"The most important qualities in a state legislator are proven commitment fighting on the ground for what you say you will fight for in the Capitol, passionate conviction, and integrity- in how you run, win and legislate. My professional experience continues to prove my passion and commitment to the groundwork- as a career public service attorney, pro-bono immigration attorney, offering free legal service to district residents after Harvey, and volunteering as an adult literacy instructor in the West Houston area..."
- Akilah Bacy, Candidate for Texas House District 138
LIST OF ISSUES
Texas adults aged 25 to 34 rank 25th in the world for educational attainment. We must combat this by offering more strategic distributions throughout the State. Texas must take into account what is necessary to ensure that each member of our educational system receives quality academic support, resources and safety measures for their individual success. It is an educated workforce that drives economic success.
Akilah volunteered as a mentor, adult literacy instructor and Sunday School teacher in our community to fight for education as an everyday citizen. Akilah looks forward to continuing that fight for Texas education as your next State Representative for Texas House District 138 by requiring the State to pay its Constitutionally mandated 50% share, and equitably distributing additional funding, so that all public school graduates leave our schools with same standard of education.
All people should be given an honest opportunity to achieve the American Dream. That requires our law makers to not only consider an employer's freedoms, but balance that against a worker's right to personal dignities- ensuring workers make a fair wage while maintaining a good quality of life, ending worker discrimination, and increasing worker protections.
"Akilah met with CWA District 6 local leaders and members and has instilled confidence that she will fight for working families and organized labor. On behalf of the 40,000 CWA members in Texas, we proudly endorse Akilah Bacy for Texas State Representative of House District 138.” - CWA District 6 Endorsement
Texas has the highest overall uninsured rate in the country, the highest rate of uninsured kids, and the highest rate of uninsured women of childbearing age. More than a quarter of Texans, over 4.5 million, lack access to health-care coverage.
Even with the ACA Marketplace, many Texas residents live where there is minimal competition. Akilah will advocate for creating a commission to ascertain how best to structure a potential public option that would increase ACA Marketplace competition and allow Texas residents to always have an option for health-care coverage, regardless of their location.
Climate change will have a massive effect on the economy and public health of Texas. In less than two decades, climate change will cause approximately 2,570 heat-related deaths, a 7% increase ($3.7 billion) increase in electricity costs, and a 22% decrease in crop production.
While Texas cannot single-handedly prevent climate change, it is important for each level of government to act. Akilah's legislative action will include support in increasing clean energy subsidies, economic incentives, and partnering with industry and agency leaders to preserve a world for future generations.
During the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Akilah volunteered in shelters, collected diapers and baby items, pulled ruined carpet, and knocked out drywall to help salvage the homes of her neighbors. After seeing much of the financial and legal burdens, Akilah served as a pro bono attorney for Texas House District 138 residents in subsequent court proceedings.
Akilah is ready to take our fight to protect us from flooding from the community to the capitol by fighting for flood plain disclosure, incentivizing green infrastructure, partnering with agencies such as the Water District and Army COE and advocating for funding for additional reservoirs for our community.
RESTORATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Every courtroom across this Great State displays a symbol that reminds us justice is for all. While this is true, justice must be demanded by most. In 2020, Texas must demand this just by leading the way in decriminalizing victims of trafficking, addiction and those whose cases are disposed. Texas must restore access to the rights we all hold in the highest esteem: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.