Social Justice

RACIAL JUSTICE

My life is a shining example of white privilege: a safe and sheltered childhood with high-quality public education and expansive opportunities to pursue my choice of career. While one of the core principles of my candidacy has been to make sure every resident of the 8th Norfolk has the same opportunities I had, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others have underscored that just being an ally to People of Color is not enough. 

 

As your next State Representative, I will be an active participant in racial equity efforts in all four communities and across the state, taking what I hear from you and bringing it to Beacon Hill to make real change in dismantling systemic racism. I will work in support of the Black & Latino Legislative Caucus agenda, passing bills that will bring us closer to the Commonwealth we still strive to be. I am committed to enacting tangible anti-racist reforms in the State House because Black Lives Matter, and Massachusetts has a lot of work to do in order to become a more equal and just Commonwealth.

 

I am in strong support of the following reforms:

  • The Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus 10-Point Plan

    • I fully support the state-level legislation in points 5-8, which mostly involve policing and the criminal justice system.

  • The 8 Can’t Wait Campaign

    • I will work to ensure the police departments of all four towns in the 8th Norfolk District adopt all eight policies.

  • Make Juneteenth a state holiday and work with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to incorporate the holiday, along with other racial equity issues, into the curriculum of Massachusetts schools.

As your State Representative, I will work to:

  • Increase access to capital for minority-owned small businesses through increased financial support for programs like the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and the State Office of Minority and Women's Business Assistance (SOMWBA), a division of the Supplier Diversity Office.

  • Reform the Civil Service exam to put increased weight on diversity in order to ensure that our public safety agencies, especially police departments, better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

  • Reimagine our police departments for the 21st century.

  • Prevent the exclusion of the voices of Black and Brown elected officials & community leaders throughout the 8th Norfolk District and in the legislature.

  • Build a strong relationship between my office and the Massachusetts Black & Latino Legislative Caucus.

LGBTQ+ RIGHTS

With Donald Trump in the White House, the LGBTQ+ community is under stronger attack than ever. While the first and most important step we can take to building a more tolerant and open-minded America is electing Joe Biden in November, we must continue to fight to make sure no one is discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identification, regardless of who our next president is or which party controls our legislatures.

 

Every student deserves health and sexual educations which provide appropriate and accurate information for children of all orientations and identifications. LGBTQ+ elders deserve the same quality of care from healthcare providers as the rest of our aging population. In America, especially in progressive states like Massachusetts, we have a responsibility to be diligent and make sure that advances made by the LGBTQ+ community are protected and permanently enshrined in our laws. We must never stop fighting for our LGBTQ+ family members, friends, and neighbors.

As your State Representative, I will work to:

  • Pass legislation (like the Healthy Youth Act) that supports comprehensive health education in public schools that includes medically accurate and age-appropriate information for all students, especially those that are LGBTQ+.

  • Advance legislation to train elder care providers in LGBTQ+ cultural competency in order to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ elders.

  • Increase funding for HIV/AIDS services and LGBTQ+ youth & elder services.

 

On these issues, I am proud to be endorsed by:

  • Rep. Jim O’Day (14th Worcester), author of the Healthy Youth Act