Elect Marckeith DeJesus
United States Senate 2020

Issues

 

Voting Rights

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a landmark federal piece of legisitlation that prohibited racial discrimination in voting. However, we find today that there are many loopholes in the act which allows the Republican Party to bypass certain provisions within the act allowing them to continue with their efforts of supressing the votes of African-Americans such as the infamous voter id laws which are intended to reduce the black turn-out on election day. Gerrymandering, mass purges of voter rolls, drastic cuts to early voting and systemic disenfranchisement targeting people of color, people with disabilities, senior citizens and millenials are all acts of voter supression. The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy and is essential to our future.

I support free and fair elections and oppose any person, political party or legislation that would require voter identification, exact name match or any other measure to suppress the right to vote.

DeJesus believes and supports:

  • A person should be permitted to cast their ballot in any polling place in their county of residence.
  • Voting rights should be restored to those on parole and on probation.
  • Ex-felons should be allowed to exercise their right to vote even if they have not paid their fines, fees or restitution to the state.
  • Voter suppression should be a state and federal crime. 

 

Healthcare

Healthcare, the word itself is almost taboo. Republicans have consistently tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it became law in 2010. While the act is not perfect, it did what it was intended to do, provide coverage for Americans who were uninsured and or underinsured, allowed persons with pre-existing conditions to gain coverage and reduce prescription drug costs.

Healthcare is not a choice, it is a right, a human right. This basic human right should not be in the hands of politicians who believe that healthcare is a choice as long as you can afford it. Every American should have access to affordable healthcare regardless of your income, ethnicity, educational background or where you live. 

Let me make this clear, insurance companies have one goal in mind, MONEY. We can no longer allow big pharma and the insurance giants to dictate who gets healthcare. Americans are dying because the cost of healthcare is far beyond their financial reach. No one wakes up in the morning and says “I think I’ll take a trip to the emergency room today”. Accidents and emergencies happen everyday. We must ensure that every American who requires medical or critical attention receives it without worrying about the cost. More Americans declare bankruptcy due to unforseen medical expenses because their deductibles and premiums are rising faster than their wages. 

As the greatest nation on the face of this planet, we must provide healthcare coverage for every single American. 

I support expanding Medicaid in Georgia and oppose any legislation that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act.

DeJesus believes and supports:

  • Medicare for all – as a secondary carrier for those who currently have insurance who may not want to get rid of their primary insurance carrier.
  • Every Georgian should have access to affordable healthcare.
  • Expanding Medicaid in Georgia would not only cover some 600,000 women, men but would also assist in creating jobs, benefit rural areas and rural hospitals.
  • Securing and continuous funding for Medicare.
  • A woman’s health and her right to choose.
  • Adequate funding to support mental health programs nationwide.
  • Federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Reducing the materal mortality rate amongst African-American women.
  • Limiting the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Reduce out-of-pocket cost.
  • Allow cheaper prescription drugs to be imported.
  • Cap deductibles to a maximum of $1k.
  • Eliminate the co-insurance percentage.

 

Pay Gap Disparity

This affects women of all races but especially women of color. In corporate America a woman with similiar educational credentials as her male counterpart is paid on average $430k less over a lifetime with African American Women earning $877k less and Latina Women earning $1,007,080 less than the average male. An African American Woman who works full time year round makes only 61 cents to every dollar paid to their white, non-hispanic male counterpart.

There are many factors that result in the pay gap between women and men including occupational segregation, access to education, disability, bias towards working mothers, racial bias and age.

Georgia ranks 15th in the nation as having weak equal pay laws. If we are going to close the gender pay gap we must first:

  • Have an honest conversation about pay gap disparity
  • Engage employers, local, state and federal lawmakers
  • Amend the Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • Require employers to report a summary pay data by gender, race and ethnicity
  • Create local, state and federal advisory committees on pay equity
  • Raise the minimum wage and tipped wage.
  • Support pay transparency.
  • Invest in affordable child care.

Education

Our children deserve to have a first class educational experience regardless of their family’s income or the neighborhood they reside in. I believe that every elementary, middle and high school should be afforded the same textbooks, desks and other necessities to ensure a quality education.

DeJesus believes and supports:

  • Raising Teacher salaries to the national median statewide.
  • Reduced classroom sizes making the learning environment a more one-on-one relationship between teacher and student.
  • Providing more Science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.
  • Statewide childcare and preschool programs to ensure every child has access to quality early education.
  • Investing in our schools infrastructure.
  • Additional funding for Special Education.
  • Creating life skill courses beginning at the 8th grade.
  • Providing vocational and technical training for non- college bound high school students.
  • Funding our public schools and protecting them from privatization.
  • Strengthening the HOPE program.

 

Gun Safety

Georgians and Americans throughout our country have consistently spoken out against our current gun laws. As citizens of this great nation, we deserve and demand common sense gun reform to protect our families, communities, schools and places of worship from those who would harm us and themselves.

DeJesus believes and supports:

  • Enhanced universal background checks for all state purchases including all private sales without loopholes.
  • Restricting the general public from accessing assault weapons.
  • Disqualify those who are or have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or those with domestic violence restraining orders from lawfully purchasing any firearm.
  • Limiting magazines to no more than ten bullets.
  • Require all gun owners to purchase insurance for their firearms.
  • Holding the gun industry accountable for marketing, sale of guns and ammunition.
  • Mandatory training, permit and licensing for potential gun owners.