This is where we have to start

Twenty years ago, a 35-year-old Barack Obama began his first term in the Illinois state Senate.

Winning that first election, to a local state legislative seat representing his South Side neighborhood in Chicago, would change the world — long before the White House was even a possibility.

The world changed for millions of working people when state Senator Obama helped establish an Earned Income Tax Credit for working families. It changed for thousands of kids when he expanded children’s health care. And it changed yet again when his bill passed taking critical first steps toward criminal justice reform.

When he spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention — still as a state Senator — he spoke about the “audacity of hope,” and said:

“I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”

These are the kind of leaders DLCC is working to elect in legislatures across the country, including in your neighborhood in your state.

If America is going to survive the Trump catastrophe and get back to electing real leaders like President Obama, that’s where we have to start.

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