Issues

We support policies, programs, legislation and candidates who will work to accomplish the following:

Education

  • Fully fund public schools.
  • Increase teacher pay.
  • Reduce class size and testing.
  • Increase pre-K, technical education, and teacher preparation programs.
  • Address student educational-emotional-social needs resulting from the loss of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environment

  • Restore the many essential environmental regulations that the current administration has weakened or rescinded.
  • Prohibit offshore oil development activities in the Atlantic.
  • Encourage the use of alternative, clean energy including wind and solar.
  • Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and be a leader in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.

Economic and Social Justice

  • Maintain policies and programs and pass legislation that promote fairness and equal opportunity.
  • Pass legislation for: paid sick leave, paid maternity and paternity leave, and child care subsidy programs for low income families.
  • Pass legislation to fight hate crime.
  • Extend unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

Women’s rights

  • Provide: equal pay for equal work, universal child care, and federally guaranteed paid family leave.
  • Ensure a woman’s right to choose.
  • Oppose efforts to overturn Roe v Wade.
  • Support low or no cost access to all safe and effective birth control.
  • Pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • Pass legislation to fight domestic violence.

Health care

  • Expand Medicaid in South Carolina.
  • Provide access to affordable health care for all Americans.
  • Provide government funding of COVID-19 testing and treatment for those without health insurance.
  • Provide necessary Personal Protective Equipment for all medical personnel and facilities and establish a national stockpile for future needs.

Gun control

  • Prohibit open carry and arming teachers.
  • Ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks.
  • Require universal background checks and red-flag laws that keep guns away from violent offenders.
  • Raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21.

Foreign Policy

  • Cooperate with our allies to maintain peace through diplomacy rather than military intervention.
  • Assist countries that promote democratic ideals and the protection of basic human rights.
  • Work with the international community to limit the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Maintain a military sufficient to defend the U.S. and discourage aggression by our adversaries.
  • Carry out programs to improve living standards in developing countries.
  • Maintain a strong NATO and advocate for selective engagement.
  • Protect the U.S. from terrorism.
  • Maintain a secure border without a wall; respect the dignity of unauthorized immigrants and provide pathways for them to achieve legal status.