The United States has the worst maternal mortality rate among all developed countries.
I believe we should encourage families to work with their physicians to make appropriate decisions about a mother's care. Let's get the politicians out of making blanket decisions based on political expediency versus real medical needs.
I believe people in our country want health care for all, not less health care. We have the resources, let's put them to work.
I believe caring for our families also means we need a new comprehensive immigration policy. Leaving children without a parent because the parent has been deported is not humane, kind, or productive for anyone. We can feel safe without traumatizing children.
I believe it's possible for the US to have the best public education system anywhere in the world. Our public schools are not "government" schools. They're neighborhood schools where our children grow, learn, and play with their friends. Our public schools are our nations strongest resource. An educated populace is more prepared to enter the workforce, less likely to be incarcerated, and more likely to have economic stability.
I believe we can tackle the ugliness of racism that has been damaging to our country from its very beginnings. And it starts with honoring the indigenous cultures, their land, their rights, and their freedoms. It starts by acknowledging that vestiges of slavery still exists. Ignoring the problems do not solve the problems.
I believe it's possible to improve upon tragic gun deaths and accidents affecting children. Let's make adults responsible for the safety of the guns they own. Currently, 1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns. These are accidents waiting to happen. Adults can do better and should do better to protect our children.
We only have one planet. There are no "do overs' if we destroy it. We know what we need to do - produce alternative energy sources (which our district produces in abundance) and produce less pollution (our country is second only to China).
We don't have to choose between jobs and caring for our planet. Our district has proven that jobs in alternative energy are possible.
I believe it's possible for energy companies to be energy companies, leading the way into a future with 100% renewable energy. We don't need to settle for less. There is no reason to continue to use resources that pollute and damage our environment.
Given that I am a minister, I believe it is important that you know I believe in the separation of church and state. I believe all people should be able to practice their faith in safety. Religious beliefs are not a litmus test for citizenship. All people should be treated equal in our country.
Last, but not least, faith should not be a reason to discriminate against others for public services.