Times are hard, but I’ve never been more fired up to fight for the dreams of average people. I have seen firsthand what can happen when ordinary people take a stand for fairness and inclusion and against hate and division.
Last week’s shocking wave of violence reminded me of the challenges our nation continues to face. As the mother of an African-American police officer, the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five Dallas police officers struck me at the core of my soul. Any one of those young men could have been my son.
In the face of such senseless horror, I am joining this week with people fighting the hostility aimed at our vulnerable communities.
Tomorrow, July 16, I’m volunteering for Ohio Against Hate, a grass-roots, door-to-door campaign urging thousands of Ohioans to stand for love, unity and progress. I joined the effort because I know Ohioans reject being divided by race, class or religion.
On the eve of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, I am joining hundreds of volunteers to spread a message of hope and diversity, as opposed to the dark and cynical agenda Donald Trump is peddling.
But it isn’t enough to be against Trump’s hateful rhetoric. That’s why Ohio Against Hate supports a livable wage that feeds families; keeping families together (including immigrant families); a fair tax system so billionaires don’t get a free pass while the rest of us pay our way for roads, parks, schools and economic development.