The next president will have the opportunity to enact transformational change. They will hold the moral responsibility to lead the revolution necessary to begin to deconstruct the institutionalized injustices that have existed in this country for as long as it has existed and that the current administration has moved so often to entrench. Senator Elizabeth Warren, by championing detailed, radical changes and centering the most marginalized communities in every step of her campaign, has set herself apart as the candidate best suited to lead this progressive movement from the Oval Office.
One could point to a few candidates who have consistently championed progressive policies in this primary, but Warren’s focus on intersectional injustices and centering the most marginalized in her campaign has been distinctive. Her support for big-picture, progressive policies such as the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a $15 minimum wage have been steadfast. But, more so than other candidates, she has paired these priorities with a deep understanding of the intersection of economic oppression and systemic racism, patriarchy, transphobia, and other forms of institutionalized hate.
She has shown that she cares about these issues, paying attention to them in the smallest and largest of ways: everything from her Twitter bio (by including pronouns, an important showing of solidarity with the trans and non-binary communities), to her conversations with voters, her speech topics (she often highlights the forgotten work of women of color), and, most importantly, in her myriad of policy proposals.
Take, for instance, her plan to cancel student debt and provide free public college for all, which would be a substantial step in the direction of educational justice. The plan makes one of its four main goals to “increase wealth for Black and Latinx families and reduce both the Black-White and Latinx-White wealth gaps,” recognizing the structural racism and economic inequality that high tuition and restrictive student debt has perpetuated. Warren’s plan for environmental justice highlights environmental and geographic racism perpetuated against communities of color and details her plan to fight these inequalities: building wealth and resources in frontline communities.
Under her broader “Working Agenda for Black America,” Warren calls specific attention to our society’s failure to value the work of Black, Latinx, and indigenous women—paying them just 61, 58, and 53 cents on the dollar as compared to white men, respectively—and articulates a plan to change that, including actions to dismantle systemic discrimination. Warren’s plan for LGBTQ+ equality centers the experience of trans women of color from its very first line and includes a section focused specifically on actions working towards “ending the murders of trans women of color.”
The above examples are crucially important in their own rights but are also emblematic of the Warren’s campaign’s focus on the experience of marginalized people, highlighted not just in campaign rhetoric but also in a large number of policy proposals that, together, provide a detailed map of how to actually enact progressive priorities starting on Jan. 20, 2021.
On any number of progressive concerns, Warren—as her slogan goes—has a plan for that. Based on her record of fighting for the marginalized as a lawyer, in the creation of the CFPB, and as a United States Senator and her already extensive and detailed plans, she will fight to get things done.
The country needs to defeat Donald Trump, period. But it also needs more than that. It needs a progressive who will commit to policies that will transform outcomes for the marginalized in our country. The United States needs a candidate that will center those most hurt at each and every step. It needs a candidate who realizes that we have no choice but to dream big and fight hard. Elizabeth Warren is that candidate, and she should be the next President of the United States.