Since Citizen’s United became the law of the land, we’ve seen a new type of political action committee emerge called the SuperPAC, a tool that allows for the ultra-rich to donate hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars every political cycle. That is, a few wealthy individuals can have a greater influence on elections with their money than We the People can with our vote. This has undermined the core principle of American democracy, that “we hold these truths to be self-evident that all [people] are created equal.”
When Ahmaud Arbery couldn’t go for a jog through the neighborhood, I couldn’t understand how two white racists in a truck could feel the courage to act as judge, jury, and executioner. I wept for Ahmaud’s family.
Pitting small businesses against the minimum wage workforce is not working. All that fight will achieve is a win for the Walmarts, Dollar Generals, and Amazons of the world.
To raise the wage floor and win this argument, In the Fight for $15, we need to grow our coalition and include small business owners. Our current economy works against entrepreneurs, small business owners, and workers alike, but it doesn’t need to stay like this.
Some Missouri families are fighting for the original Missouri Compromise of 1820, like the McCloskey. But we’re here to fight for a MissouriUnCompromised. When Drek and I decided to get into public service, we did so knowing that our existence in this race is an act of defiant protest. And we need your help. You see, many in our state look at the data and they see a racist, backwoods, and backward electorate. Many Democrats are living in fear at all the hullabaloo coming out of the other side of the aisle.
In August, we voted for Medicaid Expansion here in Missouri. Last Thursday, our Governor threw it out. Friday, I joined Missouri Jobs with Justice and protestors at the Kansas City protest.
The right to vote is the bedrock foundation of democracy. Today, St. Louis votes in its first ‘approval voting’ primary for Mayor – a groundbreaking system that gives voters more power in the democratic process. Good luck to all the amazing candidates today, and remember to vote before the polls close at 7pm!
Last week, I was so pleased to be the featured speaker for the Christian County Democratic Club. Bob Rubino graciously invited me to speak. It was amazing to meet progressives and Democrats alike who are committed to the cause of democracy.
We are all deeply impacted by the tragedy of those lost to COVID-19: of mothers and fathers who have left children behind, of grandchildren grieving their elders, of young people deprived of life’s experiences. In moments when we confront the joy that has been prematurely taken out of our world, we have the chance to lean into our faith in each other.