|Socialist Party USA: 2012-2013 National
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer People
Socialist Party recognizes the human and civil rights of all, without
regard to sexual orientation.
call for the end of all anti-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
(GLBTQ) restrictions in law and the work place, the repeal of all
sodomy laws, and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
call on all schools to adopt policies and procedures to address and
prevent student violence and to ban discrimination against GLBTQ people
throughout the educational system.
call for a federal ban on all forms of job discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
are committed to confronting the heterosexism that provides
the fertile ground for homophobic violence, and support all efforts
toward fostering understanding and cooperation among persons and groups
of differing sexual orientations.
The Socialist Party recognizes the intimate link between racism and
capitalism and demands the elimination of all forms of discrimination
in housing, jobs, education, health care, etc. We are committed
to the creation of a pluralistic society that defends and promotes a
multicultural/multiethnic presence in both the public and private
spheres. The Socialist Party rejects the social construction of race
and we commit ourselves to the eradication of racism.
strongly support affirmative action, civil rights, and
anti-discrimination laws and programs to end institutional racism.
call for reparations from the federal government for its role in
the slave trade and the genocide of Native American nations, with the
reparations programs administered by the oppressed communities
support the efforts of people of color to self-defense,
self-determination, and to organize independently for their liberation.
oppose all efforts to declare English an official language,
and call for an end to all language discrimination. We demand
that all public and private institutions provide services and materials
in the languages of their communities.
call for enforcement of Native American treaty rights, support
for tribal schools and colleges, living wages on Native American
reservations, and democratization of power and wealth in tribal
call for strict legal penalties for the police practice of
racial profiling, and we particularly condemn the targeting of Arabs
and Muslims since September 11.
demand an end to police brutality and all forms of
harassment against people of color and ethnic minorities.
The Socialist Party recognizes the human and civil rights of all,
without regard to physical or psychological differences. We
deplore media stereotypes that focus on a person's disability rather
than on their strengths and abilities, and the physical and social
barriers that prevent the full participation by people with
disabilities in vital spheres of life.
call for full enforcement of all sections of the Americans
with Disabilities Act so that all public and private buildings,
facilities, and modes of transportation are accessible to disabled
people, and every effort is made to employ persons with disabilities.
oppose any effort to limit the protections of the Americans
with Disabilities Act by restricting the definition of who is
considered a person with a disability, and we call for an amendment to
the act that would permit punitive damages for the complainants in ADA
call for enforcement of Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that mandates equal employment practices and
physical accessibility for entities receiving federal funding; and call
for the removal of the prohibition against the right of private action
presently contained in Section 504.
call for full funding for a network of support for people
with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities, including home
assistance, recreation centers, guaranteed income, voting access, and
quality control in residential facilities; and for the inclusion of
people with disabilities on all local and state governing boards and
call for the continuation of full Social Security benefits for
people with disabilities who are able to work part-time, and
affirmative action quotas for hiring people with disabilities at union
oppose any efforts of the federal government to further limit access
to SSDI (Supplemental Security Disability Income Insurance) by
restricting their definitions of who is considered a person with a
call for the full funding of high-quality education and training
programs for people with disabilities, and an expansion of the
Individuals With Disabilities In Education Act (IDEA) which would
include greater funding for the hiring of paraprofessionals in public
call for an amendment of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to
include a prohibition against the denial of credit based on disability.
Socialist Party recognizes the right of seniors to a dignified life,
free from economic hardship, social isolation, and discrimination in
employment and credit. Sufficient income, housing, health
care, medication, and access to social services must be guaranteed to
oppose the privatization of the Social Security system and the use
of Social Security trust funds for any other purpose, such as
offsetting the federal deficit.
demand that the Social Security system remain entirely within the
public sector, with funding derived from a steeply graduated income tax
on all income, earned and unearned.
call for the inclusion of all state and local government workers
within the Social Security System.
call for the right of retirement at age 55 a minimum annual
retirement income of $25,000, tax free, and protected from inflation by
cost of living increases.
call for a cap on Social Security benefits so that no beneficiary
receives more than three times the income of those receiving the
support an increase in home service, including home-delivered
quality meals and the provision of personal aid devices and physical
therapy, so that older people can remain independent in their homes and
call for jobs and training for seniors who do not wish to retire.
support the formation of publicly funded and democratically
controlled senior centers that provide opportunities for social and
recreational activities and community involvement.
call for the election of advocates and ombudspersons by assemblies
of seniors and caregivers to ensure the protection of residents’ rights
in nursing homes and a stimulating environment in group and nursing
hospice care, and a person's right to die with dignity in a manner of
Socialist Party is a socialist feminist organization that recognizes
that a struggle against habitual male dominance and patriarchy must go
hand in hand with any struggle against capitalism. Therefore, we
pledge our opposition to all forms of sexism, and demand equality in
all aspects of life.
support for every woman's right to choose when, if, and
how to have children, including the right to free abortion on demand at
any stage of pregnancy, without interference or coercion. Clinics
providing abortion services must have the full protection of the law.
call for the
repeal of the Hyde Amendment and all other legislation
that limits access to abortion services, thus denying "the right to
choose" to millions of women, particularly low-income women, women of
color, and young women. We demand full reproductive freedom for
all women by removing all discriminating barriers to reproductive
rights and reproductive health care.
call for the
banning of all involuntary sterilizations. We
oppose the performing of any medical research or medical procedure
without a woman's full knowledge and consent.
demand that local
governments place a priority on preventing
violence toward women, with coordinated programs to educate, provide
shelter for women and children, and vigorously protect women from their
call for the
decriminalization of prostitution and demand that sex
workers, just like all women workers, are guaranteed a full range of
health, social, and legal services; and working conditions free from
harassment, violence, and exploitation
call for 16 months
paid leave to be shared by new parents or in its
entirety by a single parent, and the expansion and full-funding of
high-quality child care facilities.
comprehensive educational and training opportunities,
comparable worth laws, and affirmative action for women. We
believe that women should be able to enter any occupation they choose,
believe that women
should be free to improve their working lives
through unions and other organizations, and that work at home,
including child care, should be shared to enable women to fully
participate in society.
organizational structure based on mutual consideration and
respect, rotating leadership, gender balance, and processes that
welcome and enable open and equitable participation in discussion and
Socialist Party believes that the right of all children to nurturing,
protection, and education by caring adults must be staunchly upheld,
and that a young person does not have fewer rights because he or she is
a minor. Therefore, we believe that all Constitutional and human
rights belonging to older people belong to younger people as well, and
must be defended with equal vigor and determination
immediate ratification by the United States of the UN
Convention on the Rights of the Child.
children's allowances that will help ensure that every
child's basic rights and needs are satisfied in a stimulating,
empowering, and caring environment.
quality care and education for all children and young
people, federally financed and community controlled through
democratically elected local boards that will include youth members.
support the rights
of minors to be free of any kind of child abuse
or neglect whether physical, mental, emotional, or sexual.
that increase responsibilities and penalties on
youth ostensibly to curb crime.
call for an end to
military draft registration, and an end to
military recruiting in educational institutions.
call for the
abolition of parent consent and notification laws for
reproductive health services, including abortion.
call for the right
to comprehensive sex education in school that
includes birth control methods, STD protection, and information about
call for the
lowering of the voting age to 15
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