Democracy

While I have a list of the top issues facing our community that will be priorities on day one, most of those issues will not be fully resolved until we create real democracy in Pennsylvania. I therefore support the March on Harrisburg's legislative goals to create democracy, namely the American Anti-Corruption Act. I'd love your feedback on how we can strengthen democracy in Pennsylvania, please contact us!

Money In Politics

I believe every resident of Pennsylvania deserves an equal say in the rules, laws, and general decisions that affect their lives and their communities. I therefore fully support reducing the power of money in our elections and ending political bribery, so that equal power and dignity may be restored. Wealth inequality is what breeds the power imbalance, so any full long-term solution must look at removing private wealth from the system.

I support the following solutions to the problem of money in politics:

Gerrymandering

Our elections system is not actually very democratic, and tends to protect incumbents. I support reforms for free and fair elections.

I support the following solutions to address gerrymandering:

Voting

Our elections system is not actually very democratic, and tends to protect incumbents. I support reforms for free and fair elections, including not just a right to vote, but a right for all to run for office. It should be easy to vote, and easy to get on the ballot, and all voters and candidates must be treated equally.

I support the following solutions to improve our voting system and methods:

A Right to Self-Governance

The Pennsylvania Constitution states in Article 1 Section 2: "All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper."

In accordance with Article 1 Section 2, I declare my support for movements for self-governance should the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fail to act on these issues. I call for the residents of Pennsylvania to consider organizing for local self-governance, via the use of home rule charters as necessary as provided for under Pennsylvania code, to protect their rights to clean water and air and more -- and reserve the right for residents to organize an effort to peacefully and democratically abolish their government and form a new state within these United States should the Commonwealth continue to impede the people in the democratic exercise of their Constitutional rights.