Excerpts from

1972 DC Statehood Party platform

  Copyright 1999 The Progressive Review

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In 1972, the DC Statehood Party
supported

 

Neighborhood authorities and neighborhood housing banks

 

Public ownership of all center city land & of key commecial strips

 

Community ownership and development of Fort Lincoln

 

Urban rehabilitation over urban renewal

 

Elected neighborhood legislative councils and neighborhood executives with power over selection of neighborhood police officials, selection of neighborhood school superintendent, school site selection and proposed roads.

 

Extended voting over several days

 

Proportional representation

 

A property tax that includes not only real estate but other property such as stocks and bonds

 

The taxation of income-producing property of non-profit organizations and churches

 

Encouragement of light, smokeless industry

 

Low rent facilities in new commercial centers for small businesses

 

Enclosed and open stalls for artisans, craftsmen and other small operators.

 

The end of the forced displacement of small business.

 

The contruction of public markets

 

The conversion of banks and public utilities to cooperatives.

 

A national guaranteed income

 

Ownership of liquor stores by neighborhood cooperatives

 

Conversion of the correctional system from a punitive to a rehablitative one

 

Legalization of gambling, prostitution, marijuana use and drug addiction.

 

A massive expansion of drug treatment programs

 

Community hiring and firing of district police commanders

 

Division of police into a uniformed crime-fighting force and a neighorhood constabulary

 

The recruitment of lawyers into the police department at the level of captain and above

 

No more parking lots downtown

 

Creation of jitney service

 

Public ownership and fare subsidy of the transit system

 

Opposition to ownership by suburban-dominated Metro

 

Serious consideration of monorails, personal transit systems, and streetcars

 

Community control of the schools

 

The immediate withdrawal of all forces form Indochina

 

Strongest measures to end pollution in all its forms

 

Free health care for all citizens

 

Free abortions on demand

 

Opposition to discrimination against blacks, women, homosexuals, chicanos, Asians and other ethnic minorities, men in the case of laws relating to alimony, the mentally or physically handicapped, and ex-felons in the denial of right to participate politically

 

Equal wages for equal work

 

Maternity and paternity leave with pay

 

Media monopolies

 

Cooperative control of cable television

 

Youth representation on legislative and other governing councils

 

Creation of an equal service commission to ensure equal distribution of public services throughout the city

 

Ward balance in capital improvements and government personnel

 

Varied curriculum, services and teaching methods in the schools

 

An environmental commission or court with the power to halt or alter projects and prctices detrimental to the environment