We all want to be healthy and safe, live free and happy lives with dignity and prosperity--no matter who we are or the color of our skin. But too many of our families--Black, brown and immigrant-- are denied these things we all deserve. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the deep cracks and divides that have long existed in America’s economy and democracy. Until Black communities and other communities of color can thrive, none of our communities can truly thrive. That’s why we’ve committed to supporting the Movement for Black Lives’ demands for racial and economic justice and are calling on every presidential candidate to take action to:
- Invest in and build Black communities.
- Hold corporations accountable for investing in communities of color.
- Divest from and demilitarize the police.
- Reimagine the role of police and the criminal justice system.
- Provide immediate relief for Black communities that are hit hardest by the public health and economic crises arising from the pandemic.
What's at Stake
Donald Trump has a long history of making racist statements about people of color, Native Americans and people from other countries--and of making statements supporting white supremacists. He also has a history of discriminating against people of color before he ran for office and through the policies he has supported as President. Trump has:
- Referred to Haiti and African countries as “shithole” countries and complained that, after seeing America, immigrants from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts.”
- Said that there were "very fine people on both sides" in reference to neo-Nazis and white supremacists who held a protest in Charlottesville - and counter protestors standing up for racial equity. One of the white supremacists ran into counter-protestors with his car, killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring many others.
- Referred to people protesting against racial injustice and violence in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others as "thugs."
- Has used the FBI to target activists speaking out for racial justice, while downplaying violent attacks by white nationalists.
- Issued a Muslim Ban, curbing immigration from majority-Muslim countries and four African countries.
- Referred to Mexicans as rapists, drug dealers and criminals and detained record numbers of people seeking to immigrate to the U.S.--including infants and children--in prison-like settings.
- Used racial slurs to describe the coronavirus, stoking anti-Asian sentiment. Subsequently, hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased.
- Before he became president, was sued by the Justice Department for his companies’ policy that directed employees to tell Black lease applicants that there were no apartments available in violation of the Fair Housing Act.
We need national leadership that recognizes the divides that have always existed in our country and is committed to uniting us across race to address them. We need a president who will lead a government that works for all of us--no matter who we are or where we come from--and a country where everyone can be safe, free and prosper--whether Black, white, brown, Asian or immigrant.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are committed to rooting out structural racism across our laws and institutions and ensuring people of color have a real shot to get ahead. They have pledged to:
- Support major police reform legislation and tie federal funding of police departments to police conduct. Biden supports efforts to change the role of police in our communities--who often respond to mental health, substance abuse and homelessness crises--that would be better addressed by others.
- Reduce the number of people incarcerated, focus on rehabilitation, and eliminate criminal justice disparities based on race, gender, and income.
- Eliminate the funding gap between white and non-white school districts and make college affordable for students of color.
- Ensure formerly incarcerated people can fully participate in society, including access to public assistance and voting rights.
- Restore enforcement measures in the Affordable Care Act, which makes it unlawful for any health care provider who receives funding from the federal government to refuse to treat an individual—or to otherwise discriminate against the individual—based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
- Combat high maternal mortality rates among Black women nationally using the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) model, which has used research quality improvement toolkits, state-wide outreach collaboratives and its innovative Maternal Data Center to improve health outcomes for mothers and infants.
- Enact policies that advance the economic mobility of people of color and close the racial wealth and income gaps, such as increasing black homeownership, increasing social security benefits, making it easier to join a union, and reforming unemployment insurance so that more employers participate in work-share programs during the recession.
- Support equal pay and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and extend the right to join together in a union to thousands of working people who have previously been excluded by outdated and unfair laws. People excluded from unions by outdated laws are disproportionately people of color.
- Make the right to vote, civil rights and the right to equal protection real for African Americans and all people of color.
- Address environmental justice, recognizing that the environmental burdens and benefits have been distributed unevenly along racial and socioeconomic lines – not just with respect to climate change, but also pollution of our air, water, and land.
- Support fair and humane immigration reform that welcomes immigrants in our communities, helps to grow and enhance our economy, and safeguards our security.