Dennis Kucinich, pro-peace Democrat, is running for President in the United States 2008 elections. In addition to peace, he supports civil liberties, the environment, worker's rights, and a more simplified tax code that does not provide excessive benefits to the wealthy. Here's a brief overview, based on his Congressional web page.
Defence and foreign policy
Kucinich's biggest issue is opposing the war on Iraq. He argues that the war results in numerous troop and civilian casualties, decreases United States security by strengthening their enemies, and drains the United States economy. Kucinich has repeatedly argued for bringing the troops home, including introducing H.J. Res. 55, which would have required President Bush to initiate withdrawal of the troops no later than October 2006.
In House Resolution 333, Kucinich proposed impeaching Vice President Cheney for falsifying claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, falsifying information on the relationship between the al Qaeda and Iraq, and leading the United States into an unconstitutional war against Iraq.
In defence, while Kucinich opposes overspending on expensive weapons and a lack of financial accountability that causes trillions of dollars to go missing, he supports the troops, noting the lack of money spent on essential equipment, healthcare, wages, and other key areas. Kucinich supported a nuclear arms reduction treaty and a ban on space weapons. Kucinich also wishes to ban cluster bombs, which leave behind mines that kill many civilians even 10 years after the wars in which they were used.
Kucinich actively sought a peaceful solution to the Balkans crisis in 1999, even joining and 11-member congressional delegation to Vienna, Austria. He continued to monitor the situation and seek a reduction in violence even after the war ended.
In his opinions on foreign policy, Kucinich is a supporter of human rights and worker's rights, an opposer of torture, slavery and terrorism, a supporter of peaceful solutions, and a supporter of the environment.
As noted above, Kucinich is a supporter of human rights. He has opposed slavery in Brazil and tried to strengthen the Torture Victim's Relief Act of 1998.
Dennis Kucinich is concerned about the loss of civil liberties that came with the passing of the Patriot Act, and was one of the few to oppose it. He authored the Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act, which would repeal the most dangerous parts of the Patriot Act.
Kucinich opposes the death penalty. He supports the right of homosexual marriage. He supports legalising medical marijuana for terminally ill cancer and AIDS patients. He has supported consumer's rights by opposing businesses lying to customers about the nature of their products. Kucinich opposes both racial and gender discrimination, and actively practices non-discrimination in his own office.
Kucinich is a supporter of worker's right's. He supports unemployment insurance, which he seeks to make more available. Kucinich has helped save hundreds of jobs. Kucinich has opposed workers being required to give up their civil liberties as a condition of employment. Kucinich seeks to protect Social Security and keep it non-profit. Kucinich seeks to help the homeless, and reduce homelessness by supporting affordable housing programs.
On immigration, Kucinich believes the United States should be more welcoming to refugees, and supports the civil liberties of legal immigrants, believing that secret evidence should not be used against them. However, Kucinich also supports further measures to stop illegal immigration.
Dennis Kucinich is not pro-abortion, but he his pro-choice. Still, he hopes the social policies he supports will reduce the need for abortion.
Kucinich is an environmentalist. He has sought to protect clean water supplies such as the Great Lakes; ensure toxic pesticides are not overused, particularly when cleaner, safer, more effective alternatives are available; ensure nuclear reactors such as Davis Besse do not keep running even when they are leaking; ensure clean-up of dangerous toxic waste in places like Cleveland; and to reduce global warming and air-borne pollutants.
Kucinich seeks to protect the food supply. He tries to ensure proper labelling of genetically engineered food, which may be dangerous, in order to promote consumer choice. He also seeks to increase funding of the possible negative effects of genetically engineered food. He also seeks to ensure grain is properly inspected, so that foreign buyers will have confidence in the grain of United States farmers.
Kucinich hopes to promote the farming of mustardseed for biofuel, to reduce dependency on oil. He supports the Weatherization Assistance Program to help reduce the need for petroleum to heat homes. He seeks to keep the costs of oil and gasoline at reasonable prices for consumers, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Kucinich has sought to reduce the pain and suffering of animals in medical laboratories, zoos and commercial breeding facilities through letter-writing and increased enforcement of regulations. He has sought to prohibit the sale of products containing cat and dog fur. He has also sought to investigate the US navy practices resulting in the death of whales.
On December 15, grassroots Kucinich supporters are planning a money bomb to raise 10 million United States dollars in one day and prove that Kucinich is electable. They are hoping to collect donations from individuals, not corporate interests. Supporters are pledging $100 each.