The People's Platform
“Fight for the things you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
RUTH BADER GINSBURG
I want to create trust in the legislative process in two ways: Through empowering people to effectively advocate for the policies they need, and by lifting the veil around how the General Assembly works. Years ago, we created our ‘You Write The Bill’ workshops to walk constituents through the bill-writing and lobbying process, so everyone could write and introduce real legislation. Now we are creating the People's Platform as our campaign is entirely powered by individual donors like you.
In my seven years in the General Assembly, I have worked to lower health care costs, pushed for intersectional justice through a Green New Deal, advanced the socio-emotional health of our children, and advocated for good government in limiting the influence of special interests in our government. Now let's hear from you!
A Green New Deal for Virginia Centered on Economic, Social, & Environmental Justice
Sam co-sponsored the Green New Deal Act to lay the groundwork for intersectional policies that will lower energy bills, create 200,000 jobs and improve the quality of life for every community in Virginia. A Green New Deal is not just about climate justice -- it’s also about the intersection of economic justice, racial justice, health care justice and worker justice.
Education and Holistic Child Development
When teachers do well, students do well. When students do well, our commonwealth has a bright future. As a product of the Roanoke Valley’s public schools, Sam understands investing in public education isn’t a choice. It’s a necessity.
Affordable, Reliable Broadband
Voting Is A Right
Virginia Marshall Plan for Moms
COVID Recovery and High-Quality, Affordable Health Care
Simply put, every Virginian should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. Hard-working Virginians should have the freedom and security to both pay their bills and take their child to the doctor.
Uplifting Working Families & Main Street Businesses
In recent years, Virginia ranked as the number one state for businesses, but the worst for workers. COVID-19 only made those worker conditions worse. As a small business owner, Sam knows how hard these establishments were hit during the pandemic. It’s crucial that we keep workers and small, Main Street businesses at the heart of our recovery.
Increasing Virginia’s minimum wage to $15 per hour and indexing it to future inflation
Repealing the Right to Work laws, which prevent workers from collectively bargaining for pay and benefits, and making it easier to form a union.
- Collective bargaining for public sector unions
Paid family and medical leave for every worker
Expanded sick leave
Tax rebates for small businesses up to $25,000
Equal Rights & Criminal Justice Reform
Our criminal justice system has disproportionately affected people of color and low-income residents. In the wake of police-involved shootings, it’s more urgent than ever to change our court and law enforcement agencies to ensure Virginians receive equitable and just treatment.
Breonna’s Law, which eliminated no-knock warrants
Going farther than restoring felon voting rights upon release and ensuring that the ability to vote is never taken away
Repealing Felony Murder laws
Requiring the release of body camera footage within 15 days in instances of police shootings
Abolishing the death penalty
Ending qualified immunity
Legalizing marijuana use and investing tax revenue generated by cannabis sales back into communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs
People's Platform Policies
Safely Housing Virginia's Families
Del. Sam Rasoul believes that in a national as wealthy as ours, housing should be treated as a human right. Last year in Norfolk, Sam met a young woman named Tara who lost her job after a lengthy hospital stay. She's been homeless ever since. Most Virginians are only one accident or injury away from losing everything, and the pandemic only made it worse.
As a Delegate, Sam supported:
- An eviction moratorium for the duration of the pandemic
- Helping Virginians with back payments to cover their rent and mortgages
- Strengthening tenant protections and laws
Fighting for Women, LGBTQ, Minority, & Religious Rights
All Virginians should have the right to know they won’t be discriminated against based on who they love or how they worship. We have made great strides in Virginia in recent years, but the fight for true equality is far from over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all Virginians. Sam will continue to advocate to preserve and expand protections and end harmful practices that disproportionately affect LGBTQ & minority communities.
Supported the Equal Rights Amendment
Fought for a woman’s right to choose
Supported closing the gender pay gap
Introduced legislation that protects domestic violence survivors from housing discrimination
Supported removing the constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage
Too many people still face discrimination and barriers in the workplace, and we must take every opportunity to stand up and fight for equality. There is much more work needed to do to ensure women are on equal footing in the Commonwealth.
Common Sense Gun Safety
Del. Rasoul has been a member of the Public Safety House Committee since his first term in the House of Delegates. After Democrats took the majority, he joined his colleagues in passing Governor Northam's gun violence prevention package to ensure we keep our communities safe.
Helping Virginians with Disabilities
A society can only live up to its potential when there is equity among its citizens. Sam has seen time and time again that we leave people behind. It’s especially difficult for young people with disabilities when they age out of assistance programs only provided to minors. There are still too many barriers to education, work, and health care access for people with disabilities.
Sam consistently fought for the expansion of disability waivers, one of the easiest ways to provide folks with assistance finding a job, independent living, and reliable transportation. He voted to increase the minimum wage of workers with certain disabilities. Sam has also pushed for affordable, safe housing opportunities that fit the unique needs of people with disabilities.
Steps for strengthening our grassroots coalitions
Aggressive incumbent protection measures
Ensuring a statewide party presence
Programs to build trust and goodwill with voters
Strategies for building a deeper bench for future success