Hard on issues, soft on people.
Healthcare and treatment is a human right: Healthcare, including mental health and dental health, are human rights. The wellbeing and health all people and their lives must come far above profit. We must cut out the “middle man,” remove health insurance companies from our healthcare system, and implement a single payer system. Healthcare should be between the doctor and the patient. Helping, curing, and bettering patients and their lives, as well as educating, promoting, and maintaining health and wellness should be the priority.
Housing is a human right: Housing is a right of all people, not a privilege. All people have the right to hold public space. We must end gentrification and the criminalization of homelessness and poverty. I support efforts to organize renters and tentants so as to shift power away from landlords and developers. I believe in a move to fully socialized housing. Until that is actualized, we must fight for affordable housing.
Immigration, migration, and asylum are human rights: Abolish ICE, recognize and defend the rights of immigrant communities, and a path to citizenship must be made a reality because no human being is illegal.
Environmental justice and eco-socialism:
No more wars: War must be a last resort, not the first option. Our military’s focus should be on responding to humanitarian crisis’ in a caring manner. We must care for our veterans and prioritize their mental health. We need a peaceful, compassionate foreign policy and an end America's interventionist wars of regime change.
Guns: I want a world without guns. I hate guns. I fear a repeal of the second amendment would be used against low income people and communities of color because of our current system. What I do know is that we need common sense gun regulations that keep guns out of dangerous hands and aims to eliminate gun violence. Not one more. No student should live in fear at school and we cannot continue down a path of waking up to another mass shooting.
Palestinian rights and sovereignty: We must end the suffering of the Palestinian people including ending the blockade and halting settlement expansion in the West Bank.
Israel’s right to exist: Ensuring Israel is safe from both state and non-state actors.
BDS: Preserving our first amendment right to boycott and divest without retaliation from our government.
Black Lives Matter:
Supporter and ally to American Indian Movement:
Supporter and ally to Centro CSO:
Standing with the Muslim community:
Racial Justice: (systemic racism, equal representation, affirmative action, the erasure of history from school curriculums)
Rights of those with disabilities:
LGBTQ+ rights: Defend the right to love and live without fear, especially for those at the margins such as trans people of color.
Intersectional feminism and women’s rights: Protect reproductive health rights and fight for the security and safety of the most vulnerable women, like trans women and female service workers.
Tuition-free, debt-free public colleges and universities: No one should have to give up the opportunity to receive a higher education because they cannot afford it. The pursuit of a higher education is integral part of the pursuit of happiness and is a public good not a private commodity.
Standing with public school teachers and public education: I was educated in the public school system and public education should be prioritized. Our public school teachers should be paid more and class sizes should be smaller. I oppose the privatization of education through charter schools and vouchers. Quality education is right to all people, regardless of income, place of residence, or place of birth.
Animal rights: As an vegan, animal rights is something very important to me. I do not believe human beings are superior to animals in any capacity. I will actively fight oppression, including that of animals, and stand against all "-isms," including speciesism. All living, sentient beings are equal and deserve the right to life and compassion. Animals are not our food, our entertainment, or a product and should not be exploited for our benefit in any industry.
Campaign finance reform and money in politics:
Income and wealth inequality:
Reparations: I support reparations for the enslavement and dispossession of African-Americans and Indigenous People. Reparations should also be taken for discrimination, segregation, environmental racism, exploitation, the political, economic, and social impacts of colonialism, and for the destruction of cultural assets and sacred sites.
Special thank you to Ricardo Gutierrez, Mai Do, Ryan Skolnik, kat walker, Robert Leahey, Ankur Patel, Bernie Sanders, The movement for black lives and Democratic socialists of america who helped me put into words all that we are fighting for.
Current candidates, legislation, and ballot measures I endorse:
Kimberly Ellis for CADEM Chair
bernie sanders for president 2020
Loraine Lundquist for Los Angeles city council district 12
AB 479 - Plant-based Meal Option K-12 Schools
AB 486 - Pet Evacuation Bill
SB 64 - Pet Microchipping
AB 273 - Wildlife Protection
SB 313 - Circus Cruelty Prevention Act
AB 572 - California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act
AB 1260 - Exotic Skin Sale Ban
AB 733 - Humane Hazardous Waste Test
AB 889 - California Transparency in Research Act
SB 202 - Doggy Donor Bill
AB 733 - End the Use of Live Fish to Test Water Quality
SB 564 - End to Deepfake Porn
H.R.1384 - Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act of 2019
H.Res.109 - Green New Deal
NO ON AB 527
NO ON AB 700