Haryaksha Gregor Knauer is running as a Green for State Representative in AZ. District: Legislative District 1 County: Yavapai, and a tiny northern bit of Maricopa State: Arizona Election Day: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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About Haryaksha Gregor Knauer
Registered Green Party since 1998.
Artist and wage-earner.
Multiday runner, member of Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.
Arizona Coordinator of biennial Peace Run. Have run with the
Peace Run team in 48 states, Mexico, Venezuela, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya.
Former bilingual boardworker, Maricopa County elections. (Hablo espanol. Tambien escucho. Quiero representar a mis hermanas y hermanos latinos igualmente como a todos los demas.)
Advocate of frugality, fairness, oneness, participatory democracy and
Inspired by Sri Chinmoy, Paolo Soleri, Thomas Jefferson, Cesar Chavez,
Martin Luther King, Jr., A. J. Muste, Emma Goldman, Edward Abbey, Walt
Whitman, John Muir, Cindy Sherman, Jane Fonda, Ai Wei Wei, Howard Zinn, Dave Dellinger, Yayoi Kusama, Sri Ramakrishna, Ralph Ellison, Bayard Rustin, Willa Cather, Gore Vidal, Judith Butler, Petra Kelly and my parents.
I used to work at Cosanti Originals, molding, casting and assembling bronze windbells, and doubling as groundskeeper. I am a little man, leading a simple life. I want to represent the little women and men, workers, the poor, people of conscience, all my sisters and brothers who believe that we can make Arizona a better place.
Member of War Resisters League (striving to eliminate the causes of war); Sierra Club; ACLU; Green Party Lavender Caucus; Oneness-Rainbow-Tribe (Sri Chinmoy Centres throughout Africa); Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona. Supporter of IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). Occasionally I help replenish the water stations with Humane Borders/Fronteras Compasivas down in southern AZ.
The legislature's bills should be formulated in the public interest, not for the benefit of the powerful and well-connected few. There was a time, in 1789, when the U.S. Constitution did guarantee protections for only the privileged white male landholders. Over time we as a nation have carried on the revolution and embraced the notion that freedom is for all. Sure, we accept personal constraints for the greater common good. Charles Krauthammer in a column wrote, "Since forever, infrastructure has been consensually understood to be a core function of government."
Here are some issues and concerns balancing the needs of individuals with the needs of the community. What is in the state's best interest?
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY; EDUCATION; HEALTHCARE; PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
+AHCCCS for all (universal health care for all, regardless of pre-existing conditions or income, circumventing the insurance companies and their mandates altogether. Might as well start with free vaccinations for all. KidsCare must be restored, without premium payments, and the waiting list brought down to naught.
+End routine forced infant circumcision. "It shouldn't hurt to be a child."
+Petition the U.S. Congress for realistic worker visa quotas; bury SB1070; expedite unequivocal 100% amnesty for undocumented immigrants. (Other names for amnesty are comprehensive, sensible, practical, humane immigration reform.)
+Reinstate full funding for state parks. Emphasis should be on our heritage. (No land swap for copper mining! Short-term profit for extractive corporations, domestic or foreign, should not trump preservation of our water table.)
+Provide the Hopi with the pipeline they need for safe water. Peabody has mined their aquifer to the degree that their springs and wells have too high a concentration of arsenic for drinking.
+Abolish the death penalty.
+Call on President Obama to pardon Leonard Peltier, Mumia abu Jamal, Bradley Manning, and all U.S. political prisoners. Close Guantánamo.
+Institute and defend full LGBT equality in the workplace and out.
+Bring sex-education in our public schools up to date, and guarantee secularism. Institute ethnic studies in our public high schools, and be sure to include anarchist studies in the U.S. history curriculum.
+End prisons-for-profit, and closely monitor and enforce contracts within the prisons, such as health and food and laundry services. Enhance oversight to make our prisons humane: rehabilitation means proper nutrition and exercise, skills-training, addiction-treatment and attention to all physical and mental health needs, freedom from violence. Re-entry programs are imperative to reduce recidivism, and for common-sense community reintegration.
+End mandatory sentencing.
+Restore voting rights to all inmates of Arizona prisons. In fact, the right to vote really should be amended to the U. S. constitution. Felony convictions have become a tool for confiscating voter franchisement.
+Legalize, regulate and tax adult drug use. Addictions are a public health issue, and we should not funnel the vulnerable into the prison-industrial complex. Provide intervention and adequate treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse, like tobacco.
+Tax the churches. (And please, enough with all the politicking from the pulpit.)
+Improve services and shelters for the homeless population. Housing has become a predatory industry. An "affordable" rule-of-thumb must be defined.
+Repeal what the legislature tends to dub a "jobs bill" (tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations.)
+Encourage workers to organize and create models for a greater share of profits from their labor: reduce the vast pay discrepancy between workers and business management.
+Create greater access to capital for start-ups. Banks must be responsive to community needs, not just to stockholders. Coordinate with the Small Business Administration to loosen conditions for borrowing. It's advisable to move your money out of the gargantuan global banks and into cooperative credit unions and small community banks.
+Reward entrepreneurialism. It's especially the new small businesses that create new jobs. Duplicative permitting and regulations surely can be streamlined.
+Affirm affirmative action.
+Provide job-training for displaced workers.
+Expedite worker cooperatives and collectives, perhaps with financial incentives. Workers must be at the business roundtable.
+Encourage creation of projects like Arcosanti (Paolo Soleri's arcology-in-progress at Cordes Junction. Arcosanti is an institution of international importance.)
+Generate real direct jobs in infrastructure, as in a latter-day Civilian Conservation Corps. (The Four Forests initiative is an example of job coordination. It is intended to improve the health of Rim forests and employ workers in thinning, as well as in corollaries like milling and inventive new uses for logged trees up to 16" diameter.)
+Expand bus, rail and other transit/commuter service statewide. Public transportation improves quality of life for all, stimulates commercial activity, helps build community and reduces pollution.
+Generously fund the arts in our communities, and restore music and art programs in our public schools.
+Consult with educators to improve our public schools. They themselves are direct generators of jobs, and they prepare our students for productive and rewarding lives. We must stop siphoning monies from district schools, stop channeling it to the parochial and internet and other private entities through the expansion of the voucher program. Lest we forget, education is not a business. "School choice" sounds to me, like "states rights," to be code for segregation.
+Protect our schoolchildren from bullying: enlist parents or grandparents to get involved, for instance as bus and hall monitors.
+Universities should be as nearly free as possible. This is mandated by the AZ constitution. Complicated financial aid formulas are a murky way around. It's way past time to make community colleges and the state universities entirely tuition-free.
+Make AZ a drone-free zone. Research into, and manufacturing of UAV's, unmanned aerial vehicles, should not find a foothold in our communities. (This Trojan Horse is an instance of direct job-creation that we must eschew. Advocates tout their nonmilitary applications, but drones are essentially surveillance instruments for subjugation and oppression. Vid: current use in Syria. Furthermore, they're easily hacked. Even the Republican platform has demanded warrants for drones over private property.)
+Work toward making AZ a nuclear-free zone. End subsidies.
+Cooperate with and encourage the AZ Corporation Commission in their Renewable Energy Standards drive toward alternative energy as substitutes for fossil fuels and nuclear. A Stanford University study concluded that the entire U.S. could be 100% off carbon energy by 2030. ("If you don't have a solar system, git one.") Because of the collusion among our power companies and the ACC over solar fees and net-metering, I advocate getting off the grid altogether. Pioneers can show us the way. Electric car aficionados enthuse about ever more efficient and compact batteries. Soon, if we want it, our houses can plug in and run off our cars' rechargeable batteries.
+Tax extractive industries mightily. Polluters must pay.
+Conserve, and use judiciously, the state's water. ("Peak water" offers perspective on drought and judicious use of available sources.)
+Protect the Big Chino aquifer and the San Pedro River from reckless development. Good news from the Forest Service is their recent denial of road easement for a massive permanent development in Tusayan. The threat to the Grand Canyon's springs and seeps figured into the huge public outcry.
+Establish the Grand Canyon Region Heritage National Monument! In part, this will help prevent more uranium mining near the rim.
+Bolster standards for cleaning up our air, water and soil.
+Preserve open space from wanton development.
+Block the I-11, proposed to plow through the desert from Wickenburg south, and over to Casa Grande. Why should Las Vegas sprawl across our state? The Canada-Mexico commerce corridor should be rail anyway, not highway at all, and should follow existing routes. Commercial trucking should be banned from the Interstate highways. (One train potentially can take 300 trucks off the road.) Block the 202 freeway extension, and halt all new highway construction through virgin desert, and any and all mining and logging access roads in the National Forests.
+A long-term, inevitable, project for us to start planning is to shut down Sky Harbor. Maybe it could be repurposed as a commercial rail hub. But commercial aviation should be far from an urban center: planes are exceedingly dirty, they're noisy, and they present a real danger. Regional airports can alleviate some of the burden, but these also should be removed from population zones.
+Plant native trees all along pedestrian circulation routes for shade in all our cities to encourage walking and cycling. Reduce pavement!
+Establish a statewide energy-efficiency building code.
+Label all GMO foods produced and sold in the state.
+In deference to all the sovereign tribes that consider the San Francisco Peaks sacred, block Snowbowl from spraying the slopes with effluent piped up from Flagstaff. (I do not understand the Hopi acquiescence with a request for earth-filtering.)
+Disband the AZ Commerce Authority. (To eliminate our state's structural deficit we cannot give away millions of dollars in tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Besides, our state constitution forbids deal-closing-type gifts.)
+To maintain funding at levels necessary to uphold minimum standards for running the state, taxes will have to be raised. Besides raising gasoline tax (and other "sin" taxes), we must charge a whopping surcharge on the sale of cars. The wealthy should pay higher taxes on capital gains and all other unearned income. Corporations will have to pay a greater share too, especially polluters and war-profiteers.
+No more sweeping funds that are designated for schools, infrastructure, state parks, health and other services.
+Because of the legislature's track record of raiding voter-approved revenue sources, I recommend voting against Prop 123. The courts have decided that the state must pay the inflation increases, and there must be creative ways to meet that obligation without dipping extravagantly into a funding source that is already designed to go to education.
+In campaign finance, we should disallow contributions from corporations and PAC's, and limit those from individuals. Radio and tv spots should be provided free to candidates. (This is not yet a condition of FCC licensing, so we must regulate at the state level.) The state senate has voted to allow contributions over permissible levels to be re-attributed to other donors! God willing, the Governor will veto their shenanigans.
+Bolster historic designations and preservation.
+I abhor mendacity,...and leaf blowers.
The initiative farcically called "Open Government" is about narrowing the field of candidates in the general election to only the "top 2" winners from an open primary. This would effectively guarantee elections for the incumbents, the moneyed, and the candidates with the name recognition. In other words, it's an anti-democratic ploy to make the competition go away. Instead, we should be lowering the bar for alternative political parties to acquire permanent ballot status. And to encourage Independent candidates, their required number of nominating signatures should be reduced for getting onto the general election ballot. Ranked-Choice-Voting, also called Instant-Runoff, would go a long way in advancing civility, because candidates would not want to alienate voters who might list them as their 2nd choice.
Why Vote For Haryaksha Gregor Knauer:
QUALITY OF LIFE; COMMON SENSE; FAIRNESS
Greens are perennially discounted on "viability." Dare to rebel! Vote your conscience. It's a free country. Disenchantment with the legacy parties (Dems and Repubs) is no reason to stay home from the polls. The Green Party is not beholden to entrenched interests. We are the real alternative to imperial over-reach. Above all, we exalt peace, justice and love.
Ai Wei Wei, Chinese activist, Tweeter, artist, said, "If you don't act, the danger is stronger."
Bayard Rustin: "The time is so late, the danger is so great, that I call upon all the forces which believe in Peace to take a lesson from the labour movement, the women's movement, and the civil rights movement, and stop staying indoors. Go into these streets until we get peace!"
Special thanks to the Citizens Clean Elections Commission for the scheduled candidate debates and the Candidate Statement Pamphlet, and to all the outfits that publish voter guides. An informed and engaged electorate is the foundation of representative democracy. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights." In the 2016 election cycle we are seeing the manifestation of just such a phenomenon.
Please challenge me with burning questions on issues that I haven't touched on here. I'm running to represent all of LD1, not just the working poor, tree-huggers and social justice activists. Lucian Freud, the British figurative painter, said that it was his job to work the frisky horses so that others could ride them later: unruly, unpopular, unusual ideas that first come out tentatively may be fully embraced in time.
PO Box 26022, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312
"I pledge allegiance to Turtle Island
And to the creatures who thereon dwell,
One ecosystem, in diversity, under the sun,
With joyful interpenetration by all."
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How do we get money out of elections?
Arizona's Citizens Clean Elections Commission is a valiant pioneering effort to clean the Augean Stables, but it's high time we went farther than that. Republicans decry "taxpayer-funding." Unfortunately, Clean Elections funding comes in part from fees assessed against those who have gone afoul of the law, and are charged a surcharge on already draconian court fees.
In a small way, I'm setting a standard with my "No-Gifts" campaign. No donations, no "Clean Elections" money, just my own out-of-pocket expenses, what the Secretary of State's elections office calls a $500 Threshold campaign.
In the grassroots, direct action tradition, I certainly encourage any supporters of my campaign and the Green Party to volunteer their own signs and banners and any "social media" promotion.
Goddess willing, in time we shall abolish corporate personhood and establish that money is not speech: "There's something rotten in Denmark."
Knauer, Haryaksha Gregor for LD1
PO Box 26022
Prescott Valley, AZ 85312
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