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We support social ownership and democratic management of industry and natural resources. Under capitalism, the proceeds of labor go to the profits of the wealthy few. With socialism, production is planned to meet human needs.

To us, socialism is workers' democracy, including the principle that all officials are elected, recallable at any time, and none receives more than a worker's wage. Socialism can only be brought about when we, the working class, unite and act as a body in our own interests. Our goals cannot be achieved by electoral means alone. We participate in mass organization and direct action in neighborhoods, workplaces, unions and the armed forces everywhere.

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No on 20 - Congressional Redistricting PDF Print E-mail

Official Title and Summary

Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Redistricting of Congressional Districts.

  • Removes elected representatives from the process of establishing congressional districts and transfers that authority to the recently-authorized 14-member redistricting commission.
  • Redistricting commission is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters registered with neither party.
  • Requires that any newly-proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners including three Democrats, three Republicans, and three from neither party.

Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact

  • No significant net change in state redistricting costs.

Peace and Freedom Party Position

No on 20 and 27: redistricting will not get us democracy. In a true democracy, people are represented fairly, and elected bodies reflect the population. When a representative body reflects the voters in proportion to the support for each viewpoint, it is called "proportional representation."

No matter how one re-draws the boundaries, winner-take-all elections by single-member districts will never produce elected bodies that reflect the make-up of the populace or represent their views. That's why the Peace and Freedom Party opposes redistricting in its current form. We point voters to the real solution: multiple-member districts with proportional representation.

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