District Heights, Prince George’s County
Lawyer, Advocate and Advisor
Hampton University – BA (Honours) Political Science. Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law (Honours), Specialization – Alternative Dispute Resolution
O’Malley Brown – Prince George’s County Coordinator Prince George’s County House Delegation – Legislative Director Prince George’s County Council District 6 – Education and Social Services Policy Advisor Prince George’s County Executive , Department of the Environment – Legislative Counsel Maryland House of Delegates – Delegate for District 25
What is the most pressing issue in your state or district?
Covid 19 and its consequences which have highlighted systemic problems such as: exacerbated learning gaps, employment problems, cost of living far higher than wages.
What should the United States do to fight climate change?
The United States can do many things to fight climate change, including reducing coal emissions, increasing the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy, greening transportation, and helping developing countries reduce deforestation. . Congress can specifically do. impact by encouraging carbon capture, use and storage; Federal energy efficiency standards are a key driver of energy efficiency in the United States. Increased federal leadership can yield greater environmental and economic benefits. Investments in infrastructure can reduce emissions and improve resilience to the climate impacts we are already experiencing. For example, a modernized grid can better distribute renewable energy and make communities more resilient to extreme weather conditions. Any new infrastructure must be built to last, bearing in mind impacts such as rising sea levels and increasingly frequent heat waves, taking into account how these issues affect communities black.
How do you assess the US response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
I condemn Vladimir Putin’s unjust and unprovoked war against Ukraine. We must push for a diplomatic end to this attack on innocent people, including black migrants, students, and our Diaspora family members. We must do everything in our power to protect all people, especially black refugees, migrants and residents who are caught in the crossroads of war and a long history of racism. We must also focus on the needs of the most vulnerable Ukrainians, as well as the safety of Russians who are protesting their government’s moves towards war. I stand in solidarity with the plight of the Ukrainian people as they strive to protect themselves against authoritarianism and imperialism. We also recognize the bravery of the Russian people who are rising up against him.
What should the United States do about the legal status and potential citizenship of undocumented immigrants living here?
Immigrant families build our communities and strengthen our economy. We need a family-based immigration system based on civil and human rights. We must dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and reunite families who have been separated. The United States has served as a place of refuge and a beacon of hope for those fleeing persecution and danger in their home countries. We should allow undocumented immigrants who have resided in the United States for five years or more to remain free from the threat of deportation. We should use early parole to reunite families who have been torn apart by deportation policies and provide for and return unjustly deported service members, extend parole in place to families and caregivers of citizens and lawful permanent residents and employed workers, and using hardship waivers and reducing onerous fees to remove barriers to green cards and citizenship for as many eligible cases as possible.
How would you describe what happened at the US Capitol on January 6?
On January 6, 2021, domestic terrorists attacked the United States Capitol in an effort to invalidate the results of a fair election. Everyone involved must be found and held accountable.
What should the United States do now to prepare for the next pandemic?
Continue to monitor the various outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic and invest resources in communities that need to build infrastructure in their health, social security and education systems.
What is the right balance for US transportation spending between roads and public transit?
Although highways receive the overwhelming majority of federal transportation funding, they alone do not solve our transportation problems. In fact, this huge sum of highway funding is making our problems worse – traffic jams, carbon emissions, dangerous roads, reduced access to jobs and services. Because there is no rule requiring states to spend highway funding on maintenance before expansion, or any performance metrics requiring states to improve people’s access to jobs and services through all modes, our investments in highways end up increasing congestion and carbon emissions while disconnecting Americans from everyday life. services they need. I believe in linking transportation funding to the outcomes we want. Instead of injecting more general funds into the existing program, we should implement performance measures and requirements to align funds with our goals: to reduce our huge road maintenance backlog, reduce congestion and emissions carbon, and make our streets safe for all road users.
What would you like the nation to do to better address income inequality?
We must first recognize that America has a structural problem of economic inequality. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer because of government policies that benefit the very few at the expense of the vast majority of Americans. There is not just a disparity of wealth, there is a disparity of opportunity. We need to fix the tax code so that the top 1% and the biggest corporations pay their fair share of taxes. We should expand and create programs to help reduce poverty and move us towards a more robust and equitable economy. Raise the minimum wage so that every working American can support his family. Create more well-paying jobs by putting people to work repairing and modernizing our country’s crumbling infrastructure. Finally, reform our criminal justice and immigration systems. These systems perpetuate inequalities, especially among people of color.
Describe your position on the law on the electoral count, which would put “safeguards” around the certification of presidential elections?
A revised ACE should define the concept of “failure” and clarify that this provision, which essentially allows voter screening after Election Day, only applies in a limited set of extreme circumstances, and if this provision is triggered , states should be required to stick to their previous choices about how voters are designated. The limited role of Congress is to ensure that the submissions it receives from the states are authentic, in that they reflect the actual outcome of those elections in accordance with federal and state law. Congress should ensure that the courts can intervene if, for example, state actors go “rogue” and claim to certify results that do not reflect the outcome of the election. A revised ECA should clarify these respective roles of the states, Congress, and the courts. This should limit attempts by Congress to nullify any state’s certified election results.
Who is your first choice for president in 2024 and why?
It is too early to make this assessment. The actions of President Biden and Vice President Harris will strongly influence the field for 2024. We should look to the plethora of black women working at all levels of government and ensure that the field reflects their insight and brilliance.