Big Apple Coffee Party Adds "New Issues" to Its Core Principles, January 17, 2017



Big Apple Coffee Party was formed with an intentionally narrow focus in reaction to Citizens United and the emergence of the “Tea Party.”  It agreed to work to get money out of politics and fight undue corporate influence of our democracy. BACP since included environmental issues, the Don’t Do Koch Campaign/boycott, TPP, and other issues that it adopted after extended debate and consensus.
 
We are now facing a potential state of emergency with many areas of urgent and immediate concern.  It was therefore agreed that BACP should expand its reach and adopt a slightly alternative way of organizing.
 
BACP has thus created an extended list of issues that it supports in general.  Big Apple Coffee Party is now able to work with allies, protest, flyer, sign petitions, use social media, write letters, etc., in support of these issues,  If or when an emergency situation arises, BACP will be free to act quickly and mobilize.  
 
Following is the BACP list of New Issues to date followed by the Resolutions that define each issue.  

 1. In Defense of Single Payer Medical Care  
 2. Against Targeting Muslims and Other Groups
 3. Standing up For Immigrants
 4. In Defense of Public Education
 5. Right of Workers to Organize
 6. To Eliminate the Militarization of Police
 7. To Protect and Expand Medicare and Medicaid
 8.  In Opposition to the Trade in Services Agreement
 9.  Working to Improve, Not Weaken, Health Coverage
10.  Protecting Freedom of the Press: Mainstream and Alternative; Traditional and Digital
11.  To Protect Social Security
12.  In Support of the Struggle Against Mass Incarceration
13.  In Support of Judicial Reform and Accountability
14.  To Eliminate Partisan Redistricting (Gerrymandering)
15.  In Support of the Abolishment of the Electoral College and/or a System
Whereby The U.S. President is Elected By Popular Vote
16.  In Support of Seccure U.S. Elections
17.  Against War

Big Apple Coffee Party New Issues Resolutions, 1/17/17 
(Updated, 9/20/17)

1. In Defense of Single Payer Medical Care

WHEREAS, the average cost of family health insurance in the United States has increased 131% over the last ten years while inflation during that period has been increased by only 28%, and
 
WHEREAS, healthcare in the United States is rated poorest in the developed world in terms of equity, efficiency and outcomes, and
 
WHEREAS, the United States ranks 1st in healthcare cost, it ranks 49th in life expectancy, and has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthiest countries.
 
WHEREAS, healthcare must be universally available to all Americans because healthcare is a fundamental right not a privilege, therefore be it 
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, to establish the creation of a sufficient and affordable universal, single-payer healthcare system or Medicare For All, through education, activism, and when advisable in support of targeted legislation. 
                                         
2. Against Targeting Muslims and Other Groups
 
WHEREAS, racial profiling is a violation of our civil rights, and
 
WHEREAS, identifying “potential terrorists” by their religion or ethnicity is discriminatory, and
 
WHEREAS, singling out any group for special registration harms all of us, therefore be it 
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, to oppose any registry that targets Muslims or any arbitrary group of citizens or immigrants.

3. Standing Up For Immigrants
 
WHEREAS, the United States has always been a nation of immigrants and,
 
WHEREAS, immigrants have been a beneficial source of a strong economy and social progress, and
 
WHEREAS, we have welcomed and been a refuge to all seeking freedom, and,
 
WHEREAS, keeping families and communities together and free of fear is a goal of a just society, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, to oppose deportation of those currently protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or other undocumented immigrants without cause.
 
4. In Defense of Public Education
 
WHEREAS, public schools are the bedrock of our democracy and a unifying force in our nation, where currently over 90% of our children receive their education, and
 
WHEREAS, since 1995, over $3.7 billion has been used by the federal government to expand the charter school industry diverting taxpayer funds to private and religious schools which severely weaken our public schools and degrade the quality of education that our children receive, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, to stop the privatization and destruction of our public schools and oppose for-profit charter schools and the institution of school voucher
                          
5. Right of Workers to Organize
 
WHEREAS, the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain has had an historic impact on the betterment of all our lives, and
 
WHEREAS, organized labor has helped establish the 8-hour day, 40-hour week, child labor laws, overtime pay, workplace safety standards and regulations, sick leave, vacation pay, and
 
WHEREAS, there has been a call for the passage of an anti-labor national version of the so-called right-to-work laws and the outright elimination of collective bargaining, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will stand with our allies in defense of the rights of workers to unionize and collectively bargain and fight to keep laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Davis Bacon Act that protect workers on the job. 
 
6. To Eliminate the Militarization of Police
 
WHEREAS, the character of local policing throughout the United States has changed radically since the 1033 Program was created when President Bill Clinton signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act on Sept. 23, 1996, facilitating transfer of excess military equipment to local and state police forces, and
 
WHEREAS, the ACLU has reported, “American policing has become excessively militarized through the use of weapons and tactics designed for the battlefield” and that this militarization “unfairly impacts people of color and undermines individual liberties, and it has been allowed to happen in the absence of any meaningful public discussion,” and
 
WHEREAS, the NYPD has spent $100s of millions on a broad spectrum of equipment and training since 2014, including armored trucks, mortar carrier artillery vehicles, M4 automatic rifles, ballistic vests, helmets and vehicles, tactical escape hoods and belt-worn trauma kits, OC spray and Tasers, along with a host of training initiatives, and therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work with allies to eliminate the militarization of the police, to restore the deployment of militarized tactics such as SWAT team use to hostage, barricade and active shooter situations only, and military weapons and equipment returned from the NYPD to the Federal government for storage or disposal.

7.  To Protect and Expand Medicare and Medicaid
 
WHEREAS, based on 2014 data, 44.9 million elderly rely on Medicare for almost all of their healthcare needs, and
 
WHEREAS, as of 2016, 71.7 million poor, disabled and elderly rely on Medicaid and CHIP for essential healthcare needs, and
  
WHEREAS, there are numerous efforts to privatize and/or reduce Medicare and Medicaid, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party supports the continuation, strengthening and expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and will oppose any efforts to privatize, reduce, restructure or otherwise destabilize/undermine these essential programs.
  
8. In Opposition to the Trade in Services Agreement
 
WHEREAS, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is working in secret on a Trade In Services Agreement (TiSA) with 49 other countries representing the majority of the global economy and

WHEREAS, the stated purpose of the agreement is to constrain government regulation and promote, and lock in, privatization and .

WHEREAS, the definition of "services" is so broad and vague that nearly any activity can come under its purview, and

WHEREAS, while, because of the secrecy, we cannot know the current language of the proposed treaty, extensive leaks of the text makes it clear that it would have numerous detrimental effects, including

that the agreement would constrain national, state and local governments from implementing or enforcing crucial regulations including those related to financial stability or environmental safety, and  

that the agreement would grant rights to transnational corporations, so-called "investors", that will not be granted to people or to non-governmental organizations such as labor or environmental groups, and

that the agreement would promote abuse of labor and corporate tax avoidance, therefore be it

Resolved, Big Apple Coffee will work, along with allies, through education, lobbying and activism to mobilize opposition to TiSA and to prevent this agreement from being successfully negotiated or, if negotiated, work for its rejection by Congress and the other countries and entities that are party to it.
  
9. Working to Improve, Not Weaken, Health Coverage
 
WHEREAS, Big Apple Coffee Party supports a universal, single-payer health care system to provide essential health care for all, and
 
WHEREAS, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) take the U.S. healthcare system in the wrong direction including subsidizing insurers, pharmaceutical companies and other giant corporations, and
 
WHEREAS, the ACA also expanded Medicaid eligibility and resulted in 17 million more people enrolled on Medicaid since 2013, and
 
WHEREAS, outright repeal of the ACA without a more comprehensive, government-funded replacement would deprive millions of people of health insurance, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, for a replacement of the ACA with a single payer system while opposing any efforts that would make people ineligible for Medicaid without immediately providing them a better replacement.
 
10. Protecting Freedom of the Press: Mainstream and Alternative;Traditional and Digital
 
WHEREAS, freedom of the press is critical to a democracy in which the government is accountable to the people, and
 
WHEREAS, freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment, and
 
WHEREAS, media needs to be free to investigate and report on government wrongdoing, and
 
WHEREAS,  a free and independent press allows a wide range of ideas and information to be available to ordinary citizens, and
 
WHEREAS, the rise of the national security state has created a new challenge to media freedom, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, to protect and strengthen the freedom of the press, mainstream and alternative, traditional and digital; and protect against the unprecedented governmental targeting of journalists in order to uncover their sources.
 
11. To Protect Social Security
 
WHEREAS, Social Security was established as a means of providing for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment insurance, and
 
WHEREAS, Social Security has become the most successful domestic program in our nation’s history, contributing to the basic well-being, health and quality of life of the American people, and it assures a certain economic standard of living for the community and the nation, and
 
WHEREAS, Social Security has been a target of privatizers since its inception who have unleashed an incessant barrage of negative propaganda against Social Security in an attempt to destroy it, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee will join with allies to protect Social Security from all attacks calling for its privatization, cutback, or reduction of benefits
  
12. In Support of the Struggle Against Mass incarceration
 
WHEREAS, citizens, particularly black and brown (young people, children and adult men and women), are disproportionately imprisoned for non-lethal offenses and minor infractions while white-collar crime is tolerated, and
 
WHEREAS, black and brown people make up about 30% of the US population while accounting for 60% of those imprisoned is a clear indication that the system is plagued by racism, and
 
WHEREAS, mass incarceration has taken the form of an extension of a slavery system in which imprisoned people’s labor is exploited in addition to the punishment of being deprived of their freedom, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work along with allies to dismantle the system of mass incarceration through education, activism, and when advisable, in support of targeted legislation.
  
13. In Support of Judicial Reform and Accountability
 
WHEREAS, police officers are hired to protect all communities, rogue cops commit unjustified homicide against segments of the population with impunity, and
 
WHEREAS, these same rogue police officers continue to earn salaries, be granted promotions, and receive pensions for which the public pays, and
 
WHEREAS, the public pays through its taxes compensation to victims families when these heinous murders are committed by rogue cops, and
 
WHEREAS, in the face of overwhelming evidence of crimes often recorded on video tape, these rogue cops are exonerated, therefore be it
 
Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work along with allies to reform this unjust system through education, activism, and in support of targeted legislation.

14. To Eliminate Partisan Redistricting (Gerrymandering)

WHEREAS, political parties manipulate district lines for partisan purposes.

WHEREAS, politicians choose their own voters instead of the other way around.

 WHEREAS, political parties in some states achieve control well beyond their proportion of the population. 

 WHEREAS,  there is, currently, no judicial standard to stop partisan gerrymandering, therefore be it

Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, to oppose gerrymandering; (the practice intended to establish, during the required redistricting process after every census, a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries) and support solutions that fairly represent the population of the state. 

 

15. In Support of the Abolishment of the Electoral College and/or a System Whereby The U.S. President is Elected By Popular Vote

WHEREAS, the U.S. Electoral College was created by the Constitution to elect the U.S. President in a society that was very different from the one we live in today and as part of a compromise to perpetuate slavery, and

WHEREAS, all other elective offices in the U.S. are decided by popular vote, and WHEREAS, the Electoral College has on several occasions elected a President who lost the popular vote, and

WHEREAS, the Electors are allowed to, and on occasion do, ignore the mandate even of those who elected them, and

WHEREAS, permanently abolishing the Electoral College will require an amendment to the Constitution, and

WHEREAS, as an interim step, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is advocating for a system in which states would cast their electoral votes in a manner to assure that the winner of the popular vote becomes president, and

WHEREAS, the Electoral College undermines confidence in our political system and results in unequal representation of Americans, therefore be it

Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, toward abolishment of the Electoral College system through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and will support the Interstate Compact or other similar efforts in favor of a system in which the U.S. President is elected by popular vote. 

 

16. In Support of Secure U.S. Elections 

WHEREAS, faith in our democracy rests on the integrity of our elections, and

WHEREAS, U.S. elections are ranked last among all Western democracies by The Electoral Integrity Project, and

 WHEREAS, there has been a serious erosion of confidence in the outcomes of our elections, and 

WHEREAS, computerized electronic voting systems have been proven to be insecure and outcomes easily manipulated, and 

WHEREAS, hand-counted paper ballots can be verified and recounted, providing reliability, security, and transparency, be it

Resolved, Big Apple Coffee Party will work, along with allies, toward a fair and honest voting system using voter verified hand-counted paper ballots and the elimination of computerized voting for all U.S. elections.

 

17. Against War

WHEREAS, war is immoral, endangers us, threatens our environment, erodes our liberties, and impoverishes us, and

WHEREAS, in the year 2017, US-led coalition bombings of Iraq and Syria have led to the death of thousands of civilians including hundreds of children, and

WHEREAS, in the year 2016, alone, the United States dropped 26,171 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, and

WHEREAS, the United States’ total military budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is $824.6 billion, more than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, United Kingdom, India, France, and Japan combined; and the United States possesses 99 percent of the military bases in the world located on foreign soil, deploying nearly 200,000 troops overseas, and  

WHEREAS, moving, even a percentage of the monies now spent by the United States on war, toward spending on basic human needs, would improve the lives of millions of people, and

WHEREAS, since World War II (the last U. S. declared war) the United States has used its military might to overthrow governments, drop bombs on people in dozens of countries thus being responsible for the deaths of millions of people, and

WHEREAS, in 2017, 14,923 nuclear weapons exist around the world of which the United States and Russia possess 93 percent, and any conflict can escalate to the annihilation of the planet, and therefore be it
 
ResolvedBig Apple Coffee Party will work with allies to rein in the power of the military-industrial complex, convert our warfare economy into a peace economy, dramatically reduce the defense budget, negotiate an end to nuclear weapons, and encourage resolution of differences through non-violent means.

 

 


 

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