I'm commited to building in, with, and for the community.
The state legislature is often an inaccessible place to communities most directly impacted by the decisions made at the Capitol. Throughout my adult life, I’ve cultivated relationships with the individuals and organizations carrying out grassroots work around the most pressing issues in our communities.
I will govern through collaboration and partnership. By centering the experiences of the most impacted, amplifying the stories and voices of low-wealth communities, Indigenous, immigrant, POC communities, LGBTQ people, elders, and youth into policy-making spaces we can achieve concrete wins for our community that reflect the lived experiences of the residents of 62B.
Every decision I make will be from an intersectional lens—focusing on the connections between racial, economic, social, and gender justice.
Build healthy and secure communities
- Implement a single-payer universal healthcare system in Minnesota.
- Fight for reproductive and gender justice in healthcare including expanding access to birth control, trans therapy, and affordable reproductive healthcare—including childbirth, post-partum, abortions, and long-term birth control procedures. Address disparities in maternal and infant mortality.
- Reduce carbon emissions with a goal of 85% renewable energy by 2035, provide support to cities for mandated lead testing, fight back against the Line 3 Pipeline and dangerous mining in Northern Minnesota, and provide reparations for communities harmed by environmental racism.
- Address the opioid crisis from a public health perspective by:
- holding the pharmaceutical industry accountable.
- funding culturally-competent treatment programs that don’t separate families,
- and investing in harm reduction strategies such as safe injection sites.
- Develop cross-jurisdictional strategies to expand safe harbor protections to adult women victims of sex trafficking and make sex work safe and legal.
Create fair access to democracy and citizenship
- Expand voter access by increasing early voting and vote-by-mail programs and creating automatic voter registration.
- Provide driver’s licenses for all Minnesotans regardless of immigration status, expand protections and support for Sanctuary Cities and Counties, and protect the Minnesota DREAM Act.
Shape an equitable economy
- Pass a statewide $15/hr minimum wage.
- Raise taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans to fund investments in infrastructure, education, transit, and housing.
- Protect collective bargaining rights and fight against ‘Right to Work’ legislation, oppose captive audience training, clarify definition of seasonal vs. temporary workers
- Provide student loan debt relief.
- Fight for affordable housing by:
- implementing a tenant’s bill of rights,
- passing a bonding bill to fund affordable housing and public housing,
- increasing rental assistance programs,
- repealing the statewide preemption on local efforts to stabilize rents.
Practice restorative, not criminal, justice
- Fully legalize recreational marijuana and:
- Release all those incarcerated on marijuana-related offenses,
- Create a pathway to record expungement,
- Prioritize access to the legal cannabis industry for victims of the war on drugs.
- Restore voting rights to the 47,000 felons in the state of Minnesota.
- Fight discrimination against former felons by passing ‘ban the box’ for rental applications.
- End cash bail.
- Shut down private prisons and ban the creation of new private prisons.
- Expand diversionary and restorative justice programs.
Provide all children access to high quality, attainable schools
- Fully fund public schools and expand wrap-around services—physical and mental health, counseling, out-of-school programming.
- Increase funding for the Child Care Assistance Program.
- Fund all-day prekindergarten for all Minnesotan children.
- Support healthy sexual education programs and affirmative consent policies.
- Tuition-free higher education at all Minnesota public universities and colleges.