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Kathy Hochul on Civil Rights

 

 


Expand eligibility for prosecution as hate crimes

I will not rest until every Jewish and Muslim child feels safe going to school or entering a house of worship. So we propose to make more than two dozen additional offenses, from gang assaults to graffiti, eligible for prosecution as hate crimes. This means enhanced liability sentences, and ultimately, it means we're standing up for what's right. We'll protect the people of this state.

We'll carry this fight until every New Yorker feels safe at home, at prayer, and at work.

Source: 2024 State of the State Address to New York legislature , Jan 10, 2024

National movements for equality were all started in New York

New York has always meant the promise of a better life, for those immigrating through Ellis Island, fleeing slavery in the South, or resettling here as refugees from Afghanistan. Our state is nationally recognized as the birthplace of movements for equality and progress, the labor movement, the women's rights movement, the LGBTQ+ movement, the environmental movement, the racial justice movement, they all were started HERE by enlightened New Yorkers.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the New York legislature , Jan 5, 2022

No longer barriers/ceiling to women in government

I want every young woman, just like I was a high school assembly intern, to realize that this is a place where they have a role. We need their voices. We need that diversity. We're getting there. We're making progress on more elected women. But I want by the end of my administration, for every woman to say there are no barriers, there is no longer a ceiling. We're looking forward and making sure that my reputation and the reputation of my administration is one that is completely ethical.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2021 interview of New York Lt. Governor , Aug 15, 2021

In Congress supported same-sex marriage & abortion rights

A former member of Congress, Hochul supported abortion rights and same-sex marriage in one of the state's more conservative congressional districts.
Source: LoHud Journal News on 2022 New York gubernatorial race , Mar 2, 2021

Supported same-sex marriage & abortion rights

A former member of Congress, Hochul supported abortion rights and same-sex marriage in one of the state's more conservative congressional districts.
Source: Journal News LoHud.com on 2022 New York Gubernatorial race , Mar 2, 2021

If men don't change attitudes there will be consequences

Q: Is there anything that you can speak to in terms of your personal experience with the #MeToo movement?

KH: I've endured comments. People getting far too close, inappropriately close, but nothing that rises to the magnitude of what they endured.

Q: You called the #MeToo movement a "seismic cultural shift" that's needed to shift the balance of power to keep women from being vulnerable in the workplace. If you could change one thing to shift that balance of power in favor of women, what would that be?

KH: How could I change men's attitude towards women? How can I get inside a man's head and say how can you possibly treat your coworker in such a degrading way? She's an equal to you. She does not deserve to be commented on. Physically touched. Propositioned in the workplace. That's not a policy, that's a request and a hope that we can change male attitudes, and if they don't change then there will have to be consequences.

Source: CityAndStateNY.com on 2022 New York Gubernatorial race , Mar 25, 2018

Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights.

Hochul signed Equal Rights Amendment for men and women

JOINT RESOLUTION: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women. Constitutional Amendment: Prohibits denying or abridging equality of rights under the law by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives: That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of 3/4ths of the several States:
  1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
  2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
  3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

[Explanatory note from Wikipedia.com and OnTheIssues.org]:

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and, in 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress, but failed to gain ratification before its June 30, 1982 deadline. This new proposed amendment is identical in wording to the original 1972 proposed amendment. It was proposed in Congress in every session from 1923 through 1970 prior to passing in 1972; and has been re-introduced in Congress in every session since 1982 after its failure at ratification. The current version removes the Congressionally imposed deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, so that if the bill passes Congress, states have no deadline as they did in 1982.

Source: HJR69&SJR21 11-HJR69 on Jun 22, 2011

Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools.

Hochul signed Student Non-Discrimination Act

Source: HR.998&S.555 11-HR0998 on Mar 10, 2011

Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights.

Hochul is endorsed by by the Feminist Majority on women's rights

The Feminist Majority endorses candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. In addition to the stronger `endorsement,` the organization also determines `preferred` candidates in races where they do not endorse. Their mission statement:

`Our mission is to empower feminists, who are the majority, and to win equality for women at the decision-making tables of the state, nation, and the world. The Feminist Majority promotes non-discrimination on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, age, marital status, nation of origin, size or disability. The purpose of Feminist Majority is to promote equality for women and men, non-violence, reproductive health, peace, social justice and economic development and to enhance feminist participation in public policy. Feminist Majority supports workersí collective bargaining, pay equity, and end of sweatshops. We encourage programs directed at the preservation of the environment.`

Source: FeministMajority.org website 12-FemMaj on Oct 31, 2012

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