Civil Rights

Maryland has been a civil rights leader before, and we can do it again. I’ve spent my entire adult life as a civil rights leader and community organizer, working to build broad diverse coalitions to move every community forward.

In Maryland, I helped lead successful efforts to pass the Maryland DREAM Act, achieve marriage equality and abolish the death penalty.

While our state and country have made many gains, we still have much more to do to protect and advance civil rights and ensure that we eliminate inequities that exist in education, the economy and criminal justice.

As governor, I will:

  • Ensure that prisoners returning to society have the opportunity to access employment and can re-integrate into their communities instead of turning to crime.
  • Develop a state procurement and employment process that is inclusive to all.
  • Protect and expand protections for LGBTQ Marylanders.
  • Ensure Maryland leads the nation in fostering Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBEs)