California is not the sanctuary state it claims to be. A hierarchy of human worth has been created based on self-interest mired in white supremacy, xenophobia, and capitalist interests. No one’s safety or well-being should be based upon their immigration status. Policies full of loopholes do an insufficient job of protecting and supporting all California residents.
Until our federal government can abolish ICE, Fatima will fight to minimize its impact as much as possible, ensuring that immigrant families feel as safe and secure as possible.
Sacramento must do everything within its power to protect all California residents, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, from the oppressive entity that is ICE. This means:
Fatima will also advocate for:
We need to deeply divest from our current system of incarceration: it is clear that it is not keeping our communities safe or helping us find accountability, healing, and restitution from harms committed. To this end, we must drastically reduce our jail & prison populations and decrease funding to police and prison systems. Many people are incarcerated simply because they do not have the resources to post bail or because they’re incarcerated for crimes of poverty. By spending less money on keeping individuals incarcerated and instead investing in robust social programs, we firmly believe our communities will be able to better thrive and reduce violence.
Instead, we must invest in alternatives to incarceration, including restorative justice approaches and mental health care for those in and out of prison. People need access to fair and affordable housing, good paying jobs, free healthcare, and a high quality education. As we move from punitive systems to preventative supports, we will fight for:
In addition, we need justice systems that truly focus on accountability and healing, not punishment. We must end practices that perpetuate racist outcomes and avoid accountability. Black Lives Matter, and that means we must end qualified immunity; eliminate prosecutorial use of gang enhancements that increase sentences for those apprehended with alleged (and sometimes falsified) gang ties; end cash bail; expand public access to the Commission on Judicial Performance, which provides oversight over judicial misconduct; and ban the use of predictive algorithms that can perpetuate biases in policing or judicial decision-making. We must then take those funds and invest them in restorative justice measures.
We must remove state agents with any history of misconduct or engagement with explicitly white supremacist organizations and offer ongoing anti-racism support for all judges and decision-making staff. Simultaneously, we can diversify and democratize who enters judgeships by enabling campaign finance reform and requiring judgeship information in voter guides. We should also disallow anyone involved in public safety from taking police union or police money.
Finally, we must recognize the humanity of incarcerated Californians. While we live in a world that maintains systems of incarceration, we can ensure that already-marginalized Californians are not further disadvantaged by those systems. We can: