Rashida goes beyond policy advocacy, staying rooted in community
- Opened four neighborhood service centers throughout the district bringing critical services to residents that continue to make an immediate impact in people’s lives.
- Returned $2.4 million back to the district in the form of social security benefits, veteran benefits, debt reduction, and other critical services.
- Brought two congressional hearings to the district on housing affordability and environmental injustice.
- During her first term in office, named one of the top Congress members to hold the most town halls.
- Championed issues that affect our families and brought attention to water shutoffs, the cost of insulin, and worker protections — leading to legislation and immediate action.
- Increased access to federal grants for nonprofits by creating an e-grants newsletter for organizations to apply for federal resources.
- Assisted thousands of residents with constituent services.
- Her transformative Neighborhood Service Centers across the district supported residents with utility and water assistance, advocacy on landlord tenant issues, and assistance with various everyday challenges faced by residents.
- Flipped Michigan with record voter turnout, connecting with over 664,000 community members—many of whom have been left out of the political process. Endorsed 10 Michigan state and local candidates who won their 2020 races.
- Helped two dozen residents become U.S. Citizens and supported hundreds with access to free legal services and advocacy.
- Successfully helped residents cancel more than $260,000 in student debt.
- Assisted residents in receiving over $130,000 back in Social Security benefits.
- Engaged over 30 district schools to promote child literacy.
- Expanded community outreach by convening local elected officials to coordinate efforts and expand services to our residents.
- Raised over $20,000 dollars to help bail out mothers in jail on Mother’s Day.
- Helped raise over $200,000 for grassroots organizations before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Reached out through wellness checks to 75,000 people in the district, connecting residents to the resources needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Joined community activists to fight police brutality, facial recognition technology, and water shutoffs. Local water warriors succeeded in Detroit, securing an end to water shutoffs until at least 2022!
- Formed ongoing local partnership with Michigan State Senator Stephanie Chang, Detroit City Council President Pro Temp Mary Sheffield and Detroit City Councilor Raquel Castañeda-López. #DetroitSquad
Rashida fights for our right to breathe clean air and drink clean water
- Named Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Environment within the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
- Passed an amendment putting frontline communities first by remediating toxic PFAS chemicals.
- Held a Congressional hearing on Environmental Justice in 48217, the most polluted zip code in America (August 2019).
- Coordinated 3 different toxic tours for members of Congress and Michigan’s Attorney General.
- Sent public letters to Marathon Oil from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to hold them accountable to toxic output.
- Launched an investigation into corporate polluter Marathon Oil for its role in funding front groups and lobbying to weaken vehicles’ fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.
- Passed two amendments to increase renewable energy funding and to require the EPA to research the disparate health impacts of fossil fuel emissions.
Introduced two bills to divest federal workers’ pensions from the fossil fuel industry.
- Created a local environmental justice working-group made up of community activists.
- Passed the Emergency Water is a Human Right Act to stop water shutoffs, require water reconnection, and aid families suffering due to limited water access.
- Introduced the Petcoke Toxic Bill with Senator Gary Peters to ensure public health, air, and water is protected.
- Sent a public letter to Nestle to hold them accountable for their continued profiting off of our public water.
- Passed historic amendments that would provide $23 billion to fully replace dangerous lead pipes, prioritizing communities facing environmental racism and protecting our kids from poisonous exposure.
- Led Congress members in opposing COVID bailouts for the fossil fuel industry.
From auto insurance accountability to direct payments to our residents, Rashida fights for economic & housing justice
- Passed the Restoring Unfairly Impaired Credit & Protecting Consumers Act, which reduces time negative credit and stays on a credit report from 7 years to 4 years, and prevents medically necessary debt from being reported.
- Held a housing justice congressional hearing in Wayne County and a neighborhood housing tour with the chairman and members of the House Financial Services Committee.
- Introduced the BOOST Act, a bill that would uplift 45% of people living in poverty instantly by providing refundable tax credits to individuals and families.
- Successfully pushed the federal government to send people COVID stimulus money via prepaid debit cards rather than checks—ensuring accessibility for the 25% of Americans who are unbanked or underbanked.
- Secured $25 million in funding for housing repairs and revitalization, as well as homeownership and financing assistance to low-income households.
Led the fight in Congress for state and local financial COVID relief and secured more than $10 billion for states and local municipalities in the House’s Heroes Act that passed in May 2020.
- Introduced a bill to repeal opportunity zone tax breaks for billionaire Dan Gilbert, overturning tax break allocations in unqualified communities.
- Held two congressional hearings in Washington D.C. on discriminatory practices by the auto insurance industry.
- Introduced three bills to prohibit the use of non-driving factors in auto insurance rates, such as education, employment status, credit score, zip code, and homeownership status.
- Signed into law the Payee Fraud Prevention Act, putting an end to fraudulent activity that targets vulnerable retirees and their pensions.
- Successfully pushed the Federal Reserve to adjust its lending programs to financially support more local governments.
- Led 111 House colleagues in a historic $305 billion funding push for K-12 schools in the wake of the pandemic.
- Pushed for investigations into workplace safety in Amazon facilities, as workers protest unsafe conditions during the pandemic.
- Introduced the Public Banking Act to open doors for marginalized people who have been systematically shut out of our nation’s private banks.
- Continues to lead the fight in Congress for ongoing COVID-19 direct relief, including introducing the Automatic BOOST to Communities (ABC) Act to send $2,000 monthly payments on debit cards to every person in the United States—including undocumented immigrants, who’ve been left out of COVID relief.
Rashida takes on institutional discrimination and fights for our civil rights
- Introduced the successful U.S. House resolution to impeach Donald Trump the first time, and led on efforts to impeach him the second time.
- Introduced the Charter Oversight and Accountability (COAT) Act to hold private charter school management companies accountable. The act requires these companies to report how they spend federally allocated dollars, thus holding them accountable to students and taxpayers.
- Passed an amendment which would reduce racial and socioeconomic segregation in our nation’s schools.
- Introduced the Justice for All Act, historic legislation that pushes back against decades of conservative court rulings to restore the original intent of our civil rights laws. It would combat intentional and unintentional discrimination against people based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, or national origin—and it would clarify the definition of “sex” to include sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity, sex stereotypes, or any sex-related traits.
- Passed an amendment to defund the Trump administration’s new attempts to collect DNA from immigrant detainees, including people as young as 14 years old in Detroit.
- Introduced bills to ban facial recognition technology in public housing and banned federal funding from being used towards facial recognition technology.
- Introduced the Dismantle Mass Incarceration for Public Health Act, which would require the release of many eligible incarcerated people during the pandemic and for a year afterward—because COVID-19 should not be a death sentence for anyone.
- Passed an amendment to defund the Department of Justice’s “Operation Legend” and “Operation Relentless Pursuit,” which have been using taxpayer dollars to send federal agents to cities across the country.
- Called on the UN for independent investigations into the Department of Homeland Security’s inhumane treatment of immigrants and refugees.
- Introduced two bills to address racist, unconstitutional facial recognition surveillance technology, which worsens false arrests and over-policing. She introduced a moratorium on federal funding for the development and use of the technology, as well as the No Biometric Barriers Act, inspired by tenants’ rights activists, which would prohibit facial recognition technology from being used in federally assisted housing facilities.
We need bold leaders, fighters, and advocates for democracy.
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