Norfolk, and the rest of Virginia, are made up of beautifully diverse communities with distinct needs and varying experiences. Ensuring community care for all people is a top priority for Hannah. The first step in this process is to significantly reduce the police budget. Police serve many important roles in communities, but they are not a universal solution to community problems. Rather, resources should be used to invest in healthcare, housing, education, and supportive services. Crime is primarily driven by unmet needs. By ensuring people’s needs are being met, we can move towards true safety in our communities. This is important in addressing another chronic issue in our communities: the school-to-prison pipeline.
Community care ensures the right to safety to all. It must include protecting women’s right to healthcare professionals who listen to their concerns and needs, protecting their access to abortion, and adequate sexual education. Our LGBTQIA+ neighbors need to be continually provided protection from discrimination, harassment, and criminalization of their identities. LGBTQIA+ individuals are incarcerated at higher rates than the general population, particularly if they are identified in multiple oppressed communities. Further, transgender people are often treated poorly, housed with the wrong gender, or thrown into solitary confinement at higher rates simply for being trans.
Hannah stands with every member of the community and is committed to fighting for their rights.