2020 Platform

In the wealthiest country in the world, we have the resources to ensure that all of us have healthcare, quality public education, decent income, and secure retirement, while taking aggressive action on the most urgent crises of our time, including climate change. But we cannot do these things as long as our government is controlled by wealthy interests. 

We believe in a vision for our country and our state where politicians visibly fight for all of us and stand up to corporate special interests. We believe in an America and a West Virginia where racism, sexism and religious intolerance are not part of any candidate’s platform, and moral courage is the norm, not the exception. We look towards a future where democracy flourishes because wealth and power are no longer concentrated in the hands of a few.

In 2020, Rise Up will support candidates on the ballot in Kanawha County who believe:

  1. Government should be of, by, and for the people, not corporations. 
  2. Our democracy and institutions should be open to all, regardless of wealth or privilege
  3. Our government, like each of us, has a responsibility to help those who are vulnerable.
  4. Government should secure our basic economic and social rights, including the right to organize and the rights to healthcare, quality public education, and a clean and stable environment. 
  5. The wealthy should pay their fair share to ensure an economy that works for all.

Specifically, we support: 

  • Medicare for All
  • Labor rights
  • Stopping the privatization of public schools and the diversion of public dollars to privately managed schools
  • Funding for public schools and public employees / PEIA with dedicated funding sources, including an increase in the natural gas severance tax
  • Fairness for students in schools, including fairness in student treatment, educational support and school discipline
  • Solidarity with marginalized and vulnerable communities, including low-income communities, communities of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and new Americans 
  • Ensuring our right to clean air and water
  • More publically-funded resources for people struggling with addiction and recovery
  • Transparent and open government processes, including regular meetings between decision-makers and constituents, regular town halls in marginalized communities, and participatory budgeting
  • Campaign finance reforms that make it easier for working class people to run for office
  • A Green New Deal that invests in West Virginia’s future by creating green jobs, retraining workers, rebuilding public infrastructure (including drinking water infrastructure) and transitioning us towards a stronger post-fossil-fuel economy.

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