Angela is Raising Our Future

Angela Bray is a founding member of Raising Our Future

I am lucky enough to have been brought up in a Liberal household, despite the fact that everyone outside my immediate family are all conservatives (some leaning towards this new alt-right movement) and despite the fact that I live in the very red state of Kentucky.

My Grandaddy was a staunch Democrat and taught me a lot about politics, and a lot about cussing about politics. He would have a few choice words about what is happening in our nation right now and I would love to be able to talk to him.

We all know what happened in November. I was on Facebook, in my favorite political group’s Election Night Live Party thread(s). Excitement turned to concern which turned to shock, which turned to tears and disbelief.

Those that know me and are/were friends with me on Facebook know that I have not taken this election lightly. Even family members have unfollowed me. Nevertheless… I persist. Not just for myself, but for my children. As any parent would, I constantly worry about their education, about how we’re raising them to be accepting, inclusive, non-judgemental, loving little humans. But during this period in our nation’s new future, I worry even more. This is why I am a part of ROFPAC.

My eldest son is considered special needs. He has multiple teachers throughout his school day, including special ed. We’re lucky enough to be apart of an amazing public school in our county. A privilege that not all can have. Our state just recently passed charter school legislation. While I know there are a few good charters, the evidence of the negative impact of these schools makes me worry about the future of our public schools. Money that should be going towards public schools to make them better, will be given to charter schools, most that have no accountability and that may not have to adhere to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). We, as the parent of a child with educational disabilities, need a voice and a say in our child’s future. That is why I am a part of ROFPAC.

My youngest will be starting preschool within the next couple years. If we can afford it. If we make the right amount of money to qualify financially to get her in, or if she ends up having a qualifying disability. There are too many variables and hoops to jump through to be able to get your child into preschool. There are numerous studies that show the benefits of early childhood education. I want all children to have access to a great education from the very beginning. That is why I am a part of ROFPAC.

There are many other reasons I chose to get involved with ROFPAC. It was not enough to post my outrage on social media. It was not enough to turn the news off and ignore what is going on because it is difficult to handle. We have to be active. We have to persist. We have to fight. This is why I am a part of ROFPAC.

For those who have disagreed with me and my views in the past and in the future, for those who may never even read these words, I fight for you too. I will stand up for and fight for Liberals, Conservatives, Libertarians, Independents. I will fight for what I believe is right and good in this world. And I am doing it together with the amazing people behind Raising Our Future PAC.