Preventing a climate crisis is beyond the ability of one city or state to control, but that does not mean we are powerless or that we should fail to act.
In fact, it gives greater urgency to what can and should do.
This begins by embracing and supporting the growth of renewable, carbon-free energy. We need to invest in conservation and renewable energy, not the technologies that created the climate crisis we threaten to leave our children. We should not expand the LNG facility in the City of Providence.
We need a responsive, innovative public transit system that works for the way people live today, and transportation planning that includes consideration for all the ways people move around our city: bikes, pedestrians, busses, and cars.
I will do everything I can to combat climate change. Clear-eyed realism requires us to act now to mitigate the realities of climate change like more extreme weather.
Every child deserves a good education – and so we must invest in the education of all of our children. Every child should have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is safe, healthy, and fully equipped to provide a twenty-first century education.
We should have high expectations and ambitions goals for every student enrolled in our schools. Our school system must recognize, and celebrate, the unique assets our diverse student body.
Rhode Island made an important step forward when it adopted an education funding formula. But that was just a first step. We need to improve the funding formula so that it better recognizes the funding needs of students in the City of Providence.
As a parent, I am vested in our public schools and know the value they have to our community.
I know that the hopes I have for my children depend upon a high-quality education. As your Representative, I will work tirelessly to make sure all children in Providence receive the education they need to have the best future possible.
Everyone has the right to healthy housing they can afford. Too many of our neighbors struggle with this challenge every day.
We must pursue housing for all. This means housing for young adults just starting out, housing for young families, housing for those who live alone, and housing accessible to people with disabilities, and housing where seniors can age in place and not leave the neighborhood they call home.
In recent years, Rhode Islanders have enthusiastically supported bond referenda to create more affordable housing through rehabilitation and new construction. We need to join other states that have a regular, permanent, reliable, predictable, and sustainable funding stream for affordable housing.
At the same time, the public should not be the only investor. We need to find an effective way to ensure that those who create and profit from high-end housing also contribute to the expansion of affordable housing.
It is time for us to pass effective gun safety legislation – in fact, it is past time. There are too many guns, including weapons of war, on our streets, and there are too many gun deaths and injuries.
I was proud to help fight for legislation that will restrict access to guns for those with records of domestic violence – and pleased when it passed. But we need to do more. We need to restore Rhode Island’s ban on assault weapons and keep guns out of our schools.