We can no longer ignore the damage that we have caused to our environment. Our land, air, and water have reached their breaking points. We must do all that we can to reverse the harm done by our reliance on fossil fuels and the toxic extraction methods used to obtain them. In areas where the damage cannot be undone, we must not allow this exploitation of our environment to continue. In the U.S. Senate, I will vote to divest from any projects that contribute to the depletion of our planet’s resources. Our future generations depend on sustainable, renewable solutions to our energy crisis.
A living wage for all workers is imperative for our economy to not just survive, but to thrive. I will make it easier for socially responsible companies to rise, and more difficult for companies that exploit workers to succeed. I will fight in Washington for the continued economic development of Arizona. I will work to make the minimum wage a living wage and promise that any business that is unwilling to make that commitment is not a business that will flourish in our great country.
People over Profits
As establishment politicians continue to treat corporations as people, they have allowed those corporations to violate both our natural and constitutional laws. This has included the militarization of our borders, an unreasonable expansion of the prison-industrial complex, and a reduction of the right to work for our people. In the Senate, I will not only fight to restore the rights of the worker over the rights of the corporation, but I will oppose any legislation that prioritizes the rights of mega-corporations over individuals.
A primary concern that drives me to campaign for this Senate position is to leave a better world for our children. Right now, we are not prioritizing our teachers and we are not giving them the schools they need. Short-term solutions and meager salaries will not benefit the next generation nor will it build Arizona’s prosperity. In Congress, I will not support any budget that tries to take another cent away from our struggling schools, and will write legislation that bolsters our community’s schools.
Nothing rings truer than the great quote from Dr. King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” His fight against oppression and for civil rights is a fight to which we must commit to every day. In the U.S. Senate, I will fight against racism, sexism, classism, ableism, ageism, homophobia and any legislation that seeks to undo the progress we have made towards equal treatment and equal protection for all people. While oppression and marginalization never went away, in the past few years we have seen an explosion of violence and hateful rhetoric. We can only make progress by addressing the root causes of oppression. I will work directly with those who are most impacted by these social issues to develop and implement real solutions.
Though I will fight for every Arizonan in the U.S. Senate, I will not abandon my decades-long fight for the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. For far too long, our Treaty-bound rights have been ignored and violated. In my role as a representative at the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, I often refer to this statement in U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “There is an urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples.” I will work to maintain and deepen the recognition of our political, economic, and social structures and reinvigorate the respect that our cultural and spiritual traditions, histories, and philosophies deserve.
Gun Rights and Responsibilities
As a mother and responsible gun owner, I can tell the difference between limiting our right to bear arms and upholding our ability to exercise that right. In the Senate, I will use that judgement and experience to fight for gun safety legislation that does not infringe our rights but prevents the public from becoming victims of those rights. There is a middle ground between our current state of apathy and inaction and an outright ban on all firearms, I will work with legislators on both sides of the fence to craft solutions that make all communities safer from gun violence.
Healthcare and Social Security
Eve Reyes-Aguirre refuses to cut Medicare and Social Security, or raise the retirement age. Eve believes that the very popular Medicare program should be improved and expanded as a solution to the current healthcare affordability crisis. Eve knows that Social Security is a cornerstone of financial security for working families and constitutes the collective wealth of hard working members of society. She will fight to keep the political class from raiding the working people’s savings, and she believes that we need to fight to lower the retirement age, not raise it.