Issue Position: Civil Rights
Forty years ago, with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, our nation took a great step toward realizing its founding ideal: that all of us should have the opportunity to realize all of our God-given potential.
But as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us, the Civil Rights Act was "only the beginning of a new day...not the end of a journey."
Our journey is not over when our schools are under-funded and school reforms are incomplete, when 44 million Americans don't have health insurance, when people of color are significantly more likely to suffer and die from diseases like cancer and AIDS and diabetes, when extremist judges are turning back the clock on our 40-year march toward equality. And our journey is not over when our national leadership in Washington is sowing new seeds of division, not unity.
We've removed the barriers of hate that kept us from drinking at the same water fountain or attending the same school. I believe in continuing on our journey to remove the barriers that keep us from drinking at the same fountain of opportunity.
Expanding opportunities in jobs, education, and health care benefits all Americans. I support resources and reforms for schools to meet high expectations and extend the ladder of opportunity to all American children. And I support strongly enforcing our nation's civil rights laws, affirmative action to reduce discrimination and expand opportunity, and strongly enforcing equal justice for all victims of hate violence. I support strong enforcement of the ADA and opposes the ADA Notification Act. And, I support responsible reform of our immigration laws that honors our tradition as a nation of immigrants and makes America stronger.