Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America - NOVA
No Justice No Pride
ONE DC
Public Citizen
Resist This!
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Stop Police Terror Project