I grew up in Massillon/Canton, Ohio, a town with one other black family. My parents and relatives worked in the factories of America’s heartland and were active members in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the NAACP, the Urban League, and more. As a child and teenager, I went to summer school, was active in sports going to state finals in indoor track. As a child, my parents took me on many vacations to see and enjoy different parts of my America! So as a young woman, I traveled throughout my great country and immersed myself in job training and cultural classes at the YMCA.
I truly lived the American Dream.
For thirty years, I worked as a professional accountant. I started from the bottom and worked my way to the top in every accounting industry. All my life, my parents had instilled in me the value of hard work, and the rewards of independence. I wanted to use the knowledge and expertise I had to help people, not hurt people.
While I was going to school at Campbell University in North Carolina, and working in the corporate world, I lost a child. I had severe complications after the stillborn childbirth. Doctors couldn't remove my placenta as it had grown attached to me.
Hoping to never experience that heartache again, I did what many women do, I sought out effective birth control. A few years later I had the Mirena IUD removed, at cost, at a Planned Parenthood center, and that is when my nightmare began. My blood pressure fluctuated wildly, I got infections regularly. I had to find out what was going on, and came to discover that a piece of the device had broken off and become lodged in my organs. It began attacking my lymph nodes and forced me in and out of hospitals and multiple surgeries, none that seemed to make any progress. I developed severe cases of disease and cancer. I nearly died and if it weren’t for the grace of God and the love of my two sons, I wouldn’t have made it.
That series of surgeries and treatments left me bankrupt and soon, homeless. While I was in-and-out of hospitals, I was evicted and the storage company sold all of my possessions: my kids' seven years of Pop Warner football trophies, family heirlooms. I lost everything I had worked thirty years to gain. I was stripped of my very essence.
I came to California with nothing. I sought out help from homeless services and was sent to South Central Los Angeles, but they couldn’t do anything for me when I arrived. I was left outside in a very dangerous area with nowhere to go. After fighting and staying in awful county-funded hotels, eventually I was granted temporary housing assistance and shuffled off to a little home in Watts. My father always said there’s three things you need in life - street sense, book sense, and common sense. I had to use all three of them to survive there, and get out of there, and somehow find the strength to come back and help. I grew to know many in the community.
I have a special place in my heart for my community. African-Americans have been left behind by our so-called leadership: 45 percent of African-American children under the age of 6 live in poverty; 58 percent of young African-Americans are unemployed. The Democratic leadership wants us to give us their vote but what are they offering in return?
I am running on a detailed plan to restore urban communities across America. I know what our people need and I will work for the people, not the corrupt establishment!
I’m the daughter of Vietnam veteran. I'm a 30-year corporate and government professional laid off due to disease and cancer caused by a single harmful product . I have seen what has happened to our country, to our way of life, changes we didn’t ask for, and we never wanted. I was even denied my own temporary Social Security assistance after working for thirty years!
I've had enough! I know that isn’t the way America is supposed to be. This isn’t the American way. And if it’s their way, if it’s Maxine Waters’ way, then it’s up to us to hold her accountable and elect someone that will put AMERICANS FIRST and foremost. And together, we will bring back the American way so that it’s here to stay!