Fighting for Racial Justice and Meaningful Police Reform

The systemic racism ingrained in this country and our police forces is something that we need to be honest about and confront head on. As a country, we’re facing hard truths about bias, bigotry, racism, police violence, and economic justice. I believe strongly that Black Lives Matter and that institutional racism is real and deadly. As a candidate for Congress, I have a responsibility to amplify the millions who have protested, demonstrated, and stood in solidarity with Black people who have been targeted by law enforcement with stunning frequency. They are crying out for change. They are commanding us to do better. 

We’re obligated to move forward with a collective commitment to reject the status quo and embrace societal change and racial justice. The problems in our police departments in particular are so significant and so widespread that there can’t only be one solution; instead, we need a broad set of reforms. That’s why I’m committed to:

  • A deep and thoughtful examination of how we spend money on our police forces while increasing funding for mental health, rehabilitation, and education services

  • Demilitarizing the police

  • Ending qualified immunity for law enforcement

  • A full federal ban on chokeholds 

  • Creating civilian review boards to investigate police misconduct

I also recognize that fighting for racial justice goes beyond reforming our police departments –– institutional racism is built into a whole range of institutions. 

Whether it’s confronting the legacy of discriminatory redlining practices that results in segregation and scarce affordable housing; or repairing the deep racial inequalities in school district funding; or fighting for equal voting rights since Shelby County V. Holder gutted the Voting Rights Act; or closing the racial wealth gap and providing Black entrepreneurs with access to capital, we have so much work to do to reverse 400 years of racial oppression. I’m committed to being a champion for these vital causes in Congress.