Why Get Involve in Politics

Why get into politics and why such a visible role the first time out –
– Because we have waited long enough to have a voice and to have visibility.
– Because after more than 40 years of being in America, the Lao Americans have been kept away from the table. A former refugee must be allowed a voice for the new refugees coming into our great state.
– Because a prideful gay man has to stay invisible in order to hold office. Gay youth that are thrown out of their homes for being born or bullied at school must know that it gets better in the future.
– Because we ignore issues faced by the homeless while talking about income inequality. We must bring homeless advocates to the table to implement a comprehensive strategy to address social behavioral needs, training, housing, opportunities and options.
– Because everyday hardworking families cannot afford housing. It should be a right to have a roof over your head if you have a full-time job.
– Because good paying jobs and higher education and vocational training should be in the same conversation. A partnership between the private and the educational/vocational sector is imperative to ensure well trained workers are prepared to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce.
– Because we need a working class voice at the table. We need a thoughtful perspective from someone who could be living right in our neighborhood who sees the everyday struggles of the average family.

Gavin Newsom for Governor of California Endorsement

This past weekend, I was honored to lend my support to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom as I marched in his San Francisco Gay Pride contingency and in his bid for California Governor. As a San Francisco resident I remember when then Mayor Newsom was an early advocate for gay marriage and ordered the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples back in 2004.

In my early years as an advocate in workforce development between 2004-2006 I worked with his office in his support of the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program and the Youth Employment Coalition.

Subsequently, as an advocate for affordable housing and first time home ownership between 2006 – 2010 I was able to work with Mayor Newsom’s office to provide education and opportunity to the residents of San Francisco.

Gavin Newsom’s initiatives along with many positive reforms he has worked on made possible opportunities for the many families and children in San Francisco. He has continued to work on important issues and shedding light on other challenges as Lieutenant Governor. He deserves our support to become Governor of California in 2018.