Learn About Delia's Strong Neighborhoods Agenda
A Strong Neighborhoods Agenda
Delia believes that our government should work to create strong and vibrant communities where all people have access to the resources and opportunities they need to achieve a high quality of life for themselves and their families. As our state representative, Delia will be a champion for our neighborhoods in Springfield. She will fight to ensure all the members of our community can prosper by advocating for the things all strong neighborhoods need; housing stability, well-resourced public education, safe public spaces, economic and workforce development, affordable healthcare for all, and reliable and responsible government.
Delia believes housing is a human right. Delia has a lifelong commitment and track record of working to address homelessness and ensuring all have access to housing. She believes public policy and government resources should ensure a stable supply accessible and affordable housing so that all the members of our community can live without fear of displacement.
Fully-Funded Public Education
As a product of Chicago Public Schools, Delia will invest in public education and continue to protect our public-school system from corporate interests which attack teachers and students to destabilize public neighborhood schools and profit from privatizing education. Delia believes that a well-resourced public education, including access to childcare and pre-k, k-12 education, and higher education, should be guaranteed to every child in Illinois regardless of what community they grow up in. The state of Illinois has long underfunded its public education system and Delia is committed to change this while fighting against efforts to privatize our public-school systems.
Delia has invested her professional career in the social services and nonprofit sector. Through this experience she knows firsthand that violence is unequivocally a public health issue. She believes that proactive approaches that address the root causes of violence must be put into practice instead of reactionary policies of locking people with no opportunities for rehabilitation. Delia will fight to keep our communities safe by advocating for community based approaches to reduce violence, working to pass laws that keep guns out of our communities, and ending the cycle of recidivism by expanding opportunities for people with records to gain housing and employment.
Economic Development and a Strong Workforce
Delia understands that workers are the backbone of a strong economy and she is committed to supporting policies which protect and invest in workers. Delia will protect worker’s pensions because she believes that our government should honor the commitments it’s made to its workers. Delia supports a $15 minimum wage and she opposes “right to work” laws that undermine worker’s collective bargaining rights. Delia believes the state of Illinois must do more to invest and equip our workforce for the new global economy including high tech and renewable energy jobs.
Affordable Healthcare for All
Delia knows that minority communities often suffer the strongest negative impacts of health disparities. Delia is committed to fighting to preserve the care which currently exists while also building the movement for Medicare for All – a universal, single-payer healthcare system in Illinois.
Reliable and Responsible Government
Delia believes that government should work to meet the needs of people. Government services should be reliable, transparent, and revenues to fund them should be collected in a fair and responsible manner. It is unacceptable that our budgets are being balanced by cutting social services and programs which serve the most vulnerable members of society while wealthy individuals and corporations are getting tax cuts. Delia will fight to raise adequate revenues to fund the public services we all need and use, close tax loopholes that allow the wealthy to avoid paying their fair
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