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Peace and Security

We support:

  1. peaceful conflict resolution, normalized US diplomatic relations with all countries/multilateral solutions to international problems
  2. closing Guantanamo Bay detention facilities
  3. federal court access for non-US detainees
  4. promoting human dignity, resolving global poverty, protecting clean air/water, improving education, and reducing hunger/disease
  5. eliminating WMDs
  6. territorial integrity of all nations including native American nations
  8. cultural/educational exchange programs
  9. maintaining present NATO security alliances
  10. gender equality/empowerment of women/gender minorities
  11. taking military action only with clear national defense goals/ informed Congressional consent/ international cooperation
  12. ending violence against women and sexual/gender minorities, including genital mutilation/honor killings/forced marriage/rape/property confiscation
  13. prosecuting human traffickers via ICC, protecting victims
  14. free/fair/open elections
  15. stricter enforcement of FARA
  16. repealing 2001, 2002 US AUMF
  17. treating POWs/enemy combatants humanely
  18. assisting refugees
  19. reducing the military budget by 25% and discontinuing its use as an offensive force.

We oppose:

  1. economic exploitation
  2. racial/religious/sexual orientation/gender-identity persecution
  3. US-sponsored regime changes/ coups/juntas/unelected governments
  4. genocide
  5. ethnic cleansing
  6. terrorism
  7. imperialism
  8. preemptive military action
  9. military/financial support for oppressive regimes
  10. extra-legal/renditions/torture
  11. hybrid warfare
  12. election meddling


We support:

  1. diplomatic engagement
  2. a nuclear agreement

We oppose:

  1. offensive military action against Iran


We support:

  1. equal human rights/health/welfare for Palestinians and Israelis
  2. right of return/just compensation for displaced Palestinians
  3. rights of BDS
  4. escrowing aid to Israel until Israel recognizes Palestine at 1966 borders
  5. Palestinian statehood/UN membership
  6. peaceful efforts to achieve separate secure Israeli and Palestinian states respecting the rights of all persons

We oppose:

  1. Israel Separation Barrier/settlement activities/moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem prior to final resolution and blockade of Gaza Strip
  2. Anti-Semitism/Islamophobia


We support:

  1. reconstruction and refugee resettlement
  2. resolving the Syrian conflict and providing humanitarian assistance
  3. US acceptance of 100,000 Syrian refugees annually


We oppose:

  1. Saudi involvement in Yemen


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. immediately closing WHINSEC
  3. investigating US government involvement in 2009 Honduras coup/subsequent activists’ killings

We oppose:

  1. US border wall


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


We oppose:

  1. artificial islands in South China Sea
  2. Chinese occupation of Tibet

Development Assistance

We support:

  1. culturally sensitive/non-exploitative foreign aid and fair trade agreements protecting human rights, public health, workers’ rights, the environment

United Nations

We support:

  1. US participation in the UN and its agencies, full dues payment
  3. meeting SDG

Treaties and Conventions

We support:

  1. ratification and/or full participation in:
    1. UDHR
    2. ICESCR
    3. CEDAW
    4. CRC
    5. CTBT
    6. BWC
    7. Paris Climate 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
    23. Mine Ban Treaty
    24. IBHR


APMBC – Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention
ATT ATTCC – 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
IBHR – International Bill of Human Rights
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
WHINSEC WHISC – Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, the Guantanamo detention facility
WMD – Weapons of Mass Destruction

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