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.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

Alexandra believes in a wealth tax, strengthening unions and the right for all workers to unionize, and pay equity.

Wealth Tax. A 2% wealth tax on Americans with a net worth of more than $50 million would tackle wealth inequality. Alexandra will fight to prevent tax loopholes for corporations like Amazon that are paying little or zero federal taxes. She will implement a tax on Big Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter to help deter from their unregulated exploitation of human attention and unethical polarization of the American public.

Union Rights. Alexandra supports the right to unionize for all workers and intends to make unionizing easier through a majority sign-up process. She will fight for all disenfranchised workers’ right to strike. She will repeal any policies that undermine a union’s ability to represent its workers. Alexandra will repeal the “right to work” and any process that inhibits public employees from collective bargaining.

Pay Equity. Alexandra understands that racism is a crisis that has had a devastating impact on the racial wage gap. She will fight for both equal opportunity and equal pay for communities of color. Equal opportunity includes a job guarantee, quality education, increasing the minimum wage, and ending discriminatory practices in financial services and housing.

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. 

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Alexandra supports every person’s religious freedom and right to choose, which is why she is a proponent of reproductive justice and advocates for inclusive reproductive legislation. Alexandra will fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, oppose efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, and advocate to expand the WIC program to make reproductive health services affordable and available before, during, and after pregnancy.

Pay Equity. Every worker deserves fair compensation equal to the value of their work and that is not undervalued on the basis of identity. Alexandra understands that advocating for pay equity must be an intersectional fight. This means acknowledging both the racial and gender wage gaps that create discriminatory wage discrepancies for equal labor, as well as the undervaluing of jobs historically held by women and people of color. Alexandra’s fight for economic justice will center the intersectionality of women’s rights and racial justice by preserving and expanding 14th Amendment discrimination protection and advocating for a dignified living wage for all workers.

Reproductive Rights. Alexandra supports every person’s religious freedom and right to choose, which is why she is a proponent of reproductive justice and advocates for inclusive reproductive legislation. Alexandra will fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, oppose efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, and advocate to expand the WIC program to make reproductive health services affordable and available before, during, and after pregnancy. She will fight to fully fund Planned Parenthood, Title X, and other reproductive justice initiatives that protect and increase the availability of safe and legal abortion and access to contraception. Alexandra understands that equitable reproductive justice supports maternal health and childcare as much as legal and safe abortion and contraception.

End Violence Against Women – International Solidarity. Every woman has the right to live freely without the threat of violence. In Congress, Alexandra will join the international call to end violence against women through preventative measures such as education surrounding the issue, the promotion of respectful relationships, and working with men and boys, especially in sports, the media, and the workforce. She will vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Alexandra will also advocate for more robust and accessible services for survivors of violence. She will fight to end sexual harassment in the military, the workplace, and other institutions. She will protect women from discrimination, harassment, and violence in educational institutions by upholding Title IX. She will use her platform to call attention to inordinate violences against women of color such as the alarming rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women, police brutality against Black women, and violence against transgender women of color.

JUSTICE FOR TRIBAL NATIONS

Far too frequently, the federal government has failed to honor its promises and treaties with Tribal Nations. Alexandra will stand with Native communities in their struggle to protect their treaties and sovereign rights, pass on traditional and cultural values, and improve the quality of life of their Native communities. 

Tribal Empowerment. Alexandra understands that the past dynamic between sovereign nations and the federal government was one of paternalism. She will honor and respect tribal nations’ rights to sovereignty and uplift a relationship between the federal government and tribal nations that fosters partnership and support. She will protect tribal nations’ rights to religious freedom and participation in our elections.

The Right to a Dignified Living. Alexandra will support increasing the amount of federal funding for tribal nations with significant investments into communities that lack healthcare, employment opportunities, housing, and quality schools. Enacting the Green New Deal will include the federal jobs guarantee, which will help provide jobs and rebuild the economies of Native communities.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

Alexandra is committed to fighting against the threat of antisemitism, white nationalism, and Islamophobia.

End Islamophobia. Islamophobia is a complex form of bigotry that penetrates government agencies, societal trends, and media spaces without accountability. Muslims should be able to practice their faith in their daily lives and institutions without interference, discrimination, or legal penalty. Religious freedom initiatives must include Islamic worship. Alexandra will fight to repeal and prevent any bigoted legislation that infringes on a community’s right to self-determination, or promotes white nationalism. She will work to coalition build across interfaith groups to combat the growing violent threat of Islamophobia. Alexandra will vote in support of policies that ensure safety and protect the rights of Muslim students at schools. 

End Antisemitism. Alexandra is committed to fighting against the threat of antisemitism and white nationalism, including but not limited to: naming and condemning white nationalist rhetoric and ideology that threatens Jews; coalition building across interfaith groups; engaging with a rising generation of American Jewish constituents, organizers, and leaders; and fighting for a multiracial, multiethnic, multifaith democracy that includes all of us. 

HARM REDUCTION

Harm reduction is a philosophy intended to ameliorate drug-associated harms, and it includes strategies for accomplishing that goal. Within the context of drug use, this philosophy focuses on the biopsychosocial effects of using a substance together with mechanisms for coping with the social and psychological, isolated and/or systemic harms associated with substance use. Prohibition-based drug policy is unsuccessful, dehumanizing, and degrading to individuals, our society, and humanity, as the suffering it causes affects the least fortunate among us the most. Historically, prohibition has been a tool to stigmatize people of color and the poor as morally deficient due to their choice to consume drugs and as undeserving of agency or satisfying even their basic human needs.

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.

Safer Supply. A safer supply program would provide pharmaceutical-grade substances users would know are free of anything not desired, available for use on their terms, and specifically purposed to address withdrawal or provision pleasure outside of clinical constraints. Safer supply refers to a legal and regulated supply of drugs with mind/body altering properties that traditionally have been accessible only through the illicit drug market. Methadone and suboxone are currently substitute options in the U.S., but the constraints on their availability have dampened their effectiveness. Beyond methadone and buprenorphine, safe supply initiatives include low barrier access to hydromorphone, controlled release morphine sulphate, and other substances currently causing harm that need not to if safer alternatives available. Safer supply changes the narrative by respecting the agency of individuals who choose to use drugs, removing the labels of “wrong” and “bad” in respect to drug using behavior. The availability of a reliable drug supply is a necessary step to end the futile stigmatization of drug use and drug users as well as ending the overdose epidemic. In Congress, Alexandra will advocate for a safer supply drug program and ending drug prohibition.

(The development of this harm reduction platform stems from collaboration with people with lived and living expertise using drugs and long-time involvement in harm reduction. If elected, community voices will be centered in all policy proposals and decisions.)

FOREIGN POLICY

The United States must change its foreign policy focus from engaging in endless wars and imperialism to one of diplomacy and cooperation with our international community. This paradigm shift requires implementing a focus on human rights, democracy, and peace in the United States’ international affairs. By prioritizing these approaches, we can build a stronger sense of community and interconnectedness amongst global citizens and foster a sense of belonging to our global community.

Diplomacy. In order to see such a shift in the United States’ foreign policy, adequate resources for strategies of diplomacy, humanitarian aid, development, and healing from war need to be reallocated. Alexandra believes the threats our nation faces can be addressed more effectively with principled diplomacy rather than with bombs, aggressive posturing, or war. Alexandra will support increased funding for the State Department, humanitarian aid, and community-led international development programs. She will advocate for the application of good-faith diplomacy and the increase in the number of refugees welcomed into the U.S. 

National Security. Alexandra understands that national security does not mean the militarization of our borders and waterways. National security must include the United States’ capability in combating the climate emergency, environmental degradation more broadly, and infectious disease. Alexandra believes the U.S. has the opportunity to lead global efforts in each of these arenas. In Congress, she will advocate for the U.S. to work bilaterally with large greenhouse gas emitters such as China and India, and multilaterally with the United Nations to negotiate significant and enforceable reductions in emissions that cause climate change. Alexandra will also advocate for the United States to respond effectively and responsibly to future infectious disease threats by supporting and implementing the Global Health Security Agenda; working to improve other countries’ capacities for preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease and outbreaks; and increasing international coordination between groups such as the Center for Disease Control, the World Bank, and Doctors Without Borders.  She will advocate for the preparedness of local health workers through training and technology and by integrating community health worker networks into a national health system. 

End Endless Wars. The United States has been fighting an endless war in Afghanistan since 2001, costing Americans numerous lives and taxpayers $6 trillion. Despite these costs, the number of deaths due to acts of terrorism have dramatically increased since 2001. Alexandra will advocate for Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority to debate and vote on war. She will fight to repeal the 2001 and 2002 war authorizations. Additionally, she will support ending the use of drones for extrajudicial killing, which has killed civilians and fueled extremist recruiting. Alexandra will advocate for divesting from and dismantling the war machine. 

U.S. in the Middle East. Alexandra supports the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. In Congress, she will advocate to replace the maintenance of a U.S. military presence in these nations with close intergovernmental collaboration and the important work of IGOs and NGOs. In the wake of America’s endless war in Afghanistan and elsewhere, she would work tirelessly to promote the goals of peace, prosperity, and democracy. Alexandra will advocate to end U.S. airstrikes throughout the Middle East, for diplomatic efforts to end the war in Yemen, and for increased humanitarian aid to address Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. Alexandra opposes arm sales to and military support for members of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. She also opposes the use of military force against Iran and supports diplomatic strategies instead.

U.S. in Latin America. Alexandra recognizes the historic role that the United States has played in Latin America’s economic instability and environmental crises, including the climate emergency, thereby contributing to the influx of people at the U.S.’ southern border seeking refuge. In Congress, Alexandra will work tirelessly to enact a Green New Deal and reverse the outsized impact that America’s greenhouse gas emissions have on the international community. She will fight to hold the United States accountable for its involvement in the destabilization of Latin American countries and demand the U.S. support self-determined nation-building among these impacted countries. Across the board, Alexandra opposes the use of military force and sanctions that are harmful to civilians. She instead embraces diplomatic relations, the fostering of community among nations, and the granting of temporary U.S. assistance if it means a stronger, healthier community. 

U.S. and China. Alexandra understands that the United States’ relationship with China should be friendly rather than based on a confrontational policy of containment and deterrence. In Congress, she will advocate for bilaterally and multilaterally strengthening cybersecurity norms, civilian maritime patrol, international institutions, and setting up information sharing mechanisms between like-minded states. Alexandra believes the United States should leverage China’s desire to be a respected member of the international community by actively engaging with China on those issues in which it upholds established international norms. She simultaneously recognizes that the Chinese government welcomes multilateral cooperation, diplomatic relations with the U.S., and self-determination for all nations. U.S.-China diplomacy is crucial for climate change mitigation before warming temperatures render the planet uninhabitable. Our two nations are the world’s largest economies and the largest polluters, so cooperation–not hostile competition–must shape the relationship.

Pentagon Budget. Alexandra understands that the current Pentagon budget is an investment that wastes billions on war and weapons while ignoring urgent human needs at home. Alexandra will fight to reduce the overall Pentagon budget. She will advocate to eliminate the Overseas Contingency Operations “slush fund” account, close unneeded domestic bases, end use-it-lose-it contract spending, end the Foreign Military Financing Program, close 60% of foreign bases, cancel the new Intercontinental Ballistic missile production, and reduce the use of weapon systems that are ineffective, obsolete, or in excess of reasonable security needs. These recommendations of eliminating waste within the Pentagon  will reduce the Pentagon budget by approximately $355 billion or by 48%. 

Israel-Palestine. Since its founding, Israel has waged a colonial war on the Palestinian people with the aim of replacing them with Jewish settlers. Palestinians are demanding freedom, justice, and equality as Israel has been forcibly displacing Palestinians from their lands, denying exiled Palestinians their rights to return, maintaining a system of privilege for Jews in virtually all spheres of life amounting to apartheid, and violently repressing Palestinian resistance to Israeli policies on a daily basis. The United States funding of military aid to Israel enables these crimes that deny Palestinians their basic freedom and human rights. Alexandra will fight to end U.S. militarized aid to Israel and advocate for Palestinian human rights. She will also use her national platform to facilitate educational dialogue to counter misinformation, anti-semitism, and Islamophobia while centering a critique of how the United States’ imperialist agenda has harmed Black and Brown communities across the world.

Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons. Alexandra understands the devastating humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons. Alexandra supports the pursuit of a nuclear weapons-free world.  In Congress, Alexandra will advocate for the United States to sign on to international arms control agreements including the Treaty of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the INF Treaty, the Nonproliferation Treaty, and the New START Treaty.  She will advocate for the adoption of a No-First-Use policy regarding nuclear weapons, and restrictions on the president’s authority to launch a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Urgent action to address the planet’s devastating climate and ecological crises is long overdue. Alexandra believes in science, and the data has shown that we are out of time. While extreme challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and the loss of arable land affect all of us, it is important to recognize their disproportionate impact on communities of color and the working-class. Our policy solutions must prioritize communities struggling with polluted air and water, a lack of healthy food and adequate sanitation, transportation, and infrastructure and increasingly devastating natural disasters.

Green New Deal. Taking climate change seriously means the United States should have a 100% green economy by 2030 and global carbon emissions must reach net-zero by 2050. The Green New Deal intersects environmental and economic justice to expand sustainable jobs, housing, and energy. Passing the Green New Deal would invest $16.3 trillion to create 20 million new green, union jobs, equitably expand our nation’s green infrastructure, and build a national public transportation system. Alexandra will also fight to ban fracking and facilitate a just transition for fossil fuel workers.

Conserving our land and protecting endangered species. While it is important to prioritize the human beings impacted by environmental crises, our irresponsible depletion of natural resources and creation of the climate crisis is causing a sixth mass extinction. Alexandra will fight to reverse the damages of the Trump administration’s environmental policies by protecting our national parks and forests and increasing protections for endangered species and our oceans.

Environmental Justice for Philly and Ending Food Insecurity. Alexandra will bring the fight against climate change to Philly by supporting green public housing projects, increasing access to healthy and sustainable food, and supporting grassroots activist efforts to end the environmental racism that puts Philly’s Black and low-income residents at a high risk of exposure to polluted air and water.

MENTAL HEALTH & DISABILITY RIGHTS

Alexandra believes mental health care is a key part of healthcare and that disability rights are civil rights. Alexandra will fight for disability policy that prioritizes autonomy, inclusion, and self-determination for all. This means including mental health care and home- and community-based services in broad-reaching Medicare for All policies. It also means protecting and expanding the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs and addressing our country’s humanitarian crisis of incarcerating people with mental illness. Alexandra will fight to reverse the criminalization of disability and provide people with disabilities with support options instead of carceral facilities. She will fight to end the seclusion of people with disabilities in schools by working with teachers, counselors, and administrators. She will expand trauma-informed care in school settings and vote in support of policies that keep students with disabilities safe in schools. Alexandra will create a federal civilian corps of mental health responders to respond to crisis situations with training in cultural competency, mental illness, and de-escalation tactics. She will ensure that no person with a disability experiences discrimination or barriers to housing, education, a living wage, or employment opportunities.

LGBTQIA+ RIGHTS

Alexandra believes we must end discrimination in all its forms, including on the basis of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In Congress, Alexandra will vote to pass the Equality Act and other bills with similar objectives. Alexandra will ensure LGBTQIA+ people have comprehensive healthcare without discrimination or denial of care from providers. She will fight to increase access to PrEP and remove barriers to mental health care. She will ban “conversion therapy” and guarantee transgender-affirming healthcare. Alexandra will vote in support of policies that ensure safety and protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ students at schools.  She will combat transphobia promoted by the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender people from serving in the United States military. She will work to ensure the federal recognition of non-binary identities including on government-issued documents.

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