Belinda Drake

Issues

Belinda believes in a better LIFE* for all of us. 

Expand each letter to see how Belinda plans to make a better LIFE* for Hoosiers.

Legalization and decriminalization of marijuana throughout the state of Indiana

  • Fully legalizing recreational possession and sale of marijuana
  • Automatic pardons and expungement of existing criminal charges for possession of less than one ounce of Marijuana
  • Funding education, addiction treatment services, and infrastructure projects with state marijuana sales tax proceeds

Improved common-sense gun regulation to protect our youth and communities from preventable deaths by gun violence

  • Expanding background checks, closing the gun show loop hole, & strengthening red flag laws to prevent people who are a danger to themselves or others from easily accessing guns
  • Requiring gun safety training and license tests, and expanding child access prevention laws to promote the safe use of legal firearms
  • Funding research into the effectiveness of different gun violence prevention policies to optimize our own policies based on real-world data

Fair and inclusive state policies to strengthen our democracy and ensure our government works for ALL Hoosiers

  • Election reform, including same day voter registration, more early voting locations, and extended polling hours to ensure ALL Hoosiers who want to vote can vote
  • An all-inclusive IN hate crimes bill that is expanded to include age, sex, and gender identity from crimes motivated by hate for these protected classes
  • Representation for marginalized and underrepresented groups in all aspects of policy-making through inclusive and collaborative policy development processes

Equitable education and economic stability for all

  • Access to pre-K and higher education for under-served communities
  • A living wage and access to sustainable jobs for all Hoosiers
  • Affordable health care for all, including expanded Medicaid funding, and adjusting state poverty guidelines based on modern, real-world wages and costs of living

None of this platform will be possible without environmental & climate Justice

We can’t have social justice in a future without a planet that’s livable. Environmental and climate justice are the foundation of this platform, just as they are the foundation of all life on earth. This includes:

  • Environmental health and justice, including water quality and toxic exposure prevention, sustainable industrial toxic waste solutions for coal ash and factory farming, environmental justice based on intersectional democracy reform
  • Sustainable economic growth, including policies that promote climate resilience, sustainable energy and jobs, sustainable transportation, and tax on excess carbon emissions to achieve global carbon targets and slow global warming
  • Water and wilderness protection, including river and lake protection, wilderness and greenway expansion, and forest protection
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