Rev. Dr. Paul Knupp Jr.:

 

 Green Party Candidate for Congress

 

- Iowa's 3rd District - 

 

 

 

Legislation to Introduce:

  1. Medicare expansion to include all Americans. 
     
  2. One trillion dollars to repair infrastructure/jobs and provide permanent union employment, preference to minorities and immigrants.
     
  3. Citizenship for all undocumented persons – five years here, pay $725.
     
  4. Free in-state tuition for all undergraduates, vocational & academic.
     
  5. Restore full funding for all women’s health organizations, legislation to make the right-to-choose the permanent law of the land.
     
  6. Environmental and legislative endorsement of Paris Accord provisions.
     
  7. Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
     
  8. Expand federal loan reduction and forgiveness employment categories to include all socially beneficial employment, e.g. teachers.
     
  9. Agriculture subsidies (parity) for small and medium family farms to insure sustainability, especially for non-corporate, organically grown farming.
     
  10. Nuclear disarmament for all countries, including the US.
  11. Restore civil rights and religious freedom: African-Americans need federal protection from police abuse, Muslims need to feel safe and welcomed, and transgender Americans need protection from discrimination.

  12. Pursue a non-interventionist, put people first foreign policy: The U.S. support for the brutal, misogynistic and anti-democratic Saudi regime's war on the poor people in Yemen is a microcosm of what is wrong with American foreign policy.

  13. Get big money out of politics.

  14. Passage of the Equity Act (LGBTQ rights).

  15. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (union protections).

  16. No CAFOs.

  17. Pharmaceutical controls to end opioid epidemic.

  18. Expand free public education from kindegarten through college.

  19. A congressional office in every one of the sixteen counties in the Third Congressional District.  Sixteen free federal mental healh clinics.

  20. Total and comprehensive union support.

New issues for 2018:

Free food, clothing, housing for those in need.  No more for-profit prisons.  Guaranteed annual wage for the unemployed (Universal Basic Income). Raises for all Social Security recipients.

Free federal mental health centers in all 16 third district counties.

Federal buy-out of family farms at risk of corporate purchase.

No CAFOs permitted.

 

Environmental Platform

1.     Provide a safe, clean environment for Iowans

a.     Work toward providing cleaner air by promoting the use of low emission and flexible fuel vehicles that run on ethanol and by working with the industrial sector to reduce power plant emissions. [1]

b.     Deliver safe, clean water free of contaminants with harmful health side effects, working with local scientists, environmental groups, and the agriculture industry[2]

 

2.     Make Iowa a renewable energy leader in the U.S.


a.     Achieve 100% renewable energy in electricity generation by 2050;

b.     Cut coal production in half by 2020;

c.     Become the number one clean energy job producer in the Midwest; and

d.     Invest in clean energy infrastructure to support a sustainable future.

 

3.    Lead the way in the global fight against climate change


a.     Endorse and rejoin the Paris Agreement and implement its provisions through comprehensive legislation.

b.     Prove to the world that We Are Still In by working with Governor Reynolds to join the United States Climate Alliance and the America’s Pledge initiative.

 

Iowa Renewable Energy Background:

·       Iowa passed one of the first Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the country in 1983.

·       Iowa is ranked first in the United States for wind energy with 36% of its electricity coming from wind power.

·       Wind energy employs roughly 9,000 people in Iowa, and the clean energy industry generally employs over 30,000 people in Iowa. Iowa is currently ranked third in the Midwest for clean energy jobs (behind Illinois and Indiana).

The total capital investment in wind in Iowa through 2016 was $13.5 billion.

·       Iowa was ranked number nine overall on CNBC's "Top States for Business" list based on 60 measurements of competitiveness and ranked number two for the "Cost of Doing Business."

 

 

Positions

This page presents our "key values" and what we advocate for Iowa, the United States and the world.

Green Values

Our overall goal is not merely to survive, but to share lives that are truly worth living. We believe the quality of our individual lives is enriched by the quality of all of our lives. We encourage everyone to see the dignity and intrinsic worth in all of life, and to take the time to understand and appreciate themselves, their community and the magnificent beauty of this world.

There are ten "key values" that underlie our political positions.

grassroots democracy

social justice and equal opportunity

ecological wisdom

non-violence

decentralization

community-based economics and economic justice

feminism and gender equity

respect for diversity

personal and global responsibility

future focus and sustainability: quality of life

1. Grassroots Democracy

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect his or her life, and freedom from being subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

2. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity

All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3. Ecological Wisdom

Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy-efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

4. Non-Violence

It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace. For more on this issue, see peace.

5. Decentralization

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. Community-based Economics and Economic Justice

We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a "living wage" which reflects the real value of a person's work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers' rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our "quality of life." We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

7. Feminism and Gender Equity

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity beween the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. Respect for Diversity

We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines. We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally excluded from leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

9. Personal and Global Responsibility

We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of the planet.

10. Future Focus and Sustainability

Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or "unmaking" all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.

Grant Wood, "Spring Turning", 1936

 

What We Advocate

- Locally and Globally -

 

EDUCATION:

  • Full funding for education at every level: primary, secondary, institutions for the handicapped, community colleges and public universities

 

  • Lower tuition and extension of financial aid for students to include more work study and low-interest loans;

 

  • Free school lunches

 

HEALTH CARE:

  • Single payer health insurance and health care for all Iowans;

 

  • The right to choice regarding abortion

 

  • Legislation to define and ensure safe staffing levels for health care facilities;

 

  • The Green Party supports universal health care, including universal access, freedom of health care choice, cost savings through annual budgets and streamlined administration, and comprehensive benefits.

 

  • We support a focus on rural health services and wider implementation of hospice care.

 

  • We advocate continued support of medical research into the quality, effectiveness and appropriateness of medical care.

 

  • We call for adequate social and health services for those who have special needs--the mentally ill, the disabled, and the terminally ill.

     

    How do we pay for Medicare for all?

    The top tax rate for those making $418,000 or more per year is 39.6%.  If we raise that rate to 45%, we generate $109 billion dollars more per year.  Over ten years, that's more than one trillion dollars in additional revenues.

 

SOCIAL WELFARE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:

  • State recognition of civil unions between same-sex partners;

 

  • Continued rejection of the death penalty;

 

  • Repeal of Iowa's English-only law

 

  • Support of a living wage; right to union representation and repeal of "right to work" laws that abridge it; denial of assistance to for-profit companies that fail to provide health care to their employees;

 

  • Preservation of civil liberties and the right to counsel for all residents, including non-U. S. citizens;

 

  • Full funding of social services for the disabled;

 

  • Introduction of labels for textile items that are “sweatshop free,” and requirement that state agencies and schools purchase only such items;

 

  • Decriminalization & full plant legalization of marijuana and increased expenditure on drug treatment programs;

 

  • Restoration of the voting rights of former prisoners;

 

  • End of reliance on gambling revenues to support state programs

 

  • PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT:

  • Active state support for organic agriculture, small and midsize local farms and for incentives for sustainable agricultural practices

 

  • Local communities’ rights to restrict or ban hoglots (CAFOs) and other large livestock factories

 

  • Low-interest loans for small businesses in rural and depopulated areas

 

  • Extension of the present bottle bill to containers not currently covered

 

  • Humane conditions for livestock, and freedom of animals to graze and exercise

 

  • Encouragement and adequate funding for public transportation, including more ecologically friendly infrastructure.

 

  • Laws to require and enforce higher standards of pollution control in air and water

 

  • Establishment and extension of parklands, conservation areas, and other green space

 

POLITICAL REFORM and PARTICIPATION:

  • We propose comprehensive campaign finance reform at the national and state level, including caps on spending and contributions, and partial public funding of elections to remove undue influence in political campaigns.

 

  • We advocate maintaining and enhancing federal guarantees in the areas of civil rights protections, including voting rights.

 

  • We will act to broaden voter participation and ballot access, urging universal voter registration and an election day holiday.

 

  • Ballot access and the right to participate in political debates for minority parties

 

 

 

FOREIGN POLICY:

  • Greens support sustainable development and social and economic justice across the globe. Reduced militarism and diminished reliance on arms policies is the key to progress toward collective security and fiscal responsibility

 

  • We endorse ending support for repressive regimes; we believe the US and all nations should abide by World Court decisions; we support the right of Habeas Corpus for any person, anywhere, whose imprisonment violates fundamental norms of international law.

 

  • It is our belief that the massive debt owed by the Third World is causing immense misery and environmental destruction. Foreign aid must be addressed in the context of retiring this debt rather than forcing, via the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, "structural adjustments" on the economies of the underdeveloped world.

 

  • We support peace in the Middle East, and globally, based on respect for civil liberties and human rights.

 

  • We must look to domestic and international regulation to protect the global ecology, utilizing the United Nations and related agencies and regional associations to advance our mutual interests.

 

CIVIL AND EQUAL RIGHTS:

  • We are committed to establishing relationships that honor diversity; that support the self-definition and self-determination of people, and that consciously confront the barriers of racism, sexism, homophobia, class oppression, ageism, and the many ways our culture separates us from working together to define and solve our common problems.

 

  • We support the rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in housing, jobs, civil marrriage and benefits, and child custody.

 

  • We support affirmative action to remedy discrimination, to protect constitutional rights and to provide equal opportunity under the law.

 

  • We support the American citizen's right to free speech, including non-violent protest

 

  • We support effective enforcement of the "Voting Rights Act," including language access to voting.

 

  • We support the full enforcement of the "Americans with Disabilties Act."

ENERGY POLICY and RENEWABLE ENERGY:

  • Investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy is the key to sustainability. We call for the development of state energy policies that include taxes and/or fines on energy "waste," and the funding of energy research, including credits for alternative and sustainable energy use such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and biomass.

 

  • Incentives/disincentives should be put in place to move utilities toward establishing wind and solar power stations to augment and eventually supplant fossil-fuel generated electricity.

 

  • It is imperative in the long-term that alternative energy systems be put in place to produce goods that are durable, repairable, reusable, recyclable, and energy-efficient, using both non-toxic materials and nonpolluting production methods.

 

  • Public/Mass transportation is crucial in cutting our consumption of fossil fuels, and the economic influence that the fossil fuel industries exert.

 

AGRICULTURE and RURAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • We call for the establishment of an ecologically based sustainable agricultural system which moves as rapidly as possible towards regional/bioregional self reliance.

 

  • We support research, within the public and private arenas, including educational institutions, for sustainable, organic, and ecologically balanced agriculture.

 

  • Price-fixing and anti-competitive actions of the corporate agricultural giants must be confronted aggressively.

 

  • We support cooperative ventures to broaden markets of local producers.

 

National Platform

The Green Party Platform is a searching examination of ways to improve each aspect of life. It contains well-thought out proposals arranged under the headings, 1. Democracy; 2. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity; 3. Environmental Sustainability; and 4.Economic Sustainability. To view the platform, please visit www.gp.org

However, the Green Party platform is concerned with many other topics, including "Community," "Education," "Welfare/Workfare," "Tax Justice/Fairness," "Management-Labor Relations," "Criminal Justice," "Free Speech," "Native Americans," "Immigration/Emigration," "Housing," "National Service," "Nuclear Issues," "Waste Management," "Fossil Fuels," "Transportation Policy," "Clean Air/Greenhouse Effect/Ozone Depletion," "Land Use," "Water," "Biological Diversity," "Banking for People," "Insurance Reform," "Pension Reform," "Anti-Trust Enforcement," "Advanced Technology and Defense Conversion," and "The National Debt." We encourage you to read and consider seriously the platform in its entirety, at www.gp.org.

For the Green Party Platform 2002, see www.greenpartyus.org and www.gp.org.

For issues relevant to Iowans, see greeniniowa.blogspot.com.

 

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