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Civil Rights and Social Justice

I support equal rights for all human beings.

  • No one in America should be discriminated against based on their race, sex, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • America continues to suffer from racial inequity exacerbated by economic and socially constructed divides.
    • African-American students are more harshly punished than their white peers: they are 3X more likely to be suspended out-of-school than white students 1, which feeds into the school-to-prison pipeline.2
    • Stop-and-frisk policies disproportionately target Black and Hispanic men 3, which has led to unequal incarceration. For example, Black Americans comprise 40% of prisoners despite being only 13% of the population.4
    • People of Color earn an average of 25% less than their White peers.5
  • The civil rights of the LGBQT community have been under attack for decades, and legislation to officially limit their rights has dramatically risen in recent years.6
    • Marriage equality reduced suicide attempts of LGBTQ teens by 7%.7
  • I will vote against any law that attempts to legalize discrimination.

Student Debt

I support eliminating student debt and creating a free college infrastructure in the future.

  • American student debt is 1.3 trillion dollars 1, and is a huge burden for people straight out of college trying to create a new life.
  • 11.0% of student loan were 90+ days delinquent or in default at the end of 2016.2 As a nation, we put young people in debt that would normally be reserved for buying a house.
  • Elimination of this debt could drastically improve our economy, especially local economies, by strengthening the future middle class.
  • As your Congressman, I will work to provide necessary debt relief to students, and ultimately towards restructuring higher education to allow for tuition-free options for students in the future.

The New Green Deal

I support the development of renewable energy industries.

  • Unlike fossil fuels, these renewable energy industries aren’t going away. The sun will not stop shining, the wind will not stop blowing, and the water will keep flowing. These industries will provide a sustainable economy and provide jobs far into our country’s future. Not only would this improve our environment 1 2, but boost our economy as well.3
    • More jobs. More job security – The industries of wind, solar, enzyme, and wave turbine would create millions of manufacturing, engineering, sales, technical support, and service repair jobs. Unlike fossil fuel jobs that often disappear when the fossil fuel is depleted, renewable energy jobs provide good-paying work with job security.4
    • Lower cost to consumers – the economy is stimulated when consumers have more to spend.
    • Energy Independence – Save billions of dollars of government spending on importing fossil fuels.
  • As your Representative, I will vote in support of programs and initiatives that seek to develop, improve and implement Green Energy alternatives, which will in turn create stable jobs, revitalize the economy and protect our environment.

Criminal Justice Reforms

I support reinvesting in less costly rehabilitation and treatments for drug abuse and mental illness. The for-profit prison system values profit over people, and this must stop.

  • The US imprisons 4X more people than any other country in the world 1…even though violent crime rates have been decreasing for 20 years.2 Why is that?
  • Prisons were estimated to cost taxpayers $39 billion in fiscal year 2010; this equates to $31,286 / inmate / year.3
  • Many private prisons have negotiated “lockup quotas”, which requires law enforcement to arrest enough people or WE pay the difference.4
    • This guarantees prisons profit from our hard-earned tax money no matter what.
  • In 2015, 13.8% of all arrests were drug-related, non-violent offenses. We have over half a million people in prison for marijuana possession.5
  • An estimated 15-20% of inmates in jails and state prisons have a serious mental illness, or ~356,000 inmates.6 This is 10 times more than the ~35,000 individuals with serious mental illness remaining in state hospitals.
  • As your Congressman, I will support legislation to increase funding and invest in rehabilitation and treatment programs for prisoners, and am in favor of substance abuse treatment, in lieu of prison, for first time, nonviolent offenders. I also pledge to work hard towards ultimately reducing our reliance on the for-profit private prison syste

Universal Healthcare

I support the establishment of a universal healthcare system.

  • Americans should have access to quality medical care regardless of income.
    • In 2014, a report from the Commonwealth Fund ranked US healthcare worst in the developed world. In this report, the US “ranked last overall among 11 industrialized countries on measures of health system quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and healthy lives.” Significantly, the US was found to have vastly higher costs while also displaying the lowest performance.1
  • Universal healthcare isn’t simply economically sound, it’s a right.
  • As your Representative, I will vote against legislation that would cut funding or limit access to rural, community, or women’s centers. I will fight to reduce out-of-pocket expenses and prescription costs, and seek to abolish annual and lifetime caps on coverage. I will fight to ensure coverage cannot be denied or cost more due to pre-existing conditions.