We must pursue the fight for women’s rights, LGBT rights, disability rights and racial justice until the promise of equality is fully realized in America.
In the first decades of the United States, only wealthy, white men were given the right to vote and participate in politics. Since, the founding of the nation, progressives have sought to make the promise of America reflect the diversity of America. We will continue the fight. Let's build bridges, not walls.
- Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers in the United States are women. The Fight for 15 is not just about economic justice, it is about women's rights.
- Support the Paycheck Fairness Act to end wage discrimination based on gender.
- Expand funding for Planned Parenthood, the Title X family planning program, and other initiatives that protect women’s health, access to contraception, and the availability of a safe and legal abortion.
- Expand the WIC program for pregnant mothers and infants.
- African-Americans and Latinos are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. They also comprise well over half of all prisoners, even though African-Americans and Latinos make up approximately one quarter of the total US population. We must change this by demilitarizing our police forces, ban for-profit prisons, turn back from the War on Drugs, eliminate mandatory minimums, and increase investment in programs that help individuals recover from substance abuse and mental health problems.
- Despite the central role immigrants play in our economy and in our daily lives, undocumented workers are reviled by some for political gain and shunted into the shadows. It is time for this disgraceful situation to end. We must pave the way for a swift legislative path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants and protect programs like DACA and DAPA. We must also support closing down private detention centers, offering humane treatment and asylum to victims of violence and minors fleeing from dangerous circumstances
- Oppose any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of others’ rights.
- Fight for the Equality Act, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and any other bill that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people.
- Advance policies to ensure students can attend school without fear of bullying, and work to reduce suicides.
- Support the work of the State Department’s Special Envoy for LGBT Rights and ensure the United States helps protect the rights of LGBT people around the world.