Our Platform

Left Up To US has created our platform through a democratic process.

Workers' Rights | Sustainable Farming | Transportation | Economic Justice | Money in Politics | K-12 Education | Environmental Justice | Healthcare | Criminal Justice Reform | Electoral Reform | Civil Rights | Women's Rights | Higher Education | Homelessness | Childcare

These issues are in no particular order.

 These are the issues that we are passionately fighting for in our local area and we are always looking to learn more. Please let us know if there is anything that we should be made aware of by clicking this link

 

Workers' Rights 

Support

  • Right to unionize
  • Right to collectively bargain
  • Workplace democracy
  • Healthy work/life balance
  • Federally mandated paid vacation, paid family leave, and paid sick leave

Oppose 

  • Right to work legislation
  • Attacks against workplace safety protections

SUSTAINABLE FARMING

SUPPORT

  • Local and sustainable sourcing of food
  • Fair pay for farmers
  • Subsidies for local food sources
  • Community farming and food education

OPPOSE 

  • Subsidies for corn, beef, etc.
  • Factory farming
  • Animal abuse by food producers

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Transportation

Support 

  • Increased funding for bike lanes
  • Increased public transportation 
  • Urban trails 
  • Incentives for bike commuting 

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economic justice

Support

  • Progressive taxation
  • Worker cooperatives
  • Enhancing Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Anti-trust legislation
  • Modern day Glass Steagall Act
  • Livable wage ($15 indexed to inflation)

Oppose 

  • Regressive taxation
  • Austerity measures
  • Corporate welfare
  • Tax loopholes

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Money in politics

Support

  • Publicly financed campaigns
  • Strict regulation of campaign spending
  • Article 5 conventions to amend constitution

Oppose 

  • Citizens United
  • Any policy which allows corporations to finance campaigns.
  • Corporate media monopolies

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K-12 Education

Support 

  • Equal education funding per student
  • Implementing social studies and civics classes to educate students about our election process and governmental system 
  • Fund underperforming school in order to better the education of underprivileged students

Oppose

  • Education funding through property taxes
  • Private companies administering, influencing, and profiting from education
  • Private schools because they reduce the attention that are paid to public schools where the children who need the most attention receive their education

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

SUPPORT

  • Recognition of climate change 
  • Renewable energy
  • Progressive city planning and public transportation
  • Carbon tax

OPPOSE 

  • Oil and gas subsidies
  • Hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

Healthcare

Support 

  • Universal, single-payer healthcare system
  • Making healthcare, including dental, vision, mental health, and women's reproductive health, a constitutional right

Oppose 

  • For-profit health insurance 
  • Patents of drugs that drive costs
  • Crisis pregnancy centers

criminal justice reform

Support 

  • Rehabilitation over punishment for offenders
  • Treatment over incarceration for substance abuse
  • De-escalation training for police officers
  • Decriminalization of marijuana
  • Community policing
  • Requiring body cameras for officers
  • Reform of municipal fines for indigent persons
  • Increased funding towards public defenders

Oppose 

  • Private prisons
  • Mass incarceration
  • Capital punishment
  • Mandatory minimum sentences
  • Criminalization of homelessness
  • Debtors prisons

ELECToral REFORM

Support 

  • Automatic voter registration
  • Transitioning from Winner Take All, First Past the Post system to Range Voting or Ranked Choice Voting
  • Proportional Representation
  • Open primary elections
  • Lowering the voting age
  • Full voting rights for felons

Oppose 

  • Voter ID laws
  • Partisan redistricting (Gerrymandering)
  • First Past the Post elections

CIVIL RIGHTS

Support 

  • Racial, ethnic, and religious equality
  • Immigrant rights
  • Protecting marriage equality and LGBTQI rights
  • Native American land rights

Oppose 

  • Systemic violence against black and brown communities
  • Racial and ethnic profiling
  • Deportation/immigrant detention
  • Homophobic and islamophobic legislation

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Support 

  • Increased funding for women's health
  • Increased funding for programs which assist women who are victims of violence
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Fully covered, non-prescription birth control

Oppose 

  • TRAP laws
  • All impediments to birth control or abortions

Higher education

Support 

  • Universal higher education and trade schools
  • Taxation of private school endowments 
  • Accreditation reform 

Oppose 

  • For-profit education

Homelessness

Support 

  • Job re-training
  • Housing assistance for all homeless persons
  • Front steps
  • City sponsored "Housing First" program
  • Sustainable housing options, housing co-ops and working communities

Oppose 

  • Laws prohibiting sleeping in cars
  • Criminalization of homelessness

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Child care

support

  • Universal child-care
  • Paid family leave 
  • Foster care system reform 
  • Remote office incubators in residential neighborhoods