I remember MLK Day 2019 like it was yesterday. I was in tears listening to Senator Kamala Harris announce her intentions to run for President of the United States during her appearance on Good Morning America. I had been a fan of hers from her run for U.S. Senate where she filleted Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez on the debate stage. When Secretary Hillary Clinton formally conceded the 2016 election to Donald Trump my thoughts in the following days and months revolved around the questions “Who can defeat Donald Trump next go around?” and “What is HER name?”
I was onboard day one of the official launch of Kamala Harris For The People. I fundraised, hosted events, and ultimately became State Organizing Lead representing and organizing the state of Texas. I had a candidate whom I believe fully realized her vision for America. She ran on policies like Medicare for All and passing a Green New Deal but introduced them in a way that was achievable. She was outspoken on her defense of reproductive rights, an issue near and dear to my heart. Kamala saw the writing on the wall. This election wasn’t just about defeating Donald Trump — it was about justice.
I ended up moving across the country to organize for her campaign in Iowa. I left all my fundraising gigs to knock doors in the cornfields of Dickinson County (Congressman Steve King’s district, no less). While it was an absolutely terrifying experience and certainly uncomfortable, Kamala’s message of fearlessness resonated with me, and I felt I needed to do whatever it took to get her over the finish line.
Joe Biden wasn’t my second choice, he wasn’t even my 20th choice, but I vowed to vote for the nominee no matter who it was. The validation I felt when hearing yesterday’s news renewed my faith in this election.
Kamala Harris isn’t just the candidate of my choice. Kamala is my hero. I support this ticket because I do believe justice is on the ballot this November. Criminal Justice, Education Justice, Reproductive Justice, Economic Justice, Queer Justice, Indigenous Justice.
I’m a staunch progressive, and I’m going to do everything I can to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this November.
Alex Fitzgerald is a progressive activist and Democratic fundraiser. He and his partner Chad currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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