Our state is at a crossroads in 2018. We must put forward a bold, transformative vision—linking the common values among working people across the state, while also highlighting the specific struggles that specific communities face.
I will use my position in the legislature to take on the increasingly concentrated political and economic power amongst the wealthiest Minnesotans. I will continue to amplify the work being done on the ground by social movements, organizers, and working people to build a coalition of forces seeking to radically transform unjust systems of power.
Achieve Affordable Housing
Housing is a human right—not a commodity. Every person deserves to live in a safe, quality, affordable home. The market cannot meet the needs of working people. Therefore, it is the government’s obligation to ensure affordable housing, protect renters from predatory landlords, and prevent gentrification.
- Increase funding for affordable housing and public housing:
- Allocate funds through massive housing bonds,
- Implement a tax on luxury single-family homes, condos, and rental units
- Invest state resources in non-market affordable housing strategies such as cooperative-housing models and community land trusts
- Repeal the state preemption of municipal efforts to stabilize rents
- Pass a renter’s bill of rights—including a just-cause eviction law and tenant’s right of first refusal
- Combat housing discrimination by passing ‘ban the box’ for rental applications
Address the opioid epidemic as a public health crisis
Substance abuse and addiction impact our state on individual and systemic levels. In Minnesota- individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction issues face housing insecurity, difficulty maintaining employment, and are compelled to commit crimes at higher rates. We must treat the opioid crisis as a public health issue, and not a criminal justice issue.
Create a single-payer, universal healthcare system and fight back against cuts to Medicare and Medicaid at the federal level
- Hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the harm they have caused communities
- Fund culturally-competent addiction and rehabilitation programs that keep families together
- Invest in harm-reduction strategies, such as safe injection sites and equipping police officers with Narcan
End mass incarceration and the war on drugs
The "war on drugs" has resulted in the United States having the largest incarcerated population in the entire world. This has broken up families and torn apart the social fabric of communities, disproportionately Black, Latinx and Indigenous. One step to correct the damage done by mass incarceration is to legalize cannabis use. Additionally, we must move forward with intentional mass-decarceration and reparations for those victimized by the war on drugs.
- Fully legalize recreational marijuana:
- Release all people incarcerated on simple marijuana convictions,
- Create a path to expungement for those with drug-related offenses,
- Prioritize access to the legal cannabis industry to victims of the war on drugs
- Shut down private prisons and ban the construction of new private prisons
- End the system of cash bail
- Reform Minnesota’s probation system to decrease the number of people incarcerated due to technical violations
- Restore voting rights to all felons
- Invest public safety funds into restorative justice programs
Generate Community Wealth
Minnesota has one of the largest racial income and wealth gaps in the nation. These gaps come from decades of economic policies that guaranteed wealth stayed with a small group of people. Many white families in our state have been able to build wealth and assets over decades and generations, while low-wealth and, people of color and Indigenous (POCI) communities have been excluded.
Pass a statewide $15/hr minimum wage, indexed to inflation
- Generate revenues to fund investments in housing, education, infrastructure, and healthcare
- Implement stronger wage theft protections for Minnesota workers
- Invest in a democratic economy by allocating funding for the development of worker-owned businesses
- Cap payday lending rates to prevent predatory lenders from trapping families into debt cycles
- Advocate for tuition-free public colleges and universities for Minnesota residents
- Fight back against preemption efforts that attack the recent municipal victories around earned sick and safe time and increasing the minimum wage
Uplift climate and environmental justice
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our state. There is no doubt that we must take immediate action to reduce carbon emissions and rectify the irreparable damage caused by human activity. While we all experience the effects of pollution and environmental degradation, due to the perpetual cycle of environmental racism, people of color and indigenous (POCI) communities are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. These communities should be at the center of our policies as we build toward a just future in our state.
Adopt statewide goal of 85% renewable energy by 2035
- Fund community-owned solar energy programs
- Hold industrial polluters accountable and provide reparations for the communities harmed by environmental racism
- Provide support for cities to carry out mandatory lead-testing and abatement
- Oppose the Line 3 pipeline and all future pipeline projects
- Oppose sulfide mining in northern Minnesota, and instead, invest in green jobs programs in the region