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We call for the defense and extension of the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, including freedom of speech, press, assembly and association, and the right to keep and bear arms for individual and collective defense. The ultimate guarantee of those rights is the organized strength of the working class.

Capitalism and poverty breed crime and repression. Working class people are the primary victims both of street crime and of police reaction to it. The bosses use laws against victimless activities, "legal" and illegal expansion of police powers, military and paramilitary occupation of poor and minority communities, and diversion of resources to police and jails, to keep workers intimidated and dependent.

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Debra L. Reiger for State Treasurer PDF Print E-mail

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Debra Reiger at a demonstration

Debra Reiger has hands-on experience with state government and its organizational issues, having retired from the California Department of Finance in 2006. She served a term as State Chair of the Peace and Freedom Party from 2006 to 2008, and is currently the party's North State Organizer. She lives in Sacramento.

Her basic issue is getting big business out of the decision-making of state government. She has been raising some specific issues that relate to the office of State Treasurer:

  • Develop a state bank. We need to provide safe and stable banking options for Californians, and we should opt out of enriching corporate-owned banks.
  • Invest state money into socially-responsible funds, making sure that California dollars do not support businesses or governments with oppressive and discriminatory practices, or that engage in pollution and environmental destruction.
  • Provide reliable and safe public transportation throughout the state. The State Treasurer sits on many boards, including those for transportation. In hard times, we see cutbacks in transportation just when the working class needs it the most. Fares are going up and services are being eliminated. We must provide ways for working people and poor people to get to their jobs and other necessary destinations at low cost. We must stop the "punish the poor" mentality that always gets worse when money is tight.
  • Tax the income and assets of the rich to meet human needs. While the Treasurer does not set tax policy, whoever holds the office is influential in influencing those who do.

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Safe, socially responsible management of state funds; no investments in war profiteers, human rights violators, corporate polluters.

Make banking safe for Californians; create a State Bank to provide banking services without enriching corporations.

Keep big business out of California’s decisions.

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