'Government Of, By, and For the People'
I believe that too much power has been relinquished to wealthy individuals and special interests, leaving our government corrupted and our nation increasingly divided. Minority voices have been disenfranchised and gender equality has yet to be reality. Until we can detach corruption from government, it will be very difficult to rein in economic inequality, lessen partisan division, or provide economic, environmental, and social justice in our communities.
I believe that we need to end partisan gerrymandering, strengthen voting rights and equality measures, and limit the influence of big money and special interests on our legislators.
Of, By, and For the People
- Repeal Citizens United
- Election and campaign finance reform
- Increase voting rights and access
- Court-appointed districting
- Make Election Day a national holiday
- Open primaries
- Presidential election decided by popular vote instead of Electoral College
Minority communities have been systematically disenfranchised of voting rights, economic opportunities, and have been forced to suffer consequences including reduced health care outcomes.
To create a more level playing field, we must increase economic opportunities, ensure minimum wage is a living wage, work to enact Medicare For All, and work for public education from universal Pre-K to college, and end the systemic racism our government enables.
We must work to end partisan gerrymandering which has systematically disenfranchised minorities of voting rights and reduced the power of their voices in government.
Women's and Gender Equality
Women are half of the U.S. workforce, have more college degrees than men, yet make less on the dollar in wages. Women of color make even less.
Women represent 40 percent of head of households with 30 percent of those households in our district falling below the poverty line.
Every #MeToo is one too many “Too’s”.
We must protect the civil liberties of all individuals and end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Supporting legislation:
- H.R. 2282 – Equality Act
- Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation.
Equality of Sexual Orientation
I am not a gun owner, but I know many people in our district own and use firearms.
- I believe legislators must be accountable to their constituents, and that special interest groups and their money have no place in our government.
- I believe we need funding for scientific study of gun-inflicted injuries and deaths so we have the data to understand exactly how and where people are dying so we can figure out why.
- I support a bump stock ban.
- I believe people who are guilty of domestic abuse should not have access to firearms.
- I believe we need a system of universal background checks that actually functions, with no loopholes.
- And I believe these measures must happen at the federal level to be truly effective.
All of these things are part of a solution to preventable, unnecessary deaths, but without bringing legal, responsible gun owners to the table, we cannot effect change or craft policy that actually works on the ground. Legislation in and of itself will not be enough. We need to illuminate common ground and foster respectful communication and conversation — we all have a stake in this issue and all need to be a part of a resolution.