Valley Values

Fairness - Democracy, Justice, and Just Plain Decency

 
 

We've been taught that with hard work, discipline, and focus, in America we can find success and satisfaction. In reality, rising prices and stagnant wages have made it more and more difficult to simply break even each month.

In Washington, many lawmakers have succumbed to corporate lobbyists and campaign contributions from corporate PACs. The result is public policy that reflects the interests of donors, not everyday citizens. It's no wonder people believe the system is rigged in favor of the rich and connected. 

Jennifer believes the corporate stranglehold over D.C. must be broken. She supports a constitutional amendment to eliminate corporate personhood and require federal, state, and local government to ensure all citizens have equal capacity to influence elections, regardless of wealth or power (H.J. Res. 48). And she refuses to accept campaign contributions from corporate PACs.

Jennifer also believes it's only fair to pay our workers a living wage, a wage that makes sure full-time workers don't live in poverty. She supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. as soon as possible. To protect workers from being exploited, Jennifer supports The Wage Theft Prevention and Recovery Act. And to reduce unfair discrepencies in pay between men and women, she supports the Paycheck Fairness Act

Creating a fair economy means taking on the big banks who brought our system down - and then were conveniently bailed out with our money. Jennifer supports a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to separate commercial banking from the risk and unpredictability of investment banking. She supports breaking up the big banks so they can no longer hold the economy hostage, and she believes we should fortify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd-Frank measures. 

The right to vote is fundamental to democracy; across the nation, we see continued attempts to disenfranchise Americans. Jennifer supports the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restores the power of the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the 2013 SCOTUS decision in Shelby County v. Holder. This type of legislative solution will help us battle discrimination against people of color and Native Americans. She is also in favor of creating Election Day, a federal holiday aimed at increasing voter participation. 

Our criminal justice system is hardly just - and possibly criminal. Jennifer supports widespread reform starting with reducing mandatory minimums for non-violent offenders, eliminating for-profit prisons, and emphasizing treatment - not punishment - for people suffering from addiction and mental illness.

 
 
 
 
 

At the March for Truth: "Truth is Not an Alternate Fact"

 
 
 Jennifer at a rally in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan.

Jennifer at a rally in opposition to the Ku Klux Klan.

 

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