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I am Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
and I proudly represent my hometown —
the 9th Congressional district of New York.
Right now, our nation is in crisis. In addition
to the fault lines in our society that have
been exacerbated by COVID-19, we are still
dealing with an ever-present threat that has
been plaguing our communities for generations:
racial injustice. The deaths of Breonna
Taylor, George Floyd and countless
others at the hands of police officers have
only underscored the importance of having
leadership that is able to assess the issues
on the ground and act swiftly to ensure further
lives are not lost.
Since day one, I have been fighting in
Congress against racial injustices, lack of access
to affordable healthcare, lack of affordable
housing and the many inequalities that
our communities face. In fact, I was the first
to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump
and I have been fighting against his racist,
sexist, xenophobic policies and rhetoric.
The fault lines revealed in the wake of
COVID-19 must be addressed. This is why I
have been leading the charge on increasing
access to affordable housing even prior to
being elected to Congress. I have been on
the forefront of every progressive moment in
Congress, whether it’s passing legislation to
address our disparities in healthcare, fighting
for immigration reform, ensuring that a
woman’s right to choose isn’t stripped away
by men who don’t know what they’re talking
about or addressing the harmful effects
of climate change.
This election cycle, I have four male opponents.
That’s right: four. Unfortunately,
some of these men are not from our community,
have never held public office, and
have shady ties to Trump donors. Despite
efforts from these opponents, the facts are
clear: my record PROVES that my voice
and vote cannot be bought and I am on the
side of the people.
I am proud to serve as Vice-Chair of the
Energy and Commerce Committee which
has assembled a task force to address the
ever-present issues our community is facing
today. As the only black woman in the New
York Congressional delegation, I am committed
to using my voice and my vote to undergird
and uplift my community. That said,
I need your support to get to the finish line.
June 23, the primary day, is just days away.
My work is not done.
I plan to continue to represent our community
and play a role in helping us rebuild
as a more just society for all. We will get
through COVID-19 and we will get there
Stay safe, stay encouraged and stay
Yvette D. Clarke
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