CCPC Platform

Platform (working draft - members only)

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Economic Equality

  • Higher Taxes for the Wealthy & Corporations

  • Significant Spending & Investment in

  • Communities with the Most Need

  • Repair and Improvement of Urban Infrastructure

  • Kill the TPP

  • Renegotiate or Terminate other Free Trade Laws

  • Raise Minimum Wage to $15

  • l Increase Minority Set-Asides in Local Development Projects

  • Protect Worker Rights

Racial Justice

  • Fight All Forms of Institutional Racism

  • Fight to Preserve Minority Set-Asides and Affirmative Action

  • Fight ID Laws, Polling Place Closings and Other forms of Voter Suppression

Environmental Justice

  • Fight Global Warming by Decreasing Dependency on Fossil Fuels

  • Drastically Increase Access to Renewable Energy

  • Overturn the Dark Act

  • Improve Conservation Efforts

Criminal Justice

  • Decrease Incarceration

  • Legalize Marijuana

  • Eliminate Mandatory Minimums

  • Maximize Funding for Training/Placement for Ex-Offenders

  • Prosecute Police for Wrongful Shootings

Get Big Money Out of Politics

  • Overturn Citizens United

  • Eliminate SuperPACs

  • Drastically Limit Maximum Contributions

  • Pass the DISCLOSE Act

  • Pass a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate Corporate Personhood

Healthcare

  • Pass Comprehensive Universal Healthcare

  • Increase Access to Mental Health Services

  • Curb Prescription Drug Costs and Tackle Fraud

  • Provide Easy Access to Nutritional Information

Education

  • Make Public Colleges and Universities Tuition Free

  • Reduce Student Loan Interest Rates

  • Support Unionized Public Schools Over Charter Schools

  • Simplify Student Aid Application Process

Stop War

  • Make Military Action as Last Resort, not First

  • Decrease Spending on Overseas Military Bases & Expensive Weapons Systems

  • Spend Funds from Cuts at Home

  • Negotiate with Adversaries

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  • commented 2016-10-04 18:58:17 -0400
    I take exception to some of the above. I would increase taxes on the wealthy markedly but would lower corporate tax rates. I would not “preserve minority set-asides” but would greatly increase opportunities for any who are in poverty. I strongly oppose hurting excellent charter schools. The Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland have produced student performances that vastly exceed performances from most “Unionized Public Schools” despite the fact that most of the students in Breakthrough Schools are from single-parent families and are sufficiently impoverished to make them eligible for federally subsidized meals. Bad schools need to be improved; however, there is no necessary connection between school quality and unions. One of my most important concerns is not mentioned above: the use of money by non-profit institutions. In Cleveland, our two largest hospital systems spend more than two million dollars annually to reward their CEOs; however, when I studied their practices a few years ago, they were both among the less than two dozen employers in Ohio with the greatest number of full-time employees who were sufficiently poor to qualify for medicaid. One of our national “non-profit” hospitals spent $16 million dollars in compensation of its CEO. For “non-profits,” the highest paid employee should receive no more than a specified multiple of the income of the lowest-paid full-time employee. For example, we could decide that the CEO could make no more that 15-fold more money than the lowest-paid, full-time employee. I could give many other examples of inappropriate behavior by nonprofit charities that misuse their donated money while avoiding taxes and, in the example above, extort money from patients by deliberately performing and charging for procedures that are not needed.
  • commented 2016-09-26 14:28:39 -0400
    1) Under Economic Equality – Remove third bullet point. It’s part of the second point. And on the second-to-last point, you have an extra “I”.
    2) Under Criminal Justice – is there a platform that speaks to the fact that once people have “served their time”, they should no longer be regarded and treated as criminals? People who went to jail for felonies are still treated as felons. They can’t get jobs and there are many restrictions for them in daily life. Also, regarding the 4th point about training and/or placement for ex-offenders – these people usually get minimum wage jobs. That’s not helpful for those who are trying to support a family. It’s one of the reasons many go back to crime.
    3) Under Get Big Money Out of Politics – The last point about a constitutional amendment… Isn’t the whole Citizens United issue about corporations being regarded as people? If CU was overturned, wouldn’t that eliminate the idea of corporate personhood?
    4) Under Stop War – •Spend Funds from Cuts at Home ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND EDUCATION.