Books by Members
Books by Anna Baltzer
- Andy Worthington Discusses the Guantánamo Hunger Strike on the BBC
- The Real Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Syria
- Strength Though Adversity
- The fundamental human rights are universal: Dr. Fai
- Child Victims of Israeli Violence
- The U.S. Recession: What's In It For You?
- American Exceptionalism Rears Its Ugly Head Again
- Abolishing War: One Last Step
- The Man Who Seeks Transparency
- Health law upheld, but health needs still unmet’: national doctors group
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We oppose war as an instrument of foreign policy and believe in the immediate but responsible withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, and an end to violations of the sovereignty of Pakistan and Libya.
We oppose corporate personhood. We oppose lobbying in all forms by any organization which attempts to secure the establishment of laws in favor of a minority to the detriment of the general public interest.
We believe in holding our leaders accountable to the American people and to Congress through all necessary means, including the impeachment process, when constitutionally justified.
We believe in a fair and just immigration policy that opens a path to legal status for those working in and contributing to the American society.
We oppose the further development and/or use of all nuclear weapons.
We believe in treating illegal drug use as a public health issue.
We oppose capital punishment and believe that the right to life is fundamental and cannot be taken from any man or woman by law, by edict or by the particular will or convenience of any court or legislature to right any wrong.
We believe in the right for all women to make decisions about their reproductive health.
We believe in the rights of the people to access to the commons, such as natural resources, public airwaves, and the technology of the internet, free from interference by corporate agendas.
We believe in guaranteed, high quality, public education for all from Pre-K through four years of college.
We believe in single-payer, not-for-profit, universal health care, also called Medicare-for-all.
We believe in limiting political campaigns and elections to public control and financing.
We believe in public control and financing of social security.
We believe in equality under the law for all minorities and same sex couples.
We believe in repealing NAFTA and installing a policy of fair trade to require the enforcement of human and environmental rights, working conditions and pay scales for workers in all countries.
We believe in the pursuit of stem cell research; however, we oppose the manufacture of embryos under any circumstances for that purpose.
We support research and investment in renewable energy which effectively uses natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat, and which may be naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power and wind power, to hydroelectricity/micro hydro. We object to biofuels production which causes inflationary costs to or serious shortages of any agricultural products vital to the food supply and economies of any country.
We believe in a sustainable future for our planet, our nation and our community, of holding a policy of respect for nature and maintaining an ecological balance between the interests of man and nature.
We believe in the Precautionary Principle. We believe that products and services must be shown to be sufficiently safe for the general public before any person or corporation can market them. Sufficient testing and time to ensure product or service safety must be required.
We support the Charter of the United Nations and its "Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man."
We believe that nature has rights. The fundamental human rights on which human survival depends are nature's rights, and it is time we safeguarded them.
More specifically, we believe in the following:
An immediate end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, violation of the sovereignty of, and acts of war against, Pakistan and Libya.
We oppose Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine and the genocidal policy which began in 1948 and known as NAKBA toward Palestinians of slaughter and forced removal from their homeland. We call for the release of all Palestinian prisoners, the bringing down of the apartheid wall, the dismantling of the colonial settlements in Palestine, the end of the Israeli occupation and the complete withdrawal to the 1967 borders in exchange for a full peace, not only with the Palestinians but also with the entire Arab world.
We support a boycott of all products made in Israel. We support an end to all American aid and funding to Israel for any purpose other than humanitarian until the occupation is ended and a resolution to this crisis occurs.
We oppose the illegal occupation of Indian troops in Kashmir, and we oppose the oppressive conditions created by laws and such as the Public Safety Act and the Armed Forces Special Protection Act imposed upon Kashmir by the country of India that legalize executions on the street of those who protest peacefully and non-violently. We believe in the right of self-determination not only for the people of Kashmir but for all people throughout the world.
A repeal of the Patriot Act.
An end to torture, rendition and the maintenance of prisons or other similar facilities outside U.S. borders by the U.S. military, the CIA or any other agency of the U.S. government, including foreign governments acting in our behalf, that deny individuals fair and just constitutional protections under U.S. law or the Geneva Conventions.
A repeal of the Military Commissions Act which suspends rights to a speedy trial, rules out the use of the Geneva Conventions as a source of rights, denies the right of habeas corpus, and contains other provisions which violate the U.S. Constitution and international human rights standards.
We oppose the unitary executive doctrine which advocates almost unlimited executive power through the use of signing statements by the President, and believe it to be a violation of the principle of separation of powers through three branches of government.
We support the impeachment and/or prosecution of any member or past member of the current or past administration or Congress who knowingly lied to the American people about the threat of Saddam Hussein and the country of Iraq in order to provide reasons to attack that country, or who is complicit in obstructing such justice through the exercise of office and willingly obscures and covers up such crimes.
We oppose the invasion of Pakistan without the approval of either Congress, the American people, or the people and government of Pakistan. We oppose the use of unmanned drones against civilian populations anywhere as an instrument of terror.
We oppose the extrajudicial arrests, kidnappings and executions of anyone anywhere in violation of the sovereignty of other countries, and in violation of accepted international laws and treaties.We believe that any president, administration official, or military officer ordering such actions, or who has knowledge of them beforehand, has committed crimes that must be accounted for in a court of law
We support not-for-profit, single-payer universal health care (Medicare-for-all) for all citizens.
We favor publicly-supported education through a four-year college.
We support an aggressive national policy on global warming.
We support the closure of all nuclear power stations just as soon as they can be practically replaced with alternative sources of energy. We propose the immediate closure of any nuclear power plant vulnerable to natural disasters of any kind or any seismic event known to have occurred in the past or that could predictably occur that would present a threat to the integrity of the plant itself and/or to the surrounding environment and population.
We favor public financing of campaigns and public control of all media used to present the views of candidates for public office via debates or advertisements through the designation of a public television channel exclusively for this purpose. We also support in principle the Fairness Doctrine and favor legislation that would replace the FCC doctrine with law, which would also meet Supreme Court concerns about the need to enhance public debate.
We believe that a woman's right-to-choose must be protected as essential to personal privacy and gender equality. We also believe that only those who agree to uphold Roe v. Wade should be nominated for the Supreme Court.
We strongly favor an end to capital punishment and an end to the proposition that an “eye for an eye” is just punishment. We believe that life itself and its preservation is sovereign and should never be violated.
We support complete equality for lesbians and gays throughout society, including in marriage.
We oppose all automatic deportation of people crossing the border from Mexico and other countries. We support modification of immigration laws that will provide undocumented workers legal status who seek employment in the U.S. and to support the welfare, health, safety, and education of them and their children as any other citizens of this country.
We believe in outlawing oil commodities speculation which artificially affects the price of oil.
End oil dependence through investment in renewable energy resources.
We support the fundamental ideals established in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights which have made equal opportunity, social justice and government accountability the foundation of a democracy.
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The questions are, 'What is my life standing for?' What has it stood for?' 'What is the deepest call for my life to stand for?' All you have to do is be really willing to look very carefully and see." - Gangaji