Foreign Policy

We should not be in the business of destabilizing countries. While we may see ourselves as liberators, the world increasingly views us as occupiers and aggressors. I believe that we must break the cycle of unending wars.

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Disability Rights

How we respond to the issues facing people with disabilities and their families shapes the fabric of our society.

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Ricans live under harsh austerity measures imposed on them by a Congress in which they have no representation. This is unacceptable in a democratic society.

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Affordable Housing

Housing is a human right. In the richest country in the history of the world, we can end the injustices that leave many Americans without a roof over their heads.

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Women’s Rights

We are not going back to the days when women did not have the right to control their own bodies and economic futures.

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AIDS/HIV

It is unconscionable that in the US many people with HIV and AIDS can’t afford the medicine they need.

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LGBTQIA+ Equality

Today there are many places where it is legal to deny someone housing for being gay or trans. That is unacceptable and must change.

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Indigenous People’s Rights

Most federal programs for tribal nations are underfunded, which has led to inadequate housing, healthcare, education, and law enforcement. We have to immediately change that.

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Caring for Our Veterans

Reports of unacceptable wait times at many VA medical facilities mean that not all veterans have access to timely health care. We have an obligation to take care of the women and men who were sent to fight our wars overseas.

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Prescription Drug Prices

In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, Americans should not have to live in fear that they will go bankrupt or die because they cannot afford to take the medication they need.

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Racial Justice

Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Jessica Hernandez, Tamir Rice, Jonathan Ferrell, Oscar Grant, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Samuel DuBose, Anastacio Hernandez-Rojas, and Botham Shem Jean. We know their names.

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Medicare for All

Medicare for All is, morally and financially, the right thing to do. In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, we can afford to provide our people with healthcare.

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Climate Change

The debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet. If we do nothing, the planet will heat up five to ten degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century.

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Social Security

Before Social Security was signed into law, nearly half of senior citizens lived in poverty. Today, the elderly poverty rate is 10 percent. We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go before we have ended senior poverty.

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Unions

Unions give workers bargaining power to get a fair share of the economy’s gains, and improve wages and working conditions for everyone. We need to make it easier for workers to form unions.

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Corruption

Our democracy has been reduced to an auction of our politicians because of legally protected bribery. This must change if we are to make progress on any issue important to everyday Americans.

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Federal Jobs Guarantee

Today, one in five American adults and children live in or near poverty, and less than half of homeless people are able to find employment. A Federal Jobs Program would provide everyone provide anyone a job in the public sector, a plan similar to the Works Progress Administration.

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Fighting Gun Violence

  • Ban bump stocks and eliminate hellfire switches from all federal firearms permits.
  • Required and affordable safety training and continued education for all licensed firearm owners.
  • Empowering judicial removal of firearms possession rights from convicted domestic violence offenders. (Due to a strong correlation between past domestic violence and mass shootings)
  • Mandatory background checks including at gun shows.
  • Full federal funding to modernize and optimize existing background check systems, and make them compatible across all 50 states.
  • Getting corporate money out of politics, including that of the NRA.
  • Banning high capacity magazines.
  • Demilitarize our police forces at all levels.
  • Require de-escalation training for all law enforcement professionals.

Fighting for our Students

If we want the best workforce in the world, we need to stop punishing students with huge debts for going to college.

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A Living Wage

The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living wage. No one working 40 hours a week should live in poverty.

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Income Inequality

Income inequality in the US is now at the level of the gilded age. My platform attacks the economic injustices which fuel it.

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Immigration

  • Abolish ICE and establish a Department of Citizenship, Refugees, and Immigration Services under the department of labor.
  • Protect DACA and offer a path to citizenship for all immigrants.
  • Provide whistleblower visas for immigrants to report labor violations.
  • Dismantle inhumane deportation and private detention centers.
  • Protect sanctuary cities.

Workers’ Rights

Injured workers have experienced in the last several years a massive effort to limit workers compensation benefits. This has directly harmed hardworking people and their families. We must pass a Workers’ Bill of Rights that includes the following rights for injured workers.

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