Voting, Electoral, and Campaign Finance Reform
Ranked Choice Voting
Our Revolution Arlington believes that the current first-past-the-post voting system is antiquated and undemocratic. It leaves open the possibility for candidates to win with only a plurality of votes, while making it difficult for third parties and independent candidates to compete without potentially being spoilers. Moreover, first-past-the-post voting forces voters into strategic voting, whereby they believe that they need to vote for a candidate that they think can win, rather than one who best represents their positions on issues.
With ranked choice voting (RCV) for single-winner offices, if no candidate has a majority in first-choices, the candidates in last place will be eliminated one-by-one. If a voter’s first choice is eliminated, their vote instantly goes to their second choice. That way, we can find out which of the top candidates has real majority support.
Districts Plus (Mixed Member Proportional Representation – MMP)
Campaign Finance Reform
Criminal Justice Reform and Abolition
Marijuana Legalization and Drug Decriminalization
Police and Prison Abolition
Racial Justice through Reparations
Decriminalizing Sex Work
Community Wealth Building
Our Revolution Arlington agrees with economist Kate Raworth that humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. In an attempt to conceptualize a new way of thinking about and analyzing the economy, Professor Raworth conceived what she calls “the doughnut”:
The environmental ceiling consists of nine planetary boundaries, as set out by Rockstrom et al, beyond which lie unacceptable environmental degradation and potential tipping points in Earth systems. The twelve dimensions of the social foundation are derived from internationally agreed minimum social standards, as identified by the world’s governments in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Between social and planetary boundaries lies an environmentally safe and socially just space in which humanity can thrive.
In line with Professor Raworth’s call for a new economics that leaves us safely within the doughnut, Our Revolution Arlington advocates for community wealth building strategies and policies that will allows us to build an equitable, sustainable, inclusive, and democratic economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent.
What is Community Wealth Building?
Community wealth building is a systems approach to economic development that creates an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally rooted and broadly held ownership. This framework for development calls for developing place-based assets of many kinds, working collaboratively, tapping large sources of demand, and fostering economic institutions and ecosystems of support for enterprises rooted in community. The aim is to create a new system that enables inclusive enterprises and communities to thrive and helps families increase economic security.
The core goals of community wealth building as we see it are to: create sustainable economic prosperity for all; eliminate poverty, billionaires, economic inequality, racism, sexism and discrimination; and increase local democratic control over economic activity, capital, and collective wealth. The aim is to develop a cooperative solidarity economy that embraces the following:
- economic democracy;
- humane social and economic values;
- just, non-exploitative relationships;
- democratic participation;
- ecological sustainability;
- the dignity of work;
- the visibility of invisible productivity (particularly child rearing, elder care, and home making);
- democratic control over capital; and
- collective asset ownership, wealth accumulation, and distribution of assets and wealth.
In order to meet these goals, we advocate for the following main policy and institutional changes:
- Economic democracy through cooperatives and public enterprises;
- Energy democracy through municipalization;
- Financial democracy through public banking;
- Housing democracy through a homes guarantee and community control of land and housing; and
- Digital democracy through community broadband.