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9 Feb, 14 tweets, 3 min read
NEW: We're launching our Systemic Equality agenda — a racial justice program that seeks to address America's legacy of racism and discrimination. Graphic image that displays white text on the left side over
All of the levers of government can work to ensure that ALL people living in America — no matter our race, sexuality, gender identity, disability, religion, or faith — have equal access to our country's promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We're making specific demands of the Biden administration and Congress that will advance societal equity for and empower the civic participation of Black people, close the racial wealth gap, and seek to reconcile our nation's racist past.

These policies include:
✊🏿 REPARATIONS: We must pass HR 40, to study and make recommendations for reparations.

Black Americans deserve access to the economic ladder that has been historically denied through generations of enslavement, Jim Crow, and countless other racist policies.
We'll be working with the @TaifaGroup, @NCOBRA40, and @ReparationsComm to pass HR 40.
🏠 HOUSING: We must combat segregation and provide families of color with access to secure, safe, and fair housing.
🎓 STUDENT LOAN DEBT: We must cancel student loan debt, which burdens Black Americans more than any other group in the US.
🗳️ VOTING RIGHTS: We must protect and expand our right to vote.

The deep, racist, historical roots of disenfranchising voters of color have persisted and grown. It's time to fight back.
💻 INTERNET ACCESS: We must establish equitable access to the digital world.

Internet is now a basic necessity, yet 15% of US households — including 1/3 of Black households — do not have a broadband subscription, cutting people off from jobs, education, health care, and more.
🏦 BANKING: We must expand affordable access to essential financial services.

The racial wealth gap persists, in part, because of the widespread lack of access to basic financial services like bill paying, check cashing, and small loans for Black consumers.
💵 ECONOMIC JUSTICE: We must establish a permanent child tax credit to dramatically reduce child poverty, particularly in Black communities.
Beyond the federal level, we'll be fighting in courts across the country to:
✔️ End algorithmic bias
✔️ End the school-to-prison pipeline
✔️ Address barriers to reentry for returning citizens
We're also growing our organizing power, especially in the South, to fight for racial justice in our communities, including:
✔️ Strengthening voting rights
✔️ Ensuring reproductive justice
✔️ Working towards reparations
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