Aimee’s Equity, Equality & Inclusion Priorities:
“Don’t waste your seat at the table. If you aren’t comfortable, get up and let someone else assume leadership.”First Lady, Michelle Obama
It’s time for Indiana to live up to the motto of Hoosier Hospitality. Indiana has an opportunity and obligation to translate suffering and anger into action for systemic change. Indiana can attract and retain business opportunities by increasing our state’s reputation for hospitality, diversity, and freedom from discrimination with common sense legislation like:
- A clear, specific, and inclusive hate crimes law that allows judges to enhance criminal sentences when the crime was motivated by bias toward a victim’s characteristics that include: race; ethnicity; religion; national origin; sex; disability; gender identity; and sexual orientation.
- A comprehensive bias crimes bill was supposed to be one of Governor Holcomb’s priorities for the 2019 general assembly. After several drafts and amendments that started with SB 12, Indiana’s hate crimes bill became SB 198 with an abbreviated list of protections. This list did not include age, sex, gender, nor gender identity.
- Transform Indiana’s criminal legal system to stop racist violence and the effects of structural inequality.
- Aimee supports the Black Lives Matter movement and will work for investment into community-based services, resources, and alternatives to policing that are better suited to responding to Hoosiers’ actual needs.
- Close the gender pay gap.
- Indiana ranks forty-ninth out the fifty states and the District of Columbia for the gender pay gap With Hoosier women, on average, only making seventy-four cents compared to a man’s dollar. There are many things we need to do to make sure women have the same freedoms that men do. I would propose a new law mandating gender pay transparency.
- Offer assistance and justice to victims of sexual assault.
- Indiana has rape shield laws, but they are not strong enough. We also need to expand our victim advocate program to be able to effectively advocate for victims and help them through the difficult litigation process.