Rep. Ayanna Pressley demanded “economic and housing justice” for all Americans on the House Floor Thursday; calling the current Coronavirus pandemic a “crisis within a crisis.”
“Families are in crisis, food pantry lines are around the block, rent is due in eight days. Community health centers are desperate. This is a crisis in a crisis. This chamber will determine how many lives we are robbed of,” said Pressley.
“Our nation is crying out, the people are crying out… People are counting on us, they deserve healthcare, economic, housing justice,” she added.
This is a crisis within a crisis. And what happens in this chamber will determine just how many more lives we are robbed of.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 23, 2020
Watch Rep. Pressley’s comments above.
NEW DEMOCRATS: Rep. Pressley Introduces Legislation to Lower Federal Voting Age to 16
Democratic Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley introduced legislation this week that would lower the federal voting age to just 16-year-old; saying “young people are at the forefront of some of our most existential crises.”
Pressley was speaking with her fellow lawmakers Tuesday when she commented on her proposal; claiming the new age requirement would help give “young people” the “opportunity to exercise their rights.”
“Young people are leading the way, which has bene the case for every social movement throughout our history. They are organizing and mobilizing and calling us to action,” said the Congresswoman.
“Young people are at the forefront of some of our most existential crises,” Pressley added. “The time has come. Our young people deserve to have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”
SQUAD GOALS: Rep. Pressley Slams ‘Criminal Injustice System,’ Calls for Reduction in Sentences
Squad-member Rep. Ayanna Pressley called for the drastic restructuring of America’s criminal justice system Thursday; saying the country needs policies that promote “de-carceration” and “human dignity.”
“The People’s #JusticeGuarantee is a complete paradigm shift. Gone are the days that the gov’t criminalizes the marginalized,” posted Pressley on social media.
“The People’s #JusticeGuarantee transforms the criminal legal system: Dramatically reducing jail & prison populations, Eliminating wealth-based discrimination & corporate profiteering, Investing in the communities destabilized by mass incarceration,” she added.
The People’s #JusticeGuarantee transforms the criminal legal system:
✅Dramatically reducing jail & prison populations
✅Eliminating wealth-based discrimination & corporate profiteering
✅Investing in the communities destabilized by mass incarceration#DecarcerationNOW
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) November 14, 2019
“Our criminal INjustice system must prioritize early intervention, rehabilitation over incarceration & a clear pathway for formerly incarcerated individuals to reintegrate into society. These changes can only be achieved by working in partnership w/ community,” writes Pressley.