Sales & Marketing Exec. Digital Organizer & Fundraiser. Oregonian.
I've spent the last 12 years growing revenue for organizations and an unfortunate trend kept emerging. The largest shares of revenue generated were absorbed by the executive suite. When I studied business at University and up until about 2016, I had believed business was a meritocracy. My lived experience put a hole right through that myth. So, I turned my digital prowess towards emerging grassroots groups to connect & mobilize fellow democracy-loving Americans which gave me enormous hope for the future.
If we continue to mobilize younger Americans to use our voices & apply the political power we possess as the largest voting block in the United States, we all have a bright future to look forward to.
I believe we can change American's trajectory to a just & equitable future where the prosperity created goes to the people who created it and every person has the resources to achieve their fullest potential.
Truth is, the productivity of the American people generates more than enough wealth to fund anti-poverty programs and should be putting more money in everyone's pocket. Wages were uncoupled from productivity in the 70's and the misinformation around unionization and collective bargaining in the private sector have set in. America has been lax on anti-trust laws so corporations have swung the business playing field to "pro-business" which has become pro-corporation at the expense of everyone else. What I believe in is pro-market; where fair competition forces us to compete to become better and gives everyone the same playing field. Free trade theory in the context of globalization also included basic social protections (Universal healthcare, free quality pre-K & childcare in your neighborhood, K-12 and vocational training, and paid family & medical leave) to weather the job losses which occur naturally during technology transitions. Our current politicians who believe in "free markets" don't mention the social protections part of the theory was left out of the implementation.
Hand in hand, we can get every American off the sidelines and into meaningful, financially rewarding work - to be able to realize their fullest potential. To do this, we must face the uncomfortable truth that American's founding story is one of colonialism and oppression, which has been modernized through gerrymandering, school-to-prison pipeline, and slavery. We're on a dangerous slope of dehumanization through language and we must bring empathy and decency back into our discourse.
All life has value from birth to the grave. We all agree on that. It's time we implemented policies that reflect our values.
© 2018 Katie M. Wilson