Green Party Platform 2016

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At the time of this writing the Green Party has access to 522 electoral votes in the national electoral college system. That’s well over the minimum 270 required to win the White House.

Currently the Green Party is on the ballot in all states except a few: Nevada and South Dakota. It’s not on the ballot in Oklahoma either but it is challenging this in a lawsuit, so Oklahomans stay tuned. If you live in Georgia, Indiana, or North Carolina you won’t see the Green Party on your ballot, however you have the option of writing in Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka as candidates and this will count as an official vote for the Green Party.

The Green Party USA is based on four pillars: democracy, peace, ecology, and social justice. These expand to create its 10 key values:

  • Grassroots democracy
  • Social justice and equal opportunity
  • Ecological wisdom
  • Non violence
  • Decentralization
  • Community based economics
  • Feminism and gender equality
  • Respect for diversity
  • Personal and global responsibility
  • Future focus and sustainability

The Green Party has based its 2016 platform on its four pillars detailed below:

Electoral Reform (top)

  • Electoral reform by enacting a proportional representation voting system at all levels of government – city, county, state, and federal
  • Instant runoff voting for chief executive offices like president, governor, and mayor; this means ranking candidates in order of preference and avoids spoiler candidates
  • Full public financing of all elections, including equal time on the public airwaves (radio and TV)
  • Prohibit corporate spending on elections, ideally through a constitutional amendment
  • Make it easier for citizens to run for office by eliminating restrictive ballot access laws
  • End the electoral college system in favor of direct instant runoff voting
  • Create a publicly-financed debate commission
  • Amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to make it easier for parties to receive public funding for their party
  • Include a “none of the above” option on party primary and general election ballots – if this option wins then new candidates must be chosen
  • Advocates initiative, referendum, and recall at all levels of government
  • Signature gathering for ballot measures should be required to disclose their sources of funding
  • Enact universal, automatic, and permanent voter registration so all American citizens can vote
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia to give these citizens equal representational rights
  • Full citizenship for felons who have served their sentence, including right to vote and run for office
  • Supports strong enforcement of state and federal voting rights acts
  • Have weekend elections or have it be a national holiday
  • Require all US Senate vacancies to be filled by an elected candidate rather than an appointment (constitutional amendment)

Reduce Corruption (top)

  • Develop open-source publicly-owned voting equipment that allows for automatic random precinct recounts
  • Ensure voting systems are verifiable, transparent, and accurate
  • Establish a commission responsible for minimum election standards and election uniformity
  • Establish non-partisan districting processes to prevent gerrymandering
  • Increase the number of polling stations and pay for poll workers
  • Strengthen sunshine laws that provide citizens with relevant information about the political system
  • Increase the ease of access for all documents pertaining to the government; for example, publish these on the internet
  • Reinvigorate independent investigative agencies such as the inspectors general and the General Accounting Office
  • Free postage for two-way communication between congressional representatives and the citizenry
  • Enact strong federal anti-bribery and gratuity laws
  • Prohibit public officials from accepting any type of gifts
  • Require outside, neutral investigation of ethics complaints against public officials
  • Strengthen punishments for corruption, abuse of power, and related crimes
  • Replace the Federal Election Commission with an organization that can enforce federal campaign finance laws
  • Increase “cooling off” periods for lobbying
  • Require congressional earmarks to have a floor vote
  • Support cities in establishing independent civilian police review boards

Community(top)

  • Supports social policies that protect the young, including nutritionally, educationally, and medically
  • Universal federally funded childcare
  • Maintain and increase family support programs such as the earning income tax credit
  • Advocates a living family wage
  • Maintain the viability of Social Security and oppose its privatization
  • Supports non-traditional roles in public service
  • Favors encouraging non-military community service
  • Favors creation of a civilian conservation corps to lead efforts in environmental education, habitat restoration, reforestation, and waterway cleaning

Free speech and media reform (top)

  • Advocates public reclamation of public airwaves; opposes privatization of broadcast airwaves
  • Favors tough monopoly laws and enforcement for the media
  • Favors market-priced leasing of public airwaves to private entities
  • Favors a tax on electronic advertising to fund democratic media
  • Reinstate and strengthen the Fairness Doctrine
  • Establish and enforce public interest obligations for broadcasters
  • Supports public, educations, and governmental-access television
  • Expand the licensing of non-commercial low-power FM radio stations
  • Promote greater access of ownership of media outlets by women and minorities
  • Broadband internet access for all residents in the USA
  • FCC classification of all internet service providers as telecommunications services and common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act
  • Supports net neutrality
  • Free and equal airtime for all ballot-qualified political candidates and parties (radio and TV)
  • Public funding for independent non-profit broadcasters
  • Prohibit commercial advertising targeted at children under 12 years of age
  • Prohibit commercial advertising in public places like schools, government buildings, and parks
  • Opposes internet censorship, especially regarding the arts, press, and media
  • Reform the FCC to be more responsive to the public at large
  • Calls for the repeal of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
  • Eliminate postage fees for non-profit and independent magazines/journals that receive less than 20 percent of their funding from advertising, and reduce postage fees for these entities in general
  • Promote policies that expand investigative journalism at all levels of government
  • Promote policies that encourage Americans to spend more time with their family, friends, and neighbors instead of watching TV
  • Create a publicly-controlled body that can take airtime from commercial (TV and radio) stations to broadcast non-commercial high-quality programs, such as those that are scientific, cultural, or political in nature

Foreign policy (top)

  • USA must conform to the Constitution
  • Favors defining US actions abroad within the confines of international laws, treaties, and conventions that the US has signed
  • Recognizes the right of the US to take disputes with foreign nations before the UN Security Council and General Assembly
  • Affirms that the US must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right to self determination
  • Supports the right of the UN to intervene in nations engaged in genocidal acts or persistent denial of human rights
  • Believes the US is obligated to provide military assistance to the UN to enforce its Security Council resolutions
  • Proposes that the US should pass a Uniting for Peace Procedure resolution for when the UN is constrained by vetoes
  • Favors repeal of veto power by the five permanent UN Security Council members
  • Urges the US signing the International Criminal Court agreement
  • Preemptive invasion of another country is not justified by its harboring of terrorists
  • Believes our country should abolish nuclear weapons and has a plan for doing so
  • Advocates signing of the Toronto treaty banning landmines and the assisting of other nations to disable active landmines
  • Advocates our government ending the stockpiling, research, sale, and use of chemical/biological weapons
  • Favors signing the convention that will decrease and enforce inspection of all nations’ stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons
  • States that our country must admit foreign weapons inspectors for disarmament verification on a yearly basis
  • Calls on reducing the national defense budget to half its current size
  • Favors phasing out all foreign US military bases not specifically functioning under a UN resolution
  • Pledges to close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly School of the Americas) in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Favors prohibiting all arms sales to foreign nations
  • Favors prohibiting all foreign assistance funding to foreign nations unless the funding is targeted towards non-military needs (US funding must not free additional money for a country’s military)
  • US should shift its policies away from encouraging arms exports to other nations to instead encourage the export of peaceful technology, education, industrial, and agricultural products
  • US must prohibit all covert actions that interfere in the politics of other countries, including assassinations
  • Favors expanding the 1992 UN Earth Charter
  • Favors a realistic approach to peace in the Middle East
  • Supports the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action)
  • Supports popular movements for peace and de-militarization in Israel and Palestine
  • Reaffirms the right for self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians
  • Favors a US policy that recognizes the rights of Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Israel-Palestine region
  • Reaffirms the right of return for Palestinian refugees
  • Rejects unbalanced US aid to Israel while it is occupying Palestine
  • Rejects US support of Israel with its veto in the UN Security Council
  • Urges an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders
  • Calls for a UN-sponsored peacekeeping mission in the Palestinian territories
  • Calls for hearings into human rights abuses committed by Israel during Operation Cast Lead
  • Calls for Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian lands (post-1967 borders)
  • Recognizes the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality
  • Advocates a single, democratic state solution for Israel and Palestine, while also recognizing native rights to determine their own solutions
  • Calls for the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

International trade and rights (top)

  • Reformulate NAFTA, the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank to protect labor, human rights, the environment, the economy, and domestic industry
  • Replace the WTO, IMF, and World Bank with more democratic, transparent, and accountable organizations
  • Mandate and protect labor unions
  • Allow states to establish stricter standards for health, safety, and the environment
  • Prohibit offshore tax havens
  • Favors restricting free currency trading and the Tobin Tax (.05% on currency trading)
  • Supports funding and expansion of NGOs for providing education, health care, and family planning services
  • Supports government funding and support for family planning, contraception, and abortions in all countries which request such action
  • Favors lifting the US economic blockade of Cuba
  • Favors a constitutional amendment redefining human rights to exclude corporations
  • Favors US passage of the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • Supports the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women
  • Supports the rights of Puerto Ricans to independence and self-determination
  • Supports the right of self-determination, autonomy, self-defense, release of political prisoners, and freedom from persecution of Kurdish people and a Kurdistan

Domestic security (top)

  • Calls for a full investigation of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 including the role of the Bush administration, US corporations, other nations, and third party actors
  • Calls for the repeal of the USA PATRIOT Act
  • Calls for strict enforcement of First Amendment rights – free speech, assembly, association, and petition
  • Calls for ending torture in all US-controlled facilities
  • Calls for restoring habeas corpus and the end to indefinite detention without trial
  • Calls for revoking the 2011 re-authorization of the PATRIOT Act, including the roving wiretap and library records provisions
  • End illegal government spying and wiretaps – ensure FISA court violators are held to justice
  • Opposes the death penalty in the US and abroad
  • Apply Fourth Amendment privacy protections to the internet
  • Calls for an end to the militarization of space
  • Supports the peaceful and sustainable exploration of space

Social justice (top)

  • Calls for an equal rights amendment to the constitution
  • Calls for equal representation of women in Congress
  • Calls for the investigation and prosecution of sexual harassment complaints by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission
  • Supports including an equal number of men and women in peace talks
  • Morning after pill must be affordable and easily accessible without a prescription
  • Women have the unrestricted right to contraception and abortions when they choose
  • Supports an intensified effort to close the pay gap between women and men
  • Supports reforms to end poverty and return dignity and opportunity to mothers
  • Supports guaranteed income (citizen dividend)
  • Supports stronger legislation to stop violence against women
  • Favors distinguishing between voluntary and forced prostitution
  • Calls for new legislation to address human trafficking, especially the sex trafficking of women and children, in the US
  • Supports enforcement of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act
  • Condemns the displacement of Native Americans, slavery, discrimination, and the belief in white supremacy
  • Holds a detailed position that descendents of former slaves in the US are entitled to full and complete reparations
  • Advocates ending the criminalization of black and brown communities, eradicating poverty, as well as investing in education, healthcare, and human rights
  • Opposes official support for any remaining symbols of slavery, such as the Confederate battle flag
  • Condemns racial profiling
  • Favors strong measures to combat racist police brutality
  • Supports effective enforcement of the Voting Rights Act
  • Calls for a national language policy that advocates bilingualism
  • Recognizes the sovereignty of Native American tribal governments as well as the federal government’s trust obligation
  • Supports efforts to reform the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make it more responsive to tribal governments
  • Condemns government immunity against claims of poisoning from uranium by Native American miners
  • Supports legal, political, and grassroots efforts by and on behalf of Native Americans to protect their sacred places, rights, livelihoods, and traditions
  • Supports the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Has a plan to improve justice and preserve culture for native Hawaiians
  • Calls for a discussion on the option of full sovereignty for Hawaii
  • Pledges return of, or compensation for, ceded land
  • Supports full legal and political equality for people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity
  • Pledges to pursue legislation against all forms of hate crimes
  • Pledges to end all federal military and civilian aid to foreign governments that persecute LGBTIQ people
  • Pledges to make it federal policy to recognize international marriages and legal equivalents when processing immigration visas
  • Would end surveillance programs of organizations promoting LGBTIQ rights
  • Increase education and training funding for people with disabilities
  • Pledges to aggressively implement the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Make it easier for those with chronic mental illnesses to get SSI
  • Calls for the elimination of displayed religious symbols on government entities, including on money, property, and websites
  • Restore the pre-1954 version of the Pledge of Allegiance
  • End school vouchers that allow public money to pay for students in religious schools
  • Ensure separation of the church and state
  • Revoke the Boy Scouts’ Congressional charter
  • Reaffirm and define youth rights
  • Favors increasing combat pay for those in the armed forces
  • Provided better care for wounded and sick veterans, including care for mental illnesses
  • Further study Gulf War Syndrome
  • Insists that all veterans are entitled to medical and psychiatric care by the VA, even if they receive an early discharge
  • Establish a democratic alternative program for conscientious objectors
  • Favors strong consumer protection laws, including those for product safety
  • Prohibit corporations from concealing information about public health, labor conditions, or environmental safety
  • Opposes tort reform that undermines a consumer’s ability to seek redress, with a similar stance towards medical malpractice reform
  • Restore the US Office of Consumer Affairs
  • Advocates citizen utility boards for the public interest
  • Favors reforming privacy and protective laws to allow adopted individuals to have access to important medical, genetic information, and genealogical information

Ecological sustainability (top)

  • Favors reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020, and 90 percent by 2050 (based on 1990 levels)
  • Establish a strong international climate treaty
  • Has an economic plan that will develop a policy for a safer climate
  • Favors repaying the climate debt
  • Incorporate more efficiency and conservation into government policies and plans
  • Promote clean green energy and related jobs
  • Promote and develop clean green agriculture
  • Favors eliminating dirty and dangerous energy sources
  • Calls for a decentralized power grid
  • Calls for localized food systems
  • Calls for electrifying the transportation system
  • Favors the early retirement of all nuclear reactors as soon as possible
  • Supports a mass transit system instead of one that favors individual cars and trucks
  • Calls for making streets and neighborhoods more bike and pedestrian friendly
  • Will implement plans that are strongly focused on recycling
  • Pledges policies for clean air and replenishment of the ozone layer
  • Calls for sustainable land use policies
  • Calls for an international declaration that water belongs to the Earth and all its species
  • Favors a moratorium on GMO food until its safety can be demonstrated with independent long-term studies
  • Advocates and supports the ethical treatment of animals

Economic justice and sustainability (top)

  • Adopt ecologic economics into trade, commerce, and business
  • Favors an alternative economic system based on ecology and the decentralization of power
  • Favors large-scale green public works and community democracy
  • Use innovative ways to measure and assess the health of the environment
  • Reduce the economic and political power of large corporations
  • Pledges to end corporate personhood
  • Favors fair taxation and a livable income – tax cuts for wage earners and fair taxes for corporations and the wealthy
  • Favors restoring the estate tax
  • Favors ecologically-based taxes
  • Favors the elimination of tax subsidies for fossil fuel, nuclear, timber, and mining industries
  • Supports strong local economic development

Additional information (top)

This has been an incomplete summary of all the issues the Green Party has discussed in its 2016 Platform. For more information check out its four pillars pages:

This information is taken from the Green Party US’s official 2016 Platform | (official Green Party website). (top)