City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

September 24, 2018 | Lindsay Koshgarian Originally in Jacobin The Pentagon is set to receive $717 billion in 2019 — more than half of the roughly trillion-dollar annual budget. That level of Pentagon funding is immense by any standard. Next year’s budget will be roughly twice the size of military appropriations in the mid-1990s, before George W. Bush and his twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

Taibbi: Bernie Sanders’ Anti-Amazon Bill Is an Indictment of the Media, Too

In going after Jeff Bezos, Bernie Sanders tries to shame the press into seeing a problem hiding in plain sight MATT TAIBBI in Rolling Stone Jeff Bezos and Bernie Sanders Cliff Owen/AP/REX Shutterstock, Rogelio V. Solis/AP/REX Shutterstock This new piece of legislation sounds audacious at first. It tells companies like Amazon: if you pay your workers so poorly that they have to …

A Democratic Party Contract with America

Excerpt from Ralph Nader, Sept 2018 A Democratic Party “Contract with America” should include a $15 per hour federal minimum wage—up from the present frozen $7.25 an hour. It should endorse a Medicare–for-all system that emphasizes preventive care, cost controls on drug companies, and prevention of criminal or immoral overcharging. Serious attention should be paid to saving lives and preventing …

Since ‘Citizens United,’ Just 15 Groups Account for 75 Percent of the $800+ Million in Dark Money Spent on US Elections

“Policy ideas and candidates’ positions should be promoted by organizations who are proud to be engaged in our public arena, not secretive front groups designed to deceive voters, hide donors, and deploy deceptive tactics.” Increase donor disclosure, such as including the names of a dark money group’s top donors on television, radio, print, or digital advertisements; Pass the Honest Ads …

The Constitutional Turn: Liberty and the Cooperative State Dan Hind Next System Project fellow and award-winning author more September 7th, 2018   DEMOCRACY & GOVERNANCE If you don’t like state socialism and you don’t like corporate capitalism, what do you want? —Gar Alperovitz 1. Introduction The English-speaking left has long tended to neglect questions of constitutional design. The dominant Labourist and …

Andrew Gillum’s Upset Reveals a Winning New Progressive Strategy:  The results of Florida’s gubernatorial primary should serve as a lesson for the Democratic establishment.

By Andrea Cristina Mercado 29 Aug 2018 in The Nation Andrew Gillum, winner of Florida’s gubernatorial Democratic primary, August 2, 2018. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson) To fully grasp the immensity of Andrew Gillum’s victory in Florida’s gubernatorial primary last night, one would have to have been on the ground to witness the extent to which the Democratic establishment and the media refused …

A withering verdict: MPs report on Zuckerberg, Russia and Cambridge Analytica

By Julian King, in The Guardian, 28 July 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/28/democracy-threatened-malicious-technology-eu-fighting-back Attacks on elections and electoral campaigns fall into two main categories: those based on systems and those based on behaviours. The first category includes cyber-attacks that manipulate the electoral process or voting technology to change the number of voters or the number of votes. But the second category of threat …

Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Becoming Serfs: Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Truthdig by Chris Hedges A 2016 demonstration in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, where the Occupy Wall Street movement started five years earlier. (Photo: Corinne Segal / pbs.org) You know the statistics. Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century. The top 10 percent has 50 percent of the country’s income, and the upper 1 percent …