Putting Michigan Back to Work
• The immediate placement of all major corporations under social ownership and worker control under the principles of economic democracy.
• A massive state public works program to rebuild our cities and communities, administered and controlled by elected assemblies of working people.
• Immediate reopening of all closed and closing factories under workers’ control, retooled (if necessary) to produce staple items for human need.
• State cultural works projects to develop and bring cultural activities into working communities.
• Creation of a Workers’ Superfund to pay a worker’s full wages and benefits, as well as necessary educational and/or retraining costs, for workers who lose their job due to
environmental transition, downsizing, corporate restructuring or capital flight.
• Cut the work week with no loss of net pay or benefits to spread available work around in accordance with the aim of producing for use and public need, rather than for the maximization of private profit.
• A 100-percent capital flight tax on corporations and capitalists who attempt to leave the state.
Rebuilding our Communities
• Creation of a neighborhood reconstruction program, to build quality, community based housing, controlled and administered by democratically elected assemblies of construction workers and future residents.
• Confiscation without compensation of rental houses and apartment complexes from commercial landlords found guilty of repeated and persistent code violations.
• Rent control for all existing rental units, and the right of tenants to organize into unions and conduct rent strikes and strikes over conditions.
• Support for the formation of housing cooperatives and nonprofit land trusts.
• Creation of a housing rehabilitation service, democratically controlled by construction workers and residents, to aid homeowners and renters in renovations and maintenance, and seasonal weatherizing.
• Repeal Act 226 of 1988, which prohibits Michigan counties, cities, villages, and townships from establishing local rent control ordinances
Safe and Efficient Access to Travel
• Government-subsidized programs to expand foot and bicycle paths. Creation of pedestrian ways that exclude vehicles from downtown areas of cities and towns, accessible only by mass transit.
• Creation of fully funded high-speed rail transportation systems between the major cities in Michigan, with fares set low enough to be a viable alternative to the use of the automobile.
• Subsidies for socialized mass transit so that fares are affordable to all.
• Indefinite moratorium on the expansion of the interstate highway system.
• Establishment of a democratically controlled Highway Redevelopment Commission to explore ways to transform the state’s roadway infrastructure into a non-invasive, environmentally
• Replacement of all diesel-powered buses by electric- and CNG-powered coaches.
• Establishment of state-owned auto insurance, with rates on a sliding scale based on income, administered by an elected state Insurance Commission.
• Replacement of salt for snow removal on roads with an ecologically sound chemical substitute that does not deteriorate the roads, so as to preserve our state’s resources and reduce the need to rebuild roads.
• Establishment of a state agency for road repair rather than contracting the job out to “non-profit” corporations that serve as the fronts for the for profit corporations, often owned by the same individuals that the job is then subcontracted to.
• Increase the quality of new road repairs so as not to require constant repair, which increases fuel consumption, causes accidents, creates tension, and over all decreases the quality of life for commuters.
Lifting the Tax Burden Off of Working People
• An amendment to Michigan’s Constitution to replace the state’s flat-rate income tax with a steeply graduated income tax structure, with people making less than 80 percent of the average wage of a skilled worker paying no income taxes.
• Elimination of all subsidies, tax breaks and credits that benefit corporations and individual capitalists (also known as “corporate welfare”).
• Tax benefits for renters equal to those for homeowners.
• A 100-percent homestead exemption on property tax for homes valued under $53,353.
• A 100-percent tax on the profits of war goods and weapons manufacturers.
Protecting the Right to Work with Dignity
• A minimum wage of $16/hour for wage earners and a minimum yearly salary of $33,292 for salaried workers, indexed to the cost of living, and a cumulative maximum wage no greater than 10-times the minimum.
• An uninterrupted weekly break, of no less than 64 hours, for all workers, with exception for flex-time.
• A minimum of three weeks paid vacation, and a minimum 24 days of personal time off, for all workers.
• Abolition of mandatory overtime. Employees working voluntary overtime must receive double pay.
• Increased unemployment compensation at a living wage and indexed to the cost of living.
• Establishment of a guaranteed annual income at a living wage for those outside the work force.
• Price controls and freezes on all staple food items and essential services, established by democratically elected assemblies of producers and consumers.
• Support for the right of any number of interested workers in a workplace to form a union and bargain with their employer, with no limits on the subjects upon which employees and unions may bargain with employers.
• Automatic union recognition based on card check and neutrality.
• Democratic control by the membership of all labor unions, independent of employer and government domination and influence.
• Support for the right of all workers, particularly workers in service industries, enlisted personnel in the Armed Forces (excluding non-commissioned officers) the unorganized, under organized and unemployed to organize labor unions, associations and cooperative societies.
• Support for militant, united labor action including secondary strikes, sympathy strikes and secondary boycotts, factory committees, and ultimately the expropriation of the work place.
• Support of the right of first-time and part-time workers to full benefits.
• Repeal of all repressive “slave labor” legislation such as the 1994 Public Act 112 amendments to the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act
• Support for the right of workers to organize workplace committees and assemblies, to hold shop meetings on company premises, elect their supervisors, and administer health and safety programs.
• Support for the right of workers, consumers and communities to information on plant safety, hazardous wastes, toxic substances, and the quality of goods and services.
• Support for the right of workers to strike over health and safety issues.
• Support for the right of all workers to organize irrespective of job titles and responsibilities, citizenship status, method of payment or sector of the economy where employed.
Ending Debt Slavery in Rural Areas
• Formation of cooperatives to represent small and family farmers in negotiating contracts with canneries and grocery/produce distributors.
• Technological and resource incentives to small and family farmers that agree to form a cooperative.
• The right of farm workers to organize into unions to gain better wages and benefits, quality housing and working conditions, and for negotiating contracts.
• Placement of corporate-run “factory farms” into public ownership, administered and restructured by democratically elected farm workers’ assemblies.
• A parity system that guarantees farmers a full return on the cost of production.
• Repudiation of all current farm debts. Creation of grants, no-interest loans, micro-credits and technical help to farmers, including help to shift farm production from non-essentials to staple foods and fibers.
• Family farmers whose land was taken in foreclosures should be given their land and equipment back, or be given comparable land and equipment somewhere else if they wish it. They should also have the option of monetary compensation for their loss instead.
• The right of farmers and farm workers to organize unions for good wages, housing, and working conditions (including the right to be protected from pesticides).
• Labeling of genetically modified foods, and the banning of genetically modified seeds designed to be sterile.
• Democratic control of agricultural research and the complete testing of agricultural products.
• Full disclosure in the labeling on agricultural products, including listing the country of origin.
• Full funding for research geared toward the elimination of
Social Equality and Democratic Rights
• Full equality for all, regardless of race, color or creed, nationality or national origin, gender, sexuality or sexual identity, age, ability, political affiliation, religion, or citizenship status.
• State anti-discrimination legislation covering the above
categories, with fully empowered enforcement mechanisms in the hands of elected
assemblies of working people.
• Affirmative action programs, including concretely measurable targets and timetables, democratically approved by elected diversity oversight committees in housing, education, employment and state services.
Equality and Democratic Rights — People of Color
• Recognition of the right of oppressed nationalities to
autonomy, community control and self-determination, up to and including
• Formal apology and reparations from the State of Michigan for
its role in the maintenance and continuation of the slave trade, and the
genocide of Native American nations, with the reparations programs administered
by the oppressed communities themselves.
• Full representation and/or sovereignty for Native American
communities and nations in the state and federal government as autonomous
• Opposition to attempts to adopt an official language for
Michigan or the United States.
• Passage of legislation making racial profiling a crime
severely punishable by law.
• The right of immigrants to housing, education, health care, jobs, and civil, legal and political rights.
Social Equality and Democratic Rights — Women
• Equal pay for equal work or work of comparative worth.
• Establishment of 24-hour childcare and medical facilities,
crisis lines and shelters for victims and survivors of rape, domestic violence
and child abuse, and community-based education and response teams to combat
violence against women and children.
• Establishment of 24-hour community kitchens and domestic
• Banning all involuntary sterilizations, with doctors who
perform them subject to prosecution.
• Decriminalization of prostitution, to remove it from
criminal control. Prostitutes to be provided with special health care and other
services to reduce the dangers they confront.
• For organizational structures based on feminist practice: rotating leadership, gender balance, gender based caucuses and systems for insuring full and open participation in discussion and decision-making.
Equality and Democratic Rights — Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, Transgendered,
Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI)
• Repeal of all anti-LGBTQ legislation, including
anti-sodomy and “criminal deviant” laws.
• Recognition of equal protection under the law for same-sex
couples through a constitutional amendment affirming their right to obtain a
marriage license and certificate from the State of Michigan, and their right to
adopt and raise children.
• Support policies and procedures to address and prevent
student violence and to ban discrimination against GLBTQ people throughout the
• A state ban on all forms of job discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in both the public and the
Equality and Democratic Rights — Disabled
• Restoration and enhancement of enforcement provisions of
the Americans with Disabilities Act.
• Establishment of a network of support for people with
physical, mental and developmental disabilities, including home assistance,
recreation centers, guaranteed income, voting access and quality control in
Equality and Democratic Rights — Elderly
• No compulsory retirement. Right of retirement at age 55 —
age 50 for workers in hazardous or extremely labor-intensive industries.
• Increase in home service and hospice care for older people
so that they can remain independent in the community.
• Formation of publicly funded and democratically controlled
senior centers to provide positive opportunities for community involvement.
• Vigorous enforcement of health and care standards for nursing
• Election of advocates and ombudsmen by assemblies of seniors and caregivers to insure the protection of residents’ rights in nursing homes, and a stimulating environment in group and nursing home situations.
Equality and Democratic Rights — Youth
• Opposition to measures that increase responsibilities and
penalties on youth ostensibly to curb crime.
• Stipends and grants for children to aid in the economic
satisfaction of every child’s basic rights and needs.
• The right of all parents to share in the child-rearing
• Adoption and foster care reform, including child
protections from abuse and abandonment, and the stripping of parental rights
from abusive parents.
• The right of young people to a job, proper training and/or
full benefits after finishing their education.
• The right of young people to enter into personal relations
with their peers without fear of repression from the state.
• End age-based curfew laws.
the System of Legal Injustice
• Free, quality legal and court services with skilled and
experienced attorneys of choice.
• Full prosecution of the criminal activities of
politicians, corporate managers and other privileged individuals rather than
the over-enforcement of minor infractions by working people.
• Expansion of community release programs and other
alternatives to prisons, and a moratorium on new prison construction.
• Immediate closure of all “Supermax”
prisons. Abolition of “prisons for profit”.
• Abolition of prison labor for profit, forced labor (“chain
gangs”) and the use of prison labor to perform state services.
• The right of prisoners to organize unions and cooperative
societies to negotiate for better living conditions.
• Abolition of the inhumane practice of cavity searches and
adoption of a zero tolerance policy towards sexual assault within prisons.
• Establishment of academic programs and schools to aid
prisoners with literacy, attaining higher education and understanding the law
• Support services for prisoners and their families to
reduce ostracism, maintain family ties, and provide for non-degrading
• Abolition of multi-prisoner cells.
• Establishment of completely independent and democratically
elected police control and oversight councils, with full power to fire police
and to arrest, detain, and indict police officers who brutalize or abuse people
or who commit any violation of laws or civil rights and liberties.
• Recognition of the right of working-class and oppressed
communities and communities of color to defend themselves by any means
necessary against reactionary violence, police harassment and brutality.
• Community response services for crime victims.
• Decriminalization of victimless crimes, including drug
possession and substance abuse, and legalization of marijuana and hemp.
• Sliding scale of fines based on income.
• Commutation and pardoning of all political prisoners.
• Legislation to make the recitation of the rights of the
accused (the “Miranda warning”) by police mandatory.
• Immediate dismissal of all prosecution cases where the
rights of the accused have been violated.
• Oppose the institution of the death penalty in Michigan.
the Health of Humanity
• For a socialized single-payer health care system, with
standard and alternative medical coverage, and vision and dental care, for all.
• For a health care system that emphasizes preventive care,
respects patients’ privacy, gives special attention to the needs of the
physically and mentally disabled, and conducts treatment and research
unimpaired by sexism, racism or homophobia/heterosexism.
• Free and safe access to reproductive services, including
birth control and medical termination of pregnancy (abortion), on demand.
• Fully paid maternity leave three months before and six
months after giving birth; the partner or guardian couple to be provided with
six months’ leave.
• Full funding for research into developing vaccines and
treatment for HIV and AIDS.
• Full funding for research into medical benefits that can
be derived from the study of the human genome.
• Immediate lifting of the restrictions upon government
funding for human embryonic stem-cell research.
• Full funding for treatment and management of addiction to
controlled substances, and the development of synthetic alternatives that aid
in eliminating physical addiction, not merely replace one addictive substance
• Full funding for community mental health services available on a voluntary basis, with patients’ rights respected.
21st-Century Public Educational System
• Free, quality and universal public education, from
pre-kindergarten through post-graduate studies, including open admissions with
the abolition of tuition and fees at all public universities.
• Recognition of full unionization rights for graduate
• Abolition of legislation that allows public funds to be
diverted into private schools. Abolition of school voucher programs and charter
• Funding for massive teacher recruitment and retention
program, administered by the teachers’ unions.
• Mandatory reduction of class sizes to no larger than 15
students per teacher.
• Broadband Internet access in all schools, libraries and
other educational facilities, free and accessible to all students, parents and
members of the community.
• Repudiation of the provisions of the “No Child Left
Behind” Act and the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, including teacher
testing and merit pay.
• Multicultural, class-conscious curricula that allows for
alternative methods of learning and development.
• Non-moralistic sex and health education beginning in the
• Removal of all corporate advertising and presence in
• Mandatory updating of all school textbooks and other
learning-related materials every three years.
• Inclusion of vocational and fine arts courses in the
• An end to military research at public universities and the
abolition of all ROTC and JROTC programs.
• Student, parent, and teacher control of curriculum
formation, and in the hiring and dismissal procedures of school personnel,
through the formation of local school/community committees.
• Student, teacher, and faculty representation on school boards, and for those boards to be fully accountable to students, parents, teachers, and school workers.
• Abolition of restrictive rules for obtaining and retaining
ballot status as a political party.
• Automatic granting of “Political Party” status for any
organization that holds a State Convention and elects a State Central
• Abolition of the two-tier system that favors the
Republicans and Democrats by abolishing signature-gathering requirements.
• Abolition of the partisan Board of Elections and Board of
Canvassers, and its replacement with a non-partisan State Electoral Council.
• Repeal of all laws restricting participation by labor
unions in the political process.
• Equal public financing of all registered candidates and
abolition of the use of personal funds in elections.
• Mandatory, verifiable paper trail of all votes to allow
for recounts and verification.
• Automatic voter registration upon reaching voting age,
based upon the most recent of address provided on a drivers’ license
application, state ID application or state tax return, whenever possible.
• Implementation of Instant Runoff Voting in all state,
county and municipal elections. Implementation of
proportional representation in all legislative bodies.
• Lowering of the voting age to 14 for State office
• Extension of the right of Michigan citizens incarcerated
in jails and prisons within the state to vote.
• Higher donation limits for minor parties.
• Election day as a state holiday.
of the right of the state government to stage “takeovers” of municipalities;
school districts; community institutions; power and water facilities; public
transportation; etc. Remove the power of state government to nullify union
contracts or place or supplant elected governmental bodies with ‘Financial
Manager’ dictatorships, and removal of all currently appointed “Emergency
Financial Managers” from power. Immediate and permanent
repeal of the “Local Government and School District Fiscal Responsibility Act,”
(Act 4 of 2011) along with its concurrently passed counterpart legislation
(Acts 5-10 of 2011) without any resulting return to its originally enacted
predecessor (Act 72 of 1990).
• Establishment of community control of municipal services, based on elected assemblies of those employees working the facilities and liaison bodies from the community.
Economy and Society
• All financial institutions, including credit unions,
mutual insurance cooperatives, and cooperative state banks, to be publicly
owned and operated by democratically controlled assemblies of financial service
• Debt “owed” to the big banks by levels of government be either cancelled outright or drastically reduced at far
lower interest rates. It is time for debt enslavement to be ended as an excuse
for cutting domestic spending on social needs.
• Abolition of all ATM, check cashing and bank fees.
• No business secrets hidden from the workers. The books and
data banks of every company must be open to the inspection of specialists
appointed by and responsible to the workers.
• Abolition of state secrecy. Public access to all state
files, cabinet papers, diplomatic agreements, etc., with respect to personal
• Mandatory full disclosure of corporate plans to close and
relocate plants and compensation for workers and communities affected by plant
• Mandatory full disclosure of budgets and assets for all
declared failing and bankrupt corporations.
• End to all forms of censorship, both legislative and
• Separation of church and state, and separation of church
and school. Full freedom for religious and atheist beliefs.
• An end to all state-sponsored religious propaganda and acts of worship. Religion taught in public schools only as a subject of academic study.
• Sanctioning of fully empowered neighborhood councils and assemblies to administer areas and communities within cities.
• Public ownership and democratic control of all our natural
resources in order to conserve resources, preserve our wilderness areas, and
restore environmental quality.
• Placement of all financial responsibility for cleaning up
toxic wastes on the corporations which are responsible for them.
• Requirements for manufacturers to contribute to research
and development of new technologies for cleaning up and preventing future toxic
• Banning of the placement of local municipal landfills,
toxic waste disposal sites or incinerators in working-class communities and
communities of color.
• Legal action against any Michigan-based corporation that
violates environmental laws in the operation of facilities overseas.
• No clear-cutting in commercial forestry. Banning of commercial cutting in old-growth forests.
• An environmentally sound timber policy that takes into
account the historical ecology of the region.
• Endangered species protection that focuses on habitat-centered protection for plants and animals.
• Massive cleanup of all Michigan lakes and waterways.
• Ban on all oil and natural gas exploration and pumping in
the Great Lakes.
• Ban on the use of water from the Great Lakes for bottling
• Strict adherence to the federal Clean Water Act.
• Strict controls on runoff and effluent by industry and
• Programs to reduce and eliminate mercury contamination in
• Statewide program to clean up and restore our state’s beaches and shorelines.
• “Polluter pay” laws to stop corporations from exceeding
• Mandatory DEQ monitoring of air pollution levels in urban
• Dismantling of all trash incinerators in the state.
• Statewide moratorium on all logging and other programs
that cause deforestation.
• Legislation to preserve old growth forests and create new
• Acceptance and compliance with the Kyoto Protocols.
• For alternative energy systems that are not harmful to the
environment or living things.
• Public ownership and control of energy plants, organized
in a production-for-use system, and administered by elected workplace and
community assemblies, assuring the most careful use of natural resources.
• Establishment of wind, geothermal, biomass and
hydroelectric power plants to end Michigan’s dependence on fossil fuels.
• Immediate closure and decommissioning of all nuclear power
plants, and an indefinite moratorium on all nuclear plant construction.
• Mandatory vitrification of all spent nuclear fuel, control
rods and other waste.
• Ban on all imports of nuclear materials, whether they are
vitrified or not.
• Sliding scale of utility rates which favor low-income people and ensure that everyone has access to utility services.
• Ban on all imports of consumption waste.
• Moratorium on the construction of new waste dumps and
• Retrofitting of all current dumps and landfills with
technology that aids in breaking down waste.
• Increasing conservation efforts by individuals, businesses
• “Premium pricing” for virgin raw materials.
• Expansion of weekly curbside recycling programs.
• Expansion of the “Bottle Bill” to include all glass,
plastic, metal and coated paper containers.
• Democratically-elected, community-based environmental oversight committees.
• Immediate moratorium on all new construction and an
injunction on all current construction contributing to urban sprawl.
• Credits and incentives to individuals and construction teams to build new dwellings and facilities in urban areas.
• Creation of and support for programs aimed at preserving
wildlife preserves and natural wetlands.
• Expansion of state wildlife areas, under democratic
control of elected DNR representatives.
• Support for the development of programs aimed at studying the effects of naturally-occurring chemical compounds.
all Living Things
• Free spaying and neutering of domesticated animals and
pets to prevent overpopulation.
• Mandated humane treatment of all animals employed to
entertain humans, enforced by a Bureau of Animal Rights Enforcement, attached
to the DNR.
• Abolition of the fur trade.
• Support for greater inclusion in and enforcement of the
federal Endangered Species Act.
• Banning of animal experimentation for product development,
and support for products that are not tested on animals.
• Opposition to the practices of overcrowding, drugging, and otherwise cruelly treating animals on large and factory farms.
• Condemnation in the strongest terms of hunting and fishing
for no purposes other than to slaughter.
• Sliding scale of limits and seasons to preserve threatened
species and control overpopulation.
• Cleaning and dressing stations for the safe and sanitary
butchering of wild game.
• Taxidermy services to aid hunters and fishermen.
Authorized by John Longhurst (candidate committee).
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