I’m a feminist. My wife works hard and balances career with being a mom and wife. She’s a leader in her profession, church, and home. My daughter has unlimited potential. My stomach churns when I think that her potential could be limited simply because of her gender. Women’s rights = HUMAN rights.
I’m for immigration reform. We’re not drug dealers and rapists. I have a doctorate degree, a master’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and even an associate’s degree. I give back to my community: withy my money and my time, serving on my church board as well as boards of other community organizations. All this is possible because my parents came to this country and worked hard to set the groundwork for my sisters and I to be successful. Guess what, if you’re in the U.S. then you’re probably descendants of immigrants too.
I’m for prison reform. You have to ask yourself, what’s the purpose of a prison? Is it a deterrent, a penalty, a place for reform, a chance to retrain before going back into society, or is it to maximize profits? For-profit prisons have an incentive to keep people incarcerated. A prison lobby can influence legislation for longer prison sentences under the guise of being “tough on crime.” Sentencing that disproportionately impacts black and/or Latino households need to be reviewed. People might disagree on what the purpose of prison should be but most will agree that the purpose shouldn’t be to maximize shareholder value.
I’m for representation of the citizens of the United States of America in our government. Our democracy, our republic, should not be unduly influenced by corporations and the ultra-rich. We the people should be the primary influence of our representatives and senators and we need to return to a model where they act in the best interest of citizens.