Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position U.S. Representative, District 2
NameBelden Noonie Man Batiste

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site

Bio Information

Party AffiliationProgressive Independent
ProfessionCultural and Community Advocate
Present Employer / positionCommunity Recallers
Length of residence in Jurisdiction46 years
List of educational institutions and degrees
Prior elected and appointed positionsVice President, Community ReCallers
Founding Member, New Orleans Youth Coalition
Civic involvement and affiliationsJustice and Beyond
People's Assembly
Take 'Em Down Everywhere
TreeShakers Radio Talk Show
New Orleans Youth Coalition

Questions specific to the position

1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security? Yes
2. In recent years, voters have expressed concern that their votes don't matter due to election security concerns, the possibility of foreign influence, and the role of large money in elections. What measures would you propose to address these issues? As a community advocate and activist, I realize that there is only one way to end corruption, transparency. Every American has constitutional rights in place to hold its leadership accountable. These unalienable rights need only to be followed to protect us from from the onslaught of abuse and oppression that have introduced the denial of voters protections. Only this type of intentional relationships with the citizens where we are will bring about the transparency needed to end erroneous political behaviors that damage our desire to participate in government and voting,
3. What can the Federal government do to raise the basic economic health and even the playing field so all U.S. citizens have equal opportunities? What measures would you support to address the following goals (please provide examples of specific legislation or programs)? a. A living wage for all workers:
Raise the minimum wage: partner and develop relationship with the many other progressive leaders and combine with those most affected.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:

c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:

d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:

e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:

f. Providing affordable higher education:

g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:

h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:

4. What can be done at the Federal level to improve public safety and confidence in law enforcement? Would you support measures to address the following (please answer yes or no and provide examples of specific legislation): a. Reallocate resources and funds from policing/law enforcement to address social ills that plague many disinvested communities:

b. Reform qualified immunity:

c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):

d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:

e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:

5. Do you support a system for undocumented immigrants already in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship? If so, what steps do you consider necessary?