Economic Justice

  • Reparations and Corrective Legislation

    • Solomon supports H.R. 40 and an investigation into reparations, and the best economic channel to take when discussing reparations for descendants of enslaved people.

    • Solomon does not believe that cash reparations are the ONLY answer. If the government gives sums of money to descendants but refuses to fix our policing, corrections, sentencing, health, environmental, housing, labor, and other systems, then there is no way that every individual in this country will be afforded equal opportunity and quality of life.

    • This is why Solomon supports the following policies and the policies on his criminal, racial, and immigration justice pages. 

  • Housing

    • Development and Gentrification

      • Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are currently experiencing a growing housing crisis along with many cities across the nation. It has become increasingly common to find high income families moving into areas that once were middle class neighborhoods, often pricing out the residents that already live there. This has caused both a racial and economic turnover that have forced out original residents of the city. This has deepened the de-facto segregation of Ypsilanti and priced many working class families out of Ann Arbor. This is exacerbated by the fact that developers have no interest in building affordable housing, and will only invest in luxury housing for the wealthy moving into the area. For more on MI-12’s specific situation, visit Solomon’s housing policy.

      • In order to combat gentrification, Solomon believes we must immediately instate federal rent control and to cap yearly increases in rent at 3%.

      • Solomon also supports giving community members grants to start businesses within the community, which will ensure that all economic growth comes from members who have lived within the community instead of outside corporate development. For more specifics on affordable public housing and gentrification, visit Solomon’s housing policy page. 

  • Food Insecurity

    • Before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 1 in 9 people in America were food insecure. This has no doubt been exacerbated by the public health and unemployment crisis. Food insecurity has been defined by USDA as an individual without consistent access to enough food which will promote a healthy lifestyle.  

    • Racial disparities in relation to food security are very prevalent. 29.3% of children in food insecure households are black, 25% are hispanic, while only 11.8% are white. This is not reflective of our general populations’ demographic breakdown.

    • These racial disparities are partly due to the higher prevalence of food deserts in minority urban spaces. Food deserts are when residents do not have access to healthy affordable food, and often can not get to a grocery store without driving several miles, or the grocery store is out of walking distance. This means people have to rely on fast food for cheap food, or convenience stores which are often overpriced.

    • Solomon proposes that we fix our food desert system by instituting creative and government run initiatives to close the gaps in food affordability. For example, some cities allow for residents to order groceries online, and then they pay for these groceries to be transported to a local library or school where the person who placed the order can pick their order up. There is no extra fee for the person who ordered their groceries. Solomon would support building initiatives such as this in cities across the country, especially in Michigan, home to two large food deserts (Ann Arbor and Detroit).

    • Solomon wants to give year-round universal meals to all children in the public school system, and Solomon supports the Universal School Meals Program Act. See Solomon’s K-12 education policy for more information here.

  • Wages, Wealth, and Employment

    • Solomon supports immediately raising the federal minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. If an individual works 40 hours a week, they should be able to support themselves and their families. Look at Solomon’s labor policy for more information on unions and benefits. 

    • Solomon also supports progressive wealth taxes that will attempt to close massive disparities between the rich and the poor. Currently, black people have ten cents to every white person’s dollar in wealth. This is unacceptable and is the result of centuries of discriminatory practices. This is why Solomon supports a tax on wall street, a wealth tax, a progressive tax bracket, as well as estate taxes. 

    • Solomon will also support any legislation to force the adoption of fair and equal hiring practices by all private corporations. 

  • Higher Education

    • Solomon supports making all public colleges tuition-free, including HBCUs, as well as Hispanic Serving Institutions. Solomon also wants to end the decline in federal funding to these institutions as well as ensure that these historical and important institutions stay open and serve students.

    • Solomon supports initiatives to ensure that college admissions reflect the demographics of our country. Until our K-12 education system is evened out, it is important that we give every student the ability to attend a higher institution of learning regardless of their high school’s funding status.

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