Los Angeles is a city of tremendous wealth and tremendous poverty. Wealth has been concentrated in the hands of the few, while many hard-working members of our community struggle to pay for basic necessities for their families. I believe that no one who works 40 hours a week should be forgoing food to pay their rent or making the impossible choices that those living in poverty face. That’s why I’ve worked my entire career to level the economic playing field and redistribute opportunities and resources from the privileged to the most vulnerable. The nonprofit I founded, Helping Young People Excel (HYPE), provides life-changing educational opportunities to low-income students. As Special Counsel for Councilmember Jose Huizar, I ensured that the massive construction boom in Downtown provided for thousands of good-paying union jobs. I supported the community-wide Fight for $15 Minimum Wage movement. I made sure that development projects in the past five years contributed millions of dollars to affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, homelessness services and job training centers. I worked to make Downtown’s revitalization benefit organizations like Skid Row Housing Trust, Downtown’s Women’s Center, Chrysalis and Union Rescue Mission. Armed with my experience and understanding of fighting inequity at the local level, I will continue to fight for meaningful, equitable redistribution of wealth when I’m in Congress.
In Congress, I will do more to make sure that those at the top are paying their fair share. I will make sure that we are investing in green technology and new industries to provide good quality, well-paying, sustainable jobs. I will fight to make sure that we are taking care of our elderly and providing opportunities for our youth.
I will demand that we close corporate tax loopholes. It is unacceptable that corporations offshoring their headquarters to overseas tax shelters cost taxpayers $79 billion a year. This money should be sustaining Social Security and expanding Medicare.
I support an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15. I support breaking up huge financial institutions so that they are no longer “too big to fail.” I will protect the Volker Rule and push for the reinstatement of Glass Steagall. I support eliminating the cap on taxable income for Social Security. Income inequality is a complex and deeply rooted problem, but by taking these diverse actions, we will grow the middle class and improve quality of life for all Americans.
Sara Hernandez for Congress 506 S. Spring St. #13464 Los Angeles, CA 90013