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Issues

Women’s Rights

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is not federally ratified. Paid parental leave is not a mandatory employer benefit by law. Childcare costs are prohibitive. The wage gap has not been closed, and Women of Color and transgender women have even higher wage gaps. Reproductive freedom is constantly under attack.  The Violence Against Women Act has …

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Disability Access to Subways

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 29 years ago, and Lauren has only known a world where this life-changing act has helped better millions of lives. With 48,000+ individuals with disabilities in our district, it is inexcusable that anyone requiring an elevator may need to go 10 subway stops out of their way to …

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Affordable Housing

Lauren supports universal rent control. Over 150,000 New York City units were registered as “deregulated” since 1994, 70% of which are in Manhattan. Our housing prices are becoming less affordable while our laws protecting affordability are becoming weaker. Lauren has a professional background in creating and advocating for affordable housing. She endorses proposals such as …

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People Over Corporations

We want American commerce to succeed, but it should not be at the community’s cost.   Experts cite the lack of regulations in the financial sector as one of the main causes of the financial collapse in 2008.  Lauren firmly believes that this lack of regulations was caused by politicians who accepted corporate money for their …

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Environmental Protection

Acclaimed scientists are warning of catastrophic and irreversible effects of our irresponsible environmental policies. Given the urgency of this issue, Lauren supports proposals that meet the scope of this enormous problem (such as the Green New Deal) in order to counteract the damage done by humans to this earth.  District 12 surrounds the East River …

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Immigration Justice

Most of us are in this country as a result of immigration in our family.  Lauren’s family is no different. Lauren stands with immigrants of all faiths, creeds and origins while supporting immigration reform with a path to citizenship, and endorses the Dream Act of 2017. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) was created …

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Single-Payer Medicare-for-All

Our healthcare system is broken, and much of our costs fund a middleman (private insurance companies) rather than actually helping save lives.  The last thing someone who was laid off from a job should have to worry about is whether they will be able to pay their hospital bills. Receiving mental healthcare and addiction treatment …

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Gun Control

Mass shootings in public spaces like schools, concerts, restaurants, and banks have become far too regular of a topic in the news.  The United States has the highest rate of mass shootings per capita in the world, and every year over 15,000 Americans die due to gun violence (as well as an additional 22,000 per …

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Marijuana Legalization

Given our expanding opioid crisis, it is evident that Americans are seeking ways to manage physical pain.  Many studies have shown that marijuana is extremely effective in treating pain, but without the same risks for addiction. Closely related is our issue with mass incarceration.  52% of drug arrests in 2010 were due to marijuana. Black …

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Economic Inequality

Our society has inherited systemic ways in which it prevents people from improving their economic stances.  For example, university is unaffordable and many students graduate with loans that they may never pay off.  Minimum wage at 40 hours per week does not cover a 1-bedroom apartment or even a studio apartment in Lauren’s district.  One …

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LGBTQIA+ Rights

Lauren supports bills like the Equality Act which would expand existing law to make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Unfortunately, many Republican lawmakers still support legislation that further takes away the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.  Protecting this community by explicitly making illegal any discrimination based on gender and …

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Voting Rights and Fair Elections Free of Big Money

In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Voting Acts Right requirement to have jurisdictions with significant histories of voter discrimination “pre clear” new voting practices or procedures, leaving voters vulnerable to discrimination at the polls. A bipartisan Voting Rights Advancement Act was introduced to the House and Senate and provides protections against discrimination to …

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Hold Congress Accountable

Lauren believes that one major factor which has caused our system to be broken is that some members of Congress have spent their entire careers in office becomingly increasingly disconnected from their constituents. Paired with accepting corporate PAC money, many members of Congress can no longer in good faith claim that they represent the people …

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Criminal Justice Reform

Lauren supports criminal justice reform that ends arrest quotas, encourages the development of positive relationships between police forces and the communities they serve, and ends for-profit prisons and mass incarceration which has historically impacted People of Color at a much higher rate. Lauren also supports federal legislation requiring an outside special prosecutor for cases involving …

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Net Neutrality/Internet Protection

A strong supporter of net neutrality, Lauren believes that open access to the internet should be a government-regulated utility rather than a corporate profit center.  She understands that economic success is closely tied to internet access, and monopolizing the internet is yet another barrier preventing disenfranchised individuals from achieving success.

Keep Religion Out of Politics

Lauren is a proud member of Middle Collegiate Church, which practices progressive, love-based activism throughout her community.  With that said, Lauren believes that religion does not belong in politics other than informing the belief that all humans are equal and deserving of basic human rights and compassion.

Legalization of Sex Work

Lauren strongly supports the legalization, destigmatization, and decarceration of sex work, which would increase the safety of all involved.  She is also against FOSTA-SESTA (a new law intended to curb sex trafficking), as she feels it limits free speech and also limits workers’ ability to work safely and independently.

Initiate Impeachment Proceedings Immediately

When being sworn into office, each member of Congress takes an oath to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”  Initiating impeachment proceedings following Robert Mueller’s report is the duty of Congress, regardless of the politics.  Elect leaders who are not afraid to stand up for what is right.