Julie Oliver grew up in Texas. As a Central Health District board member she was known in her community as "a healthcare advocate and finance expert" who "in 2003 co-wrote the Texas Motor Fuels tax."
Julie has been a volunteer in her community delivering Meals on Wheels for 15 years.
She was recently appointed by the Austin City Council to serve on the board of Central Health, whose mission is delivering healthcare to low income Austinites. In this role, Julie has worked towards accountability and transparency, and for getting high-quality healthcare to low-income and minority communities who have traditionally been underserved.
Julie is a mom to four kids and a wife to her husband Matt.
Immigrants should have a lawful, earned path to citizenship or permanent residence. As Texans, we know that we don't need walls or paranoia--we need comprehensive federal immigration reform. Laws like Texas' SB4 make us all less safe. We have to end family detention and for-profit detention centers. Our country and our state were built by refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. And Congress must pass a clean DREAM act now.
This administration’s de-humanization of immigrants must stop, in both policy and rhetoric. CBP needs to enforce immigration laws humanely--that means no raids at courthouses, no raids at hospitals, no targeting families and separating children.
Congress needs to enact legislation that focuses resources on crafting bills that are explicit in creating policies that call for detaining and deporting only those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety, and that ensures that refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.
We need to end family detention, and we need to close private immigration detention centers. And I’d introduce legislation that prevents ICE from contracting with private for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group. Furthermore, I’d work with Texas state leaders to end family detention for parents and children who arrive at our border in desperate situations and close private immigrant detention centers.
We have to introduce laws that strengthen paths to citizenship and permanent residence.
I strongly support transitioning this country to carbon-free, 100% renewable energy. I'm also in favor of a fully modernized electrical grid -- and of setting a goal of achieving it by 2035.
We have to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords so that America can lead as a world clean energy superpower. We can create good-paying jobs, slash carbon pollution at home and around the world, and ensure that no Americans are left behind as we scale up a clean energy economy.
My commitments include: Ensuring that Congress funds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) so that they can provide necessary climate science research, and ensuring that these institutions remain independent.
Texas is already a leader in wind energy. We can continue to lead there, striving to put Texas at the forefront of an America that is a clean energy superpower, all while creating real, good-paying jobs right here in Texas while reducing carbon pollution at home.
The devastation that Harvey visited upon Houston wasn’t just the effect of superstorms that are becoming more powerful and more frequent with global warming--it was so much worse because for too long, local authorities turned a blind eye to sensible land use policies.
I also plan to support efforts under way to impose a carbon-fee-and-dividend, so that we can significantly reduce CO2 emissions and, according to a REMI study detailing the effects of this dividend, add millions of jobs to the economy.
reduce gun violence
Extensive background checks and improving mental health services statewide will make Texas safer.
When weapons of war are marketed and sold to civilians--weapons that are designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible--they will be used by some to kill people quickly, efficiently and effectively.
But Congress--obsessively focused on re-election, and susceptible to pressure from the gun lobby--has failed again and again to act on sensible gun reform.
Congress owes the parents and loved ones of the victims of Sandy Hook, Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Parkland, Florida - and every victim of gun violence that is ravaging this country - a real debate and vote on this issue. But Congress has done nothing.
criminal justice reform
The United States imprisons more of our own people than does any other country on earth. We have to end the practice of CBP and ICE contracting with private, for-profit prisons like the GEO Group. And we have to change the way our justice system is funded, to end the perverse incentives that exacerbate inequalities - especially the massively wasteful, failed war on drugs that has deep roots in the mass incarceration of communities of color.
We have to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. It’s humane and sensible from a criminal justice standpoint, it will reduce mass incarceration, save over $1 billion of Medicaid dollars (as a substitute for expensive & addictive opioids), raise tax revenue, and if we do it in Congress at the federal level, we can then respect state-level decisions on the issue and they can create their own tax incentives.