Racial Justice, Equity, and Civil Rights
Every person must be treated with dignity and have equal rights under the law. No person in a free and fair society should make less money, be denied government services, pay more for healthcare, lose a job or housing opportunities, or face discrimination in the community or workplace because of their gender, race, creed, national origin, disability, whom they love, or anything else that defines them.
In recent months, Central Virginians have taken to the streets to demand changes to a system that does not always uphold the promise of equal justice, and as a Member of Congress, I am working to ensure that justice is realized and to honor the voices of advocates with my legislative actions. I am committed to applying a lease of equity to my legislative efforts, particularly in the areas of healthcare, education, housing, criminal justice, and banking policies; areas where disparities and structures exist that disadvantage some Americans on the basis of race.
I support efforts to combat bias and increase accountability within law enforcement, and I’m committed to advancing policies that eliminate long-standing biases, ban chokeholds, improve training, increase accountability for those committing acts of hate, limit the continued militarization of local police departments, and rebuild strained community relationships. We cannot continue to live in a society where unarmed Black men and women feel threatened, or worse die at the hands of those sworn to protect them or those who take action with impunity.
I will work to protect marriage equality and LGBTQ rights, and I’ve been proud to help introduce and pass the Equality Act. I also support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. I support the rights of individuals with disabilities and will work to preserve the protections afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I support protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare and federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers that ensure essential healthcare to women and men.
We must pursue criminal justice reform, but we must do more than talk about this problem. We need wide-ranging criminal justice reform to ensure that our justice system is fairly sentencing offenders regardless of race or economic status, and that we’re addressing issues related to addiction in our jails and prisons. I also support bolstering reentry efforts, which reduce recidivism and ensure that those who have paid their debt to society have the knowledge and resources necessary to become employed and engaged community members.
- Cosponsored the Justice in Policing Act in the U.S. House to address issues of systemic racism in law enforcement
- Helped introduce and pass the Equality Act to protect our LGBTQ neighbors from discrimination
- Helped introduce and pass a resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
- Joined the Black Maternal Health Caucus to reduce inequalities in Black maternal mortality rates in Virginia
- Cosponsored and voted to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect the rights of all Americans at the ballot box
- Healthcare & Prescription Drug Costs
- Gun Violence Prevention
- Protecting Social Security & Medicare
- Jobs And Economy
- Immigration & Border Security
- Good Governance
- National Security
- Racial Justice, Equity, & Civil Rights
- Campaign Finance Reform
- Environment & Conservation
- Broadband Internet Access
- Covid-19 (Healthcare)
- Veterans & Military Families