Source: Stein-Baraka platform on 2016 presidential campaign website
, Aug 8, 2016
Apply international human rights standards to the US
Ajamu Baraka was the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) from 2004 until 2011. The USHRN became the first domestic human rights formation in the US explicitly committed to the application of international human rights
standards to the US. Under Baraka, the Network grew exponentially from a core membership base of 60 organizations to more than 300 U.S.--based member organizations and 1,500 individual members who work on the full spectrum of human rights issues.
Source: Institute for Policy Studies, author biographies
, Jul 31, 2016
Beyonce's Superbowl show caricaturized & commodified blacks
I confess, I am a culturally alienated, old, disconnected 1960s radical struggling for revolutionary change in a world that might have passed me by, because I cannot for the life of me understand how Beyonce's commodified caricature of black opposition
was in any way progressive. Instead what I saw was the cultural power of neoliberal capitalism to co-opt opposition, monetize it and provide some mindless entertainment all at the same time. I didn't see opposition; I saw the imagery and symbols of
authentic black radicalism grotesquely transformed into a de-politicized spectacle.
I am told that I am being too harsh. That there were positive messages encoded into Beyonce's performance: that "we got to meet the people where they are at" and take
every opportunity to push positive messages. This sad and reactionary position only reflects the deep cynicism and alienation of black radical politics that has never recovered from the systematic assault on our movement from the '70s onward.
Recognize gay marriages & civil unions from abroad in visas
We will pursue legislation against all forms of hate crimes, including those directed against people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and intersex. Offenders must pay compensation to the LGBTIQ people who have suffered
violence and injustice.
The Green Party will end all Federal military and civilian aid to national governments whose laws result in the imprisonment or otherwise bring harm to citizens and residents based on sexual orientation, or gender identity,
characteristics, and expression.
The Green Party will enact a policy that the U.S. Government recognize all international marriages and legal equivalents, such as civil unions, in processing visitor and immigration visas.
The Green Party would end security surveillance and covert infiltration of organizations that promote equal rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
[Several civil rights] organizations apparently extended an invitation to the President to deliver the keynote address on the very same spot where Martin Luther King delivered his legendary "I have a dream" speech. The fact that Barack Obama will be
standing in the shadow of Dr. King, his presence conveying the impression that he somehow represents the values of Dr. King & many of the thousands gathered [50 years ago] on the national mall, should be taken as an insult by everyone who has struggled
for social justice.
Linking the demands and aspirations of African Americans in 1963 to the ascendency of Barack Obama as President within the still-dominant white supremacist structure, affirms a limitation that reflects the oppressive reality of
African American life. It brings a clear message that the highest aspiration and possible achievement for an African American is to be able to serve white power--to be a servant. That is the "positive" role model for the new black leadership class.