Equality and Civil Rights


Our Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  “Equal Justice Under Law” is engraved on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.  And our Constitution guarantees to ALL citizens “equal protection of the laws.”

Despite these pledges and guarantees, we continue to fall short in our efforts to treat our citizens fairly and equitably.  Women, minorities, religious communities, the disabled, and LGBTQ folks receive neither equal protection nor equal opportunity under our current laws.

Racial Justice

Minorities, particularly African-Americans, are consistently and systemically targeted with unfair criminal justice practices.  Those who can afford high-priced legal assistance avoid punishment, while those without the same resources become trapped in our oversized, outsourced prison system. On the outsides of prison walls, minority-owned businesses are struggling to stay afloat, with most closing after just five years.

Here is my plan to address and enhance racial equality in the United States:

  • Provide stipends and grants for minority-owned businesses for the first ten years of existence.
  • Implement racial sensitivity training for federal jobs
  • Pass a public housing overhaul bill that will contract through small businesses to renovate public housing projects as well as working with HUD to create pathways to homeownership.
  • Implement sweeping criminal justice reforms http://carriganforcongress.wpstagingsites.com/issue/criminal-justice-reform/
  • Crack down harshly on hate groups that target minorities
  • Reform the way we fund schools so that low-income communities can have an opportunity to thrive http://carriganforcongress.wpstagingsites.com/issue/education/

Women’s Rights

Along with racial minorities, we must protect the rights of women in this country. As a former neo-natal intensive care nurse and lactation consultant in the Army, I am uniquely familiar with some of the challenges women in the US must overcome.

Women in America today face an increasing gender pay gap, violence going overlooked, inadequate healthcare and restrictions on reproductive rights, and much more. For far too long, men have represented women in this country without giving them a voice in the political system. That is why my campaign staff is 80% woman-led, as will be my future congressional staff. All issues are women’s issues, and it my intention to fight for them.

Here is my plan to address women’s rights in America:

  • Make it illegal to pay women less than a man for the same job
  • Pass a federal program that provided a 12-month supply of birth control through Medicare
  • Identify and overturn TRAP laws at the federal level
  • Fully fund Planned Parenthood
  • Classify domestic violence as “domestic terrorism” so that it can be federally prosecuted
  • Create a national registry of domestic abusers similar to the sex offender registry
  • Partially withhold federal funds from Universities and college campuses that sweep campus rape under the rug
  • Allow for civilian trials of rape in the military

LGBTQ Empowerment

America is a nation for all, no matter who you love or how you identify. In recent years, the LGBTQ community has been subjected to more hate crimes than any other people group in the country. That is why we must take action on the federal scale to prevent violence and discrimination against LGBTQ folks across the country.

Here is my plan to secure equal opportunity for the LGBTQ community:

  • Ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Allow for transgender people to use affidavits to secure their pronouns on forms of ID
  • Ban housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
  • Add LGBTQ to the civil rights act
  • Sanction Russia for protecting the Chechnyan genocide of gay and lesbian civilians
  • Pass the Equality Act (H.R. 2282)
  • Ban discrimination against LGBTQ kids in education

Religious Freedom

Religious liberty is the reason that the first Americans set foot on this land. It is guaranteed by the First Amendment and should be preserved. Right now, religious liberty is being crushed by the House GOP, who have snuck a provision into the budget that would tax churches and other religious centers. Meanwhile, Muslim Americans face hate crimes and being the target of widespread discrimination. We must allow people to worship and pray in peace. There is a separation of church and state for a reason.

Here is my plan to ensure religious freedom in America:

  • Remove the Republican provision to tax churches, religious centers, and non-profits
  • Repeal the travel ban on Muslim majority countries
  • Strengthen anti-hate crime laws to protect Muslims, Jews, and other religious minorities
  • Condemn terror organizations who target and kill Christian missionaries

People with Disabilities

Americans with disabilities have long been overlooked and discriminated against, be it in education, employment, or society at large. But that isn’t staying the same. Americans are waking up and realizing that it is our moral duty to protect people with physical, intellectual, and other kinds of disabilities.

Here is my plan to guarantee Americans with disabilities are treated with dignity and respect:

  • Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Require people with disabilities be paid at least minimum wage
  • Work with the DOT to make sure public transit is accessible to people with disabilities
  • Ensure disability benefits are protected in each and every budget proposal
  • Develop policies that protect people with disabilities from abuse in care facilities and education
  • Work to make legislative proceedings, executive press conference, SCOTUS hearings, and other public governmental processes more accessible to people with disabilities

Indigenous People’s Rights

Indigenous People’s rights can be considered the very first American civil rights issue. Native Americans have resided in this land since before the births of our founding fathers. Our peaceful coexistence has not always been respected. Native Americans have been the victim to an egregious genocide, and some of the worst discrimination the world has ever seen.

It is past time we as a nation took the necessary steps to provide humane treatment to the 567 tribes of our country. Here is my plan to secure the freedom of our indigenous peoples:

  • Reform our broken criminal justice system http://carriganforcongress.wpstagingsites.com/issue/criminal-justice-reform/
  • Ban the construction of pipelines and other projects through Native land and through Native riverways
  • Allow tribes to prosecute people who commit violent crimes against Native Americans
  • Significantly increase funding of housing projects on native land
  • Increase funding of the Indian Health Services and provide better healthcare options on native land
  • Require local governments to secure polling places on native lands in every election that covers their area
  • Develop curriculum to teach indigenous languages and cultures in schools