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Senator-Elect Kamala Harris asked her consituency for our priorities in the coming years. If you're a resident of California, you can fill out the survey here: http://www.kamalaharris.org/landing/e151209/

A friend shared his responses, and they were so well-thought-out I used them to frame my own.

As a member of a sexual minority, married to a disabled man, my first and most important priorities are as follows:

  1. Single-payer health care in this state, if not nationwide.
  2. Protections for the LGBTQ community in health care, housing, jobs, parental rights, and education.
  3. Protections for Muslims, Jews, and other religious minorities in freedom of worship and speech, housing, jobs, and education.
  4. Protections for all persons of color, regardless of immigration status, in freedom of speech and assembly, health care, housing, jobs, and education.


I realize this is a lot to ask for, particularly of a first-term senator. But if these issues aren't addressed, many people I love and care about - my husband, my family, my friends and colleagues - will be in grave danger.

Date: 2017-01-03 03:20 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] subbes
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"a lot to ask for," my butt! They're basic priorities, and we should absolutely be growling at our elected people to work on those things and chasing them out if they don't. The left has this habit of being conciliatory and making bargains and giving away ground (look where it's gotten us) while the right had that Tea Party thing where they absolutely did not give any ground and primaried out "weak" Rs who failed to meet their demands and, well, it got a bunch of reprehensible people where the Tea Party wanted them to be.

Anyway. Just pushing back on the "lot to ask for" thing - it absolutely isn't, and anyone who suggests it is and that we should push for less either don't have our interests at heart or have already given up.

I'm a fellow constituent and have already been bothering my state reps - haven't bugged K yet since she wasn't officially on board at the time.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:50 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] subbes
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oh, good, a mome after posting i thought "oh, this could seem super rude."

i called sen H today - all her local (CA) office nums were off or disconnected, but the number for her DC office at least has voicemail.

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