On the Issues
The following section lays out the concrete policies and laws that Heidi will help fight for when elected to the US House of Representatives.
In America we work hard, and we can provide the good life for everyone. But billionaires control our system and put their friends like Roger Williams in charge. The laws their politicians pass make them richer and leave us paying more for the things we need to survive. It’s time for the working class to work together and create a system that is fair to everyone and not just good for the rich. When we control the results of our labor, there will be plenty for everyone to live a decent life.
Medicare for All
Healthcare is a human right and right now too many people go without it. Texans feel deeply the failure of our current healthcare system: we lead the country in people without health insurance, and have seen the most rural hospital closings of any state in the last 10 years. District 25 saw the 2014 closure of a rural hospital in Whitney, thirty-five miles north of Waco. Working-class Texans are putting off necessary surgeries and doctor visits because we simply can’t afford them. Others are forced to use sites like GoFundMe to raise money for expensive hospital visits or life-saving medications like insulin. Meanwhile, health insurance companies and private hospitals are making record profits.
Heidi Sloan has fought for health justice: with the Austin Democratic Socialists of America, she fought for the right of workers in Austin to have paid sick days, and urged Congressman Doggett of TX-35 to become a cosigner of the Medicare for All Act of 2019.
Housing for All
The market builds houses for investors, not homes for people. Wall Street sees our homes not as places for humans to live but as assets they can use to make profits. Every year, housing in central Texas gets more expensive, more people have to move further away from where they work, and more people end up homeless.
Housing is a human right. We will fight against predatory foreclosures and evictions to keep people in their homes. We will use public money to build beautiful, eco-friendly housing available to everyone.
A Green New Deal
Childcare and Abortion
Workplace Democracy and Unions for All
Good Jobs, Wages, Benefits, and Free Time
Labor organizers in the past won the 40 hour workweek, an end to child labor, weekends and OSHA. It’s time to fight for the next generation.
Tax the Rich
A System of Justice
Justice for Immigrants
Gun Violence and Freedom from Fear
An Accessible Society for All
But this community is also fiercely energized, and LGBTQIA+ organizers work tirelessly to build queer pride, to promote inclusion, and to demand a world in which all people can live our lives free from fear. This is a world we all have a stake in, and I am committed to standing in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ people in the fight for liberation.
We’re going to need a foreign policy based around international solidarity rather than competition, nationalism and endless war to solve some of humanity’s most pressing crises on a global scale––climate change, food and water security, public health, and poverty. The United States must be building power with the global working class, not power over.
A Renewal of Higher Education
Beyond tuition, the American university system is rife with challenges. From pervasive sexual harassment and assault on campuses to rampant underpayment of student and adjunct university staff, the institutions of higher learning in this country are in dire need of structural change. We commit to not just making college and trade schools accessible to all, but to making them safe, inclusive, and run by workers who are respected and well-paid.
A Commitment to Public Education
But public schools are under attack. The rich want to take this public good and turn it into something they can own and profit off of, destroying schools as centers of community and democracy for the benefit of the wealthy. We can reinvest in public schools to address these problems and stake out an even bolder vision for what public schools can become.
True Democracy in America
Every American deserves a say in how our government runs and how our society is structured. We will remove the barriers to voting and ensure that everyone is able to vote and have their vote count. We will remove the structural racism that prevents people of color from voting, and we will end the gerrymandering that inhibits Democracy here in Texas.
A Farmer's Right to Grow
As a farmer, I know that our society does not value the people who grow the food on our tables. I am committed to fighting the big corporations that control our farming system and to creating a new system that provides a dignified living for all farmers and values our land.
Justice for Veterans
Our veterans are not disposable. We will defend and rebuild the VA, expand eligibility for VA care, demand equal respect for all who serve, stop deportations of undocumented veterans, end veteran homelessness, and guarantee quality education and good-paying union jobs for all veterans.