clydesbetterhalf sent in this note yesterday:
I am making my first financial contribution to a political campaign tonight. This is a big decision for me, both as I am casting my faith in President Obama in a significant way, and also financially.
I was raised in what is considered to be the very low middle class, until my parents divorced as a teenager. Since then, my mom, sister, brother and I have been living the life of the working poor, just missing the income line qualifying for food stamps, relying on HEAP to get us through the cold New York winters, barely scraping by month to month. Going to college because of the faith and belief of Scholarship committees and federal grants and loans.
My mom worked hard, raising us as a stay at home mom. Leaving my father was particularly difficult because of our financial dependence on him. But she did. And now she works hard as a Head Start teacher, bringing hope and education to many families in similar and far worse situations to ours.
She wants to gift these children with equal footing to start kindergarten as their middle and upper class counterparts.
I am 20 and in college, about to vote in my first presidential election. Giving monetary support is a big deal for me, since I never spend on “non essentials.”
But here’s the thing: I don’t view this contribution as non essential. It is as essential as my college education, as my food, as my apartment. Because it will hopefully help the campaign of a politician I believe in. Someone I trust to stand up for my rights as a young woman, as a student, and as an aspiring teacher.
I believe that President Obama needs these 4 more years to continue fighting for woman like my mother, for students like my sister and brother, and for children like my mom’s Head Start kids. I will do anything in my financial and personal power to help him get those years.
Amen, and thank you, so much.