Restore Bears Ears National Monument & protect other public lands. The State of Utah is trying to steal as much land from the public as they can and sell it off to the highest bidder, enriching a few at the expense of the general public. That is categorically undemocratic and poor environmental stewardship.
Raise wages for American workers by reforming official poverty calculations, tying minimum wage to inflation, and expanding the social safety net. Local wages should reflect the costs of obtaining a decent place to live. Our economy would serve humankind so much better if we gave the same kind of attention to the bottom one percent that we do the top one percent.
Strengthen and expand labor unions. Democracy shouldn't end at the ballot box; it should also be present in the workplace. Strong labor unions are the best way for workers to have a voice in the economy and see better wages, benefits, and work conditions. We need to make it easier for unions to form and expand into all industries. The upper class have "professional associations" which are unions for the rich. Middle class and working class people deserve to have the same.
Close the gender and racial wage gaps. It isn't that women or minorities don't work as hard or aren't as qualified; it's that we have to deal with unconscious, systemic racism and sexism in our workplaces and economy.
Invest in parents and families with 16 weeks of paid parental leave. The U.S. is the only advanced industrialized society that doesn't offer parents any paid parental leave by law. Some family traditions are worth conserving. This isn't one of them. It's time to enter the 21st century.
Invest in green energy infrastructure. Our planet needs it in order to maintain society as we know it. Global warming isn't up for debate. Solving environmental degradation is the pressing question of our time.
End the failed "War on Drugs" and legalize cannabis. This was a race-based, fear tactic that has demolished communities and shaped the way we look at each other for the worse. We need healing and proper scientific study of drugs which is difficult to impossible to do under the current policy regime.
Reform the criminal justice system and end the prison-industrial complex. We imprison more people than any other nation in the world. We need to take back our democracy and make our society "the land of the free." We must use other methods to deal with the myriad problems in our communities.
Expand protections for LGBTQ, veterans, disabled, and other populations. Discrimination based on who you are is un-American. We are all related and we need to treat each other as such. People should be able to have security in where they live and shouldn't be discriminated against in places of business.
Empower tribal nations' sovereignty. It's a debt our society owes Native Americans for committing genocide and stealing their lands. As sovereign nations, they should be represented in state and federal legislatures and in cabinet-level positions.
Invest in education with tuition-free college and better pay for K-12 teachers. If we require students to go to college, then it needs to be accessible to all regardless of income, race, gender, sexuality, and ability. We also need to treat our teachers with the proper respect they deserve. They are teaching the next generation and the leaders for tomorrow. These students need to be the best equipped as possible. This is a huge undertaking and teachers must receive the pay requisite for that kind of work. Our society is losing talent to other industries because current pay for teachers is so low. Our best and brightest should be educating our youth.
Invest in rural and tribal Utah with much needed infrastructure and jobs. Where and when the market fails to provide good-paying jobs, it is the responsibility of government to step in to stimulate those local economies. If we want our children to "come back" to our communities after college, they need to be able to make a living.
Enact common-sense immigration reform that keeps families together and allows a path for immigrants to integrate and add to society. Dreamers are Americans. We must pass DACA now.
Enact common-sense firearm reform. Assault rifles, bump stocks, and extended ammo clips don't belong in the hands of domestic terrorists. We need to protect our citizens with responsible ownership: licenses, trainings, waiting periods, and background checks. We need to also recognize that the NRA is dangerous lobby group for gun manufacturers -- not the American people. They hide behind the 2nd Amendment for profits. That is morally wrong.
Medicare for all makes sense. When we value each other's lives, we want to make sure everyone lives healthy productive lives. No one should have to worry about going bankrupt or taking on debt when they get sick.
Provide systemic preventative birth control measures. I believe that no one wants to see abortions happening, but evidence shows that banning them doesn't stop them. Instead, we need to be providing extensive free birth control methods for men and women, free high-quality women's health care, and good public sex education. If we truly value life, we must provide better options for adoption and foster care, and better economic supports for parents and children. Abortions should be rare, safe, and accessible, especially in cases of incest, rape, when the health or life of the mother is in jeopardy, or when the fetus has birth defects that will severely affect the life chances of the baby. Ultimately, this is a personal decision and a right. Our government should be providing as many options as possible to prevent abortions and defend a woman's right to make the choice best for her.
Defend Social Security. Workers are the economic force of our society and they should be taken care of along with their families after they have reached the age of retirement. It is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs we have in our society. For people over 65, the poverty rate fluctuates between 13 to 17 percent. Without Social Security and that balloons to over 50 percent. The last thing we need to do is privatize this good program. Instead, we need to lift the income cap on who pays into the program. We could bring that poverty rate to essentially zero.