Civil Rights

Civil Rights

“We acknowledge the rights of all persons to be treated equitably, with dignity and respect, regardless of race, color, creed, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, physical ability, cognitive ability, or age.”

We Affirm

1. Racism is a system by which the power structure and the enforcing institutions are designed to serve a particular race to the oppression or disadvantage of another;

2. Prejudice is an antagonism directed against an individual or a group based on race, appearance, or attributes;

3. Discrimination is a systemic action to isolate and define an individual or group based on their appearance, identity, or attributes;

4. Those born into privilege have an advantage, and we affirm that an equitable society should provide additional resources to level the playing field for those who are historically disadvantaged;

5. The rights as defined by the United States Constitution of free speech, free press, peaceful assembly, due process, and habeas corpus must be defended and upheld;

6. Personal choices, including reproductive choice, domestic partnership, end of life options, religious choice, including freedom from and of religion, and marriage equality, are fundamental rights;

7. Unreasonable searches and domestic surveillance including the USA Patriot Act, are unconstitutional;

8. The promotion of civility and speaking out against bigotry and other forms of intolerance;

9. History is written by the victor and does not portray an accurate account of all people; and

10. The primary drivers of wealth are home and business ownership and access to these fundamental assets were inaccessible to people of color for hundreds of years creating a societal imbalance in wealth and opportunity and even health and life expectancy.

We Will

1. Protect all people from harassment and violence including personal, domestic, emotional, mental, financial, and sexual, through education, law enforcement, and through the courts. Victims of these crimes deserve any and all support they need;

2. Protect the Establishment Clause, which is the separation of church and state, in all local, state, and federal government institutions including the military and the public schools;

3. Improve conditions and defend human rights for the incarcerated and provide adequate support for successful reintegration into society including housing, food, health care, employment, and financial support;

4. Embrace racial and socio-economic equality and counter discrimination in hiring practices and ongoing employment;

5. Defend the use of affirmative action within academic admissions;

6. Enact incentives to reserve units in new housing developments for lower-income households;

7. Protect current home owners from being displaced due to higher property taxes that occur as a result of gentrification;

8. Challenge the national trends of the disproportionate incarceration and use of the death penalty against all people of color and other disenfranchised people;

9. Enact legislation that appropriately defines racism in the workplace, including definitions of discriminatory behaviors and adverse treatment; and

10. Protect against income inequality.

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