Rebecca Parson's Platform

Rebecca is running for Congress to create a home for all of us — not just the wealthiest few. Only bold solutions will get us there. 

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Medicare for All. Single payer. No more incrementalism.

Housing as a human right. People before profit. A guaranteed home for all.

100% renewable energy by 2035. Millions of good jobs. Federal jobs guarantee.

Reproductive justice. Equal pay. Paid family leave. Trans rights.

Free public college, preschool, and childcare. $60K teacher starting salary.

Treatment for all who need it, when they need it. Housing and healthcare.

Ranked-choice voting. End gerrymandering. Crack down on super PACs and lobbyists.

More funding for education and transportation. Home- and community-based care.

Restoring the rights of our trans service members. The Equality Act. Gay adoption.

Income Inequality

Coming soon.

Indigenous Rights

Coming soon.

Racial Justice

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Seniors' Rights

Coming soon.

Supporting Families

Coming soon.

Justice for Veterans

Coming soon.

Healthcare

As a small business owner on Obamacare, my health insurance premiums have gone up 20% in the last two years while my deductible has increased and my doctor’s visits have decreased. Like you, I’m paying more money for less care.  

People are dying because they can’t afford treatment or because only one place in town takes Medicaid and it’s booked out for months.  

The underlying problem is that our healthcare system is driven by profit, instead of what’s best for people. Health insurance companies decide who lives and who dies.  

The solution is Medicare for All. The wealthiest nation in the history of the world shouldn’t have people dying because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. It shouldn’t have people going into bankruptcy because they got cancer. It shouldn’t have insurance companies hounding grieving parents for money after the tragic death of their child.  

We need a single-payer, universal, national healthcare system that guarantees care for all, regardless of their ability to pay. Everybody in, nobody out. "Access" to healthcare is corporate-Democrat, lobbyist code for more for-profit plans. What good is "access" to healthcare if you can't afford it? 

You can count on me to advocate for YOU in the fight for Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, because I refuse donations from insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, lobbyists, and corporate PACs. I will cosponsor Medicare for All.  

As your member of Congress, I will fight to:

  • Reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals by allowing for the importation of drugs from Canada and for Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices on behalf of American workers.
  • Include dental and vision in Medicare for All.
  • Ensure your complete freedom to choose your doctor, dentist, and other providers, without worrying whether they're in-network. With single-payer healthcare, they're all in-network!
  • Eliminate co-pays and deductibles, so you can go to the doctor when you’re sick without worrying about how you’ll pay for it.
  • Include mental health treatment in Medicare for All. 
  • Ensure the Veterans Affairs health system and the Indian Health Services continue to operate as they do now.
  • Reduce the costs of healthcare in the United States while increasing the quality of care.
  • Ensure you never have to choose between your rent/mortgage and your medications.
  • Include drug and alcohol treatment in Medicare for All, so alcoholics and addicts get the help they need, when they need it. 
  • Make sure that those who can afford it may pay for supplemental coverage, such as cosmetic surgery, not covered under Medicare for All.

Housing as a Human Right

As a Tacoma tenant whose rent has risen by 16% in 3 years, I know that our housing system is broken.  

Tenants live at the whim of landlords and developers, whose aim is to squeeze as much profit from them as the market can bear. Month after month, the exodus of the poor continues as Seattle developers buy buildings, evict the tenants, and raise rents. Many of these tenants are poor, disabled, and in recovery and have nowhere else to go. Homeless or pushed far out of reach of public transit, they have a harder time getting to work. For many, a lack of stable housing threatens their sobriety.  

At the same time, our politicians tout their “affordable” housing initiatives while giving tax breaks to developers to build unaffordable housing. Ask anyone making minimum wage: “Can you afford the ‘affordable’ housing?” The answer will be “no.”  

What’s the point of “affordable” housing you can’t afford?  

In our district’s majority-minority neighborhoods, such as the Hilltop in Tacoma, people of color and the poor are being driven out by gentrification. Task forces have been convened and politicians have wrung their hands, but precious little has been done to stem the tide of long-time Hilltop residents leaving their homes. We must act decisively to protect our neighborhoods and their rich cultural heritage.  

Also as a result of rising rents, homelessness is at crisis levels. In Aberdeen (population: 16,000), 1,000 people are homeless and 100 are sleeping in an encampment by the river.  

This crisis can’t continue. I am an activist with the Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee, which has achieved substantial victories for tenants. In Congress, I will continue to fight for:  

  • Universal rent control nationwide, so landlords and developers can’t raise rents at unreasonable, life-threatening rates.
  • Just cause for eviction, so tenants’ stability — and sometimes our very lives — can’t be threatened by the whims of a landlord. 
  • National grace period of 14 days for payment of rent, so being as little as $100 short on rent doesn’t jump start someone into homelessness. It’s much easier to keep someone out of homelessness than to get them out of it.
  • Declaration of housing as a human right.
  • Massive investment in public housing and anti-gentrification community land trusts, so housing always stays affordable and community-controlled.
  • An end to often-racist and always-exclusionary single-family zoning by providing federal funding incentives to towns, cities, and counties that enact pro-density zoning.
  • Severe financial penalties for municipalities that criminalize the existence of homeless people, e.g., laws against loitering, sleeping in cars and parks when the shelters are full, and feeding the homeless. We must end the war on the poor.  


Unlike my opponent, I reject money from real estate developers and the banks who fund them. Always. Only a candidate uncorrupted by real estate money can fight for tenants and the homeless.

Green New Deal

Climate change is now: water resources are disappearing. Farms are flooding. Crop yields are declining.

We have until 2030 to stem further catastrophic climate change. If we do nothing, the planet will heat up 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century.  

After 150 years of burning fossil fuels, humans have caused atmospheric CO2 concentrations to reach levels never before seen in human history. Carbon dioxide is a powerful greenhouse gas that traps heat and moisture in the earth’s atmosphere. We’ve basically lit a fire in our house and left the windows closed.  

Wildfires. Droughts. Food shortages. Mass die-offs of fish. Water scarcity. The consequences are dire.  

And while just 100 companies are responsible for 70% of global emissions, it’s the 99% of us who suffer the consequences — and communities of color and poor communities are hit the hardest.  

Where do you go if you’re poor and the river flooding in Aberdeen causes sewage to back up around your home?  

What do you do if your kid has asthma and can’t breathe when wildfires choke the air in Tacoma — but you can’t afford to leave town during the summer?  

What do you do if you're a member of the Quinault Indian Nation, and you're watching the glaciers your ancestors walked on disappear? And you have to relocate from your village — and its sacred ground — because of rising sea levels?

This is a crisis of massive proportions, and only bold solutions will solve it. Incrementalism has failed. It’s time for bold leadership. It’s time for a World War II-scale mobilization to fix the climate crisis. It’s time for the Green New Deal.  

The Green New Deal will be America’s biggest, boldest, most transformative project since FDR’s New Deal and our mobilization for World War II. It will transform our economy so it works for everyone, not just the 1%. We will be taking on the giant fossil fuel corporations, their lobbyists, and the politicians they’ve bought. It won’t be easy. It will take a mass movement made up of all of us to make it happen.  

When elected to Congress, I will fight for:  

  • Effective action NOW, recognizing that we require a real response immediately and that "business as usual" cannot continue.
  • 100% freedom from fossil fuels and 100% use of renewable energy by 2035.
  • Millions of good, $15+ per hour, union jobs to ensure prosperity and economic security for everyone in the United States in the new green economy.
  • Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers.
  • Justice and equity for vulnerable communities on the front lines of climate change, especially communities of color, indigenous communities, poor people, and rural communities.
  • Ensuring workers in the fossil fuel industry have a job waiting for them in the new clean economy by increasing funding for clean-job training programs.
  • Investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs, infrastructure, and industry, so the United States is a leader in new green technology.
  • Funding for clean air, clean water, healthy and affordable food, and access to nature for all.
  • Single-payer healthcare to mitigate the array of negative health outcomes related to climate change and industrial pollution.
  • Holding giant polluters criminally accountable for the willful destruction of our environment.
  • Supporting local efforts to create change in how food is grown, processed, and delivered, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of our food supply while ensuring that an abundant supply of low-cost, nutritious food is always available.

Women's Rights

I’ve watched the attacks on women’s rights with alarm, because they affect me personally. A woman has never represented this district — no woman has ever even run for this seat — but with me in Congress, you’ll have a representative who has a personal stake in women’s rights.

We will NOT roll back the clock. We will move it forward. 

I envision a society where women — including Black women, Native women, poor women, lesbian and queer women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and trans women — are able to live the lives they dream of. Whether that means nurturing a family, advancing their career, pursuing an education or passion, or all of the above. We must remove systemic injustice to make that happen.

Women’s rights are human rights. As your representative, I will fight for:

  • Reproductive justice for people of all genders, including women of color, white women, cisgender women, and trans women.
  • Safe, legal, affordable abortion, birth control, and family planning services as part of Medicare for All.
  • Affordable, high-quality pre- and post-natal care for all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, income, location, or education. 
  • Reducing African-American maternal mortality by cosponsoring the MOMMA's Act (H.R.1897).
  • Inclusion of gender-confirmation surgery and medical care in Medicare for All.
  • Equal pay for all genders by cosponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act. Discriminatory pay practices for women — especially women of color, mothers, lesbian and queer women, indigenous women, and trans women — must end. Equal pay will have ripple effects throughout the economy, helping to lift millions of families out of poverty.
  • HIV/AIDS care and prevention.
  • Scientifically accurate sexuality education.
  • 12 weeks of paid family leave, 2 weeks of paid vacation, and one week of paid sick days per year for every worker in America. 
  • Expansion of the WIC program, so mothers and children have the healthy food they need to thrive. 
  • Making healthcare a human right enacted through Medicare for All, so women no longer have higher healthcare costs than men. 
  • Expansion of Social Security. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, women are 80% more likely than men to be poor at age 65 and older. Social Security is a force for gender justice.
  • $15-per-hour minimum wage pay for caregivers, who are often women who labor for free to take care of their family members. Because they are unpaid, they can’t save for retirement. Caregiver pay will dramatically increase gender equality.

Education

Education is a human right. I was a substitute teacher for two years and a college instructor for two years before that. I’ve seen how hard teachers work and how underappreciated they are. They work for such little pay, yet they care so much for their students. It’s a teacher caring about me (hey, Ms. Rogerson at Byrd Elementary!) in first grade who channeled my love of learning into a love for school. My love for school dropped over the years as teachers were increasingly forced to “teach to the test”—an effect of Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.  

As a substitute teacher, I also saw what an important role schools play—they act in many ways as a second family for students, providing breakfast, lunch, and food during the summer for many students. And I saw how much your zip code determines what resources you get. If you’re born in a poor part of town, you get crumbling schools and overcrowded classrooms. I am an unabashed supporter of public education. We must increase funding to public schools and make them safe, supportive learning environments for all students—not sell off our system to private, profit-driven enterprises.  

As your member of Congress, I will fight for:

  • Free tuition at public colleges and universities throughout the country, just like the University of California system had until the 1980s.
  • A one-time cancellation of all student debt.
  • A starting salary of $60,000 for all public school teachers.
  • Free, universal preschool for children between ages three and five—similar to what is already provided in Oklahoma. 
  • Free, universal childcare, so we can create new jobs, have earlier intervention for kids who need it, and increase opportunity for mothers, who disproportionately quit or stall their careers to care for their children. Greater regulation of childcare centers, so all children enjoy the same high levels of enrichment and safety.
  • Free school lunch for all children in public pre-K, public kindergarten, and public K-12 schools.
  • Ending “teaching to the test,” so we treat our teachers with the respect they deserve and allow children to enjoy school again.
  • All teachers’ right to collectively bargain and earn a decent wage with acceptable class sizes and resources, so they can do the best job possible teaching our kids.
  • Protecting parents’ right to homeschool their kids.

Addiction

So many politicians pay lip service to “solving the opioid epidemic,” while continuing to take campaign contributions from the companies that have manufactured it. Journalists fear monger with articles and documentaries about the “dangerous” homeless people with addictions that the public needs protecting from.  

I am a sober alcoholic. I bring a needed perspective to the debate over the opioid and addiction crisis. As the disability community says, “nothing about us without us.” I’m personally aware of the benefits of detox and rehab — they saved many of my friends’ lives. But many people die waiting in line to get treatment. In the wealthiest country on earth, this is unconscionable.  

A single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system will get alcoholics and addicts the help they need, when they need it.  

But solutions must go much farther than that. Addiction is a disease of despair. What’s the point in living when there’s nothing to live for — no good jobs, no benefits, no housing, no future for your family?  

This is not an “opioid epidemic” — it’s a despair epidemic. We must build a society that people don’t want to check out of. A society where everyone thrives. Where everyone can work for a living wage, afford a home, and access the healthcare they need. Where “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” isn’t an empty slogan but an everyday reality. I intend to stop the criminalization of poverty and homelessness, which traps people in a downward cycle from which addiction can seem the only escape.  

We must offer a new escape: hope.  

We must guarantee housing as a human right. Period. Every human being has worth and deserves a home. “Housing first” policies not only make moral sense, but financial sense. They have been found to save $4,745 per person when implemented as part of a comprehensive supportive housing and services program. And when people have stable housing, they are much more likely to get — and stay — clean and sober. Housing, treatment, and a job provide a stable foundation for alcoholics and addicts to recover.  

And finally, we must bring criminal charges against the companies and individuals who manufactured the opioid epidemic, bring pharmaceutical production into public ownership, and provide worker retraining for the drug reps whose jobs will be eliminated once our healthcare system runs on a people motive instead of a profit motive. 

Money Out of Politics

Our elections are for sale. Politicians answer to their donors instead of us.  

As just one example out of many, Representative Kilmer took $10,000 from Raytheon in 2014. The next year, he cosponsored a bill authorizing $286 million for the development of a new Israeli missile defense program being developed by Raytheon.  

Another example: while addictive drugs kill our people, Kilmer takes donations from a Big Pharma PAC whose members are being sued for manufacturing the opioid epidemic. That same PAC is working to kill Medicare for All, which Kilmer refuses to cosponsor — even though it would save lives ravaged by opioids.  

And one of the top priorities of that same PAC was to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Kilmer did pro-lifers’ bidding and voted to eliminate the Board. Kilmer even cosponsored the bill to eliminate it — even though the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the Board would have saved billions of dollars of taxpayer money. So much for Kilmer’s “fiscal responsibility.”  

Actions like that are why I refuse all corporate PAC money and all lobbyist money: so I answer to YOU, not the 1%.  

When I’m elected to Congress, I will sign on to the American Anti-Corruption Act, which will:  

  • Make it illegal for politicians to take money from lobbyists.
  • Ban lobbyist bundling. 
  • Ban members of Congress and their senior staff from becoming lobbyists for several years after they leave Congress. Close the revolving door of corruption.
  • Ban politicians from fundraising during working hours, so they serve their constituents instead. You work during YOUR workday. Why shouldn’t your member of Congress?
  • Immediately disclose donations online, so we don’t have to wait months to see who’s funding a politician.
  • Stop donors from hiding behind super PACs.
  • End gerrymandering and stop the creation of absurd district boundaries that politicians create solely to ensure their own reelection and give their political party an unfair advantage. 
  • Let all voters participate in open primaries, so independent, people-funded candidates have a fair chance.
  • Let voters rank their top candidates (ranked-choice voting), so independent candidates have a real shot at winning instead of being “spoilers.”
  • Automatic voter registration nationwide, as was recently enacted in Washington.
  • Nationwide mail-in ballots, so everyone in the country can enjoy the same convenient voting we have in our state.
  • Democracy vouchers (as in Seattle) for every citizen in the country to make political donations with no out-of-pocket expense. Only candidates who fundraise solely from small donors will be eligible to receive these vouchers.
  • Crack down on super PACs, so the 1% can’t illegally help their bought-and-sold candidates to win.
  • Eliminate lobbyist loopholes, so lobbyists can’t get away with giving politicians big money “under the radar” anymore.
  • Strengthen enforcement of anti-corruption laws and empower prosecutors to go after the white-collar criminals who have bought and sold our democracy. 

Disability Rights

One in four adults in America has a disability. Yet our country continues to treat people with disabilities as second-class citizens in many ways. Many municipalities treat ADA regulations as optional, and residents have to fight to get their basic rights respected. People with disabilities live in poverty at much higher rates than people without disabilities do.  

As a commissioner on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities and a family member of people with disabilities, I have seen how the system fails Americans with disabilities. As your member of Congress, I will fight for:  

  • Increased educational opportunities for people with disabilities, including full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Inclusion of home-based and community-based care in a Medicare for All program.
  • Development of a completely accessible internet and technology landscape for people with disabilities.
  • Increased training for law enforcement on how to interact with people with disabilities with respect and deescalation.
  • A jobs guarantee that includes good, $15+ per hour, union jobs for people with disabilities.
  • Increased transportation funding for people with disabilities, so it doesn’t take five hours to make a 30-minute doctor’s appointment.
  • An end to the disrespectful sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities. If you work, you get paid at least minimum wage. Period.
  • Protection and expansion of the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). SSDI is vitally important to 10 million Americans, including children and veterans. The average disability benefit is about $1,200 a month. For many people, that is their entire income. It is not enough.
  • The Disability Integration Act (DIA), so that people who need Long Term Services and Supports do not lose their basic civil rights by being forced into institutions.

LGBTQIA+ Rights

Raytheon may celebrate Pride, but does that mean I should take money from them? No.

Real Pride is about justice, not corporate rainbow-washing. I’m proud not to take any corporate PAC money or lobbyist money, so I can fight for REAL LGBTQIA+ rights, not superficial, feel-good, do-nothing, corporate “fixes.”

I grew up in the closet during a time when the majority of the American public did not support gay rights. Because of the bravery of my LGBTQIA+ sisters and brothers who came before me, public opinion has been shifted, gay marriage is legal, and deaths from AIDS have dramatically decreased.

But in the age of Trump, our rights are under attack. Organizations like ALEC want to take away our right to marry, and the extremist Right demonizes and persecutes non-binary and trans people. We need more LGBTQIA+ people representing us, because the stakes have never been higher.

In Congress, I will fight for:

  • Restoring the right of trans people to serve openly in the military. 
  • The Equality Act. Anti-LGBTQIA+ discrimination is legal on a federal level. We can be denied healthcare, housing, and basic services, leading to homelessness, worse health, and violence. The Equality Act will protect us from discrimination.
  • The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, so federally-funded child welfare agencies can’t discriminate against children, families, and individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. And so more children in foster care can be raised in loving homes.
  • Supporting LGBTQIA+ students with clubs such as GSAs and LGBTQIA+-appropriate counseling. 
  • The Student Non-Discrimination Act, so public K-12 schools can’t discriminate against students on the basis of perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. This will let students focus on what school is for: learning and making friends.
  • Banning “conversion therapy,” which is a scientifically invalid and morally abominable practice of attempting to “make” LGBTQIA+ straight and cisgender. It is legal on a federal level, and it has been inflicted on 700,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults — half when they were children. The UCLA School of Law estimates that 20,000 LGBTQ youth currently between the ages of 13 and 17 will receive conversion therapy from a licensed health care professional before they reach 18. This must end.
  • Banning the “gay panic” murder excuse. Homophobia and transphobia are not excuses to kill people.
  • Banning intersex mutilation. We must allow intersex people to make their own decisions about their bodies, so the irreversible physical and psychological damage caused by sex assignment at birth is averted.





Meet Rebecca

Rebecca is running for Congress to create a home for all of us, not just the wealthiest few.

Imagine a country where you can live a healthy life because when you’re sick, you can go to the doctor. And you don't have to worry about how you’ll pay for it.  

Imagine a country where you are economically free because working full time at *one* job lets you live a comfortable, economically secure life.  

Imagine a country where you enjoy housing security because you always know exactly how much (or how little) your rent will rise every year, and you never have to worry about being evicted for no reason. Or foreclosed on because all your money went to medical bills.  

Imagine your neighborhood belonging to your community—not developers and gentrifiers.  

Imagine a country where women don’t live in fear of their government denying them the right to control their own bodies.  

And imagine a country where parents of all genders are free to raise their babies in the most loving environment possible because they have paid family leave.  

I am running for Congress to make that happen and my campaign will be 100% grassroots and people-funded. So I’m accountable to you, my electorate—not developers, lobbyists, corporate PACs, or dark money.

Background 

I come from a line of public servants. My father was a US Foreign Service officer and my grandfather retired as a colonel in the United States Army. From these men I learned what truly serving your country is all about.  

My grandfather instilled in me the values he learned at West Point: Duty, Honor, Country. My father taught me to have curiosity about our country’s history. They both took the oath that I look forward to taking:  

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” In college, I volunteered with a student group that piloted a program teaching English to non-native English speakers and facilitating “know your rights” workshops. After college, I served as a human rights observer in an indigenous Zapatista village in Mexico that was being threatened by paramilitaries. I later served in AmeriCorps and worked for two years as a substitute teacher, which showed me just how much your zip code determines the quality of your education—and just how hard teachers work for so little pay.  

I worked for several years with the International Association of Genocide Scholars with Dr. Gregory Stanton, who authored the 10 Stages of Genocide, and I presented a paper at a 2007 genocide studies conference in Sarajevo. This experience taught me the grave danger of vilifying entire groups of people, using dehumanizing language to describe them, and putting them in concentration camps.  

After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, I got married. My ex-wife and I later divorced, but I’ll never forget what it was like to be granted the right to marry. But as someone who grew up in the closet at a time when the majority of the American public opposed gay rights and who has watched the current administration institute a cruel ban on transgender servicemembers in the military, I know that rights that are given can always be taken away. Fundamentalist groups like ALEC have their sights on gay marriage.  

We cannot rest easy. We cannot take our rights for granted. Voting rights. Abortion rights. LBGTQ+ rights. They’re all under attack. We must protect them.  

We must go much further in transforming our society than we ever have before.

Experience

After getting married, my ex-wife and I moved to Tacoma to be near family, and I fell in love with the city. It’s here that I got sober. After years of social drinking, my drinking had progressed—like many alcoholics, I drank because I was unhappy with my life. After we moved to Tacoma, I realized I needed to change, and I found a supportive recovery community. I have been sober since 2016, and I feel lucky to have found happiness. After a lifetime of moving, I’ve finally found a home. It was the people of Tacoma who helped me do that.  

I serve as a commissioner on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities, and I’m an activist with the Tacoma Tenants Organizing Committee, which won significant tenant protections in Tacoma and played a large role in new statewide protections. These changes have had a direct impact on my security, as someone living on a month-to-month lease with rent that’s risen 16% in 3 years.  

I co-organized a “12 Days of Christmas” fundraiser for detainees in the Northwest Detention Center as a co-leader and organizer at Indivisible Tacoma, raising $4,000 for detainees. 100% of that went directly into detainees’ commissary accounts, a bail fund, and for Christmas presents.  

Also with Indivisible Tacoma, I co-organized candidate forums for Pierce County Prosecutor, WA Supreme Court Justice, and Tacoma City Council, because I believe the community should have open access to ask politicians questions and get real answers. I also co-organized a vigil after Charlottesville at the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, which was widely attended by community members. 

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Pierce County, I advocate for foster children in a system that, despite the best attempts of many involved, often lets kids fall through the cracks.

As a committed single-payer advocate, I serve as a Board Member for Whole Washington.

I am a Democratic PCO in precinct 27-401, and I chaired the 2019 endorsement committee for the 27th Legislative District Democrats. I am a progressive committed to the progressive platform of the Washington State Democratic Party.

Moving Forward

Washington is one of the most progressive states in the country, but you wouldn’t know it from our representation in Congress, which routinely works to fast track anti-worker legislation like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), works to stifle free speech with bills like the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and refuses to support popular policies like the Green New Deal.  

Our current incumbent has taken millions of dollars from Wall Street, insurance companies, and lobbyists. He’s so cozy with lobbyists that his former chief of staff is now a lobbyist who coaches other Congressional chiefs of staff on how to schmooze with lobbyists.  

While our district has some of the highest opioid death rates in the state, our representative takes money from a Big Pharma PAC whose members manufactured the opioid crisis. That same PAC is working against Medicare for All, which our incumbent conveniently refuses to support—despite repeated requests from voters across the district.  

While a third of our district are renters and we have the fastest rising rents in the country, our representative has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from real estate.  

Tacoma, Kitsap, and the Olympic Peninsula deserve better. We can elect a representative who not only shows up for town halls, but actually listens and enacts the policies that voters say they want. We can champion Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a living wage, universal rent control, guaranteed housing as a human right, and millions of new jobs as we transition to 100% clean and renewable energy.  

This will only happen if we change how we do politics. Lobbyist and corporate PAC money is what got us here, and it won’t get us where we want to go. The residents who will benefit most from our policies have low voter turnout, but it’s not because they don’t care—it’s because they know their politicians don’t. And it’s because working multiple jobs to survive doesn’t leave a lot of time for politics.  

This campaign will bring together a broad coalition of groups and residents, where everyone shares power. That’s the only way we’ll win without taking corporate money, because our district contains people, not PACs. We live on islands and the coast, in city neighborhoods and small towns. We’re renters and homeowners. Most of all, we’re working class.  

Giant corporations have come in, extracted our natural resources, and left when the profit dried up. They’ve displaced us in mass waves of evictions. They’ve treated us as a dumping ground—but we fight back.  

I am the first woman or out queer person—ever—to run for WA-06. We’re running against an incumbent sitting on millions of dollars of lobbyist and PAC money. But when everyday people come together—anything is possible.


Elect one of us.


Fighting for the many, not just the wealthiest few.


It's time to elect a Democrat who will fight for all of us, not corporations and lobbyists.

Rebecca Parson is considering running for Congress to create a home for all of us — not just the wealthiest few.

As a queer woman, a tenant, and a small business owner, she knows what's like to have your voice ignored.  

This will be a campaign that brings us all together to fight for the needs of working families from Tacoma to Bainbridge Island, Aberdeen to Bremerton. We will create an America where everyone lives with dignity, no matter your race, class, gender, sexuality, or ability. 

We will create a nation where everyone has a home, a living-wage job, food on the table, free healthcare, free education, real justice, and a future they can look forward to. And we're going to do it without any corporate money. 

The only way to do this is to take on the powerful. We're up against the corrupting influence of dark money in politics. We're up against the status quo, which is more invested in keeping things the same than saving people's lives. And we're up against millions of dollars from the very same industries and corporations devastating our district.

But we have one thing the powerful don't: people.

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in foster care and a commissioner on the Tacoma Commission on Disabilities, Rebecca advocates for the marginalized.

Let's get started.

SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION

Elect one of us.

Creating a home for all of us — not just the wealthiest few.

It's time to elect a Democrat who will fight for us, not corporations and lobbyists.

Rebecca Parson is running for Congress to create a home for all of us — not just the wealthiest few.  

As a queer woman, a tenant, and a small business owner, she knows what it's like to have your voice ignored.  

This will be a campaign that brings us all together to fight for the needs of working families from Tacoma to Bainbridge Island, Aberdeen to Bremerton. We will create an America where everyone lives with dignity, no matter your race, class, gender, sexuality, or ability.  

We will create a country where everyone has a home, a living-wage job, food on the table, free healthcare, free education, real justice, and a future they can look forward to. And we're going to do it without any corporate money.  

The only way to do this is to take on the powerful. We're up against the corrupting influence of dark money in politics. We're up against the status quo, which is more invested in keeping things the same than saving people's lives. And we're up against millions of dollars from the very same industries and corporations devastating our district.  

But we have one thing the powerful don't: people. So who has the real power? We do.

In one of the richest and most progressive states in the country, people shouldn't be sick, struggling, and dying because they can't afford healthcare, housing, food, or education. It's time our district worked for all of us

I am an organizer, a Democratic Socialist, and a small business owner running to fight for working families in Congress. It is way past time that we in Washington's 6th Congressional District had working-class, lobbyist-free representation in Congress—someone who fights on behalf of Tacoma, Kitsap, and Olympic Peninsula families.

This movement is about affordable, quality housing in the neighborhood YOU want to live in (not where gentrification has driven you to). It's about free healthcare for all. It's about economic security, so ONE job at 40 hours a week is all you need to live—and live well. It's about protecting our trans communities. It's about our future, and making sure we have the environment and infrastructure to support the future we want.

And it's about getting money and corruption out of politics.


Why support Rebecca?


As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for kids in foster care and a tenants rights activist, I advocate for the people who are ignored.


Here's what we can achieve together with a working class leader 


MEDICARE FOR ALL 

Free, quality healthcare for all. Including vision, dental, mental health, and drug and alcohol treatment.

ECONOMIC SECURITY

$15 minimum wage. Guaranteed housing. Universal rent control. Millions of new jobs as we transition to 100% clean and renewable energy.

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Women's dominion over their own bodies. Reproductive rights. Women's healthcare. Paid family leave.

END CORRUPTION IN POLITICS

Unlike her opponent, Rebecca is taking NO money from corporate PACs or lobbyists. Big money corrupts. Rebecca will serve her donors: the people. You.



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Rebecca vs Her Opponents

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My Promise to You

I will always refuse money from lobbyists and corporate PACs, so I can remain loyal to you: my voters. I will always be 100% people-funded.

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Rebecca vs Her Opponents

Information from candidate websites and Congressional voting record. Information accessed July 5, 2019.

Rebecca Parson  

Taken the Sunrise "No Fossil Fuel Money" Pledge

Yes

Derek Kilmer (incumbent)

No

Matthew Tirman (exploring a run)  

No 

Zero Business Ties with Koch Industries*

Yes

Yes

No 

Federal Rent Control

Yes

No

No 

Federal Jobs Guarantee

Yes

No

No 

Free Public College for All

Yes

No

No 

Cancel Student Debt

Yes

No

No 

Universal Free Lunch in Public Pre-K and K-12 Schools

Yes

No

No 

Starting Salary of $60,000 for All Public School Teachers

Yes

No

No 

$15+ Federal Minimum Wage Floor (More in High-Rent Areas) 

Yes

No

No 

Abolish Private Prisons

Yes

No

No 

Just Cause for Eviction

Yes

No

No 

Bring Pharmaceutical Industry into Public Ownership

Yes

No

No 

End to Sub-Minimum Wage for People with Disabilities Now

Yes

No

No 

Federal Legalization of Marijuana

Yes

No

No 

Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Yes

No

No 

Criminal Charges Against Companies That Manufactured the Opioid Epidemic

Yes

No

No 

Full Funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Yes

Yes

No 

Medicare for All

Yes

No

Yes

Zero Employment History as a Lobbyist

Yes

Yes

No

Refuses Money from Lobbyists & Corporate PACs

Yes

No

Yes

Green New Deal

Yes

No

Yes

*Sources: 

https://www.descarteslabs.com/team.html. Accessed July 7, 2019.

"Koch network throws its weight behind Silicon Valley in the regulatory battle with Washington." CNBC. July 1, 2019. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/30/koch-network-throws-its-weight-behind-silicon-valley.html

Quote: "'That’s my deepest passion — to move the world forward with science and technology,' said Mark Johnson, who attended the [Koch summit for wealthy donors] and co-founded Descartes Labs, a New Mexico start-up that uses artificial intelligence to analyze global data."

"Discovery Newsletter: Perspective, Brad Razook and Jim Hannan." Koch Industries Newsletter. February 26, 2019. https://news.kochind.com/news/2019/discovery-newsletter-perspective,-brad-razook-and

Quote: "KAES [Koch Ag & Energy Solutions] is working with Descartes Labs."

My Promise to You

I will always refuse money from lobbyists and corporate PACs, so I can remain loyal to you: my voters. I will always be 100% people-funded.

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Endorsements

“I want a member of Congress who won't take money from the healthcare industry and who will fight for healthcare for everyone, so we're not at the mercy of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies anymore. I want someone who brings real energy to fix the things that aren't working and who will enact real change—not more of the same. That's why I support Rebecca for Congress.”

- Sarah Martin, Clallam County School Board Director at Chimacum School District, Jefferson County Progressives Member

“We need an alternative to the Kilmer status quo. The people of our district are suffering from lack of healthcare, rising housing costs, and more. Rebecca is a real progressive and she'll fight for single-payer healthcare, rent control, and housing assistance. She's the change we need.”

- Dr. William Kildall, Clallam County 2019 candidate for Clallam County Charter Review Commission, retired educator and Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“I want a member of Congress who will fight for people over profit, election reform, housing security, food security, healthcare security, and the Green New Deal. I've worked with Rebecca closely and I trust her to fight for these issues. She was inspired to run by Bernie Sanders and she'll be the support he needs in Congress to enact his agenda. I endorse Rebecca Parson for Congress.”

- Courtney N. Love, Tacoma Democratic PCO 29-606, 2019 Candidate for Tacoma City Council, Vice-Chair of the Washington Berniecrats Coalition—an Our Revolution affiliate

“I met Rebecca through DSA. She was quiet, but when she did speak, her words were intentional and thoughtful. She clearly and concisely gave her opinions about how we need to change the political landscape to be about the prosperity of the people instead of about growth that only benefits industry. Our people are literally dying on the streets because we have people in office who are catering to big business instead of understanding that they are supposed to be working for us. No matter how good someone's policies are for business growth, they should always be better for the personal growth of the people who vote them in. I know that Rebecca will always remember the people with her policies. I know that Rebecca will always speak with precise words that hold conviction while she is in office. I know that Rebecca has the backbone it takes to stand up for what is right in the face of pressure. Rebecca is the only person in this race that I am sure of. Her progressive values are apparent and her wish to serve the people is genuine. For those reasons, I give my personal endorsement to Rebecca Parson for Congress.”

- Melissa Dunbar, Tacoma 29th Legislative District Democratic State Committeeperson, South End Neighborhood Council Board Member, Tacoma Education Association Union Member, DSA Member

"I have known Rebecca Parson for two years and met her while serving on the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities which is the body which advises the City of Tacoma Council on disabilities. She is a strong advocate for affordable housing, environmental, and disability issues and always has a constructive comment or question to contribute to the discussion even though she is quiet. I very much appreciate her commitment to Medicare for All and her commitment to deinstitutionalization with the Disability Integration Act. She will be able to listen effectively to the constituents in District 6 and get workable solutions with no strings attached as our next Representative and for that I am more than happy to support her candidacy."

Luke Byram, Tacoma Center for Independence Board of Directors Commissioner, Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities, Tacoma Community College Student

"I'm sick of politicians ignoring the poor. We're dying because of a lack of healthcare, medical care, food, and housing. Rebecca gets it, and she has the best policies to help us. Policy comes first, but as a queer woman, I also appreciate that she's the first woman or queer person to ever run for WA-06. We have a wave of strong, progressive women leading the Democratic Party, and I want Rebecca in Congress leading, too. A progressive president like Bernie Sanders can only do so much on their own—they need backup from people like Rebecca to enact the bold progressive agenda that my family, friends, and I need."

- Cassandra Brown, Tacoma 29th LD Democrats Vice Chair, Pierce County Democratic State Committee Member, Western Vice Chair for the WA State Democratic Stonewall/LGBTQ Caucus, CD 6 representative Ffor the WA State Democratic Hispanic/Latino Caucus

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