1.b Legislation - ReadySetGooo/Sustainable-Development-Goals GitHub Wiki

Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions

United States

CURRENT KNOWLEDGE 

Lay-Person Tasks

  • If you use a bank, move your money to a credit union instead.
  • It's an action task, but I heavily encourage signing the general strike card. All action tasks involve risk that lay-person tasks don't, so keep that in mind whether you decide to accept the risk or not.

Informational Resources

Action Tasks 

  • Sign your strike card https://generalstrikeus.com/

  • Become an investigative journalist and expose billionaires. You don’t even need to be part of an organization or have a degree- there’s many independent journalists who start out on social media after learning some basic skills online, and most of the information you need for a story can be found online if you have the patience to search for it. Make sure to learn about media law and digital safety specifically for journalists. 

  • Here’s a story of how a billionaire lost wealth after he was exposed by a group of journalists for running a ponzi scheme. https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZPRWqnPvm/ 

Books

See more at: https://hilaryagro.com/resources/

  • Let This Radicalize You: Organizing and the Revolution of Reciprocal Care

  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Davis

  • Inventing Reality – Michael Parenti

  • A People’s Guide to Capitalism – Hadas Thier

  • Fisher, Mark. 2009. Capitalist Realism. Winchester, UK: Zero Books.

  • Scott, James C. 1990. Domination and the Arts of Resistance: Hidden Transcripts. New Haven: Yale University Press.

  • Davis, Angela. Women, Race, & Class

  • Klein, Naomi. The Shock Doctrine

  • Adrienne Maree Brown (2019). Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

  • Schulman, Sarah. Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair

  • The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

  • Capital – Karl Marx

  • The State and Revolution – Vladimir Lenin

  • How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century – Erik Olin Wright

  • Why socialism? Albert Einstein Audiobook https://youtu.be/YMKXVWpADFk

  • Peter Kropotkin - The Conquest of Bread (Full Audiobook) https://youtu.be/k-6oi_uyi9Y

Systems

Feedback Loops

Goals 

  • Walmart would open a store, have low prices that would attract people, drive small businesses into bankruptcy, then raise their prices or even close to reduce expenses and make people drive to a farther Walmart. This hit small towns the worst (imagine pretty much all rural america), and completely destroyed them. Due to poverty, a significant portion of people are forced to go to stores that have low prices. 

  • In capitalism, people think about money as currency. But abuse and control is its own currency, and it causes poverty. https://radpride.wixsite.com/start-posting/post/the-goal-of-capitalism-is-profit-but-abuse-is-why-we-re-poor 

POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS

Rules

  • Prosecute Price Gouging. Price gouging is raising prices during an emergency. 

  • Ban Greedflation. Greedflation is like price gouging, but it doesn’t happen during an emergency, the price rises gradually. 

  • Ban Artificial Shortages 

  • Tax the rich. The highest marginal income tax rate at the federal level reached 94% in 1945, aimed at limiting after-tax income. It declined to 70% before Ronald Reagan lowered it further in the 1980s.

  • Limit the maximum amount of money a person can have. A maximum wage was proposed during WWII in the Revenue Act of 1942, capping top salaries at 5,000 after taxes, but it was rejected by Congress.

  • Limit the ratio of profit a person can make in comparison to their employees. The Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act bill, if passed, would penalize companies for ratios over 100:1 by raising corporate taxes. But it has not passed Congress.

  • Make the minimum wage the living wage, recalculate every six months. Possibly don’t make the minimum wage a number. 

  • The Raise the Wage Act bill aims to gradually increase the federal minimum to 5 per hour by 2025, but it has not passed Congress yet.

  • Paycheck Fairness Act

  • https://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/resources/economic-justice/fair-pay/the-paycheck-fairness-act.pdf ]

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paycheck_Fairness_Act 

  • https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/7