Blog:Joining Julián Castro's Nevada Advisory Board
Too often these days, the beneficiaries from racist, unjust institutions across our nation plea—knowingly or not—to go back to
normal, specifically, a time before the 2016 election. That simply isn't a
normal period in time that I, nor many other people of color, would want to go back to. That
normal period in time in the US was not, and is not, humane to many of us in this country. It is time to move forward. It is time to dismantle unjust, racist policies that plague our institutions and communities. It's time for more representation.
In order to make impactful change, we need to reform and reimagine entire systems, which requires a comprehensive approach. — Julián Castro
I believe that real progress can come when those in power—from elected officials to individuals with social and racial privilege—recognize and reform the flawed policies and racist social norms behind nation-wide institutions that benefit a few from while keeping Black, Indigenous and other people of color communities from having equitable, just treatment and a real say in the future of the country.
Julián Castro centers marginalized communities and lifts up their voices; prioritizing the issues that matter to everyone through a comprehensive, People First policy agenda in order to make impactful change.
In addition to recognizing and acting on this privilege and responsibility to dismantle racist institutions andd removing barriers, such as voter suppression, it's just as important for historically privileged people to step aside to make space for and elevate marginalized communities to lead democracy at all levels of government; representation matters.
This is why, I am honored to serve on Secretary Julián Castro's Nevada Advisory Board; Secretary Castro is a 2020 presidential candidate who served Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama's administration. On this board, with other community leaders in-and-around Nevada, I will advise in the non-profit and small business outreach sectors.
I believe that real progress can come when those in power—from elected officials to individuals with social and racial privilege—recognize and reform the flawed policies and racist social norms behind nation-wide institutions that benefit a few while keeping Black, Indigenous and people of color communities, and other marginalized groups from having equitable, just treatment and a real say in the future of the country.
Bold, Intersectional People First Policies
Julián Castro has the most bold, forward-thinking, people first policy reform platform ranging from policing, LGBTQ Equity immigration, climate change to housing and education... and more! Several months ago, I also wrote about why I endorse Castro for president, however, and as I shared with the Reno News & Review last month, it's worth re-elevating:
"Julián Castro's presidential run and campaign focuses on people first policies that, underneath it all, are driven by intersectionality, which really dive into the root issues of problems—not just the surface level matters that we see," Becerra said. "So, we’re not solving the problem just for one person or one group of people, but we’re trying to solve it for everyone."
If you're interested in volunteering with the campaign, you can get started on Secretary Castro's volunteer sign up page. You can also learn more about organizing with Secretary Castro's campaign here, https://organizing.juliancastro.com. Please feel free to reach out directly to me too to learn more.
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