Immigration and Civil Rights Platform

Throughout my life I have worn many different labels that marginalized me: Teen mom; Jewish; queer; poor. And yet, despite these othering categorizations, I recognize that I have had advantages as a white, now-college educated person in Massachusetts. Far too many people still face discrimination, hatred, and alienation every day. While the forces of hate seek to control and divide us, we must stand together and defend our civil rights, protect vulnerable communities, and deepen our commitment to inclusion and diversity.

We must embrace and respect our differences in race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, income, and country of origin, and Massachusetts should be a national leader in promoting such inclusionary practices and policies.

I support the Safe Communities Act, which will protect the civil rights, safety and well-being of all residents by drawing a clear line between immigration enforcement and public safety.

I support providing in-state tuition rates to undocumented students who meet other state residency requirements. We should be encouraging these young people to learn and grow, and we should hope that they will choose to stay in Massachusetts and bring their talents and experiences to our communities.

I oppose establishing a “Muslim registry” or assisting the federal government in creating one. The fact that this even needs saying is an alarming indicator of hate reaching crisis levels in our country.

I support providing funding for training to support community policing, diversity training, and other programs that help build trust between local law enforcement and the diverse communities they serve.

I support the transgender public accommodations law that the far right is seeking to appeal. This law finally gave the transgender community more protections in our public spaces, including hospitals, movie theaters, and restaurants.

I support a ban on so-called “conversion therapy,” a hateful and abusive practice that pushes shame and self-doubt on young LGBTQ people in an ignorant attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Any licensed medical or mental health professional who performs conversion therapy should face the loss of their license to practice.

I support the creation of an independent commission to examine fatal police-involved shootings. We need to say clearly and loudly that Black Lives Matter!

I support a right to privacy, including the Electronic Privacy Act, which would require law enforcement to have a warrant in order to access electronic records and information like a personal cell phone or Internet use. Due process must be extended into the 21st century.

I support a woman’s right to choose. I have been a reproductive rights advocate since I was a teenager, and I will continue this work for the rest of my life. I support legislation that would repeal existing anti-choice laws here in Massachusetts. The Supreme Court could undo Roe v. Wade at any moment, and if they do our state’s abortion ban could come back into effect decades after it was ruled unconstitutional. We must remove this dangerous language now.

I support a full repeal of the state’s mandatory minimums. Mandatory minimums make our criminal justice system more racist, more expensive, and less effective by restricting the discretion of judges in complex and ethically ambiguous cases. Mandatory minimums don’t deter crime - they just make it more difficult and costly to deal with. I support repealing mandatory minimum sentences because I believe judges should be able to consider all the facts of a case before making a judgement.

I support same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration because we should be making it easier for more people to vote and participate in our democracy.

I support law enforcement transparency with aggregate information on arrest records, traffic stops, and other activities to ensure our system is working properly and that certain groups are not unfairly targeted by our criminal justice system.

I support raising the age of criminal majority, restricting solitary confinement practices, and ensuring that incarcerated people retain their rights even after they’re sentenced. Our criminal justice system should be focused on justice rather than punishment alone, and aim to provide people with an opportunity to improve themselves so that when they are released they have the means to support themselves and contribute to their community.

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