Civil Rights

We cannot encompass all of these minorities’ struggles into our issues page, however, we want to use our platform to raise awareness for many of the issues going on in these communities so that positive change can be made. To do this, we have chosen various groups facing hardships in order to bring light to them and hopefully create positive change through discussion. It is important to note that the groups we discuss below are not the only groups facing difficulties. 

  • LGBTQ+ Issues 

    • Pass a non-discrimination law protecting LGBTQ+ Floridians 

    • Statewide protections for LGBTQ+ people in the workplace, housing, and healthcare 

    • Get justice for murdered Trans people of color 

    • Pass the Medicaid Expansion 

    • Advocate for more LGBTQ+ representation in state and local government

  • Hispanic Issues 

    • Increase access to translators and translated election material (Haitian Creole/Spanish)

    • Allow Spanish and Creole translated vote by mail ballots

    • Boost ESL programs in schools

    • Funding cultural events in disadvantaged communities through FL DOS Division of Cultural Affairs

  • Women's Issues

    • We must make equal pay a reality. For every white man’s dollar, white women make .85 cents, Black women make .61 cents, and Hispanic women make .60 cents

    • Join many other states around the country and call for the Equal Rights Amendment to be added to the US Constitution

    • Pass a state version of the Violence Against Women Act 

    • Increase access to affordable or subsidized childcare for Florida’s families

    • Expand and protect abortion rights in the state of Florida 

    • Eliminate all laws passed by Republicans that restrict access to abortion or place an undue regulatory burden on abortion clinics. Including Florida’s recent law requiring parental consent for minors seeking an abortion which our opponent Travis Hutson voted for

    • Restore and expand state funding for Planned Parenthood

  • Indigenous Issues

    • We support Native American sovereignty rights.

    • We support Native American claims to ancestral sites, remains, and artifacts, as well as tribal control of the practice of tribal religions

    • We support Treaty rights for subsistence-level hunting and fishing.

    • We oppose the misuse of the criminal justice system and excessive force to deny Native Americans their rights.

    • We support giving Native American culture equal weight with other cultures in our educational and socializing processes.

  • Black Issues 

    • Criminal justice reform ​

    • Advocate for citizens advisory boards to "police the police"

    • Accept federal Medicaid Expansion 

    • Address racial economic, health, labor, and housing disparities 

  • Asian Issues 

    • Investigate and prosecute hate crimes

    • Encourage South Asian and Southeast Asian communities to participate in electoral and
      political processes.

    • Increase awareness about immigrant rights and facilitate immigrant integration into mainstream American society with the protection afforded to all lawful residents.

    • Increase awareness about civil rights restoration for those who have paid their debts to

    • Prevent rollback on established women’s rights while advocating for equal rights across
      the board, especially within South Asian and Southeast Asian immigrant communities.

    • Advocate for and support continued environmental protection and water conservation.

    • Push for access to high-quality healthcare at a reasonable cost for all

    • Support access to high-quality education for all communities, irrespective of their socio-
      economic standing

  • Muslim Issues 

    • Re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)​

    • Create accessible, open, and fair elections

    • Improve our schools and creating a skilled and educated workforce

    • Work aggressively to protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, marital status, and disability

    • Ensure access to affordable high-quality healthcare

  • Pacific Islander Issues 

    • Fight discrimination in housing, employment, and healthcare​

    • Lower the cost of education and increase language accessibility 

    • Advocate for residents of overseas US territories to be integrated into the US political system and given citizenship (esp. American Samoa) 

  • Disability Issues 

    • Ensure Access to Healthcare: Individuals with disabilities have the right to high-quality affordable healthcare and mental health services that meets their specific needs.

    • Independent Living and Other Services: We need to protect and expand existing programs that support independence, and enact Medicare for All to cover programs and long term services and supports (LTSS) that help keep people in their homes and communities.

    • Education Opportunities: We must provide educational experiences and opportunities that assist individuals with disabilities to become independent, productive, and contributing members of their communities.

    • Employment Opportunities: People with disabilities can and do work in all areas of the American workforce. We need to do a better job connecting these individuals with opportunities to do meaningful work.

    • Adequate Funding and Appropriations from the State Budget: People with disabilities and their families deserve appropriate state funding to address the significant and growing unmet needs of children and adults with disabilities. We should ratify our own Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Heather Hunter


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P.O. Box 875 

Tallahassee, FL 32302