"I believe in the idea of America to which our Declaration of Independence aspires: that all people are created with certain Unalienable Rights, including Life (e.g. health), Liberty (e.g. economic), & the pursuit of happiness; that the means by which the social contract is upheld & these rights secured is a government that is truly representative and accessible to all in society.
Our form of government & the economic system which enables it have become destructive to the ends aspired to in its creation. In times of turmoil, my father often said 'there are no endings, only beginnings'. We have a generational opportunity to create a new beginning for our society, built on a renewed understanding of those aspirations and clear acknowledgement in how we failed to live up to them.
Our work is the struggle to make this happen, for our children and our children's children. It is uncomfortable, exhausting, and hard; and yet I am inspired by the voices I see rising all around us. And so, I have hope...
Show up however you are able. Listen. Learn. Think. Act. Engage. Advocate for BIPOC voices. Amplify both their anger & joy.
And VOTE. Vote like our life together depends upon it.
Because though it may be frayed and at times difficult to see, this thread is what connects & holds us all together."