Bold Progressive Berniecrat running for U.S. Senate in 2018.

My name is Irasema Hernandez but people call me Sema. I'm 32 yrs. old and a U.S. Citizen, daughter of immigrants, a wife, mother of four boys, baseball coach, small business owner, community volunteer, activist, Democratic Socialist and Berniecrat.

Midterm Election is approaching in 2018 and we need to take back our seat from Sen. Ted Cruz.

We also need more people that are Progressive and forward thinking to run against corporate establishment politicians in Congress.

We no longer have a strong working middle class, we have a working poor class. There are very few politicians that fully understand the struggles of the working poor. Growing up I witnessed the struggles & sacrifices my family made to make sure we had the most basic necessities. My family spent years working in fields, they were migrant workers. Providing food, shelter, clothes, & healthcare on a migrant workers wage is unaffordable. The struggles we faced decades ago are the same we face today. I'm a product of the working poor. Our family is still working poor, the cycle of poverty is never going to end unless we rise up to challenge & defeat the Status Quo.

I'm running for office to make sure that our children do not become the working poor. I'm running to break the cycle of corrupt politicians that vote in their interest & not ours.

I'm running to break the cycle of Systemic Racism.

I'm running to break the cycle of Income Inequality.

I'm running to break the cycle of Injustice across the board.

This campaign isn’t about Political Party, it’s about the People, it’s about you. A wise man that inspired me to run, Sen. Bernie Sanders said “It’s not about me. It’s about you.”#NotMeUs 

We must work together to break the cycle for a better future.

-Single Payer Medicare for All Healthcare

-Tuition Free College for All

-Raise Federal Minimum Wage to a Living Wage

-Immigration Reform

-Automatic Voter Registration, Election Day Registration & Expand Voter Rights Act to include US Residents, DACA Recipients, & Undocumented Parents/Guardians of Citizen Minors. 

-Lower the Cost of Living

-Universal Basic Income

-Clean Renewable Energy & make a Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

-Strengthen the E.P.A.

-Social Justice Reform

-Criminal Justice Reform

-Decriminalize Marijuana in all 50 States & U.S. Territories

-Police Reform

-No More Private Prisons

-End the Wars and Stop Arming Terrorists

-Tax Reform (Raise Taxes on the Wealthy Corporations)

-Close Tax loopholes and End Corporate Welfare

-Reform NAFTA

-Human Rights

-Immigration Reform

-Restore Native American Rights to their Land and Honor the Treaties

-End Eminent Domain

-Net Neutrality

We are all in this together and we must continue the Political Revolution to break the cycle that oppresses our rights. 

It's up to us, it's on our hands, we have the power. WE ARE THE 99%.

Sincerely,

Sema Hernandez


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Stephen Wade Gies endorsed

    “She understands the problems everyday Americans face. Her message extends beyond just "Trump is bad".”

  • Patricia Carrell endorsed

    “Selma represents the only sane and fair way forward for America. We need BIG changes NOW and I trust Sema to stand in the gap for us and never back down.”

  • Alek York endorsed

    “She supports the people!”

  • Concepcion Manteca endorsed

    “We need a real progressive that is willing to implement radical change that puts the people of Texas and our planet before the greed of corporations, big money donors, the 1% and the profits of the few. Our middle class is crumbling and without real changes the middle class will disappear.”

  • Joe Kunzler endorsed

    “I support Sema because she is a fighter for peace & a voice to those without one”

  • Damian Adams endorsed

    “We need to get rid of the corporate democrats and put in more progressives.”

  • Boris Dirnbach endorsed

    “Someone needs to progressively kick Cruz's tuchas.”

  • Eriko Brinkman endorsed

    “Go Sema! Let's kick some Laying Ted's behind!”

  • Sarahy Garcia endorsed

    “I have personally worked with Sema on different community projects including the fight against SB4 and Hurricane Harvey Recovery. I support Sema because she has showed the quality of her character and I truly believe that she can defeat Ted Cruz and Beto O Rourke.”

  • Rebecca Graham endorsed

    “We need a REAL Bernie progressive in the Senate representing Texas.”

November 30, 2017

TEXANS RECLAIMING OUR VOICE IN THE U.S. SENATE

HOUSTON, Texas — Sema Hernandez, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be hosting a press conference and protest at the Leonel Castillo Community Center (2101 South Street, Houston) at 11 AM on Friday, December 1, 2017.

The event will highlight the Senator’s support for the Republican tax bill, which will slash taxes for the wealthiest individuals and corporations in America while raising taxes for the working poor and middle class, further aggravating our nation’s crisis of income and wealth inequality. While millions of Texans are still suffering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey, Senator Cruz will be inside the Community Center raising money for his reelection instead of attending to their needs.   

Ms. Hernandez is a progressive supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders and a proud member of the  Houston chapter of  Democratic Socialists for America. The daughter of immigrants, she knows firsthand the effects of Trump’s inhumane deportation policies and cancellation of the DACA program on our families and communities, and will fight for a fair and humanitarian program of immigration reform.

To register, please visit the Facebook Event.

September 27, 2017

After Hurricane Harvey

Hello Everyone,

Millions of people were affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. My family & I were fortunate to have survived. We have much to rebuild after the devastation we are left with.

I would like to share what happened Aug 26, 2017 around 1a.m. during Hurricane Harvey.

My husband & I rescued our neighbors from their home as water was rising in our street. 

I got a phone call from our neighbor at 1:12am asking if they can come to our house since our house is higher than theirs & not in ft of water.
I said yes.

She explained 3ft water came into their home & everything was floating. Her grandchildren where terrified & wet. I can hear the shock & fear in her voice. 

I told her not to leave her house until we got there, the water in the street might have a current & could carry her & grandchildren away.

My husband & I put on our shoes & rain jacket & headed out. It was dark & pouring rain with occasional lightning.

We walked along our neighbors homes where the water was lower. As we got closer to our neighbors house that needed rescue, we walked into really deep water.

She was holding her 3yr old grandson in her arms. He was in his underwear, cold & wet from rain. Her 14yr old grandson & his friend were anxious to leave & wanted to cross the street. 

I yelled, "No...the water is high & there might be a current". My husband said we needed to hurry because of the risk of lightning striking us. 

I could feel the grass beneath my feet, the water was about 4ft deep.
Another few steps & then the sidewalk beneath my feet. The water was 4 1/2 ft deep.
I took that step into the street & the water was up to my neck. The water was cold & still raining. 

I didn't feel like I was slipping so I told my neighbor to carefully cross & hold on to her grandson. 

We are standing in the middle of the street, I reached over & pulled her hand to get them closer. 

I took her grandson & handed him over to my husband to cover him up in his rain jacket & keep him warm.

We got our neighbor & up to higher ground. I told my husband to please get them home I will follow after getting her other grandson & his friend across the street.

Our neighbors husband, an Air Force Veteran, didn't want to leave. He decided to stay in his home with their older son.

Once we got back you our house, dried up & changed our clothes, we got a phone call from her husband. He decided to leave his house after all. We waited for him on our porch that had 3 ft of water & rising, but he never showed up. 

I asked his wife to please call him again to see if he left his house. After many calls & no answer, I ran into the rain & darkness. As I got closer to his house I yelled his name & I began to worry. I yelled his name & I saw things in the water floating...my heart was breaking as thoughts filled my head of him getting swept away. 

I got to the street & I felt the water beginning flow. The water was up to my ears, I decided to swim a cross the street. I got across & I felt the grass on my knees & I stood up. 

I opened his front door & yelled his name several times. Only this time he said "I'm over here!!".

I was relieved to hear his voice. I held his hand tight & we got out of there as fast as we could. The water was so high he was hesitant to cross the high water. We made it through the water & made it back to my home. 

We stayed up to keep watch as the water was rising in our home. My husband, our 4 boys, our neighbors, my cousin & her son. A total of 12 people in the only 2 bedrooms that didn't flood. Then our roof began to leak.

We assessed the damages & we know the rebuilding is going to take a while. This hurricane exposed how unprepared we were for major flooding. So many people are still without a place to live & have not been helped. 

Hurricane Harvey has set back our campaign but we will keep going. We need to help many people rebuild.

#TexasStrong - Sema Hernandez

July 25, 2017

DSA, Medicare for All, & Environment

July 2017:

Attended DSA Houston meeting to build DSA Platform.

Attended Medicare for All and Candidate Town Hall in Houston, TX.

Attended DSA Houston Eco-Socialist meeting for environmental cause.

Will be attending Medicare for All Rally and Moms Clean Air Force in San Antonio, TX on July 29, 2017.

I will update on progress following July 29, 2017.

If you can contribute to campaign I would greatly appreciate it. We need to get our message to all of Texas and we have to know on every door. 

Solidarity, 

Sema Hernandez

June 30, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Stephen Wade Gies endorsed

    “She understands the problems everyday Americans face. Her message extends beyond just "Trump is bad".”

  • Jamie Gray endorsed

  • Patricia Carrell endorsed

    “Selma represents the only sane and fair way forward for America. We need BIG changes NOW and I trust Sema to stand in the gap for us and never back down.”

  • Javi_lozano7 endorsed

  • Jackie Lozano endorsed

  • Alfredo Elizondo endorsed

  • Alek York endorsed

    “She supports the people!”

  • Concepcion Manteca endorsed

    “We need a real progressive that is willing to implement radical change that puts the people of Texas and our planet before the greed of corporations, big money donors, the 1% and the profits of the few. Our middle class is crumbling and without real changes the middle class will disappear.”

  • Joseph Brunoli endorsed

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  • Joe Kunzler endorsed

    “I support Sema because she is a fighter for peace & a voice to those without one”

  • Evian El Bey endorsed

  • Damian Adams endorsed

    “We need to get rid of the corporate democrats and put in more progressives.”

  • Jeff Bourgeois endorsed

  • Boris Dirnbach endorsed

    “Someone needs to progressively kick Cruz's tuchas.”

  • Eriko Brinkman endorsed

    “Go Sema! Let's kick some Laying Ted's behind!”

  • Tim Dolan endorsed

  • Sarahy Garcia endorsed

    “I have personally worked with Sema on different community projects including the fight against SB4 and Hurricane Harvey Recovery. I support Sema because she has showed the quality of her character and I truly believe that she can defeat Ted Cruz and Beto O Rourke.”

  • Vicki J Green endorsed

  • Rebecca Graham endorsed

    “We need a REAL Bernie progressive in the Senate representing Texas.”

  • Elizabeth Netherland endorsed

    “I support Sema Hernandez because she will actually help the people!!!”

  • Mary Frasher endorsed

    “We must work together to break the cycle for a better future. -Single Payer Medicare for All Healthcare -Tuition Free College for All -Raise Federal Minimum Wage to a Living Wage -Immigration Reform -Automatic Voter Registration, Election Day Registration & Expand Voter Rights Act to include US Residents, DACA Recipients, & Undocumented Parents/Guardians of Citizen Minors.  -Lower the Cost of Living -Universal Basic Income -Clean Renewable Energy & make a Transition Away from Fossil Fuels -Strengthen the E.P.A. -Social Justice Reform -Criminal Justice Reform -Decriminalize Marijuana in all 50 States & U.S. Territories -Police Reform -No More Private Prisons -End the Wars and Stop Arming Terrorists -Tax Reform (Raise Taxes on the Wealthy Corporations) -Close Tax loopholes and End Corporate Welfare -Reform NAFTA -Human Rights -Immigration Reform -Restore Native American Rights to their Land and Honor the Treaties -End Eminent Domain -Net Neutrality”

  • Kevin Castro endorsed

  • Michael S Johnson endorsed

  • #PoliticalRevolution endorsed

  • Jan Nova endorsed

    “Sema is the only progressive running in Texas that will bring forth policies that benefit the American people in the Senate, and as someone who supports Medicare-for-all/Single-Payer, a $15/hr minimum wage, a Green New Deal, and all the other progressive planks that Bernie Sanders ran on in 2016, and hearing of how Sema was affected by Hurricane Harvey and is still fighting to win this seat, I support Sema for Texas.”

  • Warren Metzger endorsed

  • Kevin McBride endorsed

  • Benjamin Wachter endorsed

  • Chaleigh Craft endorsed