Honoring Our Commitment to Veterans
The Following Are Just Some Of The Ways We Can Help Those Who Have Sacrificed So We Can Live Here Safely.
-We Will Fight To Eliminate The VA backlog
-Reverse Privatization Of Veteran Services
-Expand VA Caregivers Program
-Increase funding to Veterans Affairs Hospitals
-Increase treatment for Veterans with PTSD
-Fill 50,000 vacancies currently open in the Veterans Affairs department
-End the backlog for treatment at VA Hospitals
-Provide funding to modernize the VA’s infrastructure
-End the privatization of VA services
-Improve care for survivors of sexual trauma in the military
-Expand suicide prevention services
-Ensure Gay and Trans Service Members rights
-Expand services for women’s healthcare
-Improve disability benefits
-Support VA Staff by improving working conditions and allowing a formation of a VA Union
Our campaign is in full support of universal healthcare (Medicare For All). However, no matter what happens in regards to this legislation, we pledge our full support to increased veteran healthcare benefits. We believe that veterans must be taken into special consideration when drafting all future healthcare bills because we believe that anyone who is injured, whether physically or mentally, should be able to afford and receive proper medical treatment.
Fighting Homelessness, Not The Homeless
We start with the belief and understanding that every human has value and worth. We believe that in the richest country in the world, 57,000 veterans should not be sleeping on the streets. We also understand that housing affects all other issues and stability is impossible without a roof over one's head. Current policies that demean and attack any members of our community, regardless of their situation, are morally wrong and must be ended.
Right now it costs
Florida tax payers $30,000 a year per unhoused person to leave our veterans and community members on the street. We want to
lower that cost by 60% with a simple idea: provide cheap and affordable housing to those who need it.
Legalize, Vacate, Expunge
It is time that we end the failed War on Drugs. It is too expensive, too destructive, and too incompetent to continue. Legalization and decriminalization of marijuana will provide a major boost to the national, state, and local economies via sales taxes, improve regulation and controlled testing of products, and allow our legal system to focus on issues that create actual threats to our society.
If elected, I will fight to:
-Legalize medical and recreational marijuana
-Vacate and expunge all past marijuana-related arrests and convictions
-Ensure proper testing regulations on medical and recreational marijuana products
-Help create regulations to prevent legalized marijuana from turning into big tobacco
-Put a permanent moratorium on advertising
-Oversee the creation of antitrust watchdogs and enforce a total prohibition on tobacco companies entering the marijuana market
-Ensure marijuana businesses are structured and incentivized to invest in local areas and to provide jobs and community growth
-Use the revenue from legal marijuana to reinvest in the communities that have suffered the most from the War on Drugs
No More Mass Or Everyday Shootings
The threat of gun violence in America is all too real today, and it must be stopped. As a leader on the global stage, America should not be first amongst developed nations when it comes to gun deaths. About once every
15 minutes, an innocent child, a pedestrian, or a mother is shot. In 2017, three quarters of all murders in the United States involved a gun. In addition, gun suicides from 2006 to 2017
have increased by 41% .
Almost all of these deaths would have been preventable had we examined the roots of the problem and acted upon them immediately. In a majority of these cases, the individual with the gun was disturbed in some way or had a mental illness. Furthermore, the lax laws that exist in this country have allowed such irresponsible and dangerous people to obtain these weapons with ease. Minors under 18 have a harder time obtaining alcohol legally than getting their hands on a weapon from an illegal sale. That needs to stop. When elected, I will work tirelessly to ensure that no gun will ever be in the reach of an unstable and dangerous person.
To achieve a safer society, I will:
-Advocate for universal background checks and licensing procedures
This change has wide support from many Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the 90% of surveyed gun owners who do
Background checks that were already in place have stopped over 3 million people who were deemed unfit to own firearms from being a further danger to society since 1994
Let’s prevent more deaths and expand these checks to the whole country to prevent more irresponsible individuals from claiming innocent lives
-Prevent the upward trend of mass shootings
Advocate for red flag laws that allow a judge to temporarily restrict ownership of a firearm for a person deemed at risk by family or friends
Raise the age to buy any firearm, assault weapon or handgun, to 21 years of age
Expand mental health services in schools to counsel troubled students or staff and help them with their difficulties
This will greatly decrease the 6 in 10 gun suicides each year
-Work to end domestic gun violence deaths
Loopholes in legislation, in addition to finite background checks, results in unstable people, often males, easily getting access to firearms and using them against their partners
The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation increases risk of
homicide by 500%
I will introduce legislation to get rid of the Boyfriend Loophole that allows partners who are not married to obtain guns, even if they were previously convicted
Also, I will fight to get rid of the Charleston Loophole, which allows gun buyers to purchase their weapon without any obstacles if a background check is not completed within 3 business days
-Hold the gun industry accountable
Eliminate state gun preemption laws which curb the authority of local officials to
enact gun control legislation
Prohibit the NRA from lobbying city officials to pass contradictory laws that allow guns in areas where other weapons (such as knives) are not allowed
-Five years apart, Armslist is a source that catalogs the use of guns in high-profile domestic violence cases
-Association Between Connecticut's Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides
-Effects of the Repeal of Missouri’s Handgun Purchaser Licensing Law on Homicides
Reviewing and Renewing our Police Force
Not much has changed in the structure of policing over the roughly 200-year period of when policing in America came to be. Police were intended to prevent political unrest and workforce disruption. Policing started to monitor immigrants in the 1800s “who looked and acted differently from the people who had dominated cities before.”
What has changed is the expansion of police omnipresence into black and brown neighborhoods in a discriminatory manner. In order to
improve our society and to act in light of the massive injustice done to communities of color and the injustice done in regards to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and many more, The For The Many Campaign would like to announce a new policing policy which takes into account the failures of the past:
-Shift Funds From Policing To Community Programs
Police forces carry too much weight in the general community. Policing includes monitoring and managing a sprawling range of issues: drugs, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health issues, immigration issues, school safety, sex work and sex traffickers, youth violence, and political resistance.
Shifting these funds will give the ability to fund other local oversight organizations outside of the police force, minimizing the necessity for police presence in a majority of cases.
Get police out of schools and majority-black communities. Police killings have harmed the mental health of black communities, according to The New York Times. Policing-incidents in schools disproportionally target Black and Latinx students. With this fact, they no longer need to have a presence in the school system. Instead of police, a local, community-led organization needs to be present to protect students and faculty.
End federal programs providing military equipment to police forces.
-Take immediate legal action following police killings and violence
99% of police killings from 2013-2019 have gone without criminal charges pressed against the officer. When someone is killed, a full-scale investigation must take place from an outside, non-political group.
The immediate removal, criminal charge and arrest must take place for any officer’s killing of an unarmed person of color, or any unarmed individual.
-Organize community-led policing structures
As stated, our current policing system gives too much power to the police force. We must divide the work up among other community-led organizations. The money taken from defunding police will go towards organizations meant to address the homeless population and lack of substantial health care system.
Investing in life-affirming services and other community-led services.
Provide state and federal funding for the establishment of civilian-led oversight agencies.
-Establish stricter use of force revisions
Establish clear standards for Use of Force. Force must only be used when there is a clear and undeniable necessity for it. When force is used, the victim and the police officer involved must have their names released within 24 hours of the incident occurring. This will provide more transparency to situations that result in the death of an individual.
Make body cams for law enforcement a mandatory requirement nationally.
Body Cam footage from the police officer must be reviewed immediately by an unbiased organization.
Officers must carry non-deadly weapons.
Outside groups must closely monitor police actions to proactively hold officers accountable for the actions they take.
-Require a comprehensive de-escalation training and inclusivity training
Require and fund police officer training on implicit bias (to include biases based on race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion, ethnicity and class), cultural competency, de-escalation, crisis intervention, adolescent development, and how to interact with people with mental and physical disabilities. Training will be done in a meaningful way meant to be enforceable through independent oversight committees.
There are currently 34 states that do not require de-escalation training. We must require and fund de-escalation training in all 50 states, and require de-escalation tactics to be used before any other tactics are used.
Only 6 States currently have some form of inclusivity/diversity training. We believe making a mandatory comprehensive inclusivity training that includes education on sexuality, gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc., is key to having a law enforcement force that knows how to properly use its power.
-End Qualified Immunity
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Dignity and Justice for All
As a campaign, we stand for dignity and justice for all. This means that if elected, I will:
Fight for LGBTQ+ visibility and rights on all fronts
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Ensure that disabled individuals are protected and taken care of
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Fight for Gender Equality
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Vote by Mail
Transparent election practices are a cornerstone of our democracy. As we face unprecedented times, America must use this opportunity to
improve our voter practices and that starts with how we address absentee ballots and vote by mail options. Below, you will find a list of policy points aimed at making voting accessible to all Americans.
-Set Federal Standards for Federal elections
Create standardized guidelines regarding voting machines, voter registration, and absentee voting options for all states
This will protect citizens from voter purging, gerrymandering and registration issues that plague our voters
-Implement incentives for states that meet all federal election mandates
Allow the state to receive federal funding to offset the economic strain of a new election system
Added incentives for states that see a rise in voter turnout
-Fight to get absentee ballots distributed to all registered voters in every state
Do away with the need for necessary reasons in states where that is still required
-Create a bipartisan team tasked with maintaining the integrity and efficiency of the mailed-in ballots
This team should be outside of the sphere of political activity and truly bipartisan to protect from any possible bias