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FOR ALL. FOR ALL.
FOR ALL.

 

Healthcare That Works for All

 

Our rural hospitals are closing at alarming rates, the percentage of uninsured Alabamians is increasing, and Alabama has some of the worst health outcomes and disease statistics in the country. Alabamians work too hard for state legislators to deny our families access to affordable health care.

WE HAVE TO EXPAND MEDICAID. Accepting free federal dollars for Medicaid expansion is an absolute no-brainer. In fact, nearly 70% of Alabamians agree that the folks down in Montgomery need to get it passed. The statistics about how Medicaid expansion would help working Alabamians gain coverage, prevent maternal deaths, save hospitals, create jobs, and generate economic development are simply staggering. One need only peruse the Cover Alabama website for a matter of minutes to recognize what a game-changer Medicaid expansion would be for our state.

We need to support and utilize health disparity research to address systemic issues in our state. In Alabama, we already know there are many social determinants that can negatively affect the quality of the healthcare you receive. But your health outcomes shouldn’t be determined by what part of the state you were born in, what minority group you belong to, or how you identify. 

We must increase mental healthcare spending to create better access to providers and quality mental health centers. Alabama has been in a mental healthcare crisis for a long time. In fact, Mental Health America recently ranked Alabama 47th for access to mental healthcare, but our friends and family deserve better. As the proud daughter of a retired mental healthcare worker, we must also pay living wages to the individuals working in this demanding field.

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#2

Police Training Reform

 

Throughout the country, police are tasked with serving and protecting our cities and towns—a role that comes with immense responsibility. Unfortunately, in Alabama, the current training requirements do not adequately prepare officers. If we want our state policing system to truly work for the people of Alabama and for police officers to feel prepared for the demands of their roles, we MUST overhaul the state-required training system.

We must stop allowing “provisional” officers to serve for 6 months before they’ve begun basic training. That’s right, Alabama law currently allows untrained individuals to serve as police officers before starting their state-required 520 hours of training. Although they are required to be under the supervision of a trained officer, their presence in the field as an untrained individual puts them and the citizens they serve at risk. 

We must increase the number of state-required training hours. Alabama state law currently requires 520 hours of basic training for all individuals seeking to become an officer. That’s just 13 weeks of full-time training. Disappointingly, it is one of the lowest state requirements in the country. To put things into perspective, it takes 750 hours of training to become a state-certified nail technician and 1,500 hours to be certified cosmetologist in Alabama. To become a plumbing or electrician journeyman, 8,000 hours (or two years of training) are required.

We must require implicit bias training for all state-certified officers. In order to serve and protect justly, police officers must be taught how to identify and examine their own implicit biases, so those biases don’t lead to poor judgment in the field. Currently, only a handful of Alabama cities require something akin to implicit bias training.

We must create a specialized emergency mental health response training program. Unfortunately, many of the calls to police from individuals about their own mental health or the mental health of someone close to them end with a person getting unnecessarily hurt or even killed. Police departments need specially trained officers who have the skills to de-escalate complicated mental health situations. People should get the care they need instead of landing in a jail cell.

Investing in the

Industries of the Future

Once sustained by an economy based heavily on farming and iron/steel production, Alabama must look to new industries to build out a sustainable and strong economic future. It’s past time for heavy state investment in the industries that will better our quality of life, workforce development, the environment, and our health.

We need state-sponsored training programs for tech and tech-adjacent industries. Birmingham-based technology companies like Shipt, Therapy Brands, and Fleetio have experienced outstanding growth, but local companies are also experiencing a great deal of difficulty trying to fill the in-demand tech roles with Alabama workers. It’s time for the state to invest in workforce development programs meant to address these specific needs.

We need greater state investment in biomedical research. Birmingham is one of the country’s most important hubs for biomedical research. Unfortunately, the city is competing with other hubs throughout the nation that have much stronger state-based support. If we’re going to continue to attract the best and the brightest to come work in our state’s largest city and to make it the foremost Southeastern medical center, legislators must fund life-changing research at our state universities.

We must remove the barriers to utilizing solar energy and fully embrace job creation in green energy. Alabama Power’s increasing solar power fees stifle the clean energy industry. These green energy taxes prevent Alabamians from lowering their electricity bills (some of the highest in the nation) and keep thousands of high-quality jobs out of the state.

Investing in future industries also means protecting EXISTING UNIONS AND SUPPORTING emerging unions. I will be an outspoken advocate for the rights of all unions, especially those based in Alabama and the ones that are recently emerging, like BAmazon, Starbucks, Apple, and more.

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Protecting Voting Rights

Voting should be the easiest thing we do, and I will fight to expand the ways that folks can access their right to participate in our democracy. These include:

Mail-in voting + Automatic voter registration Repealing voter ID requirements + Making Election Day a holiday Early voting + No excuse needed absentee voting

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ProgressivE
across the Board

 

 Voters in District 54 can count on me to advocate loudly for many more progressive values including but not limited to:

Fighting for racial justice and rooting out systemic racism 

Protecting reproductive rights

Limiting corporate money in politics

Raising the minimum wage

Protecting workers unions

Common sense gun control

Stronger public education

LGBTQ+ equality

Fighting corruption

Universal childcare

Paid parental leave

Affordable housing

Recreational marijuana

Pay equity/compensation 

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