Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) penned an op-ed Wednesday in Essence in which she says “enough is enough” with the nation’s school-to-prison pipeline.
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The 2020 presidential hopeful starts her piece by zeroing in on recent footage of a New Mexico police officer using excessive force on an 11-year-old girl at a middle school.
“That video highlighted the unfortunate reality — that young black and brown students across the country live with this threat every day, and reopened conversation around a central question: why was a police officer there to begin with?” Warren writes.
Warren cites that 14 million American students attend a school with a police officer but “without a single counselor, social worker, psychologist, or nurse.”
This environment, the Massachusetts senator asserts, only further serves the school-to-prison pipeline, in which students are introduced to the justice system for in-school infractions that could easily be handled by the school.
“Enough is enough. No student should have to learn in an environment where there is a threat of incarceration,” Warren writes.
Later in the piece, Warren rehashes her policy that she unveiled last week: $800 billion to public schools that will be “paid for by a two-cent wealth tax on fortunes above $50 million.”
The plan would also allocate an additional $100 billion to “Excellence Grants” that would go to “after-school arts programs and school-based student mentoring programs.”
Warren also touches on her criminal justice reform policy that she introduced in October.
“We need to transition from a punitive to a rehabilitative system — by adopting discipline policies for our schools that draw students in rather than pushing them out,” Warren writes, adding that “a school that polices, criminalizes, and neglects our children’s fundamental needs is a school that has failed to live up to our promise.”
While not laying out anything new with regard to the politician’s beliefs or major plans, the op-ed is the Warren campaign’s latest appeal to black voters, a bloc that Warren will need to do better with if she wants to win the Democratic nomination.
A recent ABC News–The Washington Post poll showed that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE is still the favorite among black voters. In RealClearPolitics’s average of polls, Biden leads Warren by roughly nine points.
Warren’s op-ed is the second op-ed written by a Democratic presidential candidate published by Essence this week. The first one was authored by Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) who wrote that he was the best candidate for mobilizing the black vote.