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8 Facts You Need to Know About Kamala Harris Before You Vote

The U.S. is celebrating a major milestone: Kamala Harris is the first woman of color nominated to the office of Vice President and is positioned to be our nation’s second-in-command. Authors Geri Spieler and Rick Kaplowitz, who wrote San Francisco Values: Common Ground for Getting America Back on Track (August 2020; Palmetto Publishing Group; ISBN-13: 978-1-64111-745-6; Original Trade Paperback), see Harris, a San Francisco native, as a solid choice. 

Spieler, an investigative journalist, and Kaplowitz, a former college dean, shed light on Harris’s background and reveal how San Francisco’s value system can be part of the remedy. Tracing the evolution of the country and using their city’s progressive culture as a baseline, the authors share real laws and undisputed facts, as well as dispel the vitriolic conservative view of San Francisco as “un-American.” Spieler and Kaplowitz reveal how the Bay Area is family-friendly, equality-based and patriotic. Viewed from national, regional and San Francisco perspectives, San Francisco Values includes insights on racial inequities, health care, homelessness and immigration. 

Here are eight facts you need to know about Kamala Harris:

1. Harris currently serves as the junior U.S. senator from California and has been a senator for nearly four years. 

2. Harris was district attorney of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011 and attorney general of California from 2011 until 2017. As a prosecutor, Harris specialized in child sexual abuse trials—cases extremely difficult to prosecute.

3. Harris supports single-payer health care and laid out a new plan for providing Medicare for all Americans.

4. Harris supports removing cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 drugs. If elected VP, she is arguably the best hope of moving Joe Biden and the Democratic Party toward full support for cannabis legalization. 

5. Harris supports citizenship for undocumented immigrants and the DREAM Act. She has said that from her first day in office, she will fight to ensure that Dreamers have the security they need to live up to their full potential.

6. Harris supports a ban on assault rifles, and her new proposal would ban AR-15-style assault weapons. 

7. Harris supports lowering the tax burden for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest one percent of Americans. In 2018, Harris introduced the LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle-Class Act, legislation to provide middle-class and working families with a tax credit of up to $6,000 a year—or up to $500 a month—to address the rising cost of living. 

8. Harris gained recognition for her focused interrogations of Supreme Court nominees. Activist Loretta Ross, a visiting associate professor at Smith College, said that she is “thrilled” about Harris’ selection and appreciates the role Harris has played as a “ruthless interrogator” of Sup. Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and AG William Barr.

Geri Spieler is an investigative journalist and award-winning speaker. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes and Truthdig.com, and is also the author of the critically acclaimed Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford. A native Californian, she has lived in the SF Bay Area for the past 25 years, where she currently lives with her co-author and husband. Rick Kaplowitz has served as a VP in both academia and technology. He holds a doctorate in Education and Management from Harvard University. Having grown up on a dead-end street in Brooklyn, he has lived in Silicon Valley for 30 years, making his home in Palo Alto with his co-author and wife. 

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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