In the past four years, we've already witnessed a dramatic increase in hate crimes and public hate speech. Immigrant communities are being targeted by opportunists who seek to divide us for political and monetary gain. Meanwhile, LGBTQIA+ and gender-equality activists are on the frontline defending some of our most vulnerable communities from attacks on reproductive rights, gender based violence, and harmful conversion-therapy practices in our state. As your representative, I will actively call out prejudice at the Capitol and in our district. We must stand up for each other as we stand up for ourselves.

DEFEND THE UNDOCUMENTED

  • For the safety of our roads and our vulnerable populations, we need driver's licenses and state-issued IDs for all, including undocumented immigrants.
  • Minnesota is the heartland of opportunity. We need to pass a severance law that will prohibit state/local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
  • We need accessible advocacy centers for folks navigating the immigration process.
  • Hennepin County has voted to make legal representation a right for immigrants facing deportation. Let's make this a state-wide policy.
Organizers fill the capitol in support of driver's licenses for all ─ from twitter @WomensMarchMN 4/5/2019

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE

  • We will improve standards for reproductive education in our schools to include contraception, gender/LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, and a component on consent and healthy relationships. Require all curriculum to be medically, not just technically accurate.
  • We will preserve state funding for healthcare clinics, which provide vital services to women and families, and end the closure of clinics.
  • We must pass legislation to allow minors to make healthcare decisions with their provider without a requirement to notify parents when no emergency is taking place.
  • We must eliminate the 24 hour waiting period to terminate a pregnancy and allow providers to counsel their own patients without state directed counseling, which is harmful and intended to scare patients.

PROTECT LGBTQIA+

  • While we have come a long way on civil rights for LGBTQIA+ folks, there is still work to be done to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our residents.
  • We must ban the harmful practice of conversion therapy, which has been condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the US, according to Human Rights Campaign.
  • LGBTQIA+ youth and seniors suffer disproportionately from mental illness, chemical dependency, homelessness, and suicide. We need to provide healthcare for all and treat housing as a basic human right.
  • In 2019, at least 25 transgender Americans were murdered. This is unacceptable. We need to change a culture that tolerates violence towards transgender and other LGBTQIA+ people, starting by banning the gay and trans panic defenses.
Omar Fateh and Campaign Manager Dawson attend OutFront's lobby day and pick up a sticker from the Human Rights Campaign ─ from our archives 4/19/2018