Residents all over New York City have seen skyrocketing rent increases over the past decade; in some neighborhoods rents have gone up nearly 30%. Working class people and their families shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of corporate developers putting profits over people.
The LGBTQIA+ community’s struggle did not end with the legalization of same-sex marriage. In many states, it is still legal for employers to fire someone for being gay and still legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That must change.
Our immigration system is broken. As a child of immigrant parents, I know firsthand how the convoluted, unfair, and lengthy immigration process in our nation stifles hard working families from achieving the American dream. Immigrants are an essential part of the fabric of our country and should be treated with dignity and respect and have clear paths to citizenship.
Weapons of war have no place on our streets. Mass shootings have become a daily occurrence, ripping families apart and leaving loved ones asking why? In this country we lose nearly 30,000 people to gun violence every year. That’s more people than the number of service members that have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At just $7.25, the federal minimum wage is not enough for a full-time worker to afford housing in any city in this country. Millions of hard working people are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. Its time we stand up and say that no worker in this country that works a full-time job should have to live in poverty.
The price of a college education has sky-rocketed, in fact, according to the federal government’s own statistics, a college education is now some 250% more costly than just three decades ago. We must invest in totally free, quality, public education for all.
America’s infrastructure is falling apart. In fact, The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the United States a D+ grade when assessing the state of our roads, airports, bridges, railways and other infrastructure elements. If America is to remain an economic powerhouse well into the future; it’s long past time that we as a nation invest in the revitalization our infrastructure in order to support the health of our people and our planet.
Each day in this country twenty veterans commit suicide. Our nation made a promise to those who serve; that when they return home they will be cared for; Washington is failing at that promise. Whether it be the mountains of governmental red-tape preventing veterans from receiving the first-class healthcare they deserve; or members of Congress failing to appropriate funds so that our returning service members can get the education they earned — we can do better, must do better.
Working people bear the brunt of health care costs. It’s not uncommon to see our friends and family members go into bankruptcy due to health issues. Working-class people shouldn’t have to choose between keeping the lights on and paying for healthcare. No mother or father should have to decide if they want to put food on the table or pay for life-saving treatment to keep their child alive. As a nation, we should ensure that all people in this country receive healthcare as a human right.
Our tax system has been grossly skewed in favor of corporations and the rich and powerful. Americans deserve a tax system that rewards working class people. At a time of record profits for corporations, it’s time to close loopholes to ensure they pay their fair share.
Getting big money out of politics is essential if we are to ever truly have a government that works for the people. Millions of Americans have their voices silenced by the rich and powerful who can buy influence by simply writing a big enough check. Reforming our campaign finance system should be one of our nation’s top priorities.
Nearly twenty percent of Americans have a disability/different ability. Its time we create to an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society who have full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, and families.
It is an outrage that in these early years of the 21st-century we are seeing intolerable acts of violence being perpetrated by the police, our courts and our prison system. Real criminal justice reform starts with dismantling our carceral state and addressing state-sanctioned violence waged against black, brown and indigenous people in our country.
It’s time we acknowledge that women’s rights are inextricably bound to the success of our country. Women make up the majority of our teachers, our healthcare professionals, and the majority of our population. We must stand together and defend a women’s right to control her own body.
Already we are seeing the devastating effects that man-made climate change is having on communities around this country and around the globe; millions have become climate refugees; hundred-year floods are happening every year — hurricanes that are stronger and more ravishing are hitting our country with continued regularity. It is unacceptable for fossil fuel and energy companies to dictate how we treat our planet. We didn’t inherit this earth from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our children; lets act like it.
The middle-class and the poor have been held hostage by the greed and recklessness of Wall Street. Corporate politicians have worked to loosen regulations on the nation’s largest and richest companies; all to the detriment of hard-working people in our country. Its time we take on the one percent dictatorship and make working folks a top priority.
Our current social safety net is fraying at the seems, allowing millions workers and our nation’s seniors to slip through the cracks. If we are to ensure that programs like Social Security and Medicare not only serve those who are in retirement; but are still around for future generations — then we must fix and expand our country’s social safety net, not shame those who need it.