UncategorizedIssues Facing Our State

January 4, 20201

Issues Facing Our State

Although the situation in Washington is dire, here at home, there are many critical things we can do to protect our families, our economy, and our rights. Some of Jen’s legislative priorities include:

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        Public Transit

  • Investing in and modernizing the MBTA will be one of Jen’s top priorities.
  • The T is personal for Jen. She was a long-time Red Line commuter and decided to change jobs because she could not count on public infrastructure to get her home in time.
  • We cannot have a thriving economy when people cannot get to work, nor can we cut our carbon emissions without making mass transit attractive and reliable. The T needs to be reliable and affordable if we want more commuters to choose it.
  • Jen will fight to lower costs to riders and to make routes free, prioritizing bus routes that serve low-income communities and communities of color.
  • Jen is committed to identifying new dedicated revenue streams for the T, lowering the cost of rides, investment in parking at terminus stations like Alewife, electrifying more of the system, and she has the political will and commitment to get it adopted.

        Public Colleges and Universities

  • Jen is committed to restoring our UMass system to fiscal health by passing the Cherish Act, which would restore funding for the system to 2001 levels.
  • She is also committed to fighting for legislation to ensure a debt-free option for in-state students who enroll in public colleges. Massachusetts has the fastest rising cost of public higher education in the nation, and no Massachusetts student should have to go into debt or visit food pantries to attend our UMass system.
  • We need a state system that is both excellent and affordable to ensure that every student has access to a world-class college education, and this requires adequate state funding.

        Climate Change

  • Jen has been endorsed by Sunrise Boston.
  • Jen will bring urgency to reversing climate change and preparing for the effects oSunrise Boston logof flooding and other climate emergencies in the 24th Middlesex.
  • Jen will fight for state policies that move us faster toward 100% renewable energy, prioritize mass transit and electric vehicles, promote environmental justice, and make Massachusetts a leader in developing green jobs
  • Jen will cosponsor and advocate for the bill sponsored by Rep. Marjorie Decker and Rep. Sean Garballey to promote 100% renewables.

        Public K-12 Education

  • Jen led the largest non-profit partner of Cambridge Public Schools for 9 years, and currently leads a mentorship program in Boston for young people pursuing careers in architecture, construction, and engineering.
  • Jen is a public school parent and a graduate of public schools in Massachusetts.
  • As your Representative, Jen will fight to ensure the Student Opportunity Act is fully funded and work to create additional funding streams for schools serving low-income students.

        Bodily Autonomy

  • We must secure women’s rights and the rights of pregnant people to healthcare here at home by passing the ROE Act. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, having appropriate laws on the books to protect our rights is essential. 
  • Jen has fought for the rights of survivors throughout her career. As the director of a rape crisis center in Framingham, she expanded services to immigrant communities and children and introduced a 24-hour hotline.
  • Jen will work to end the backlog of rape kits for processing and to ensure a system moving forward that ensures that every kit is processed.

        Housing

  • Jen will move the state to “housing first” policies rather than warehousing in shelter.
  • Jen will support the development of affordable housing, including transit-oriented development, and the preservation of existing affordable housing
  • Jen has supported the affordable housing overlay in Cambridge, a zoning change that will promote 100% affordable housing development once passed.
  • Jen will fight for expansion of the MRVP program and other state programs that provide housing permanency for low-income people.
  • Jen wrote the successful grant proposal that funded the first “Civil Gideon” pilot in Massachusetts, in which every litigant facing eviction bin two courts received representation at trial.

        Safe Communities

  • We must protect immigrant communities by passing the Safe Communities Act, which ensures that local police do not report undocumented immigrants to ICE.
  • These policies encourage crime victims and witnesses to work with the police rather than hiding from them, making all of us safer. They also ensure that perpetrators of crimes cannot pressure a victim by using their immigration status against them.
  • We also must prioritize gun sense policies to keep Massachusetts as the safest state for gun violence and to ensure that no residents must fear gun violence in their communities.

        Racial Justice

  • Jen has worked on racial equity issues within two task forces in the Cambridge Public Schools, both as a parent and as an educator.
  • Jen is committed to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and the “new Jim Crow”, as Michelle Alexander named it.
  • Jen will work to dismantle relics of white supremacy, such as racist zoning, qualified immunity, suppression of peaceful protests, and more. 

        COVID

  • Jen will work to ensure that re-opening plans put safety before profits.
  • Jen will fight to protect people who live in nursing homes, as well as people in state institutions like prisons and immigrant detention, to ensure that their safety is put first.
  • Jen will work to ensure that preschools and child care centers have the support that they need during this crisis, and that parents are not forced back to work with no safe child care options.
  • Jen will work to ensure that public education planning prioritizes the safety of students and teachers, and that all students have the support that they need to learn during the pandemic.
  • Jen has worked with mutual aid to provide groceries and support for people in need. She also worked with a group to raise more than $24,500 to purchase meals at local restaurants and send them to health care workers during the surge.   

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One comment

  • Milton A. Fatt

    July 11, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    It was a pleasure talking to you and hopefully I will have time to meet you at one of your zoom conferences.

    Reply

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