Pennsylvania needs real democracyThe last two state representatives in the 197th district pled guilty to fraud charges. PAC money flows into the campaign coffers of Pennsylvania state candidates. Voting irregularities are commonplace in Philadelphia. Candidates outside the two-party system often have to go to great lengths to get on the ballot for voters to have options. Gerrymandering prevents competition and allows consolidation of power in Harrisburg and in Washington, D.C. This must end. For years, the Green Party in Pennsylvania and nationwide has been on the front lines of the fight for voting justice.
7. Rights for people, not corporations Eliminate the doctrine of corporate personhood that has been used to justify unlimited corporate spending in elections with a constitutional amendment to clarify that only human beings have constitutional rights. 8. Get big money out of politics, get people back in Over 90% of elections are won by the candidate who raises and spends the most money. We need full public financing of elections to eliminate the corrupting influence of big money, and level the playing field for candidates who don’t take bribe money from corporate elites. 9. Open debates and free public airtime for candidates Most political debates, including the presidential debates, are controlled by the corporate political establishment to keep their competition from being heard. Until all candidates who have qualified for the ballot are included in debates, we do not live in a democracy. We need a Citizens’ Debate Commission to fight for open debates. We should also provide free public airtime for candidates to communicate their message to the public. 10. Representation for all The US is one of the only democracies to deny a voice in government to large numbers of people under its rule, particularly in the District of Columbia and colonial territories like Puerto Rico. These disenfranchised areas are populated predominantly by people of color. We need immediate statehood for the District of Columbia and self-determination for Puerto Rico and other colonial territories still under US rule. 11. End partisan election oversight Our elections should be managed not by partisan officials with a vested interest in the result, but by independent officials who are accountable only to the voting public. Elections should be run by independent, non-partisan election commissions. 12. Abolish gerrymandering The widespread practice of gerrymandering, where politicians intentionally manipulate voting districts, has made a mockery of our democracy by promoting hyper-partisanship and removing the accountability that comes with competitive elections. We must replace partisan redistricting with independent redistricting commissions to end the corrupt practice of gerrymandering.