Rev. William Summerville pledges to support Comprehensive Reparations for Black, African American Descendants of US Chattel Slavery as a first step towards dismantling the effects of systemic racism in America. However, a Black Agenda (inclusive of non-African American Descendants of Chattel Slavery) needs to be added in addressing the pervasive problem of global white supremacy.
Rev. William Summerville is committed to restoring Native American Treaties that remain ignored. Unfortunately, America is stolen land within and of itself. We can never be “united” as a nation until we take care of First Nations people. This includes but is not limited to preserving reservation land, discontinuing the persistent corporate inflection of fracking, and addressing health disparities of neglect.
Contrary to popular belief, immigration reform is not the most pressing issue for Latin Americans. Society for far too long has bought into that default narrative, often neglecting real tangible needs like all other Americans. The problems of fair labor, service industry support and state-sanctioned profiling of bias over safety remain a persistent threat to the existence of the Latin American community. As your representative, Rev. William Summerville promises to bring this conversation to the Hill.
The evident notoriety of anti-Asian hate crimes is a symptom of the ongoing blind spot to assume that Asian American community is a monolith of culture. From the Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino, Korean, Chinese, Mongolian, Japanese, Indian and South Asian communities to name a few. We cannot talk of solidarity with our Asian family unless we continue to focus on the brutal past of Anti-Asian policies of exclusion involving our government.
As your representative, Rev. William Summerville will advocate for women’s rights and safety. One issue to highlight is extended maternity leave. Maternity leave should be expanded beyond the confines of childbirth and inception; especially for children with special needs that daycare, education, and babysitting cannot address.
Rev. William Summerville will advocate for people’s labor protections, right to organize, increased minimum wage, and have fair pay protections. He will introduce legislation focusing on “Mourning Leave”. As a Hospice Spiritual Care provider, he has observed and experienced the major impact of the loss of loved ones left behind and not receiving the proper amount of space to mourn their recent ancestor.
Rev. William Summerville believes that Americans with disabilities have the right to live independently with the same dignity and freedom afforded every other citizen. Unfortunately, despite the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passage in 1990, a Congressional report revealed nearly a quarter of a million Americans are unfairly segregated in nursing homes, and the numbers are growing. In response, the bipartisan and bicameral Disability Integration Act (DIA) was introduced in the 115th Congress and still pending by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). The DIA ensures that disabled Americans have a right to live and receive services in their own homes. In Congress, Rev. Summerville will vote to pass The Disability Integration Act because it prevents states and private insurers from denying people with disabilities their Constitutional right to liberty. The DIA also allows Americans with disabilities to remain in their homes, thereby keeping families together, and saves millions in federal and state dollars compared to institutionalization.
Protections of marriage rights were landmark legislation in the country, yet it did not ensure the safety of different sexual orientations and identification. Persons of the LGBTQ+ community should not live in fear or hide to appease the heteronormative norm in society. Rev. William Summerville will be a vocal champion for the community and stand against any restrictive policies.
As an Air Force Chaplain Veteran, Rev. William Summerville believes a significant portion of military spending should be allocated for full benefits of all identified veterans. The benefits should be holistic in approach highlighting the investment in mental wellness and social services. Active military personnel wages and housing allowances must also align with the respective cost of living.