The American Union represents a block of swing voters, voting strategically to influence the 2022 midterms in pursuit of a specific legislative agenda crafted outside the two party system. It is a new paradigm for cooperative democracy, by which the people crowdsource functional government on behalf of the legislative branch.

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Crowdsourcing functional government

“Functional government,” in this case, means enactment of a specific legislative package, one written by the people, for the people. Inspired by addressing Martin Luther King Jr.’s …

  • The Blueprint for a Better America legislative package creates 300 million American Union jobs; universal basic income (UBI) of $1300/month for adults, and $433 for children, lifting every American up above the poverty line.
  • American Union jobs come with benefits: free digital Treasury accounts, a public option for health insurance, and 18 weeks of paid family leave.

One of the first questions people ask about UBI is, “How do we pay for it?” It’s a reasonable question, but there’s a better place to start: What are the costs of the status quo, without bank accounts and

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Today is Labor Day in the United States, a federal holiday since Grover Cleveland signed it into law at the end of the 19th century. for a laborers’ national holiday for “all wage workers, irrespective of sex, calling, or nationality” came from the American Federation of Labor, one of the largest unions of the time. Thanks to their efforts, most Americans enjoy this three-day holiday weekend marking the end of summer.

No person alive today remembers a time before Labor Day existed; it’s easy to take for granted the gains our ancestors made when they’ve become an integral…

It’s April 20, or 420, and people are celebrating the growing list of states legalizing marijuana. But one thing is clear; the federal government is only hindering progress. In 2022, a committed group of voters can force an end to the federal drug war and empower states to be the laboratories of democracy and commerce.

The American Union is a block of swing voters committed to enactment of a specific legislative package in 2022, one that will end poverty, end mass incarceration, and end the endless wars. Ending mass incarceration, as in The New Jim Crow, requires…

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In the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Phil (Bill Murray) discovers he is reliving the same day over and over again. A profoundly self-centered man, Phil goes through the five stages of grief before finally accepting the new circumstances of his life. He spends much of the film trying to use his unique position to enrich himself with worldly pleasures, but eventually discovers that real happiness comes from helping those around him. …

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On January 5, 2021, with the Georgia runoff elections for two US Senate seats, the 2020 election cycle will finally come to an end.

Although a plurality of Americans are dissatisfied with the two major parties, every single winner in the 471 federal races will be a Republican or Democrat. The duopoly is firmly in control of the electoral and legislative machinery; Congress ignores many systemic issues in America, giving them an approval rating that hovers around 20%. Despite that, their reelection rate is north of 90%.

In 2020, the Phoenix Congress offered America a constructive alternative to the two…

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We hear a lot of talk in the news about systemic problems in America. What does that mean?

It means we have faced the same problems in this country for generations. But instead of solving problems at their root, our politicians simply put a band-aid on them to make them go away for a while.

Over the years, these unresolved issues reach deeper into our institutions and become harder to fix.

Some of the gravest systemic issues we face in America include:

  • Poverty: Despite being the wealthiest nation on Earth, America has always had a large impoverished class of people…

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[This is a special guest post from Sandra M. of New Jersey]

If you passed me or any member of my family on the street, you would not look twice. We are a fairly average family; my husband and I have two children and we live in a suburban neighborhood. The kids are healthy, happy and well cared for; we overall are very lucky. Yet like so many other middle- or lower-class American families, 2020 was a nightmare of a year for us.

In March, my husband lost his job for months. Soon after, I found myself forced to leave…

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America has spent $6 trillion on foreign wars over the last two decades. Over the same two decades, this has happened at home:

  • Healthcare and education costs have risen by
  • Housing costs have gone up
  • The American people suffered an economic recession leaving 1 in 9 homes empty
  • Our cities have been destroyed by fires, floods, and hurricanes
  • A virus swept through the nation, bringing death and poverty to the homes of millions
  • American infrastructure is crumbling
  • American wages are stagnant

Why are we spending so much overseas when there is so much work to be…

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Mass incarceration is a plague on America. For decades, politicians and corporations have been filling prisons with non-violent offenders to gain clout and cash.

That is not justice in the land of the free. And it’s only getting worse.

is now behind bars. Millions of innocent families have been torn apart, and millions of innocent children are forced to grow up without a mother or father (contributing to a cycle of incarceration).

Many inmates suffer from mental illness or addiction — disorders that have long been recognized as medical. …

Phoenix Congress 2020

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