ABOUT THE ISSUES

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE / ABOLISH ICE

The U.S. detention and deportation system is a genocidal multi-billion industry funded by our tax payer money. In 2019, Congress approved funding increases for the Department of Homeland Security  ($49.4 billion), Customs and Border Patrol ($15 billion), border wall construction ($1.4 billion), Immigration Customs Enforcement ($7.5 billion), to name just a few of the many multi million border enforcement and immigrant policing budget increases in the last fiscal year. 

 

We must remember that we have been struck with news of countless deaths under CBP and ICE custody in the last year. If U.S. tax payers are paying $145 a day for each adult person confined in immigrant detention and $775 a day for each child confined in tent cities in the Southwest- then why are people dying? 

 

People are dying inside immigrant concentration camps because they are not sites designed for humane treatment or survival. 

 

Our tax payer money is entrenched in a genocidal immigration system that denies due process to asylum seekers and enables human rights violations from the border through detention with total impunity- there are NO mechanisms for holding ICE, CBP, or DHS accountable for systemic medical negligence, sexual violence, prolonged detention, denial of parole, psychological and physical torture, solitary confinement, and denial of nutritious, edible food. 

 

Sixty percent of people held in immigrant detention are held in privately run facilities. Tax payer money funds multimillion contracts with corporations GEO and CoreCivic who are the top two profiteers of immigrant detention. 

 

As someone who has worked closely with people confined inside concentration camps and with asylum seekers in Tijuana, I will fiercely defend freedom of movement, the right to asylum, due process, and will not rest until we end immigrant detention once and for all. Our economy and our tax payer money must be disentangled from a a for profit system that terrorizes those fleeing persecution, political instability, and environmental injustice. One of my top priorities during my term in office will be to bring forth transitional justice through a Truth & Memory commission accounting for all the politicians, profiteers, and actors sustaining this genocidal system of organized crime.

 

NATIONAL JOBS GUARANTEE / LABOR RIGHTS

The Employment Act of 1946 failed because it was watered down by conservatives who didn’t want the “Full Employment Act” to be enacted- they didn’t want the government to do everything in its power to achieve full employment. The job of the U.S. government is to provide economic security for the people it serves. Unlike the current administration, I will work towards the just transition from an extractive, exploitative  economy that pollutes- to a regenerative, cooperative economy that upholds worker’s rights. There is no excuse for unemployment and underemployment when there is significant work to scale out the education, healthcare, renewable energy, conservation, reforestation, water security, public works, violence prevention sectors, and information technology sectors!

 

There is no economic security for Americans if their right to unionize and collectively bargain is not federally protected from employers who commit wage theft and other labor rights violations. The enactment of the Employment Free Choice Act would recognize these basic labor rights. 

 

It is unacceptable that the federal wage has not been raised in the past decade to match inflation and the rising cost of living. The federal minimum wage has stagnated at $7.25 and has increased the gap of income inequality because workers have lost purchasing power as other living expenses rise. For this reason, I support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 and will fight for indexing the minimum wage to inflation to match the rising cost of living. Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 is simply not enough when healthcare and housing are priced out of reach for minimum wage workers. 

 

IMMIGRATION JUSTICE / ABOLISH ICE

The U.S. detention and deportation system is a genocidal multi-billion industry funded by our tax payer money. In 2019, Congress approved funding increases for the Department of Homeland Security  ($49.4 billion), Customs and Border Patrol ($15 billion), border wall construction ($1.4 billion), Immigration Customs Enforcement ($7.5 billion), to name just a few of the many multi million border enforcement and immigrant policing budget increases in the last fiscal year. 

 

We must remember that we have been struck with news of countless deaths under CBP and ICE custody in the last year. If U.S. tax payers are paying $145 a day for each adult person confined in immigrant detention and $775 a day for each child confined in tent cities in the Southwest- then why are people dying? 

 

People are dying inside immigrant concentration camps because they are not sites designed for humane treatment or survival. 

 

Our tax payer money is entrenched in a genocidal immigration system that denies due process to asylum seekers and enables human rights violations from the border through detention with total impunity- there are NO mechanisms for holding ICE, CBP, or DHS accountable for systemic medical negligence, sexual violence, prolonged detention, denial of parole, psychological and physical torture, solitary confinement, and denial of nutritious, edible food. 

 

Sixty percent of people held in immigrant detention are held in privately run facilities. Tax payer money funds multimillion contracts with corporations GEO and CoreCivic who are the top two profiteers of immigrant detention. 

 

As someone who has worked closely with people confined inside concentration camps and with asylum seekers in Tijuana, I will fiercely defend freedom of movement, the right to asylum, due process, and will not rest until we end immigrant detention once and for all. Our economy and our tax payer money must be disentangled from a a for profit system that terrorizes those fleeing persecution, political instability, and environmental injustice. One of my top priorities during my term in office will be to bring forth transitional justice through a Truth & Memory commission accounting for all the politicians, profiteers, and actors sustaining this genocidal system of organized crime.

MEDICARE FOR ALL

Healthcare is a human right that nobody should be denied of. High medical bills are one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in the United States. Nobody should be abandoned to descend deeper into chronic illness because they can’t afford treatment- yet many are forced to make this deadly choice- delay treatment in order to make rent or put food on the table. The insurance and pharmaceutical industries have spent billions lobbying politicians to maintain a system that profits from our impoverished public health, exacerbated by a predatory economic system. A system that profits from our injuries and illnesses while we stress and struggle to figure out how we will pay for quality care to ensure our survival is not a system that aims to keep us alive. We need a healthcare system that invests in preventative healthcare and that guarantees quality care. A conservative reporter once expressed his xenophobic fear of taco trucks on every street corner. What if we had community health workers trained in Western, Easten, and indigenous knowledge systems on every street corner?

 

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