At a time when the ugly face of misogyny has run rampant within the California legislature, Assembly District 45 is ground zero. As men in power are finally being forced to listen to women’s voices, I entered the race to be a champion of women’s rights and to make sure that we had a representative who respects women.
It is important for women to stand up for equal rights in society, but it is equally important for men to stand up for women and to be feminists.
Because women empowerment and equality is they key to build the future we want. It is the key to social transformation, political stability and economic growth.
Led by Loraine Lundquist, Betty Toto, and Shawnee Badger, our campaign started the #MeToo Ally Pledge, which I have signed along with other candidates and elected officials.
As a State Assembly I Pledge to be An Ally to Women
- I will listen and be an ally to victims. I pledge to initiate an investigation when a victim comes forward (unless they request otherwise), and I will work to ensure harassment is not tolerated in our capitol or anywhere else.
- I support a system where whistleblowers are protected and encouraged to report abuse.
- I will call out sexist statements and innuendo, maintain an inclusive and safe workspace, and fire harassers.
- I will seek positive consent for touches and/or sexual encounters. I will not pursue romantic relationships with those over whom I have power. When initiating romantic involvement, I will ask once only — no one should have to say “no” twice.
- I recognize that emotional and verbal abuse can have both short-term and long-lasting effects that are serious and traumatic; I will treat women and all people kindly, with dignity and respect.
- I will actively hire and promote women, encourage women to run for office, and amplify women’s voices.