Thanks for your comments!
This is a working draft. An opportunity to make revisions and amendments is forthcoming, once we finally figure out when, where, and how we will hold our first convention.
We define ourselves as: "from all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, faiths or no faith, ages, genders, sexual orientations, occupations, philosophies, and political ideologies,… "
Nowhere we do define “people” as human beings, but it can be assumed that if you are human, then we consider you a person entitled to full rights and equal opportunity.
We did not list the many people who fight systemic oppression.
Our goal is to be representative of the great diversity that exists in the US today. We have quite a lot of foundational work to do in order to succeed.
It is incumbent on each of us to do the necessary work in understanding white supremacy, systemic oppression, our roles in the system, and how to be effective in dealing with racism in our own lives, so that we can be good partners with these communities. There are lots of good online resources and tools available to help in this path to self-discovery and human communion. I firmly believe that we need these oppressed communities actually sitting at the table creating the policies that affect them. As a white person, I find it incredibly arrogant of us to think that because we empathize with their hardship, we can actually speak for them. I can only imagine how they must feel.
Take a look at all alternative parties. They are primarily white. One has worked extremely hard to build diversity for 20 years. They are slowly moving in that direction, but they will never be able to go back and do what we can and must do: Start out diverse. If we want our party to grow, we need to first build relationships of trust with oppressed communities—based on their needs and desires—and then we need these voices at our table, helping develop the policies that affect them most.
Make no mistake, if we are going to swell our numbers, we must build these bridges to these communities, the people most hurt by corporate-friendly policies. And the sooner we do it, the better off we will be—all of us, especially oppressed communities. We must do it now. But it can only happen if we first take the necessary steps in understanding, intellectually and emotionally, how white supremacy has worked to create and sustain systemic racism and oppression. Failure to properly prepare will likely produce less than mediocre results.
These communities are used to white politicians coming to them, with heart in hand, asking for their support and making promises never kept. We need to keep some promises, build trust, and then ask for their participation. We need people from these communities in committees and leadership positions so that our foundation can support a platform that speaks to the very people most in need of our party’s promise for the future.
Milton, the biggest difference is that we are trying to build a broad-based and diverse movement for justice and a return to the rule of law. We hope to bring people from many backgrounds and cultures together to reach our biggest goal, which is to end the corrupting influences of big money and corporate rule in government so that we can come to truly democratic decisions on a host of other important issues. We will work on those issues which unite us and leave the politics of division behind. The values above will guide that work.
our draft platform will soon be published
Nothing will change if we don't come together. We need to keep building a people-powered movement and establish an electoral arm to represent it. The Justice Party can fill the electoral need.