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Fair and Just Policing
Across the country, municipalities and states are spending more money on policing than education
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Medicare for All
Healthcare is a right that is essential to the uplift of this entire country.
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Over the past year, we’ve had hard conversations about the real meaning of “public safety.” Since the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others whose names we may never know, we have been force to reckon with the role of police in our our society.
Across the country, municipalities and states are spending more money on policing than education, which leads to the overcriminalization of some more than others.
We know that additional law enforcement does not inherently reduce crimes or criminal behavior. While we honor the intention of law enforcement to “protect and serve,” through laws and policies we have created an unfair system of policing.
Stats: The federal prison population has increased by almost 790 percent since 1980.In the United States, a black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person is, despite approximately equal rates of use. At least 3,278 people were serving life sentences without parole for drug, property, and other nonviolent crimes in 2012.
Currently: The state of Florida currently incarcerates over 100,000 people, more than the population of the city of Clearwater.Florida has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. While the state’s incarceration rate has decreased since 2014, it still remains well above the national average. The number of people confined in prison and the fast growth rate of people sent to prison will have a significant social and economic impact on the state. There are places across this country seeking to reform public safety and police accountability by investing more in services and restoration and less in punishment and criminalization.We need accountability that creates real safety in our communities. We need to alleviate the root causes of crimes and invest in more services.
Floridians spend more on healthcare than many other states. Healthcare is a right that is essential to the uplift of this entire country.
The pandemic has heightened our understanding that healthcare coverage cannot be tied to employment. Because when 30 million people living in this country are close to losing their jobs in a worldwide pandemic, they’re also dangerously close to losing their access to quality healthcare.
Under Medicare for All, Americans are far more likely to engage in preventative healthcare measures, like annual physicals, or to see the doctor before an illness gets worse. This eases the costs on individuals, families, and our economy as a whole.
We already know that we don’t all receive the same quality healthcare. Black and brown communities have lackluster access to healthcare and don’t have the means to pay for routine care, much less medical emergencies. We see this even more in conversations about maternal mortality. Black women, regardless of how much money they make, are more likely to die during childbirth than white women.
I support Congresswoman Underwood’s Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to “save moms’ lives, end racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes, and achieve maternal health justice for Black women and all women and birthing people of color.”
We don’t need to tell working people that the economy favors the rich. Our minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, when the average rental cost for a 2-bedroom in Florida was a little over $800.
What we need extends beyond a federal minimum wage. A $15 minimum wage is now the bottom of the barrel for most parts of this country. We need a living wage and benefits that would allow an individual or family to afford housing (with less than 30% of their income), healthcare, child care, food… all the basic necessities and a little something extra.
Increasing the living wage, increases the amount of money we can spend at small businesses, which increases the quality of life for all of us.We need to put more money directly into people’s pockets and into our small businesses. We need to end the gender-race wealth gap to ensure women of color have the same buying power as everyone else.
The decision to have a baby (or not have a baby) is deeply personal and should be between a person, their doctor, and their faith. The government should not be instituting more barriers to people doing what’s best for their bodies.
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LGBTQ+ people deserve to live, love, and thrive without fear of discrimination or violence in employment, housing, or public places. LGBTQ+ people deserve to build the intimate relationships and families they so choose without unfair government intervention. Our public schools should not be contributing to the ongoing discrimination or bias against LGBTQ+ children. Over the past year, we have seen an uptick in attacks on trans children. We have a responsibility to Let Kids Play in safe and healthy environments, free of discrimination or bias.
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