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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

Equality and Social Justice

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The 21st century has brought new challenges to American citizens' inalienable civil rights and liberties. We must face these challenges head on, and I will defend the freedoms of all Americans. I will protect the freedom of religion and work hard to improve measures that prevent profiling in law enforcement.

LGBTQ+ Equality

I am a proud member of both the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Transgender Equality Task Force. I believe that no person should be discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I will support and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community by fighting to end workplace discrimination, youth homelessness, school bullying, and health care disparities.

Though we have made great gains recently, the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections to end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, as well as fight any attempts to roll back these potentially life-saving measures.

Voting Rights

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While I have the utmost respect for the independence of our judiciary, I firmly believe that we need strong protections like this to safeguard the catalyst of our democracy. Voting is fundamental right and should be an easy and safe process for all eligible Americans.

Modern-day voter suppression occurs when states enact discriminatory voter ID laws and when partisan politicians draw up districts in their favor. I oppose any restrictions on the right to vote and support independent redistricting commissions that ensure all Americans have an equal say in their government.

Women’s Rights

Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, and prosperity in our country, and I will advocate for women’s rights both nationally and internationally. I support a woman’s right to choose and I will continue to push for accessible and affordable health care for all.

Women are underrepresented in some workplaces, particularly in STEM careers, leadership positions, and Congress. I will fight to change this by supporting more training opportunities for women in male-dominated fields and improved access to STEM education programs for girls.

Employment policies have been unfair to women for too long. There should be equal pay for equal work. I support paid parental leave, access to affordable childcare, and the implementation of comprehensive guidelines for filing equal-pay lawsuits.


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More on Equality and Social Justice

October 5, 2017 In The News

Two US lawmakers are pushing for Congress to classify “stealthing” – the act of secretly removing a condom during sex – as rape.

The practice, which transforms a consensual act into a non-consensual one, puts the partner at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. The phenomenon has gained increasing attention in recent months as growing numbers of women have spoken out about their experiences.

October 5, 2017 In The News

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) announced on Wednesday that they would push lawmakers to have "stealthing," or nonconsensual condom removal, classified as rape.

October 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) sent a letter requesting the House Judiciary Committee to convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, commonly known as “stealthing.”

October 4, 2017 In The News

Two US representatives want nonconsensual condom removal — known as “stealthing” — to be classified as rape and are pushing for a hearing to learn more about the practice and its repercussions.

Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna, from California, and Carolyn Maloney, from New York, sent a letter Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee asking its members to address the issue.

October 4, 2017 In The News

Democratic Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Carolyn Maloney of New York sent a letter on Wednesday requesting the House judiciary committee convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, more commonly known as "stealthing."

The legislators are raising the issue in hope that the public can better understand the scope of this problem and examine any potential legal remedies to it.

October 4, 2017 In The News

It’s called “stealthing,” and it’s been labeled as “rape-adjacent,” but now two lawmakers want it to be classified as rape according to federal law.

Nonconsensual condom removal during sex is the latest expression of some men’s sexual aggression. Then Yale Law student and current civil rights attorney Alexandra Brodsky brought the issue to national attention in April with the publication of her paper, “Rape-adjacent: Imagining legal responses to nonconsensual condom removal.”

October 4, 2017 In The News

Two federal lawmakers say "stealthing" — the act of secretly removing a condom during sex —  is a form of sexual assault that should be addressed by Congress. 

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., and Ro Khanna, D-Calif., asked leaders of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to hold a hearing on the "emerging" phenomenon, which they called "disgraceful" and "incredibly dangerous" in a joint letter.

October 4, 2017 In The News

Two US legislators are making a push for Congress to classify “stealthing” as rape.

On Wednesday, two Democratic members of Congress — Ro Khanna of California and Carolyn Maloney of New York — sent a letter, obtained by Buzzfeed, to the House Judiciary Committee requesting its members hold a hearing in order to better understand and discuss the legal actions victims can take.

September 22, 2017 In The News

Last month’s torch-lit white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, a response to the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from a public park, kickstarted a national dialogue about how communities should address this nation’s centuries-long history of violence and discrimination against African Americans. Democratic politicians and others, pushing back against the old arguments about maintaining our “heritage,” have called for the removal of additional Confederate statues and monuments from public spaces.

August 10, 2017 In The News

A controversial anti-diversity memo written by a now-fired Google employee isn’t just sending shockwaves across the search giant’s Silicon Valley campus — it’s setting off alarms in the U.S. Congress, too.

In response to the screed by former engineer James Damore — which attributed a lack of women in tech to “personality differences between genders” — lawmakers on Capitol Hill are slamming Google and its peers for failing manifestly to recruit, retain and protect workers of diverse backgrounds.