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Civil Rights & Racial Equity

Civil Rights & Racial Equity
Injustice, bias, and racism continue to exist, and at times thrive, in our country. The results of inequity and bias impact everything from suspension rates, to housing access, to health outcomes, to medical interventions, to job opportunity and promotions, to criminal sentencing, and even to the very safety of the water one drinks and air one breathes. Working with intentionality to root out structural racism and change biased policies is required of every legislator, and Rep. Spanberger is committed to applying an equity lens to the legislation she reviews, the policies she supports, and the bills she drafts.

Justice and Policing
As a former federal law enforcement officer, Rep. Spanberger recognizes the critical importance of keeping our communities safe and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions that harm others. But she also knows that for far too many Americans, injustices pervade our criminal justice system and later endanger their ability to receive a quality education, find fulfilling employment, or support their families. In Congress, one of Rep. Spanberger’s top priorities is to help pass meaningful, bipartisan criminal justice reform, including legislation to reduce mass incarceration, end the school-to-prison pipeline, and treat drug addiction like a public health issue, not a crime. 

Protecting Voting Rights
A bedrock principle of our democracy is equal rights under the law for all Americans, and Rep. Spanberger is fighting in Congress to make sure the rights of all Americans are respected, enforced, and protected. One of the most fundamental rights in our country is the right to choose your elected officials through free and fair elections, and Rep. Spanberger supports ongoing initiatives to strengthen voter rights and to counteract efforts across the country that seek to disenfranchise voters. This priority includes pushing for the restoration and modernization of the Voting Rights Act.

Fighting Discrimination and Supporting our Neighbors
Rep. Spanberger firmly believes that no American should face discrimination based on the color of their skin, where they are from, how they choose to worship, what disability they have, or who they love. This priority includes advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment and pushing to remove the ratification deadline to allow individual states to ratify the original Amendment. Rep. Spanberger strongly supports marriage equality and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and she will continue to make sure that no citizen is denied government services, loses a job, or faces any other form of discrimination.