Putting Working Families First
Adequately Funding Public Education
Our country has kept an innovative edge due to public education and affordable higher education. At a time when our children need it most, education funding was significantly reduced. We must re-invest in public education funding taking into consideration our current population and projected population growth. When I am the next State Representative of HD-26, I will prioritize the education of our children.
Maternal Healthcare for Women, especially African-American Women
Improving Quality of Life
"Texas has one of the most concerning maternal mortality rates in the country, estimated at 14.6 per 100,000 live births. For black women, it's even worse: 27.8 per 100,000." Far too long female African Americans are more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than others. We need to better track this metric for all women and add unconscious and explicit bias training to professionals caring for women of color. (Quote Source:
Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare
Taking care of our community
Being able to have access to affordable healthcare is a necessity. Expanding ACA should help with costs for patients. Then, there are lots of rural Texans that do not live close to a hospital facility. All Texans deserve timely attention for their medical challenges.
INEQUALITY IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM.
"Black and Latinos sentenced in State and Federal courts face significantly greater odds of incarceration than similarly situated white offenders and receive longer sentences than their white male counterparts in some jurisdictions." Mental health plays a huge factor with more than 30% of jailed inmates being diagnosed with one or two serious mental illnesses. African-Americans probation is revoked more than any other group in Texas. Then SB4 is racial profiling of the Latino and Asian communities.
Sarah believes jail is no place for mental health treatment. We as a society must invest to ensure our constituents receive proper diagnosis and treatment by trained professionals. Our jail system should be able to proactively identify those with mental health challenges and redirect them to receive proper care by mental health trained professionals and entities. We must keep them out of the jail pipeline and get them the help needed to prevent locking them up as the answer.
Next, we must end the disparities of Latinos and African Americans in the prison system. This has led to overcrowding and unjust treatment. Sarah will fight in Austin for us to invest more in prevention, rehabilitation and fairness in the judicial system.
Fort Bend County is the most diverse county in the country and one of the most diverse in the world, no one should be at risk of being stopped and asked personal questions simply because they are a person of color. This is discrimination and does not belong in our society.
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