Category: Why I am a Democrat

Sen. Harris talks “Radical Optimism”

This month’s Why I am a Democrat features former U.S. Senator Fred Harris: I grew up in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and Depression years of the 1930s. My dad was, back then, a day laborer without a job, a sharecropper without a farm to sharecrop, my mother, a housewife with no outside income. For …

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Cindy Nava – Why I am a Democrat

Being a Democrat without being able to vote You might wonder why I would consider myself a Democrat if I can’t yet vote nor legally register as a member of a political party. To that I would tell you that my name is Cindy and as the daughter of Mexican immigrants, as a former DACA …

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Jan Marfyak – Why I am a Democrat

I’ve been an active Democrat since I was 18, and even before that. I’ve taken an active part in elections since working in Stevenson’s campaign for President way back when. I am what you might call a stick in your eye Liberal.  Nice is not part of my vocabulary.  The Democratic Party stands for the forgotten …

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Jonathan Muniz – Why I am a Democrat

In high school I was part of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). Little did I know how much this after school club would influence me. I was introduced to the work of Caesar Chavez and Delores Huerta and from here a passion was sparked. This passion took some time to nurture and develop. Then one day …

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Barbara Clinton – Why I am a Democrat

When I think of the Democratic Party, some of the first words that come to mind are diverse, caring and inclusive. That is the modern-day Democratic Party. On the other hand, the picture of the original Democratic Party is very disturbing. However, in spite of, or maybe because of the juxtaposition, I am a Democrat. …

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Cynthia Tidwell – Why I am a Democrat

I grew up in a hard-shell Republican family.  When we settled in Glenview, (a Chicago suburb), when I was in high school, my dad always made a point of declaring that it was our sacred duty to pull the Republican lever for all candidates, as a protest against the elder Daley Democratic machine. It didn’t matter …

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Karen Schafer – Why I am a Democrat

Actually, there are four things in my life that inspired me to be a Democrat and then confirmed my commitment. 1) I joined the Young Democrats in college and found the meetings and participants interesting and fun.  Then came JFK’s presidential campaign.  It was my first time to vote and I liked what he said. …

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Rosella Gonzales – Why I am a Democrat

John’s invitation to speak to why I am a Democrat brought to mind a Ward D meeting where we discussed the need for a concise presentation on what the Democratic Party stands for.  I took the invitation as an opportunity to write what the Democratic Party means to me and to address the Ward D …

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Genia Chavez – Why I am a Democrat

Being a democrat has been a piece of a three part story that make up my identity-my past, present, and future. My past is largely influenced by stories of my maternal grandfather. He was a Mexican-American veteran who had a hard time keeping his mouth shut in the face of injustice and adversity. Appropriately named …

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David McGuffie – Why I am a Democrat

Imagine a world where healthcare and education are privatized leading to rising costs, many animals are now extinct, hordes of people are on the streets, begging for a dime, no public lands as they are now all in the hands of multimillionaires; and an earth that is scorched causing famines leading to mass immigration. If this …

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