Hillary Clinton Outlines Plan to Strengthen Communities of Color

[Exclusive] Hillary Clinton Outlines Plan to Strengthen Communities of Color – News & Views – EBONY

[OP-ED] In a piece you will only find on EBONY.com, the Democratic front-runner lays out a plan to address economic, social and educational issues affecting African Americans

>by: Hillary Clinton, 11/06/2015 |RePost: 11/07/2015 5:14:31 AM| Hillary_OpedOp Associated Press

When I started my life in public service four decades ago, it was to tear down the barriers that hold people back from developing their talents and achieving their dreams. That’s what I’m still fighting for today.

But more than half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, race still plays too big a part in determining who gets ahead in America—and who gets left behind.

In America today, one in three Black men will go to prison in their lifetime. African American women earn 64 cents and Latina women 56 cents for every dollar a White man earns. African Americans are nearly three times more likely to be denied a mortgage as whites. The median Black family has just eight percent the wealth of the median White family. Two-thirds of children living in poverty today are African American or Latino. And Black children are 500 percent more likely to die from asthma than White kids.

We need a new and comprehensive commitment to equity and opportunity for communities of color. That means making major new investments to create jobs and economic opportunity, ensure equal pay for women, and end redlining in housing once and for all. It means strengthening access to credit, promoting entrepreneurship, and making it easier to start and grow a business. It means replacing the school-to-prison pipeline with a cradle-to-college pipeline, so every child can live up to his or her God-given potential.

We need policies that will help overcome the enduring impacts of racism. For instance, I have proposed making universal, high-quality preschool a reality. Low-income African American and Latino children gain the most from high-quality preschool programs—helping close the achievement gap. As president, I will fight to give every child in America the fair start they deserve.

In addition to letting millions of people refinance their crushing student loans and ensuring that no student has to borrow money to pay tuition at public universities, my New College Compact also invests in the historically Black colleges and universities that have helped build the African American middle class. HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] graduate the majority of African American public school teachers and more than one in four African-Americans who earn STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education] degrees. As president, I will make sure these institutions can deliver for future generations.

Beyond education, we have to do more in infrastructure and housing, childhood poverty and environmental justice. For instance, it’s hard to get and keep a job if getting to work means traveling for an hour or more using unreliable, indirect transit systems. In too many places, our public transportation systems haven’t been built with an eye to connecting communities of color to economic opportunities. As president, I will fight to reverse this trend, expanding and targeting federal funding for public transportation as part of a plan to modernize our infrastructure and get more people into good-paying jobs and careers.

Of course, reforming our broken criminal justice system is crucial, which is why I’ve called for banning racial profiling, fully eliminating the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine, and ending the era of mass incarceration, among other measures. And we must take on the epidemic of gun violence. I have met too many mothers and fathers whose lives have been torn apart, whose children have been killed by guns.

Ultimately, reversing the legacy of racism and [under-investment] will require directing more federal resources to those who need them most. One appealing approach has been proposed by Congressman James Clyburn, who has piloted the “10-20-30” concept—in which 10 percent of funds are directed at communities where at least 20 percent of the population has been living below the poverty line for 30 years or more. I believe the 10-20-30 model holds promise and this principle should be expanded to other programs.

And as Dr. King knew well, a political system rigged against full participation at the voting booth only deepens inequality. Republican governors and state legislatures have passed law after law, systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of Americans from voting. What part of democracy are they so afraid of?

I believe every citizen should be registered to vote automatically when they turn 18. Every state should have no fewer than 20 days of early in-person voting. We should restore voting rights to people who have been convicted of crimes and paid their debts to society—because voting is a central part of our civic life. And Congress must act now to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We have fought too long and come too far to go backward now.

It really comes down to this. We need to pass laws and fund programs. But each one of us must also examine the habits of our hearts. It’s the kind of work that comes from talking at our kitchen tables, in our neighborhoods, and on our streets. Seeing the humanity in everyone around us. And, above all, teaching our children to treat others with respect and dignity. That empathy is what makes it possible for people from every background, race, and religion to come together as one nation—the United States of America.
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Hillary Clinton, laying out more ideas for overhauling the criminal justice system, is backing shorter mandatory minimum sentences and more discretion for judges, adding her support to bipartisan momentum for these changes. ~US Politics News

“We need a New, New Deal for Communities of Color”

Anderson Cooper: Sec. Clinton what would you do for African Americans in this country that President Obama couldn’t?

 

 

Well, I think that President Obama has been a great moral leader on these issues and has laid out an agenda that has been obstructed by the Republicans at every turn…So, what we need to be doing is, not only reforming the criminal justice. [Aw]…We’ve talked about this for some length; including things like body cameras. But, we also need to be following the recommendation of the commissions that President Obama impaneled on policing. There is an agenda there that we need to be following-up on. Similarly, we to tackle mass incarceration and this maybe the only bipartisan issue in the Congress this year. We actually have people on both sides of the aisle who’ve reached the same conclusion that we cannot keep imprisoning more people than anybody else in the world. But, I believe that the debate and discussion has to go further, Anderson because we got to do more about the lives of these children. That why I start out by saying… We need to be committed to making it possible for every child to live-up to his or he god giving potential. That is real hard to do if you don’t have early childhood education and if you don’t have schools that are able to meet the needs of people or good housing. There’s a long list… “We need a new, new deal for communities of color.” ~HRC

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