After twenty years in education, Mary knows that the most important investment we can make is in our children. Every child has a right to a quality education, regardless of what zip code they grow up in or who their parents are. Mary will work hard in Congress to ensure future generations have the tools and the knowledge necessary to thrive in the 21st century economy. In Congress, Mary will co-sponsor the STRIVE Act, to ensure teachers are equipped to provide quality education to their students, and the College for All Act, so that no one goes into massive debt in pursuit of higher education.
Our lawmakers are failing our children and selling them out to the NRA. This isn’t a political issue, it is a public safety issue. When the assault weapons ban in 1994 was passed, gun massacre deaths fell by 43 percent. In 2004, when the bill expired, deaths increased by 239 percent. Mary believes we must ban assault-style weapons, pass universal background checks, and restrict the size of high-capacity magazines.
Health care is a human right! Our healthcare system is broken: Ballooning health care costs and uninsurance wreak economic devastation on individuals, families, and small business owners, while insurance and pharmaceutical companies earn billions. No one in this country should get sick or not see a doctor for lack of insurance, and no corporation should profit off of human illness. Bankruptcy due to astronomical health care costs is not freedom. This is why Mary supports a single-payer, Medicare for All system that would guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privilege.
The current enforcement of immigration policies in our country traumatizes children and destroys families. We cannot give into the politics of fear by scapegoating the most marginalized while the real issues are being ignored. We must reject Trump’s racist border wall and move to immediately pass a clean DREAM Act. In Congress, Mary will work to create and implement a humane, safe and fair immigration policy that protects our families, friends and neighbors.
Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. We must take real action on climate change if we are to ensure a safe, stable climate for future generations. Mary will be a strong advocate for achieving a net-zero carbon economy by 2035. This includes a ban on fracking, a carbon fee and dividend system, and an immediate transition to solar and wind energy.
Today, the United States has the highest levels of income inequality of any major developed country on earth. Decades of policy favoring the top 1% have created a state of emergency for working class people. We must act immediately to create an economy that is fair for everyone, not rigged for the wealthiest among us. This includes: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, supporting the enforcement of antitrust law to break up monopolies, reigning in Wall Street greed through a financial transaction tax and the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall protections, and supporting workers’ right to join a union.
Mary has been a lifelong advocate for women’s rights. In Congress, Mary will work to pass federal legislation that will empower women: paid family leave, pay equity for women, and access to universal child care. Additionally, Mary will oppose right-wing attacks on women’s reproductive rights, including access to abortion and contraceptives, and will support full funding of Planned Parenthood.
Mary has dedicated her life to advocating for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ people. As an LGBT woman, Mary has experienced firsthand discrimination based on sexual orientation, and has been on the frontlines of the struggle for equality. In Congress, Mary will continue advocating for federal legislation that protects the rights of all Americans, against discrimination in employment, marriage, housing, credit and education.
Criminal Justice and Voting Rights
Mass incarceration and the war on drugs are racist projects that we must immediately work to end. In Congress, Mary will work to reduce the mass incarceration and over-policing of communities of color by ending the failed policies of the drug war, fighting the privatization of prisons, and reforming cash bail. Additionally, felon disenfranchisement is regarded by many as the “New Jim Crow.” In Congress, Mary will fight to restore voting rights to felons and restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act.