We got a lot of great feedback and questions from the survey my team sent around earlier this month. I thought I’d take a few minutes to respond to some of your questions:
Do you support the Green New Deal?
— Robin from OK
Yes — this was actually the very first question I got out on the campaign trail. Climate change has imperiled our planet, and it’s going to require bold action like the Green New Deal to save it. That means making a dramatic investment in green energy, which we know will create the jobs of the future. The United States of America needs to be leading this effort.
How do you feel about LGBTQ rights and what will you do for us?
— Michael from OH
LGBTQ rights are civil rights. But right now in over half the country, LGBTQ people can still legally be discriminated against just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I helped to introduce the Equality Act, to fully protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination under federal law, because no one should ever have to live in fear of being fired from their job or evicted from their home or denied an education just because of who they are or who they love.
We’ve got to ensure that our most vulnerable have the resources to protect themselves from those that would harm them. That means addressing the systemic, ingrained racism that runs rampant in this country. How will you do that?
— Rachel from TX
Systemic racism in our country permeates our public policy and every aspect of public life — erecting barriers to access, from economic opportunity to educational opportunity, to clean air and water, to affordable, quality healthcare, to a justice system that fairly applies the law, to equal access to the ballot box, and more.