Debbie Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to gun violence, and now she’s fighting for a better America

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to gun violence, and now she's fighting for a better America

Marie Lodi/HelloGiggles – Facebook/Debbie Murcasel-Powell The November 2018 election is coming up, and more women than ever are running for Congress. In our She’s Running series, HelloGiggles is highlighting some of the young, progressive women candidates who are reshaping the face of politics just by campaigning—and could have a hand in reshaping our future. Still need to register to vote? Do it here . Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, born in Ecuador, immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with her mother and three sisters seeking the “American Dream.” Now, she’s in the running for a seat in Congress. At the top of her list? Tackling gun violence , immigration reform , climate change , affordable health care , supporting women’s rights and representation in politics, and ensuring all working families have the opportunity to get ahead in the U.S. Before the highs, though, she went through her fair share of lows. At age 24, Mucarsel-Powell lost her father to gun violence, so that issue hits close to home. “He never walked me down the aisle. My children never met their grandfather. My sisters and I never had the chance to say goodbye,” Mucarsel-Powell recounted in an advertisement that ran during the nationwide March for Our Lives demonstrations earlier this year in March. “In Congress,” she added during the advertisement, “I won’t rest until there’s real change that keeps our families, our neighborhoods, and our schools safe. I owe that to everyone who has lost someone to gun violence.” In addition to […]

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