THREE ISSUES | Militarization, climate change, and marginalization


Minneapolis peace and justice activist Steve Clemens answers the question, “What are your top three issues for the present electoral season?”

Mine would be:

  1. Continued militarization of our society post-9/11 – especially the continued Afghan War, expanded use of drones, war or military intervention threats re: Iran, Syria, or other “flavor of the day”;
  2. Climate change and environmental issues – our national energy usage and where it comes from; rapid weaning ourselves off fossil fuels; preparing the public for drastic climate events;
  3. The status of the poor and marginalized in our nation: addressing the scandalous wealth/poverty gap; rights and inclusion of sexual and other minorities; addressing the growing “throw-away zones” in our country (referenced in Chris Hedges’ new book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt).

And I’d really like to add a 4th which is the erosion of civil liberties and human rights which is also related to increased power and domination of corporations especially in the political discourse.

All of these pose grave dangers to our democracy and our present 2-party system seems unable and unwilling to address them.

About the Three Issues articles: As we work on election coverage for 2012, one of our goals is identifying the issues that matter to people. These articles come from one-on-one conversations about the election and what people think is important. “The election” could mean local, state or national level. If you’d like to contribute articles to the series, click here for more information.