Redefining Global Relations
Our current world order seeks to impose, rather than uplift. International institutions and powerful nation-states have suppressed the agency of peoples in the Global South, imposing potentially oppressive political and economic regimes. Unfortunately, the United States has not only been complicit, but also a driving force of this status quo. Domestically, we can transform American foreign policy, in order to uplift the autonomy and material resources of oppressed populations.
- Prioritize diplomacy instead of military intervention or broad economic sanctions.
- Promote long-term, stable international relationships through infrastructure and development funding.
- Elevate the voice of regional governments in international institutions’ decision-making.
- Prioritize the perspective of indigenous collectives, and provide non-statist approaches to their self-determination, both in the U.S and abroad.
- Dismantle exploitative or neo-colonial policies of the IMF and World Bank, and scale-back their current enforcement of market-liberalization in the Global South.
- Build and retain alliances through developmental investment, rather than hard power reliance.
- Restructure our trade policy to be fair and non-exploitative, while investing in the capital development of impoverished nations.
- Stop endless, wasteful regime-change wars, and rein in Presidential war powers.
- Advocate for human rights both here, and abroad.
- Advocate for bolder, global climate action and climate reparations to developing countries.
- Significantly cut the defense budget and reinvest in our communities.
Diplomacy, Not War:
- Stop waging endless wars.
- Reduce the President’s power to authorize military conflicts, bringing the power back to Congress.
- Reduce the President’s ability to unilaterally authorize “emergency” sales of military equipment/weapons to foreign governments, without explicit congressional approval.
- Push for alternatives to inhumane, broad-based economic sanctions.
- End the influence of military contractors on elected officials through campaign finance reform.
- Advocate for the establishment of a Department of Peace.
Stand for Human Rights, Here and Abroad:
- Advocate for human rights accountability by rejoining the International Criminal Court.
- Advocate for the rights of indigenous people globally.
- Limit the authority of nation-states in restricting the transboundary movement and sovereignty of indigenous groups.
- Push for a ban on nuclear weapons globally and ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
- End discriminatory bans on entry of citizens from other countries.
- Ensure protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing of governments.
- End unchecked authority to spy on civilians without a warrant by repealing the Patriot Act.
- Stand for the human rights of women, the LGBTQIA+ community, children, and people with disabilities, here and abroad.
Promote Global Economic Justice and Sustainability:
- Decrease the Defense budget of 1.52 trillion, and invest in tackling the climate crisis, pandemics, and domestic and global inequity.
- Push for a global minimum tax to make the rich pay taxes like we do, instead of allowing them to hide their wealth using tax shelters.
- Advocate for a global living wage to lift millions out of poverty.
- Investigate exploitation and environmental destruction in the supply chains of multinational corporations, and prosecute them accordingly; we will hold these businesses accountable for the actions of their subcontractors.
- Support cancellation of unjust and unpayable global debts so that developing countries can dedicate resources to fund infrastructure, the domestic economy, public health, education, and social programs.
- Fight to dismantle the IMF and World Bank’s austerity loan conditions, ensuring that vulnerable governments are not forced to de-regulate industry and labor, and/or defund essential public services.
- Demand that the IMF and WTO institute requirements for fair trade, as globalization continues.
- Reform the International Monetary Fund to provide necessary climate funds for vulnerable countries.
- End vaccine apartheid through bills like the NOVID Act.
Israel & Palestine
- Withhold all economic, diplomatic, and military aid to Israel, until:
- An immediate cease-fire of the Israel-Gaza war is reached (verified by an international third party).
- A wide-scale humanitarian distribution of supplies in Gaza is conducted.
- The “open-air prison” siege of Gaza is eliminated.
- Israel initiates progress in fulfilling bullet #2.
- If Israel satisfies these requirements in a timely manner, support for its defensive needs against any future Hamas hostility can resume.
- Advocate for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- Leverage US diplomatic and economic influence to pressure the Israeli government to replace its far-right government, enabling more productive two-state negotiations.
- Support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement which prevents purchases of products made in occupied Palestine.
- Establish an international criminal court through the UN Security Council to prosecute illegal settlers in the West Bank and deliver justice to Palestinian families.
North & South Korea
- End the Korean War officially through diplomacy.
- End unsubstantiated broad-based sanctions against North Korea, which only hurt innocent civilians.
- End military exercises with South Korean and Japanese military forces on the Korean Peninsula.
- Lift the travel ban to and from North Korea.
- Advocate for the long-term reunification of Korea, while first working towards achieving peace on the Korean peninsula, through legislation like H.R. 1369..
- Address gun trafficking to Mexico by holding U.S. gun companies accountable.
- Advocate for fair and transparent trade agreements that end the exploitation of Mexico’s natural resources by U.S. corporations and support workers’ right to a living wage.
- Stop U.S. oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Revamp immigration policies to respect the right of foreign nationals seeking refuge in the U.S.
- Reverse harmful provisions in the Central America Free Trade Agreement that undermine local regulations and social protections, while privileging foreign corporations.
- Acknowledge and take responsibility for funding and promoting proxy wars in countries like El Salvador and Guatemala during the 1980s.
- Revamp immigration policies that are more humane and respect the right of foreign nationals to seek refuge in the U.S.
- End the financial sanctions that are crippling the country.
- Engage in restrained diplomacy with the Taliban ruling government, while advocating for women’s rights in the region.
- Increase humanitarian aid assistance to Afghanistan.
- Repeal presidential authority to use military force in Iraq by supporting H.R. 256.
- Advocate for the complete removal of all U.S. military personnel, protecting our servicemembers from Iran-backed militia attacks.
- Help the Iraqi government defend against a resurgence of the Islamic-State through soft-power approaches and economic support, rather than military presence.
- Increase humanitarian aid assistance to Iraq.
Yemen and Saudi Arabia
- End arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
- End arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition against Yemen, including UAE.
- Support a third-party arbiter towards a peaceful resolution.
- Increase humanitarian aid assistance to Yemen.
- Under no circumstance approve a mutual defense treaty with Saudi Arabia.
- Impose a travel ban and/or sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed Bin-Salman if the brutal crackdown of dissidents (like that of Jamal Khashoggi) continues.
- Withdraw all occupying U.S. military forces from the Northern province of Syria.
- Reinstate diplomatic ties to the Syrian Government, under the condition that Syria conducts a free and fair election moderated by the UN.
- Increase humanitarian aid assistance to Syria.
- Vocally stand in solidarity with the vast majority of Iranian people who reject the Islamic Republic as their legitimate government.
- Phase out economic sanctions, given that this measure has done little to empower the population or pressure the regime to improve.
- Reject any form of military escalation or action that could result in conflict with Iran.
- Following the aforementioned actions, refuse any further diplomatic tie or economic trade with the Islamic Republic.
- End military aid to Azerbaijan and Turkey.
- Support the sovereignty for the Republic of Artsakh’s independence.
- Advocate for the protection of Armenia’s historical and cultural sites in the region.
- Support peaceful negotiations in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
- Prioritize diplomacy and human rights for US-China policies.
- Actively participate in international organizations to strengthen human rights in China.
- Build strong relations and support human rights activists, persecuted religious and ethnic minorities, and other civil society actors across the country.
- Support independent Chinese news media to counter the Chinese government’s censorship and cyber-surveillance.
- End the ineffective China Initiative to address the broad racial profiling of Chinese and Chinese American scientists in the United States.