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April 25, 2020

Why A Woman of Color Supports Joe Biden for President

By Rebecca Padnos Altamirano

A year ago today, Joe Biden launched his campaign. That same day, I was at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management for a panel on immigration reform in the United States.

Moderated by Lorna Ho Randlett, I joined Ben Harris, Joe Biden's Chief Economic Advisor, and Doug Holtz-Eaken, John McCain's Chief Economic Advisor for the panel. I spoke about how we are losing substantial economic opportunities to our neighboring countries. Canada and Mexico are creating environments for entrepreneurs and immigrants to counter our administration's nativist policies. Our government has re-engineered immigration with a perilous and punitive approach. For example, vital programs like DACA, TPS, and H4 visas are on the chopping block. The H1-B visa program is outdated to meet the needs of today's global economy. 

"I'm a woman of color, mother of four, educator, and founder of one of the few minority-owned technology companies in Silicon Valley. Almost a year ago, I came to the conclusion that Joe has the leadership skills and vision to put this country back on track bringing along the communities I love and represent."

Since the panel, I've been invited to join meetings and discussions with high-level politicians from the Democratic Party. I understand how fortunate I am to have a seat at the table and at every opportunity, I describe the challenges that underrepresented entrepreneurs and marginalized communities face every single day.

Jill Biden

My agenda is clear.  I work to increase representation and to level the playing field. Most importantly, I want to win. The Trump administration is propelling our country to become increasingly more racist and homophobic, with the poor, disabled, and disenfranchised left behind.  I know that I am not the only one who believes that four more years of these reactionary policies will be a disaster for our country and our world.  

"I'm a Jamaican Jewish mother of four children from the Midwest.  I studied with the coastal elite at Wellesley College and after a year traveling through South America studying weaving in indigenous villages, I moved to Silicon Valley.  I worked with the East Palo Alto community for almost a decade, the polar opposite of Palo Alto in terms of economics, access to opportunities, and safety. I work in tech running Tangelo with my immigrant husband.  Just like many mixed-race Americans, my multicultural life has shaped me into a person who can comfortably move through and between many racial, socio-economic, and geographic areas to build bridges and forge connections."

Because of the problematic Electoral-College system, the 2020 Presidential election will be decided by as few as 100,000 voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. For this reason, in 2019, I spent over a month in my home state of Michigan, hoping to better understand the perspectives and motivations of voters in the traditionally conservative Western region.  Many people that I met shared their feelings of being abandoned by the Republican Party. They confessed to being embarrassed by the President’s Twitter rants and rages. Most are Christians, and they express alarm, if not outright revulsion, over the Administration’s disrespect for traditional norms and the rule of law. They need reassurance that their hard-earned retirement funds will be intact. Many see immigration as a way to bring fresh blood into American society. Many, also, would support revisions to the Affordable Care Act rather than the current Administration’s goal of outright repeal with no discernable substitute.

Tammy Duckworth

And, almost to my surprise, many would seriously consider voting for a moderate Democrat who can restore dignity and credibility to the Office of the President of the United States. That man is Joe Biden. He is a seasoned statesman who knows how to bring people together from across the aisle. He’s more than simply the antithesis of Trump.  Joe Biden is already leading us through the pandemic and will continue to work tirelessly to restore the soul of our nation, reassure the middle class, govern responsibly and fairly. Joe Biden will restore the values of civility and respect in social discourse and uphold the rule of law as laid out in the U.S. Constitution. I believe that in November, Joe Biden will be declared the decisive winner and I will do everything in my power to support his candidacy. 

Cortez Masto

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