Prison Reform

The majority of America’s problems go back to large private corporations profiteering off of the American culture. Richard Nixon initiated the “War On Drugs” as a distraction to his own failings. This War is still impacting the American people to this day. The United States represents 4.4% of the world’s population, yet incarcerates an alarming 22% of the world’s prison population.

The Problem

Unlike other countries, the United States treats drug offenses as if they are the worst thing a human being could do. An individual could get arrested in one state for simple possession of drugs and face hundreds of thousands in fines to several years in prison and be arrested in another state with a fine of less than $100 or a couple days in jail. This imbalance and our federal government’s lack of involvement has created a nonexistent war on drugs and instead created a war on the impoverished.

Speaking Out

We need representatives who will speak up for the victims of the system. The inmates and drug offenders are often thought of as a different class of people. It’s forgotten that they’re people too, who still deserve our care and attention. Programs that help rehabilitate and make a difference in the lives of the people incarcerated are severely lacking in the private prison complex. As we continue to improve the conditions in the United States prison system listening to the people who have been released helps provide insights into the direct way we can impact those who are behind bars.

Marijuana Prohibition

For example, many people are in prison and jail because of marijuana prohibition. It has become one of the most common drug offenses. This is a significant issue to Americans now because an individual can travel from one state to another holding the same amount of marijuana and in one state their life as they know it will be over, while in the other state they’re just given a fine of a couple hundred dollars. In some cases a judge may clearly see the error in the system but it is their job to enforce the laws. This has caused many judges to go on the record to state they would have given a lesser sentence or even none at all, if it had not been for the mandatory minimum sentencing. These mandatory minimums tie the hands of judges and prevent them from providing true justice.

In Kentucky a first time drug offender could get a minimum of two to 10 YEARS. The people of Arizona Congressional District 9 could help the people hurting in other states by electing a representative that cares about ALL of us. Talia Fuentes-Wolfe is the person who is willing to be in touch and connected with all parts of our society from social media warriors to prison reform activists to victims of the system to parolees who are starting their lives. We can turn things around and reform our prisons if we elect representatives who are not afraid of the private prison industry and are willing to take these issues head on.

Talia believes that the end of marijuanaa prohibition and shifting how we deal with drug addiction will change the demographics within our prison system. People who are in jail on petty drug offenses would be released and entered into drug rehabilitation programs as well as programs that help them transition back into society.

Valuing Education and Science

I've watched as Arizona has transitioned to an undervalued education system, based on test scores. I’ve marched with my son, his teachers, and other Arizonins to show discontent for a President and system that doesn’t respect Science, Climate Change, Women, or the Law. As a mother with a son who attends a public school in Tempe, I understand the value in civil disobedience to help instigate change like that seen with the RedForEd movement.

My first time running for Congress was November 8th, 2016 with the goal of bringing science to Government. I was one of the only single mothers and activists in the country, on the ballot with Hillary Clinton. Since this election, my goals have evolved to include going head to head with large corporations, fighting for the average American, and delivering solutions that are validated through science. of showed me the extent an individual must go to catch the attention of the American people. despite the outcome of our elections we both made a huge impact in this state and across the country.

After the shock of the 2016 elections, Americans of all backgrounds wanted to become involved in the political process at all levels. They want to know who their candidates really are. They’re craving Representatives who are authentic people who have walked in their shoes and know the reality that Arizonans are living everyday. They want people who will not become a part of the political machine in Washington, D.C. but stay strong and confident in their values. I am that woman who will stand up to the machine and fight the injustice within.

In 2020, we have the opportunity to truly change our approach to politics in Arizona’s Congressional District 9. Traditionally, men who have climbed the political ladder, with large sums of money, being uplifted by the media thus granting them instant access to voters. Grassroots candidates are often considered unviable and ignored, when in reality my goals and values may more closely align with the needs of the people of Arizona.

These dismissive practices are hurting our democracy. It causes voters to feel disconnected and disenfranchised from the process. Thankfully, things are beginning to change because of hard work from candidates and advocates determined to bring balance to our government. We can elect Representatives that reflect our values, who lead a new approach to politics, and have a perspective that truly represents all of those in Arizona Congressional District 9, not just registered voters.

Together, we can change the face of Congress, so it looks like the people of Arizona. We are living paycheck-to-paycheck, who don’t have a voice in Congress. We do not need someone rich and powerful speaking for us. Instead, we deserve someone who understands our daily lives and can personally attest to the ways we can improve our country. It’s time for those who are disabled, those working towards the American dream and every person who calls District 9 home, to feel like they have a voice in Congress.

When elected in 2020, I will do everything in my power as a Representative within the United States Congress, to pass legislation for Universal Healthcare, to demand a fair budget that provides job creation, rebuilding our infrastructure and providing grants for states using innovative, multi-purpose, architectural solutions. This is how we begin to build a brighter future. In my office, the scientific method is at the core of our functionality from the development of public policy, to advocating for Arizonans so they receive the help they deserve as American citizens.

We can bring science and progress to America and Arizona Congressional District 9 instilling hope in our citizens. We can take back our government and that starts by electing candidates with the strength of character to stand with the people of Arizona and not fear the machine in Washington. We deserve politicians that will not just sit in their office but those who will join us in the streets as we march for, and lay down our lives for freedom.

Join me in 2020 and this can become a reality.

Thank you,

Talia Fuentes
Candidate Arizona Congressional District 9

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