Despite disputes from current elected officials, many families and children continue to experience extreme abuses within ICE detention centers. Improving our immigration policy will require a complete redesign of current policy, including investing money out of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), investment in immigration lawyers, community support, mental health support for asylum seekers, and immediate pathways to citizenship, including paperwork and support the moment they arrive.
As a result of the contamination of our water sources, the harmful pollution from manufacturing waste, and the impending climate catastrophe that is causing mass weather and ecological devastation, Americans face major health and environmental impacts that ruin quality of life.
This campaign will prioritize investing in clean and reusable energy and resources immediately. We will utilize initiatives in the Green New Deal, and introduce legislation to clean our water supplies of dangerous pollutants immediately. We will also hold corporations accountable by combating destructive projects like the Willow Project and Mountain Valley Pipelines.
It is time to remove corporations and big business from healthcare, once elected our team will fight for universal healthcare from the first day in office. By investing in education to combat the detrimental shortage of healthcare workers, supporting black and brown investors to increase minority-owned hospitals throughout the country, and introducing legislation in support of quality healthcare for all Americans. This will help rebuild trust among the vulnerable and marginalized communities that our current elected officials have ignored.
The privatization of the incarceration system in the United States is hurting communities while padding the pockets of corporations. We spend over $80.7 billion on public prison and jails and $3.8 billion on private prisons alone.
Millions of Americans are incarcerated in overcrowded, violent, and inhumane jails and prisons that do not provide treatment, education, or rehabilitation. There are no federal regulations for prisons, and in 2023 states like Idaho have been allowed to violate the eighth amendment and utilize death by firing squad as a method of execution. The silence of current elected officials on this issue can be equated to a statement of support.
To curb these abhorrent abuses and profiteering, this campaign will advocate for more youth programs to end the school to prison pipeline, fund programs to combat poverty, investment in education and mental health rehabilitation centers, reduce police presence and increase support for community leaders, and raise the salaries of public defenders so defendants have greater access to legal support. Modern prison slavery is another avenue of exploitation, and we will fight to amend the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
With these solutions and more we can combat this broken for-profit incarceration system that puts profit over the lives of our citizens.
The United States is facing a housing crisis; with more than sixteen million homes vacant and an increasing number of residents being saddled into rental properties, home ownership rates are on decline, and the rate of houseless individuals continues to climb.
This campaign supports a myriad of solutions including access to public banking, increasing the minimum wage, supporting local community investments, robust regulation of the housing market, the termination of luxury apartment contracts, and the expansion of public housing through repealing the Faircloth Amendment.
The current establishment supports police brutality, evidenced by all the money invested into police. Not everything is a police matter, mental health calls need to be answered by mental health professionals and communities can help self-patrol; this will also save police officers’ lives. We will invest in communities by creating mental health response teams with the American Psychological Association, the US Department of Health, community leaders, and social workers.
War on Drugs
The War on Drugs was created to police and harm marginalized and vulnerable communities. The United States spends at least $100 billion a year on drug control systems, and state and local drug-related criminal justice expenditures are estimated to amount to $25.7 billion. However, policing and criminalization still haven’t curbed the issues with addiction in struggling communities.
Combatting this crisis requires investments in communities, not policing and criminalization. Once elected, we will support legislation that redirects the billions in the war on drugs to community development, healthy living policies, mental health support, and family support programs. In conjunction with our healthcare platform, we will develop policies to remove the barriers that health insurance companies place on individuals seeking treatment, and develop programs to support job placements to recently incarcerated individuals.
Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation
Wildlife and animal welfare is an important discussion often overlooked by our elected officials in favor of policies perceived to be more politically beneficial. Domesticated animals enrich the lives of Americans in many ways, yet they are often exploited, abused, and slaughtered in cruel and inhumane ways. Although protections for both wildlife and domesticated animals have improved greatly over the course of our nation’s history, we firmly believe that more can be done to protect animals on a Congressional level. Over two-thirds of American households have pets, and millions of Americans visit national parks, rehabilitation centers, and zoological facilities to see and learn about important and often endangered wildlife every year. Factory farming, unethical animal breeding, wildlife trafficking, and many other inhumane practices are a stain on the country’s leadership, and its failure to protect one of our most vulnerable and voiceless populations must be stopped.
Through support for existing anti-animal cruelty and animal abuse legislation, passing animal safety legislation such as the Pet Safety and Protection Act and the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Farm Animals Act, and allocating funding for organizations and wildlife reserves dedicated to animal welfare and environmental protection, the US can better its protection of animals.