Audre Lorde once said “there is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.”
This idea lies at the core of my People First policy agenda. In order to make impactful change, we need to reform and reimagine entire systems, which requires a comprehensive approach.
We will propose thoughtful plans to solve serious problems and put forth policies that connect to form a single vision for the future of this country. Because no problem confronting Americans operates in a vacuum, we will fight for solutions that place these issues in context, and understand how they intersect with each each other.
We have on our hands a national crisis in public safety. On the day Julián announced his candidacy for President of the United States, he talked about health care and education, economic prosperity and immigration. And he also talked about the frightening rate at which unarmed black and brown folks have been killed by law enforcement officers all over America. This is Julián’s plan to fix this broken system.
It’s time for an immigration policy that puts people first. This moment demands that of us. And in order to meet the challenge, we must not only expand our political will, but also our moral imagination. We must remember what immigration means to our national identity, and who we want to be as a country.
Housing is a human right. But for too many Americans, affordable, safe, and healthy housing is out of reach—forcing them to pay 40, 50, or even 60 percent of their income in rent, and forcing others on the streets. We need a president who will match the urgency of this issue with concrete, bold plans.
Where a child grows up should never dictate where that child ends up. It’s a simple promise. This is why the lead crises we have witnessed in communities like Flint, Michigan have been particularly shocking to our national conscience. This plan aims to eliminate lead poisoning as a major public health threat.
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