Ursula Rozum - The Green Party candidate for New York’s 24th Congressional District
For a Green New Deal of economic security, environmental sanity, and real democracy!
- An Economic Bill of Rights - Full employment with the government as employer of last resort
- Medicare for All - A single payer healthcare system that cuts out corporate profits
- Stop Climate Change Now - A zero carbon America by 2025
- Tax the Rich
- End the Wars
- Money Out of Politics
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What is the Green New Deal?
Every adult who is willing and able should have the right to work. Therefore Ursula is calling for Jobs for All through a massive public works and public service program like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s - locally planned by cities and counties. The program could create 25 million new jobs at good union wages. The new jobs will go to meeting the needs of the 99%, including education, healthcare, housing, mass transit, and clean energy. The program will largely pay for itself by reducing safety net costs, stimulating tax revenues, and building the green infrastructure we desperately need for a sustainable prosperity.
It’s time for Congress to get serious and to take action to address climate change – we need to get off fossil fuels and support the transition to a clean, renewable energy economy ASAP. Congress can start by setting a national policy goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. That's the carbon reduction we need in order to keep global warming to no more than 2 degree Celsius, which is considered the tipping point towards runaway climate change, according to recent projections by climate scientists. The Republicans deny climate change and the Democrats don't have the courage to do anything about it. We must end federal subsidies and loan guarantees to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries – it’s time to ban fracking, stop mountain top removal, stop arctic and deep water drilling, and stop strip mining the tar sands. It’s time to invest in climate jobs now with the Green New Deal.
What Else Does Ursula Stand For?
Peace NOW! Bring the troop home, 50% cuts in military spending, end the War on Drugs
Fundamentally changing our foreign policy begins with bringing troops home from Afghanistan. Then, ending military aid to repressive regimes and favored terrorist groups, and immediately ending drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. Drone strikes, which kill civilians at an alarming rate, generate ill-will against the US and we are already seeing the blowback aimed at US military personnel in Afghanistan. US military spending is at its highest level since World War II. Yet we can barely afford to adequately fund public education. The US accounts for about half of all military spending on the planet, over $1 trillion per year. We could cut spending on the military-industrial complex by 50% and the US would still spend three more times more than the next largest military spender, China. That $500 billion in savings could be spent putting Americans back to working meeting our need for a 21st century green energy, water, sewer, and transportation infrastructure. Peace doesn’t just mean ending overseas wars. We need to end the War on Drugs, which has been destroying our urban communities since the 1980s. This war has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, even though studies consistently show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates. High incarceration rates have effectively disenfranchised a significant population of US citizens. Ursula will advocate for marijuana legalization and treating drug use as a social and health problem.
Medicare for All
The United States is the only developed country that does not guarantee health care for all of its citizens. In 2008, so many people supported the Obama campaign, believing the President would deliver health care. Instead, through the Affordable Care Act, he’s given insurance companies greater control over the health care system than ever before. Health care is a human right and should be treated as such. An expanded Medicare for all system is not only humane, it is fiscally responsible. Medicare has 3% overhead costs compared to 30% for private insurance.
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