Social Justice Reform

The struggle for racial justice in the United States is far from over. In 2020, both the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Black community much harder than anyone else. In addition, the ongoing systemic racism of the United States justice system continues to take the lives of Black Americans while denying their right to due process.

Let me be perfectly clear: no innocent American life should be taken by the police. All lives deserve to be protected by the fundamental rights granted in the United States Constitution. This is why we must fight to end the systemic racism which plagues our police force. This is why we say Black Lives Matter.

As a United States Senator, I will take racial justice into account for every single issue. More importantly, I will listen to leaders from the Black community when writing and voting on legislation. Here is what I have learned from them:

    1. We must divest from the police and invest in the community. For decades, lawmakers from both parties have been diverting substantial amounts of money from public schools, public health, and other community programs. At the same time, police budgets have been skyrocketing. Taxpayers should not be paying billions of dollars every year for the government to incarcerate and murder their neighbors. I will fight for legislation that encourages state and local governments to decrease their police budgets and invest more in the community.
    2. We must legalize cannabis and expunge the records of all nonviolent drug offenders. The failed War on Drugs was built around a racist criminal justice system. As a result, our Black communities, poor communities, and communities of color have been devastated by the criminalization of cannabis. As a United States Senator, I will make it a priority to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. I will also fight to ensure that any cannabis legislation includes provisions to invest and uplift in the very communities that prohibition has destroyed.
    3. We must abolish private prisons and end the school-to-prison pipeline. The privately-owned prison system in the United States exists to make profits by incarcerating people of color. This system must be replaced with a justice system that keeps people from entering prison in the first place. We can achieve this by investing in Medicare for All, affordable housing, and better-paying jobs so that nobody has to resort to crime to make a living.