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Jane Addams Senior Caucus

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NEAR NORTH SIDE

In my retirement I found a community of like minded and activated peers through Jane Addams Senior Caucus. As a senior citizen, seeing budget cuts to critical social services and programs like 'Meals on Wheels' compelled me to take action and to make a difference.

"Through Moral Mondays, we have been able to elevate stories of vulnerable communities impacted by the state budget cuts, stories of seniors like me who depend on vital social services like home care workers and transportation."

In response to the Illinois budget impasse, JASC organized Moral Mondays Illinois, large scale demonstrations that aim to change the narrative from fiscal austerity and budget cuts to corporations and the top 1% paying their fair share. Through Moral Mondays, we have been able to elevate stories of vulnerable communities impacted by the state budget cuts, stories of seniors like me who depend on vital social services like home care workers and transportation.

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In this current political climate, I find hope in seeing everyday people being activated and mobilizing for demonstrations like the Women’s March on Chicago and Resist Trump Tuesdays. As a leader of JASC’s economic justice and healthcare committees, I look forward to advocating for legislation that will close corporate tax loopholes and to invest that money in our communities. I will continue to advocate with and on behalf of vulnerable communities.