Intro

Once upon a time, the United States was an international leader backed by our commitment to liberty, democracy, and peace. Somewhere along the way, we lost our vision, catapulting ourselves into countless foreign wars, investing in exploitative labor and trade, and discriminating against anyone without stars and stripes on their passport. We have the ability to be a leader on the global stage—not by force, but by diplomacy. Let’s use it. 

 

Our Goals

  • Prioritize diplomacy over punitive force in foreign policy. 
  • Promote long term, stable international relationships via infrastructure and development funding. 
  • Stop endless, wasteful regime-change wars.  

 

  • Stand for human rights both here and abroad. 
  • Incentivize trade with countries with humane labor practices. 
  • Prohibit baseless, indiscriminate bans on citizens from other countries.

 

  • Rein in Presidential decision-making power in military conflict. 
  • Make climate impact a core component of our foreign policy goals.

 

Why

Relationships aren’t built on threats. Military intimidation and economic sanctions will never lead to strong international ties. In fact, they hurt our ability to influence peaceful, systemic change and cost taxpayers over $738 billion that would be better used in areas like development and green infrastructure. We must encourage sustainability in our global relationships as well as at home. We are all part of a global community and there is no Planet B.

 

Economic sanctions do the most harm to blameless citizens, and do little to stop inappropriate government behavior1. In fact, by cutting countries off, we give them more freedom to act as they want. 

 

Human rights abuses should not be encouraged by the U.S. Dollar. Current practices in global trade, both by businesses and countries enacting trade agreements, do not do enough to mitigate the human rights risks of economically-focused agreements2. We need to make sure our country is not profiting at the expense of the principles it was founded upon, and compassionately directing trade to the countries who do right by their citizens. 

 

How We Plan to Do It

Prioritize Diplomacy:

  • End the influence of military contractors on elected officials via Campaign Finance Reform.
  • Reduce the scope of Executive Power to authorize military conflicts, bringing the power back to Congress.
  • Push for alternatives to economic sanctions as a punitive measure. 

 

Promote Long-Term, Stable, Humane Relationships:

  • Re-allocate Pentagon funds away from weapons and towards domestic programs within the U.S., as well as investment in sustainable foreign infrastructure and local development with foreign partners. 
  • Incorporate human rights language in trade legislation.
  • Push for free trade agreements that include impact reports on human rights in participating countries3.
  • Stand for the human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community in international agreements.
  • Encourage businesses to incorporate human rights risk considerations in their contracts both domestic and abroad4.

 

Stand for Human Rights, Here and Abroad:

  • Accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
  • Rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  • Adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
  • Ratify the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • Reduce the scope of Executive Power to ban entry from other countries.

 

Promote Sustainability:

 

References:
  1. https://www.cato.org/publications/trade-briefing-paper/free-trade-human-rights-moral-case-engagement
  2. https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Globalization/E15-Investment-OHCHR.pdf
  3. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/HRInTheTradeArena.aspx
  4. https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Globalization/E15-Investment-OHCHR.pdf