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Peace and Security

We support:
  1. peaceful conflict resolution, normalized US diplomatic relations with all countries, and multi-lateral solutions to international problems
  2. closing Guantanamo Bay detention facilities
  3. human rights and habeas corpus protection
  4. federal court access for non-US detainees
  5. promoting human dignity, resolving global poverty, protecting clean air and water, improving education, and reducing hunger and disease
  6. eliminating all WMDs
  7. territorial integrity of all nations
  8. cultural/educational exchange programs
  9. taking an equitable, active role with US conflict partners in MENA conflict
  10. maintaining present NATO security alliances
  11. gender equality/empowerment of women
  12. taking military action only with clear national defense goals, informed Congressional consent and funding, and whenever possible, international cooperation
  13. ending violence against women, including genital mutilation/honor killings/forced marriage/rape
  14. prosecuting human traffickers, protecting victims
  15. free/fair/open elections
  16. strengthening cyber-security
  17. stricter enforcement of FARA
  18. repealing 2001 US AUMF
We oppose:
  1. injustice, economic exploitation, human rights denial
  2. persecution based on race/religion/sexual orientation/gender identity
  3. US-sponsored regime changes, coups, juntas, unelected governments
  4. use of weaponized drones without declaration of war
  5. genocide
  6. terrorism
  7. imperialism
  8. preemptive military action without an imminent attack on US soil


We support:
  1. Iran Nuclear Agreement and diplomatic engagement


We support:
  1. equal human rights for Palestinians and Israelis
  2. right of return/just compensation for displaced Palestinians
  3. rights of BDS
  4. escrowing aid to Israel until further settlements outside 1966 borders are stopped and Israel recognizes Palestine at 1966 borders
  5. Palestinian statehood/UN membership
We oppose:
  1. Israel Separation Barrier, settlement activities, and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem prior to final resolution


We support:
  1. reconstruction and refugee resettlement through international cooperation
  2. resolving the Syrian conflict and providing humanitarian assistance
  3. US acceptance of 100,000 Syrian refugees
  4. regional cooperation to contain/resolve conflict with ISIL
We oppose:
  1. military intervention


We support:
  1. peaceful conflict resolution
We oppose:
  1. Russian territorial annexation

Central and South America and the Caribbean

We support:
  1. normalized relations with Cuba
  2. closing WHISC
  3. investigating any US government involvement in 2009 Honduras coup/subsequent activists' killings


We oppose:
  1. clear-cutting


We support:
  1. famine relief
  2. funding economic/agricultural development


We support:
  1. containing North Korea's nuclear weapons diplomatically
  2. peacefully resolving disputed Pacific islands
  3. resolving human rights violations in North Korea

Development Assistance

We support:
  1. culturally sensitive/non-exploitative foreign aid and fair trade agreements protecting human rights, public health, workers’ rights, the environment
  2. ending dependence on non-renewable energy
  3. unfettered access to voluntary reproductive health/family planning
  4. local control of natural/agricultural resources

United Nations

We support:
  1. US participation/full dues payment without preconditions
  2. ATTCC
  3. Meeting SDG

Treaties and Conventions

We support:
  1. adding sexual orientation/gender identity to Human Rights agreements
  2. ratification and/or full participation in:
    1. UDHR
    2. ICESCR
    3. CEDAW
    4. CRC
    5. CTBT
    6. BWC
    7. Paris Agreement Under the UNFCCC
    8. CWC
    9. UNCRPD
    10. UNCLOS
    11. GFATM
    12. START
    13. RSICC
    14. NPT
    15. APMBC
    16. ICRW
    17. ICJ
    18. HRC
    19. US Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
    20. CCM
    21. OPCAT
    22. ICPPED

APMBC - Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
ATTC - Arms Trade Transfer Code of Conduct
AUMF - Authorization for Use of Military Force
BDS - Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
BWC - Biological Weapons Convention/1925 Geneva Protocol
CCM - Convention on Cluster Munitions
CEDAW - Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
CRC - Convention on the Rights of the Child
CTBT - Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
CWC - Chemical Weapons Convention.
GFATM - Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
HRC - Human Rights Council
ICESCR - International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICJ - International Court of Justice
ICPPED - International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
ICRW - International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling
ISIL - The Islamic State of Syria and the Levant
FARA - Foreign Agents Registration Act
MENA - Middle East and North Africa
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NPT - Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
OPCAT - Optional Protocol to the Convention on Torture
RSICC - Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
SDG - Sustainable Development Goals
START - Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
UDHR - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UNCLOS - United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
UNCRPD - United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
UNFCCC - 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNSCR 1325 - UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
WHISC - Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
WMD - Weapons of Mass Destruction

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