Working to create a fourth congressional district where no one is left behind but everyone feels they belong and have the opportunity to thrive and reach their fullest potential as a contributing member of a strong economy. A community where we value the contributions of every member protect and promote the rights of all no matter their age, gender or sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, age or socioeconomic status.
The issues that I believe are important to many residents in North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District and that I want to go to Washington to promote and defend are:
- Advocate for a renewed commitment to a jobs-reform bill that is responsive to changing demographic trends; ensures every person, no matter what their educational background, has an opportunity to work in a job that pays fair and livable wages and offers pathways to competitive skills development and growth-opportunities including incentives to support the reskilling of senior workers and career shifts; and close the unemployment gap between African American youth and other youth of color and their white peers.
- Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose by defending Roe v. Wade and protecting funding for critical women’s health services and programs including Planned Parenthood and other community-based reproductive health services.
- Champion increased protections for women and girls including increased and more punitive sanctions against perpetrators of violence against and the trafficking of women and girls.
- Advocate for Fair and Equal Pay for All Workers. Fight for an increase in the national minimum wage to $15 and fight for wage parity that will eliminate the gender-wage gap.
- Lay to rest the debate about health care and do what it right for all Americans by advancing a Medicare for All based health care coverage system. This system will be publically funded, but privately delivered, leading to more freedom in choosing healthcare providers, and more opportunity to negotiate prices and control costs.
- Lead the call-to-action to champion, along with others including Senator Kamala Harris, a reasonable, just and fair-minded overhaul of our nation’s antiquated criminal justice system that all too often criminalizes the sick (mentally ill and substance addicted) and discriminates against the poor and persons of color.
- Reform our nation’s public education system including a renewed commitment to the humanities, arts and sciences in addition to STEM; advocating for more funding of our community colleges and technical schools; fight against predatory for-profit un-accredited online colleges and universities; fund alternative pathways to careers including vocational careers; and reinstitute head start programs.
- Fight for equal protection under the law for all—including LGBT and immigrant populations.
- Fight for more funding for mental health and substance abuse services
- Stand strongly and firmly against any and all actions to gut the Voting Rights Act and eliminate obstacles blocking access to the ballot.
- Work with industry leaders to develop mechanisms that will assist states and local municipalities in increasing affordable housing opportunities for families and disabled individuals.
- Champion banning the use of criminal records of nonviolent offenses and credit scores to influence hiring decisions and buttress unjust and discriminatory labor and housing practices.
- Work to protect the environment and advance science-based environmental justice polices.
- Promote solutions to end all wars and reform and prioritize funding of the Defense Department including providing better health care and housing to veterans and their families.