Sean On the Issues

Civil Rights and Equity

True equity is a constant dedication to understanding and tackling the unique disadvantages that many Virginians face.

Virginia’s legacy as the capital of the confederacy isn’t as far in the past as some would like to think. It wasn’t until just months ago that statues of confederate generals who fought to enslave Black people started coming down in our Commonwealth.


We shouldn’t be surprised that Virginia’s state policies have historically been stacked against women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and anyone else who’s had to fight for their right to exist and prosper.

Virginia has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time to become a more equitable Commonwealth, but there’s still more progress to be made.

THAT INCLUDES:

  • Enshringing the constitutional right to choose to have an abortion and ensuring affordable and accessible reproductive and contraceptive care.
  • Closing gaps in outcomes for LBGTQ Virginians in mental health, education, housing security, and policing.
  • Guaranteeing gender-affirming healthcare for transgender Virignians.
  • Addressing gun violence by prohibiting domestic abusers and perpetrators of hate crimes from purchasing firearms, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and establishing meaningful waiting periods for gun purchases that can curb impulsive acquisition of weapons.
  • End all cooperation between ICE and the Commonwealth to ensure our immigrant friends and neighbors are safe in their communities.
  • Reforming Virginia’s approach to healthcare by advocating for raising or eliminating income and asset caps for SSI recipients, raising new funding for Medicaid waivers, and reforming the waiting list system so that Virginians with the most need aren’t left behind. 
  • Eliminating subminimum wages for people with disabilities.
  • Combatting hate crime through community-based data reporting, condemning bigoted rhetoric regardless of party, rejecting policies that target marginalized communities, and passing robust anti-discrimination laws.
  • Decriminalize sex work and ensure sex workers are safe from violence.
  • Removing the last of Virginia’s Confederate statues and memorials to slavery.
  • Recognizing our place on stolen land and working towards justice for indigenuos Virginians.
  • Supporting Black-, brown- and women-owned small businesses.
  • Bringing high-skill jobs training to poor and rural communities by improving access to vocational schools, funding apprenticeship programs, and improving educational attainment in public schools.

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