Equity For All
The Office of State Attorney General can either be a champion for progress or a defender of regressive status quo policies — and that is why it is crucial that we fight for every state AG seat in every election.
Despite the progress that has been made, systems of discrimination and racism continue to create barriers that result in disparate outcomes for communities of color — from health care and housing, to climate policy and education, to workplaces, policing, and the criminal justice system.
Racial justice IS criminal justice, economic justice, reproductive justice, and climate justice. Racial equity IS equity in health care and financial systems and voting rights and worker protections.
We see the tragic culmination of these injustices in the repeated killings of unarmed Black men and women, and in the recent rise of violent hate crimes against BIPOC, AAPI, Jewish, and transgender communities. To dismantle historic systems of oppression and suppression, we must look at their manifestations at all levels — from how policy is written, to how laws are applied, to the tangible real world applications that lead to different outcomes for different people and communities.
To do this, we need leaders at the state and local level to advocate and implement changes that will protect and empower communities of color. State Attorneys General are central to this work and, as the chief legal officer in their states, can invetigate systemic biases, support legislative change, and set prosecutorial priorities.
Over the past decade, Democratic AGs have been some of the most effective champions at:
- fighting the climate crisis;
- defending affordable access to health care,
- beating back attacks on reproductive freedom,
- protecting immigrants and refugees,
- fighting for workers,
- upholding the rights of LGBTQIA+ communities,
- taking on predatory lenders and protecting access to housing,
- dismantling voter suppression efforts, and
- holding law enforcement and government officials accountable.
And every single one of these issues disproportionately affects BIPOC communities. Democratic AGs will continue to fight for progress, fight for change, and fight for justice for all — and DAGA will fight for them.
Learn more about Democratic AGs work to advance criminal justice reform and fight for equity within our legal and justice systems, and chip in to help us make sure that we have pro-equity and pro-justice state AGs across the country:
- New York Times: Gentle Steering of the Ship’: How Keith Ellison Led the Prosecution of Chauvin
- Washington Post: Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford on his recent bill to restrict the use of no-knock warrants
- Chicago Tribune: Illinois AG Kwame Raoul among attorneys general asking Congress for broader authority to investigate policing
- LA Times: California attorney general launches racial justice bureau to combat hate crimes, police bias
- NBC 12: Three Attorneys General discuss rise of anti-Asian hate and violence
- Washington Post: With federal oversight in short supply, state AGs step in to probe troubled police
- Boston Globe: AGs Healey and Ellison have forged bond pushing for justice