Social Justice

End Systemic Racism

For too long our country has used our laws to hold back some while giving others advantage and privilege. It's time to level the playing field and ensure everyone has a chance to succeed. In order to make this happen, we must:

  • Acknowledge and fix the policies and laws that systematically oppress black, brown, and poor people
  • Require training for all government workers on unconscious biases
  • End policies and laws that lead to the criminal overcharging of black and brown people

LGBTQ+ Protections

  • Protections for transgender members of the military and ensure they can still serve
  • Establish protections against discrimination nationwide

Disability Rights

  • Make Social Security (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSDI) a living wage
  • Update the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
  • Pay Family Caregivers
  • Increase caregiver hours to promote patient independence
  • Pass laws preventing Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities from taking patient belonging when they pass away. 
  • Pass a Pain Patient Bill of Rights to ensure proper pain management

Women's Rights

  • Pass the Equal Rights Act to ensure wages for equal work across gender and race
  • Protect Abortion Rights by making Row v. Wade Law
  • End culture of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Open statute of limitations for childhood physical and sexual abuse 

Religious Freedom

Freedom of Religion and Separation of Church and State are fundamental concepts in our constitution. Freedom of Religion means every person has the ability to find their own truth but it does not give them the authority to force their beliefs on anyone else or to discriminate based on their beliefs. No one has the right to force their standards and morality on another. We all must live by the Law of the Land, and the highest law in this land, our constitution, includes a definite separation between church and state.

Healthcare

Medicare For All / Universal Healthcare

Healthcare is a fundamental human right and no person should be denied treatment, care, or medication because it's cost-prohibitive. We need universal coverage. If  that coverage is going to be Medicare For All then we must ensure that it covers:

  • Every condition
  • Every medication
  • Every medically necessary treatment
  • Every person

This system will not only cost less than the current system, but will eliminate out of pocket costs associated with premiums, deductibles, and co-pays allowing every person to not only have insurance, but be able to use it.  But Medicare as it currently stands is underfunded and not good enough. If it is going to be expanded to every person, then it must first be fixed.

Pain Patient Bill of Rights

As a result of the Opiate Epidemic, insurers have stopped covering lifesaving opiates for patients with debilitating chronic pain and doctors have stopped prescribing them. The policy of withholding opiates for pain management under the supervision of doctors for the sake of attempting to halt addiction is not only ineffective by forces those with debilitating pain to the bottle, the streets, or suicide as means of pain management. Less than 3% of chronic pain patients become addicted to their opiate medications. We must stand by UN's Human Right's Council resolution, which states "untreated pain is tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". As a result, Amanda proposes a Pain Patient Bill of Rights be adopted immediately and included in an future healthcare reform bill. Included in the Pain Patient Bill of Rights is the patient's right:

  • To receive proper treatment and pain management for their chronic illness or injury
  • Receive treatment without the fear of criminalized or stigmatized
  • To not have our history of physical or sexual abuse used to deny a patient opiates for pain management
  • To appeal any denial of pain management or care

Medical Marijuana

Patients of all ages have the right to any medication that improves their condition or quality of life including medical marijuana. They should be able to use this medication without the fear of being denied care, stigmatized, or criminalized. It should also be covered by insurance when it's being used as a medication substitute. Currently, patients are paying out of pocket hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a month for their Cannabis medication. That cost should be covered by our insurance carriers. 

Medical Debt Forgiveness

No one should go into debt for medical care. The effects this amount of unpaid debt can have on someone's life and credit can be disabling in and of itself. It can be used to deny housing and employment while trapping individuals in a cycle of fear, harassment, and poverty. Medical treatment is a necessity and should not result in financial burden that can affect every aspect of a person's life. Medical debt should be forgiven.

Protections for Nurses, EMT's, Paramedics

Our healthcare professionals are some of our most trusted members of our community and deserve respect in their jobs. Just like every other worker, they should be entitled to mandatory meal breaks and rest periods,  as well as overtime and holiday pay. These professionals are tasked with caring for us and saving our lives. Right now medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of death in America, our healthcare professionals should receive the same rest periods as any other profession. They should also be properly compensated for the time they spend away from their own families caring for ours by ensuring they receive overtime and holiday pay.

Criminal Justice Reform

Inmates Bill of Rights

We need to change our prison system from one based on incarceration and punishment to one based around rehabilitation. We cannot simply cage people and treat them like animal while still expecting them to act any different when they get out of jail. The United States has more people incarcerated than any other country. Each of these individuals deserves respect and basic rights,  including the right to:

  • Earn a fair wage for their work
  • Proper Healthcare
  • The ability to give birth without being shackled and bond with their newborn
  • Nutritious food
  • Normal prices in the commissary
  • Protection from physical and/or sexual abuse

End the War on Drugs

It's time to stop throwing poor minorities in jail for drug offenses. We need to decriminalize all drugs and stop treating addiction as a criminal offense.


The War on Drugs has prevented the study of medical uses of many substances. It's time we studied the medical uses of Cannabis and psilocybins. To do that we need to legalize Cannabis, and at very least, de-schedule psilocybins. Psilocybins have show promising in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. With 20+ vets per day committing suicide, 

Improve Officer Training, Accountability, and Trust

  • Mandatory training for unconscious bias and interacting with individuals with mental and physical disabilities
  • Start an Officer Review Board for every time an officer un-holsters and/or fires their weapon
  • Implement Community Policing Practices ensuring all officers look like and are part of the community they are policing
  • Require all on-duty officers to wear a body camera and all police vehicles to have dash cameras that cannot be turned off or muted

Prohibit Private Prisons and Private Detention Facilities

These private facilities make money by denying care, services, and quality food. The more bodies they have in their facilities for the cheapest cost possible increases their company's profits. Prisons and detention facilities should be focused on rehabilitation and care, not profits. We need to put an end to facilities like this and start putting people above profits.

Ban the Use and Distribution of Military Grade Weapons and Equipment to Police Depart

Our police should be tasked with the protection of everyone within its borders. We should not be giving the police military grade weaponry and protective equipment to use against civilians. In order for trust to be restored between the police and communities, the police should not look and act like a military unit implementing marital law.

Stop Debtor's Prison Practices

No one should be incarcerated simply because they lack financial stability. The ability to post cash bail or afford proper representation shouldn't be the difference between freedom and incarceration. We need to put an end to:

  • Fines and fees should be on a sliding scale based on income
  • Stop suspending licenses and throwing people in jail for unpaid fines and fees
  • End Cash Bail

The Environment

Green New Deal

The only way to save our planet from the catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to aggressively attack the issue head on. The Green New Deal is a step in that direction.

More about The Green New Deal

Plastic Bag Ban

Plastic bags have become a major issue polluting our land and our oceans. We can stop the continued pollution and destruction to our oceans, land, and wild life by banning these bags. It will go a long way to helping keep the plastics out of our oceans and killing our animals. 

Bottle Deposit Bill

Originally started in Oregon, the Bottle Bill has gained traction and is now functioning in 11 states with an annual return rate of 60-85%. It's time to take this bill nationwide and cut down on the amount of new plastics and products being produced.

Ban Fracking

Fracking has poisoned our water we need to live. We've poisoned our ground water which, in turn, has poisoned our children, ourselves, and our animals. It has also caused there to be earthquakes in areas they should not occur. It's time to ban this practice of pumping toxic chemicals into our ground to release Natural Gas. We need to commit to life and finding better, renewable sources of energy. 

Stop Expansion of Off-Shore Oil Drilling and Pipelines

Oil spills have poisoned our waterways killing wildlife and industry alike. Expanding these operations when we already cannot protect the ones we already have from leaking.

Clean Water, Clean Air, Clean Food

These are the fundamental rights every person needs to survive. It's essential we protect these things from chemicals, pesticides, pollution, GMO's, and other toxic substances.

Gun Reform

While gun ownership was guaranteed in our constitution that does not mean it should be without reasonable limit. We've lost too many citizens to senseless gun violence. Our children should be safe at home, in the school, in the car, walking to the store... The fact they are denied their Right to Life is a tragedy that must be rectified. Our children deserve better than having to fear being killed in school.

Ban on Assault Weapon and High Capacity Magazines

No civilian should own a weapon where the sole purpose is to fire off as many bullets as quickly as possible to kill as many as they can. These weapons are weapons of war and should not be held by civilians. 

  • If individuals wish to own and/or shoot these weapons for sport they must do so at a licensed gun range and leave the weapon in a gun safe at the range

Implement Basic Requirements For Gun Ownership

  • Complete a background check with every firearm purchase
  • Complete a Mandatory Training Program prior to first purchase and renew annually
  • Maintain Insurance in the event of injury or accident
  • Change the minimum purchasing age to 21
  • Limit magazine capacity
  • Ban the sale of assault weapons
  • Start a national buy-back program

Worker's Rights

Worker's Bill of Rights

We must not give incentives to companies to hire part-time workers rather than full-time. We must remove these incentive by requiring all employers to provide: 

  • Minimum wage that is a Living Wage
  • Vacation Pay
  • Sick Leave
  • At least 3 months Maternity/Paternity leave
  • Better protections for injured workers  including Federalizing Worker's Compensation
  • Contribution to a Retirement Plan that starts at the employee’s first job and follows them throughout their employment

Federalize Workers Compensation

 Currently, Workers Comp Companies deny coverage and care to injured workers to increase their profits. This should not happen. We need to ensure the focus remains on the injured worker's rehabilitation and care rather than profits. A worker's body and care should not be worth more in one state over another. We need to ensure that all employees, no matter the state or size of the company, are ensured the same protections to promote the employee returning to work and protect those who become permanently disable due to their work related injury and cannot return to work.

Expand Workers Ability to Unionize

Immigration

Abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

ICE has become an organization synonymous with terror. After the horrendous policy of separating families and ICE's willingness to comply with such abhorrent policy, ICE can no longer be trusted to do the right thing and handle all immigrants with compassion and understanding.


ICE was a department created in 2002 in reaction to September 11, 2001. Since then they have been used as a weapon of the government to terrorize individuals and families while discriminating based on race. This country was able to function for over 200 years prior to ICE, we'll be able to function again after ICE is gone.

Stop The Wall

President Donald Trump's wall is not only a waste of tax payer money, but ineffective. It will not stop the flow of illegal drugs or undocumented people. All it will do is cost tax payers year after year as it is breached or broken. The wall is not simply a one time cost.


In addition, it disrupts the natural flow of wildlife  that calls that area home. The economic and environmental impact of this presidential tantrum make the entire project a giant waste of money, time, and energy.

The Dreamers

DREAMERS, for all intents and purposes, are American except for one crucial fact, they do not have the same  legal protections as every other American. These young adults were brought into this country through no fault of their own and should be given every protection, right, and benefit that entails. 

Separation of Families

This disgusting policy should never have been a part of our immigration system. Not only should it NEVER happen again, but every family who had to deal with the trauma of forced separation, be reunited here in the United States and automatically given asylum so they can receive the counseling and services they need to heal after such a traumatic experience.

Immigration Reform

We need to change our policy that gives preference to the wealthy and corrupt while neglecting the poor and destitute who live under the fear and threat of violence. Everyone should be able to get an equal shot at entry into the United States which is why we need to protect and expand programs like the Visa Lottery.

Education

Tuition Free Public College and University

A degree has become a prerequisite to obtaining a job but is no way the guarantee to the high paying career it once was. Students should not be forced into massive debt with no guarantee of a job after. The more students with a college education the stronger our country becomes. We must offer tuition free public college and university for all students who qualify for admittance. 

Universal Pre-K

Child care is one of the major expenses for working parents apart from rent. Removing this burden for parents with preschool age children will not only relieve that financial burden, but ensure all children are prepared for kindergarten and on the path to success. 

Better Pay for Teachers

Teachers are valued members of our community tasked with shaping our youth into functioning adults. Their pay should reflect the importance of their jobs. 

  • Teachers should not be forced to work two or three jobs to provide for their families
  • They should not be forced to pan-handle for school supplies for their classes

Prohibit For-Profit Schools

For-profit schools  use the promise of a better life and career to lure vulnerable and impressionable young adults with predatory lending and false promises they have no ability to  deliver on. We need to protect our students from a life of crushing debt for the sake of someone else's profit.

Improvements to Schools

  • Reduce class sizes
  • Stop teaching for the test
  • Reinstate Title X protections
  • Ensure protections from lead exposure

Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Too many students have been convinced to take out massive student loans with the promise that a college education would ensure us a good paying job. We were lied to. Theses loans were forced on many low-income students who were told this was the only way to get a job and have a successful career. It's time we have a program to unburden students of their crippling debt which can prohibit them from getting a good job, buying a house or car, renting an apartment, etc. 

Government Reform

Publicly Funded Elections

Every candidate should be able to stand and be judged on their policies and beliefs, not the amount of money they can raise. We need to stop auctioning off our politicians to the highest bidder. With Publicly Funded Elections, our politicians can focus on their jobs rather than spending their time raising money for their party and future elections.

Abolish the Electoral College

The United States prides itself on being the epitome of Democracy in the world. At the same time, we have a system that denies the will of the people. We need to fully embrace the political system we boast to the rest of the world and abolish the Electoral College. Let the will of the people speak for itself.

Establish Term Limits for All Members of Congress

All members of Congress should have term limits. Career politicians allow the system to be corrupted for personal gain. In order to end the corruption and greed plaguing our country, we must have turn-over in Congress and ensure all people have the ability to run and win.

Tax Reform

Marginal Tax Rate

For too long, the super rich have profited from a broken tax system. They've manipulated laws and policies to profit them at the expense of every one else. It's time to ensure we fund the social programs that keep American families going with as much enthusiasm as we fund our military. We need to ensure the top 1% are paying their fair share by implementing a marginal tax rate that would only affect any income after $2.5 million. A 70% marginal tax rate would provide the capitol we need to ensure a basic living standard to the poorest Americans.

Close Tax Loopholes

We need to stop giving big tax breaks and loopholes to the biggest companies and start redirecting those credits to small business to off-set the added expense that raising the minimum wage and providing benefits to all employees would cost. 

Stop Tax Breaks for Wealthy

The Trump and Bush tax cut took money directly from the poorest families to give big tax credits to individuals who already are some of the richest in the country. We need to stop giving money to those who already have more than enough and invest that money back into our families, communities, and crumbling infrastructure. 

Foreign Policy

Venezuela

We should not be interfering with the sovereignty of other countries by implementing policies of regime change. We can support the people of other countries with humanitarian assistance, but under no circumstances should we be sending US troops into Venezuela. 

Iran Deal

The Iran Deal should be reinstated. We've had more confrontation and problems with Iran since Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal than when it was in place. As long as Iran continues to comply with the agreement, it never should have been ended and should be re-implemented immediately.

Cuba

Our goal with other countries should be to strive for peace and mutual understanding. Under Obama, our policies in regards to Cuba, began to normalize. Trump unilaterally changed that. We must strive to revive the partnership that was established under the Obama administration.

Middle East

Middle East peace is a delicate situation and should be treated as such. We need a 2-state solution that ensures the rights of both Israelis and Palestinian people. The US embassy should never have been moved to Jerusalem and the illegal settlements by the government of Israel should never have been acknowledged by the Trump administration. We need to ensure we are not favoring one side over the other and that all people in that area have a right to life, freedom, and happiness. We must remember that our role in the US is to help facilitate peace, not to make the situation worse.

Human Rights Violations

We must stop supporting and propping up governments who commit blatant Human Rights Violations. Countries like EEAU, Bahrain, Qatar, and others should not be given the benefit of a US friendship and alliance while they torture and commit atrocities against their own people.