Draft GPUS Platform Amendment Community Economic Involvement
SECTION TITLE: LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SECTION SUBTITLE: Strengthening our local economies
OUR POSITION: Greens support reforms that give communities more control over their own local economies.
Greens believe in decentralization, and call for for a community-based economics whose aim is local prosperity and self-sufficiency.
We support local production, local manufacturing, local sales, local recycling wherever and whenever possible. We believe in face-to-face relationships with local business owners and shopkeepers.
Successful local Green communities nurture everyone of all ages, generate good jobs and housing, and provide public services; creating cities and towns that educate everyone, encourage recreation, and preserve natural and cultural resources; building local governments that protect people from environmental hazards and crime; and motivating citizens to participate in making decisions.
1. Protect local businesses from the predatory practices of chain and "big box" stores.
2. Support incentives for cooperative enterprises, such as consumer co-ops, workers' cooperatives, credit unions, incubators, micro-loan funds, and other institutions that help communities develop economic projects.
3. Allow municipalities to approve or disapprove large economic projects case-by-case based on environmental impacts, local ownership, community reinvestment, wage levels, and working conditions.
4. Allow communities to set environmental, consumer, human rights, labor, health and safety standards higher than federal or state minimums.
5. Invest in the commons: rebuild infrastructure; improve mass transit; protect and restore the environment.
6. Support local living wage laws.
7. Establish local currencies such as Time Dollars, Ithaca Hours and BerkShares, to strengthen local economies and meet local needs more effectively and efficiently.
8. Enact place of origin labeling requirements, to allow consumers to choose food grown near their home.
9. Enact corporate good character laws, requiring corporations to disclose all violations of law they have committed when applying for a permit. Empower officials to deny permits based on lawlessness or repeat violations of law.
2004 PLATFORM ON COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Reforms that allow communities to have influence in their economic future should be implemented. Such reforms include the following:
1. Locally owned small businesses, which are more accessible to community concerns.
2. Local production and consumption where possible.
3. Incentives for cooperative enterprises, such as consumer co-ops, credit unions, incubators, micro-loan funds, local currencies, and other institutions that help communities develop economic projects.
4. Allowing municipalities to approve or disapprove large economic projects case-by-case based on environmental impacts, local ownership, community reinvestment, wage levels, and working conditions.
5. Allowing communities to set environmental, human rights, health and safety standards higher than federal or state minimums.
6. A national program to
invest in the commons;
to rebuild the infrastructure of communities;
repair and improve transportation lines between cities, and;
protect and restore the environment.
A federal capital budget should be put in place and applied in a process that assesses federal spending as capital investment.
7. Applying direct democracy through town meetings, which express a community’s economic wishes directly to local institutions and organizations.