The best thing we can do to grow our middle class is to support unions and workers’ rights. We must invest in rebuilding our infrastructure, climate change solutions, and creating an equitable education system. These investments will provide more opportunities and create good paying jobs.
The dismantling of white supremacy is a continuing process. The fight for equality necessitates changing the systems that are designed to oppress people of color. My top policy priorities focus on social justice. These include: defunding the police and reimagining our public safety system, expanding voter rights, and making calls for incarcerated people free.
The state should play a much larger role in funding because of the inherent regressive nature of property taxes. Magnet schools attract specific types of students and should receive some funding if public, but charter schools are an attack on our public school system and should receive no public funding. The state also needs to play a larger role in providing means for recruitment of teachers of color.
We must overhaul our unjust tax system to ensure tax equity throughout the state. We live in one of the wealthiest states in the country, yet we don’t support our education system, take care of our infrastructure, or keep costs of living under control. I support a progressive tax structure that ensures the wealthy pay their fair share.
Everyone deserves the right to make decisions about their families, their future, their health, and their bodies. I am fully committed to protecting and advancing reproductive freedoms. COVID-19 has highlighted the existing health inequalities that Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color face. We must ensure that women of color have equitable access to reproductive care and organizations like Planned Parenthood receive an increase in funding.
Gun violence is an epidemic in America and I support strong common sense gun safety laws. Recently, we had the success of banning ghost guns. In addition to gun control laws, I support violence prevention and intervention efforts which is why I serve on the CT Violence Intervention Program.
Rather than forcing citizens to vote on a workday, we could implement an opt-out mail-in voting system. You would have weeks ahead of time to mail in your ballot, but if you want to vote at a ballot box you could also choose to do so. We would need less polling locations, there would be fewer lines, and it would cost less to have elections. I also support allowing incarcerated people to vote to ensure they stay connected to society, introducing rank-choice voting, and automatic voter registration.