Defending Basic Rights and Dignity for All
Equity is the lens through which I view every policy. Whether we are talking about health care, education, the environment, access to the workforce, criminal justice or basic civil rights, my first question is always: is this the system I would want for my child? We can not have education justice, healthcare justice, social justice or economic justice if we do not address systemic inequities that exist. Throughout my first term in Congress, I have addressed issues of inequity throughout our communities:
- Combating Voter Suppression: I voted for H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Enhancement Act, which would ensure that access to the polls are not inhibited by state laws or local practices meant to target minority or low-income Americans.
- Confronting Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Communities: I introduced legislation to address the disparate impact COVID-19 has had on African-Americans.
- Supporting Women and Minority-Owned Businesses: I advocated for assurances that minority and women-owned businesses would have access to the Paycheck Protection Program to get them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Addressing Police Violence: I cosponsored the Justice in Policing Act, which includes developing national training standards, requiring greater accountability and transparency for use of force, making lynching a federal crime and leveraging police departments access to federal funds on the elimination of harmful practices like chokeholds and no-knock warrants
- Ensuring Equitable Access to Quality Education: As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I questioned Secretary DeVos on the desegregation of public schools, supported legislation to diversify the teacher workforce, championed increased training in trauma-informed practices, and advocated for expansion of TRIO and GEAR UP programs that support children from marginalized or low income families transition to college.