Delivering my speech at the Women’s March had me feeling some type of way. When I looked into the crowd, the images of my grandma’s and momma’s faces entered my mind.
They never got to see me step on a stage in front of tens of thousands of people like I just did. They never got to watch as I took my oath as a State Senator in Ohio or as a Cleveland City Councilwoman. They never saw me take the mantle as the president of Our Revolution.
Loss is always hard and I’m thinking in particular about my momma, because she died way too soon.
She was only 42 years old when she died of a brain aneurysm.
Being a black woman in this country is hard as hell. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than white women. We are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer—even though we are less likely to have breast cancer in the first place. We are more likely to die from cancer in general. We are less likely to receive a prescription for painkillers from an ER physician, even when experiencing the same level of pain and symptoms as a white patient. We are more likely to die at a younger age of heart disease.
Like I said, being a Black woman is hard as hell.
I marched this Saturday for my grandma and my momma. I marched for all of the black and brown women whose lives will be cut too short because they will not receive adequate health care. I marched for a brighter future where every single person in this country, Black, brown, white, yellow, red, and the swirl in between, has the opportunity to thrive.
Solidarity policies like Medicare for All will directly benefit people of color, and all people for that matter, across the country. Chip in to support Our Revolution’s national campaign to pass Medicare for All in Congress.
Justice is a long-distance race and the pursuit of equality and equity is a generational journey. I am walking that same journey that my grandma walked, that my momma walked, that my progeny will walk.
Only all that we love is on the line. That’s all…