The United States’ experiment in democracy was founded on settler colonialism, white supremacy, slavery, heteropatriarchy and domination by propertied classes. The undemocratic aspects of the electoral system go beyond the direct and indirect denial of the right to vote, they include a set of institutions that diminish the public’s capacity to elect representatives who reflect their interests and propose measures for a democratic vote. Some of these institutions allow the wealthy to have out sized voices relative to those of the broad working class. Others maintain and strengthen the status quo, such as unfair electoral districting practices. A massive overhaul of the electoral system could lay the foundations of a truly democratic society only if there were simultaneous efforts to overcome oppression in terms of class, race, gender, sexuality and disability.Continue readingAs you go into the polls on Tuesday, remember that the Missouri Green Party has endorsed Amendment 1 (Clean Missouri) and 2 (New Approach Missouri's medical marijuana amendment), and opposes the other two medical marijuana amendments (Amendment 3 & Proposition C). Amendment 2 is the constitutional amendment that allows patients to grow their own plants at home and the tax on the cannabis goes to help veterans. Amendment 3 funds a research center controlled by the Amendment's wealthy backer and Proposition C is a change to state law that can be overturned by the state legislature. The Amendment with the most votes wins so it's important to vote only for Amendment 2.Continue reading
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