Equity & Justice for All

Democratic AGs commitment to racial equity and justice

The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) is committed to supporting and electing leaders from diverse backgrounds and communities, and believes that all policy and electoral initiatives must be examined through an equity and racial justice lens. 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 investigate 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.