About HeidiHeidi is running for US Representative for Texas District 25 as a Democrat.
Heidi Sloan is a working class woman.
A worker since age fifteen in her native Cedar Hill, Heidi spent years teaching children with disabilities in public schools. She learned to create spaces where kids felt safe and watched them explore, observing students hold the hands of their blind classmates and walk down the hall together just for the sake of their own curiosity and compassion.
Heidi has devoted the last six years of her life to Community First Village, where she has worked as a farmer and service provider with the formerly homeless. Organizing the residents who wanted to do farm work, Heidi led the farming program and taught residents to train new volunteers. She gets up early each day to grow produce, livestock, and community with her neighbors, sharing the bounty with the residents doing the work and reminding them just how much they are worth.
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After the 2016 election, Heidi saw a need for regular people to stand together, and so she joined the Democratic Socialists of America and started to learn about the power of workers. While canvassing her neighborhood about the campaign to win Paid Sick Days for workers, Heidi spoke with scores of people who were sick of going to work with the flu, and sick of being mistreated by their wealthy bosses and landlords. She learned the power of working class people taking grassroots action firsthand, mounting an 18-month campaign to move Rep. Lloyd Doggett to support Medicare For All by mobilizing hundreds of his constituents to tell him their healthcare stories.
Heidi has fought to win the largest affordable housing bond in Texas history, and to restore the Constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness, and to block a badly written police contract. She has stood with communities fighting for justice in the Capitol and on picket lines, but she knows well the dirty tactics used by the rich to silence and suppress regular folks on the road to those victories. By working on these campaigns, Heidi has found that her passion for organizing is also a path forward – that through collective action and solidarity, we can beat big money and powerful business interests, that together we can prosper and our communities can thrive.
Heidi in the news
The Austin Chronicle
“I want to push into this idea that electoral politics can be a platform for organizing.”
“We are running a campaign for people in this district to have a voice. We are running for people to make their demands heard. And I think that is really the biggest distinction: that I wouldn’t be doing electoral politics if I didn’t think it was important. But electoral politics without community organizing, without issue-based organizing and a platform that empowers people, is electoral politics that will keep us exactly where we have been.”
The Daily Dot
Sloan has an interesting history as an organizer. She works at Community First Village of Mobile Loaves and Fishes where she “created the farming program that both feeds residents and provides employment.” She was a key activist in Austin DSA’s fight to win paid sick leave in the city of Austin.
The People’s Policy Project
Sloan is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and is running on key progressive agenda items like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and social housing. She has also endorsed the People’s Policy Project slate of family benefits, which includes paid parental leave, free child care and pre-k, free school lunches, and a monthly cash benefit paid to every family with children.
The Austin Statesman
A public school teacher for children with disabilities, Sloan said her mother’s struggles with mental health were unmet by the medical system in our country. Working with Community First! Village to provide affordable housing and support for individuals coming out of chronic homelessness, Sloan said she supports Medicare for All, a Green New Deal and the rights of working people.
Way Of The Bern Subreddit
“We know what we need most here in Texas: better wages and safer working conditions, decent housing, justice system reform, a thriving environment, and material support for families. What we need more folks to learn is how we get what we need – through collective action, shoulder to shoulder, with a clear target and a strategy to move them. As a community organizer who has spent years fighting alongside workers and poor people, I understand that one politician can’t change the world alone, but a movement can and will – especially a movement that understands the power of mass worker action. I’m running a class struggle campaign that will bring more people into the fights that affect our lives, to build a district that is organized enough to win its own gains and strong enough to hold any politician’s feet to the fire.”
The Michael Brooks Show
“There’s an ethos in Texas that you can’t just do something cause you need it, you have to do it cause your neighbor needs it, too — taking care of one another being one of our deepest core values.”
Season of the Bitch
“We are definitely considering and building on and working towards the full incorporation of declaring the rights of sex workers as the rights of any workers. You know they are the same category as far as providing a service and making an income and having to pay their rent and their bills and et cetera. What is different about sex work is that it is pushed into the shadows and I know for certain that that is not a healthy or safe place for work to happen, any kind of work but particularly work that is in large part provided by already vulnerable people, tending to be women, tending to be people of color, tending to be younger people, folks who are already folks without much power in our communities.”
Data For Progress
As the plot shows, incumbent Democrats have reliably co-sponsored and voted for key proposals backed by organized labor, such as the Employee Free Choice Act, the Raise the Wage Act, and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. In other words, there’s a baseline of support organized labor can count on from Democrats: and with the exception of Heidi Sloan (TX-25), Rebecca Parson (WA-6), Russ Cirincione (NJ-6), most progressive challengers are failing to stand out from baseline Democrats on labor.
“When we go and talk to people in electoral spaces about policy, about a Green New Deal, about Medicare for All, about these huge visions for a future that are better for the vast majority, for all of us… we have to articulate that those things don’t just happen because you elect the right person. Those things absolutely require vigilance, they require the fight, the boots on the ground, and we are… building an office for this campaign that governs alongside the people — the same community organizers, the same labor organizers, the same directly affected individuals who are standing with us and making our policies stronger now — that our office will create space for them to have a permanent seat at the table as we learn to govern.”
The Humanist Report
Roger Williams is the millionaire Republican who owns used car dealerships that he inherited from his father. He never comes to the district unless it’s for closed door fundraisers, and I got receipts man – he is Wells Fargo, he is Goldman-Sachs, he is developers and mortgage insurance companies, that is his entire list of supporters. And we know that we can go out into this district which includes Austin but which also includes a substantial amount of rural areas, and we can say to folks, Why are your rural hospitals closing? Why are your schools falling apart? Why don’t your wages keep pace with your cost of living, even as your quality of life is going down? And when they aren’t sure of the answer, we can point to the people who are backing Roger Williams and using him as a puppet to get done what industry and what billionaires and what the owning class wants to get done every day. That is a message that resonates, because we are here to be class conscious, and it resonates across the working class in District 25.
The Damage Report
“While I am a Democrat running on the Democratic ticket and pushing that as far to what we would call the left as possible, what I am ultimately trying to do is draw a distinction between policies that come from people who have existing and hegemonic power in our country towards policies that are stemming directly from the grassroots leadership of the working class. I’m a Democratic Socialist and for me that means that I am constantly pursuing the democratic voice of all people.”