"Harrisburg needs a diet with
and more greens."
Many voters want a governor who intends
to ban fracking, create green jobs without raising personal
taxes, reduce the costs of
living by rebuilding our cities toward balance with nature, expand Medicare to
all, end the school-to- prison pipeline, control banks,
make education exciting, end the student
debt scam, replace nuclear power.
Leaders of the Green Party of
Pennsylvania invited me to stand as their candidate. I
agreed, in order to promote green solutions.
first published announcement of
candidacy appeared in Philadelphia
Weekly. I'm is founder of more
than a dozen
dedicated to ecology and social justice, including Ithaca HOURS local
currency, Philadelphia Orchard Project, Patch Adams free clinic,
Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, Ithaca Health co-op.
As well, am founder of the Green Party of Los Angeles (1984) and Ithaca
Green Party (1987), and was invited by GPUSA to participate in the 2004
A former professor of urban studies at
Temple University, I hold degrees in Marketing and in City
Management. I consult for community economic development, offering
workshops on community finance, community health co-ops, and urban
Without raising taxes, we can fully employ Pennsylvanians to rebuild
our cities and farms. Our priorities are to lower costs of heating and
eating. To provide doctors and clinics for all. To
produce healthy food from these fertile lands. To teach new skills of
And to create systems of banking and credit that serve the above.
There's already enough money in Pennsylvania today to enable EVERYONE
to work creatively a few hours daily and then to relax with family and
friends and enjoy top quality healthy food, to enjoy clean, low-cost
warm housing, clean and safe transit, high quality handcrafted clothes
and household goods, to enjoy creating and playing together, growing up
and growing old in communities where everyone is valuable.
And to do this while replenishing rather than depleting the health of
the planet. While enriching rather than exploiting workers
here and around the world.
But Pennsylvania many of us here want to create, a Commonwealth of good
work and friends and health and ease, is restrained by state, national
and global elites for whom nature and labor are disposable.
Those who control our land, law and money are wasting our talent,
money, and resources.
Our abundant wealth has not yet been translated into widespread
well-being because local money is instead poured down the
drain, lost as food bills to agribusiness; lost as purchases from chain
stores; lost as energy payments to foreign utilities; lost as payments
to auto manufacturers, to oil companies and auto insurance companies;
lost as rent payments to absentee landlords; lost as tourist dollars to
hotel chains; lost as medical payments to drug companies and HMOs; lost
by destruction of farmland for suburbanization; lost in pumping clean
water for flushing wastes; lost as tax payments to state and federal
agencies which often do more harm than good; and discarded into
As a result, many Pennsylvanians endure poorly-paid service jobs,
struggling to pay for rent and groceries. We see many having
a hard time getting medical and dental
care. Even the middle class is worried.
From here on, mere compentent management is not enough-- we need to
explore bold new directions. Great change is coming to
Pennsylvania. Even if you're doing well today you
know that an unstable economy could sink it all. Orderly
transitions begun today will prepare our safe passage.
Nothing less is liberal, nothing less conserves.
* Greens promote grassroots alternatives to dependence on corporate and
governmental domination, while confronting injustice.
* Mutual Enterprise revives the American tradition of mutual benefit
organizations, craft, and small businesses that celebrate community and
nature. I favor neither heartless capitalism nor
green jobs: agriculture, construction, healing
rebuild cities toward balance with nature c
charity to ownership
---community cost containment bill
reform Pa Insurance Dept.
build free clinics
nurse practitionsers operate independently
MDs permitted from out of state
clean water via biodigester toilets
adverse possession: revise to 4 yrs in Pa for nonprofit uses
---agriculture and solar housing
oppose nuclear fuels
oppose oil wars
phase out surface mining
favor passive solar construction and solar envelope zoning
favor wind farms with bird excluders
favor shift from automobiles to rail, bus and bikes
favor energy co-ops
mimimum R60 for new construction
city takes foreclosed homes by eminent domain
transfer tax for for solar housing
prioritize porous paving
depave abandoned parking lots
require onsite collection on large commercial/industrial lots
rooftop and rainwater collection
regional stock exchanges (my proposal for Philadelphia Regional
& Independent Stock Exchanges
establish State bank
transfer pension funds from Wall Street to SRI
credit unions Funds for Ecological Living (FELS)
progressive street reclamation
student loans: pay it forward
NEeighborhood Enterprise SchoolTeachers (NESTS)
green jobs: "Deep Green Jobs" is another book I've written
decriminalize victimless crimes
restorative justice and alternatives to incarceration
youth courts by peers
rehabilitation: teach skills
require college education for police
end prison labor for corporate profit: require minimum wage
restore voting rights to ex-felons
hunting for food, not fun
defend homes and Constitution
oppose "stand your ground" laws
end straw purchases
favor instant background checks
ban submachine guns
favor right to choose: pro-life is more than pro-fetus
contraception and prenatal care
end revolving door between agencies and industry
cap administrative salaries: 3;1 ratio
require competitive bidding
YOUR SUGGESTIONS WELCOME
The following proposals are offered to restore this American republic
to control by its full electorate; to free its markets for the
employment and enjoyment of all workers; to transfer control of money
to its public and to establish responsible banking; to secure homes
from seizure; to assure quality education and medical care for all; to
refresh America's soil, water and air for the health of endless
generations; and to rebuild its cities toward balance with nature.
Government is Owned by Wall Street
Currently, Pennsylvania's power brokers are bankers, insurance
companies, real estate developers, universities, and casinos.
They dominate state policy to protect their interests. They define the
boundaries of reform.
---Pennsylvanians can make Harrisburg serve social justice, create
jobs, and heal the environment.
GREEN JOB CREATION: Employ Pennsylvanians though systems of
community-based barter credits, to manufacture and install residential
energy efficiencies, to remove excess paving, to install neighborhood
gardens and orchards, and to provide health services. Accept
these credits for part payment of property and sales taxes.
Foreclose abandoned factories, then transfer them to local nonprofit
organizations prepared to use them for green technologies and health
PENSIONS AND SAVINGS: Demand that Harrisburg divest its
pension holdings in insurance companies and student loan banks (like
Chase and Wells Fargo), and move State accounts to community-based
banks and credit unions. Endorse regional stock exchanges.
REAL ESTATE SALES: Require that transfer taxes go to a community fund
for weatherization in lowest-decile neighborhoods. End
10-year tax abatement for new construction of commercial, industrial or
other business properties.
VACANT LAND USE: Require that government-owned vacant land in
lowest-income neighborhoods be made available for organic farms,
gardens, greenhouses and orchards on long-term lease with first option
BUILDING PERMITS: Allow architectural innovation for earth-sheltered
housing, straw bale housing, compost toilets and greywater, etc.
FREE CLINICS: Donate government-owned land and buildings to nonprofit
groups establishing free clinics and health co-ops according to
DECARCERATE: Decriminalize such victimless crimes as marijuana
END FORECLOSURES: Cease evictions of Philadelphians from foreclosed
IMMIGRATION REFORM: End police collaboration with Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE), which harrasses residents of color.
IMPORT REPLACEMENT PROGRAM to capture contracts for local enterprise.
START INSULATION FACTORIES require R60 on new
CAP TOP BUREAUCRATIC SALARIES
GREEN JOBS CURRICULA IN SCHOOLS & Budget
11 WAYS TO
PROPERTY TAXES AND MAINTAIN SERVICES
To solve big budget problems,
Pennsylvania needs to think bigger than corporate cash. The
costs of serving chain retailers (road building & widening
& repair, traffic control, sewer, water, drainage, air
& water pollution, police & fire protection, subsidy
for underpaid workers, commuting time, loss of local businesses, etc)
are greater than the sales & property taxes they pay.
We'll prosper instead by creating mutual
aid systems (health co-ops, buying clubs, local stock exchange, barter
networks, import replacement, etc)
Local governments are trapped in greater
demands and limited income. We will need to do more with
creativity than dollars.
1. Reduce traffic: 2/3 of City budgets are direct or indirect
subsidy to automobiles. For every 10,000 fewer cars on a
street there are lower repair costs.
2. Print money: spend it for government services and accept
it for tax payments.
3. Reduce firefighting needs, and reduce fire insurance rates
by making housing fire-resistant.
4. Reduce police expenditures by creating good jobs and
healthy youth culture with less alienation and economic desperation.
5. Reduce health insurance costs. See below.
6. Nonprofitize: bid certain work to local nonprofit groups
which pay livable wage, keep overhead low, empower workers, and
7. Quit hiring expensive consultants. Rely on local
expertise. We have enough local talent to start entire
8. Cease pickup of leaves and small branches. These
should be composted within neighborhoods.
9. Require institutions to pay for fire protection
proportionate to the alarms and coverage needed by student and campus
neighborhoods. Whenbudget limits require reduced fire
services, institutions become less safe.
10. Municipalize electric distribution. Residents
pay half the kwh rate. They can spend their money with local
businesses instead of utilities.
11. Begin sewerage reform. By relying on clean
NSF-approved composting toilets, we'll reduce water treatment and
pumping loads 50%, which reduces water system costs.
11 WAYS TO
Seniors, young families, African-Americans and low-income workers are
having a harder time buying and maintaining homes.
1. Tax absentee landlords-- those who live outside Tompkins
2. Limited-equity housing: When government gets
control of housing, through tax default or sale, resale price should be
half of median income, with priority sale to lowest-income people
residing in the house at least five years.
3. Community-build and sweat equity for low-income residents
should be offered.
4. Superinsulation and superwindows should be rewarded with
tax credits or abatement of assessment increase. Gas/electric
efficiency is the foundation of community power.
5. Retrofits with thermal mass, solar water heating, solar
greenhousing should be rewarded with tax credits or abatement of
6. Rent control as last resort, if programs and incentives do
not lower 10% of rental units to maximum 25% of lowest-paid full-time
7. Livable Wages also reduce the proportion of wages paid as
rent and make ownership more possible.
8. Penny-per-gallon gasoline tax can apply to
energy-efficiency retrofit fund for lowest-income residents.
9. Building/zoning code reforms to permit strawbale, compost
toilets, elder cottages, etc.
10. Senior/youth housing connections to bring together those
needing help with those needing housing.
11. Tree plantings to reduce heating and cooling fuel use.
12 WAYS TO
Regional Stock Exchanges can gather capital for ecodevelopment that
enriches the community.
1. Insulation co-op: installation
2. Solar co-op: installation and repair.
3. Food processing of regional agricultural produce: canned,
pasta, dehydrated, tortillas
4. Food buying club storefront sells near wholesale
5. Building disassembly rather than demolition
6. Re-use warehouse featuring name-your-own price sales,
distributes new and like-new clothes and housewares to those in need.
7. Cargo bicycle manufacture enables us to move kids and
groceries without cars.
8. Vacancy surtax on empty storefronts: 25% after 3 months;
50% 4-12 months; 100% after one year.
9. Import replacement program connects everybody for
everything, reducing dependence on imports.
10 Eco-tourism: B&B, pedicabs, cabs, discounts for
those arriving by train, bus, sailboat, bike, foot.
11. Flexible Manufacturing Networks bring together tools and
skills to fill joint contracts.
12. Invest part of City pension funds into dedicated accounts
in local credit unions and TCTC, to accomplish the above
5 WAYS TO
Most of a City's budget increase is to
pay health insurance for City employees. At the same time,
many Ithacans have no health insurance or pay too much for
it. Others stay in jobs they don't like, just for health
security. The federal government should pay all health costs,
but HMOs have bought too much political power. So we have to
take control and do it ourselves.
1. Partner with government and school district health plans
for lower rates. Invite all residents to join.
2. Community-wide self-insurance: instead of paying millions
of dollars yearly to HMOs, we can pool our money to cover every
need. In the short run, shift to higher-deductible HMO, fill
in with Ithaca Health Fund.
3. Clinics for medical, dental, preventive and holistic care:
providing care free or at-cost, hiring local people, financed by
memberships and by savings above.
4. Prioritize clean air, clean water, clean food and
exercise-- healthier living lowers health insurance premiums and costs.
5. Plant orchards
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We've reached the limits of our capacity
to squeeze more cars through our cities. Hereafter, to thrive
economically we'll need to learn new ways to organize our mobility and
to decentralize services to rely less on automobiles.
1. Bikeways to make bicycling safe for going to work, school,
getting groceries, visiting friends.
2. Smaller buses save purchase, maintenance and fuel costs,
which could go instead to purchase more buses and drivers to serve more
routes. Another penny-per-gallon gasoline tax can lower bus
3. Trollies are more than transportation. They move
the spirit of the city.
4. Decentralization of services reduces the need to travel
for work, school, groceries, childcare.
5. Limit undergrad cars make campus parking conditional and
revocable. Provide tuition/discount coupon incentives to
students who leave cars home.
6. Park & Ride + shuttle with incentives for use.
7. Traffic calming requires a safer pace.
8. Progressive Street Reclamation replaces paving with
playgrounds, parks, gardens.
DEMAND THE DETAILS BEHIND THE SLOGANS.
ASK ALL CANDIDATES WHAT THEY PLAN!
250,000,000 fruit trees
200,000,000 solar electric panels
80,000,000 biodigester toilets
15,000,000 solar hot water
10,000,000 green roofs
100,000 neighborhood gardens
50,000 community land trusts
20,000 miles of bicycle paths
10,000 farmers markets
3,000 miles of ultralight trolley
500 miles of high-speed rail
500 neighborhood currencies
50% bicycle commuting
30% trolley commuting
20% pedestrian commuting
to Neighborhood Networks
What would be your three highest
priorities as Governor?
Aggressively fund energy efficiencies and expand tax credits for
solar/wind/ cogeneration, to reduce demand for fossil fuels and end
fracking. Shift budget from prisons to jobs and schools, and
from roadbuilding to transit. 2.
Fully employ all Pennsylvanians to rebuild cities, suburbs and farms
toward balance with nature, partly with regional credits and regional
stock exchanges, as described in my book Green Jobs Philly. 3.
Permit formation ofgrassroots health cooperatives to
provide a genuinely nonprofit medical base for statewide universal
What is your major proposal for
creating more jobs in Pennsylvania, and how many of those jobs will be
lower wage vs. higher wage jobs?
employment is possible, since there are billions more hours of labor
needed to rebuild our cities, suburbs and farms so that they are
maximally energy efficient and regionally reliant for provision of food
and fuel. My
Jobs Philly" details a dozen such innovations. Among
these are urban permaculture, greenhousing and aquaculture; insulation
factories; and regional stock exchanges that gather capital of all
kinds (including land) for regional eco-development. Import
replacement programs and industrial retention are key as
well. I would promote the Green Labor Administration (GLAD)
as a nonprofit WPA, to coordinate these activities. Lower
costs of living are de facto higher wages, so will promote regional
economies that reduce prices of food, fuel, housing and health care.
How, if at all, would
you improve the bargaining rights of public employees? Would you
support legislation to prohibit employee firings without due cause?
employees need to emphasize solidarity with fellow workers so that all
advance together. Otherwise there is resentment and
right-wing push back. Unions need to emphasize greater worker
control, rather than merely bigger paychecks. Otherwise
industries merely leave town. Local authorities may exercise
eminent domain to prevent industrial job flight (Pittsburgh-Nabisco 1982).
Please comment on the following
policy issues and whether you would support legislation that would: Raise the minimum wage?
Spending power of the minimum wage has lagged during the past 40
years. The current minimum wage is so low that, to keep
employees alive, taxpayers must subsidize businesses. Higher
minimum wage benefits small businesses by expanding discretionary
Assure that women receive equal
pay for equal work?
Support the ERA as passed in Pennsylvania 1972.
Mandate earned sick leave?
though details will need to accommodate small businesses.
Establish paid family leave?
Scandinavian countries have proven the financial, social and public
health benefits of this policy. EDUCATION
How do you propose to ensure that
schools in our state are adequately funded? Would you support a funding
formula for school districts to ensure that they are adequately
funded? If so, what would be the key factors in such a
schools should be well funded so that all students are
respected. This require teachers who deeply care, modern
libraries in each school, extracurricular activities, bathrooms that
work, and meals. While Tom Corbett and
all the Democratic candidates would fund our schools partly with fracking revenue,
I believe our children need healthy water as well as good schools and
jobs. The far greater funding for schools will be redirected
from prisons and by progressive income tax. The wealthy will
prosper when surrounded by educated people rather than a vast restive
underclass. It costs less to send youngsters to college than
to jail. Curriculum
reform is likewise essential, to reward creativity by both students and
teachers, to provide knowledge relevant to varied social conditions,
and to maintain enthusiasm for learning. Key elements of a
well-rounded education include community management, entrepreneurship,
public advocacy, and conflict resolution, The arts are quite as
important as sciences, since they teach constructive expression of both
anger and enthusiasm. I
have drafted plans for Neighborhood Enterprise SchoolTeachers (NESTS), to provide
immediate reward for learning where this would prevent
jobs can also employ least formally-educated youth, and ex-offenders,
to prepare Pennsylvania for its next century.
What additional regulation, if
any, do you believe should be applied to the public funding and
operation of charter schools?
motto is No School Left Behind, No funding for charters and
their facilities should outstrip funding for general public schools in
class size, special needs, employment counseling.
Would you support more funding
for higher education or should institutions raise their own funds by
universities are pricing themselves out of the market. Their
high tuitions are caused by high overhead-- by excess bureaucracies,
overbuilding, and wasteful utility loads. State
government can facilitate transition to affordable education by
rewarding those colleges and universities that use staff efficiently,
reduce energy loads, reduce student costs of housing and textbooks. Likewise,
state funding for education should emphasize those business and
technical fields that most directly contribute to making the state more
energy efficient, and which stimulate regional economies. It
is the obligation of elder generations to transfer knowledge to the
next generations painlessly, so that society can progress.
Student loan usury betrays this obligation. The State of
Pennsylvania should support the student loan buy-back campaign which
retires student loans for pennies on the dollar. TAXES
Assuming the need for more
revenue, what statewide taxes would you increase? What, if any, new
taxes would you propose?
need a progressive income tax. This state offers a good
quality of life to those who are wealthy, and their expanded tax
contribution, to an efficiently-run government, will make their lives
here even more enjoyable.
Do you favor eliminating the
Delaware loophole? Why or why not?
it would capture about $50 million additional for
Do you support the proposed
Constitutional Amendment that would take away local discretion in
taxing non-profit institutions?
localities to define and tax "purely public charities" risks
inequitable taxation. These taxes could divert resources from
community health centers and related essential programs. At
the same time, some large "nonprofit" institutions serve as tax
shelters for their extensive for-profit enterprises. Such
tax-free businesses can burden localities with uncompensated costs of
fire and police. State standards for taxing these should be explicit
and might be available to localities when the State neglects to collect.
Would you favor an amendment to
allow for graduated tax rates?
Would you do anything to foster
the development of worker, consumer or producer co-ops, and what would
deeply committed to co-ops, which I regard as the foundation for the
viability of the middle class and traditionally poor
hereafter. I've been involved in the co-op movement for over
40 years, beginning as an employee of Southern Consumers' Co-op in
Louisiana. I've been an active member and/or employee of
several food co-ops, and am founder of the Ithaca
Health co-op. I started a revolving loan fund that
makes interest-free loans to Community Supported Agriculture. Therefore,
state loans and grants for start up and expansion of co-ops,
particularly worker-owned co-ops, should be generously available to
co-ops that make specific and measurable commitments to Rochdale
Do you favor legislation creating
a public bank along the lines of the Bank of North Dakota, or fostering
the development of county or municipal public banks?
This will stimulate business and job development by retaining capital,
providing low-interest loans, and set public pensions upon a secure
foundation. I appeared on a panel with Ellen Brown, author
of "The Public Bank Solution," and
have attended several of the organizing meetings for a state bank, in
Philadelphia. Moreover, I have drafted plans for the
Philadelphia Regional and Independent Stock Exchange (PRAISE). PUBLIC
How would you fund increased road
and bridge repair?
user fees for road repair, with higher fees required for state routes
whose bridges are most urgently needing repair.
How high would you prioritize
mass transit in the overall transportation funding picture?
is the pivot of our future, economically and environmentally.
It should receive highest budget priority.
Would you support or oppose
funding for bike lanes?
bike lanes and bike paths. Bicycle lanes reduce traffic
congestion. Bicycles reduce damage to roadways, thus reducing
costs of road repair. Bicycles reduce pollution of air and
water; they reduce urban respiratory illness. I
have relied on a bicycle for 60 years and do not own an automobile. Energy
Would you direct your
representative to the Delaware River Basin Commission to vote for or
against allowing fracking in the Delaware River watershed basin?
Emphatically oppose fracking because it has proven to pollute
groundwater and cause earth tremors, because the toxic chemicals used
are proprietary secrets, and because most of the gas extracted is
intended for export rather than to lower our costs.
Would you support a moratorium on
new gas drilling permits and new shale gas infrastructure until and
unless scientists and policy makers come up with a waste solution and
find a way to avoid drinking water contamination, surface water
contamination, air pollution, and massive methane leaks into our
climate from all phases of this extraction process?
this moratorium. Caution is essential when dealing with water
quality. For example, experts assured us for decades that
cigarettes, nuclear fission and food additives were safe.
Would you support Act 13 (impact
fee, zoning for gas drilling, physician "gag" clause, etc.) as is or
would you make any changes?
13 is an intolerable intrusion on the obligations of townships to
regulate for public safety, and upon physicians to communicate public
health concerns. How
would you speed the
transition from an economy reliant on carbon-based fossil fuels to one
based on renewables? I'd
shift the state budget to stimulate energy efficiencies, since the best
fuel is least need for fuel. Favor both incentives and
requirements for efficiencies. Germany mandates R90 for new
construction. Favor tax incentives for solar, wind,
cogeneration and microhydro. ---
I received a grant 1989 from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for
my study of the Tompkins
County fuel system, and was appointed to the Ithaca Energy Commission
in 1995. State Parks
Do you support or oppose clear
cutting on state forest lands?
How about fracking in state forests or parks?
clearcutting and fracking everywhere.
What would you do as Governor to
ensure our parks and forests remain available for our grandchildren?
pressure undermines the future of every good thing.
State Liquor Laws
Do you believe the PA Wine and
Spirits shops should be privatized, and if so, in whole or in part?
retaining public ownership. Restrained and orderly distribution of wine
and liquor outweighs greater projected tax revenue from thousands of
corner stores. HEALTHCARE
What is your view of a woman's
right to make health decisions concerning her own body? Do you support
or oppose the current restrictions on abortion in PA? Would you seek
further restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks or require new
standards for abortion facilities?
means more than merely pro-fetus. Oppose the state's
intrusion on a woman's right to decide whether to have a child.
Would you support or oppose
increased state funding for family planning?
family planning leads to greater public health and fewer
Would you support an expansion in
Medicaid and if so, how will you deal with the 10% state contribution
expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania will benefit our economy and our
taxpayers when a progressive income tax is enacted. I support SB400,
which projects a $17 billion saving statewide.
Do you support a state based
health insurance exchange or is it better to let the federal government
run the exchange on behalf of the state?
a universal coverage plan, I would prefer a state-based ACA exchange
that is at least as inclusive as the federal plan. However, I
am author of the book "A
Crime Not a Crisis," which details collusion between
Pennsylvania legislators, insurance regulators and insurers to maintain
corporate monopolies. Therefore I am not assured that current
Pennsylvania administrators would enforce ACA for maximum public
Would you support or oppose a
state single payer plan for Pennsylvania? Please explain.
support state single payer legislation, and have done so for
years. This will benefit both public health and our
economy, enabling people to start businesses doing what they enjoy
doing, and shifting wages from insurance premiums to the new economy. Again,
we need a genuinely nonprofit medical infrastructure in order to lower
medical costs. Grassroots co-ops are able to provide coverage
for a fraction of corporate insurance. PUBLIC
Do you believe the current
welfare grant should be increased? Are there any other
changes you would make to our welfare laws for families with dependent
job development and urban rebuilding need all hands on deck.
Therefore, full housing, food, child care and community college tuition
should provided in exchange for sweat equity. Everyone who
wakes up in the morning has something to offer. Their
contribution, for public benefit rather than corporate exploitation,
should be compensated with respect and dignity. Part payment
may be made in the form of community credits.
Do you believe that General
Assistance should be restored? Why or why not?
GA and GA Medical Assistance provides 68,000 Pennsylvanians without
children with health care access, safety from domestic abuse,
assistance with crippling disability, and alcohol/drug rehab.
Am likewise opposed to the projected food stamp cuts. I
organized a "Making Hunger Visible"
demonstration in November 2013. CRIMINAL
Would you legalize and regulate
the sale and production of marijuana, or otherwise change our drug laws?
would legalize. Criminalization of marijuana damages lives
far more than inhalation does. Taxpayers pay police, court
and prison costs to restrain this relatively harmless
euphoriant. Criminalization is moreover hypocritical since
sale of deadly tobacco is permitted. Pharmaceuticals are far
more harmful than marijuana, which has proven an effective palliative
for many ills.
What would you do to stop the
proliferation of guns and gun crimes in urban areas?
fight crime. As Pennsylvania's industrial jobs were exported,
desperation and drug sales moved in. Would establish the
Green Labor Administration (GLAD). Responsible
gun ownership should not be infringed. Their legitimate use
is to provide food, to protect the home and the United States
Pennsylvania's first- and second-class cities I favor limits on
semiautomatic weapons, and 7-bullet clip maximum. Toughen
anti-straw purchase enforcement. Add
nonviolent conflict resolution to curriculums.
What are your views on "stop and
frisk" and how it should be implemented, if at all?
is a racist strategy that decreases respect for police and impedes
community policing. It would be more effective to stop and
frisk bankers, to ensure they are not carrying junk bonds; and to stop
and frisk elected officials, to ensure they are not carrying cash
What is your view of the death
penalty and the fact that some states have adopted a moratorium on it?
ending the death penalty. It does not deter homicide, it
executes many innocent persons, its costs to taxpayers are greater even
than life sentences, it is rarely imposed by civilized nations.
Do you believe our prisons should
be privately owned or managed?
ownership of prisons is itself a crime. They are schools for
criminality, releasing inmates often more bitter and more desperate
than when they entered. The prison industry feeds on social
tragedy, lobbies for money that should go instead for rebuilding cities
The PA Department of Corrections
(DOC) budget was once $200 million and now approaches $2 billion. Do
you think we should continue on this path of increases; if so, why, and
if not, how would you reallocate some of these funds to counter
incarceration and recidivism and what amount of funds would you
of victimless crimes will reduce the public burden of prison building
and maintenance. Favor repeal of the 1995 three-strikes
law. Favor alternatives to incarceration, peer-managed youth courts and
restorative justice programs. Money
saved should shift to green job development in cities and towns
currently depending on prison employment. Any prison labor
should be compensated at above minimum wage rather than slave wages. LGBTQ
Do you support legislation
enabling gay people to marry?
People in love should be entitled to marry.
What is your view on employment
non-discrimination for LGBT individuals? Do you support HB 300?
passage of HB 300, which provides protections regarding employment,
housing, and public accommodations.
Would you support anti-bullying
legislation, such as the PASS Act?
favor the PASS Act. Would review the specific legal
definitions of bullying that follow enaction, and the remedies within
and beyond school. IMMIGRATION
In addition to recognizing the
role the Federal government has, what
should a PA Plan look like to deal with employers and the issues around
illegal or undocumented immigrants?
collaboration with ICE.
Should undocumented immigrants be
granted a path to citizenship? If yes, please provide an
overview of your plan. If not, what do you propose as an alternative?
Should the state provide public benefits such as medical, social
services, employment and/or educational services to them and their
long as Pennsylvania and the United States offer comparatively greater
shelter from dire poverty, famine and war, people will arrive here
illegally. Keeping these people outside the law will merely
keep them in the shadows of society. They should be welcome to
contribute constructively and to pay taxes. They will not
compete for jobs if we expand job programs as introduced above. People
without easy access to health care become a likely source of contagion. An
ultimate solution to illegal immigration is therefore to foster labor
rights, human rights and dignified economic opportunity for all people
in the countries from which people escape. Therefore,
Pennsylvania-based manufacturers and retailers should be rewarded for
maintaining sweatshop-free standards. Note:
I speak Spanish and read Al
Dia weekly. I have lived in
Should undocumented students who
otherwise qualify be entitled to pay in-state tuition at state-related
and community colleges?
The alternative is to maintain a permanent ignorant and alienated class
that will drag us all down. Their talent should be welcome.
& CLEAN ELECTIONS
Where do you stand on the
Citizens United Supreme Court ruling? Would you support a
Constitutional amendment that establishes that money is not speech, and
that corporations are not persons entitled to constitutional rights?
Why or why not?
efforts to repeal Citizens United. Favor Constitutional
amendment to revoke "corporate personhood," and to break the link
between corporate money and "free speech." I was a speaker at
the 2011 "Move
to Amend" conference in D.C.
What is your view of limits on
campaign contributions by individuals? By PACs? By corporations? By
unions? Should names and amounts of contributors be published online?
to broadcast media should be provided free to all ballot candidates, by
reviving the fairness doctrine, since airwaves are public.
This would decrease prices of print advertising, through competition. Campaign
finance reform should be enacted that strictly caps contributions by
individuals, PACs and corporations. Campaign playing field
should be leveled so that ideas and policies are broadly available. Contributions
should be published online.
Would you support a repeal of the
Voter ID law in Pennsylvania? How would you ensure that all qualified
voters are able to cast their votes in a timely and valid manner?
repeal of such vote suppression laws.
Would you support early voting or
vote by mail up to two weeks before Election Day?
enaction of such vote facilitation.
Would you require a voter
verified paper audit trail on voting machines?
Lack of paper verification has already corrupted elections.
Can we trust what Democratic or
Republican candidates say?
---Whoever wins the Democractic primary will be swamped by
corporate donations. Then they'll campaign toward the
"middle" of the road.
---When elected they'll become "nonpartisan" and practical," afraid to
challenge whoever controls our land, law and money. They'll
take baby steps, when bold strides are needed.
---They will not offer dynamic leadership to rebuild our cities toward
balance with nature, to ban and dismantle fracking, to shift from
fossil fuels to efficiency, to shift from cars to trains, to shift from
agribusiness to organics, to challenge bankers. To begin
moving us from the Middle Class to the Mutual Class. They
will assume the public is too conservative and cautious.
They'll serve big money.
Same Old Parties
Here's what Republicans AND Democrats
The Republican party is no longer the party of Lincoln, and the
Democratic party is no longer the party of FDR. Decades of America's
decline prove that the Democratic and Republican parties are the
same. They can't decisively confront greed and poverty
because both depend on corporate donations.
Regardless who's elected, fracking that destroys our water to
export natural gas is a double disaster. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Ban fracking.
AGGRESSION: Our country has dropped bombs on 23
nations since World War 2. When it does this, our military
does not defend the nation; it offends the world. We respect
those who fought for our country. But we also respect war
resisters who thought for their country.
GREEN PARTY SOLUTION: Reduce our dependence on foreign
fuels and minerals through energy efficiency.
BUDGET: Regardless who's elected, Pentagon tentacles
grow. As Eisenhower said, "beware the military-industrial
PARTY SOLUTION: Shift budget from military to domestic
spending and job creation. Resist use of National Guard for
wars of invasion.
Regardless of who's elected, anti-American agencies like the NSA
destroy democracy by invading our privacy. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Dismantle the NSA and any agency damaging
civil liberties. Enact firm laws that protect, reward and celebrate
GMOs: Regardless who's elected, government subsidy of
agribusiness and GMOs continue. These damage soil and genes. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Tax stimulus for
community-supported organic farms, while ending subsidies for
Regardless who's elected, tapwater (and bottled water) are contaminated
by sewage, pharmaceuticals, industrial and agricultural runoff. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: End DEP collusion with
polluters. Replace flush toilets with biodigesters.
Depave and plant.
OUR ECONOMY: Regardless who's elected, multinational
corporations and investors dominate fiscal and social policy.
There are more millionaire Democratic senators (37) than Republicans
PARTY SOLUTION: Foster regional economies and stock
exchanges, reduce dependence on centralized technologies, create import
replacement programs, establish health and fuel co-ops, tax stock
BOARD CONTROL OF MONEY: Regardless who's elected, money
issued according to Federal Reserve banks decides how much money is
available, who gets loans, what interest is paid. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Nationalize the FED, with elected board,
or end it.
BANKS OUT OF
CONTROL: Regardless who's elected, commercial banks
extract money from our communities, make racist loans, promote
gentrification, destroy neighborhoods. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: The banks and other big financial
institutions must be expropriated, with full protection for small
depositors, placed under public ownership, and operated democratically
to benefit the public. This will make available enormous resources for
public works programs thateliminate poverty and meet social needs..
DEPENDENCE: Regardless who's elected, primary reliance on
coal, oil, gas and nuclear continue. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Aggressively insulate all buildings,
require R90 on all new construction, prefer passive solar earthships,
stimulate solar and wind power while reducing energy loads.
Ban fracking and mountaintop removal, phase out nuclear. Shift to
transit and trains.
BILLS: Regardless who's elected, foreign-owned utilities
squeeze consumers. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: municipalization of electric delivery, tax
credits for solar and wind installation, rebates for superwindows,
insulation factories, permits for passive solar earthships, appoint
Greens to PUC.
Regardless who's elected, we face greater dependence on
corporate agribusiness, which means higher prices for worse food. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: urban orchards and greenhouses, canneries.
Farmland protection. Tax breaks and/or stimulus for
institutions purchasing regional produce.
SCHOOLS: Regardless who's elected, prison population grows
while education shrinks. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Decriminalize victimless
offenses. Create peer youth courts, end prison slave labor,
legalize marijuana. Jobs fight crime.
More Americans have been killed by police since 9/11 than in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Regardless who's elected, street desperation
feeds cop fear and anger. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: End the drug war. End
racial profiling. Demilitarize police. Require that
police have 4-year degrees with sociology and conflict resolution
INDUSTRY: Regardless who's elected, banks make predatory
loans, foreclose arbitrarily, raise fees, redline neighborhoods. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Clean house at the Bank Commission-- close
the revolving door between regulators and banks.. Strengthen
and enforce Community Reinvestment Act restraints on bank
practices. Revoke bank charters of bad banks.
Regardless who's elected, unemployment statistics hide permanent loss
of jobs that pay liveable wages. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Build "Mutual Class" co-ops that transfer
control of jobs to regions. Create green jobs that support
this process. Prevent factory closings by taking facilities
through eminent domain.
GROWS: Regardless who's elected, government slides deeper
into the hole. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Establish a state bank that keeps money in
Pennsylvania, so that the state lends to itself rather than borrows
from profiteers. Cut top bureaucrat salaries 20%.
Regardless who's elected, fewer ideas are broadcast and fewer voices
are heard. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: Revive "equal time" for candidates, end
"corporate personhood," restrict maximum ownership within any region,
expand microradio. Enact campaign finance reform.
Repeal "corporate personhood."
Regardless who's elected, coal companies continue to rip the guts from
our hills. GREEN
PARTY SOLUTION: End stripmining.
CHOICES: Regardless who's elected, corporate control of
the major parties ensures that the above do not significantly change.
GREEN PARTY SOLUTION: The Voters' Choice Act (SB 195) will
make it easier for more political parties to get their candidates onto