Today we're proud to release our health care policy statement. For too long, people in this country have struggled to afford their health care, putting off preventative care visits because they feared the cost of care and staying in jobs they dislike because they can't risk a lapse in insurance coverage. This has to stop. We believe that health care is a human right and that transitioning to a universal single-payer system would remove the cost burden for American families and businesses and ensure that every single American is covered. You can view the policy statement here.
Economic inequality is more severe today than at any point since the Great Depression. The middle class is shrinking, secure, good-paying jobs are increasingly rare, benefits are under attack, and retirement is becoming a luxury beyond the reach of workers. This is not a natural or inevitable evolution of society. This is the result of an intentional and coordinated effort by a small number of the wealthy elite to seize and concentrate political power and to rewrite our legal and tax systems to their benefit at the expense of working Americans
I am running for Congress because the inequalities that plague our nation have reached a fever-pitch and we must move quickly and expansively if we are to create a better future. The rights of workers are central to my vision of making a better future a reality. As your representative in Congress, I will lead the fight for workers’ rights, expansion and protection of the middle class, and the elimination of inequality in every guise.
You can view our full workers' rights policy statement here.
Today, I am happy to share my environmental policy statement with you, our seventh bold policy statement to be released to date.
Unseasonably warm weather paired with melting snow and heavy rain have created widespread flooding throughout the 6th district These floods have wreaked havoc on roads, bridges, and peoples' homes and businesses. Michigan saw record-setting warm temperatures in February, as high as 63 degrees in some parts of the state. Like most Michiganders, I don't generally complain about a warm day in February, but these extreme weather patterns are not normal and are, in fact, a result of climate change. If we continue to abuse the environment, we will see more episodes of extreme heat, intense storms, and severe droughts all over the globe. Our communities, our infrastructure, and our planet cannot tolerate this. It’s time to put the earth first.
You can view our environmental policy statement here.
We are long overdue for a sensible gun control policy in this country that recognizes the constitutional rights of every American, as well as our safety and security. As your representative in Washington, D.C., I will be a vocal proponent for a common-sense gun policy. Today, I proudly share with you my firearms policy statement, where I outline a detailed plan for congressional action, including stripping the NRA's ability to influence our government and politicians. You can view the full policy statement here.
We're very excited to share our Money Out of Politics policy statement. Ending the corrupting influence of money in our political system is a core piece of our platform and this campaign will continue to fight against corruption from corporations, lobbyists, and the wealthy elite by refusing all super PAC, corporate, and dark money. You can read the policy statement here!
On Saturday, we were honored to participate in the candidate forum hosted by the Progressive Caucus of the MDP along with 4 of the other Democratic candidates. Thank you to the organizers of this great event!
We had an opportunity to speak with WMUK on their West South West program on Thursday morning. Check it out!
Thank you to the residents of Schoolcraft and the surrounding areas for coming out on Tuesday night to our town hall discussion! We greatly appreciate your support.
As a teacher, I am incredibly honored to release my education policy statement. This is our opportunity to create an educational system that will fuel a 21st-century economy and help us break down the institutionalized barriers that perpetuate racial, gender, and class-based division.
You can view the policy statement here.
Town halls are the best way to reach constituents where they live. Since late July 2017, we've been holding town halls all throughout the 6th District, and will continue to do so until the Election in November!
Head over to our Town Hall tracker to see where we've been and where we're going next. You can also request we hold a town hall in your community!
More media coverage about my interview with Fox News at the Golden Brown Bakery in South Haven yesterday.
Over fifty people attended last night's town hall in Richland! 6th district voters are clearly ready for a progressive grassroots movement, one that puts issues and people first, not money and party.
We hope you can join us for our 15th town hall in Schoolcraft on February 13th!
Thank you to MLive, the South Haven Tribune, and Fox News for taking the time to talk with a crowd of 6th District voters about the serious issues our nation faces and our hopes for the future.
For decades, the guiding principle of agricultural policy in the United States has been "Go big or go home." We need new leadership for a diverse, sustainable agriculture in the United States, and I want to provide that leadership in Congress based on the principle that farming can and should function as part of a community.
Today, we proudly release one of the most progressive agriculture policies in the nation. The progressive movement started on America's farms, and I am honored to continue the fight for the economic, social, physical, and environmental well-being of all our independent farmers. You can view our official agriculture policy below!
Money is corrupting our political process. Our parties are beholden to big donors. Democrats and Republicans are both guilty of putting the demands of corporations, lobbyists, and the wealthy elite before the needs of working Americans.
We cannot put up with this any longer. It's time to elect people who can't be bought! We can and will get money out of politics by reclaiming Congress in 2018 and supporting progressive leaders and groups like U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, and Justice Democrats.
Kalamazoo was out in force today!
Nonstop. That's what this campaign is about. Every single day, we are out there meeting voters, attending events and meetings, and supporting other democratic candidates. If we're going to win in November, we have to put in the work. We need to show the people of Michigan's 6th District that their voices and votes will be heard in Congress by a representative that works solely for the people, NOT corporations and big donors.
I was honored to attend so many different events and meetings throughout West Michigan these past few days. From United We Rise in Grand Haven and Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War - KNOW's Rock For Your Rights to Palisades Shutdown Campaign-Michigan Safe Energy Future's meeting in South Haven and OutFront Kalamazoo's Winter Gala, I am always ready to fully engage with the people of this district because that's what a representative is supposed to do. No more hiding behind computers and phones. No more hiding in D.C. The new era of representation demands visibility and accountability, and I can guarantee you that I will deliver on both.
Time to #CreateTheChange in 2018 and elect a #BrandNewCongress that truly serves the people!
What a great turn out at last night's Plainwell town hall! We tackled a lot of important issues, including gun control, mental health, women's rights, foreign policy, and money in politics.
Our next town hall is January 30th in Richland! Head over to our events page for more information.
My fellow Justice Democrats candidate Dr. Rob Davidson and I had a great time speaking at the 2018 MLK Day Teach-In at WMU this morning. We are dedicated to creating real progressive change throughout West Michigan and as your representatives in Congress, we will work to bring social and economic justice to the people of Michigan's 2nd and 6th districts by actually working for the people, not corporations and lobbyists!