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Building a Just and Sustainable World   August 2008

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Dear Reader,

We took on the question: Are Americans divided? What we found was surprising.

Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to war. "10 Policies for a Better America" shows an agenda most of us can agree on—whether we think of ourselves as red, blue, or some other political color.

Explore the polling data, then read the YES! take on the most important policies for a better America.

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73%   Say corporations don't pay a fair share of taxes.
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A FAIR TAX STRUCTURE AND INVESTMENT IN AMERICA IS A GOOD START TOWARD ECONOMIC RECOVERY. READ MORE …

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65%   Believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry or form civil unions.
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AND AMERICANS BELIEVE WE NEED TO BRING THOSE ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES UNDER CONTROL. READ OUR PRO-FAMILY AGENDA …

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59%   Would like the next president to do more to protect civil liberties.
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AND AMERICANS WANT A COURT ORDER BEFORE SOMEONE LISTENS IN ON THEIR PHONE CONVERSATIONS. HERE'S HOW TO PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION …

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79%   Favor mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
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WE WANT SERIOUS INVESTMENT IN GREEN POWER, TOO. AND MASS TRANSIT. READ OUR PLAN FOR A STABLE CLIMATE …

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64%   Believe the government should provide national health insurance coverage for all Americans, even if it would raise taxes.
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ARE YOU LISTENING, SENATORS MCCAIN & OBAMA? READ MORE …

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73%   Favor abolishing nuclear weapons, with verification.
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LET’S ABOLISH UNILATERAL ATTACKS ON OTHER COUNTRIES, TOO. HERE’S OUR PLAN …

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69%   Believe we should use diplomatic and economic means to fight terrorism, rather than the military.
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WE CAN LEAVE IRAQ, AND AVERT WAR WITH IRAN, AND INSTITUTE A SANE FOREIGN POLICY. HERE IS HOW …

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74%   Favor voluntary public financing of campaigns.
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IT’S ABOUT GETTING OUR DEMOCRACY BACK AND LETTING VOTERS, NOT CORPORATIONS, CHOOSE OUR LEADERS. READ MORE …

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87%   Support rehabilitation rather than a "punishment-only" system.
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ISN’T IT TIME WE QUIT PUTTING 2 MILLION AMERICANS BEHIND BARS? HERE’S WHAT WE CAN DO INSTEAD ...

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64%   Believe that on the whole, immigration is good for the country.
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BUT WE’D LIKE NAFTA RENEGOTIATED SO FEWER PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER ARE THROWN OUT OF WORK. READ MORE …


Ready to act? Forward this email to your friends and family—or send it to your entire email list?

Ask your local, state, or federal candidates what they are going to do about the items on this American people’s agenda.

Explore the interactive version of this agenda and download the poster. It’s free. Make as many copies as you like, and give them away. Or order our printed posters for just a buck each.

Election season is the time when our voices are most likely to be heard. Use this agenda to keep your issues on the front burner, and to show your elected officials what “we the people” expect from them.

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Sarah van Gelder
Executive Editor,
YES! Magazine

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Purple America

Politics That Break Through
Sarah van Gelder Comedian Jon Stewart was right when he accused those who turn politics into a shouting match of “hurting America.”
We desperately need a politics that draws on our collective creativity and intelligence to bring us together in a drive for solutions.

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