We are living in challenging times with many of our neighbors under attack from the Trump Administration just because of who they are. Dan believes we must step up our efforts to protect immigrants, stand up to subtle and not-so subtle forms of racism, and combat discrimination and hate in all its forms.
Dan believes in his heart and soul that all our residents and communities should be able to live and thrive with dignity, acceptance and respect.
Standing Up to Trump and His Ilk
Dan will continue to stand up to the Trump Administration and make sure California is an effective backstop to the regressive policies being touted in Washington, D.C.
Our First Amendment
Dan is a passionate defender of the First Amendment. Our freedoms of speech, peaceful assemble, and to petition government for action must be preserved and defended. Dan is committed to maintaining the separation of church and state and defending the freedom of the free press – especially from a White House that attacks the press on a daily basis.
Standing up to racism is nothing new for Dan. He knows racism can be blatant or subtle, with malice or unintentional, institutional or personal, and he believes all forms of racism must stop and that we must acknowledge inherent privilege and work toward evening the playing field. Too many people of color are being killed or harmed because of racism and police misconduct – Dan believes enough is enough. We must work to end this violence and hold those who inflict it accountable. Additionally, we must repeal Prop. 209 at the earliest possible election.
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
Dan will continue to stand up against hate and discrimination of his brothers and sisters in the Jewish Community and their cousins of the Muslim faith. Dan volunteered at the GRIP center in Richmond as part of a Jewish-Muslim interfaith working group and he believes that open communication and collaboration are essential to increasing awareness and finding solutions.
Protecting Our Immigrant Residents
Dan stood up to Fox’s Tucker Carlson and will always speak up for our immigrant residents. He believes that we should not be splitting up families and taking people away from their workplaces solely because of their documentation status. Dan will continue to work closely with, and support the efforts of, Mayor Libby Schaaf in standing up to the Trump Administration.
Homophobia and LGBTQ Equality
Dan has been a steadfast supporter of equal rights for LGBTQ residents, including when, as a college student, he spoke up against the Briggs Initiative. Dan will back initiatives and policies that support LQBTQ members and their families so that all Californians have the same opportunities to thrive.