Joaquín Vázquez, a son of undocumented working-class immigrant parents, was born and raised in San Diego, CA. As a first generation Mexican American, he was the first in his family to graduate high school, as well as the first and only member of his family to attend and graduate college. Joaquín is running for U.S. House of Representatives to represent the people of California's 53rd Congressional District in 2020.
He is the only candidate who was born and raised in the community, who truly understands the needs and issues directly affecting residents over the last three decades. Being rooted in the District, he has experienced first-hand the struggles and challenges that families and community members face.
Joaquín speaks truth to power, stands up to the powerful special interests, puts people over profits, and takes no corporate or corporate PAC money. CD-53 residents will finally have the real progressive representation they deserve and desperately need in Washington, DC.
Combining his professional and life experience, Joaquín will bring much needed change and socioeconomic justice to the District. He will turn the ship around, lift up everyone who has been left behind, and fight for economic, environmental, racial and criminal justice while Putting People First!
CA-53 Congressional District Now:
Economically, the District's families are swimming against the waves, and nothing has changed for the better in the last two decades. While the cost of living is rising, real wages remain stagnant. An out of control housing crisis, with high rents and low availability of affordable homes, the middle and low-income communities are getting crammed up, with multiple families having to make the tough decisions of paying for food or rent, resulting in families sharing already small apartments and houses with other relatives or friends. The K-12 public education system, where funding is determined by zip codes, prioritizes the more affluent communities. Costs of public colleges and universities are skyrocketing, and graduates are being left buried in student loan debt. Immigrants continue to be unfairly deported, and families continue to be separated it happened to Joaquín's two decades ago. On top of that, children are now being targeted, sent to detention centers, thrown into cages, where they are physically, mentally, and sexually abused, in inhumane conditions, deprived of food and medical services then left to die. The current political climate, perpetuated by Donald Trump since his presidential candidacy announcement, has divided our communities, pitting people against each other through a politics of fear and hate.
The most vulnerable communities have always gotten the short end of the stick, and the District's current Congressional representative is knee-deep in corporate money, addressing special interest concerns first instead of the people’s.
COMMITTED TO PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST!
Joaquín is standing up for the disadvantaged and underrepresented communities that are home to our families, friends and loved ones. He is using the strong work ethic he developed from a very young age to fight inequality, powerful interest groups in Washington, and get money out of politics, while taking no contributions from corporations or corporate PACs.
As someone from the community who has lived through the struggles and challenges, has been affected by every tragedy caused by ineffective and unfair policies, and who has endured and achieved so much even when told it was not possible, Joaquín is the person best prepared to fight for everyone so that we can ALL make it.
Your support and donations are essential to this grassroots movement for the community to build a better future. Everyone deserves to thrive. Standing by and while letting our future generations face the same challenges of today is no longer an option. With our movement, we are kicking special interests to the curb and Putting People First!
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