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Party Committee

Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party — Peace and Freedom PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 5

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Norma J.F. Harrison

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • to enable people to be confident that their call for justice requires building alternatives to the capitalist system
  • to name with people what those efforts are, that they are like finding ways for us all to provide us all housing, health care, dinner unto our children's children; security
  • to let us all find ways to care for all Earth through laboring pleasantly in its fields together, singing

Experience

Experience

Profession:Grocer, office clerk, group leader, school teacher
Realtor, self (1986–current)
Central Committee member, Peace and Freedom Party — Elected position (2000–current)

Education

University of Chicago, Chicago Junior College, Roosevelt University, life, travel, romance, parenting, AA, BA education, how to become eligible to get licensed to teach school (current)

Community Activities

member, Communist Party U.S.A. (2010–current)
member, Committees of Correspondence (1990–current)
Participant, Code Pink (1997–current)
member, Strike Debt (2000–current)
member, Gray Panthers (2007–current)

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

I work to enable everyone to read our platform. Our work is to carry out the struggles named, not just to recite them.

Summary

People know that candidates and electeds say they will do things we want done, want to do.  We, socialists, communists know we cannot do these necessary goals in the world run by capitalism - run by benefiting a tiny few people. http://www.peaceandfreedom.org/home/about-us/platform/full-platform

 

Our platform stands - stands for 50 years and 50 more years - of the work we have to push through together.  All of us must be able to do it together. We have to stop forbidding children from participating in the production necessary to achieve these goals ; stop forbidding incarcerated people from joining with us ; stop forcing an 8 hour day on us.  Let us do work that satisfies, that is meaningful for our communities, that let's us sing.

 

How -

 

We work to change the laws, the regulations.  so that we can do what we need and want to.  It takes a while - but little by little we become able to.  It goes more and more quickly as we go.  Let us elect us who willl work to change and keep those changes.

 

We work to build the protections, the defenses against our Owners continual attacks against our achievements.  Take a look.

 

Platform of the Peace and Freedom Party

 

Published: 21 February 2008

 

The Peace and Freedom Party platform is available to print and distribute. Click here to download.

 

The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism. We represent the working class, those without capital in a capitalist society. We organize toward a world where cooperation replaces competition, a world where all people are well fed, clothed and housed; where all women and men have equal status; where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires; a world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony. We offer this summary of our immediate and long-rang goals:

 

Socialism

 

We support social ownership and democratic management of industry and natural resources. Under capitalism, the proceeds of labor go to the profits of the wealthy few. With socialism, production is planned to meet human needs.

 

To us, socialism is workers' democracy, including the principle that all officials are elected, recallable at any time, and none receives more than a worker's wage. Socialism can only be brought about when we, the working class, unite and act as a body in our own interests. Our goals cannot be achieved by electoral means alone. We support mass organization, direct action, a militant labor movement, and establishment of alternative institutions in neighborhoods, workplaces, unions, and the armed forces everywhere.

 

While organizing for the future, we work in the present, challenging the system with the following immediate and transitional goals:

 

Labor and Full Employment

 

  • Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living.
  • We demand a socially useful job at union pay levels or a guaranteed dignified income for everyone.
  • A Universal Basic Income with full social benefits as a basic human right.
  • We call for a 30-hour work week for 40 hours' pay and abolition of forced overtime.
  • We demand a legally mandated annual paid vacation of at least 4 weeks.
  • We demand expansion and enforcement of job health and safety laws. We call for the restoration of all labor rights previously won by women and their extension to men as well.
  • We demand parental leaves and time off work for childcare.
  • No prison labor for private profit. Living wage and full union rights for any prison labor.
  • Defend workers' rights to organize, form union caucuses, strike, and boycott.
  • No replacement of striking workers.
  • Federally-funded public works programs to rebuild the nation's infrastructure and restore the environment.
  • International solidarity of workers against international capitalist schemes such as NAFTA and WTO in defense of jobs, wages, working conditions and environmental laws.
  • International trade agreements must guarantee the protection of workers and democratic rights in all participating countries.
  • A rank and file socialist-oriented labor movement to mobilize working-class people to assume ownership and control of the economy.

 

Peace and International Justice

 

The drive for greater profits by multi-national corporations which direct U.S. foreign policy is a major cause of war. We stand for peace between nations and the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support an ongoing socialist transformation everywhere. We therefore call for:

 

  • The U.S. to renounce nuclear first strike, and take the initiative toward global disarmament by eliminating all of its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • No U.S. intervention anywhere. End all support and aid to repressive regimes and all military and police training aid everywhere. End efforts to destabilize foreign governments. End U.S.- directed economic warfare against other countries. Abolish the CIA, NSA, AID and other agencies for interference in other countries' internal affairs. Withdraw all U.S. troops and weapons from all other countries.
  • Stop all U.S. arms exports and trade.
  • Dissolve all military pacts.
  • Convert from military to peaceful production; reallocate the resulting "peace dividend" for social benefit.
  • Abolish the Selective Service System.
  • No weapons in space.
  • No drones for killing or invasion of privacy.

 

Equal Rights and Liberties

 

The capitalists use every difference in society, including sex, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, and physical abilities to divide workers in order to depress wages, maintain a surplus labor pool, and prevent working-class unity. We demand equal treatment of all people by employers, businesses and government. We stand for a world free from all forms of oppression.

 

Women

 

We demand full equality for women in all aspects of life. Sexism is a major instrument for teaching relations of domination and inequality and for keeping one- half of the workforce underpaid or unpaid. We work to end oppressive sex roles in society. We must ensure equal rights and responsibilities in child raising. Unions must do more to organize women and promote women's leadership. We demand:

 

  • Adoption of an equal rights amendment.
  • Equal pay for equal work, and for work of comparable worth.
  • Enforce non-discrimination in hiring and promotion with affirmative action where necessary.
  • Provision of free, high-quality, community controlled child care.
  • Convenient provision of safe, free birth control information and materials to men and women of any age.
  • Free abortion on demand.
  • No forced abortions or sterilizations.
  • Safe prenatal care.
  • End violence against women.

 

Ending Racism and National Oppression

 

Accompanying the continuing economic crisis, we see a rise in racial discrimination, increased terrorism against racially and nationally oppressed people, and retrenchment in civil rights. Minority families are disproportionately victimized by cutbacks in health care, education, child care, welfare, food stamps and jobs. We demand:

 

  • End all forms of racial discrimination.
  • Enforce non-discrimination in hiring and promotion with affirmative action where necessary.
  • Prosecute and punish police and prison officials who brutalize and murder.

 

Language Rights

 

Restore to the State Constitution co-equal status for Spanish as an official language of California in recognition of its cultural, historical, economic and demographic importance to the people of this state.

 

  • Abolish all English-only laws and policies, including those of private employers.

 

Undocumented Workers

 

Immigrant workers are hounded by government authorities, worked and housed in substandard conditions by unscrupulous bosses, and blamed by Republican and Democratic demagogues for society's problems.

 

  • We call for open borders.
  • We demand an end to deportations of immigrants.
  • We demand full political, social and economic rights for resident non-citizens.

 

Native Americans

 

We support self-determination of indigenous peoples and sovereignty for Native nations. We demand:

 

  • Honor treaty obligations with Native American nations and recognize California tribes.
  • Stop the theft of natural resources located on reservation lands.
  • Honor Native American water, hunting and fishing rights.
  • Free the prisoners of the FBI/BIA war against Native Americans, end all harassment.
  • Stop destruction of sacred burial sites.

 

Sexual Orientation

 

  • Equal treatment and benefits under the law for all families. Guarantee equal child custody, adoption, visitation privileges, and foster parenthood rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • Equal treatment for all people in the military regardless of sexual orientation.
  • The right to gay marriage and partners' benefits.
  • Accurate sex education courses in public schools. Truthful information about sexuality in society and history.

 

People With Disabilities

 

People with disabilities are entitled to equal rights to education, housing, health care, recreation, and transportation. Attendant care and other services or adaptations must be provided to enable fuller participation in all aspects of society.

 

Retired Workers

 

Retired workers must be guaranteed a decent living at union wage levels. We demand:

 

  • Immediate improvements in economic benefits and social services.
  • Free, quality, multi-lingual and multi-cultural medical and home health care.
  • Accessible transportation.
  • An end to all forced retirement.
  • Stop the segregation and isolation of senior citizens.

 

Defense of the Environment

 

The same corporate forces and economic system that exploit and brutalize the world's working class people are destroying the world's biosphere. These social policies and ecological destruction often overlap. Socialism is necessary to end the ecological destruction caused by capitalism. Our goal is a society that is in harmony with nature as it is in harmony with its own people.

 

We therefore favor:

 

  • Planning for urban and regional environment based on principles of sound ecosystems management.
  • Create public open spaces in all communities.
  • Tighter regulation of pesticides, herbicides, industrial wastes and genetically modified foods to protect human food, air and water, employees in the workplace, and species habitat. No release of genetically engineered or transgenic organisms into the wild. No patenting of life forms.
  • A multi-source energy system, development of solar technology and other renewable, nonpolluting energy sources. Eliminate nuclear power plants. End fossil fuel dependence.
  • Public ownership of public utilities.
  • Protect species habitat such as old-growth forests to preserve biodiversity.
  • Massive development of free public transportation.
  • International trade agreements must guarantee the protection of the environment in all participating countries.
  • End environmental racism, including the immediate cessation of nuclear testing and toxic waste dumping on reservation lands, the disproportionate creation of landfills in poor communities of color and eliminate the mass development of maquiladora plants.
  • Restore and protect air, water, land and ecosystems
  • Outlaw destructive practices such as clear cutting, fracking, mountaintop removal, tar sands extraction, and offshore drilling.

 

Transportation

 

  • Massive development of public transportation systems that are reliable, frequent, free or at nominal fares and environmentally sound.
  • Expand safe routes for foot and bicycle traffic.

 

Agriculture

 

We want an agricultural system that ensures enough food and other farm products to meet human needs, guarantees a high standard of living to farmers and farm workers, protects humans and the ecosystem from environmental degradation and encourages organic farming. To that end, we call for:

 

  • An end to subsidies and tax breaks for corporations.
  • Food distribution by farm and consumer cooperatives.
  • Extension of all labor rights to farm workers, including wage and hour regulations.
  • An end to cruel methods of animal husbandry.
  • No use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (RBGH) in meat or dairy cattle.
  • No genetically engineered organisms in food production.
  • A ban on "terminator" seeds.
  • No export of chemicals banned in the U.S. or import of agricultural products treated with them.

 

Science and Technology

 

We need scientific and technological research to benefit ordinary people, not the capitalists.

 

Education

 

Education is critical to individual survival and civilized human values, but U.S. capitalism is dismantling public education. Inadequate and unequal funding of schools perpetuates racism, crime and inequality. We demandj:

 

  • Integrated, democratically-run schools with up-to-date plant and equipment and smaller classes.
  • Teach the history of workers' struggles and labor's creation of society's wealth and progress.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural education at all levels.
  • A federal law requiring and funding equal average per-pupil expenditures by every public school district, with extra funds for students with special needs such as disability or economic deprivation.
  • Full free high quality public education from pre-school through graduate school, with lifelong learning and retraining. Cancel existing student debt.
  • Free day care for all children
  • Restore cutbacks in public education and public library services.
  • Full federal funding for special education.
  • Democratic control of all schools by elected boards, parents, school staff, and students.
  • End high stakes testing. Abolish charter schools and stop voucher schemes.

 

Arts and Culture

 

Provide uncensored government funding for ordinary people to create and enjoy art.

Housing and Rent Control

Freedom, Justice

 

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