Our fight for a more fair criminal justice system starts with combating racial profiling. This is the most blatant and direct form of racism in the criminal justice system. Profiling is an issue that can be addressed on the national and state level, but arguably combating it on the local level through outreach and discussion will have the largest effect on our community. A resultant of this kind of racial profiling from the law is mass incarceration where minority populations are jailed unproportionally to whites. This strips families of loved ones, and communities of leaders. Finally, primarily on the state level, we rally for the treatment rather than criminalization of certain substances and substance abuse. Treatment is much more effective at curbing substance abuse.
Especially in a community as dependent on service industries as Transylvania County, a $15 minimum wage is imperative. The current minimum wage ($7.25) is far less than the living wage, or the wage required to provide all the basic necessities to a household. This wage would not only result in a higher quality of living directly, It would also result in more wealth in the community in the long run. However, no wage can be fair as long as the gender pay gap stands. The average pay for a woman is only 80% of a mans. Finally, we are rallying towards a more fair tax system that does not punish the poor for being poor.
Environmental preservation is very important for the world, but it is extremely important to this community. Not only does it provide a scenic beauty to this county, but the environment is one of the main driving forces of our economy. Thus, we need to keep up the effort to maintain clean air and water in the county, and push to increase renewable and low pollution energy sources like solar and wind. On a larger level, we have to work to keep fracking out of North Carolina, and rally to end it where it is practiced.
The vast majority of illegal immigrants are simply here on overstayed visas. Thus, there must be more opportunities for the renewal of these visas, as these people are a very important portion of our national economy. Even more permanently, there needs to be a much easier and cheaper path to citizenship. This would make the visa sector of the economy more permanent, and reduce the exploration of illegal immigrants which includes sub-minimum wage pay and poor working conditions. Finally, a clear, solidifed DACA policy is imperative.
Although HB2 has been repealed recently, it was replaced with a bill that barred anti-discrimination legislation on the state and local level. For any progress to be made, this must come to an end. Even more recently, trans gendered people were revoked the right to serve in the military due to "medical costs." The fact is the medical costs are extremely low compared to other military health spending; The army spends more than 10x the money on Viagra than reassignment surgery. Military service is a voluntary right. Adoption is another right often denied to LGBTQ parents. There is no difference between LGBTQ people and other people, and the idea that there is is the idea we ultimately wish to eliminate.
Medicaid has been one of our larger focuses over the past few months as Capital Hill has tried to dismantle it. We rally to expand medicaid to all working poor. However, it is not just the coverage that matter, better quality is important. This relies on preventative treatment rather than expensive acute care for health crises. This would not only increase the quality of the insurance, but it would drastically reduce premiums for everyone on the ACA. Finally, as the pharmaceutical industry gets more and more commercialized and government aid lessens, small patient rural hospitals like Transylvania's own are in dire need of saving.
Public Education is the very core of our society. We are determined to keep money in public education were it can serve every citizen equally, and limit the number of charter school which, on average, cost more money and result in lower standards. We are also committed to working closely to Transylvania county school in an attempt to eliminate any inequalities in the school, or any clashes of groups that result from student or school culture.
We aim to aid easy registration wherever we can in the county, whether in a election cycle or not. A key to easy and fair registration is to keep ID requirements out of the registration process. ID requirements bar certain classes and populations from voting. Along with this, same day registration helps those with limited availability vote. Finally, a long window for early voting provides the greatest chance for everyone who wants to be involved in the political process the ability to do so.
Equal pay is imperative for equality between men and women. However, the issue of equality in the workplace extends far beyond pay. Women are much more likely to be intimidated, harassed, or deterred in the work place. This can push women away from career paths. Reproductive rights are another large issue with women. Each person should have the ability to do with their own body as they please, with absolutely no interference from the government. This is no difference with women.