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A 100% Just Energy Economy must go beyond simply replacing fossil fuels; in order to be 100% Just, it must include other key elements, such as renewable fuels, an end to sacrifice zones, and good green jobs targeted to the communities that have survived decades of divestment. This guide outlines options policymakers can take to transform the U.S.’ energy economy to not only meet the challenges of climate change, but also to put people and planet before profits.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians have chosen to sacrifice rural communities for the profits of corporate monopolies. In response, this report provides a vision of Relief, Recovery, and Reimagination necessary to positively transform rural communities and small towns. The policies featured in this report provide immediate help to respond to the challenges caused by COVID-19, such as delivering economic relief, protecting the U.S. Postal Service, and offering free testing and vaccines. Additionally, this report outlines policies that need to be implemented once the pandemic ends, such as increasing the minimum wage and investing in rebuilding infrastructure. Lastly, since it is not enough to patch the old system back together, this report also discusses policies needed to build resilient rural communities in the long run.
In order to build a strong, progressive populist movement in the United States, it is necessary to strengthen the integrated voter engagement capacity in rural areas and small towns in alignment with progressive organizing efforts in metropolitan areas. This report shares key data on voting trends in rural areas and features case studies highlighting five major insights from the past election cycle that are critical in preparing for future elections: the rural and small-town vote will be critical in electing a new President and Senate majority; down-ballot play a key role in shaping statewide elections; race and immigration are key factors in bridging the rural-urban divide; progressive populist policies are widely popular in rural and small-town America; and campaigns need to invest in relational field programs to rebuild trust in rural communities.
The United States’ current healthcare system is driven by profit and governed by insurance and pharmaceutical companies, rather than by the people. This platform calls for improved Medicare for all, which will shift power from corporations and the one percent (insurance & drug corporations), move health care resources into the public sphere (and people into public coverage), increase community control, and combat exclusion on the basis of race, gender, citizenship status, age, and ability. Specifically, this platform provides policy recommendations that will protect existing federal health programs and funding, build a mandate for universal care, and end the overdose crisis and the “war on drugs”.