Harris Likes To Say She A Daughter Of The Berkeley Civil Right Movement
Kamala Harris, the first black woman and first woman of Indian descent to earn a national office nomination, spent the first 12 years of her life watching her parents participate in the small activist study groups that surfaced on the University of California’s Berkeley campus. In the 1960s and 1970s, Berkeley was ground zero for the left-wing movements that called for justice and equality in the United States.
Kamala’s India-born mother went to Berkeley to do her doctoral work in endocrinology. Her Jamaica-born father pursued a doctorate in economics from Berkeley. Both parents instilled a “get involved mentality in Kamala at an early age.
Her childhood heroes were the first generation of black lawyers― Constance Baker Motley, and Thurgood Marshall. She decided to become a lawyer thanks to her parents’ activism, as well as her desire to change the justice system from the inside-out― not the outside-in. That mentality motivated her to become a prosecutor at a time when black people viewed prosecutors as the enemy.
Even Though Her Critics Call Her A Liberal Her Voting Record Shows She’s A Pragmatic Moderate
Harris’s legal resume proves she has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with criminals as well as her political foes. Kamala was a San Francisco attorney general from 2004 to 2011, and she was attorney general of California from 2011 to 2017. She left that job when she became a United States senator representing California.
Critics claim Harris rarely went after the cops that killed civilians when she was a San Francisco DA. But before she left that job, she opened internal reviews of police departments to weed out corrupt and racist police officers. He came under fire in 2004 when she refused to seek the death penalty when a police officer went down in the line of duty. She took that position because she doesn’t support the death penalty.
After winning the senate race in 2016, Harris became the first black woman to sit in the U.S. Senate in more than a decade. She developed a national following when she decided to interrogate members of the Trump administration. And she became one of Brett Kavanaugh’s most vocal critics during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Senator Harris also put Jeff Sessions on the hot seat during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Kamala is a member of the Judiciary Committee as well as the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Kamala initially supported Bernie Sanders “Medicare for all” proposition. But she later shifted her position on healthcare when she joined the race to become the Democratic candidate for president.
Where Does She Stand On Pertinent Issues?
The Trump campaign wants to paint Harris as a left-wing radical. But as Fox News reporter Chris Wallace said, Kamala is a progressive moderate. She wants to get rid of the bureaucracy and waste in the private insurance industry, by expanding the Affordable Care Act. She’s also against denying healthcare to individuals because of their citizenship status.
The Senator made it clear she stands with women who want to make their own decisions. She stands behind pro-abortion rights groups. Senator Harris also wants to give adults $2,000 in monthly stimulus checks, and $2,000 a month to dependents during the pandemic.
During her presidential campaign, Harris introduced a $10 trillion climate change plan. Her goal is to have net-zero emissions by 2045. And by 2030, she wants to help implement 100% carbon-neutral electricity.
She’s a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights and the federal legalization of marijuana. Harris also wants stricter gun control laws. She believes anyone who sells more than five guns a year should go through an intense background check. And she wants the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to revoke the license of gun dealers who circumvent the law.