COMMON GROUND DECLARATION, 1996
( Bold type items represent full consensus; other items show
percentage of approval)
1. We support proportional representation.
2. We support campaign finance reform to provide a level playing
field in elections.
3. We support initiative, referendum and recall. We oppose
their use in restricting civil and human rights.
4. We support more open and fair access to the ballot in all
We support the removal of all barriers to public access to
We call on the broadcast media to fairly report on all ballot
qualified candidates. (80%}
We propose for voting to occur on non-working days. (60%)
INCOME & WEALTH
5. We believe that all economic activities should improve
and protect the health of
the earth, while promoting the happiness and prosperity of
6. We must end corporate welfare.
We want those who can afford to pay taxes to do so; those
who can't, should not. (80%)
We support taking the tax burden off of the middle and lower
classes and putting it back onto those who can afford to pay.
We support the equalization and improvement of per-pupil funding
of public schools, between states, and within each state. (60%)
ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY
7. We support public policies which respect all forms of life,
preserve and promote biodiversity, protect endangered species,
conserve natural resources and eliminate pollution.
8. We support developing and promoting environmentally friendly,
energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources, especially
all forms of solar energy.
9. We would encourage, through economic measures and education,
the practices of source reduction, re-use, and recycling, and
we advocate the elimination of toxic, nuclear, and other environmentally
10. We oppose race and class discrimination in exposure to
environmental hazards, in communities and workplaces, including
the siting of toxic waste facilities, employment in hazardous
industries, and the location of energy and mining facilities.
We urge the defeat of anti-affirmative action proposals and
we support an even stronger commitment by government and the public
and private sector to a more inclusive and just society. (80%)
We would identify and remove barriers to equal opportunities
for all people irrespective of gender, race, age, class, disability,
religious or political beliefs, family responsibilities, marital
status or sexual orientation, medical condition and citizenship.
We envision a society that, as a minimum, guarantees all groups
equal access to jobs, housing, education and political representation,
in proportion to their size in the population. (60%)
We support the widest possible generation and availability
of health and wellness information and education. (60%)
11. We support people's right to control their own sexual
and reproductive lives.
12. We propose an end to the war on drugs and its replacement
with policies that treat addiction as a health matter, not a crime.
We believe that housing is a fundamental human right. (80%)
13. We would cut military expenditures dramatically, and provide
for displaced workers.
14. We support the elimination of US military bases in foreign
15. We believe that economic decisions should be made democratically,
with participation by all affected workers, communities and consumers.
16. We support the maximum empowerment of people in their
communities, consistent with fairness, social responsibility and
human rights, to meet local needs, and to defend those communities
against exploitive forces.
17. We support community courts and justice centers with emphasis
on intervention, prevention and mediation, alternative sentencing
for juvenile and nonviolent offenders. We support community controlled
law enforcement to handle lesser offenders and disputes and to
maintain community order.
We encourage community owned and managed communication systems.
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