This election has been challenging for all of us, but it’s also served as a testament to our strength and our resilience.

We all realize the stakes in this election — especially with the likes of Donald Trump at the top of the ticket on the other side. I know you hear it every four years, but this truly may be the most important election of our lifetime — one in which we will decide who we are as a nation.

Are we going to be a country that rewards work, rather than wealth? Are we going to open up economic opportunity for all Americans, instead of just those at the top? Are we going to take on the challenge of making college more affordable so our young people are not burdened with crippling debt? …

Guest post by Rep. Luis Gutierrez

I want my U.S. Senators in Illinois to be consistent allies for immigrants and fighters for immigration reform. I want them to be in touch with the concerns of the Latino community and the city of Chicago. I don’t want them to oppose immigrant rights on principle and occasionally flip-flop when it’s politically convenient. And I sure don’t want them to frequently embarrass the state of Illinois by making Trump-like offensive comments, especially about immigrants and Latinos. That’s why I’m voting for Democrat Tammy Duckworth for U.S. …

While the airwaves have been saturated with “salutes to Veterans” over the past week, it’s been a positive trend to see Americans of all different backgrounds honored for their contributions and sacrifices to our nation. I appreciate these portrayals breaking through in larger numbers in our popular culture because it’s important that we recognize no single group or ethnicity is solely responsible for the America we know today. Even before the Declaration of Independence, patriots of every race, creed, and color played important roles in building and safeguarding the United States of America.

The first casualty in our fight for independence was a black man named Crispus Attucks. During the Revolutionary War, freed slaves fought shoulder-to-shoulder with their white neighbors in integrated militias. Later, even though they weren’t allowed in regular Army units, African Americans in militias served in roughly equal numbers to their white counterparts — alongside many Native Americans — as Andrew Jackson stopped the British from seizing New Orleans during the War of 1812. And in the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts became the first official African American unit in the U.S. military. Many of the infantry regiment’s men paid what President Lincoln later called “the last full measure of devotion,” and one of its Sergeants, William Harvey Carney, was the first African American ever awarded a Medal of Honor. Without them, we might still say “the United States are” rather than “the United States is.” …


Tammy Duckworth

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is running to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate. Learn more at

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