A threat to one is a threat to all.
We're only safe when everyone is safe. We are only free when everyone is free.
Clayton Tucker will be a strong voice for civil rights in the Texas Senate.
Texas Fair Justice Act
Clayton Tucker plans to support the Texas Fair Justice Act as proposed by the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats.
The Act includes:
Statewide legalization of cannabis
Set up community re-entry programs
Fair bail reform
Protecting against officer abuses of discretion
Set up and mandate practices for restorative justice
Diversion programs and other prison alternatives
Ban the box
END CANNABIS PROHIBITION
The prohibition of alcohol created the mafia and other organized crime. The prohibition didn't prevent crime, rather it created crime. The prohibition of cannabis is no different.
Clayton Tucker will support the REAL Cannabis Legalization Act.
REAL stands for:
Must be 21 or older to purchase
Products only available through licensed retail outlets - no more street vendors
Establish a 3-tier system - product goes from manufacturer to retailer to consumer
$3.1 billion for Texas schools
Establish programs to eliminate opioid addiction and inform people about alternative medicines and treatments
Cannabis products sold in Texas must be grown in Texas
Create thousands of Texan jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, and many other industries
Exonerate anyone convicted of low-level marijuana-related offenses
$150 million in security resources for counties within 50 miles of the border
$150 million for big city and county police to combat cartel activity
Clayton Tucker promises to support any smart bill that promotes medical marijuana, decriminalization, and/or exonerations for past non-violent marijuana-related convictions.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”
Clayton Tucker will fight to ensure all Texans have quality healthcare. See Clayton's Healthcare plans here.
The maternal mortality rate for the USA is 4-6 times higher as compared to other developed nations (26.4 vs 6.3 per 100,000). In Texas, maternal mortality is especially devastating for African American women, whose maternal mortality rate is 3 times the US average (67.3 vs 26.4 per 100,000). Clayton Tucker will fight to end this injustice by boosting pre- and postnatal care, access to quality clinics, and more.
When housing isn't affordable, nothing is. The pay gap especially harms minorities in regards to affordable housing. Clayton Tucker will seek to lower housing costs for all Texans to ensure all have a place to call home.
Food deserts should not exist in a state as rich and powerful as ours. Food deserts are common in neighborhoods of color. Clayton Tucker will promote policies that will empower and mandate local communities to remove food deserts.
When Clayton Tucker lived in Taiwan, a Taiwanese custom agent mistakenly gave his passport the wrong stamp. Only when Clayton attempted to turn his traveler's visa into a working visa did he learn about the mistake and its implications: it meant he was illegally living in Taiwan.
The Taiwanese government did not separate Clayton from his work (or life) during this time, rather—given that he did not have a criminal record—they provided him sanctuary until the issue was resolved.
Clayton Tucker believes Texas ought to pay the same courtesy to immigrants in Texas. Immigration paperwork is long and confusing; Clayton recognizes the process is not simple. Clayton's grandmother was British and it took her nearly 25 years and a lot of resources to get her citizenship. As such, Clayton will seek laws to protect peaceful immigrants as they work through the legal paperwork.
With Texas being the friendship state, Clayton Tucker will not in any way, shape, or form tolerate family separation.
2ND AMENDMENT (Guns)
Having grown up around guns in the Texas countryside, Clayton Tucker recognizes how culturally important guns are to many Texans. Clayton does not wish, however, to use this cultural importance as a reason not to boost gun safety.
Here are Clayton's convictions:
We need to improve our universal background checks.
We need to close the gun show loophole to prevent criminals from getting guns.
Data shows that the best predictor of future gun violence is past violence. As such, Clayton does not believe domestic abusers should have guns.
Clayton will seek to close the boyfriend loophole.
Clayton will seek a public education campaign (similar to the education campaigns about drunk driving) about gun safes for gun owners.
Clayton does support voluntary buybacks.
Clayton believes weapons of war belong only on the battlefield or at certified gun ranges. Our streets and schools are not battlefields.
Clayton will put the collective desires of his constituents above any lobby or PAC.
Clayton knows that people with chronic pain and/or mental health diagnoses are not statistically more prone to violent behavior, and should not be under greater scrutiny for seeking treatment. In fact, they are more likely to be victims of violence, and access to treatment is essential. Clayton supports the 2nd Amendment Rights of Americans with a medical marijuana prescription.
4TH AMENDMENT (Search & Seizures)
Clayton Tucker recognizes that the War on Drugs has led to the weakening of Texan's 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizures. Clayton will seek for ways Texas can adequately protect our rights, including lobbying the federal government for change.
Clayton Tucker will fight to secure the voting rights for all Texans.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
The school to prison pipeline is a remnant of Jim Crow (1 in 4 African American students with disabilities are affected, in comparison to 1 in 11 white students). The pipeline does not stop violence, it creates it.
Clayton Tucker will fight to dismantle the school to prison pipeline by 1) expand Medicaid and other healthcare to all children, 2) boost school funding and work to decouple the quality of schools to their zip codes, 3) increase the recruitment of teachers of color, 4) require restorative justice and peer-to-peer mediation before punishment, and more.
Clayton Tucker will seek means to end pay discrimination in all of its forms. Equal pay for equal work should be a guarantee for all those who work in Texas.
Clayton Tucker is an unabashed supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights and freedom. Clayton believes that the government has no business in the bedroom.
Clayton Tucker recognizes the system of Mass Incarceration is the reincarnation of Jim Crow. Even though illegal drug use is equal between races, African Americans are disproportionately targeted. Once being labeled a felon, they are barred from gainful employment, education, housing, sometimes voting, and many other public services; thereby forcing many into crime.
No one imagines Paul Manafort or Roger Stone when they hear the word "criminal" or "felon." No one asks about "white criminals" or "white-on-white crime." The reason being is that the language of criminality (in a 1984 fashion) has been racialized. This stigma thereby harms all African Americans, just as the stigma of being black harmed all during Jim Crow—even those who didn't live in the South.
Through many of the policies listed above, Clayton Tucker will seek to be an ally in the fight to dismantle the new Jim Crow.