tuesday, October 18, 2005

Education

1.1: We call for state constitutional amendments and/or federal legislation mandating equal funding and resources. We call for parity spending in all public school districts—suburban, urban, and rural alike. We demand transparency in school budgets and for the creation of committees that include community members and officials to ensure that education moneys are spent for their proper purposes and are audited yearly. We call for the restoration and preservation of community control of schools, and for independent community-based commissions to assess and evaluate the quality of community ownership of schools. We demand monies be used for the recruitment and training of teachers that are residents of the district. We reject the idea that vouchers are a viable solution to the disparities in education. We support access for undocumented immigrants to higher education and support the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act).

1.2: We call for implementation of curriculum that is socially practical, culturally relevant, comprehensive, developmental, and specific in nature, including but not limited to vocational training, based upon engaging students from a variety of learning styles, interest, and skills.

1.3: We call for funding and legislation to develop programs toward the eradication of illiteracy of all people, including those that have English as a Second Language.

1.4: We demand free education at all state and federally owned and operated post-secondary institutions, including trade schools and technical schools and the direct recruitment and retention of students of color. We oppose all attacks on affirmative action programs at all levels of higher education, and demand rollback of tuition hikes and the immediate full restoration of all state and federal budget cuts that have been since the beginning of the War on Terror.

Action: All delegates should go back to their states and hold an education summit that would include parents, parent organizers, educators, community groups, elected officials and students for the purpose of speaking to and elaborating on the four platform issues in specific and general.





2. Economic Justice

2.1: We demand fair taxation with representation, including a rollback of tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and advocacy for DC statehood. We demand that corporations that receive tax breaks and abatements from municipalities give two years notice of any move from those municipalities

2.2: We stand against gentrification in, disinvestment from, and displacement of our communities. We oppose the destruction of publicly funded and affordable housing. We call for mandatory investments in underdeveloped neighborhoods, through programs such as empowerment zones, public works jobs programs, small business administration, and/or tax abatements, subject to that community’s review. In addition, opportunities must be created to expand business opportunities for underrepresented minority businesses in urban areas.

2.3: We demand reparations for indigenous peoples (First Nations) and victims and descendants of the African Slave Trade, including funding to support institutions destroyed by slavery, Jim Crow, and eroded by centuries of institutional racism.

2.4: We demand full employment at living wages that help develop and empower our communities and individuals, with equal pay and advancement opportunities for women and men. We call for a Federal minimum wage with cost-of-living adjustment. We oppose all forms of economic violence. We call for the abolition of job discrimination, and the end of punitive welfare and foster care policies.

Action: Delegates should return to their respective states and research and investigate all local and state businesses and corporations that have participated in the American Slave trade; have city and state elected officials pass municipal ordinances and state legislation that requires any company that does business with local or state government to disclose any profit it has made from the American Slave Trade. We will boycott all said businesses until a fair and equitable plan has been developed for reparations.





3. Criminal Justice

3.1: We demand the reinstatement and protection of all civil and human rights, including voting, employment, education, and economic opportunities for all individuals who have been accused and/or convicted through the criminal justice system. We call for the permanent and complete separation of all individuals under 18 from the adult prison system. We demand the end of adult sentencing for individuals under 18.

3.2: We demand the eradication of all mandatory minimum sentences.

3.3: We demand the formation of civilian review boards with subpoena power and an independent prosecutor at all levels of the justice system including federal, state, local, and military.

3.4: We demand the end to the targeted persecution, prosecution and incarceration of youth, drug users, and political activists.

3.5: We demand the end of corporate interest-driven prison systems. We demand a higher minimum wage for prisoners, and full reinstatement of arts and education programs.





4. Health

4.1: We demand federal legislation that would institute free universal holistic healthcare, including affordable prescription drugs and equal access to hospitals for indigent communities.

4.2: We demand federal legislation that funds mental and emotional health awareness, research, and treatment.

4.3: We demand federal legislation that would increase funding for research, awareness, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, heart disease, cancer, drug abuse, and other public health issues.

4.4: We demand federal legislation to ensure women’s reproductive health, including safe and legal access to reproductive choices, and education and awareness about reproductive issues.





5. Human Rights

5.1: We call for the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will investigate, research, and report human rights violations committed by the United States government throughout its history. The findings of this commission shall be institutionalized within public records and educational textbooks and disseminated via all available forms of media and communication. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission shall be convened by members of the National Hip Hop Political Convention and within one year of our first gathering.

5.2: We call for the drafting, promotion, and presentation to local, state, federal legislators, and public policy makers the People of Color (African, Latino/a, Asian, Native Indigenous Peoples) Anti-Terrorism Bill. The passing of this bill will immediately abolish terrorism in all areas of human activity, including, but not limited to, areas of sex, law, war, education, entertainment, economics, politics, labor and religion. The People of Color Anti-Terrorism Bill will be drafted by members of the National Hip Hop Political Convention with special attention paid to inhuman conditions within the penal system, land grabs in the form of eminent domain and gentrification, and chemical and biological warfare.

5.3: We demand an end to militarization. We call for an end to the recruitment of our youth into the armed forces in public schools and other public institutions. We call for the immediate repeal of the Patriot ACT I and II and a redefinition of “homeland security” for people of color. The National Political Hip Hop Convention strongly opposes any entity—corporate, media, entertainment, or other—which attempts to use Hip-Hop culture to support the potential drafting of our youth into the military.

5.4: We demand the ending of U.S. Imperialism, beginning by pulling our youth out of occupied territories like Iraq, Afghanistan and Puerto Rico. We demand the relief of previously colonized and enslaved Third World Countries from debt, structural adjustment programs, and forced austerity measures imposed on them by international lending institutions. We call for the end of military intimidation and monetary manipulation by these U.S.-led entities.





PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

SECTION 3: CRIMINAL JUSTICE

1) Amendment to 3.1
Proposed by Oregon (Trista Krick, speaking delegate and chair):

Remove: “We call for the permanent and complete separation of all individuals under 18 from the adult prison system.”

2) Amendment to 3.2
Proposed by New Jersey (Barbara Brown-Wilson, delegate, Charles Hill, chair)

Change “eradicate” to “reduce”.

3) Amendment to 3.4
Proposed by New Jersey (Fayemi Shakur, delegate, Charles Hill, chair)

Add “We demand the release of Sundiata Acoli and other political prisoners who have served over 25 years.”

SECTION 4: HEALTH

4) Amendment to 4.1
Proposed by Ohio (Bera Spearman, delegate, Kofi, chair)

Add “equitable” to “free universal holistic health care”.

5) Amendment to Section
Proposed by Georgia (Anasa Troutman, delegate and chair)

Change the name of section to “Health and Wellness” to reflect the need to deal with issues in our communities holistically.

6) Amendment to 4.3
Proposed by Georgia (Anasa Troutman, delegate and chair)

Add language noting that environmental injustice is a public health issue.

7) Amendment to 4.3
Proposed by New York (Fatoumata Magassa, delegate, Thabiti Boone, chair)

Add: “We demand adequate firehouses, hospitals, and free clinics in our communities. We demand full evaluations, treatment, and care for communities with high asthma, cancer and airborne diseases. We demand viable clean air. We demand labeled GMO (genetically modified) foods.”

8) Add Section 4.5
Proposed by New Jersey (Zenzele Isoke and Lisa Smith, delegate, Charles Hill, chair)

Add: “We advocate strongly for aggressive policy measures designed to protect adults, children and women from sexual harassment, sexual molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence and rape. We are particularly concerned with the violent effects of the prison-industrial complex and police misconduct and brutality. We stand for women’s personal autonomy.”

Note: I combined two almost identical motions into one, since they both came from the New Jersey caucus and the Progressive Women’s caucus. This motion also includes the following language, which was voted on and adopted in Section 2.4 without a specific reference to women in the first part of the second sentence: “We oppose all forms of economic violence. We call for the abolition of job discrimination against women, and the end of punitive welfare and foster care policies.”

This motion also includes the following language, which was partly approved in the same motion around Section 2.4: “We are for fair housing, full pay equity, and women’s personal autonomy.” The first two pieces are already included in the Economic Justice section. The latter was not piece—“women’s personal autonomy”—was not included in the original motion around Section 2.4. I’ve therefore broken it out and added it to the above motion.

9) Action step
Proposed by Illinois (Enoch Muhammad, delegate and chair)

Add “Action: All delegates should go back to their states and hold a summit on the effect of HIV/AIDS on women in their communities that would include parents, parent organizers, educators, community groups, elected officials, and students, for the purpose of speaking to and elaborating on the four platform issues in specific and general. Out of the Summits a report will be produced on conditions and a demand for an investigation of the establishment of free health care to be presented to respective State Legislatures.”

SECTION 5: HUMAN RIGHTS

10) Amendment to 5.1
Proposed by Colorado (Dustin Craun, delegate, Jeff Campbell, chair)

Add “shall be convened by members of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention, working in association with a coalition of historians, scholars, elders, and other experts, and evaluated within one year of our first gathering.”

11) Amendment to 5.1
Proposed by Ohio (Vera Spearman, delegate, Kofi, chair)

This motion reads: “I add reconciliaton to actions of commission.” I don’t know how to render this into a proper motion.

12) Amendment to 5.2
Proposed by Chicago (Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., delegate, Enoch Muhammad, chair)

Change the title: “People of Color Anti-Terrorism Bill” to “African Anti-Terrorism Bill”. Requests a tally of all those for and all those against.

13) Amendment to 5.3
Proposed by New Jersey (Barbara Brown-Wilson, chair, Charles Hill, delegate)

This motion reads: “The military is a choice. Corp. America recruits, why not the military. There are opportunities in the military that can help getting to an end (i.e. education trade, travel, health care, etc.)

I’m interpreting this motion as asking to delete the language that reads: “We call for an end to the recruitment of our youth into the armed forces in public schools and other public institutions”, and “The National Hip-Hop Political Convention strongly opposes any entity—corporate, media, entertainment, or other—which attempts to use Hip-Hop culture to support the potential drafting of our youth into the military.”

14) Amendment to 5.3
Proposed by Pennsylvania (Divine Islam, delegate, Khari Mosley, chair)

Motion reads: “We demand that Articles HR 193 and HR 93 not be passed. The passing of this bill will put into effect a mandatory drafting in Summer 2005 for males and females, ages 17-26, causing our youth to fight a war that is not theirs.”

Note: the actual bill number is HR. 163 and S. 89, the Universal National Service Act of 2003-2004. Is it OK to change motion to read like this?

Add: “We oppose the Universal National Service Act, and any legislation which would establish a mandatory military draft.”

15) Amendment to 5.3
Proposed by Pennsylvania (Tony Ladico, delegate, Khari Mosley, chair)

Delete: “in public schools and other public institutions.”

16) Amendment to 5.4
Proposed by California (Kali Akuno, delegate, Troy Nkrumah, chair)

Add: “We demand an end to all U.S. government aid and subsidies to Israel. We demand the immediate end to the U.S. construction and support of puppet governments, as in the Philippines, Haiti, and Colombia.”

17) Amendment to 5.4
Proposed by New York (Fatoumata Magassa, delegate, Thabiti Boone, chair)

Add to first sentence: “Haiti and Colombia.”

Add: “We demand equal rights for women in health care, pro-choice, abortion, welfare, child-care.”

18) Add Section 5.5
Proposed by California (Biko, delegate and chair)

This motion reads: “We have issue with the document as being as social document, as opposed to a real political agenda.”