What We’re Fighting FOR

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Cancel Student Debt

Forty-five million Americans are burdened with a collective $1.7 trillion in student loan debt. This debt must be cancelled.

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End the Wars

Fifty-three percent of the federal discretionary budget is devoted to the ever-growing military-industrial complex. We must end the wars.

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Green New Deal

The climate crisis is an emergency and we’re running out of time. We must transition to a just and sustainable economy now.

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Universal Healthcare

Upwards of 87 million Americans were uninsured or underinsured even before COVID-19 struck. Healthcare should be recognized as a human right.

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Racial Justice

Dismantling systemic racism must be a cornerstone of all policy. The pandemic has only exacerbated the disparities disproportionately harming black and brown communities.

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Fight for $15

The current minimum wage is a poverty wage that has not been raised in more than a decade. The federal minimum wage should be a living wage.

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Cancel Student Debt

Forty-five million people in this country are burdened with $1.7 trillion in student debt. For the average college graduate, that means coping with nearly $30,000 in loans, while students who leave college before graduating also carry a heavy debt load. The racial wealth gap is both the biggest and has grown the fastest among those with a college education, primarily due to student loans. By canceling student debt, we can stimulate the economy from the ground up and make it possible for America’s young adults to pursue  their dreams — including careers helping the most vulnerable among us — without the often-crushing burden of debt.  (Bernie Sanders’ proposed Wall Street speculation tax could raise more than $1.7 trillion within 10 years.)  As president, Joe Biden will have the power to administratively cancel billions in student loan debt owed to the federal government. We demand that he use that power.

Video: Democracy Now. 20 min.

End the Wars

The United States has been engaged in endless wars for nearly 20 years. By turning away from what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism,” we can reorder our priorities and devote far more of the nation’s resources to sustaining and improving lives instead of taking them. The federal discretionary budget—53 percent of which now goes to the military—should be directed toward meeting human needs, addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustice, and providing for true national security in all its dimensions.

Video: Bernie Sanders. 2 min.

Green New Deal

The climate crisis is an emergency, and we’re running out of time to stop the most catastrophic impacts. With our entire economy in free-fall and requiring bailing out due to the coronavirus pandemic, now is the time to rapidly decarbonize. Instead of propping up the dying fossil fuel industry, we must accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy through a just transition that puts human needs first, reinvests in frontline and marginalized communities, puts millions of people to work in good-paying union jobs, and ensures that critical energy systems operate under public democratic control. We know that black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental racism, with increased rates of asthma, cancer, and other diseases.

Video: The Intercept. 7 min.

Universal Healthcare

The pandemic has underscored the serious and often deadly injustice of tying health coverage to employment, while leaving upwards of 87 million Americans uninsured or underinsured even before COVID-19 struck. The situation is now worsening as millions more workers and their families lose coverage because they’ve lost their jobs. The solution is to fully recognize healthcare as a human right and implement Medicare for All as the cost-effective way to provide enhanced coverage to everyone.

Video: Bernie Sanders. 5 min.

Racial Justice

To fully address the systemic racism that is embedded in nearly every aspect of American society, we must strive to methodically and completely dismantle it. The pandemic has further exacerbated the already-huge disparities affecting black and brown communities, making those communities particularly vulnerable to its most catastrophic impacts. Early data from the pandemic indicate that black, Latinx, and indigenous people have shouldered a disproportionate burden of infection and death — because their communities were already less likely to have access to primary care, less likely to be insured, more likely to be exposed to environmental pollution, more likely to have pre-existing conditions, and more likely to be essential workers. Racial justice must be a cornerstone of all the policies we create to substantively address the social and economic inequalities afflicting the United States.

Video: Race Forward. 2 min.

Fight for $15

Wages for working people have stagnated as economic inequality in the United States has exploded in recent decades. Just in the first seven months of the current economic and COVID-19 crises — which have put millions of Americans out of work and led to widespread food insecurity and looming evictions — the wealth of U.S. billionaires has increased by an estimated $931 billion, a whopping 31.6% rise. The need for a $15 federal minimum wage has never been more dire, nor has it garnered so much support across the ideological spectrum. The current federal minimum wage is a poverty wage — $7.25 — and has not been raised in more than a decade. We demand that Joe Biden keep his promise to the American people and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Video: NowThis News. 3 min.