Protecting our planet for future generations and for Texans is a top priority for MALC. The move to green energy represents the greatest economic opportunity in a generation, and MALC knows that Texas should be leading the way on green energy, green jobs, and building a sustainable future.
Environmental Justice Priorities:
- Protecting Marginalized Communities from Harmful pollutants
- Fight for sustainable practices and green initiatives statewide
- Creating a Texas Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission where selected House Members can study and address the impacts that climate change will have on Texas.
- Rep. Gina Hinojosa’s Texas Youth Climate Corps, a group of young people in the state dedicated to building a livable future.
Immigrants are the backbone of our state. At MALC, we are working towards a Texas where each and every immigrant can prosper, live safely, and with dignity. MALC is determined to fight for policies that end the criminalization of our communities and build infrastructure of opportunities for mixed-status families. 1 out of every three Texas children has at least one immigrant parent. Because so many immigrants work low-wage jobs without benefits, their children face greater risks of poverty, economic hardship, and lack of access to health insurance, public benefits, child care and other services.
Immigration Legislative Priorities:
- Repeal “papers please” legislation like SB4
- Expand access to healthcare
- Protect the Texas Dream Act
- Make Conditional Driver’s Permits accessible to undocumented Texans.
Link to Resource page where you can find links to different resources for immigration (RACIES, MALDEF, ILRC, LUPE, RITA, Everytexan)
COVID-19 has shown us just how much we need our essential workers. It’s time to provide them with essential protections. At MALC, we are committed to fighting for workers rights and ensuring that workers receive a living wage and the protections they deserve.
Workers’ Rights Legislative Priorities:
- Raise the minimum wage
- Prevent Pre-emption at the local level
- Fight for safe working conditions
- End the wage and tip theft by employers
Link to Resource page where you can find links to different resources for Workers’ Rights (AFLCIO, WDP)
Reforms to the criminal justice system in Texas are long overdue. Texas currency has an incarceration rate of 891 for every 100,000 people, and many Texas inmates are in prison for non-violent offenses. We need to reimagine our criminal justice system and make it truly just. During the 87th Legislative Session, MALC will work towards the passage of the George Floyd and Justice Reform Acts, increasing police accountability and bringing justice to communities touched by police violence.. We are committed to ending policies that criminalize communities of color. We have tried to fix the problems of our state with senseless punishment, and it has not worked. Going forward, we need legislation that focuses on rehabilitation.
Criminal Justice Priorities:
- Passage of the George Floyd and Justice Reform Acts
- Legalization of Cannabis
- End Policies that Criminalize Immigrants