FIGHTING
FOR YOU

Here are some of my plans for leading
Alabama’s 2nd district forward towards
a better future.

Phyllis Harvey-Hall

U.S. House of Representative Candidate | Alabama District 2

According to U.S. News (August 2021), although America spends more on health care than eleven other developed countries, The U.S. ranked last in the study for access, administrative efficiency, equity, and health outcomes. Alabama landed 45th in state ranking. We have witnessed the devastation caused by COVID-19. We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand while Alabamians die. We can do better. No one should go into debt to pay hospital bills. No one should perish because we do not have enough hospital beds.

I will:
  • Lower the cost of prescription drugs
  • Expand Medicaid 
  • Expand Medicare to cover hearing and vision
  • Provide funding to rebuild rural health care infrastructure, including hospitals, ambulance services, clinics and emergency departments.
  • Support a cost of living adjustment for the elderly
  • Increase support for mental health

Veterans

Our veterans are heroes with many of them actively putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our country. Veterans, however, face a variety of challenges when they come home. Many cannot get essential healthcare services because of a lack of infrastructure in the VA system. Protecting the veterans who protected us must be our priority. There must be support for eliminating the VA benefits backlog and fully funding the VA. In addition to that, Phyllis supports modernizing the VA’s infrastructure, expanding the VA’s Caregivers Program, and providing increased mental health.

I will:
  • Fully fund the VA
  • Expand VA mental health and suicide prevention services 
  • Long term care service for veterans
  • Provide funding for VA Infratructure
  • Exand VA Caregiver program
  • Compensate veterans exposed to toxic substances
  • Remove barriers the that prevent widows, widowers, or family members from receiving military compensation 

America is arguably the greatest country on Earth. By the mercies of God, this nation has managed to keep our republic intact and become a lighthouse to all seeking freedom and opportunity. However, our great country has had its shares of problems and moments of shame. It is noted that we are striving to live up to the aspirational words of the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

I will:
  • End mandatory minimum sentencing 
  • End private prisons
  • Return voting rights to those formally incarcerated even if they have court fees and fines
  • End private for-profit prisons
  • Create a national law enforcement training for use of force
  • Mandatory counseling and behavioral analyst for incarcerated criminals
  • Give those incarcerated better opportunities to get an education while inside
  • Legalize marijuana and free incarcerated individuals of marijuana crimes
  • Expunge the records of marijuana offenders
” I believe that all the people of Alabama have the right to equal protection of the law. All Alabamians, regardless of where they live or who they love, have the right to liberty and the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a safe environment.” – Phyllis Harvey-Hall

Education

Our children deserve the best in education, and they aren’t getting it. As a product of the public school system, I firmly believe there must be educational equity and investment, not just in charter schools or pet projects.

Teachers need to be paid at a level reflecting the importance of their work for our families and our communities. I know that there must be an investment in our teachers because I am an educator. I know the long hours of planning and preparation needed to reach today’s youth. We need to invest in science, math, and the arts as critical gateways to careers that will help America succeed. We must restore trade programs to our schools because not every child’s path to success is by means of a four-year college.

I will:
  • Increase funding for public education
  • Increase teachers salaries
  • Include teachers in education policy
  • Place more guidance counselors in schools
  • Protect and expand teacher bargaining rights and tenure
  • Provide grants for teachers explicitly for classroom material
  • Create a student loan forgiveness program dor teachers
  • Invest in trade and vocational education
  • Invest in after school programs
  • Increase access to public colleges and universities

Women’s Rights

Women have the right to determine their own destiny. It is totally unacceptable that a small portion of society is attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade and cause a setback to women’s rights. A woman’s decision to end a pregnancy should be a private decision. The choice must always be the woman’s, not ever the government’s mandate.

I will:
  • Protect Roe v. Wade by codifying the rule into law 
  • Adopt equal pay legislation for women
  • Continue supporting the Violence Against Women Act
  • Fund women shelters for abuse, addiction, and etc

 

LGBTQ Equality

Members of the LBGTQ community deserve to have full and equal protection under the law. LBGTQ Alabamians must have equality in the workspace and access to quality healthcare. There should be non-discriminatory laws to protect their human rights.

I will:
  • Support the Equality Act
  • Support the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act
  • Protect LGBTQ+ persons from medical discrimination 
  • Protect LGBTQ+ persons from military discrimination

 

Voting Rights

We should be enacting and enforcing laws that make it easier, not harder, for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. We must fight for a system where each vote counts, eliminate partisan bias, and work for a fair voting process. In Congress, I will work to ensure that we are enacting legislation and enforcing laws that make it easier, not harder, for citizens to vote.


I will:
  • Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act
  • Automatic voter registration for those 18 and older
  • Provide formerly incarcerated individuals their voting rights
  • End gerrymandering on both sides
  • Remove dark money from elections
  • No excuse absentee voting

 

In America we dare to dream of equal opportunity for everyone. We are a nation of people that believe in the opportunity to have a good life. In today’s economy, we have some challenges in making certain that everyone has access to mobility and a positive quality of life. To deliver the promise of economic opportunity, we must create a level laying field. We must invest in people and technologies.

Rural Areas + Farmers

Our existing infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. I will work with state and federal agencies to ensure that the district has the necessary resources to prosper. A strong infrastructure will help move our economy forward and strengthen our residents and small businesses. Farming is the economic engine in District 2. According to ALFA, agriculture accounts for 96, 295 jobs and $3.7 billion in annual wages. Although there has been a move for industrialization and corporate domination to take over farming, signs are showing that private farms will continue. Sustainable farming will provide a desirable quality of life for farmers and for the district. . As someone growing up in Evergreen, AL, my family depended on local farms and pastured poultry as well as informal direct markets for vegetables. I understand how interconnected agriculture is to a community. I will support our farmers and be vigilant for all legislation affecting agriculture.

I will:
  • Expand broadband in rural areas
  • Protect and support local small businesses
  • Support “Right to Repair” legislation that allows farmers to outsource repairs for their equipment
  • Stop big agriculture from ruining small family farms
  • Make government owned farmland available as incubators for beginning farmers
  • Provide funding to rebuild rural health care infrastructure, including hospitals, ambulance services, clinics and emergency departments

Working People + Families

Alabama’s minimum wage has not changed since 2009. Alabama has no active minimum wage law, so the minimum wage is by default set to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The Alabama state legislature passed a law barring a municipality (etc., Birmingham) from setting its own minimum wage. Working-class Alabamians are tired of working longer hours for lower wages. Therefore, I support raising the federal minimum wage.  No one who works a full-time job should be unable to take care of basic needs such as food or not be able to pay utility bills. There must be dignity in work if we expect a good day’s work. I support a livable wage for all Americans.

I will:
  • Increase the federal minimum wage 
  • Provide paid medical and family leave
  • Fight for stronger unions
  • Fight against employers that penalize workers for organizing a union or union strike
  • Protect worker pensions
  • End union-busting

Small Businesses and Jobs

COVID-19 is threatening the future of small businesses in the 2nd District. And in the meantime, corporate America is doing just fine while tech giants like Amazon continue to pay $0.00 in federal taxes. The American spirit embodies our ability to build and grow small businesses because we know small businesses fuel job growth.

I believe innovation is a must to rebuild our economy after COVID-19, and I want to move us forward into new industries like digital businesses, technical careers, cleaner energy, and specialty farming. People have shown resiliency throughout the pandemic. I will support small business accelerators as economic engines to generate creativity and ingenuity, and eventually more jobs.

  • Invest in Vocational and Trade education
  • Invert in small businesses incubators
  • Expand on “Buy American” and “Buy Local” to increase jobs
  • Provide grants to small businesses and innovative startups

 

Defense and Military Instillations 

The 2nd District has been graced to be home to two great military installations – Fort Rucker down in the Wiregrass and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the great men and women who are employed at these great posts. These military installations provide greatly to the economies of the Wiregrass area and Montgomery. Also, the leaders of these installations provide vital resources to each respective area. Their volunteer hours to community projects are remarkable. I will tirelessly work to support each base and all efforts to maintain and update base facilities. Those who serve and protect us deserve our advocacy.

A good quality education lays the foundation for success in life. Our public schools are an important part of our children’s growth, and we must work to make sure that our schools are well funded and have the resources they need. We must also move towards giving teachers the pay raise that they deserve.

Pay Increase for Teachers

Teachers are an essential part of our education system. For so long teachers have been on the front lines fighting for the right to teach our youth to be prepared to live and contribute to society. Teachers work long hours and spend their own money for school supplies. As a former classroom teacher, I know the sacrifices teachers make every day as they consider the lives they touch. I will speak truth to power on behalf of teachers. I will demand pay raises and embedded professional development. 

Include Teachers In  Education Policy Decision

Too often, teachers are left out of the policy-making decisions that directly affect their lives. You cannot create education policy without those on its front lines. Teachers deserve to be a part of the policy-making process. No one knows better than those that live and breathe education everyday. I will work to create a space for our teachers to be included in these policy decisions.

Reinstate Civics in Curricula

Our democracy works best when we have an engaged and informed citizenry. We must place civic studies back in our schools. It is imperative that our youth learn how their government works. We have many young voters confused about how government functions and which branch does what. We must teach our children that they are also part of the process of our government because they vote on representation. Young potential voters should understand that they have the final say in governance because of their vote; an engaged and informed electorate creates a more responsive government. Further, youth need to be knowledgeable about the process to  organize and impact how government responds to issues confronting their quality of life.

Incorporate Financial Literacy Studies in High Schools

I believe that students should have the opportunity to learn financial literacy during their high school years. Life after high school begins independence and adulthood, and many of our youth are unprepared for the financial responsibility that comes with the territory.  Financial literacy and business classes should be incorporated in high school curriculum as required content. These courses could encourage youth to organize and plan out their goals for the future.

Imagine future generations of high school students graduating with written plans, as well as, the  knowledge and literacy of business to accomplish their goals. This could create a generation of financially stable families and communities while, simultaneously, creating jobs and new businesses in the future. We teach our youth to prepare to go work after high school, but we should also give them incentives to create businesses which could lead to a different path of success.

More Guidance Counselors

We must provide our public schools with more counselors so that schools have the capacity to provide early intervention for students experiencing mental health issues or social adjustment issues. There is a mandate to make schools safer for our children.  Additionally, we need to embrace counseling from a holistic point of view in order for students to  feel safe enough to seek professional guidance without feeling judged or afraid of ridicule. Healthy children grow into healthy adults.

Improve STEM and STEAM Learning for K12 

Students today live in a world where they need to see how subjects and disciplines overlap. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) teach students how to problem solve and think creatively about real life issues. Education today is teaching students how to problem solve, how to think critically,  and how to evaluate information. Education was intended to provide well rounded and informed citizens who will be able to contribute to a thriving society. In order to have a world-class economy, we need a world-class educational system. Education is the bridge to a better future for all of us. Consequently, there must be 21st century teaching and learning paths to success—academia, trade, technology, and or entrepreneurship.  Yet, each educational track must provide necessary foundational, relational, and analytical skills. Our government must invest in our youth in order to see the return that they will give back to the country.

According to U.S. News (August 2021), although America spends more on health care than eleven other developed countries, The U.S. ranked last in the study for access, administrative efficiency, equity, and health outcomes. Alabama landed 45th in state ranking. We have witnessed the devastation caused by COVID-19. We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand while Alabamians die. We can do better. No one should go into debt to pay hospital bills. No one should die because we do not have enough hospital beds.
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Veteran Affairs

Our veterans are heroes with many of them actively putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our country. Veterans, however, face a variety of challenges when they come home. Many cannot get essential healthcare services because of a lack of infrastructure in the VA system. Protecting the veterans who protected us must be our priority.
There must be support for eliminating the VA benefits backlog and fully funding the VA. In addition to that, Phyllis supports modernizing the VA’s infrastructure, expanding the VA’s Caregivers Program, and providing increased mental health.

Increased Support for Mental Health 

Mental health is a national concern for our veterans. Since nearly fifteen percent of Alabama’s Second Congressional District are veterans, we must take care of this valued population.  If we lose the life of a veteran to suicide, as a nation we failed a hero. I will support legislation to expand the number of sites where veterans can receive mental health services, perhaps working with private or nonprofit providers. Increasingly, there is a mandate on the government to provide transitioning services for at least one year to all veterans when they exit active military duty. Alongside, the mental and physical health services needed, there must be providers to inform veterans of education and career choices available to them as prior military personnel. The need and impact of expanded services are even more critical to veterans living in rural Alabama.

Expand Medicaid

We must expand the scope of what is available for families and individuals facing long-term care and disabilities and stop bankrupting those who need help and genuine compassion. A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called for the expansion of Medicaid eligibility to cover more low-income Americans. Under the expansion, Medicaid eligibility would be extended to adults up to age 64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. The federal government finances most of the cost of expanding Medicaid, and a small portion (10%) is being paid by participating states. Governor Ivey could sign the bill and stimulate more economic development while providing healthcare to more citizens of our great state.

Rural Hospitals

Rural communities depend on rural hospitals for access to care. But when a rural hospital closes, there are negative consequences on local economies. According to the National Center for Rural Health Works, the health care sector accounts for between 10-15% of the jobs in rural counties. According to research, rural areas that lack a local hospital often struggle to draw outside investment, which mitigates economic growth in the area. From the outside, a community without a hospital is on the decline, and very few people wish to live or invest in such a community. I understand the value of rural hospitals because I am from rural Alabama, and I did not have to travel nearly 100 miles when I got sick. I will support all efforts and funding to reinvest in rural restoration. There needs to be more funding like the new cooperative agreement of funding called the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model spearheaded by UAB. I will support innovative practices such as telehealth medicine to provide for the health of those choosing to live in rural communities.

Support Cost of Living Adjustments for the Elderly

The most vulnerable groups among us are babies and the elderly. Those who have worked and contributed to society should not be allowed to be hungry or worried about their rent when they get old. I strongly support Medicaid and Medicare for the elderly. Also, I will continue to support federal grants and programs for the elderly, and I will continue to assist in funding the Older American Act which helps with home healthcare for the elderly to keep them out of nursing homes

America is arguably the greatest country on Earth. By the mercies of God, this nation has managed to keep our republic intact and become a lighthouse to all seeking freedom and opportunity. However, our great country has had its shares of problems and moments of shame. It is noted that we are striving to live up to the aspirational words of the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

Prison Reform

The United States has the largest prison population in the world. Alabama’s prisons are overcrowded and dangerous; and the horrific conditions have drawn national attention. It is time to end mandatory sentencing minimums. Provide substance abuse treatments to persons in jails and prisons. The time is overdue to pass legislation that will allow for the early release for certain nonviolent offenders. Finally, partner with nonprofits and private businesses to help paroled individuals find jobs.

Legalize Marijuana

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act proposes “removal of marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act and eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana.” According to recent research, marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, two highly addictive substances. We have the history of the Prohibitions against alcohol as a guide for how to navigate this new and popular substance. I propose that we legalize marijuana, tax it, and regulate it as we do alcohol.

Police Reform

Most Americans, like me, support our men and women in the blue for the tough job they do. We understand the risks associated with the job. We wish to see our policemen and policewomen receive salaries commensurate with the skills and risks of their job. All officers and cadets should be required to participate in sensitivity training. Also, there should be a national registry for police misconduct. There should be limitations placed on qualified immunity as a defense in a civil suit. We are all in this reform together.

” I believe that all the people of Alabama have the right to equal protection of the law. All Alabamians, regardless of where they live or who they love, have the right to liberty and the opportunity to pursue their dreams in a safe environment.” – Phyllis Harvey-Hall

Education

Our children deserve the best in education, and they aren’t getting it. As a product of the public school system, I firmly believe there must be educational equity and investment, not just in charter schools or pet projects.

Teachers need to be paid at a level reflecting the importance of their work for our families and our communities. I know that there must be an investment in our teachers because I am an educator. I know the long hours of planning and preparation needed to reach today’s youth. We need to invest in science, math, and the arts as critical gateways to careers that will help America succeed. We must restore trade programs to our schools because not every child’s path to success is by means of a four-year college.

Women’s Rights

Women have the right to determine their own destiny. It is totally unacceptable that a small portion of society is attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade and cause a setback to women’s rights. A woman’s decision to end a pregnancy should be a private decision. The choice must always be the woman’s, not ever the government’s mandate.

LGBTQ Equality

Members of the LBGTQ community deserve to have full and equal protection under the law. LBGTQ Alabamians must have equality in the workspace and access to quality healthcare. There should be non-discriminatory laws to protect their human rights.

Voting Rights

We should be enacting and enforcing laws that make it easier, not harder, for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. We must fight for a system where each vote counts, eliminate partisan bias, and work for a fair voting process. In Congress, I will work to ensure that we are enacting legislation and enforcing laws that make it easier, not harder, for citizens to vote.
I will support the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restores the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by developing a process to determine which states must pre-clear election changes with the Department of Justice and requires a nationwide, practice-based pre-clearance of known discriminatory practices.

 

Economic Opportunity

In America we dare to dream of equal opportunity for everyone. We are a nation of people that believe in the opportunity to have a good life. In today’s economy, we have some challenges in making certain that everyone has access to mobility and a positive quality of life. To deliver the promise of economic opportunity, we must create a level laying field. We must invest in people and technologies.

Broadband to Rural Areas

There is no need for a survey. We experienced COVID- 19 and witnessed the failure of lack of preparedness for our rural students; this must never happen again, particularly in rural areas of District 2. Broadband infrastructure must be expanded throughout the district to both stimulate our economy and help to educate our children. In Congress, I will fight tooth and nail for the expansion of rural America’s ability to compete in the free market. Our existing infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. I will work with state and federal agencies to ensure that the district has the necessary resources to prosper. A strong infrastructure will help move our economy forward and strengthen our residents and small businesses.

Livable Wage

Alabama’s minimum wage has not changed since 2009. Alabama has no active minimum wage law, so the minimum wage is by default set to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The Alabama state legislature passed a law barring a municipality (etc., Birmingham) from setting its own minimum wage. Working-class Alabamians are tired of working longer hours for lower wages. Therefore, I support raising the federal minimum wage. Just to provide the dignity of a 40-hour work week’s gross pay to $500.00, the minimum wage would immediately need to increase to $12.50 per hour. No one who works a full-time job should be unable to take care of basic needs such as food or not be able to pay utility bills. There must be dignity in work if we expect a good day’s work. I support a livable wage for all Americans.

Agriculture

Farming is the economic engine in District 2. According to ALFA, agriculture accounts for 96, 295 jobs and $3.7 billion in annual wages. Although there has been a move for industrialization and corporate domination to take over farming, signs are showing that private farms will continue. Sustainable farming will provide a desirable quality of life for farmers and for the district. Some examples of sustainable farming are organic production of vegetables, grains, and meats; low-input production for local, direct markets; community supported agriculture (CSAs); farmers’ markets and other niche market for ecologically grown products; management intensive grazing of livestock and seasonal dairies; free range and pastured poultry; and organic cotton. As someone growing up in Evergreen, AL, my family depended on local farms and pastured poultry as well as informal direct markets for vegetables. I understand how interconnected agriculture is to a community. I will support our farmers and be vigilant for all legislation affecting agriculture.

Small Businesses and Jobs

COVID-19 is threatening the future of small businesses in the 2nd District. And in the meantime, corporate America is doing just fine while tech giants like Amazon continue to pay $0.00 in federal taxes. The American spirit embodies our ability to build and grow small businesses because we know small businesses fuel job growth.

I believe innovation is a must to rebuild our economy after COVID-19, and I want to move us forward into new industries like digital businesses, technical careers, cleaner energy, and specialty farming. People have shown resiliency throughout the pandemic. I will support small business accelerators as economic engines to generate creativity and ingenuity, and eventually more jobs.

Defense and Military Instillations 

The 2nd District has been graced to be home to two great military installations – Fort Rucker down in the Wiregrass and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the great men and women who are employed at these great posts. These military installations provide greatly to the economies of the Wiregrass area and Montgomery. Also, the leaders of these installations provide vital resources to each respective area. Their volunteer hours to community projects are remarkable. I will tirelessly work to support each base and all efforts to maintain and update base facilities. Those who serve and protect us deserve our advocacy.

A good quality education lays the foundation for success in life. Our public schools are an important part of our children’s growth, and we must work to make sure that our schools are well funded and have the resources they need. We must also move towards giving teachers the pay raise that they deserve.

Pay Increase for Teachers

Teachers are an essential part of our education system. For so long teachers have been on the front lines fighting for the right to teach our youth to be prepared to live and contribute to society. Teachers work long hours and spend their own money for school supplies. As a former classroom teacher, I know the sacrifices teachers make every day as they consider the lives they touch. I will speak truth to power on behalf of teachers. I will demand pay raises and embedded professional development. 

Include Teachers In  Education Policy Decision

Too often, teachers are left out of the policy-making decisions that directly affect their lives. You cannot create education policy without those on its front lines. Teachers deserve to be a part of the policy-making process. No one knows better than those that live and breathe education everyday. I will work to create a space for our teachers to be included in these policy decisions.

Reinstate Civics in Curricula

Our democracy works best when we have an engaged and informed citizenry. We must place civic studies back in our schools. It is imperative that our youth learn how their government works. We have many young voters confused about how government functions and which branch does what. We must teach our children that they are also part of the process of our government because they vote on representation. Young potential voters should understand that they have the final say in governance because of their vote; an engaged and informed electorate creates a more responsive government. Further, youth need to be knowledgeable about the process to  organize and impact how government responds to issues confronting their quality of life.

Incorporate Financial Literacy Studies in High Schools

I believe that students should have the opportunity to learn financial literacy during their high school years. Life after high school begins independence and adulthood, and many of our youth are unprepared for the financial responsibility that comes with the territory.  Financial literacy and business classes should be incorporated in high school curriculum as required content. These courses could encourage youth to organize and plan out their goals for the future.

Imagine future generations of high school students graduating with written plans, as well as, the  knowledge and literacy of business to accomplish their goals. This could create a generation of financially stable families and communities while, simultaneously, creating jobs and new businesses in the future. We teach our youth to prepare to go work after high school, but we should also give them incentives to create businesses which could lead to a different path of success.

More Guidance Counselors

We must provide our public schools with more counselors so that schools have the capacity to provide early intervention for students experiencing mental health issues or social adjustment issues. There is a mandate to make schools safer for our children.  Additionally, we need to embrace counseling from a holistic point of view in order for students to  feel safe enough to seek professional guidance without feeling judged or afraid of ridicule. Healthy children grow into healthy adults.

Improve STEM and STEAM Learning for K12 

Students today live in a world where they need to see how subjects and disciplines overlap. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) teach students how to problem solve and think creatively about real life issues. Education today is teaching students how to problem solve, how to think critically,  and how to evaluate information. Education was intended to provide well rounded and informed citizens who will be able to contribute to a thriving society. In order to have a world-class economy, we need a world-class educational system. Education is the bridge to a better future for all of us. Consequently, there must be 21st century teaching and learning paths to success—academia, trade, technology, and or entrepreneurship.  Yet, each educational track must provide necessary foundational, relational, and analytical skills. Our government must invest in our youth in order to see the return that they will give back to the country.

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