Equality Issues

 

ERA Status *Equal Rights Amendment* #ERA
I will vote in support of the extension of the ERA deadline and ensure it becomes law.

ERA was ratified by Virginia on 27 January 2020. However, the time limit on the ratification had expired. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) re-introduced the bill to remove the deadline and it has passed the House of Representatives. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-joint-resolution/38. Given that the Senate is sitting on more than 400 bills, I expect that this initiative will have to come for another vote in the next congress. I will vote and support 

LGBTQ+ #LGBTQ+

I will vote to uphold LGBTQ+ rights and support the development of legislation the ensures equal rights for all people.

What's important to know, is that LGBTQ+ is not a subset of our population. So, if we allow discrimination for those that identify as LBGTQ+ it can impact everyone. This was recently pointed out to me as l listened to an interview with @charlotteclymer on the Daily Beans Podcast. Discrimination is often subjective so allowing LBGTQ+ discrimination also means that anyone else - if they are non-conforming to the other person - can also be discriminated against. 

Regardless of that. We need to codify and uphold everyone's equality no matter how they self identify. We cannot allow 'religious freedom' rules to be a barrier to full equality.

 

Three cases in the Supreme Court attempting to clarify whether the Civil Rights Act Title VII covers discrimination based on LGBTQ+ Identiy (https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/10/23/supreme-court-hears-three-cases-on-rights.html?cmp=cpc-goog-ew-dynamic+ads+recent+articles&ccid=dynamic+ads+recent+articles&ccag=recent+articles+dynamic&cckw=&cccv=dynamic+ad&gclid=Cj0KCQjwpfHzBRCiARIsAHHzyZp4jkdGw0O7xcgs3Wp-G2Db33UN0SVU1sAN2G36D1pDpaPnfKOHz-IaAvh0EALw_wcB):

  1. R.G & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (No. 18-107): https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/r-g-g-r-harris-funeral-homes-inc-v-equal-opportunity-employment-commission/

  2. Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga. (No. 17-1618) https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/bostock-v-clayton-county-georgia/

  3. Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda (No. 17-1623). https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/altitude-express-inc-v-zarda/

Additionally, there is discrimination in all sorts of ways, housing, foster care/adoption, violence. World wide issues that we as the US need to be a leader in codifying protections.

 

Racial Equality

I will do what I can in sponsorship/support of legislation that will reset the progress we had with regard to racial issues prior to this administration.

For a privileged person, who cannot begin to understand what people of color and racial identities have gone through and how things have changed since this administration came into power, it is horrific to know how far we have eroded what racial equality we did have.

 

It will take a serious public service campaign and significant legislation to reset the culture before we can move forward. Bannon and Miller have put policies into place to negate and demean people of other racial identities. Our country was founded by immigration. We are almost all immigrants from the days you had to sign nothing more than a 4x6 card proclaiming your fealty to the United States.

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