DES MOINES, IA – Community Organizer and Activist Alejandro “Ale” Murguia-Ortiz is announcing a run for Iowa Senate in District 17
Born in Sioux City, IA, Alejandro (he/they) is the son of immigrant meat-packing workers. He began organizing in response to the working conditions faced by his family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through their work as a community organizer, Ale advocates for Iowans all across the state supporting workers rights legislation, immigration reform, and racial justice.
Electoral politics alone will not deliver on the will and needs of the people, but a state-wide platform can be a catalyst for significant change. Political figures should build power for their constituents instead of using their platform to entrench institutional power for corporations and the rich. Alejandro knows true change can be achieved when it is demanded by the people.
His platform divests from corporate leadership and instead allows us ownership over our lives and neighborhoods:
Establish Community Owned Utilities and Housing, Worker Co-Operatives, and Put Workers on Employer Boards. Laws are written to protect employers over workers, landlords over tenants, and developers and corporations over communities. Workers deserve ownership over their labor and communities deserve ownership over their resources.
Direct Democracy and Mutual Aid. Government officials are not connected to the community, and many officials make their office intentionally unreachable. Ale will build new systems to provide direct representation and invest in the needs of our communities.
Decriminalize Poverty and Substance Use. Criminalizing poverty and substance use perpetuates cycles of harm and trauma. Instead of displacing our neighbors and stripping them of resources, Ale will help build systems that address community needs.
Abolish ICE. Defund the Police. Build Community. Federal, State and local agents do not belong in our neighborhoods, schools, nor homes. The presence of law enforcement in our communities has resulted in escalations of violence, and has been proven to further exacerbate harm. We must reallocate resources back into the health and safety of our communities.
Ale will be led by the people of District 17 to address the material needs of his constituents, by redirecting resources and bringing decision-making power back into the hands of the people.
Alejandro’s campaign will officially launch on Saturday, December 18 at 1pm. To watch virtually, follow @Ale4Iowa on Facebook and Twitter.
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