Meet Winston Apple
Winston Apple has been described more than once as Missouri’s own Bernie Sanders. Winston is deeply committed to doing his part, within the grassroots movement that Bernie inspired, to help take control of our government away from corporate interests and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people. Winston focuses on issues that are supported across party lines by a broad cross section of the electorate. With Our Promise to America, he has formulated a plan to help elect a Congress that will enact the legislation needed to improve the quality of life for those who are struggling under economic hardship, provide a quality education for all students, enact a fair and simple tax system, and make our government more genuinely democratic.
Winston Apple is:
A teacher. He taught social studies classes (primarily civics and economics) in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. He has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and is the author of Edutopia: A Manifesto for the Reform of Public Education.
A political activist. He is an active member of Our Revolution and American Promise. He has been active in the Sierra Club and several other organizations concerned with the climate crisis. He is a certified Climate Reality Leader, having received training through the Climate Reality Project, with much of the training conducted by Al Gore.
A Democrat. He was elected to the Democratic National Committee in June of 2016 and the State Committee of the Missouri Democratic Party in November of 2016. He is not a party-first Democrat. He is an advocate of good government and puts people ahead of party. He supports reforms to our electoral system that would break the duopoly of the two major parties, give voters more candidates and parties from which to choose, and make our government more genuinely democratic. He is working from within the Democratic Party, to reform the party and make it the party of the people it claims to be (and that we need it to be).
A pragmatic idealist. He believes that our nation was founded upon noble ideals and that, if we live up to those ideals, we can live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity and secure the blessings of Liberty and Justice for ourselves, and for our children and grandchildren.
A singer-songwriter. He has released 16 albums and was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2015. kj ;ljsdfl;kj;slkdjf;lsjkdf ;lkjsd ;lfkj;slkdjf; lksjdfl;kjsd flkj l;skjdfl;kjsdf jl; lj lkjfl l;jfd l;kjs l;fjs dlf;kj sl;kdjf lksjf lkjs dlfkjslkfjlksj flksjf lksjf lskj flks
A candidate for Congress. He is seeking a seat in Congress because he believes we need a government of, by, and for the people, not a government of, by, and for the benefit of corporate interests, and he is working actively to get legislation passed to make our government more responsive to the will of the people.
Winston’s campaign is NOT politics-as-usual
The centerpiece of our campaign is “Our Promise to America”
A Full employment Act that guarantees a job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity.
Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act to create jobs by moving to clean renewable energy.
An Employee Free Choice Act for the freedom to form or join a union.
The Choice Act giving folks access to a health care public option. Health care should put people ahead of profits.
A Public Education Act that provides federal funding for locally-controlled public schools, including community colleges and universities.
The Paying a Fair Share Act, to make sure “the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations…pay their fair share of taxes” and “to offer tax relief to hard-working middle-class families for the cost squeeze they have faced for years from rising health care, childcare, education, and other expenses.”
The Government by the People Act, “to amplify the voices of the American people through a small donor matching public financing system” because “our vision for American democracy is a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process and can run for office without needing to depend on large contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.”
The Fair Representation Act that “will bring our democracy into the 21st century by…ending partisan and racial gerrymandering” and make our government more genuinely democratic.
A Corporations are not People Amendment that will “overturn the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and Buckley vs. Valeo” and make it clear that corporations are not people and are subject to regulation by the governments of the United States and of the states.
A constitutional amendment to replace the Electoral College with direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States using ranked-choice voting.