Leading by values
I’ve spent years as an advocate shining a light on the voter suppression efforts of the North Carolina General Assembly. When voter ID laws are deemed by the courts to exclude people of color with “surgical precision”, something is seriously wrong. When voters are placed in districts in an effort to dilute the power of their vote, something is seriously wrong. Districts should be created with balance so that voters can hold their legislators accountable. Processes to ask for voter input need to be transparent and a part of data-driven decision making rather than an afterthought. One voice should equal one vote. We need honest debate about the effect of policies on our communities and jointly designed solutions that build a future of opportunity for our constituents without regard to party politics.
America is the land of opportunity and we need to extend that opportunity to all of our citizens. People should make a Living Wage which would enable them to afford housing, food, transportation, and healthcare based on a 40 hour a week job. Other countries that are not as wealthy as the US, have designed Healthcare systems that are affordable. Until we can overhaul the healthcare system nationally, North Carolina needs to determine a system based on what people can afford to pay. When we invest in developing the minds of every child by providing them with a quality and free education, then we can all benefit from the skills they bring to our society.
Ensuring Human Dignity
America is a land where race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and religious beliefs are uniquely individual and human rights are afforded to all. We are a society that values inclusion, not division. We need to live up to the commitments we’ve made to our citizens who have serious health issues later in life. We need to ensure that our Veterans are provided for with physical and mental care, as well as providing education and housing needs. My father, a Korean War veteran, would have been bankrupted if my family had to pay for his care out of pocket. Fortunately, we was covered by veterans’ assistance. But even as the federal government reduces benefits, it is up to North Carolina to assure our warriors’ needs are met. The same as many other families, my grandmother needed Medicaid for end of life care. When costs exceed the savings an elder has accumulated, we are morally obligated to provide assistance.
I believe that it is our responsibility to manage the resources of our planet in a way that sustains us and future generations. With new technologies and new educational opportunities, we can both protect the mountains and the seas and foster a thriving economy.