not the only one…

Thank you. And let’s leave money out of this.

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the Natalie Merchant song “Thank you” has been circling in my mind like an old record for the past two days… its been great. Its a great song and I have been filled with gratitude at my wonderful life. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my wonderful, amazing, inspiring partner Justin more than I ever knew I could love someone. I adore him. I am so thankful for him and our relationship and the love we share together every day. We are both growing and learning more about the world, ourselves and how we hope to find our place in this strange world we live in. America is one of the best countries on this planet, but there are still many troubles and struggles affecting the american people, as well as the people who come here as immigrants looking for work. millions of people come to america to escape troublesome lives far worse than most americans have. we have clean water, I have a safe and sturdy apartment to shelter me from the weather, I have a good job with which I have good healthcare coverage and the resources to by food, clothing and entertainment. I am so thankful for the good life Justin and I have, and the good life my family and friends have.

I want all people to have fresh food, clean clothing and safe shelter, as well as access to good education and access to jobs that pay living wages. I believe all people are deserving of education and healthcare, and food, clothing and shelter are the three staples that everyone should have at a minimum. America is the richest country on earth. We should not have a hunger problem. We should not have a homelessness problem. We should not have a literacy problem. We should not have people dying because they cannot access good, affordable healthcare. America has all of these problems and more. According to the 2010 US census, 49% of all single women with children under the age of five are living in poverty. Half of all American single moms with children under five years old live in poverty. This is awful.

America needs to invest in education instead of war. Our military budget keeps going up and up when this money could be better spent on healthcare for all and and especially mental and physical healthcare and well as employment placement for our veterans. America needs to stop locking people up for drug crimes and instead put money into our school system. If the prison system was not mostly privatized and large companies were not profiting off the large number of people locked away, we might be able to stop the cycle of poverty and miseducation that prisons create. American republicans need to stop torturing women by trying to limit access to birth control and abortion with dozens of anti-abortion bills and laws in congress and in more than half of the united states just in the past year.

I could go on and on but need to get back to work right now. My work at a non profit advocating to end homelessness and provide more safe and healthy housing options that low-income families and individuals can afford. But I will say one more thing, we need to remove money from our political election process. Elected officials are truly bought by their largest donors/funders and are not held accountable to the people they represent because they are too concerned with funding their next campaign. Campaigns continue to get more and more expensive and the voices of every day Americans are less and less heard, and less and less heeded. 

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