I’m writing to introduce you to Marleine Bastien, who is running for the U.S. House District 17 seat Kendrick Meek is giving up to run for Senate. Though the district is mostly in Miami-Dade, it extends into southern Broward cities such as Hollywood and Hallandale.
I am in this race as a web consultant to the campaign and am just getting to know Marleine, but for years she has been a leader of the Haitian-American community and as a progressive activist. I attended a campaign organizing meeting last week and came away very impressed by the passion of her supporters and how much they believe in her candidacy, even knowing that this is going to be a tough and very competitive race. Her friend Jack Lieberman praised her as someone who has always been there for her community at critical times when her competitors were not.
As I say, she has some very passionate supporters, but she will also need to mobilize voters at the grassroots level to compete against better financed rivals. And of course it would also help if some money would flow her way, even if in the form of small donations.
For the record, BlueBroward.org as an institution does not take sides in primary contests between Democrats, and Marleine’s competitors and their supporters are welcome to post entries on this blog, events to the calendar, and so on. This website is as much of an equal opportunity tool for Democrats as I know how to make it.
Still, I’m excited to be part of this campaign. The message below is from an appeal to supporters that went out this week.
From the Desk of Marleine Bastien
My Dear Friends:
After spending the last 28 years organizing and championing issues related to affordable housing, education, employment, women’s rights, and health access, and immigration, I decided to run for U.S. Congress, District 17. Throughout the years, I’ve successfully combined strong advocacy and services to serve families and give them a voice. I developed a team of workers and provided quality services to thousands of families in the district.
Now, I’m ready to continue my services on your behalf in a much larger scale. My life has been one of service. My parents taught me to care for others and give back. I’ve been deeply engaged in the district. I know the challenges facing our constituents today.
I know that you are tired with more of the same. You need fresh ideas, new vision, and new leadership. I’m ready for the challenge.
I want to make sure that government works for you and not for the rich corporations. You deserve to have stable, gainful employment to take care of your family, send your children to college and save for your golden retirement years. Your children deserve the best education so that they can look at the future with hopeful eyes and trusted hearts and not with the dread of a bankrupt, debt ridden, and fearful nation.
I’m entering the race to change the way business is done in Washington. My priorities are to:
* Look for ways to cut government waste that bails out those who wronged us
* End wars with countries that do not threaten us
* Develop training, create new green jobs, foster economic development
* Spearhead the passage of healthcare reform
* Invest in small businesses, quality education and affordable housing
* Create comprehensive immigration reform, including passage of the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) and Temporary Protected Status for Haitians
* Stomp the foreclosure debacle once and for all to help save your American dream
I will put you and your family first, always.
I understand that these are difficult times economically, socially, and politically. However, we need to look to the future and invest now so that our communities will become better later. Please consider making a personal contribution of a minimum of $20 and a maximum of $2400 to support my campaign.
Go to www.votebastien.com to make your donation today or mail your personal check to: P.O. Box 381255 Miami, Florida 33238. Organize a group of friends and encourage them to do the same and so forth. Please call (305)785-3814 to volunteer or organize for “Bastien For Congress”.
Please contribute to Marlene Bastien for Congress. We need your help in being able to spread our message to voters throughout the 17th Congressional District.
Contributions or gifts to Bastien for Congress are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. Federal election law requires political committees to use best efforts to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 during an election cycle. An individual may not contribute more than a total of $2400 per election to the committee. Federal law prohibits contributions to the committee from the general treasury funds of a corporation, labor organizations or national banks (including corporate or other business entity credit cards), from any person contributing another’s funds, from a Federal government contractor, or from a foreign national who lacks permanent resident status.