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Marianne Williamson

Democrat

• Age at Inauguration: 68
• Experience: Founded Project Angel Food (1989); Founded Peace Alliance (2004)
• Education: Pomona College (no degree)
• Interesting Fact: Williamson went on The Oprah Winfrey Show and is called Oprah's spiritual advisor

Key Platform Points

• Proposes a $200-$500 billion plan to pay reparations for slavery, with money being distributed to various African American educational and economic projects
• Medicare For All and a $15 minimum wage

Economy and Taxes

• Supports permanent tax cuts for the middle class
• Raise taxes on the wealthy
• Raise the estate tax
• Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
• Infrastructure proposal includes accelerating electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure, rebuilding rail lines, updating clean water systems and "massively investing" in public transit
• Supports passing a modern Glass-Steagall Act
• Universal basic income of $1,000 per month
• Create a savings fund for each newborn an have the government match contributions by families on a sliding scale based on the family's wealth
• Believes providing the best education, health care & culture for children is the way to create a vibrant economy
• Increase the minimum wage and index it to inflation
• Eliminate preferential tax treatment of exchange traded funds, investments funds which are traded on stock exchanges
• Supports changing USMCA
• Repeal the tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on goods from China

Corporations

• Reverse the Trump tax cuts, raising the corporate income tax rate from 21% to 35%
• Big corporations threaten the well being of Americans by having no ethical consideration for them
• Supports breaking up big tech companies like Google and Facebook
• Close the loopholes that give big breaks to big business
• Enforce antitrust laws so that small businesses have a chance to succeed
• Will not accept corporate PAC or fossil fuel industry donations for her campaign
• Change the agricultural, environmental, and chemical industry to address the root cause of chronic disease and obesity

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• Supports legalization of marijuana federally
• Proposed a new Department of Domestic Peace-Building, a federal entity that helps prevent violence and crime
• Increase the number of programs in prisons that provide life-skills for those who are incarcerated
• Investigate for-profit prisons and their business practices
• Apply pressure on states to re-examine their sentencing procedures
• Grant all formerly incarcerated people the right to vote
• Abolish the death penalty
• Abolish cash bail
• Reform mandatory minimum sentencing
• Eliminate private prisons
• Abolish the death penalty

Education


• Provide universal pre-K
• Free college or technical school tuition for every qualified student
• Increase funding for free and reduced-price lunches
• Give federal compensation for state school funding, allowing equal access to quality education for every American child
• Radically reduce and, in some cases, outright forgive the debt of college loans
• Reduce student loan fees and interest rates to extremely low percentages

Environment

• Supports the Green New Deal
• Expand investments in green energy, clean water systems, and public transit
• Expand the role of the EPA and the FDA to keep toxins out of our environment
• Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and increase its standards
• Targets 100% reduction of emissions by 2030
• Become 70% carbon neutral by 2030 and 100% by 2040
• Extend federal subsidies for renewable energy and eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
• Supports setting a carbon tax to push companies to reduce their emissions
• Reinstate and expand energy and mileage efficiency investments
• Supports banning fracking
• Supports closing down existing nuclear power reactors
• Ban fossil fuel exports
• End leasing for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands
• Supports reforesting, restoring wetlands, peatlands and increasing phytoplankton and fisheries

Foreign Policy

• Focus on making peace with neighbors
• Against using military action
• Criticized the U.S.'s weapon sales to Saudi Arabia
• Supports the Iran nuclear deal
• Disability policy should play a large role in our foreign policy

Government Reform

• Supports automatic voter registration and open to lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Supports public financing for federal campaigns
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Supports DC and Puerto Rico statehood
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court and implementing term limits
• Establish a cabinet level Department of Children and Youth
• Pass legislation for public funding of federal campaigns
• Establish cabinet level Department of Peace

Gun Control

• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Require universal background checks, including at gun shows
• Ban high-capacity magazines
• Supports child safety locks on all guns
• Reinstate previous restrictions on the ability of the mentally ill to purchase a gun
• Believes gun licensing should involve more complete coursework, training, and requirements

Health Care

• Supports Medicare for All as an end goal
• Ensure universal health care through the creation of a public option, but Medicare for All is the priority
• Supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare
• Supports keeping private insurance, for now
• Create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave
• Supports importing drugs from other countries on a case-by-case basis
• Supports having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs at lower prices
• Provide patients with more support from nutritionists, health coaches, therapists and mental health, exercise specialists, and other peripheral lifestyle treatment provider
• Reduce the stigma of mental health illnesses, so that more will seek and receive treatment
• Shape food policies using public health science instead of following the lead of lobbyists for industries
• Stop subsidies for agricultural production of unhealthy foods, like high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated fats
• Incentivize and subsidize farmers, ranchers and food companies for more healthy food production, making it more affordable and available
• Fund programs, pre-k through college, designed to teach nutrition and lifestyle skills to help cultivate long-term health
• Allow undocumented immigrants to be covered under a government-run health plan
• The disabled should be represented in government
• Require healthcare insurers to cover home healthcare
• Help transition the institutionalized with disabilities to assisted independent living

Immigration

• Supports a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S., including DREAMers
• Does not support detaining asylum-seeking families until their asylum claims can be processed
• Speed up our process of allowing asylum seekers into the country
• Make affordable health care available to all immigrants, regardless of their status
• Increase border security through electronic surveillance and more border patrol agents, not through a wall
• Change crossing the border from a criminal offense to a civil offense
• Supports increasing foreign aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in an effort to reduce the flow of asylum seekers to the U.S.
• Meet target of 110,000 annual refugee admissions set during the Obama administration
• Restructure ICE

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Lift the ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Lift the ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military

Social Security & Welfare

• Against cutting Social Security
• Provide affordable child care
• Proposed $200 to $500 billion in reparations for slavery to be distributed over two decades for economic and education projects

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Supports no restrictions or limitations on reproductive rights
• Believes in equal pay for equal work
• Supports the Equal Rights Amendment

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