The Progressive Independent Party will fight to reform the structural policies that reinforce institutionalized racism. For far too long, the United States has enforced a quiet practice which punishes minorities and the poor in order to fund a corrupt criminal justice system. These policies impact income, housing, healthcare options, educational opportunities, crime, religious freedom and social justice. We will campaign for reform beginning at the local level, and work our way up to the national level by ensuring our candidates will stop at nothing to see changes made to this draconian system. At the top of the list is no longer sentencing people to a prison term for non-violent drug offenses. We believe that the LGBTQ community deserves the same Civil and Equal Rights as any American. We stand strongly with our family in the LGBT community, and continue to work to pass progressive legislation that guarantees equal rights while repealing laws on the books in too many states that are designed to take those rights away.
Climate change is real, greatly impacted by human activity and already devastating our nation and planet. We will fight for the United States to lead the world in combating climate change and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainability. When both the scientific community and the Pentagon agree that this issue needs to be addressed immediately, yet our legislators continue to do virtually nothing, we find this appalling and unacceptable. Through progressive legislation and the overwhelming support of our citizens, we will make this a top priority.
The Progressive Independent Party has witnessed the largest growth of income inequality since the days of Robber Baron. Even under Nixon, the wealthiest Americans paid a marginal tax rate of over 70%. The corporations within the United States now have so many ways to avoid paying their employees and their taxes that it has become farcical. We will end this practice of placing profits before people. We will establish a Fair Tax. We will strengthen the Estate Tax. We will close the loopholes that allow companies to make billions and hide their money offshore. We have reached a pivotal moment in this country, and only serious and bold action will fix our situation.
The Progressive Independent Party believes that all students deserve the opportunity to receive an affordable, quality education from the earliest stages of schooling to high-level degrees. From day one, we will send elected officials with legislation to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, as well as to drastically reduce interest rates on student loan debt. We achieve this by cutting redundant military spending and through a minor tax on Wall Street speculation, thus opening the door for an increase in federal funding for our educational system.
The United States must transform its energy system away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal, and move towards energy-efficient, sustainable, clean, and renewable energy solutions such as wind, solar, and geothermal. Sustainable, green sources of energy will create hundreds of thousands of jobs as well. While steps have been made, to call them half measures would be incredibly generous. Solar energy, particularly, has the ability to create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide. This will be a fundamental part of our platform as we see new advances in renewable energy technology and availability.
We believe that healthcare is a human right and should be guaranteed to all Americans regardless of wealth or income. The Affordable Care Act should be seen for what it is- an incremental path towards Medicare For All. Due to the fact that health insurance lobbyists were instrumental in authoring the bill, we believe this is not enough. That is why we are calling for a fair tax rate across the economic spectrum that will greatly reduce the cost of being able to afford to live. We are for a single-payer system.
The Progressive Independent Party believes the United States must create an immigration system that invites greater innovation, diversity, and economic opportunity for both American-born citizens and the people who wish to make this land their home. We support a fair and just pathway to citizenship that encourages immigrants to feel included as Americans and not marked as a target for law enforcement based on ethnicity.
Jobs & The Economy
American trade policy should place the needs of American workers and small businesses first, reversing the direction we have been going for many years. Our roads, bridges, dams, grids, and more have not kept up with the pace of our country’s growth, or the advances in technology. Putting Americans back to work on addressing our infrastructure problems with well-paying jobs will contribute to economic growth for families and communities across the country. This can be achieved in several ways. First and foremost, we will fight to close tax loopholes which have allowed large corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while exploiting American workers. We will fight to re-establish responsible, accountable Unions across the country and challenge any governor who has established a “right-to-work” state. Due to the economic principle known as the velocity of money, we know that when the poorest Americans have money to spend—it all gets spent. This places more money back into the local economies which in turn increases both the production and wealth of our national economy. This is why we will fight for a living wage at both local and federal levels as well as equal pay for both men and women. We are focused on creating an economy that is based on innovation and high employment—not on where the Dow landed on any particular day.
The Progressive Independent Party believes that intelligence and law enforcement agencies must have the tools needed to protect us, but there must be legal oversight and it must be done in a way that does not sacrifice our basic freedoms. The military needs an overhaul to remove wasteful spending, yet maintain an effective force to call upon when needed. We do not want or need to be bogged down in perpetual warfare anywhere if we must become involved – get in, do our job, get out.
The Progressive Independent Party truly understands what our veterans go through when they come home. Many of us are active duty or former servicemen and women and have worked for and with the VA for decades. That our nation requires all soldiers to give everything while posted, yet denies them so often when they return is deplorable. We are pursuing an aggressive agenda for Veterans upon their safe return home. This includes partnering with veteran-owned businesses for job training and placement, increasing the VA budget which seems to be cut every year, working with organizations that provide care and counsel during transitional periods, and establishing a state-by-state liaison office for local outreach.