Empowering Muslim and Arab American Communities
A NOTE FROM ELIZABETH WARREN
Donald Trump’s racism and anti-Muslim policies have been devastating. But while he has taken our system to its most punitive extreme, his policies build on an architecture already primed for abuse. From seemingly never ending wars to discriminatory domestic like the Patriot Act and foreign policies, Black and brown Muslims and Arab Americans have been uniquely impacted.
But we’ve also seen what’s possible when communities come together to fight back. In the past few years, there have been moments of immense strength and solidarity—because of the movements that have been built by Black and brown Muslims and Arab Americans.
Most Democratic candidates for president have committed to ending the forever wars. We also witnessed the immediacy of protests against the Muslim Ban, organizing by youth and grassroots organizations across the country when their civil liberties were under attack, and people around the world rising up against corrupt regimes to hold them accountable.
My commitment to big, structural change includes shifting our domestic and foreign policies to reflect the country and world we want to build together. One that values the diversity and input of community leaders, organizers, policy experts, and stakeholders every step of the way — including those who will be in my administration. This is our moment to dream big, fight hard, and win — for the sake of our communities and for the sake of the world.
INVEST IN OUR FUTURE
Approximately 40% of Muslims in the United States make less than $30,000 and only 37% report owning homes. We need to invest in our poor and working class communities and in programs — like Medicare for All — that will improve everyone’s lives.
Elizabeth Warren’s Ultra-Millionaire Tax asks the richest 75,000 Americans to pitch in two cents on every dollar of net worth over $50 million and six cents on every dollar of net worth over $1 billion. With this tax on the wealthiest fortunes in America, we can:
- Provide free two- and four-year public college and technical school so that everyone can have access to the opportunities higher-education opens up in this country;
- Invest $800 billion into our public K-12 schools so every kid has access to a high-quality public education;
- Provide Universal Child Care and Pre-K so that families with working parents aren’t breaking the bank to provide care for their kids;
- Cancel student loan debt for 95% of people who have it;
- Invest a minimum of $50 billion in HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions; and
- Help finance Medicare for All — which will provide health care for everyone.
ESTABLISH A PEOPLE-FIRST FOREIGN POLICY
With a foreign policy that prioritizes every single person’s humanity, we can shift our standing in the world and establish better relations. A Warren administration will:
- End Trump’s racist and horrific Muslim Ban on day one and again welcome refugees and the displaced to our shores;
- End our endless wars, because we shouldn’t be using our military to solve problems that can’t be solved militarily;
- Hold regimes accountable for human rights abuses — including by requiring that countries uphold internationally recognized human rights as a precondition for any trade agreement with America;
- Cut the bloated Pentagon budget and close the revolving door between the defense industry and the Pentagon — because our foreign policy shouldn’t be based on who pockets the most money in the military industrial complex;
- Re-enter the Iran Nuclear Deal, de-escalate regional tensions, and reopen channels of communication with Iran;
- Work to protect marginalized populations — including Muslims in the Central African Republic, Uyghurs, Kurds, Rohingya, Kashmiris, those who stand up against their own corrupt regimes, children being forced to be child soldiers, and more;
- Affirm and protect the rights of the Palestinian people while working toward a two-state solution that ends the occupation; and
- Tackle climate change, recognizing that as the world’s largest historical emitter we have a special responsibility to reduce the structural inequalities that make some countries disproportionately vulnerable to its impact.
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