Having spent the majority of her life in Gwinnett County, Nabilah Islam is a fighter and an organizer and has dedicated her life to advocating for progressive candidates and causes.
She was born at Crawford Long Hospital and celebrated her first birthday in the 7th. She is a product of this community, attending Gwinnett County Public Schools. She is a proud Central Gwinnett High School graduate. Her first jobs were at the Ingles Grocery Store and Walmart in Lawrenceville and she worked her way through Georgia State University at a luggage store in Peachtree Corners.
The daughter of working-class immigrants from Bangladesh, Nabilah grew up knowing the struggle of living paycheck to paycheck and working long hours to get by. When Nabilah was in high school, her mother herniated two discs in her back working as an order puller at a warehouse. At a young age, Nabilah took on the responsibility of helping her family find an attorney and navigate through the legal process in order to fight against the insurance company when they refused to cover her care – they won.
Nabilah Islam is a tireless advocate and activist, and she is ready to bring what she has learned to her home district. It is her background and lived experiences that make Nabilah a champion for Medicare for All, an economy that works for everyone and reforming the current broken immigration system.
My mother worked for years at a warehouse picking up boxes and putting them on trucks. Her low wages forced her to work longer hours. Those long hours eventually took a toll on her body, a toll so grave that she ended up herniating two discs in her back. A toll that nearly took her out of the workforce. Much worse than that, her employer and insurer at the time, decided they did not want to pay for one of her surgeries after it was already performed. Leaving my family in a financial situation so dire that we were forced to sue the insurance company in order for the procedure to be paid for. Had that lawsuit not been successful, who knows where my family and I would be today.
No person, no family, should be put in a situation like that. America is the wealthiest country in the world and health care is a basic human right. About 135,000 people in this district do not have healthcare. Nearly a quarter of all residents in this district do not have health insurance.
We need to do more than fix the broken ACA that’s been gutted by Donald Trump and the GOP and we must do more than expand Medicaid. Individuals should never fall between the coverage gap and income should not preclude you from quality care. We need a universal healthcare system that affords every single American basic, comprehensive, quality coverage. Regardless of age, gender, or whether you have a pre-existing condition or not.
Only sick people profit off of sick people. Healthcare, or the lack thereof, is such a deeply personal issue to me and this district.
When I am elected to be your next Congresswoman, I vow to work tirelessly, to make sure every single person in this district has healthcare and promise to sign any piece of legislation that would expand coverage to this district and Americans everywhere. I will not stop until all 135,000 in this district and all Americans are covered.
Climate change is not only real, but it’s one of the single-most dangerous threats that the world currently faces. It’s not too late to do something about it, but without immediate action, America’s future is at risk. We need to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord because climate change is a global threat, not just a local one. We don’t have a choice; we MUST lower US emissions or face mass extinctions, increasingly devastating natural disasters, and shrinking resources. Those in the most vulnerable communities have the most to lose, and we cannot let those communities fall to the wayside all because it’s not profitable enough.
We need to invest in green infrastructure and green jobs. We need to be preserving beloved national parks, which means ceasing any new oil, coal, or natural gas leases on federal lands. We need to bring science back into the White House, and that means fighting for an EPA that makes evidence-based decisions and not just ones for political theater. Bold, aggressive action on climate change was needed years ago, but I promise, when elected I’ll fight for a Green New Deal and enact the change that we need.
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