Amid deep problems in our society, I am a proven disability and human rights advocate. My top priority is to ensure a high quality of life for everyone! I will listen to all views and create solutions together with you! I will get things done, because I have a proven track record (SEE BELOW) for improving education in West Michigan. I will dedicate my skills and experience for building broad, bipartisan coalitions. Can you imagine the solutions and positive changes which we can create together to help everyone? Moreover, your state representative should be your personal advocate, when you or your family have an emergency or crisis. If I am your state representative, please call me. I will be your best advocate, because I am a proven advocate. Together, we will win and then create solutions and positive, real changes to help everyone!
* As a proven disability and human rights advocate, when there were cuts to my son’s special education school about six years ago, I transformed my attorney abilities to become a disability advocate. To fight back against the cuts, I created the Disability A-TEAM of West Michigan (currently a 501(c)3 nonprofit) and led the movement which resulted in nine special education schools changing managers from a single school district to the much larger Kent (Kent County) ISD. Since Kent ISD was able to provide more funding, thousands of students and teachers have been happy with the changes, which includes more therapists, computer equipment, extended school year, and much more. Therefore, can you imagine the positive, systematic changes which we can create together to meet the needs of anyone who is vulnerable?
In addition to my experience and skills, I am an immigrant who was born in Taiwan and came to the U.S. as a toddler with my family. Since my family and I have experienced prejudice, I never want anyone to experience prejudice, discrimination, injustice, or racism, because of the color of their skin. As a woman of color, I will fight fiercely for any person of color or anyone who is vulnerable. I understand growing up in a family in which English is our parents’ second language. No one will fight harder for communities of color than an advocate who is also a person of color! Incidentally, if elected, I would be the first woman of color to go to the State House from greater Grand Rapids.
Since I have a track record for creating positive, systematic changes in greater Grand Rapids, a long list of diverse community leaders and public officials are endorsing me. Similarly, the Sierra Club, the Rural Caucus, the Kent County Black Caucus, the Michigan Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the Michigan AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers, the Michigan Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus, the West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters, and Service Trades Local #174, General Teamsters Local #406, West Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council, among a growing list of organizations, are endorsing me. I am grateful that so many people have recognized my work, my abilities, and my commitment as a human rights advocate over the years.
Thank you for envisioning what we can achieve together! We can move mountains together!
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