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We are working to fulfill our vision of a progressive future by organizing a national network of state and local groups to fight for progressive policies at every level of government.
Bernie’s $3.5 trillion plan is, unquestionably, the most progressive budget since the New Deal. If enacted, it would lift millions of families out of poverty by permanently extending the child tax credit, create millions of green jobs, end fossil fuel subsidies, provide affordable healthcare to millions, guarantee paid leave for every family, allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, penalize union-busting, and much more.
As if the corporate stranglehold on our democracy wasn’t bad enough, Republican-led state legislatures are trying to block access to the ballot box by passing restrictive voting laws. We’re facing a monumental rollback in voting rights in some states; we need Congress to take action at the federal level, protecting every American’s right to vote.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Today, more than 30 million Americans don’t have health insurance and even more are underinsured. Even those who do have insurance struggle to access quality, affordable medical treatment, even as our nation spends twice as much per capita on healthcare than any other country. That’s why we are organizing to make sure every single Democrat in Congress supports Medicare for All legislation introduced by Bernie in the Senate and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) in the House.
We are living in a climate emergency. We have less than 11 years to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions before damage to our climate becomes irreversible. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transition our nation to 100% clean energy while creating good jobs that can support a family.
We’re fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground by stopping politicians from issuing new permits for pipelines. We’re calling for the creation of a clean energy economy powered by solar, wind and other renewable sources.
Across industry after industry, sector after sector, power and market share have been consolidated into the hands of a few players. Big companies are growing their market shares and becoming more stable, and they’re getting harder and harder to compete with. That has affected consumers, communities, competitors, and workers in a variety of ways. Competition has fizzled. The number of new businesses has plunged. Wages have stagnated. Inequality has spiked. And extreme wealth — which translates into extreme power — has pooled in fewer and fewer hands.
The gap between rich and poor is now the widest it’s been in 50 years. As wages continue to stagnate, working people across America are suffering. Unions are the best antidote we have to income inequality. When workers join unions and use their collective strength to negotiate better wages, all workers benefit. We’re organizing to expand the right of workers to form unions, pass a $15 federal minimum wage, and end so-called “right-to-work” legislation. We’re also fighting to ensure that our taxpayer dollars are invested in companies that create good union jobs in the USA – not firms that steal wages and ship jobs overseas.
The United States incarcerates more people than any other country on Earth at a cost of $80 billion a year, which translates to big profits for the prison-industrial complex. Many of those who end up behind bars have not been convicted of a crime – they are in jail only because they can’t afford to post bail. And because of the historical legacy of racism in this country, the system disproportionately hurts Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans. We are fighting to stop this system of injustice and end the practice of corporations profiting off the suffering of incarcerated people and their families.
America’s immigration system has become cruel and inhumane. The federal government is deporting hundreds of thousands of people and separating children from their families. At any given time, there are more than 50,000 people detained at ICE facilities — the highest number in our history. We are organizing to win comprehensive immigration justice which includes a moratorium on deportations, humane policies for asylum seekers, the closing of detention centers, and reunification of families. By joining together, we can reject hate and divisiveness and ensure that our nation is a beacon of liberty for all.
The promise of higher pay if you earn a college degree is now a falsehood. Today in our country, 45 million people hold some $1.6 trillion in student debt. The average college student in the U.S. graduates with close to $30,000 in student loan debt, and one in six college students will be stuck with over $50,000 in student loan debt after graduation. The reality we face is that more than half of students who enroll in college don’t complete a degree. Millions are leaving school with no degree and thousands of dollars in debt. Meanwhile, median hourly wages for college graduates have risen by less than $1 since 2001.
The burning of fossil fuels - coal, oil, and gas - is the single largest contributor to the climate crisis. Yet we give the fossil fuel industry billions of our tax dollars every year in subsidies, in a rigged system that favors polluters over renewable energy sources. President Biden campaigned on ending fossil fuel subsidies, and his Build Back Better plan is our best chance to get it passed in Congress.
The filibuster, an outdated Senate tool that gives veto power to a fraction of senators representing as little as 11% of the American population cannot be allowed to continue standing in the way of progress. The fact is, McConnell and his GOP minority are desperate to keep the filibuster as a weapon to prevent Joe Biden from delivering on the promises he made to voters.
That’s why Our Revolution has partnered with Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and the Fix Our Senate coalition to end GOP obstructionism and clear the way for progress on President Biden’s agenda for America.
The US has been continuously at war for 20 years – and during that same period, the social safety net has continued to fray. We need to stop endless wars, reign in the military-industrial complex and invest in the things that actually keep Americans safe – like universal healthcare and fighting climate change.