Dylan Burd with his spouse, and sister-in-law at the march for a Clean DreamAct put on by KS/MO DREAM Alliance, Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR).
We joined SEIU Local 1 and Missouri Jobs with Justice at the Snake Saturday parade and Irish celebration to collect signatures for raising Missouri’s minimum wage and to get big money out of our political system.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. I believe we must stand for justice now more than ever. It’s clear that our political system is broken. When politicians only work for the corporations and the wealthy, only the people – together – can solve those injustices and make a system that works for all.
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon. As a first-generation college graduate and a child from a single-parent home, I know the value of hard work. Through my studies and through my career in teaching, I’ve spent my fair share of time with students who didn’t believe in themselves until someone worked hard to help them get there. I think everyone who works hard should have opportunity and an honest living, and that’s why I stand for good wages and quality education.
As a gay man married to a DACA recipient, along with being a teacher in our district where most students are people of color, running for office feels like the best way to work for my community. I believe it is our duty to stand up for our neighbors, and that’s the best way we can be Americans.