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ADVANCING  SOCIAL  JUSTICE

Social injustice holds New Mexicans back and limits our future. Our state seems to be at the bottom of every list and many in our community face systemic marginalization and practices which work to keep them disadvantaged. I will work to ensure all New Mexicans have an even playing field. These include:

  • Fair Taxes: The current federal tax codes keep New Mexicans poor while the rich get richer. This must be reshaped to build a more just society with greater access to financial success for hardworking New Mexicans. Everyone should pay their equitable share of taxes. We should start by rolling back the last administration’s Tax Plan which benefited the wealthiest people and corporations while providing crumbs to the middle class.

  • Homelessness, Housing: I support investing in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build, rehabilitate and preserve housing units needed to keep a roof over the heads of New Mexico citizens. New Mexico was allocated $3M in 2019. I will work to increase that amount in 2021. I also support expanding the USDA’s Section 515 program to build new affordable developments in rural areas and protect existing units from being converted to market-rate housing.

  • Black Lives Matter: Since the founding of our nation, we have been haunted by the stain of institutional racism. While we have made strides to address this black mark throughout the years, we have more work to do.  The senseless homicides of innocent victims such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Richard Brooks, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin and many others, call us to action to stamp out racism in our country. Black lives do matter and we must continue to remind ourselves of that fact every day until racial injustice is eliminated.

  • End childhood hunger: Childhood hunger in New Mexico is increasing due to the pandemic. This cannot be allowed to continue. Our charities and foodbanks work tirelessly to stand up to hunger, but they cannot win this war alone. I will work to end childhood hunger in New Mexico by asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider expanding and extending federal nutrition assistance programs.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 provides $13 billion to increase the monthly SNAP/Food Stamp benefits through the summer of 2021. But the $5.70 per child currently available with this increase is nowhere near enough support. I’ll push for additional support to ensure our children are no longer hungry.

  • End felony disenfranchisement: 5.2 million Americans, about 24,000 of whom are New Mexicans, are forbidden to vote because of felony disenfranchisement, or laws restricting voting rights for those convicted of felony-level crimes. We are more than our past mistakes. Once someone convicted of a crime has repaid their debt to society and has been released from incarceration, they must have the right to vote and a voice in the decisions impacting their lives. I will work to remove this unfair barrier to civic engagement.