Social & Economic Justice

Delivering on Diversity, Tolerance and Solidarity


"My father is an immigrant from Venezuela and my mother was a teacher and counselor for over 30 years; they taught me the importance of social justice, continuing education, and ensuring that everyone has a path to achieve the American Dream. The Virginia I know and love has been a welcoming place for people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world and I believe that, working together, we can build a Commonwealth that builds everyone up and leaves no one behind."

 

In the General Assembly, Alfonso successfully:

  • Passed legislation creating the Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which has already invested over $1.4 million on affordable housing projects in the 49th district.
  • Fought to pass legislation strengthening protections for tenants against retaliatory evictions and from bearing the costs of mitigating pest infestations when the cause of the infestation was undetermined.
  • Worked with the labor community to remove language added to the State Budget prohibiting the use of Project Labor Agreements on interstate transportation projects.
  • Organized legislators in Northern Virginia to successfully push the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) to increase the minimum wage for contract employees at our local airports.
  • Worked with Attorney General Mark Herring to expand access to in-state tuition for DREAMer students in Virginia.
  • Negotiated across party lines to pass legislation cracking down on Notario Fraud in Virginia.
  • Worked with Governor McAuliffe to restore the right to vote for convicted felons who served their time and paid their debt to society.
  • Led the fight to save funding for Child Advocacy Centers, which address the needs of child abuse victims across Virginia.

 

As Delegate, Alfonso will support legislation that will: 

  • Expand employment and housing protections for members of the LGBTQ communities.  
  • Codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees. 
  • Implement In-State Tuition benefits for children who graduate from a Virginia high school, are accepted by an institution of higher education in Virginia, whose parents can prove they pay taxes and that they are  in the process of becoming naturalized. 
  • Implement comprehensive immigration reform policies in Virginia. 
  • Defend the civil rights of all Virginians. 
  • Defend a woman’s right to choose.