Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano outlined her plan to address systemic racism and preventing police brutality at an event in Watkins Glen on Sunday.
“Acts of police brutality, racial profiling and use of force on black and other historically marginalized communities must stop,” Mitrano said. This is the second time she has run against Congressman Tom Reed, the Republican representative of the 23rd District.
“I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement because Living-While-Black long has been and stubbornly continues to be a dangerous reality in our country,” said Mitrano. “Such violence—the tool of autocrats and despots—has no place in a democracy built on equality and citizenship,” Mitrano continued. “We can no longer afford to ignore shocking income inequality,” she added, or the history of slavery, segregation and discrimination that have “left a legacy of disadvantage for black people in low economic communities that we must correct with investment for advancement.”
She called for federal standards for training of all law enforcement officers, which would be reinforced by sufficient funding to ensure compliance across the board.
Mitrano also called for an end to the deficiencies of the U.S. healthcare system and infrastructure, inequalities in schools, food insecurity and lack of affordable housing, all of which have a disproportional adverse effect on black and poor communities.