From the Floor: Denver Reflections
Katina Rojas Joy was a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who blogged for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County.
I am back home and have recovered from the convention. I've managed to get more than 5 consecutive hours of sleep this weekend. This experience has come full circle for me. When I moved to Maryland four years ago, one of my goals was to get more involved in politics, education and health care disparities due to my close proximity to all things government.
I never could have imagined all of this 14 months ago. Being part of the winning team (Obama) early on, working hard, and tenacity has afforded me a litany of opportunities. I've also forged great friendships along the way. My esteemed gratitude goes out to everyone at Maryland for Obama, Prince George's County for Obama, the National Latino Advisory Council, the DNC's Obama Hispanic Leadership Council, Orlan Johnson, Pedro Biaggi, Jason Waskey, Walakewon Blegay, Rushern Baker and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD). Congressman Cummings has advised me to stay in touch, I will, and here is why.
When discussing education Senator Obama has asserted that when he becomes president he will give kids everything they need to have a fighting chance. A viable goal if children have schools as a starting point.
It appears that in Prince George's County some well-intentioned bureaucrats and educators may not have bought into the Senator's vision of a fighting chance.
I call on Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, Superintendent John Deasy, Board Chair Verjena Jacobs and Council Chair Sam Dean to ensure that the Fairwood School project becomes a priority. "You each have influence over the budget policy."
Steve Brigham and Carl Bradley (I don't know their political affiliation) are two working dads who make up the growing Fairwood Education Task force (I have attended two meetings and reside in Fairwood). They have worked tirelessly to ensure that the children and families of Fairwood get the school they deserve (it was included in the planning and budget). A delay in the school's opening has far reaching implications that border on disastrous for many Fairwood Families. Senator Obama espouses hope, however, when sixty percent of our taxes goes towards education I'm done hoping I want action.
-- Katina Rojas Joy
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