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Who Are the Justice Democrats?

Updated on July 8, 2017
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders | Source

What Do Justice Democrats Stand For?

Following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, who, despite low favorability ratings in polls, was able to defeat Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, supporters of independent U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders formed a new political action committee, a progressive wing of the Democratic Party, the Justice Democrats. The PAC was founded by Cenk Uygur, host and founder with progressive news outlet The Young Turks, Kyle Kulinski with Secular Talk, and members of the 2016 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders on January 23, 2013.

"It’s time to rebuild the Democratic party from scratch and make it represent the American people," the Justice Democrats website reads. Toward these goals, Justice Democrats supports removing big, corporate money from politics. The progressive group states that "super PACs" and "private donations to politicians and campaigns" should be "banned," and that the provisions of the Voting Rights Act should be reinstated.

Justice Democrats
Justice Democrats | Source

Justice Democrats: At a Glance

  • Corporate money out of politics
  • Hold Wall Street insiders accountable
  • Close offshore tax loopholes
  • Implement universal healthcare, education
  • End the 'failed war on drugs'
  • Protect women's rights
  • Combat homelessness
  • Promote renewable energy
  • A livable minimum wage
  • Against TPP, and 'bad' trade deals
  • Reform police organizations
  • End military actions and 'nation building'
  • End capital punishment
  • 'Common sense' gun legislation

Staunch Free Speech Advocates

With regard to reform in the securities industry, Justice Democrats states support for reinstating "Glass-Steagall," and introducing new regulations on "Wall Street to prevent another crash." The progressive group says that "it's time to prosecute criminals," and end corporations skipping out on paying $450 billion annually in taxes through the use of "offshore tax havens." Justice Democrats supports the "Buffett rule," named for the Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), Warren Buffett, which states that no CEO should pay "less in taxes" than their secretary.

While Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau made the 2016 shortlist with The Young Turks as the show's 2016 "Turk of the Year," recent actions on the part of the Liberal Government have resulted in questions being raised with regard to freedom of speech in Canada. Last week, Canadian Parliament passed an anti-Islamophobia motion that some see moving toward the "criminalization of a 'robust criticism of Islam.'" Lisa Taylor, with Ryerson University, has commented on how an increase in criminal libel convictions "threatens" free speech in Canada.

This writer currently faces a publication ban, and seemingly unconstitutional charges of criminal libel, for my truthful reporting on a suspicious death and seeming wide-scale fraud. My lawyer, Daniel Baker, sums the situation in Canada up as one where anyone who writes anything negative about anyone else, even if verifiable as true, has committed a criminal offense. Justice Democrats does not support any legislation that impedes the ability of Americans to "express unpopular opinions without fear of censorship," such as Canada's criminal libel laws.

Are the goals of Justice Democrats achievable?

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Progressive, Liberal Political Action Committee

In the wake of the failure of President Donald Trump and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to garner the necessary support for the American Health Care Act, Bernie Sanders has announced that he plans to introduce a single-payer "Medicare-for-all" health insurance program for Americans. Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson has suggested that a start to a Medicare-for-all plan might be to begin by reducing the age Americans qualify to 62, and then "get it down to zero." Justice Democrats states that the time to "end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen" is now.

Other positions the Justice Democrats support include ending racism and discrimination; women's rights; ending homelessness; a livable minimum wage; universal health care; ending the "failed war on drugs;" stopping U.S. military actions and "nation building" overseas; renewable energy; rebuilding America's infrastructure; an end to supplying arms to "human rights violators;" police reform; immigration reform; protecting Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security; and enacting legislation that provides childcare, family leave, sick time, and paid vacations for all employees. Justice Democrats also backs ending capital punishment and bringing forward "common sense" gun laws. The PAC states that its positions are "moderate" in the context of other major nations, and "overwhelmingly popular."

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian on the set of 'The Young Turks'
Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian on the set of 'The Young Turks' | Source

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      Dicesi 4 months ago from New York

      I think it is possible simply because of the base of the party. The base is fierce and unwavering. Also, Trump has stated that he is willing to work with Democrats, which he should want to do considering that he lost ground with his own party.

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      Sherrie Weynand 4 months ago from San Francisco, CA

      My personal opinion, as a long-time Democrat who recently pulled out of the party due to events occurring during the primaries and then continuing after, I do not believe the Democratic party as we know it can be saved. The line between Democrats and Republicans has grown too thin. In both parties, they have come to line their own pockets before their constituents. I do think there is room for growth of a new party, beyond the Green party. With leadership from those such as Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Nina Turner, to name a few, progressive liberals can achieve their goals. They are going to have to rid themselves of the Democratic party to do so.

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      Learn Things Web 4 months ago from California

      I think a lot of their goals are potentially achievable. If you look at surveys, most Americans agree with many of these positions. I think it will take a lot of grassroots organizing to counter a lot of the pro-corporate, big government is bad, nonsense being fed to people through right wing media. Progressive politicians need to be prepared to knock on a lot of doors to get people to understand why their way is a better way.