KEY ISSUES

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

While the COVID-19 pandemic should have catalyzed national unity and resolve from leaders to take urgent and impactful action, it instead divided us along the stress fractures of a broken system. COVID-19 devastated our most vulnerable communities, creating an unsustainable duration of healthcare crises, economic stress, and collective trauma. Our politicians must be bold enough to meet the moment’s crisis head on by prioritizing resource distribution to the most vulnerable and allocating the necessary funding for our families to begin the process of healing.

Monthly Survival Checks. Alexandra will fight for monthly survival checks that every other developed nation has provided for their citizens during an unprecedented crisis. Alexandra knows how small $2,000 feels in the wake of monthly rent and daily needs, which is why she will support legislation to give every family retroactive monthly survival checks.

Putting our Most Vulnerable Populations First. Our politicians must recognize the disproportionate mortality and hospitalization rates of Black, Brown, and Indigenous COVID-19 patients, as well as the high risk of exposure imposed on low-income service workers, frontline healthcare providers, teachers, assisted living patients, and incarcerated populations. Alexandra will ensure that a robust pandemic response-including vaccine rollouts, an economic stimulus for individuals and small businesses, free testing, and other healthcare and financial resources-is distributed equitably and prioritizes the hardest-hit communities.  

The Urgency Behind Medicare for All. This pandemic brought to light that universal, quality healthcare is a matter of life and death, consequential to public health more broadly, and a human right that should not be tied to employment. Alexandra will fight to pass Medicare for All with a renewed sense of urgency because she knows it is one of the biggest obstacles to our nation’s collective healing and resilience. In order to recover from this pandemic and address the health inequities that existed far before this crisis, we must guarantee a high-caliber healthcare system to every American. 

Workforce Equity. The loss of jobs during the pandemic fell hardest on low-income workers, service industry workers, and BIPOC women who make up a majority of that workforce. Our economic recovery plans must center the women of color hit hardest by this crisis. Alexandra will center workforce equity in her unemployment and job creation policy plans by prioritizing groups that are systematically more vulnerable to unemployment.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Alexandra is committed to ending mass incarceration. She supports ending cash bail, ending death by incarceration, increasing compassionate release, ending mandatory minimums, abolishing the death penalty, closing all for-profit prisons, restoring the Right to Vote of currently incarcerated people, and significantly reducing the United States’ overall population of currently incarcerated individuals.

Prison Reform. Alexandra is committed to ending mass incarceration. She supports ending cash bail, ending death by incarceration, increasing compassionate release, ending mandatory minimums, abolishing the death penalty, closing all for-profit prisons, restoring the Right to Vote of currently incarcerated people, and significantly reducing the United States’ overall population of currently incarcerated individuals.

End the War on Drugs. Abuse by the criminal legal system under the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected people of color and the poor. Those with more resources have better means to navigate the legal pitfalls of engaging in illicit drug use and, especially if they are white, tend to be less likely targets by law enforcement in the first place. Alexandra supports ending punitive drug policies and replacing them with health-based solutions that prioritize prevention and the treatment of negative health consequences such as fatal overdose, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and other infections, by eliminating the barriers to accessing needed resources that prevent these outcomes.  In Congress, Alexandra will fight to end the War on Drugs by releasing individuals incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses, expunging past convictions, and providing reparations to individuals, families, and communities impacted by incarceration and high threshold probation/parole requirements.

Decriminalizing Sex Work. Criminalizing sex work drives sex work underground, thus compromising sex workers’ health and safety. Although there have been attempts to criminalize the purchase of sex work, the stigma and fear of legal repercussions persist for the workers themselves, disproportionately affecting trans women of color. Alexandra will work to protect sex workers by decriminalizing prostitution and loitering for adults and expunging past convictions.

End Prison Gerrymandering. Incarcerated people should be counted for the purposes of the Census in the jurisdictions in which they resided prior to incarceration rather than the jurisdictions in which they are incarcerated. Counting incarcerated people in districts where they are incarcerated increases the resources available to communities with prisons, jails, and detention centers while diminishing the resources available to their communities of origin.

Compassionate Re-Entry. Upon reentry into society, formerly incarcerated individuals should have the means to live a dignified life. Alexandra will fight for programs that empower people to move on and learn from their mistakes, offer housing and meaningful work and job training, and prohibit employers from discriminating against applicants with a criminal record.

MEDICARE FOR ALL

Alexandra believes healthcare is a human right. In Congress, Alexandra will vote in favor of a single-payer, high quality, national health insurance program and support the passing of Medicare for All. Alexandra will dismantle the current healthcare industry standard, removing networks, premiums, copays, and deductibles. She will fight to cancel all medical debt and to expand every person’s access to consistent medical care. Medicare should be expanded to cover mental health; dental, vision, home or community-based, and long-term care; reproductive care; all safe and comprehensive cancer treatments; and prescription drugs.

Medicare for All. Alexandra believes healthcare is a human right. In Congress, Alexandra will vote in favor of a single-payer, high quality, national health insurance program and support the passing of Medicare for All. Alexandra will dismantle the current healthcare industry standard, removing networks, premiums, copays, and deductibles. She will fight to cancel all medical debt and to expand every person’s access to consistent medical care. Medicare should be expanded to cover mental health; dental, vision, home or community-based, and long-term care; reproductive care; all safe and comprehensive cancer treatments; and prescription drugs.  

Stop Big Pharma. Alexandra will work to prevent the pharmaceutical industry from overcharging the American people for necessary medicine through an annual prescription drug budget cap. She will support the allowance of Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies and the importation of low-cost drug options from other countries.

EDUCATION REFORM

Education is the backbone of a healthy democracy, but our current system is failing students of color, low-income students, and neurodivergent students. Decades of depleted federal funds have created a $23 billion discrepancy in the funds invested in predominantly white and predominantly minority school districts. Alexandra will push for equity-driven and student-focused education policies to invest in our public schools, pay our teachers a livable wage, and make schools the center of thriving communities.

New Deal for Education. We need to dramatically increase our federal investment in public education. Alexandra supports Congressman Bowman’s bold vision to increase annual Title I funding from $14 billion to $60 billion for districts with students living in poverty and increase funding for IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) for students with disabilities from $13 billion to $33 billion. 

End the School-to-Prison Pipeline. In order for our schools to foster student potential, we must break the cycle of criminalizing Black, Brown, and low-income students.  Alexandra will advocate for a less punitive school environment by ending federal zero-tolerance policies that force student suspensions for minor offenses and instead encourage restorative justice, peer mediation, counseling, and social work. 

Support Teachers. It is impossible to create a positive learning environment for students when our teachers are not paid a living wage. Alexandra will fight to raise the minimum teacher wage to at least $60,000 and support the rights of our educators to unionize. 

Higher Education For All. Systemic obstacles to higher education are among the most significant barriers to class mobility. Alexandra supports tuition guarantees and debt-free public college because every American should have the opportunity to pursue higher education without the burden of debt. Our government also has the power to cancel the $1.6 trillion of student loan debt currently burdening over 44 million Americans. Cancelling it would revitalize the economy by freeing tens of millions of people to live out their economic lives in ways that crushing debt had not allowed. In Congress, Alexandra will support this relief.

ENDING GUN VIOLENCE

In an average year, gun violence kills nearly 40,000 people in the United States and costs this country $280 billion. Gun violence is a by-product of decades upon decades of systemic racism, poverty and economic disparity, and cost barriers to mental and physical healthcare, and it plays a devastating role in both the lives of survivors and the void that remains when people are prematurely taken from us. There are physical, mental, and economic consequences to the United States’ lack of gun violence prevention. The economic consequences are faced in American taxes, in families, societally with intangible costs of pain and suffering, and in productivity and revenue. Philadelphia alone is setting new records for its shootings (fatal and non-fatal) and homicides. 2020 closed out with over 2,200 victims, which amounts to more than double the year-end total in 2015. In Congress, Alexandra will treat gun violence as the public health crisis that it is and take a holistic approach to the systemic disparities that have produced it. Gun violence is preventable and must be put to an end.

Universal Background Checks. Alexandra will fight for universal background checks to firearm purchases and to close the Charleston loophole, which permits a gun sale if a background check isn’t completed in 3 days. She will advocate to close the gun show loophole, which allows private gun sales without background checks. Alexandra will advocate to ban anyone convicted of a hate crime from purchasing a firearm and to pass a national ban on the sale and distribution of assault weapons.

Safe Gun Storage. Alexandra will advocate for national licensing standards to include mandatory gun safety training prior to eligibility to purchasing a firearm. This will include safe gun storage in homes and vehicles, how to model responsible behavior around guns, and the understanding of the role guns play in suicide.

Ban on Ghost Guns. Ghost guns are unserialized, untraceable firearms that can be purchased online or at gun shows and assembled at home. The kits are widely available to virtually anyone (including domestic abusers, gun traffickers, and prohibited purchasers) without a background check. Due to the lack of federal regulation in this country, ghost guns are a growing weapon of choice among people who are otherwise legally prohibited from buying firearms. In Congress, Alexandra will work tirelessly to enact federal bans on the manufacturing, purchasing, and use of these weapons, dismantling the evasive and deadly market for ghost guns.

Demilitarize the Police. Alexandra understands that gun safety policy and police reform go hand-in-hand.  In Congress, Alexandra will fight to demilitarize all law enforcement, including police officers and security guards, starting immediately with all military-grade weaponry and equipment. She will advocate for the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act and ending the federal 1033 Program that provides military weaponry to local police departments.

Disarm Domestic Abusers. More than half the women killed by guns in the United States are killed by an intimate partner or family member. Alexandra will fight to close the boyfriend and stalker loophole by expanding the definition of intimate partner to include anyone who has been convicted of domestic violence or abuse, and prohibit anyone who has been convicted of stalking or who has a restraining order against them from purchasing a firearm.

HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT

Shelter is a basic human necessity. Without safe, adequate housing, the fundamental base of an equitable society begins to crumble. In the United States, more than half a million Americans are sleeping in the streets, and 47% of renters pay over 30%of their income towards rent. The economic stress of the pandemic put tens of millions of American families at risk of eviction. Alexandra will dedicate herself to ending homelessness and protecting hardworking renters from unjust evictions.

Housing for All. Alexandra believes that housing is a human right and that stable housing is essential to community prosperity, which is why she supports the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act. The Green New Deal for Public Housing invests in the construction of sustainable public housing options priced at affordable real cost or income-based rates. She advocates for inclusive social housing as an equitable public solution for people of every race, income level, and documentation status. In Philly, this policy would focus on revitalizing old and abandoned housing, retrofitting them with high-efficiency energy systems and appliances. Currently, Black single mothers are most at risk for facing eviction or housing insecurity, making this group a top priority in the demand for housing. 

Tenants’ Rights. Alexandra will protect tenants by implementing a national rent control standard and a “just cause” requirement for evictions. She will fight to end housing discrimination and ensure housing standards for renters. Alexandra will support the rights of tenants to form tenant unions without retaliation from landlords and will protect survivors of domestic violence from eviction on the basis of their assault. She will support efforts to fully fund the Section 8 rental assistance program and will implement a Section 8 non-discrimination law so landlords cannot discriminate against low-income families or persons. 

End Gentrification, Segregation, Speculation, and Exclusionary Zoning. Alexandra acknowledges the history of redlining neighborhoods and systemic racism in the housing market. In Congress, Alexandra will actively challenge racist and classist practices by regulating gentrification, real estate speculation, and exclusionary zoning. Alexandra will implement the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule to identify and end any racist housing policies. Alexandra will vote in support of policies providing reparations for racist real estate practices.

IMMIGRATION REFORM

Alexandra is committed to dismantling systemic barriers to the American dream, which is why she will fight to end xenophobic policies that criminalize immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. She is proud to live in a Sanctuary City and is committed to maintaining Philly’s diverse environment. Alexandra will work to abolish agencies that militarize the border, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol. She will eliminate racist and xenophobic policies that delay citizenship and deny the right to asylum. As a Congresswoman, Alexandra will also fight to include domestic workers in basic labor protections, support DACA, and provide a straightforward path to citizenship. She is committed to transformative and just immigration reform.

Alexandra is committed to dismantling systemic barriers to the American dream, which is why she will fight to end xenophobic policies that criminalize immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. She is proud to live in a Sanctuary City and is committed to maintaining Philly’s diverse environment. Alexandra will work to abolish agencies that militarize the border, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol. She will eliminate racist and xenophobic policies that delay citizenship and deny the right to asylum. As a Congresswoman, Alexandra will also fight to include domestic workers in basic labor protections, support DACA, and provide a straightforward path to citizenship. She is committed to transformative and just immigration reform.

RACIAL JUSTICE

No person should be marginalized based on identity, and no policies should adversely target people based on their identities. Individuals and corporations with substantial wealth cannot be entitled to greater leniency under the law than those of lesser means. Alexandra believes every citizen has the right to equal participation in government and that all citizens have the right to seek public office regardless of their means. She believes the right to vote is universal regardless of race, geography, incarceration, or gender. Any barrier or impediment to voting such as gerrymandering or the Electoral College must be eliminated. Alexandra stands in opposition to colonialism, imperialism, and all other violations to the right to self-determination in governance. Alexandra believes every single American has a right to quality of life.

The United States, in its current form, is built on a foundation of White Supremacy, imperialism, and the violent oppression of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples. Alexandra believes all individuals have the right to liberty, justice, and equal protection regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, income, or ability.

No person should be marginalized based on identity, and no policies should adversely target people based on their identities. Individuals and corporations with substantial wealth cannot be entitled to greater leniency under the law than those of lesser means. Alexandra believes every citizen has the right to equal participation in government and that all citizens have the right to seek public office regardless of their means. She believes the right to vote is universal regardless of race, geography, incarceration, or gender. Any barrier or impediment to voting such as gerrymandering or the Electoral College must be eliminated. Alexandra stands in opposition to colonialism, imperialism, and all other violations to the right to self-determination in governance. Alexandra believes every single American has a right to quality of life. 

For equal protection under the law to exist, we must address and dismantle structural racism. Voter disenfranchisement clearly targets people of color. Alexandra will fight to restore the Voting Rights Act, end voter suppression, and secure automatic voter registration for all citizens over the age of 18. The United States has the largest incarcerated population in the entire world. Our nation is less than 5% of the global population, yet we hold 22% of the world’s prison population. This mass incarceration disproportionately targets people of color, as Black Americans are jailed five times more often than White Americans.

Alexandra will fight for criminal justice reform, including ending cash bail, ending death by incarceration, increasing compassionate release, ending mandatory minimums, abolishing the death penalty, closing all private prisons, and significantly reducing the United States’ overall population of currently incarcerated individuals. Medical racism and health disparities must also be addressed. Black Americans are more likely to die from cancer, and died from COVID-19 at nearly four times the rate of White Americans. Black women are 3.5 times more likely to die from childbirth than White women. Alexandra will fight to end racial health disparities through the distribution of quality medical care to all patients, and combat racist practices perpetuated in the study of medicine in nursing and medical schools.

Alexandra recognizes the disproportionate impact that climate change, biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, and the loss of arable land have on communities of color and the working-class. She will prioritize environmental justice for communities struggling with polluted air and water, a lack of healthy food and adequate sanitation, transportation, and infrastructure, and increasingly devastating natural disasters. Alexandra seeks to end and repair the devastating impact America’s endless overseas wars have had on international Black and Brown communities. Alexandra  will fight against the racial wage gap, and how it intersects with the gender wage gap to impact women of color at disparate rates. She will fight for equal pay for communities of color, and equal opportunity that includes a job guarantee, quality education, increasing the minimum wage, and ending discriminatory practices in financial services and housing.

Structural racism requires structural change, and Alexandra will fight for a country in which all people are treated equally and fairly. 

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