Tom Steyer on Civil Rights

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


Support disabled by undoing tax breaks to rich

The United States has made a commitment to treat everybody equally and that means supporting people with disabilities in terms of education and when they're part of the workforce. The question we've got here across the board is can we afford it? And the answer is yes, but what we need to do is to undo the tax breaks that have been given for two generations to rich Americans and big corporations.
Source: Newshour/Politico/PBS December Democratic primary debate , Dec 19, 2019

Tell Congress that we need our 5 basic rights

The 5 Rights: We need to redefine what it means to be free in the 21st century, to make sure we all have a fair chance at success in America. Together, let's tell the new Congress we need the five rights.
  1. The Right to an Equal Vote
  2. The Right to Clean Air & Clean Water
  3. The Right to Learn
  4. The Right to a Living Wage
  5. The Right to Health
"If you have these 5 rights, you have the protections you need to be truly free." -- TOM STEYER
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, TomSteyer.com , Jul 8, 2019

Fight racial disparities in our criminal justice system

NextGen America fights to protect equal rights, opportunities, and dignity for all. Equality for all is a core American value, the premise upon which our nation was built, and the heart of our democracy. While we have never fully lived up to the promise of equality for all, America is at its best when moving towards it.

But this central American value is under assault from those sworn to protect it--Donald Trump and the Republicans. From immigration to voting rights to access to health care to racial disparities in our criminal justice system, our fellow Americans face the threat of increased discrimination. NextGen America is proud to stand with them and work to realize the promise of equality America makes to us all.

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, NextGenAmerica.org , Jul 4, 2019

African-Americans waited for centuries for civil rights

Steyer appealed to the exasperation and skepticism expressed by some people. "Most Democratic elected officials are saying, 'It's inconvenient at this point to bring up [impeachment]," Steyer said. "Looking at a room with a lot of African-Americans in it, we all know that the history was that people did not bring up the human rights and the civil rights for African-Americans for centuries because it was 'inconvenient' and not politically expedient."
Source: S.Kleiner in PublicIntegrity.org: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Mar 23, 2018

Mike Pence alienates LGBT Americans

Tom Steyer harshly criticized Donald Trump's selection of Mike Pence as his running mate, saying the move is alienating to LGBT Americans. "I thought it was classic that Trump chose someone who had vilified another part of our community--the LGBT part of our community," Steyer said, while moderating a panel at the Netroots Nation conference. "[Trump] went out of his way to get a vice presidential running mate who had actually gone after part of America that he hadn't personally gone after yet."

Though he's raised money for Clinton in the past, Steyer only endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee last month after the primary process had wrapped up.

Steyer noted that Pence was the first governor to sign a bill specifically discriminating against homosexuals. "Indiana was the first state," he said. "I think that's unconscionabl

Source: Benjamin Oreskes, Politico.com, on 2020 Democratic primary , Jul 15, 2016

Other candidates on Civil Rights: Tom Steyer on other issues:
2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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