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I am Dr. Lynn Sandra Kahn, independent candidate for President of the United States, seeking the nomination of California’s Peace and Freedom Party. I have a very clear platform — Fix Government, Build Peace: transform government while building peace here at home and around the world.
I am not a politician. I worked as an organizational psychologist inside federal agencies for 32 years, including 6-1/2 years on the White House Partnership to Reinvent Government. I have a vision for America that begins with this:
- My vision is an America that works for everyone with no one left out.
- My vision is a government that restores trust and builds peace here at home and around the world.
My goals for America include 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years; a world-class public health system; free tuition at public colleges; free early childhood education; community-based policing; a justice system that is just; a tax system that is fair; an immigration system that is compassionate; a realistic roadmap to an economy based on 100% clean, renewable energy; an energy grid that is independent of foreign governments and does not poison our air, water, soil and food; a 21st century economy where everyone who wants a job has a job at a living wage with benefits. Integrity demands this government honor our commitments to our veterans, our children, our seniors and our Native American brothers and sisters. This is the plan that will allow all that:
- Track 1: CUT ONE TRILLION DOLLARS OF GOVERNMENT WASTE and invest the savings in our families and our communities!
- Track 2: MULTIPLY SOLUTIONS
- Track 3: REINVENT ALL OUR AGENCIES STARTING ON DAY 1
- Track 4: BUILD PARTNERSHIPS
- Track 5: COMMUNICATE HONESTLY
- Track 6: MEASURE THE TRUTH
- Track 7. BUILD PEACE AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD
More than any other Presidential candidate of any party, I know how to look under the hood of our federal agencies to see what works, what does not work and what changes to make. For example, the current mission of the U.S. Department of Justice is organized around three words: “control, enforcement and punishment.” That mission will never solve mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipelines and tensions between communities and law enforcement. We must change that mission, re-set agency priorities, insert new requirements in budgeting systems and reverse policies that deny the connections between poverty, lousy schools, unemployment, low wages and entanglement in criminal justice systems.
The same work must be done in every federal agency; they are all out of touch with the dreams of We the People. I do not need on-the-job training. I can start all that on Day 1. And with my experience designing and facilitating Citizen Summits and Conversations with America, we will have true citizen input to the shape of our government and community control over what federal programs get funded.
I looked at the platform of many independent parties and I chose to seek the Peace and Freedom Party nomination, in many ways a natural fit. My first book is closest to my heart: Peacemaking. I went on to design a 1,000-person citywide summit on violence. I worked for eight years in
juvenile justice and probation reform. My platform flows perfectly from who I am – visionary and government mechanic.
The challenge for political candidates in 21st century America is creating a more perfect union – bringing diverse points of view together and forging one America that combines our differences to create a strength we can barely imagine today. We must Transform America by Transforming Government and leave our children a safer and healthier nation and