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Alma On The Issues
Standing Up For Women
I will always fight for a woman’s right to choose and the right to privacy. Reproductive issues are medical issues and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor. Despite all our progress, women are still fighting for equal health care, equal pay, equal representation, equal respect, and equal rights. I made sure the Build Back Better Act included transformative legislation for maternal health. I also support legislation that would provide paid family and medical leave benefits, making it easier for women to return to work after the pandemic.
Improving Public Education and Higher Education
As a retired educator, I have seen first-hand the impact a great education can have on a young person’s life. I will always be a champion for public schools, our teachers, our children and our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I want to make sure our HBCUs not only survive, but thrive. That’s why I am the primary sponsor for the IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act, which would be an historic investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions nationwide.
Fighting for Better Healthcare
Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” The United States has the worst maternal health outcomes, including mortality and morbidity, out of all other developed nations. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication compared to white women. That’s why I founded the Black Maternal Health Caucus and why I’m fighting for the Momnibus, a package of 12 bills focused on improving maternal health outcomes and closing the disparity gap. I also support a single-payer health care system and am fighting to ensure North Carolina expands Medicaid.