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FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

OUR PRIORITIES
WOMAN'S RIGHTS

Too many women are concerned about making ends meet. They face pay inequality, insufficient resources to fund their businesses, and worries about the economic future of their children. COVID heightened these concerns. Women were in the front lines and greatly suffered.

 

Too many women are now concerned about the Federal Government intruding in deeply personal and private decisions. A fundamental human right was taken from a large majority of women.  The Federal Government should not have the right to keep you from bearing arms and it should not have the right to strip fundamental choices from women.

 

They also have to deal with disparities in wages and healthcare. Equal pay for equal work is a woman’s right. We must invest more in women-owned small businesses, expand access to education and training, and strengthen pay and benefits. Access to affordable healthcare must be a priority in protecting women’s rights. We protect women by addressing paid maternity and sick leave, better compensation for those who take care of elderly family members, and expanding childcare access..

As your elected representative, I will work with all entities to protect the rights of women. I will work to bring more resources to women-owned businesses and to close the income gap. I will work to ensure that women have increased access to expanded educational and training opportunities. Women’s rights are human rights, and I pledge to support initiatives that advance women’s rights and their right to choose.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Residents of US House District 7 are blessed with the many environmental wonders that surround us from our east to west and from north to south such as the Canaveral National Seashore; Lakes Monroe, Jesup, and Harney; and the Little Big Econ State Forest. Many of our environmental resources are important parts of our economic lifeblood that attract tourists to the region, however, several of these ecological treasures such as the Indian River Lagoon, including Mosquito Lagoon, Wekiva River State Park, and the St. Johns River have been put under increasing strain from pollution. Thus, for economic and moral reasons, I will work tirelessly to provide federal aid to protect these critical parts of our local landscape and to promote development that is smart and sustainable.

Naturally, we are now in the midst of hurricane season, and I will always work to ensure that our federal emergency management capabilities are prepared to respond to whatever adverse weather may befall us here in District 7 or throughout the country.  This approach is fundamentally important as we increasingly see negative signs of climate change all around our great land and in the world beyond our borders. However, we must do more than simply respond to the effects of climate change and support policies that will move us to a greener future where we increasingly rely on renewable energy sources and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. In this regard, my instincts are different from my Republican challenger who wants to “drill, baby drill” by keeping us mired in energy practices of yesterday rather than embracing the environmental challenges of the 21st century. My approach will pay dividends for our national security in light of the fact the U.S. intelligence community predicts increased conflicts and war due to climate change.  Climate Change and International Responses Increasing Challenges to US National Security Through 2040  By reducing such challenges, we can save money that would be needed to support foreign wars and to take care of future generations of noble, yet disabled military veterans.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

There is an urgent need to close the affordable housing gap especially as rents rise and mortgages increase. We can leverage federal funding to provide cities and states with the necessary resources to undertake affordable housing projects. The production of more manufactured housing will also assist in closing the housing gap. The encouragement of owner-occupiers of affordable housing must be encouraged.

 

Record low interest rates along with under-building of affordable housing over a number of years has contributed to high housing costs and the housing gap. Working with cities and the state, I commit to apply the values I learned throughout my life to finding solutions.

CIVIL LIBERTIES

The safeguarding of America’s democracy is one way of ensuring that the civil liberties of all citizens will be protected. Our democracy must work for all of the people and not just for all citizens. We are a beacon to others when we root out systemic racism.  It still exists in every walk of life.  My life story has informed me and understands a path to healing and growth.  

 

The fostering of civic engagement is paramount in safeguarding civil liberties. As your elected representative, I will work to ensure that laws and policies do not negatively impact our.  As your elected representative, I will work together with our community leaders to ensure that all necessary services come to our communities and that no one is left behind.

WORKER'S RIGHTS

The great American middle class was built by strong union participation. Workers had the protection to organize to fight for better wages and better working conditions, things we take for granted today. It was because of unionizing that workers were able to take care of their families, had protections from unreasonable dismissals and had job security. Today, we have seen laws at the state and local levels decimate rights workers had enjoyed for nearly a century.  Republican governors and state legislatures across the country have advanced anti-worker legislation to undercut the labor movement and collective bargaining. States have decimated the rights of public sector workers who, unlike private sector workers, do not have federal protections ensuring their freedom to organize and collectively bargain. If we are to rebuild the middle class, we have to protect workers’ rights. We must ensure that they have the right to organize. We must not go back to the days when workers could be dismissed at the slightest whim. As your representative, I will work across the board and across the aisle to help restore and strengthen workers’ rights.

VETERAN AFFAIRS

Our country has a sacred responsibility to care for our veterans. Our service members ensure our freedoms, our security, and the very future of our country. They are willing to sacrifice everything, and many have. Each veteran deserves our respect and enduring gratitude, both while on active duty and after separating from the service. As a country we have a responsibility to create jobs for our veterans when they return home. We must invest in creating such jobs. We should also create the means to support veteran-owned small businesses and give them the means to continue to support their families. We further need to create a system to provide veterans with world-class healthcare after they have hung up their uniform for good. To provide the kind of healthcare our veterans deserve, we must start by modernizing the facilities where they receive healthcare. Many such facilities are fifty years old and badly in need of upgrading. One of my priorities will be to work to get these facilities modernized and thus better able to serve our veterans. After sacrificing to preserve our democracy and freedoms, our veterans should not have to get their healthcare at facilities that are not on par with those provided to others in the society.

Affordable Housing
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Worker's Rights
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Women’s Rights are Human Rights
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