Fighting Back: “Justice is on the ballot”

 
 

Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris spoke at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration this past week. She clearly laid out what the stakes are for 2020 and urged us to fight back – alongside her.

Senator Harris:

To win, we are going to have to fight against those who have been trying to push hate and division among us and have Americans turn on each other.

To win, we’re going to have to fight for what I know in my heart and in my soul to be true — which is in the beauty and diversity of who we are as a nation, we all have so much more in common than what separates us.

And to win, we are going to need a nominee on that stage with Donald Trump who has the ability to go toe to toe with Donald Trump — and Iowa, you are looking at her.

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It is time that we fight. And this is a fight that is about all of us.

Because, yes, a harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us. And here’s the bottom line. I do believe that when we overcome these injustices, we will unlock the promise of America and the potential of the American people. And I do believe that this is what we want and need. That is the America I see. That is the America I believe in. That is the America I know us to be. And that is why I am running for president of the United States.

Transcript: Justice Is On The Ballot: Kamala Harris’ speech at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration

Good evening, Iowa! So we all know why we are here. We are here because this is a moment. This is a moment where we have to be prepared to fight for the best of our country.

This is a moment where we need to fight for this country we love, for the rule of law, for our system of justice, and for our very democracy. So we are all here to fight. We’re all here to fight to end that national nightmare called Donald Trump. And to win, Democrats. To win.

It can’t be about anything other than looking at the future. It can’t be about looking at yesterday; we need to be focused on tomorrow. To win, we are going to have to fight against those who have been trying to push hate and division among us and have Americans turn on each other.

To win, we’re going to have to fight for what I know in my heart and in my soul to be true — which is in the beauty and diversity of who we are as a nation, we all have so much more in common than what separates us.

And to win, we are going to need a nominee on that stage with Donald Trump who has the ability to go toe to toe with Donald Trump — and Iowa, you are looking at her.

I have spent my career as a prosecutor. I’ve only had one client in my entire life, and that has been the people. Unlike other people, unlike others, I have never represented a corporation. I have never represented a special interest. I started my career fighting for the people.

In fact the first time I walked into a courtroom, I spoke five words. ‘Kamala Harris, For the People.’

And those words, ‘For the People,’ capture our system of justice. Because there are two points when we say for the people. One, in our system of justice, we have rightly said that a harm against anyone is a harm against everyone — that no one should ever be made to fight alone. And for the people, when I stood there, and when I stand here today, also means all the people. Regardless of race, regardless of gender, regardless of sexual orientation, regardless of the party with which they are registered to vote, regardless of the language your grandmother speaks. It means all the people.

And it was for the people that a large part of my early career was about fighting against those who molested children and raped women — because it was about saying that those survivors deserved justice and a voice that gave them safety without judgment. For the People.

When I was elected District Attorney of San Francisco, saying that the war on drugs was an abject failure — so I created national models about what it means to give jobs to people who are arrested for drugs. For the People.

When I was the Attorney General of California, running the second largest Department of Justice only to the United States Department of Justice, it meant taking on the biggest banks in the United States, who had engaged in predatory lending practices, and bringing back to the homeowners of my state $20 billion.

And for the people, as the United States Senator, it meant taking on Jeff Sessions. Taking on Bill Barr. And taking on Brett Kavanaugh.

And, Iowa, I stand here before you today, for the people, fully prepared to defeat Donald Trump. And that is why I am running: For the People.

And I will say that, in the name of the people, I believe that in 2020 justice is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot when, in America, there is a father who is holding down two jobs, trying to figure out how to get through the end of the month — and paying more taxes than the richest 400 families in America. Economic justice is on the ballot.

So I am running for president to pass the largest middle-class tax cut we have had in history. And you want to know how we are going to pay for it? On day one, we’re going to repeal that tax bill the benefits that top one percent and the biggest corporations in America.

When, in America, there is a mother, who is in a parking lot of a hospital afraid to walk through the sliding glass doors to get into the emergency room with her child, because she knows that she — if she walks through the sliding glass doors, she will be out of pocket a $4,000 deductible. Health care justice is on the ballot.

So I am running for president to make sure there is Medicare for All. Not Medicare for Some.

To care for all. To bring down costs. And to ensure that you also get choice. Because I heard from folks that said, ‘Do not take away my opportunity to have a private plan.’ So you will get a private plan or public plan depending on your choice.

When we are looking at teachers across America, and in Iowa, holding down two or three jobs to get through the end of the month. Education justice is on the ballot.

So I’m running for president to put into place what will be the first in our nation’s history federal investment in closing the teacher pay gap. Here in Iowa, that will be $12,500 per year.

When all over America, women are being attacked for their constitutional right to make decisions about their own bodies. Reproductive justice is on the ballot.

So I am running to ensure every woman will have her legal and constitutional right — and not these out of date Republican legislators telling women what to do with their bodies.

When children in America, regardless of who their parents voted for for president are afraid to go to school, because they are afraid they may get shot. They are afraid they will be a gunman roaming the hallways of their school. Justice for children is on the ballot.

So I am running for president to take executive action, if necessary, and implement what people who have failed to have courage have not done — which is take on the gun lobby in Washington, D.C.

And I want to give a shout out to Beto. Because he had the courage to say, look, you cannot walk around talking about gun safety but not have the courage to figure out how you’re going to take five million assault weapons off the streets of America.

Justice is on the ballot.

So it is time that we fight. And this is a fight that is about all of us.

Because, yes, a harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us. And here’s the bottom line, Iowa. I do believe that when we overcome these injustices, we will unlock the promise of America and the potential of the American people. And I do believe that this is what we want and need. That is the America I see. That is the America I believe in. That is the America I know us to be. And that is why I am running for president of the United States.

Please join me and caucus with me in Kamala’s corner. Thank you.

(From Kamala Harris’ Medium account, all bolding and emphasis from the original)

  6 comments for “Fighting Back: “Justice is on the ballot”

  1. JanF
    November 9, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I’m with her.

  2. Denise Velez
    November 9, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Thanks Jan!

  3. JanF
    November 9, 2019 at 6:50 am

    “Harris, Warren compete for support from black female voters” – AP Story:

    Kamala Harris got a much needed boost this week when the California senator picked up the endorsement of Higher Heights, the country’s largest political organization aimed at electing black women.

    “We’re still on a long road, and black women are still shopping,” said Higher Heights co-founder Glynda Carr. Harris is “exactly what our organization was built on, to be able to help support and invest in qualified black women to run for offices at all levels. At the end of the day, even if she ends up not being your top choice, black women should be celebrating this moment.” […]

    When Harris launched her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, many observers assumed her bona fides as a graduate of historically black Howard University and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha — the nation’s oldest black sorority — would give her an advantage among the throng of candidates. Many young black women were especially excited about her candidacy. But that hasn’t yet translated into support as Harris falls in the polls.

    In a call with reporters this week, Harris acknowledged the campaign still has work to do to win black women.

    “I am fully aware that we are asking people to believe in something that they’ve not seen before,” Harris said. “This is the challenge I’ve faced in every office I’ve run for.”

    Marcia Fudge, a Democratic congresswoman from Ohio and a Harris surrogate, said the senator is running a campaign of belief that is common for black women.

    “We kind of get counted out an awful lot,” Fudge said. “Our culture just is not a very trusting culture. We have to convince black women, in particular, that if we support her, we can win.”

    The article states that Elizabeth Warren is the “fallback” candidate for black women who want to support a woman – they don’t have to settle for anyone if they wholeheartedly support Kamala Harris.

  4. JanF
    November 9, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Thread from Nevada.

  5. bfitzinAR
    November 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Kamala Harris understands so very much that most candidates don’t about what our real, core, problems are. I’m thinking, aside from the fact she’s a very caring and intelligent woman, that being the daughter of immigrants, being raised by someone who grew up in a different culture, in addition to the experience she couldn’t not have as a Black female growing up in America, may have given her that insight. But whatever gave it to her, she goes to basics. Not just “this is wrong, how do we fix it” but “this is wrong, how do we prevent it” – and that’s who I want running things.

  6. JanF
    November 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

    She talks about her nephew crying on election night. Same.

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