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Elected officials should be beholden to their constituents and principles, not their largest funders, a task which has been made nearly impossible as the price for congressional, senate and presidential seats costing upwards of tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars. Elections should be about what is best for society, and presenting data driven arguments so that voters can make the best decisions, based on the available information. In order to do this, an equal platform must be created in which campaign dark money is not allowed to influence voter decisions and habits. Currently, 78 percent of Cascadians want to reduce the influence large campaign donors wield over lawmakers — including 66 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats. Following with the will of the people - action must be taken to curb unlimited spending in local campaigns, with little or no oversight, or requirement for accurate information.
Push for and end the flood of out of state spending that meddle in local elections. Elections should be for and by the people affected by the issues, not corporations and those living thousands of miles away with little vested interests in our affairs.
Vote Cascadia embraces a bioregional ethic that is sustainable, local, and ethical, which fits into a global supply chain in a way which upholds these values. Bioregionalism also seeks to move away from boundaries and borders which are arbitrary, and instead shift towards systems which better represent the culture, economy, environment as well as the people living here.
Cascadians live in a land of abundance and seek to thrive. Cascadia is a bioregion and movement that helps define an aggressive regionalism, or what I like to call a 'progressive libertarianism'. Different culturally than many places in North America, many Cascadians feel that what an adult does is no business of anyone else, as long as it does not interfere or harm others. We lean towards a data driven, fairly fiscally conservative, socially liberal mindset that ensures that everyone, regardless of background, personal traits or philosophy, each has the same opportunity to live a successful, fulfilling life, with a loose safety net that makes sure none of societies most vulnerable or in need fall through the cracks, while we try to better live with and find harmony and balance with our resources, land base and our home. If something could potentially be harmful for others - then creating systems for harm reduction, responsibility, accountability and education is a preferred pathway for many. More than government or corporation - an individuals personal freedom, liberty, rights and ability for pursuit of happiness and to collectively forge a better future for our region and world is paramount.
Bioregionalism and Cascadia is an inherently decentralized, democratic and autonomous philosophy and movement. While bioregions are continuous and interconnected geographies and ecosystems, every watershed is a little bit different - based on the topography, rainfall, soil composition, the flora and fauna - and will have different needs, with different ecosystems that have adapted for thousands of years to best thrive there. While overall, we will have shared concerns, values and principles that stem from sharing a bioregion together, and use these to move ourselves away from boundaries and borders which are arbitrary and divisive - Vote Cascadia as a place based movement embraces this diversity as its greatest strength. The best people to represent an issue are those most affected by it. There is no one right answer, rather there will be thousands of answers, each slightly different and working together, that will create a truly autonomous and democratic system that can best represent the land and people living there. Working together, through systems of participatory, transparent and local governance, built on voluntary, trust based mutual aid, Cascadia is a movement of thousands of individuals, causes and communities working towards a shared vision and goal.
Help Cascadia catch up with the same quality of transportation as the rest of the world. "Leaving Eugene.... you hit Portland in time for Breakfast, Seattle for Lunch, and Vancouver for Dinner." All in under 3 hours. Vote Cascadia supports a regional high speed and solutionary rail systems to connect the communities together in the Cascadia Megaregion, 17% of the landmass, but more than 80% of the population. Regional high speed is estimated to cost 25-40 billion and be funded by each state and proinvce. To put that in perspective - that is less than voters in Portland, Vancouver and Seattle have elected to spend on expanding their own light rail and bus systems and would have an estimated ridership of more than 6-8 million within it's first two years. Regional high speed rail is the only alternative competitive with short range air travel, for a fraction of the cost and environmental impact. Travelling at upwards of 135-185 mph depending on the mode of transit used, and powered by renewable resources, it would cut a commute of Vancouver BC to Portland to under three hours, while Seattle to Portland would be a bit shorter than an hour and a half - with common commute routes cut to 10-15 minutes, in a net neutral. - rail along the I-5 corridor has the advantage of working along already pre-owned DOT land, further dropping the costs of acquisition. Vote Cascadia also supports the electrification and transition to renewable energy to power pre-existing regional rail infrastructure as a solution to some of our largest transport needs. Could railroads, the oldest form of mechanized mass transportation, be the key to unlocking solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century? Unique among modes of long-haul transport, rail can be electrified. So, why not power trains with renewable energy? Learn more about Cascadia Rail here: http://www.cascadiarail.org/ Read the WDOT 2017 Study here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2018/01/16/ultra-high-speed-ground-transportation-highlights.pdf You can learn about Solutionary Rail here: http://www.solutionaryrail.org/
Cascadia already boasts one of the largest economies largely based on fossil fuel free and renewable resources, and is a net exporter of electricity to surrounding states and provinces. Vote Cascadia should continue to work on growing technology and and resources that provide and build a clean, decentralized, renewable and independent bioregion.
Complete autonomy and sovereignty for first nations as well as key roles of representation in each level of local government, as well as to provide support and solidarity for indigenous communities, activists and organizers, and a platform to help share the messages they feel important.
Support regional independence and interdependence through localized, decentralized systems that increase our ability to grow our own food. While we will always be a part of larger food systems, this type of resiliency will keep the Cascadian economy strong, support our local growers and farmers in an ethical and sustainable manner, and be an important part of maintaining agricultural diversity and resiliency in the case of any type of large scale disaster.