First of all, let me give quick thanks to the moderation team here for giving me the opportunity to talk with all of you. As a quick background on me, I’m a 30-year-old Bangladeshi community activist, and a proud progressive running to fix our broken healthcare system, end student loan debt, and fight for immigrants and working people.
I’m the daughter of working-class Muslim immigrants, and I grew up watching my parents work long and hard hours for us to just barely survive paycheck to paycheck. My first experience dealing with the American healthcare system was in high school when my mother herniated two discs while she was working in a warehouse. The insurance company preyed upon her lack of proficiency in English, and they initially refused to cover her care. As a high school student, I had to help my family navigate the legal proceedings to force the insurers to pay. As unfortunate as it is to say, my experience with the healthcare industry is not unique. Every day, countless hard-working Americans are being denied their human right to healthcare. It is for this reason that I strongly support Medicare for All.
I believe that the environmental strategy we adopt going forward should not be milquetoast, the stakes are simply too high for that. Our strategy should be bold, and it should be substantive. In my eyes, the Green New Deal resolution is our only option, as I genuinely believe it is our only path forward if we want to prevent an environmental catastrophe.
While many believe that Georgia is completely red, the 7th District is most certainly not. The Republican incumbent won in 2018 by just 433 votes, and he has already announced that he will not be running for reelection in 2020. The 7th District also has a rapidly increasing population of immigrants and young people. These are the people that the establishment has most significantly let down, as well as the exact kinds of people who most strongly resonate with the progressive values of our campaign.
I’m extraordinarily honored and grateful to say that I have been endorsed by some really amazing progressive organizations, such as Sunrise Movement-Atlanta, Occupy Democrats, and Metro Atlanta DSA. I am also proud to say that I have been endorsed by some truly exceptional individuals from within the progressive movement, such as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Congressman Ro Khanna, Randy Bryce, and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Like millions of young Americans, I owe nearly $30,000 in student loans—and like nearly a quarter of my district, I have no health insurance. I’m running for Congress because I know firsthand that incremental change doesn’t work. Georgia’s 7th needs bold, progressive solutions: Medicare for All, student loan forgiveness, and an economy that actually works for working people.
If you want to learn more about what our campaign stands for, please visit https://www.nabilahforcongress.com/home.
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