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Assembly District 41

DEMOCRATS FOR JUSTICE

Altadena    Claremont    La Verne   Monrovia      Pasadena    Rancho Cucamonga

San Antonio Heights    San Dimas    Sierra Madre    South Pasadena   Upland

We will fight for

  • Immediate COVID-19 Relief

  • Big Money Out of Politics

  • Medicare For All

  • Green New Deal

  • Housing As A Human Right

  • Criminal Justice Reform 

  • Public Safety For All

  • Fully-funding Public Education

  • Racial Justice & Equity

  • Justice for Workers

  • Humane Immigration Reform

  • LGBTQIA+ Equality

  • Women's Rights

  • Ending Gun Violence

Immediate COVID-19 Relief

Millions of people are losing jobs. Thousands of small businesses are closing permanently. Ordinary people are struggling to put food on the table and to pay for rent. We must provide for the basic needs of all people in the United States in order to swiftly defeat and recover from COVID-19. We need a comprehensive nationwide plan to: address the economic and health crisis that will keep workers on payroll; guarantee paid medical and sick leave; hazard pay for essential and frontline workers; monthly direct payments for every person (universal basic income); cancel all student loan payments; and, place a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs.

 

Big Money Out of Politics

We must: enact mandatory public finance laws for elections; overturn Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United; enact limits on contributions; require transparency in spending and how campaign ads are funded; move towards public funding of elections; create a holiday to encourage voter turnout for elections; stop the gerrymandered redistricting that disenfranchises communities of color and lower income voters; end racist voter suppressions laws; implement ranked choice voting; and, replace the electoral college with the popular vote.

 

Medicare For All

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Medicare for All would save us money by cutting excessive administrative and pharmaceutical costs—no networks, no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays, and no surprise bills. H.R. 1384

 

Green New Deal

To solve the climate crisis, we need to: transform our energy system to 100 percent renewable energy while creating millions of jobs; ensure a just transition for fossil fuel industry workers to green energy industries (guaranteed priority placement for new jobs with equivalent pay, early retirement options, and worker retraining programs); invest in conservation and public lands to heal our soils, forests, prairie lands, rivers, oceans, and water supplies; ban fracking; provide solar panels for low income households; halt carbon emissions to reach carbon neutrality by 2030; and, guarantee fundamental human rights such as clean water, quality healthcare, and economic security throughout the climate response.

 

Housing As A Human Right

It is imperative that we: build more affordable housing for low-income renters; implement a national rent control standard; enact a “just-cause” requirement for evictions; ensure the right to counsel in housing disputes; combat gentrification, exclusionary zoning, segregation, and speculation; and, make a massive investment in public housing to end homelessness. H.R. 5185 Green New Deal for Public Housing Act 

 

Criminal Justice Reform

To reform our criminal justice system we need to: ban for-profit prisons and detention centers; legalize marijuana; decriminalize truancy and replace police officers in schools with counselors; invest in evidenced-based school safety such as restorative justice programs; achieve the recommended student-to-counselor ratio of 250:1; end cash bail; ban facial recognition software; and, ensure that all persons in need are eligible for the social safety net, regardless of prior involvement with the criminal justice system. This social safety net includes access to any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, and unemployment benefit. We also must: end the death penalty; end life sentences without possibility of parole; end mandatory minimum sentences; decriminalize activities that are byproducts of poverty and homelessness; end solitary confinement; expand access to Pell Grants; and, pay incarcerated people at least the Federal minimum wage for labor. H.R. 5070 

Public Safety For All

After the rightful public outcry in response to the police killing of George Floyd, we must now take the march from the streets and into the chambers of city council and other legislative bodies to end the racist policies and culture in law enforcement. It is essential that we: ensure police budgets are commensurate with budgets for education, healthcare, housing, and supportive services in order to make our communities safe; end qualified immunity for police and make police misconduct records public; ensure law enforcement accountability and robust oversight; and, limit the transfer of surplus military-grade equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country. 

 

Fully-funded Public Education

We demand: universal pre-K; living wages for early education workers; a moratorium on approving new charter schools; fully-funded K-12 public schools; and end to the school-to-prison pipeline; increased federal funding for special education; guaranteed tuition-free public colleges (H.R. 3472 College for All Act); cancellation of all student loan debt; caps to student loan interest rates; elimination of the mental health provider gap in schools; living wages for educators and support staff; full funding for classroom equipment and supplies; cancellation of student breakfast and lunch debt; free and nutritious school meals; and, the provision of universal broadband.

Racial Justice & Equity

A rational chance at achieving racial justice and equity requires that we: correct the racial disparities of wealth and income; invest in jobs and education not jails; restore the Voting Rights Act; increase the minimum wage to a living wage; eliminate private prisons and detention centers; dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline; expand social safety net programs; guarantee affordable healthcare and nutrition programs, so that we enable working families of color to get ahead; build a more racially diverse educator and school leadership pipeline; end the racial disparities in our health care system; end redlining practices and other forms of housing discrimination; make public colleges, universities and trade schools, tuition-free (including for the 76% of HBCU students who attend public colleges); increase public funding for all HBCUs; end the discriminatory practices in our financial services; and, allow every post office to offer basic and affordable banking services, reparations for descendants of African slaves.

 

Justice for Workers

We will fight to: raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage which is above $15; deny government contracts to companies that pay poverty wages, outsource jobs overseas, engage in union busting, deny good benefits, and pay CEOs outrageous compensation packages; eliminate “Right to Work for Less” laws; and, guarantee the right to unionize for workers historically excluded from labor protections, such as farm workers and domestic workers. H.R.2474 - Protecting the Right to Organize Act

 

Humane Immigration Reform

Our nation’s immigration system is critically overdue for an overhaul. In pursuit of that, we will work to: ensure a quick and humane pathway to citizenship; end family separation; end the assault of transgender immigrants in detention centers; reinstate and expand the DACA program; redistribute ICE and CBP functions to their proper authorities; dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers; reunite families who have been separated; protect and strengthen immigrant labor rights; support foreign trade deals that meet adequate labor standards; and, oppose trade deals like NAFTA which undermined workers rights in the US and abroad.

 

LGBTQIA+ Equality

It is essential that we: prohibit discrimination based on sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; ensure transgender and genderqueer individuals receive the healthcare that they need; build LGBTQIA-affirming housing and shelter programs; repeal SESTA/FOSTA and implement real protections against sexual violence against the LGBTQIA+ community; and, end the criminalization of LGBTQIA+ identities, particularly the criminalization of queer and transgender black and brown women. H.R.2775 - Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act, H.R.5 - Equality Act, H.R.223 - Hate Crime Victim Assistance Act of 2019

 

Women’s Rights

We must: adopt Equal Pay for Equal Work through the Paycheck Fairness Act; guarantee health care through Medicare for All; repeal the Hyde Amendment and fully fund Planned Parenthood, Title IX, and other initiatives that protect women’s health, access to contraception, and the availability of a safe and legal abortion; oppose all efforts to undermine or overturn Roe v. Wade; and, fight to end sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence in workplaces, the military, and other institutions. Violence Against Women Act. H.R.2975, Women's Health Protection Act, H.R.7 - Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R.2694 - Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

End Gun Violence

To bring an end to gun violence, we demand: expanded background checks; an end to the gun show loophole; bans on the sale and distribution of assault weapons; prohibition of high-capacity ammunition magazines; that assault weapons be deemed illegal; laws to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers; and, the banning of the 3-D printing of firearms and bump stocks.

Responsible and Peace-making Foreign Policy

Allow Congress to reassert its Constitutional role in war-making, so that no president can wage unauthorized and unconstitutional interventions overseas, follow the American people, who do not want endless war, support Palestinian statehood, end U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, which has created the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.