From Jill 2016 email blast:
This November, I’ll be facing a Republican candidate who loves to scapegoat immigrants and a Democratic candidate funded by Walmart and Wall Street to serve the needs of the 1%.
I choose to stand with those fighting for workers’ and immigrants’ rights.
May 1st is International Workers Day, a global holiday recognizing the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, which is interconnected with the struggles being led by immigrants, climate justice activists, the Black Lives Matter movement, young people and the LGBT community.
In solidarity with working people, I have long advocated for a minimum wage of $15 an hour, strengthening workers’ right to organize, and equal pay for equal work.
My Power to the People Plan will end unemployment and poverty and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world, while building a sustainable, just economy that averts climate catastrophe.
Our plan seeks to build a world where families do not have to fear deportation, detention and raids, where black lives matter, where our workers have living wages, and where you are not killed or disappeared for fighting for your community.
In recent years, ruling Democrats and Republicans have criminalized and brutalized immigrant families, perpetuating an unjust immigration system that makes millions of our neighbors vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
In fact, President Obama has deported immigrants at a higher rate than any previous president, tearing apart families and ruining lives.
We need immigration reform that won’t allow the economic elite to divide working people and turn us against each other anymore.
Under my plan for a just immigration system, we will:
- Grant legal status and workers’ rights to undocumented immigrants who are already residing and working in the United States, including a fair path to U.S. citizenship.
- Immediately halt deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants.
- Pass the DREAM act to allow undocumented students to pursue higher education and citizenship, including a repeal of the ban on using in-state tuition.
- Improve economic conditions abroad to reduce the flow of economic refugees, starting by repealing the NAFTA and CAFTA trade agreements.
- Demilitarize border crossings throughout North America.
- End the drug violence by halting U.S.-sponsored drug wars in Central and South America, and treating drug use in the U.S. as a health problem, not a criminal issue.
- End U.S. military intervention, CIA coups, and U.S.-trained death squads in Central and South America that have greatly destabilized the region, causing waves of fleeing refugees.
With Clinton and Trump headed towards the nominations of the corporate establishment parties, it’s on us to be the voice for working people.
To build a better world, we must reject the politics of fear that seeks to divide us, and build solidarity across borders with the 99% of all nations.
It’s in our hands!