· Zac Bowling · policy · 3 min read

My Policy Positions

I'm Zac Bowling, and I'm running for a seat on the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. As a dedicated advocate for affordable housing and a leader in East Bay YIMBY, my commitment to social equity, economic justice, and sustainable development is unwavering. My platform is built on the belief that everyone deserves a fair wage, accessible education, and the right to live in dignity and security.

My campaign is about bringing bold, progressive changes to Alameda County. I stand for raising the minimum wage, ensuring fair labor practices, and creating employment opportunities that serve our community’s needs. I am deeply committed to enhancing our educational system, making higher education accessible to all, and integrating climate consciousness into our schools.

Housing is a right, not a privilege. I advocate for expanded affordable housing initiatives, support for renters, and comprehensive policies to address homelessness. My vision is for a county where diversity is celebrated, and every resident has the opportunity to thrive.

As your representative on the Democratic Central Committee, I will fight tirelessly for policies that promote equity, justice, and environmental sustainability. Together, we can build a more inclusive, prosperous, and resilient Alameda County, and I will only vote to endorse candidates who share these values.

Here are just some of the policy positions I stand for:

Economic Justice and Labor Rights

  • Federal Minimum Wage Increase:
    • Raise the federal minimum wage to $17/hour.
    • Eliminate the tipped wage system, ensuring fair wages for all workers.
  • Federal Job Guarantee:
    • Implement a program guaranteeing employment for all, focusing on community needs and infrastructure.
  • Strengthen Unions:
    • Increase support for unionization efforts.
    • Enhance legislative and financial backing for the NLRB to combat union-busting practices.
  • Expand Social Security:
    • Ensure a robust social safety net by expanding Social Security benefits.
  • 4-Day Workweek:
    • Advocate for a shorter workweek to improve work-life balance and productivity.
  • Universal Broadband Access:
    • Provide free, high-speed internet access nationwide.
  • Tax Reform:
    • Increase corporate taxes and introduce a wealth tax on the ultra-rich.

Education for All

  • Free Public Higher Education:
    • Guarantee free tuition for undergraduate programs at public institutions.
  • Student Debt Relief:
    • Cancel all existing student loan debt.
  • Green Public Schools:
    • Implement the Green New Deal for Public Schools, incorporating climate education.
  • Universal Free School Meals:
    • Provide free meals to all K-12 students.

Housing and Homelessness

  • Expand Affordable Housing:
    • Increase the LIHTC and make funding for Section 8 and public housing mandatory.
  • Eviction Moratorium:
    • Implement a nationwide eviction moratorium for renters in federally funded properties.

Social Equity and Justice

  • End Systemic Discrimination:
    • Tackle racial discrimination in various sectors.
    • End mass incarceration and the criminalization of homelessness and addiction.
  • Legalize Marijuana:
    • Federally legalize marijuana and expunge past convictions.
  • Voting Rights and Democracy Reform:
    • Advocate for comprehensive voting rights legislation.
    • Abolish the filibuster, ban voter ID laws, and reform electoral systems.

LGBTQ+ Rights

  • Equality Act and ERA:
    • Pass the Equality Act and codify the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Protect LGBTQ+ Healthcare:
    • Safeguard access to gender-affirming healthcare.

Environmental Justice and Climate Action

  • Green New Deal:
    • Embrace the principles of the Green New Deal across all policy areas.
  • Combat Environmental Racism:
    • Address and mitigate the impacts of environmental racism.

Immigration Reform

  • Close Detention Camps:
    • End the inhumane detention of immigrants and replace surveillance practices.
  • Pathway to Citizenship:
    • Create accessible pathways to citizenship for all undocumented individuals.
  • Protect Immigrant Communities:
    • Strengthen sanctuary policies and ensure immigrants’ access to essential services.

Gun Control and Safety

  • Comprehensive Gun Reform:
    • Enforce universal background checks and establish red flag laws.

Political and Electoral Reform

  • Overturn Citizens United:
    • Advocate for the reversal of the Citizens United decision.
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