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Making the Fight Against Cancer a National Priority

As the country continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important lawmakers and the public remember research into other diseases must also continue. That’s why I recently took part in a virtual event where I met with a representative from Rep. Dan Bishop’s office as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

During this meeting, I made it clear that the people of North Carolina are counting on our lawmakers to increase funding for cancer research and prevention. That with more than 600,000 Americans expected to die from cancer this year, now is not the time to take a break. We are at a point where advancements in research are saving more lives than ever, and it’s critical that we keep this momentum going forward. Now is not the time to turn back the clock on progress made. Now is the time to invest in life-saving cancer research.

By increasing medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health by $3 billion, we can continue to make progress in the fight against cancer.

— Victoria Crocker

Victoria Crocker is a volunteer and advocate for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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Queer the Vote: Our Lives Depend on It

With over 30,000 absentee ballots already cast, the 2020 election is happening right now. Despite the pandemic. Despite police brutality. Despite attempts to disrupt the postal service. Despite the countless ways a system steeped in White Supremacy and White Nationalism has tried to adjust to the changing tides, this election is happening, and we have the power to change the future.

Millions of people have protested and continue the hard work of advocacy and education to achieve the lasting change that our communities need. Systems of oppression will take more than the ballot box to break, but they can be a start. They can bring about change.

We need elected officials who will uplift the silenced voices and be co-conspirators as we work to transform to our broken institutions.

From healthcare to housing to employment, we know who still remains most disadvantaged, disrespected, and ignored — Trans People of Color. Subjected to higher rates of violence and outright murder, we must do more than pass a hate crime bill. We must do more than pass a nondiscrimination ordinance. We must do more than paper over the economic injustice that has produced generations of wealth for some, while, by design, leaving Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) locked out of the so-called “American Dream.” The economic reforms we need will not only have to address a living wage, affordable healthcare and accessible housing — they will need to repair the wrongs of the past.

— Cameron Pruette

Cameron Pruette is president of the LGBTQ Democrats of Mecklenburg County.