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First of all, let me give a quick thanks to the moderation team here for giving me the opportunity to talk with all of you. As a quick background on me, I’m a 30-year-old Bangladeshi woman, a community activist, and a proud progressive running for Congress to fix our broken healthcare system, end student loan debt, and fight for immigrants and working people.
I’m the daughter of working-class Muslim immigrants, and I grew up watching my parents work long and hard hours for us to live paycheck to paycheck. My first experience dealing with the American healthcare system was in high school, when my mother herniated two discs while she was working in a warehouse. The insurance company preyed on her lack of proficiency in English, and initially refused to cover her care. As a high school student, I had to help my family navigate the legal proceedings to force the insurers to pay. As unfortunate as it is to say, my experience with the healthcare industry is not unique. Everyday, countless hard working Americans are being denied their human right to healthcare. It is for this reason that I strongly support Medicare for All.
I believe that the environmental strategy we adopt going forward should not be a milquetoast response; the stakes are simply too high for that. Our strategy should be bold, and it should be substantive. In my eyes, the Green New Deal resolution is our only option, as I genuinely believe it is our only path forward if we want to prevent an environmental catastrophe.
While many believe that Georgia is completely red, the 7th district is most certainly not. The Republican incumbent won in 2018 by just 433 votes, and has announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2020. As a minority-majority district with a thriving immigrant and young adult community, this population has been repeatedly let down by the political establishment and taken for granted. Meanwhile, it’s this population who most strongly resonate with the progressive values of our campaign.
I’m immensely honored and grateful to say that I have been endorsed by some fantastic progressive organizations, such as Sunrise Movement-Atlanta, Occupy Democrats, and Metro Atlanta DSA. I am also proud to say that I have been endorsed by some truly exceptional individuals from within the progressive movement, such as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Congressman Ro Khanna, Randy Bryce, and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Like millions of young Americans, I owe nearly $ 30,000 in student loans—and like nearly a quarter of my district, I have no health insurance. I’m running for Congress because I know firsthand that incremental change doesn’t work. Georgia’s 7th needs bold, progressive solutions: Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, and an economy that actually works for working people.
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