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Foreign Policy

The United States should lead by example and work within the world community in a spirit of peace, cooperation and generosity to support human welfare, freedom, and democracy. We must avoid conducting preemptive war and make diplomacy and nonviolent conflict resolution the primary organizing principle of our foreign policy.

We believe:

  • The United States should provide proportionate assistance and work cooperatively with other nations to build a more peaceful, sustainable, and stable world by addressing root causes of conflict, including poverty, inequitable access to natural resources, economic injustice, and environmental degradation;
  • We must protect our nation from external threats without suppressing basic human rights at home and abroad;
  • The United States should work closely and persistently with other countries to prevent or stop genocide anywhere it occurs;
  • Our government should not engage in covert efforts to destabilize other nations’ governments.

We call for:

  • Providing military and foreign aid only to those nations that support and protect human and civil rights;
  • Honoring and upholding the rights, welfare, and healthy environment of all indigenous people;
  • Freezing the assets of leaders of repressive regimes and banning military exports to such countries;
  • A genuine, open approach to foreign policy, including participation in and funding of multilateral peacekeeping missions;
  • Revision of the War Powers Act to assure that Congress can declare an end to a war or other military action;
  • Cooperative and fully funded participation in international organizations including the United Nations and international courts of justice, provided that the national security interests of the United States are protected;
  • Honoring ratification of international treaties protecting civilian populations, human rights, and addressing climate change, such as the original U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Land Mine Ban Treaty, and the Kyoto Protocol on global climate change;
  • An effective, comprehensive plan to ensure our security while protecting our constitutional rights and the human rights of all;
  • Working with other nations to pursue law enforcement action against terrorist networks rather than military intervention;
  • Effective foreign aid to reduce poverty, improve health and education, provide sustainable access to safe water and food free of contaminants, and prevent and treat pandemic and endemic diseases;
  • Restoring programs that support family planning worldwide;
  • Prohibiting United States companies from engaging in or enabling practices abroad that would be prohibited at home, such as dumping of products and importing products made by exploiting the environment, local communities and people;
  • Prohibiting multinational corporations, their affiliates, subsidiaries and/or franchises from operating in violation of international law;
  • Outlawing the sale of, and importation to, the United States of all products of slave labor and child labor;
  • Fair trade among nations based on sound environmental principles, sustainable agriculture and manufacturing, and democratic and economic rights of the workforce;
  • Renegotiating international free trade agreements to deal adequately and transparently with human rights, the rights of indigenous peoples, labor rights, and environmental rights and laws to make them fair trade agreements;
  • Rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan’s civilian infrastructure and economy using international agencies and local labor;
  • Changing our diplomatic engagement with multiple parties in southern and southwest Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, to work toward peaceful resolution of existing conflicts;
  • Supporting nations in their efforts to prevent the radicalization of religions;
  • Serious, full, constructive, and persistent United States engagement to promote negotiations and other actions that will lead to a peaceful, sustainable resolution of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, based on mutual recognition and ensuring security, economic growth, and quality of life for the peoples of a sovereign state of Palestine and the sovereign state of Israel;
  • Continued negotiations between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to put in place revised and enhanced nuclear safeguard and inspection agreements, consistent with the United States recommitment to a world free of nuclear weapons;
  • Political and economic self-determination for the Cuban people and normalization of relations with Cuba, including an end to the United States-imposed embargo and travel ban;
  • Ending the use of United States tax money to fund, train or sponsor military or police forces that suppress human and civil rights in foreign countries;
  • Reduction of nuclear arsenals, strengthening international control of fissile material to include depleted uranium, and nonproliferation of nuclear weapons by limiting use of fissile material to peaceful purposes;
  • Using foreign aid to offset or forgive onerous debt of countries forced to choose between debt repayment and essential services;
  • The United States government’s working with transnational corporations and lending institutions, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank to improve regulation of financial systems to prevent economic disruptions;
  • A foreign policy that encourages struggling economies worldwide to engage in economic growth policies, such as infrastructure investment, without compelling privatization of government services or natural resources as a way to refinance nations’ debts;
  • The restoration of our historic adherence to the Geneva and Vienna Conventions in their entirety.

We oppose:

  • Exportation of offensive weapons systems, such as “depleted” uranium (dU), chemical, nuclear, or biological weapons, that contribute to destabilization in international relations and the international arms race;
  • Extraordinary rendition, the abduction of persons of any nationality, their detention in secret prisons, and torture;
  • Rape as a tool of war and the lack of action to stop such rape from occurring;
  • Trade agreements negotiated in secret without public interest representation;
  • Foreign policies that put the profit-making interests of corporations above the rights, laws, and interests of governments or workers, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP);
  • Forced austerity measures, including privatization of government services, as a condition of U.S. aid and U.S. support for loans through the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

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