Supporting Mary Headrick

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.”

I found this quote in some of my reading and I totally identified with it. Not because every line fits me but because parts of it fit me (I had no health insurance for three years and there’s that pesky environmental pollution), and all of it fit one of my cousins and parts of it fit my son who was laid off from a good paying job and after experiencing two lay-offs, (one extensive) he could no longer meet his rent and had to move back in with me and my husband. Unless you are among the 1% you should identify as well.

No one begrudges success, certainly not I, but success that oppresses the masses is reprehensible. We exist daily under a congress that caters to the biddings of the 1% and Tennessee’s current 3rd congressional district representative Chuck Fleishmann is a willing vessel for that 1%. He is locked in to large corporations, wealthy donors and Washington PACs.

So what can the 99% in Tennessee’s 3rd congressional district do to turn the tides? Well we can support Dr. Mary Headrick’s efforts to unseat Chuck Fleishmann by volunteering in her campaign, financially supporting her campaign and ultimately voting for her in November.

This election is truly about saving our democracy. To quote Dr. Headrick, “Grassroots participation in elections is the only thing that stands in the way of billionaires and corporations taking over democracy in the United States of America”.

There is only one person in this race who will be locked in to the 99% and will vote to protect Social Security and Medicare, support public education, to raise the minimum wage and insure that good jobs remain in the United States in an honest economy…that person is Dr. Mary Headrick. She needs our support and we need her in congress.

Forestine Haynes


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