Justice for All
Where Susie Stands
Susie's Views on Justice in America
Each and every American should be treated equally. However, this is not the reality for many Americans today. I will work to protect vulnerable groups in Nevada, and stand up against discrimination in all forms. Our government cannot pick and choose when to fight discrimination; hate in any form must be eradicated.
The combined impact of coronavirus, the economic fallout from its spread and the murder of George Floyd, created a moment for our country to confront our long history of systemic racism. While I do not support defunding police, it is time to acknowledge the investments we make into our safety net of mental health, substance abuse, education, and understand what role our police play in our communities’ safety net. Yet, our struggle with systemic racism expands well beyond our justice system, into education, employment, health care and housing. We, as leaders in our country, must hold ourselves up to accountability and fight to support policy that works to eliminate the structures of racism that exist.
I am also proud to represent the congressional district with the highest percentage of AAPI citizens in the state of Nevada. In the midst of COVID-19, we need to crack down on discrimination against our AAPI family, friends, and coworkers. I will always stand up for my constituents.
As one of seven girls (and one brother), my parents taught us to stand up for equal treatment in everything we do, and that certainly comes to making sure we receive equal pay for equal work. Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed 54 years ago, women still do not earn salaries equal to their male counterparts. White women still only make $0.78 to white men’s dollar, and women of color experience an even larger pay gap. The pay gap hurts women and our economy, and I will fight to make sure that women earn wages that reflect the value of their work.
Equality in the workplace also means that it should be free from sexual misconduct and harassment. As we’ve seen, there simply are not sufficient safeguards in place for women in the workplace. We need to fight for fair representation of women and non-binary people in leadership roles in all industries, so that we can truly change the culture of harassment that has gone unchallenged for far too long.
I am also a proud ally of the LGBTQ+ community. I will always stand up against injustice, and fight for equal rights. Every day, our family members, friends, and co-workers are unfairly discriminated against in the workplace and in their personal lives. I will fight policies that continue to allow for LGBTQ+ discrimination, and defend the hard-won protections that we fought for in Washington.
Justice in America should not be for only some people. Justice must be for all people. We must protect civil liberties in America, and ensure equality for all citizens.
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