Justice for all means just that — justice for all, regardless of your skin color, gender, age or economic circumstance.
While we all need to work hard to succeed, it’s often assumed that no one gets the short end of the stick. In reality, there are many people who work hard and still do not get ahead due to institutional or flat-out racism and sexism.
This is especially prevalent in large institutions like the education system or criminal justice system where minorities are disproportionately negatively affected by inherent biases in the system.
African-Americans graduate high school at a rate 69%, and Latinos graduate at a rate of 73%, well-below the national average of 80%. This is unacceptable. I would like to see Proposition 209 amended here in California, and believe we need more progressive affirmative action policy.
For too long the mass incarceration policies of the United States have targeted minorities by putting them in an endless cycle of incarceration without rehabilitation. We must also reform our criminal justice system to focus on education and job placement rather than releasing inmates back into the same environment they came from.
I also support removing cannabis from the list of schedule 1 class substances and appropriately regulating it. This will lead to less minor drug offenses which disproportionately affect minorities.
All Americans have the right to start their lives on an even playing field — but there is a long way to go to get there and in Washington I won’t let up until we do.