Environmental Justice

Madelyn Hoffman supports a Real, Ecosocialist Green New Deal, similar to the one proposed by Howie Hawkins over a decade ago. While, ideally, this legislation would come from the federal government, Madelyn would support creating state level legislation to support such policies here in New Jersey until it is passed federally.

A Real Green New Deal: What Democrats such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have proposed is hardly the beginning of what we need to do to ensure Environmental Justice. The Green Party’s ecosocialist Green New Deal encompasses two major programs, an Economic Bill of Rights and a Green Economy Reconstruction Program. The Economic Bill of Rights, which could be added to New Jersey’s state constitution, would finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call upon Congress to develop programs to secure basic economic human rights for all. A Green Economy Reconstruction Program would not only build a 100% clean energy system by 2030, but would reconstruct all economic sectors for ecological sustainability, from agriculture and manufacturing to housing and transportation.

Implementing the Green New Deal would require working towards ecosocialism—social ownership in key sectors in order to democratically plan the coordinated reconstruction of all economic sectors for ecological sustainability

The Green New Deal is a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal will provide similar relief and create an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy and just.

THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL

  1. THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS
    1. Our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted. Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens:
      1. The right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million good paying jobs nationwide (many of those right here in New Jersey) by implementing a nationally funded, but locally controlled direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are “stored” in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.
      2. Local communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decision making to fairly implement these programs.
      3. Pay-to-play prohibitions will ensure that campaign contributions or lobbying favors do not impact decision-making.
      4. We will end unemployment in New Jersey once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work.
      5. Worker’s rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal.
      6. The right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program.
      7. The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from pre-school through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.
      8. The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions. We will:
        1. create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants;
        2. expand rental and home ownership assistance;
        3. create ample public housing; and,
        4. offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.
      9. The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit.
      10. The right to fair taxation that’s distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks.
  2. A GREEN TRANSITION
    1. The second priority of the Green New Deal is a Green Transition Program that will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. We will:
      1.  Invest in green business by providing grants and low-interest loans to grow green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.
      2. Prioritize green research by redirecting research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.
      3. Provide green jobs by enacting the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 16 million jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and “complete streets” that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing.
      4. Madelyn’s Green New Deal would include not-for-profit public transit, and an expansion and influx in funding towards New Jersey Transit to restore service to communities that have lost their access to Newark, New York, and Philadelphia by train. She would specifically push the Federal Government and New Jersey’s congressional delegation in supporting the Gateway Tunnel that would provide direct links to New York City for many New Jersey commuter towns.
  3. REAL FINANCIAL REFORM
    1. The takeover of our economy by big banks and well-connected financiers has destabilized both our democracy and our economy. It’s time to take Wall Street out of the driver’s seat and to free the truly productive segments of working New Jersey to make this economy work for all of us. Real Financial Reform will:
      1. Relieve the debt overhang holding back the economy by reducing homeowner and student debt burdens.
      2. Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation.
      3. Break up the oversized banks that are “too big to fail.”
      4. Ban state taxpayer-funded bailouts for banks, insurers, and other financial companies.
      5. Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges.
      6. Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks.
      7. Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.
      8. Support the formation of federal, state, and municipal public-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities.
    2. Under the Green New Deal we will start building a financial system that is open, honest, stable, and serves the real economy rather than the phony economy of high finance.
  4. A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY
    1. We won’t get these vital reforms without a fourth and final set of reforms to give us a real, functioning democracy. Just as we are replacing the old economy with a new one, we need a new politics to restore the promise of American democracy. The Green New Deal will:
      1. Revoke corporate personhood by amending our State Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. Those rights belong to living, breathing human beings – not to business entities controlled by the wealthy.
      2. Protect our right to vote by supporting Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s proposed “Right to Vote Amendment,” to clarify to the Supreme Court that yes, we do have a constitutional right to vote.
      3. Enact the Voter Bill of Rights that will:
        1. guarantee us a voter-marked paper ballot for all voting;
        2. require that all votes are counted before election results are released;
        3. replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions;
        4. celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday;
        5. bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to New Jersey so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls;
        6. do away with so-called “winner take all” elections in which the “winner” does not have the support of most of the voters, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation, systems most advanced countries now use to good effect;
        7. lower the voting age in New Jersey to 16 years of age
        8. replace big money control of election campaigns with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves;
        9. guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates;
        10. Move to Proportional Allocation of New Jersey’s Electoral Votes in the Presidential Election; and
        11. restore the vote to ex-offenders who’ve paid their debt to society
      4. Strengthen media democracy by expanding state support for locally-owned broadcast media and local print media.
    2. Let us not rest until we have secured the peaceful, just, green future all New Jerseyans deserve.

Additionally, Madelyn Supports

  1. Clean Water for Newark and for New Jersey
    1. As part of her social justice plan, Madelyn Hoffman advocates for investing in Black and Brown Communities around the state, many of which have been disproportionately impacted by the lead contamination crisis in New Jersey’s water. While Governor Murphy largely ignored Newark’s Water Crisis, and only started to respond when the community organized around it and embarrassed him at the 2019 VMAs, Madelyn Hoffman has stood alongside the people of Newark and other communities impacted by water contamination (Cumberland County for example also reports high levels of lead contamination, particularly in the Bridgeton area). Madelyn would ensure fair, third party testing of all water supplies in New Jersey, and guarantee the replacement of all lead pipes leading into homes as soon as administratively possible.
  2. An end to the approval of any and all new pipelines, nuclear power, and incinerators in the state of New Jersey
    1. We don’t need them, nor do we want them. Madelyn’s Green New Deal Plan transitions us away from this. While Murphy hides behind his desk while pipelines are being proposed around the state, Madelyn will actively block any attempts to build pipelines in New Jersey, through legislation and through the courts. She will also hold big fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobil responsible for the destruction they have done to natural habitats in the Meadowlands and elsewhere in the state.

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