I am running for a seat on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to provide a voice to all Michigan workers and students who stand opposed to the increasingly entrenched corporatization of our educational system. My entry into this race comes with firsthand knowledge and experience of the immense struggles facing workers and students throughout our state from skyrocketing tuition costs, mountainous student loan debt, and the increasingly standard hiring model of cyclical ‘temporary track’ employment.
As a Trustee I will work towards –
Reduction of student tuition rates to the maximum possible extent, with the eventual goal of entirely eliminating student tuition fees altogether.
Supporting efforts to obtain a living wage for all employees of MSU and its contractors.
Engaging MSU with the needs of the people of Michigan, rather than corporate interests.
Automatic tenure-track, at a fair salaries, with full year-round health benefits, for all University lecturers and adjuncts.
Termination and cessation of all University research contracts with the Pentagon and of the University’s participation in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program.
Establishment a student liaison position, elected by and continuously accountable to the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) General Assembly, to represent the MSU student body at all Board of Trustees meetings.
Divestment of University assets from companies that profit from the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian territories.
Adoption of a Michigan State University ordinance directing the MSU Police Department to give lowest priority to the enforcement of prohibitionary drug-possession offenses.
Investigating and pursuing all available avenues for ensuring population-reflective diversity among the University’s student body, faculty, and staff. Support the repeal of Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in University admissions and hiring. End all ‘legacy preferences’ in University admissions.
THE SOCIALIST PARTY strives to establish a radical democracy that places peoples’ lives under their own control – a non-racist, non-heterosexist, classless, feminist, socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution, through democratically controlled committees and assemblies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future –to a real radical democracy from below.
The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We advocate militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist-controlled two party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic social revolutions — radical and fundamental changes in the structure of economic, political and social relations — to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control the economy and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members.
The “Four Pillars” that are the basis for the Green Party all around the world
Ecological Wisdom – A healthy society cannot exist without a healthy environment—all things are interconnected and interdependent. Both nature and humanity are worthy of respect and freedom from exploitation.
Social Justice – Greens want to replace the worldwide system of poverty and injustice with a world free of all oppression based on class, gender, race, citizenship, age, or sexual orientation.
Grassroots Democracy – Greens believe in direct participation by all people in the environmental, political, and economic decisions that affect their lives. In practice, Greens make decisions by voluntary consensus whenever possible.
Nonviolence – Greens promote nonviolent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and guide our actions toward lasting community and global peace.