Priorities | Dave Cavell for Congress

Priorities

The Democratic Party has been right about most things for decades, but not always great at explaining why.

Most of the candidates in this race generally agree on these issues. So do most Americans. So why haven’t we made more progress? As a former speechwriter for the Obamas, I know how to explain not just what we’re doing but why — and as a former Assistant Attorney General who worked on the front lines of all these issues, I know how to build coalitions to get these things done.

Dave on the Issues

Strong gun laws save lives: Massachusetts has the lowest rate of gun violence in America — it’s not an accident. It’s because we have strong gun laws and enforce them. But one gun death is one too many. We need to do more to keep people safe and pass national sensible gun reform.

I support working families: Unions are on the front lines defending middle class and supporting working families. We need to return to the roots of the Democratic party in defending and strengthening the labor movement.

I support women’s reproductive rights: Roe v Wade is at its greatest risk in a generation – I will work tirelessly  to protect it. In the Attorney General’s Office we sued to protect contraceptive coverage for 55 million women under the Affordable Care Act and worked closely with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and others to support and defend safe, legal abortions.

LGBTQ rights are human rights: This is the quintessential civil rights issue of the 21st century, and I will stand with the LGBTQ+ community on every issue and every fight. I was on the front lines when Massachusetts became the first state to pass marriage equality, I was in the Obama White House when it became the law of the land, and I worked alongside Attorney General Healey and so many others to protect transgender protections on our state ballot in 2018.

Opioid Crisis

This is my top priority and my Day One issue as your member of Congress.

Today, five more people will die in Massachusetts from opioid overdose. Tens of thousands more remain trapped in cycles of addiction. Families and communities are desperate for treatment and resources. Firefighters tell me 9-1-1 has become an overdose hotline.

When I was an Assistant Attorney General, the office sued Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, who make OxyContin. We put them out of business.

I worked alongside the recovery community, fire and police departments, the medical community, and others on the front lines of this crisis.

As your member of Congress, I will work to end this crisis once and for all, by getting families the treatment they need, funding prevention education for students, and getting first responders additional resources to save lives and break up drug trafficking networks.

Climate Change

Climate change is an existential threat to the planet — and a call to action for all of us to make this world safer, healthier, fairer, and more secure.

We must pass the Green New Deal and do much more.

I have the right experience to take the fight for climate justice and clean energy to Congress. From seeing President Obama put together the Paris Climate Accords to working with Attorney General Healey as she investigated ExxonMobil and sued the Trump EPA to protect fuel standards on cars and stop offshore oil drilling off Massachusetts, I’m ready for these fights. Before releasing my detailed plan to confront climate change, let me tell you what I believe:

Climate justice is social justice, and we cannot allow the consequences of climate change to fall most painfully and directly on low-income communities and communities of color.

 Transportation — the leading cause of emissions — must be decarbonized, electrified, and simplified.

We need to create tens of thousands of good, union Green Jobs in the 4th District. There are only 50,000 coal jobs left in the entire United States. Today, there are 110,000 clean energy jobs in Massachusetts alone. We need to triple down on creating more jobs installing solar panels, building wind turbines, and growing our clean energy economy in Attleboro, Taunton, Fall River, and across the 4th district.

As a coastal community that relies on fishing on the South Coast, we need to pass new and stronger federal laws to protect our air and waters.

Education

My view is simple: every single student in Massachusetts and America must get a world-class education that starts in pre-K and continues into high school and beyond.

As a former 4th grade public school teacher in one of the poorest districts in America, I have seen the successes of our education system and the many challenges we have yet to address. I believe we need initiatives like the Student Opportunities Act, passed in Massachusetts last fall, at the federal level.

I believe in universal Pre-K for every single 3 and 4 year old in Massachusetts, as well as outstanding K-12 education in every community.

Student loan debt is crushing students and families in the 4th district and across the country — including me and my wife. I will be a leader in attacking student debt and ending the bankrupting of a generation.

A two- or four-year degree needs to be affordable at each of our public schools and community colleges. The 4th district is home to world-renowned private colleges and universities (from Boston College Law School to Stonehill College and Wellesley College) as well as outstanding community colleges in MassBay and Bristol Community Colleges, and Vocational Technical programs at Tri-County Regional in Franklin and Diman Regional in Fall River. We need to ensure all students are prepared for 21st century careers.

Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants, and we need to do far more to support those who come here in search of a better life.

1 in 6 of us in Massachusetts was born abroad. Our community is full of strivers and dreamers, people like my grandfather, who came to this country as a poor Jewish immigrant from Poland without formal education and raised a son who went on to be a Harvard professor.

I’ve represented a refugee in an asylum proceeding. As an Assistant Attorney General, the office sued ICE and the Trump Administration to protect Massachusetts’ immigrant communities from cruel and illegal policies like family separation, the travel ban, and indefinite detention. The office also prevented a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census.

We need to get President Trump and his cruel administration out of office and Congress needs to pass comprehensive, humane, and just immigration reform — so that no matter who is President, immigrant communities are safe, and our immigration system makes sense.

Combating Antisemitism

My Jewish faith and its values of tolerance and equality help define and ground me.

I also know that right now too many in the Jewish community are afraid to worship and celebrate. We aren’t alone — too many communities have seen new evidence of old prejudices in this era. We all need to stand together. As your member of Congress, I will work with you to combat hate, bigotry, and antisemitism in all their forms and make sure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported.

Priorities

The Democratic Party has been right about most things for decades, but not always great at explaining why.

Most of the candidates in this race generally agree on these issues. So do most Americans. So why haven’t we made more progress? As a former speechwriter for the Obamas, I know how to explain not just what we’re doing but why — and as a former Assistant Attorney General who worked on the front lines of all these issues, I know how to build coalitions to get these things done.

Dave on the Issues

Strong gun laws save lives: Massachusetts has the lowest rate of gun violence in America — it’s not an accident. It’s because we have strong gun laws and enforce them. But one gun death is one too many. We need to do more to keep people safe and pass national sensible gun reform.

I support working families: Unions are on the front lines defending middle class and supporting working families. We need to return to the roots of the Democratic party in defending and strengthening the labor movement.

I support women’s reproductive rights: Roe v Wade is at its greatest risk in a generation – I will work tirelessly  to protect it. In the Attorney General’s Office we sued to protect contraceptive coverage for 55 million women under the Affordable Care Act and worked closely with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and others to support and defend safe, legal abortions.

LGBTQ rights are human rights: This is the quintessential civil rights issue of the 21st century, and I will stand with the LGBTQ+ community on every issue and every fight. I was on the front lines when Massachusetts became the first state to pass marriage equality, I was in the Obama White House when it became the law of the land, and I worked alongside Attorney General Healey and so many others to protect transgender protections on our state ballot in 2018.

Opioid Crisis

This is my top priority and my Day One issue as your member of Congress.

Today, five more people will die in Massachusetts from opioid overdose. Tens of thousands more remain trapped in cycles of addiction. Families and communities are desperate for treatment and resources. Firefighters tell me 9-1-1 has become an overdose hotline.

When I was an Assistant Attorney General, the office sued Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, who make OxyContin. We put them out of business.

I worked alongside the recovery community, fire and police departments, the medical community, and others on the front lines of this crisis.

As your member of Congress, I will work to end this crisis once and for all, by getting families the treatment they need, funding prevention education for students, and getting first responders additional resources to save lives and break up drug trafficking networks.

Climate Crisis

Climate change is an existential threat to the planet — and a call to action for all of us to make this world safer, healthier, fairer, and more secure.

We must pass the Green New Deal and do much more.

I have the right experience to take the fight for climate justice and clean energy to Congress. From seeing President Obama put together the Paris Climate Accords to working with Attorney General Healey as she investigated ExxonMobil and sued the Trump EPA to protect fuel standards on cars and stop offshore oil drilling off Massachusetts, I’m ready for these fights. Before releasing my detailed plan to confront climate change, let me tell you what I believe:

Climate justice is social justice, and we cannot allow the consequences of climate change to fall most painfully and directly on low-income communities and communities of color.

 Transportation — the leading cause of emissions — must be decarbonized, electrified, and simplified.

We need to create tens of thousands of good, union Green Jobs in the 4th District. There are only 50,000 coal jobs left in the entire United States. Today, there are 110,000 clean energy jobs in Massachusetts alone. We need to triple down on creating more jobs installing solar panels, building wind turbines, and growing our clean energy economy in Attleboro, Taunton, Fall River, and across the 4th district.

As a coastal community that relies on fishing on the South Coast, we need to pass new and stronger federal laws to protect our air and waters.

Education

My view is simple: every single student in Massachusetts and America must get a world-class education that starts in pre-K and continues into high school and beyond.

As a former 4th grade public school teacher in one of the poorest districts in America, I have seen the successes of our education system and the many challenges we have yet to address. I believe we need initiatives like the Student Opportunities Act, passed in Massachusetts last fall, at the federal level.

I believe in universal Pre-K for every single 3 and 4 year old in Massachusetts, as well as outstanding K-12 education in every community.

Student loan debt is crushing students and families in the 4th district and across the country — including me and my wife. I will be a leader in attacking student debt and ending the bankrupting of a generation.

A two- or four-year degree needs to be affordable at each of our public schools and community colleges. The 4th district is home to world-renowned private colleges and universities (from Boston College Law School to Stonehill College and Wellesley College) as well as outstanding community colleges in MassBay and Bristol Community Colleges, and Vocational Technical programs at Tri-County Regional in Franklin and Diman Regional in Fall River. We need to ensure all students are prepared for 21st century careers.

Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants, and we need to do far more to support those who come here in search of a better life.

1 in 6 of us in Massachusetts was born abroad. Our community is full of strivers and dreamers, people like my grandfather, who came to this country as a poor Jewish immigrant from Poland without formal education and raised a son who went on to be a Harvard professor.

I’ve represented a refugee in an asylum proceeding. As an Assistant Attorney General, the office sued ICE and the Trump Administration to protect Massachusetts’ immigrant communities from cruel and illegal policies like family separation, the travel ban, and indefinite detention. The office also prevented a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 Census.

We need to get President Trump and his cruel administration out of office and Congress needs to pass comprehensive, humane, and just immigration reform — so that no matter who is President, immigrant communities are safe, and our immigration system makes sense.

Combating Antisemitism

My Jewish faith and its values of tolerance and equality help define and ground me.

I also know that right now too many in the Jewish community are afraid to worship and celebrate. We aren’t alone — too many communities have seen new evidence of old prejudices in this era. We all need to stand together. As your member of Congress, I will work with you to combat hate, bigotry, and antisemitism in all their forms and make sure everyone in our communities feels safe and supported.