We all know that there are laws on the books that create systemic barriers to the full participation of black and brown Americans and Vermonters in community life and in government institutions. We see these systemic barriers in accessing health care, housing, land, education, economic opportunity, government participation and much more. Not only do we have the ability to remove these barriers, but we have the obligation to do so.
As a trained human rights lawyer, I care deeply about achieving equality and promoting the advancement of our BIPOC community — both here in Vermont and across the nation. In Congress, I will focus on improving equity and justice in the economic, social and government systems we all rely on.
As Vermont’s Congresswoman, I will work to deliver equality and justice to BIPOC Vermonters by:
- Supporting the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act which will restore and strengthen portions of the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965.
- Passing The Lift Act to provide heavily subsidized mortgages for first-time, first-generation homebuyers
- Nominating diverse judges, providing better police incident data, and looking to implement more alternative procedures such as court diversion, and lowering federal minimum sentencing.
- Supporting Senator Cory Booker’s “Baby Bonds” proposal, which will create a federally-funded savings account for every child at birth, weighted by family income, to close the racial wealth gap.
- Expanding Medicaid — particularly in Red states — to address racial inequities in health care.