- Voting Rights
Your vote. Our most precious right as an American. Yet all too many it as meaningless or inconsequential. And as harmful indifference is the many attempts to limit voting by nefarious means like registration hurdles, voting roles sweeping, voting place irregularities and limited early voting are way more destructive.
Vigilance must prevail and our freedoms protected.
- Close the Pay-gap
Same job, same responsibilities, same pay is just a start. The pay gap or often referred to as the gender wage gap is the average difference between the remuneration for men and women who are working. Women are generally paid less than men.
Other pay gaps exist as well. Part time employees often face pressures to under report hours worked for fear of reprisals should they surpass their limit, yet must complete tasks and assignments that require extra time. Overtime is another issue for many.
- LGBT Rights & Protection
It is incumbent on us all to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
From parenting and relationship restrictions to protecting LGBT rights through to criminal justice reform we have a responsibility to our fellow citizens to look after their rights.
- Immigration and Citizenship
The rhetoric often clouds the key issues in and around immigration as each would be an extended debate. The Grant Township Democrats recognize the depth of the issues and the importance of the policies coming from the Whitehouse and Homeland Security.
When we see kids in cages, long trails of desperate people seeking safety and opportunities coupled with simplistic solutions like wall-building and zero tolerance we react.
- Police Relations, Decriminalization of Marijuana and other drug policy
Police and law enforcement have broad authority to meet their stated charge to “Protect and Serve’ in their jurisdiction. We see and experience that the vast majority of law officers are helpful and caring. We thank the men and women who protect and serve. We do recognize that abuse does happen and those incidents can create a separation between citizens from their government. Holding elected and appointed officials accountable is warranted.
Illinois and national drug policies are outdated. States surrounding Illinois are legalizing marijuana for recreational use while securing new tax dollars for education, environment and healthcare. With the recent legislation Governor Pritzker has kept his promise.
As we face opioid addiction and the human toll, new policies and services are emerging to mitigate the horrible personal costs of addiction. We urge law makers to explore remedies and solutions and take action.