I will never stop fighting for equal justice. There are few entities larger than our criminal justice system that perpetuate systemic oppression. I will continue to fight for critically-needed reforms and advocate for those who feel the everlasting effects of oppression at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve justice. 


There are things we can do at the federal level today to focus on empathy, compassion, rehabilitation, and equal justice. That includes ending the war on drugs, treating addiction as a health concern, legalizing marijuana and expunging the records of nonviolent drug offenders, ending for profit incentives in our justice system like private prisons and police quotas, and so much more. 

 

In the Michigan House, I have introduced a series of bills in an effort to begin to reform our criminal justice system, including:

 

House Joint Resolution H: proposes an amendment to the state Constitution that would remove the current ban on Affirmative Action policies. Presently, legislators and other entities in Michigan are prohibited from creating programs or laws that would focus on supporting and uplifting certain communities that have been historically oppressed. I am leading the fight to change these laws, because  we have to stand up for marginalized communities.

 

House Bill 5120: would increase the number of hours required for mental health first aid training and self-care techniques for law enforcement. This bill will better train police officers to de-escalate situations, instead of using deadly force, and provide them training on how to handle people suffering from  mental health crises. Additionally, this will teach police officers how to recognize and manage their own mental health issues. Equipping officers with proper, up-to-date training along with providing them with tools on how to best manage their own mental health needs will result in safer interactions between community members and police officers, putting a stronger focus on community policing.

 

House Bill 5123: would require mental health first aid training and self-care techniques to correction officers. The bill is meant to make sure our officers recognize when an inmate is coping with a mental health disorder and how best to interact with that individual. Too many in our community have been arrested, but even someone behind bars deserves to be treated safely and with human dignity. This bill helps provide safer interactions for corrections officers and inmates.