Justice

“Justice,” Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, “is the public face of Love.” For far too long it has not smiled upon many of the people in this Nation. That needs to change with great speed. It should smile upon everyone, without exception.

It cannot smile upon Mass Incarceration victims. When working families cannot earn a Living Wage, justice does not smile. When children in poor communities fail to get a decent education, justice does not smile. When the rich buy elections, justice does not smile. Whenever racism gets promoted by elected officials, justice does not smile. When communities of color suffer discrimination, justice does not smile. When LGBTQ citizens suffer discrimination, justice does not smile. When our government breaks its word to our Dreamers, justice does not smile. When corporations have more power than our communities, justice does not smile. When Global Warming threatens our children’s future, justice does not smile. Yet justice must smile upon everyone. We all deserve the public face of Love.

The beating heart of this campaign beats for justice. You will find that heart beating in every area of this campaign. Justice beats in my heart as surely as it does yours and the vast majority of Texans and Americans alike.

As Martin Luther King Jr. also observed, “The Arc of History is long, but it bends towards justice.” Let’s be very clear about this. We are the ones who bend history towards justice. Together let us bring a new era of Justice to the Great State of Texas. I am ready to do my part. Let’s stand together for Justice.

Jobs

Summary

To implement of our plan to end unemployment and lift up working families, we must promote local living economies throughout our district. This includes that:

  • We must insist on a Living Wage.
  • We must fight Leakonomics at every turn.
  • We must embrace the three Golden rules that ensure local prosperity.
  • We must promote a new generation of pollinator businesses.
  • And we must liberate our fair share of the $15 trillion dollars of equity investment capital our local economies have every right to pursue.

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Education

Education should be a top priority. Our students deserve a world-class education. This costs money and those costs will likely increase every year. I will take a long view of education and view its funding as an investment rather than an expenditure. If we continue to invest, ALL Texans will benefit; not just a few.

People working in the education system deserve decent salaries. They deserve proper treatment in retirement.

Current Republican leadership has failed on every level. Budget support for public education has dwindled. The state used to support about 50% of statewide education expenses. Now that figure is only 38%. If you include the share diverted to Charter schools, that figure shrinks to 31%.

I reject the view the assembly line view of public education. It should be more than a conveyor belt moving the next generation from school to work. Of course we want our education system to prepare students for adult careers. Yet that should not mean neglecting what makes life worth living. Art, music, and other creative endeavors must be part of a student’s experience also.

I reject the privatization of public education. Voucher programs that shift funding from public to private schools will find no ally in me. I welcome new approaches to education that will help students. Creating parallel education systems with public money is not the answer. Public funds should go for public schools.

I support a hard cap on the number of students per class. “Flexibility” is usually used as a code word for increasing class sizes generally. This is a bad idea and injures the education process.

Our students are over-tested. Reliance on testing to determine the quality of students’ educational experience has failed. Evaluating skilled professionals like teachers holistically makes the most sense. Teachers know what works and they know what doesn’t work. We should abandon the adversarial relationship between the state and our teaching community. Together we can discover the appropriate and effective measures of teacher effectiveness.

 

Healthcare is a right

I support the expansion of Medicaid. Single Payer or Medicare-For-All is the best and most affordable solution. I recognize that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offered some much needed improvements. It’s central flaw was keeping insurance companies in the center of healthcare provision. Despite my misgivings, I oppose the Trump Administration’ undermining of the ACA. Adding an authentic public option to the ACA would swiftly move us towards Single Payer.

The White House’s recent move to end coverage for pre-existing conditions is unacceptable. It is part of the war the Trump administration is waging against working families.

Republican leadership in the Texas legislature refuses to accept Medicaid expansion. This is sheer dereliction of duty. It has left Texas with the highest rate of uninsured citizens in our Nation. Almost one in five people remain without adequate healthcare coverage. This is totally unacceptable. When elected I will immediately work to fix this.

Finally, I want to make it clear that I support and will defend women’s health choices. I don’t believe the government has a right to intrude into women’s reproductive health decisions.