The United States was founded on a motto; “E Pluribus Unum” which translates to “out of many, one.”
E Pluribus Unum, an aspirational concept that our founders incongruously, tragically chose to exercise conditionally. Now, some 240 years later, we still work to give this motto the full weight of truth. We are stronger when our differences meld into one America. My record of service reflects these values.
Many in our country still face discrimination for their gender identity, whom they love, how they worship, the color of their skin or their perceived disability. When an individual identifies as member of multiple minority groups their marginalization is multiplied.
School to prison pipeline: Studies definitively prove that minority students (PoC, PwD, LGBTQ) are more likely to face discipline even for minor offenses thus disrupting their educational experience. These perceived behavior issues should be addressed by social supports from robust IEPs, nutrition programs, counseling and after-school and summer activities instead of intervention by police officers in school or in-school restraints and zero-tolerance policies.
Police interaction: Good policing is a tool that, when used properly, serves communities. When law enforcement is misused – by profiling individuals, by over-policing or under-policing communities; the trust is broken and communities suffer. We must ensure that law enforcement reflects the communities they serve, employ good community policing models and that they have the training and tools to be effective with the least amount of force needed. Citizens must have an active voice in creating both the policies and accountability – for the community and the policing agencies.
Worker rights: Workers should expect a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. We need to address wage disparities for women, migrants, people of color and people with disabilities. A full-time job should mean that a worker doesn’t live in poverty. Workers should have safe and stable working conditions and not fear job loss because of how they worship, whom they love, disability, age or efforts to organize.
Family integrity: Migrants, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities still face the threat of having their families torn apart. Strong and stable families are the bedrock of our communities and must not be threatened by wrongheaded ideologies. We must put families first by ensuring that policies impacting migrant rights, disability rights, LGBTQ rights do not sever families.
Migrant Rights: We must recognize that we are a nation of immigrants and all people within the US are entitled to justice and humane treatment. We must work to create a fair and expeditious path to citizenship without regard to what nation one comes from or how one worships.