We must condemn the exclusion or targeting of persons based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Arizona has failed to meet the needs of communities of color: we are over-policed, underpaid, and are expected to work twice as hard to succeed. The color of a person’s skin still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead and who gets left behind. We must face that reality and we must enact proactive policies to fix it.
Thanks to SCOTUS’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015, LGBTQIA persons in the United States finally have the right to marry who they love, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In Arizona, employers can still discriminate against their employees based on who they love or decide to marry, and previous attempts to expand workplace protections to LGBTQIA have failed. If we are truly to be a state that is “Open for Business,” then we must enact policies that ensure this openness applies to everyone.
The Republican-led Legislature has chipped away at Arizonans’ voting rights while expanding protections for dirty money and increased corporate spending on elections. Our democracy is stronger when we protect the right to vote. Expanding access to the ballot will diminish corrupt corporations’ outsized influence on elections.
Access to a safe and warm home should be a right. Arizona must foster policies which provide a safety net to our most vulnerable, especially low-income families, veterans, people with a disability, and the elderly.