Our recent national convention, held at the Eugene V Debs Hall in Buffalo, New York (September 24 – 26) was an exciting gathering of SDUSA leaders and activists from coast to coast. Among other things, we unanimously passed the following resolutions:
- RESOLUTION THAT SUPPORTS VETERANS’ RIGHTS
- RESOLUTION THAT SUPPORTS EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME TO THE POOREST AMERICANS
- RESOLUTION THAT SUPPORTS RAISING THE AVERAGE TAX RATE FOR THE WEALTHIEST IN THE UNITED STATES
- RESOLUTION THAT OPPOSES ALL EFFORTS TO END PUBLIC EDUCATION ON WHITE SUPREMACY, PATRIARCHY, AND CLASSISM IN THE UNITED STATES.
Authored by Michael Mottern
For decades, the legitimate needs of our veterans have been put on the back burner. With the latest withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan, their needs must be addressed.
Robust benefits for our veterans must be provided, such as mental health treatment, vision care, prescription drug benefits, dental care, shorter deployments (i.e., no back door draft), better facilities at VA hospitals and shorter wait times for veterans who are on fixed incomes, and more!
These are our demands!
Stop wasting our time and energy by simply promoting veterans’ rights in NFL sports games to “Salute the Troops…” at the request of the Pentagon, costing taxpayers millions of dollars!
Provide our veterans with dental care, vision care, and hearing aid care!
Provide our veterans with suicide prevention and crisis intervention services, mental health treatment, housing, and assistance for veterans’ families!
No back door drafts!
No cuts to the Veterans Affairs Administration!
Lobby the United States Congress to not privatize the VA or the Veterans Affairs Administration. They say cut back. We say fight back!
Handle the care and placement of veterans, interpreters, and beneficiaries in far-away outposts like Afghanistan by requiring a smoother transition when they arrive home, especially for those who are afflicted with PTSD and struggle to cope with everyday life!
Ensure civilian contractors do not get better treatment (i.e., more pay) than soldiers who have to stay in the field!
Take care of veterans and their families, not just their hospital needs but also their educational needs! Provide family members with thorough training in dealing with veterans who experience PTSD and other mental health issues.
If not, then a nation
that forgets its veterans will itself be forgotten!
EXPAND ELIGIBILITY FOR SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME
Authored by Zachary Kihm
WHEREAS, the poorest 60 percent of Americans earned less total income, altogether, than the total income earned by the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans in 2016. 
WHEREAS, income inequality has increased in the United States since the 1980s. 
WHEREAS, supplemental security income eligibility in the United States is limited to the blind, the disabled, and those 65 or older. 
WHEREAS, a robust welfare state in the United States is paramount for all Americans to thrive, especially the poorest Americans.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Social Democrats USA supports expanding supplemental security income eligibility to every American who earns less than the real U.S. median personal income.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Social Democrats USA supports a universal basic income for the poorest Americans.
- “Thus, the 1980s marked the beginning of a long and steady rise in income inequality.” https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2020/01/09/trends-in-income-and-wealth- inequality/
RAISE THE AVERAGE TAX RATE FOR THE WEALTHIEST IN THE UNITED STATES
Authored by Zachary Kihm
WHEREAS, the average tax rate for the top 0.1 percent income earners in the United States was 55 percent during President Eisenhower’s two terms, declining to roughly 30 percent in 2018. 
WHEREAS, the effective tax rate for the top 1 percent income earners in the United States was a range from 40 percent to 70 percent in 1950, declining to a range from 23 percent to 33 percent in 2018. 
WHEREAS, the top marginal tax rate for the wealthiest Americans declined from 94 percent in 1944 to 37 percent in 2020. 
WHEREAS, the poorest 90 percent of Americans had less total wealth, altogether, than the total wealth the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans had in 2021. 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Social Democrats USA supports an average (or effective) tax rate of at least 45 percent for the top 1 percent of income earners in the United States.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Social Democrats USA supports a wealth tax.
Saez, Emmanuel, and Gabriel Zucman. 2019. The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make them Pay. New York: W. W. Norton.
- https://www.brookings.edu/testimonies/funding-our-nations-priorities-reforming-the-tax- codes-advantageous-treatment-of-the-wealthy/
- https://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/dataviz/dfa/distribute/chart/#quarter:126;seri es:Net%20worth;demographic:networth;population:1,3,5,7;units:shares
OPPOSE ALL EFFORTS TO END PUBLIC EDUCATION ON WHITE SUPREMACY, PATRIARCHY, AND CLASSISM IN THE UNITED STATES
Authored by Zachary Kihm
WHEREAS, conservatives are fearful of public education on white supremacy, patriarchy, and classism in the United States.
WHEREAS, white supremacy, patriarchy, and classism in the United States is well- documented and is fundamentally part of U.S. history.
WHEREAS, open and free discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), critical race theory (CRT), feminist theory, and theory critical of capitalism are necessary for a fair and just United States.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Social Democrats USA opposes any effort to end public education on white supremacy, patriarchy, and classism in the United States.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Social Democrats USA supports public education that teaches Americans about the dominant and oppressive structure(s) in U.S. society.