I Stand for Quality Education for All
Ensuring that every child regardless of race, wealth, or neighborhood has access to a high-quality public education is critical to the success of our state and its citizens. To reach that goal, Georgia must:
- fully fund public schools and end its disinvestment in education;
- support and empower great teachers and school leaders;
- ensure that every child graduates from high school ready for college and/or with a marketable skill that can lead to a well-paying job;
- expand opportunities for high schoolers to graduate with associate degrees or in-demand job skills (e.g. film industry, tech jobs, medical jobs);
- provide universal access to high-quality Pre-K, and invest in education for children under the age of 4;
- allow for a well-rounded curriculum that includes social-emotional learning, arts, recess, and technology along with core subjects;
- ensure the affordability of Georgia’s public colleges, universities, and technical schools, protect and restore funding of the HOPE Scholarship, and provide need-based financial aid.
I Stand for Healthcare Access for All
Healthcare is a human right and every Georgian should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. To reach that goal, Georgia must:
- expand Medicaid coverage to the full extent allowed under the Affordable Care Act;
- support community and women’s health clinics so that Georgians can access vital health services that are convenient and affordable;
- support expanded educational and training opportunities to address healthcare workforce shortages, particularly in nursing and primary care.
I Stand for Women’s Rights
Women are a majority of Georgia’s adult population, almost half of the workforce, and are vital income earners in more than half of Georgia households. Eliminating barriers facing women is critical to Georgia’s present and future success. To eliminate barriers, Georgia must:
- ensure women receive equal pay for equal work;
- allow women full autonomy of their own healthcare decisions;
- expand access to women’s health centers;
- expand childcare support;
- ensure that our justice system protects women and treats them fairly and equitably.
I Stand for a Strong Transportation System
A strong transportation system is critical for Georgians to access jobs and improve their quality of life, and for the future success of the state. To build that system, Georgia must:
- invest heavily in expanding public transportation;
- allow county and municipal governments, either alone or with neighbors, to raise revenue dedicated to expanding public transportation;
- ensure that our roads, bridges, and highways are safe and well-maintained;
- encourage and protect alternative modes of transportation including cycling and walking.
I Stand for Equality
No Georgian should be discriminated against based on race, sexual orientation, gender, or age. To protect all its citizens, Georgia must:
- adopt a comprehensive state civil rights law to protect Georgians from discrimination;
- examine state policies prior to enactment to determine whether there are disparate impacts based on race, sexual orientation, gender, or age, and correct such impacts.
I Stand for Greater Economic Opportunity
All Georgians should have the opportunity and tools necessary to work and create a quality life for themselves and their loved ones. To provide this opportunity, Georgia must:
- increase the minimum wage;
- establish a state earned income tax credit;
- protect the rights of workers to organize;
- expand paid sick leave and family care leave;
- provide childcare support;
- promote affordable housing;
- provide skills and workforce training.
I Stand for a Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System
Georgia’s justice system needs to be fair and effective. The state needs to hold serious criminals accountable, but find smart and effective alternatives for low-level offenders. To do so, Georgia must:
- eliminate imprisonment resulting from an inability to pay a fine or bail;
- expand accountability courts so that those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues, including veterans with PTSD, are offered treatment and alternatives to incarceration;
- protect the rights of victims, vigorously pursue all serious crimes, and end the testing backlog of rape kits;
- reform mandatory minimum and recidivist sentencing statutes in Georgia, restoring discretion to judges;
- end private probation;
- refocus incarceration and probation on rehabilitation;
- advance policies that make it easier for individuals with convictions to re-enter society and lead productive lives.
I Stand for a Fair and Accessible Civil Justice System
When Georgians have been harmed by the neglect or intentional wrongdoing of a person, corporation, or government, they deserve to have their day in court and the right to be fully compensated for their injuries. Therefore, Georgia must:
- preserve and protect the right to trial by jury;
- allow Georgians a full opportunity to discover evidence of the alleged wrongdoing;
- allow Georgians to fully recover for the damages they suffer.
I Stand for Georgia’s Environment
Georgia has abundant natural resources that need to be preserved and protected, and every Georgian deserves to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live on clean land. To protect these resources and rights, Georgia must:
- expand generation of power from renewable resources, including solar and wind;
- enforce existing environmental regulations and strengthen those regulations to protect our air, land, and waterways from polluters;
- promote investments in adequate stormwater management systems;
- protect Georgia’s coastline from harmful development;
- support the expansion of public transportation and alternative modes of transportation.