I’ve been so busy for most of the summer writing for everyone else that I’ve not maintained my blog.
Tonight, while speaking with one of the folks here for campaign work, the subject turned to political advocacy and beliefs and I remembered that my pre-assignment for Emerge last September was to write a speech based on “This I Believe.”
Here is my final product for that assignment. This would be the basis of my campaign run for any office. I can’t remember now why I didn’t post it way back then. It’s clear I’m no great speech writer.
This was my first interaction with the AMAZING women who have become my Emerge Arizona sisters. Each one inspires and sustains me and I am so proud of every one of them.
Now in the heat of campaign season, this is what I would want every person working on these campaigns with me to know.
I believe in the “love thy neighbor” society I learned about in Sunday School. A world where we are each charged with looking out for each other and loving and respecting each other no matter our differences or perceived “flaws.”
I believe that fiscal responsibility and compassion happily co-exist. When we invest in the most vulnerable amongst us, our society is made stronger through their vibrancy. The initial savings that have come to us through gutting our social safety net will cost us more in the long run than the preventative, proactive programs that have been destroyed.
I believe in a society where we are each free to rise to whatever heights our talents and tenacity allow us to achieve. I believe that when we break down the barriers to inclusion for every member of our society; whether gender, ethnicity, sexual preference or physical ability that we are all enriched by that inclusion. Who would we be as a nation without Helen Keller, FDR, Rosa Parks or Dr. Martin Luther King who said “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
I believe in the power of one lone voice calling out for justice; multiplied by the many. I believe that my voice combined with yours creates a movement that cannot be ignored. There is power in this room. Power and purpose and passion.
I believe that together we can create positive change. Together we can bring sanity and compassion back to our society. Together we can remove the barriers to inclusion for those who have been marginalized.
I believe that today is the day we begin.