Housing and homelessness
This is what ultimately inspired Amitai to run. Nearly 11,000 Coloradans are experiencing homelessness right now. How is this not being treated as an emergency? Why is this not the highest priority on the Governor’s desk every day? The fact that homelessness even exists in the year 2020 is a moral outrage!
It’s very simple: End homelessness. This means that our 11,000 homeless neighbors need:
- Work with dignified wages
- Physical and mental healthcare
- Education if they want it
But that only fixes the immediate homelessness emergency. The long-term goal is to end the cycle of poverty in Colorado, for good. This can only be accomplished by ensuring that:
- No one is at risk of eviction
- No one has to work more than one job to survive
- No one is at risk of going bankrupt because of health bills
- Everyone has access to the highest-quality education
Mental Healthcare Access
Everyone talks about how Colorado is the healthiest state in the country. What they don’t mention is that only applies to physical health. We’re consistently ranked in the top 10 states for suicide rate and in the bottom 10 for access to affordable mental healthcare.
The fight for universal healthcare is growing across the United States. Colorado could be on the forefront of this issue by making Universal Healthcare a top priority, and there are many campaigns and activists working on this issue already. Along with boosting these efforts, Amitai is here to make sure that they do not leave out:
- Increasing the number of public mental health clinics across the state
- Providing an adequate number of mental health professionals in Colorado public schools
- Integrating mental healthcare resources into all poverty-related social services
Let’s face it, no one fully trusts our democratic institutions. So many people don’t vote because they have no faith that their elected officials actually represent them. The big parties are more focused on winning than actually helping our residents, and it shows. Colorado is called a “purple” state, as if it’s equally red and blue, when in reality, the largest number of Colorado voters refuse to affiliate with either of the major parties.
Isn’t it odd that there are zero unaffiliated elected officials in a state where unaffiliated voters outnumber the big parties? Clearly $omething in the $y$tem i$ $kewed to make $ure the big partie$ have $uch a huge advantage in every election, that the re$t of u$ don’t $tand a chance. I wonder what that could po$$ibly be?
The power of corporate money in elections has rendered the rest of us powerless against their interests. That’s why the only way to beat the big corporate parties is to take money out of the equation entirely. We need to:
- Restrict corporate influence by making all campaigns publicly funded
- Limit campaign misinformation by increasing public forums and debates and reducing advertising