DC Statehood Green Newsletter January/February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 issue of the DC Statehood Green Party monthly newsletter! In this issue you will hear from our declared candidates for the 2018 elections and learn more about our fight to “Put a Price on Carbon” and pass the country’s first carbon rebate tax right here in Washington, DC.

The DC Statehood Green Party (DCSGP) is a progressive, grassroots organization dedicated to representing the interests of the citizens of the District of Columbia. We are the District’s second largest political party by vote total and we’ve had enough of corporate-dominated politics. The longer we wait for change, the harder it gets. Join us! Vote Green!

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Meet our Green-endorsed 2018 candidates (so far)!

 

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Joyce Paul (Ward 5 Councilmember)

Joyce has served 8 terms as an elected ANC Commissioner in Wards 2 and 5. A member of the Consumer Utility Board for over 30 years, Joyce has testified before City Council and the Public Service Commission on affordable utility rates for many years. Before retiring, Joyce served as Program Director of Community Outreach in the Shaw Urban Renewal Area. She has received numerous awards and certificates of Appreciation from the PTSS and other civic and community groups. 

 

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David Schwartzman (At-large Councilmember)

David is campaigning on a platform to empower working class District residents by establishing a DC public  bank, raising the state tax rate on DC's highest earners to offset the GOP tax cuts for the wealthy, and fighting to implement Paid Family Leave here in the District. A resident of Washington, DC since 1977, David has been previously ran for public office in 2010 and 2012. 

 

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Lino Stracuzzi (Delegate to the US House of Representatives)

A first generation American, Lino has spent over 25 years working as an auto technician. Lino's top priorities are restructuring Social Security and Medicare to make sure it remains available for all of us, strengthening employee rights, strengthening our public school system, and passing single payer healthcare. Lino previously ran for Delegate to the US House of Representatives in 2014 and 2016. 

If you or someone you know is thinking of running, fill out our candidate questionnaire or send us an email at info@dcstatehoodgreen.org.   

We are also looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form.

Tell City Council to “Put a Price on It” and pass the nation’s first carbon rebate policy

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In case you missed it, our January 18th day of action in the D.C. Council was a huge success. Now we need to keep up the pressure to encourage our Councilmembers to introduce the bill THIS MONTH!

By making fossil fuel polluters pay for the real and damaging costs of their emissions, we can unleash the clean energy solutions we need, and make D.C. families better off in the process. With a carbon fee-and-rebate policy called the Climate and Community Reinvestment Act of D.C., companies that buy and sell fossil fuels in the District would pay a steadily-rising fee on each ton of heat-trapping pollution they cause.

The majority of the money raised would be returned progressively through a quarterly “rebate” to every D.C. resident, with additional support to low-income District residents.

The Climate Community and Reinvestment Act would put more money into the pockets of D.C. families, ensuring that working-class residents are better off in the transition to clean energy. It would also mean less pollution wrecking our lungs and our atmosphere, more investment into energy efficiency solutions, and a faster transition to clean, renewable energy sources.

Email your Council Member and tell them to Support a Carbon Fee and Rebate policy today!

DC Statehood Green Party Calls for Revenue Payback from Top Earners Following Passage of GOP Tax Cut for the Rich

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This January, the DC Statehood Green Party called on City Council and Mayor Bowser to increase in the DC state income tax rate for top earners following passage of the GOP tax scam by Congress.  

Currently, DC millionaires pay a lower share of their income on DC taxes (including income, property, sales and other taxes) than all but the poorest residents. Families earning $50K a year pay the highest share of income for DC taxes (10.3%), a pattern that will continue if 2014 tax legislation is not revised.

Essentially, we are calling on Mayor Bowser and the City Council to increase the DC income tax rate on the District’s wealthiest, especially the top 1% who average over $3 million per year in income, by the same rate the GOP tax bill cuts federal income tax rates. This would leave District residents paying the same overall amount (federal plus state), but with the added bonus of generating nearly $300 million a year in badly needed revenue.

Under the GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax bill, 80% of American households across all income levels are expected to get an average tax cut of about $2,100, according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (another 5% would get a tax increase), but there are stark differences in how much taxpayers take in, depending on their income.


DC's Metro Woes Continue; DC Greens Tell Chairman Mendelson and WMATA to "Fund It, Fix It, and Make it Fair"

In wake of the derailment of a red line train carrying 60 passengers on January 15th, DC Greens continue to call for a dedicated source of WMATA funding as well as a policy of prioritizing cuts from upper management. Specifically, DCSGP is calling for:

  1. Dedicated funding derived from a 1% income tax on businesses located in and around metro/metrobus station locations
  2. Dedicated funding derived from nominal rental car taxes at the current Metrorail stop at Reagan National Airport and the future Metrorail stop Dulles Airport.

DC Greens remain strongly opposed proposals for dedicated metro funding via a 1% flat sales tax. Sales taxes – the preferred dedicated revenue source for many systems nationwide, are regressive – taking a larger percentage of income from low-income earners than from high-income earners.

Last year, in wake of critical budget WMATA shortfalls and increasingly frequent service outages that disproportionately affect low-income workers, senior citizens, and students, the DC Statehood Green Party officially signed on as a sponsor member of ATU 689’s ’Save our System Coalition.’

DCSGP Monthly Meeting on March 8th

Join us on Thursday, March 8th for our next monthly meeting! We will talk about the DC Statehood Green Party’s electoral strategy for 2018, update members on McMillan Park, and will likely have more candidate announcements!

Please invite your friends on Facebook HERE! You can also register to attend HERE!.

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Upcoming Events

DC Fair Elections Final Vote!

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Join us for the final Council vote to pass the Fair Elections Act into law! After the vote, which should happen between 11:30 and 12:00, we will have a group photo and then deliver petitions to the Mayor's office, asking her to sign and fund Fair Elections! RSVP on the coalition's Facebook page

DC (Democratic) Council Candidate Forum: At-Large and Council Chair

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • This is a Democratic primary debate, but it is a great chance to pin down candidates on their positions! More information is available HERE.

DC ReInvest & Metro DC DSA ANC Training Meeting

  • Saturday, February 10th (3:30-5:00 PM)
  • If you plan to attend, please RSVP by filling out this FORM.

Metro DC DSA monthly membership meeting

  • Sunday, February 11th (3:00-5:00 PM)
  • To find out more information and RSVP, click HERE.

Sustainable DC 2.0 Community Meeting (DOEE)

  • Tuesday, February 13 (6:00-8:00PM)
  • To find our more information, click HERE.

Black Lives Matter DC General Assembly

  • Thursday, February 15th (6:00-9:00 PM)
  • To find out more information and RSVP, click HERE.

2018 Budget Engagement Forums

  • February 21, 22, 24
  • To find out more information and RSVP, click HERE.

 

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In Solidarity,
The DC Statehood Green Party

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