Healthcare should be a human right, but it isn't -at least not in the United States. Healthcare should not be an industry, but will continue to be until we take it out of the hands of private insurers.
No one should suffer or die because they can't afford health insurance, but this is the reality many Americans face because of the inadequate, unaffordable, and for-profit healthcare model in place.
I fully support and will continue to fight for single-payer, universal healthcare.
Healthcare is a Human Right.
Alleviating homelessness is important to me because it's an intersectional issue that disproportionately affects BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people, and 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQIA+. As your Congressional representative, I will work to make sure we effectively and compassionately address homelessness in LA County and nationwide. This means decriminalizing poverty. We must build more permanent, supportive housing and emergency shelters, and end the cycle of homelessness through a compassionate, housing-and-services-first approach.
Housing is a Human Right.
Although school is compulsory for American youth, not every American is receiving the same quality of education. Many of our public schools are setting our students up for failure without the proper tools and funding, and our teachers aren't paid nearly enough.
And although we have many of the best higher-education institutions in the world, they are often out of financial reach for many people.
I support free college for everyone in the USA.
Education is a Human Right.
Environmental Justice is the only path forward. Americans have undoubtedly benefitted from the very sources that are causing irreversible, adverse effects on our climate and environment. Now is the crucial time to take action, and further reason to elect grassroots officials who do not have corporate ties to pollution-inducing industries. Radically just programs such as the Green New Deal can and will positively affect climate change while addressing economic inequities and racial injustice.
I pledge to vote against bills that would allow for new oil and gas leases for on or offshore drilling.
I pledge to support measures that would invest in renewable and sustainable energy, and against corporate subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
Environmental Justice is a Human Right.
As a trans/non-binary person, I am fully committed to defending and advocating for all LGBTQIA+ people. 2023 has been the worst year in U.S. history for LGBTQIA+ legislation with more than 450 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills introduced at both the state and federal levels, with more than half of those specifically targeting trans people.
If elected, I intend to put forth legislation, known as the Protect LGBTQIA+ People Act, that will secure the protections of LGBTQIA+ people in law.
There has never been a trans representative in the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate. How we can we trust that our elected officials are representing us when we aren't even included in the conversation? Representation matters.
LGBTQIA+ Rights are Human Rights.
Black Lives Matter, plain and simple.
The protests following the murder of George Floyd shed light on what many people have known to be true in the United States, that it is plagued with institutional racism, particularly in the field of law enforcement.
Black people are disproportionately murdered by police and are disproportionately represented in both prison populations and unhoused populations.
Police brutality must have consequences. I support defunding the police, reducing the scope of police duties, reducing incarceration, ending for-profit prisons, reallocating funding for services in communities of color, and I support reparations for communities harmed by institutional racism.
Racial Justice is a Human Right.
I am pro-choice. No one should decide the fate of a person's health except for the person in question. This is especially true when the laws dictating our behavior are mandated by a government that is overwhelmingly male. This speaks to the inequity of feminine representation in Congress and to the restriction of people to advocate for their bodies and their selves .
I will implore my fellow representatives to consider the unconstitutionality of restricting a persons right to an abortion.
I advocate for a pro-choice government, and will fight to regain the right to have an abortion for those who have lost it. We must codify Roe v. Wade.
Reproductive Rights are Human Rights.
As a supporter of the Constitution, I support the right to bear arms, but not without restriction.
There are more guns in America than people, and not coincidentally, the United States is one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to death by guns. We are also one of the few constitutional sovereignties in the world that guarantees the right to bear arms.
We live in a different world than when we established our Constitution and thus need to reconsider how we interpret the Second Amendment. There needs to be greater emphasis on background checks and restrictions on obtaining firearms capable of mass destruction.
I support a ban on assault weapons.
I am the first and only major CA30 candidate to call for a Ceasefire in Gaza.
As a Jewish person, I know that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. "Never Again" means never again for anyone.
I demand the release of all hostages, call for an immediate ceasefire, and I condemn the disproportionate, military response by the State of Israel that has resulted in the civilian deaths of more than 11,000 Palestinians, including thousands of Palestinian children.
Apartheid, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and collective punishment are inexcusable anywhere.
I unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism and Islamophobia everywhere.
"The Rent is Too Damn High!"
Part of alleviating homelessness involves keeping housed people housed. Rents are soaring while wages are stagnant and inflation continues to weaken the US Dollar.
As a renter myself, I support strengthening tenant and renters' rights to keep people housed. Rent caps and rent freezes are essential during times of economic uncertainty.
In Los Angeles and beyond, there is no reason why some multi-dwelling buildings should be rent-controlled but not others. Our outdated rent stabilization ordinances must be updated.
I support the effort for National Rent Control.
As a candidate who is for the people, I’m pro-union and pro-labor rights.
Our country must value the economic security of its workers over corporate greed. I believe since unions protect the workers, our government must uplift and protect unions. It is the right of workers to bargain, strike, and organize.
I believe we need to repeal legislation such as the Taft-Hartley act which limits the power of unions and workers. I’m also against right-to-work legislation which makes it harder for workers to form unions.
We must strengthen workers' rights to strike for workplace improvements and protect workers from being retaliated against for exercising their rights.
I believe corporations that practice union busting should be fined and the federal government should not do business with corporations where workers do not have union protections.
ICE has destroyed families and communities. It is beyond hypocritical for a nation established and built by immigrants to deny immigrants a fair opportunity for citizenship, and in many cases, simply sanctuary in the United States.
Families and children are being held in cages by our current government officials. We cannot and will not tolerate this. This is unjust, inhumane, and antithetical to American values. We need to abolish our current detention system and ICE, and restore dignity to all humans seeking to come to the United States.
I condemn the wall built by the United States along our shared border with Mexico.
I condemn the migrant detention centers in operation in the U.S.
I condemn ICE.
I condemn Executive Order 13769, also known as the "Muslim Ban".
Animals have rights too!
Just as it is a crime to abuse animals domestically, factory farming and its large-scale exploitation of animals should also be a crime.
Pigs, cows, and chickens (and more) are sentient beings deserving of autonomy. Not to mention the environmental effects of farming billions of livestock animals on top of agriculture.
Humans have a moral duty to protect and restore natural habitats and ecosystems.
I support the expansion and restrengthening of the Endangered Species Act.
I oppose inhumane factory farming for ethical and environmental reasons.
Public transportation isn't public if it isn't free!
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many cities including Los Angeles removed the fare requirement for using public transportation, and the Metro thrived.
Contrary to popular belief, public transportation systems do not derive the majority of their operating budgets from fare collections, but rather government subsidies.
I support subsidizing all pubic transportation for reasons of economic and mobility equity and to reduce our carbon footprint.
I support the creation of a national, high-speed rail system.
I support the American military, but I do not support the use of might to undermine the sovereignty of other nations. I will never vote to invade another country because we think it is our job to control global power, and especially not because we believe another nation has weapons of mass destruction, when we ourselves are unwilling to disarm. In our evolving world, the United States needs to be a leader through diplomacy and collaboration, not through force.
Foreign aid should include humanitarian aid, food, water, medical, shelter, and refugee assistance, not weapons of mass destruction.
I support increased services and benefits for our veterans.
I reject political contributions from the Military Industrial Complex, including weapons makers and defense contractors.
While Republicans are clamoring about the supposed harms of drag queens and trans folks, people across the aisle are struggling to afford healthcare, housing, education, and groceries.
Anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation and other frivolous bills are a distraction from the underlying cause of our class struggles: economic inequity. Healthcare, housing, education, food, and water provisions should be guaranteed givens in a nation of our wealth.
All of my platform and policies are designed with economic equity in mind.
Prison reform is necessary as it relates to racial justice, and profiteering from excessive incarceration should be a crime.
I fully support CA AB-32 which bans the issuance of contracts with for-profit prisons and private detention centers in the state. The bill also phases out the use of these facilities by 2028. I would support a similar bill introduced at the federal level.
The goal should be less people in prisons -not more, and especially not for reasons of profit.
Your representative should be just that -a representative of the people, not corporations. I reject all corporate donations from big money industries such as Healthcare, Banking, Oil, Agribusiness, and the American Military Industrial Complex.
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People over profits, always.
I support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Disability rights are civil rights that are intersectional with healthcare justice, housing justice, education justice, environmental justice, LGBTQIA+ rights, and racial justice.
Universal healthcare is instrumental for guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities. Folks should be able to make their own healthcare decisions, and not be impeded by the for-profit healthcare industry.
I support the protection and expansion of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. Disability and accessibility considerations must be made in every public setting including healthcare, housing, schools, and public spaces.
Disability Rights are Human Rights.
On par with Economic Equity is instituting a Universal Basic Income to ensure folks are not poverty-stricken.
Too many people in the USA are living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggling to afford basic necessities like healthcare, housing, education, and groceries. No one should have to worry about how they will pay for food this month.
I support a Universal Basic Income for all people with an opt-out option for those who feel financially secure.
It's time to legalize "the oldest profession."
Self and bodily autonomy includes the authority to self-determine if one wants to engage in sex work.
Decriminalizing sex work and removing the stigma will reduce STI infections, reduce human trafficking, and increase the livelihoods of those who choose to engage in such line of work.
Decriminalizing sex work will particularly and positively impact LGBTQIA+ folks who are more likely to be underemployed and unemployed due to discrimination.
I support Decriminalizing Sex Work.
The federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009.
WHO can survive on $7.25/hour?
I support a $25 minimum wage.
We must get with the times.
In 2023, we know there are medical benefits to weed and mushrooms.
There is no reason why anyone should be incarcerated for weed or mushrooms while folks in certain states can legally buy them at regulated stores.
Not only should we legalize them, we should expunge the records of those currently and previously incarcerated for weed and mushrooms.
Many Millennial and Gen Z families want to have or already have children, but worry how they will be able to afford childcare in a society that increasingly requires a two-income household, on top of rising costs of living and stagnant wages. Regardless of whether or not we want to have children, they are our future, and we must support policies that benefit children and working families.
I support Free Child Care & Pre-K to relieve the economic stress of raising children.
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