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Why I'm Running

I am running for Congress because there is a need for a fundamental change in direction, culture and mindset of this country. We are stuck in a never ending cycle and expect different results. Progress is not cyclical. If you want to see something new then you have to be something new. I want to be a part of this new way forward.

 

America has to get back to caring for the sick, we can no longer be idle while our people suffer. We have lost sight of what it means to be a country of the people, for the people, and by the people. We have to shift to a more human centered approach to government that is holistic in its assessment of its citizens' needs. The status quo will not do. We need a new approach and I want to be a part of that. The District of Columbia is am integral part of this union and deserve to be fully recognized with all of the rights to representation in Congress.

 Key Issues 

DC Statehood

One cannot fully embrace the concept of a more perfect union when some of its citizens are being left out of the equation. DC statehood is an essential step in recognizing the ideal of America being a representative democracy of all of its citizens. Without that we are not fully, and authentically living into who we claim to be. The 700,000 residents of the district of Columbia deserve to have equal representation that would lead to self determination disease lack of statehood inequality he’s a human rights issue.

 

American citizens are being disenfranchised, particularly citizens of color, without fair representation in Congress. DC should not have to rely on other people to get things done and this lack of equality is a violation of international law.

 

DC residents pay some of the highest taxes and contribute over $4 billion to the economy as such. We pay more out than we get back DC statehood would allow federal resources to be more fairly allocated and it would give DC residents a true voice in how we are governed.

Education

Increase Funding for Vocational and Trade Training and Social Emotional Services– Having worked in the DC Public School System for the last 5 years I have seen the struggles some of our students have  faced with attendance and remaining engaged in traditional education.

 

Our high school drop-out rates are among the highest in the Nation. We must find alternative ways to keep our kids in school while preparing them for a field of work that offers opportunity.

Increased Social and Emotional services would provide the additional support many of our students and families need to adjust to trauma, change, loss, economic instability and other issues that hinder their success.

Criminal Justice Reform

Though trending downward, crime remains a factor in The District.  However, there are opportunities within the Police budget to reallocate funds toward building more partnerships with community agencies and other care providers (i.e. therapists, social workers, Chaplains, and others  to assist in servicing the non-violent crime issues) freeing officers to focus on more pressing areas of the City.

 

Additionally, I would call for additional funding to be redirected to training in de-escalation tactics and methods that would reduce instances of police brutality.

Mental Health

It is crucial to provide city wide, quality access to Mental Health services for Children and Adults. We must train, hire and promote more Mental Health specialists.

 

Mental health cannot continue to be stigmatized but made an inclusive part of the overall conversation regarding the well-being of our City.

LGBTQ+ Rights

It is crucial to provide legislative support to the LGBTQ community through the passage of HR 5. Equality Act, end wrongful and dangerous workplace discrimination of LGBTQ employees, establishment of  mental health and shelter system that's more responsive to LGBTQ homeless youths' needs, and support the decriminalization of sex work.  

 

The goal is to champion the voices of transgender sex workers in the justice system by working with advocacy organizations and reduce violence toward the LGBTQ community overall.

Universal Healthcare

Health outcomes in DC rank significantly lower than the National average.

 

Many of our residents are older, sicker and require longer more complicated, expensive care. No one should have to choose between eating and buying their medication and yet many find themselves in that very predicament month after month. Access to Universal Health Care lift that burden off of them and from The District.

Universal Basic Income

(UBI)

UBI is an economic justice program through which each DC resident would be given $1000 a month free and clear for life to assist them in getting back on their feet.  

 

We have the wealthiest economy in the world and have the means to take care of our citizens. UBI would provide a pathway for doing so.

 

Championed by Martin Luther King Jr., a guaranteed basic income would provide our country with an avenue to eradicate poverty, offering a lifeline to those in need and ensuring that they can more fully participate in the American story.

Housing

Housing/Homelessness and Gentrification – Affordable housing was a issue in DC before the pandemic. Now hundreds of families are facing housing insecurity as the struggle to pay their rent or mortgage on time.

 

Promises from contractors to “set aside” units for low -to moderate income families in the new developments across the City have not panned out and there are more DC families living in shelters now then at any time in our past.

 

This is not sustainable. Every DC resident has the right to be properly housed.

Environmental Justice

Environmental justice happens when everyone, regardless of race, color,  or income receives equal protection from environmental harms and risks and access to adequate environmental resources. By collaborating with community members, government organizations, not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions to address environmental and health-related challenges, we can enhance our understanding of environmental and health-related issues at the community level. 

 

The goal is to provide accessible and culturally appropriate opportunities for low-income, minority and linguistically isolated stakeholders here in DC to meaningfully participate in our decision-making processes and take part in outcomes.

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Rev. Wendy Hamilton

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Washington, DC

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