As residents of a democratic republic, we self-govern and participate in ways other than merely through the ballot box. Participation in our market economy is required to safeguard the freedoms and liberties of a just democracy. Consequnelty, I am sharing a comment I submitted today to the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding investments of a type with which we are all familiar.

April 26, 2020

Sent Via Email to:rule-comments@sec.gov

Vanessa A. Countryman

Office of the Secretary

Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F Street NE

Washington, DC 20549–1090

Re: File No. S7–04–20

Dear Secretary,

I write with interest in Securities and…


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I am an attorney of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, originating in…

Lori Nuckolls

Public Policy Researcher. Graduate of a public Latin college prep school, Wellesley College and Harvard Law School. African American woman. American Mensa.

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