Valley Values

Fellowship - A Sense of Solidarity and Community

 
 

American politics over the past half century has been based on emphasizing and creating divisions. Both political parties thrive off of our tribal impulses as humans. But human history shows that it's possible for a community to come together, to set aside differences in pursuit of a common vision.

Over time, we've seen a decline in civic organizations and citizens participating in community activities. As we retreat into our individualized digital worlds, our phones and tablets and favorite media outlets, we become detached... no longer sitting side by side, locking eyes, truly seeing and listening to each other. At the same time, we become deeply interconnected, more so than ever before. 

A sense of fellowship is deeply ingrained in the people of Virginia's 6th District. We believe in helping our neighbors, pitching in for the good of the community, and doing everything we can to uplift the poor and suffering amongst us. 

Jennifer believes that healthcare is a human right and that it's our moral obligation to create a nation in which nobody dies - or goes bankrupt - because they lack insurance. The Affordable Care Act was a historic start, but the insurance and pharmaceutical companies had too much influence over policy.

Jennifer supports establishing a national health insurance system in line with the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. She believes it's necessary to keep out-of-pocket and prescription drug prices down, reduce premiums, guarantee a high quality of care, and safeguard individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Jennifer also wants to protect Social Security. Working Virginians who've paid into the system for years shouldn't feel uncertain about their benefits, and it's our responsibility to keep our promises to these citizens. 

Our children - the future of the 6th District - deserve a high-quality public education that prepares them for the 21st century economy. Our neighborhood public schools need to be well funded, regardless of the wealth of local residents, and controlled at the local level. We need to transition away from the idea that, in order to be successful, a student must attend a four-year university. Vocational training needs to be treated as an equally dignified path.

If our children decide to attend a four-year college, we need to step up and ensure they can graduate without being deeply in debt. Jennifer not only wants to reduce interest rates on student loans, she also supports tuition-free public college and university. It makes no sense to tell students to work hard, study, graduate from college, and then spend decades paying off the debt.

Our veterans deserve our respect, regardless of our views on any specific conflict. And when they return home, or leave the service, we need to take care of them and provide the tools and resources they need to thrive as civilians. Jennifer supports improving the educational benefits in the post-9/11 GI Bill and, as a mental health professional, is particularly passionate about helping veterans with homelessness, depression, and PTSD.

 
 

Paid for and Authorized by Friends of Jennifer Lewis