Andrea Waner is a founding member of Raising Our Future
I wish I had something profound to say. Something that levitated your hearts and accurately (and inspirationally!) articulated why I got involved with Raising Our Future PAC. But – I don’t. I got involved because it matters and it was the right thing to do.
I’m the mother of a 20 month old hellion named Henry. He is the stars in my sky, the dirt under my nails, and the fire in my heart. Everything I do, I do it with him in mind.
On the morning of November 8, 2016, I put on my pantsuit, dressed Henry in a librarian chic cardigan, and waited in line at our polling place for over half an hour in the rain just so we could vote for the first, major party, female presidential nominee. I watched so many mothers with their children in line, smiling and explaining why this mattered so much. The hope was palpable.
Later that evening, I watched the numbers from Michigan and Florida come in and took a deep breath. The hope from earlier had dissipated into the ether. I held my child and cried. As a parent, your biggest hope is that you can keep your child safe and present them a world in which they can inherit and thrive. And for the first of what I’m sure will be many instances, I was at a loss for what to do next to ensure Henry would have a shot at a great future.
When the opportunity came to be part of the foundational group in forming ROFPAC, I jumped at the idea. It was my shot to not only do more than shout into an echo chamber through Facebook advocacy, but to truly begin to live this notion that democracy is not a spectator sport – and to do it with my son’s future in mind. I am showing Henry that his future is worth fighting for. And that yours is, too.