Real, meaningful, and equitable universal health care that guarantees: proximity to nearby comprehensive health centers, culturally competent services for all people, specific services for queer, gender nonconforming, and trans people, full bodily autonomy, full reproductive services, mental health services, paid parental leave, and comprehensive quality child and elder care. A divestment from industrial multinational use of fossil a systematic approach in preschool education and investment in community- based sustainable energy solutions.
A cut in military expenditures and a reallocation of those funds to invest in domestic infrastructure and community well-being. Black communities most impacted by the mass incarceration and crime. In the last few decades, the federal government has thrown billions of dollars at state and local governments to fund quickly expanding police forces and jails. 40 billion in direct grants to state and local law enforcement, as well as other first responders. Moreover, there is no evidence that the massive spending on incarceration reduces crime rates or keeps communities safer.
Studies do show that jobs and education make communities stronger and keep them safer. Investments in community based drug and mental health treatment, education, universal pre-K, and other social institutions can make communities safer while improving life outcomes for all. The federal government should reallocate funding currently dedicated to policing and incarceration and instead invest those funds in long-term safety strategies such as educational, community restorative justice and employment programs that have been shown to improve community safety. DOJ has some discretion in how much funding it awards to police departments.
163 million to police departments across the country. How does this solution address the specific needs of some of the most marginalized Black people? Any reduction in funds for prisons and policing would benefit all marginalized Black people because of the disproportionate impact that policing and incarceration have on them. Additionally, depending on how funds are reallocated, specific groups such as LGBTQ, trans or homeless people, could be prioritized for funding.
Drugs and prostitution laws have consistently served as vehicles for criminalizing Black people and communities, and have been used as tools of racial profiling, discriminatory enforcement, violence, extortion and abuse, and mass incarceration of Black people. The policing of prostitution has consistently been used to criminalize and deny protection from sexual and other forms of violence to Black women, cis and trans, and LGBQ people, while simultaneously driving people in the sex trades further into poverty and closing off access to housing, employment, health care, reproductive rights, family and community. Decriminalization would ensure that individuals who use, possess, or sell drugs or trade sex are not subject to arrest, detention or conviction. Decriminalization must be retroactive so that people currently serving time in jails and prisons can apply to be released, and people with convictions can have their records expunged so that they can be relieved of bars to access to housing, employment, health care, family, and community. The savings from decriminalization must be invested into reparations to all people who have been adversely impacted by the drug war and enforcement of prostitution laws — for time spent in jails or prisons, for denial of housing, education and employment, for extortion of sex or money in exchange for leniency in drug or prostitution cases, for loss of parental rights and separation of children from parents in foster care and adoption. Savings must also be used to meet the needs identified by individuals impacted by the drug and sex trades themselves, including housing, employment, health services, harm reduction services, addiction support and treatment, on a voluntary basis, without mandating or coercing participation in services. Decriminalization would ensure that drug and prostitution convictions no longer serve as an absolute bar to entry to the U.
Pass legislation at the federal level decriminalizing possession and sale of all drugs, no matter the quantity. Eliminate ban on entry and immigration for individuals who have engaged in prostitution. Develop comprehensive reparations package for people impacted by the drug and sex trades. Pass legislation decriminalizing drug possession and sale. Pass local ordinances decriminalizing drug possession and prostitution. Police and prosecutors should enact and enforce policies barring arrest or prosecution for drug possession. Cease civil enforcement of prostitution-related nuisance actions.
Drug and prostitution law enforcement practices disproportionately impact low-income communities of color. Once saddled with a drug or prostitution conviction, individuals are denied access to public housing, education, and employment. Immigrants are disproportionately affected by the federal bar on entry of individuals who have engaged in prostitution, regardless of whether they have been arrested or convicted. Compared to white people in the U. Black people are less likely to work in jobs that make health insurance available, they are less likely to be offered health insurance, and they are less likely to take it when offered.
Just 53 percent of Black people get insurance through work as compared to 72 percent of white people. Black people constitute 12 percent of the overall S. 25 percent of white people in the U. 20 percent of Black people are uninsured compared to 12 people of white people in the U. 16percent of white people in the U.
Medicaid expansion, health disparities continue to persist among people of color. Communities historically deprived of resources have experienced worse health outcomes due to discriminatory and racist policies that limit the ability of people of color to achieve optimal health. There is a critical lack of quality and affordable health care and it is ravaging communities of color. Black lives including, but not limited to people who are: underemployed, undocumented, transgender, young, and elderly. Despite the passage of the bill, many Southern states have not accepted the Medicaid expansion, leaving many working class and low-income people of color uninsured. Communities of color experience high rates of hospital closing, understaffed, under-resourced and poorly maintained health care facilities, culturally incompetent physicians and unfair and unequal access to preventative screenings and treatment. Further exacerbating this issue are the significant lower number of health professionals of color to provide competent and culturally appropriate clinical services for people of color.