Shahid's Values

Corporations unfortunately dominate our public policy, and We the People pay the price. From depleting environmental resources to accelerating climate change and habitat destruction, corporate resource extraction increasingly threatens the future of life on Earth.

Shahid favors aggressive action to address the climate crisis, and supports the Green New Deal. Given the warnings of U.N. climate scientists, we must transition our economy to 100% clean and renewable energy within the next 10 years. Doing so will require aggressive action to reform our energy policy, agriculture policy, military policy, and transportation infrastructure.

While the precise legislative vehicle to effectuate these changes remains unformulated due to the sustained and continuing failures of our established political leaders, Shahid is eager to participate in the formulation of the Green New Deal and to strengthen existing proposals as recommended by environmental groups such as Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, and Greenpeace.

Healthcare is a human right, not a commodity. In sharp contrast to our incumbent’s defense of a for-profit health system that preys on sick people and their families, Shahid will support the historic “Medicare for All” proposal by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, H.R.1384.

Single-payer healthcare would be vastly more efficient and less expensive than our inadequate corporate healthcare system by leveraging economies of scale.

Medicare for all would dramatically drive down costs, by reducing administrative waste, expanding access to preventive care, and allowing the government’s purchasing power to drive down the cost of corporate pharmaceuticals.

Privacy is a fundamental right. Beyond the right merely to be invisible, it enables freedom of expression, on which democracy relies.

Despite our legal commitment to the First Amendment, U.S. history is unfortunately replete with government surveillance suppressing dissent.

Shahid will sponsor legislation to require law enforcement and intelligence agencies (such as NSA, FBI, and DEA) to secure a judicial warrant before searching or collecting information from or about Americans.

Liberty includes the right to autonomy, as long as one’s actions don’t harm others.

Having long embraced intersectional feminism, Shahid will be a stalwart defender of both reproductive freedom and justice. All Americans should enjoy the chance to decide if, when, how, and with whom they grow their families.

To protect the integrity of our political process from threats including voter suppression, disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, and a campaign finance regime that undermines the influence of working class voters, Shahid proposes to expand the protections of antitrust law to give federal judges a broad statutory authority to protect competition and fairness in political markets.

He also supports legislation to make election day a national holiday, and to increase election security by requiring hand-marked paper ballots and risk-limiting audits by any state seeking federal funds.

Corporate fraud, waste, and abuse pervade military procurement and scream out for stronger congressional oversight, as well as reducing military spending.

Congress must insist on a long overdue audit of the Department of Defense, closing some U.S. military bases in foreign countries, and ending any further funding for the failed & fraudulent $1 trillion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Closing overseas bases and ending fraudulent corporate contracts would drive immense reductions in carbon emissions. The Pentagon has already recognized that climate change is among our greatest threats to national security.

In the wake of the GOP tax scam passed by Congress, cuts to military spending will be increasingly necessary to secure—and expand—vital social services including student debt relief, early childhood education, medical and psychological services for veterans, and funding for affordable housing to address the urban housing crisis.

In Congress, Shahid will vigilantly work to promote checks and balances challenging corporate corruption in Washington.

Workers and their families—especially new Americans driven either by violence or economic opportunity to migrate—stand at the tip of the spear.

Shahid will champion immigration reform aligned with the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, and resist “enforcement-first” proposals that have led to a humanitarian crisis. Beyond protecting dreamers (students left vulnerable after Trump rescinded DACA), he will also fight for a pathway to citizenship for their families.

Shahid will continue Rep. Pelosi’s co-sponsorship of H.R. 15, the Raise the Wage Act introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA). He will also champion the Employee Free Choice Act to give employees the opportunity to form unions. As explained by the Center for American Progress, “Unfairly preventing workers from joining together in unions it is not only a violation of their basic human rights, it is also bad for the economy and democracy.”​

Notwithstanding the legalization of cannabis here in California at the state level, prohibition continues at the federal level, fueling a failed and racist war on drugs and a prison-industrial-slavery complex.

Shahid is committed to ending the war on drugs and supporting communities healing from its racist effects. Our campaign has developed a detailed platform to reform the criminal justice system and advance civil rights:

Prohibit profiling by law enforcement and intelligence agencies based on race, religion, or national origin, by enacting the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (H.R.1498).

Limit the transfer of military weapons to state and local police departments by passing the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R.1232).

Remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and end the failed war on drugs. Further amend the Controlled Substances Act to reduce mandatory minimum sentences by passing by the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123).

Abolish civil asset forfeiture and the related practice of federal adoption, which allow law enforcement to seize money and property from people accused of crimes even if they are never convicted.

Restrict the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, by making deadly force justifiable only when objectively necessary to prevent imminent bodily injury or death, not whenever potentially reasonable as currently allowed.

Fund and develop a national registry for police officers to ensure that those who have been dismissed for cause from a law enforcement agency, or who have been involved in incidents prompting citizen complaints for excessive use of force, are not re-hired elsewhere. The use of deadly force towards an unarmed civilian should be per se grounds to preclude being hired by any law enforcement agency that receives federal funds.

Prohibit money bail, mandatory fines, and other barriers to justice for low-income defendants. Prohibit the use of past criminal history to determine eligibility for services such as housing, education, licenses, voting, loans, and employment.

De-militarize our borders, de-commission biometric surveillance programs embedded in immigration enforcement initiatives, and provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers and their families.

Ensure that any legislation or resource extraction scheme that affects the rights of indigenous peoples is adopted in consultation with them and only with their free, prior, and informed consent.

Tie funding for state law enforcement to a series of reforms, including stricter consequences for excessive use of force, expanded training on de-escalation, as well as a requirement that mental health clinicians accompany officers responding to mental health crisis calls.

Amend the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 to end the mandated support of police departments, and make explicit that community-based crime prevention (restorative justice) and long-term safety strategies (eg, employment, housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs) are permissible grantees for the Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program.

Promote educational, community restorative justice and employment programs that have been shown to improve community safety while creating opportunities for at-risk youth and adults, by re-allocating a portion of the funds annually given to state and local law enforcement agencies, and by tying federal grants to state adoption of statutes that redirect funds currently used for school police officers to restorative justice programs, trauma-informed counselors, and student health centers.

Provide incentives for states to offer after-school opportunities for young people, including safe places to be at night, as well as centers for sports, dance, art, and cultural activities.

Amend the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to replace incarceration of youth accused of federal crimes with effective restorative justice diversion programs, which hold youth accountable and give them the tools to survive and thrive.

Encourage independent civilian oversight boards equipped with the power to issue administrative subpoenas and impose penalties for police misconduct.

Establish pre- and post-charge diversion programs for individuals accused of drug offenses, modeled after Seattle’s LEAD program and San Francisco’s federal court Conviction Alternatives Program, offering treatment, education, and job skills training.

Prohibit the use of solitary confinement for juveniles held in the federal system, by passing the Maintaining dignity and Eliminating unnecessary Restrictive Confinement of Youths (MERCY) Act (S.329), and significantly reduce the use of solitary confinement and other forms of restrictive housing for adults in federal detention.