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Why We Have So Much Lead In Our Environment:
This episode is all about policy change when it comes to lead paint and mandatory vaccines. Plus, we talk about campaign donations, environmental issues, and we dive deep into Ann’s political campaign.
Ann Ravel has dedicated her life to public service and the fight for justice and equality. A distinguished attorney who never backs down, Ann will take on special interests and fight for the residents of State Senate District 15 and for families across the state. A leader shaped during the Civil Rights era, Ann’s commitment to public service and fighting for justice at every turn was cemented at an early age.
In this podcast, we cover:
- The dangers of children and lead paint
- What Ann can do to make policy changes around lead
- How to follow political money trails
- Why there needs to be a cap on campaign expenditures
- About the vaccine discussion and why it has to change
- Why we need to be more aggressive about environmental issues
- What Ann wants to prioritize in the California State Senate
Ann reveals the dangers of children around lead paint.
If the paint has been there for a long time, it will start to disintegrate. Then, children will inhale those chemicals through the air. Lead paint has a direct correlation with learning disabilities. The impact is massive on our communities. In California alone, there are hundreds of thousands of children who suffer from lead poisoning. In fact, it is a bigger problem than what is going on in Flint, Michigan.
We need to be much more vigilant around the lead paint policies.
Ann suggests looking up the nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP) if you’re interested in learning more about where political dollars come from. This institute promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org.
A lot of states and cities have tried to have public funding of campaigns. When you have public financing of campaigns, you can put a cap on expenditures. This is an excellent way to equalize the playing field. When there is no cap on campaigns, women, and minorities can’t run because they aren’t at high corporate positions – where the money is.
Ann understands why there need to be exemptions to vaccine laws. We need to make sure that the testing is appropriate, and people are really doing what they need to do. Plus, it’s essential to have transparent information for people about the vaccines. These things are a no brainer! People have a right to know about what you’re putting in your body and whether it will have a negative impact. This should be no different than how a person decides on any issues – look at the facts, science, and experiences. Instead of rushing a vaccine to market, sufficient safety studies are necessary, so we know the vaccine won’t create a worse problem. In some instances, there is political pressure to get vaccines out quickly.
Stay tuned, as Ann explains why we need to be more aggressive when it comes to environmental issues. Plus, Ann dives deep into the policy changes that need to happen in California.
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