Copyright Jen Perelman 2020

CIVIL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES

It is long past time for us to take a long hard look in the mirror and acknowledge that “liberty and justice for all” is more of a catch phrase than a reality. Although we have made significant strides over the past few decades, there is still much progress to be made. It has been 100 years since women were given the right to vote, and yet we are still fighting for control over our own bodies. It has been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and yet the disparity in our criminal justice system against people of color is blatant. We have been lying to, and cheating our native brothers and sisters since we arrived to their continent. We finally granted the LGBTQIA community the right to get married, but yet the transgender community has been subjected to unprecedented levels of violence. Finally, we are a country of immigrants, and yet we turn our backs on immigrants and asylum-seekers. We need to ensure that the protections and rights afforded by our Constitution are applied to everyone.

 

Jen supports:

  • Opposing any and all efforts to undermine or overturn Roe V. Wade, and supporting the appointment of federal judges that will uphold women’s fundamental rights.

  • Repealing the Hyde Amendment.

  • Fighting for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

  • Appropriating federal funding to clear the backlog of untested rape kits.

  • Ensuring that African-American cultural traditions, such as hairstyles, are embraced, rather than policed in schools and the workplace.

  • Combating the school-to-prison pipeline by targeting federal funding increases for public schools in underserved communities.

  • Protecting and fighting for the rights of the LGBTQIA community in regards to employment, housing, health insurance, banking, education, and the criminal justice system.

  • Reversing the Trump administration ban on transgender individuals serving in the military.

  • Banning the practice of conversion therapy.

  • Protecting the treaty/sovereign rights of Native American nations, and support a transition from a system of paternalism to a system of deference and support.

  • Prohibiting the construction of pipelines that could negatively impact indigenous communities.

  • Expanding the Fair Housing Act to protect marginalized groups including LGBTQIA, Native Americans, and Section 8 recipients.

  • Enacting comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path towards citizenship.

  • Abolishing for-profit immigrant detention centers.

  • Increasing funding for legal services and translators for undocumented individuals and asylum-seekers.