Our Demands

Our Demands: (Pass the following legislation, the majority of which has already passed the US House of Representatives)

  1. Abolish the filibuster! (we need 51 votes for this – requiring Manchin, Sinema or other GOP Senators to come to the table.)
  2. Codify Reproductive Freedom and equal access to abortion everywhere by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA): federal legislation that will protect the right to access abortion care throughout the United States.
  3. Pass the Equal Rights Amendment, making it effective immediately. Change section 1 of the amendment to include Gender Identity. “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex or gender identity.”
  4. Codify same-sex marriage, the right to contraception, and interracial marriage
  5. Pass the Medicare for All Act expanding Medicare to provide comprehensive benefits to every person in the United States. This includes primary care, vision, dental, prescription drugs, mental health, substance abuse, long-term services and supports, reproductive health care, and more.
  6. Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act
  7. Pass the Freedom to Vote Act that would:  
    • Make Election Day a national holiday
    • Allow states to have early voting for at least 2 weeks prior to Election Day, including nights and weekends;
    • Allow voting by mail with no excuses needed, and voters could put their ballots in drop boxes;
    • Require states make voting more accessible for people with disabilities;
    • States that require IDs for voting would have to broaden the types of ID acceptable. 
    • States would have to offer same-day voting registration and online registration and also make it easier to register at places like departments of motor vehicles.
    • Outlaw partisan gerrymandering — that is, drawing congressional boundaries to the political advantage of one party or another — and would limit the ways states can purge people from voting rolls.
    • Impose new rules on how campaigns are paid for by limiting the use of so-called dark money by political action committees. Any group that spends more than $10,000 to influence an election would be required to disclose all donors.
    • Sets up a small donor matching system for House candidates. A new Election Assistance and Innovation Fund would match contributions up to $200 at a 6:1 ratio. The fund would not use taxpayer dollars and instead be financed through assessments paid on fines, penalties and settlements for certain tax crimes and corporate malfeasance.
    • Strengthen the Federal Election Commission’s ability to investigate charges of campaign abuses and require that states replace outdated voting machines with ones that, among other things, provide voters with paper records of their ballot 
  8. Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban
  9. Pass HR-8 (Bipartisan Background Checks Act)
  10. Pass Build Back Better Act that would provide funding for:
    • management of the National Forest System;
    • job placement and career services;
    • safe drinking water and energy-efficiency projects;
    • electric vehicles and zero-emission, heavy-duty vehicles;
    • public health infrastructure and supply chain resiliency;
    • housing, rental, and homeowner assistance programs;
    • cybersecurity programs;
    • tribal infrastructure, environmental, and health programs;
    • wildfire prevention, drought relief, conservation efforts, and climate change research;
    • small business assistance and development;
    • transit services and clean energy projects in low-income communities; and
    • infrastructure and administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

                  The bill also includes provisions that

    • provide free childcare for children under the age of six;
    • provide free universal preschool services;
    • establish a methane fee for certain petroleum and natural gas facilities;
    • expand Medicare to cover hearing care;
    • allow certain aliens who entered the United States prior to January 1, 2011, to temporarily remain and work in the country;
    • provide up to four weeks of paid family and medical leave per year;
    • restructure and increase taxes for certain corporations and high-income individuals (e.g., individuals with income over $400,000); and
    • require the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate maximum prices for certain brand-name drugs under Medicare.