Focus Issues

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Zainab, Nigeria

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Caritas, Rwanda

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Euphrasie, Rwanda

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Unis, Sudan

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Regina, Sudan

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Educational Justice

Namrata’s investment in the future of Houston is a daily practice. Namrata’s work goes well beyond the 8-hour school day, lesson planning, connecting with parents, and serving in extracurricular roles after she is done teaching. Over the course of the 10-month school year, Namrata not only gets a keen insight into what our students need most but how the systems in place need to change to best support them as well. From wages that can be disincentivizing to qualified teaching candidates, to training that falls short of equipping teachers with all they might need to best serve the students, the teaching profession has a lot of room to grow, and Namrata is committed to seeing that happen for our students.

Namrata supports:
  • HB 62: Creating a restorative justice coordinating council as an alternative to suspension
  • HB 403: Exempting certain houseless students from paying tuition at public institutions of higher education
  • HB 38 and 392: Preventing discrimination based on hairstyle or texture in the workplace and schools

Economic Justice

Namrata supports Economic Justice because every person deserves to have a home and food on the table. The current minimum wage in Texas is $7.25/hour despite the fact that the current living wage in Houston is close to $20/hour. This is not nearly enough to support the basic needs of an individual, let alone a family, and is why so many Houstonians struggle to make ends meet.  Namrata will fight to raise the minimum wage. 

In addition, Houston has one of the lowest percentages of affordable housing available in America, with only 19 in 100 low-income renters being able to access rentable housing. Namrata will fight to protect current occupants from eviction and increase access to affordable housing, especially with so many residents being out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Having stable housing is key to improving quality of life and Namrata will fight to make that a reality for Houstonians.

Every employee deserves to get paid equitably for their hard work. Unfortunately, Houston has one of the largest race and gender wage gaps in the country with Hispanic women making $0.38 and Black women making $0.45 for every $1 that white men make for the same work. This inequity is rooted in racist and sexist constructs that need to be dismantled to create a better future for all. Women and people of color deserve to earn the same salary as their white male counterparts. Namrata will fight for equitable pay. 

Namrata supports:
  • HB 383: Raising the minimum wage to (at least) $12/hour 
  • Partnering with local leaders to develop low-income housing and rent control in gentrifying neighborhoods
  • Reducing houselessness by providing affordable housing and building career pathways
  • Equal pay regardless of race, gender, sexuality, and/or disability

Criminal Justice Reform

Namrata believes that enough is enough when it comes to police brutality. Namrata knows that police presence does not equate to safety, particularly for Black people and people of color. After countless murders of Black people and violence at the hands of the police, Namrata will work with local coalitions and leaders to considerably reduce the police budget in District 147. In June 2021, the Houston City Council adopted a budget that included an additional $31 million for the police department. Namrata strongly opposes this increase in spending and would rather this district money be spent on supportive community services like healthcare, education, a livable minimum wage, and housing.

Namrata will also work to end the school-to-prison pipeline by decriminalizing truancy and eliminating police presence in schools. Finally, Namrata supports restorative justice practices that “provide those harmed, those who inflicted the harm, and community members the opportunity to share their perspectives about what occurred and work together toward a resolution” (Texas Criminal Justice Coalition). Namrata envisions a District 147 free of police violence and full of true justice and public safety.

Namrata supports:
  • Reducing police spending and investing in community support services
  • Ending qualified immunity for police
  • House Bill 88 & Senate Bill 161: The George Floyd Act
  • Abolishing the death penalty
  • Bail reform

Healthcare Justice

Namrata believes that affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare is a human right and strongly supports Medicare for All. Namrata believes that someone’s ability to receive life-sustaining care should not be tied to their financial status, and will work hard to ensure that every person in District 147 is able to receive preventative care, see a doctor, visit the Emergency Room, and fill their prescriptions without emptying their savings.

Houston currently has the highest rate and number of uninsured residents in Texas with 1.4 million uninsured people, and that is a public health issue for all of Houston if that many people cannot reliably receive the care they need. This number is also an example of how ineffective and unfair it is for medicare to be tied to employment - which is why Namrata believes that everyone is deserving of care under Medicare for All, no matter their current job status.

Namrata is also a firm believer in expanded birth control and abortion access as this grants women the right to choose what is best for themselves and their bodies. Namrata stands in stark opposition to SB8, the recently passed senate bill that made the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Providing access to quality, accessible healthcare is one of Namrata’s top priorities as the health and safety of District 147 residents are of the utmost importance.

Namrata supports:
  • HB 40: Placing a monthly cap on the price of insulin and insulin supplies
  • HB 389, HB 398, HJR 23, SB 188: Expanding eligibility for Medicaid
  • HB 602: Establishing a single-payer health care program
  • HB 321, HB 388, HB 490, SB 148: Banning taxes on feminine hygiene products
  • Expanding abortion and birth control access
  • Affordable prescription drugs

Environmental Justice

Namrata believes that environmental justice is a critical means to both mitigate and adapt to climate extremes for all communities. She is dedicated to promoting green energy infrastructure and grid decentralization so that all Houstonians have equal access to energy regardless of where they live and whatever weather event may occur. As we all experienced this past year, our current grid structure is unreliable and insufficient for the needs of Houston. Namrata will advocate for Texas to update its grid system to one that utilizes renewable energy and has fail-safes in case of emergency.

Namrata is also focused on advocating for legislation regulating air pollution from industrial facilities and locations factories are allowed to operate, especially given that many are located within a half-mile of at least one school or childcare center. There is also well-documented evidence of the adverse health effects that result from repeated exposure to this pollution, so this is as much a public health issue as it is environmental racism.

Namrata also promotes the development of more parks and planting of more trees around the greater Houston area, as green spaces and tree cover provides no-cost cooling for the economically disadvantaged as well as improve air quality. Namrata is also dedicated to providing Houston families with access to small-scale weather adaptation infrastructure to deal with extreme weather conditions, including access to stable heating and cooling. Extreme weather events are a reality of living in Houston, and Namrata believes in making sure that citizens are taken care of regardless of the situation. Namrata sees environmental justice as a key opportunity for bipartisan policy initiatives in the state of Texas.

Racial Justice

Namrata is a dedicated ally of all the racial communities that make up the robust cultural fabric of District 147-- including, but not limited to, the Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous communities. She is committed to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and uplifting the Black community through her fight against police brutality, advocacy for the legalization of marijuana, and systematic deconstruction of the school-to-prison pipeline. She is fighting for Houston to become a sanctuary city for immigrants and refugees, as well as providing legal protections and services for undocumented Houstonians.

Namrata also advocates for the recognition and respect of Indigenous lands and communities, pushing the envelope on long-overdue symbolic and policy actions to support this community, including changing “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day” and providing easy access to on-reservation free mental healthcare services. Namrata stands firmly against anti-Asian hate and violence and is dedicated to the eradication of hate crimes within the community. 

LGBTQIA+ Justice

For far too long the LGBTQIA+ individuals have faced harmful, unjust treatment because of who they are, and Namrata wants Texas to be better about supporting these members of our community. Living near the LGBTQIA+ cultural hub of Montrose, Namrata witnessed firsthand the beauty of the culture and people in the community and wants to stand with the community as they live their truth. Namrata supports fair and inclusive anti-discrimination laws that will help change the trends of harassment and violence faced by these citizens. Namrata strongly supports HB 191, including the community in the Texas Fair Housing Act and consequently prohibiting housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Namrata also fights to support houseless LGBTQIA+ youth in getting them into stable living situations and supports LGBTQIA+ members, along with all members, of our armed forces.

The transgender community faces an unacceptable and devastating amount of violence, hate, and discrimination, with Texas having the highest rates of violence against the trans community. Every person, regardless of their gender identity, deserves the same human rights and Namrata will fight for the trans community. Attempting to change the sexual orientation of a child is inhumane and unacceptable. In addition, the transgender community has the right to play school sports, just like anyone else and Namrata is in staunch opposition to SB 2 and SB 32, which force student-athletes to participate on the team of their assigned sex at birth. Members of the trans community are often misgendered and Namrata is in full support of HB 2024, which allows individuals in the process of transitioning to change their name and gender on legal documents. 

Namrata supports:
  • Investing in gender-neutral bathrooms in public spaces
  • HB 2679: Requires all public schools to build an inclusive sex education curriculum
  • HB 407: Condemns mental health professionals to partake in conversion therapy
  • HB 3860: Establishes nondiscrimination protections in places of public accommodation