William, Washington

Dear America,

Greed is where our country’s path has gone as far as our government goes. our elected officials have put money ahead of peoples lives. Our officials are primarily millionaires if not billionaires. and the less fortunate people suffer, because their don’t want to cut into their pockets by doing the right things and helping the less fortunate. Most of us worked 40 to 50 years or more and paid into social security to get a retirement that would possibly help them make it through their retirement, struggling some. However our government put to use our money and then told us we don’t have money to fund social security and medicare. Instead of helping make it better, they keep cutting it every year, so now people who put money into this program gets less and less money (nowhere near keeping up with inflation costs). So most of our seniors are below poverty levels and now you want to cut that money even more. You politicians have taken our rights to a fair retirement to what give more money to the rich and big business in tax breaks. Shame on you as a whole. As you seem to believe in the out of sight, out of mind concepts, because it doesn’t affect you. I’m more fortunate then most, but it sickens me how our government doesn’t govern most of American people, but just the top 5% of our super rich people seem to enjoy the fruits of retirement.

Sincerely,

William, Washington

Gina, Washington

Gina Owens

“It feels like I’m more a part of the system. People like me can contribute in ways that we never have before. We can participate in ways that Big Money always has.”

Gina Owens, a longtime voter and low-income resident, contributed to a political campaign for the first time using Seattle’s innovative democracy voucher program.

Participating in a more inclusive local democracy
Gina Owens is a born-and-raised Seattleite, public housing resident, activist, volunteer, grandmother, and committed voter. She is raising her grandchildren after her only daughter passed away from health complications. The decisions of those in office greatly impact her life, and while she is engaged in her community and advocates for policy changes that work for everyday people like herself, her income has always created a barrier for her to contribute to the candidates she supported. That is, until Seattle created its innovative democracy voucher program.

Using her democracy vouchers, Gina contributed to a political campaign for the first time. She said, “It feels like I more a part of the system. People like me can contribute in ways that we never have before. We can participate in ways that Big Money always has.”

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