My name is Jessie Doyle, I am 25 years old, queer, and disabled. I am asking you to vote for me and my husband, Patrick Doyle, as delegates for Bernie Sanders in North Alabama (CD-05).
I used to look at voting as a choice between the lesser of two evils. In 2015, after hearing about Senator Sanders’ candidacy for president, I did my research. I was astounded by Bernie’s lifelong history of standing up for the people. He has supported women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and veterans throughout his entire career. I can say with confidence that Bernie Sanders is a public servant and statesman who genuinely cares about people and their well-being.
A major issue that I am passionate about is healthcare. Bernie raises an excellent question — why is the U.S. the only developed nation that does not guarantee healthcare as a human right? I struggle with several chronic illnesses stemming from a genetic condition known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It impairs my ability to work, go to school, participate in social activities, and even walk on a bad day. EDS has left me without a completed college degree (despite $19,000 in student loan debt), with no career path, and with several medical bills. Bernie’s Medicare for All plan would dramatically alleviate the financial burden associated with my lifelong condition.
I have been denied disability benefits multiple times due to a system that is ill-equipped to address rare and under-diagnosed disorders. My chronic conditions have left me without a source of income, and finding an accommodating job is wearisome. I mark the checkbox at the bottom of the application saying, “yes I have a disability”, knowing it will likely fast track my resumé to the trash. I’ve been waiting for a call back for nearly two years. Bernie’s platform guarantees jobs that pay living wages to all persons with disabilities who want to work. He promises to work to ensure no person with a disability experiences discrimination or barriers to living a full and productive life.
In preparation for the 2016 election, my husband and I canvassed neighborhoods, collected signatures for the ballot access petition, distributed fliers, and hosted weekly phone banks. We “Chalked the Block” downtown, registered voters, and marched in parades. Patrick ran as a delegate in 2016 and won. This election, we go as a team. I’m running to represent what Alabama really looks like. This time Bernie will get the nomination, and I want to be there to make it happen.
If you dream of a leader who will secure healthcare as a human right; someone who will restore the people’s voice to our democracy, then vote for Bernie Sanders. If you want to see young, disabled, queer representation at the Democratic National Convention, then please vote for me, Jessie Doyle, and my husband, Patrick Doyle, to be your delegates for CD-05. #DoylesforDelegates
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