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The Magic Of Liuba Grechen Shirley, The Suburban Mom With Her Eyes Set On Congress

October 10, 2018

Williams says she wants to bring back hope to Montana

October 08, 2018

Stacey Abrams: I want to be Georgia’s ‘Public Education Governor

October 07, 2018

Though women running for national office has gotten top media billing, that’s not where all of the m

October 04, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Wants to End the Health-Care Fears of Texas’ 23rd District

October 01, 2018

MJ Hegar’s Tattoo Ad Shows How The Look Of Politics Is Changing In 2018

October 01, 2018

She upsets the status quo

The Weekly Challenger: She upsets the status quo

By Keisha Bell

“Status quo” means the existing state of affairs. If the current state of affairs oppresses marginalized groups, then any member of these oppressed groups who is determined to achieve mainstream success will have to defy it. In doing so, she will find unexpected supporters, as well as disappointments along the way. Still, she must press on.

Who would have thought that a child from the projects with a drug addicted parent and impregnated by the age of 17 would one day be named the Connecticut Teacher of the Year? Oftentimes, it is easier to believe that the snapshot of the woman in the nice dress and the beautiful words never had a worry. Her obstacles serve as preparation for a bigger purpose.

In 2016, Jahana Hayes was in fact recognized by President Barack Obama as the National Teacher of the Year. This was a major accomplishment. However, Hayes was not done defying the odds.

In 2018, she received the Democratic nomination for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. In doing so, she defeated a party-endorsed and two-time candidate for lieutenant governor in a race most, according to her, said she “had no chance and no business trying to upset the status quo.”

History, however, may be made because she did not listen.

If Hayes wins in Nov., she will make history as the first black woman to win a Connecticut Congressional seat. In addition, her victory will make her the first black congresswoman from New England. Her chances of securing victory look good.

Recently, Hayes received a fundraising boost from United States Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren. Warren’s support proves that many times assistance will arrive from unexpected places.

There are many people who are unhappy with the existing state of affairs. They recognize that for change to happen, they must support people who are different than what they are accustomed to seeing.

Progress, sometimes, shows up in the body of a woman. Likewise, she may be African American. Furthermore, she may be someone whom you have never met. Embrace her.

At a candidate forum, Hayes shared that she knew what it’s like to go to bed to gunshots outside and to wake up in the morning to a dead body in the hallway. The diversity of her life experience had prepared her to represent both the oppressed and the privileged.

Be clear of your position regarding oppressed groups. Know that including her upsets status quo. She will move us forward.

September 27, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones on sacrifice, commitment to serving community she grew up in

September 26, 2018

Rashida Tlaib Isn’t Waiting Until She Gets to Congress to Help Other Women

September 20, 2018