Today is July 4th, Independence Day for our country. But as recent events have educated many of us, independence was not granted to everyone in our nation. The ideas of inalienable rights and security proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence have failed to be applied to certain people. Even though the institution of slavery was abolished 150 years ago, the fight of the black community to gain equality in our nation has yet to be won.
In fact, there are many ways we fail to apply the pillars of our country to its citizens. We have a natural right to life, yet we have people in our district and all over the country who do not have access to affordable or adequate healthcare. We have a right to liberty, yet our democratic process is tainted by voter suppression and corruption. We have a right to the pursuit of happiness, but many people do not even have the tools and services they need to survive, much less pursue a fulfilling and happy life. There are people in the 120th without reliable broadband or electricity, living through a pandemic without a reliable way to connect with people or with their employers or healthcare providers. We have one of the highest infant mortality rates and lowest life expectancies in the state.
Our great country is built on the ideals of inclusivity, justice, and freedom. In order to live up to those goals, we have the duty to effect change in our government. I’m running to do just that.
So on this 4th of July, as you’re enjoying time with your family and celebrating the holiday weekend, remember that because we love our country, we have work to do. If you want to be a part of that work and are ready to roll up your sleeves, contact my campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.