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LeBron James: Why I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton

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LeBron James endorses Hillary Clinton for president. “We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls, and vote for Hillary Clinton,” the NBA star writes. LeBron James Family Foundation

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. Below is the op-ed he has written about his decision, which he has exclusively provided to Business Insider. The op-ed will also be published in the print edition of the Akron Beacon Journal on Monday.

Two years ago, I told you I was coming home to Northeast Ohio — where I was born and raised. When I came back, I had two missions.

In June, thanks to my teammates and all your support, I accomplished my on-the-court mission. We came back from being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals to finally grab what we’ve waited 52 long years for: a championship in Northeast Ohio.

Holding that trophy was beyond words. It still hasn’t hit me. But for me, coming home was never just about basketball.

As a kid, I didn’t have much money. It was just my mom and me, and things were rough at times. But I had basketball. That gave me a family, a community, and an education. That’s more than a lot of children in Akron can say. There are a lot of people who want to tell kids who grew up like me and looked like me that they just don’t have anything to look forward to.

That’s dead wrong. And that’s why I came back to Cleveland to continue my second mission. I am determined to make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves. Opportunities, a support system, and a safety net for kids in poverty or kids in single-parent households shouldn’t be limited to those lucky enough to be blessed with athletic talent.

When I entered the league, I founded the LeBron James Family Foundation. I didn’t know it at the time, but my mission has become clear. We give kids in Akron the resources and opportunities they need to stay in school and reach their dreams through education.

I don’t want to see any of them fall through the cracks. That easily could have happened to me.

But I was fortunate enough to have support and mentors around me who kept me on the right path. That’s what we’re giving these kids through my foundation. And when someone believes in you, that changes everything.

I’m so proud of the more than 1,100 students in my Wheels for Education and Akron I PROMISE Network programs. We’re working on year six now, and my kids have big plans for their futures.

A lot of them didn’t think college was for them, but now I hear they want to become things like doctors and business owners. We even have a future astrophysicist. I can’t wait to see how far these kids can go.

I also tell all my kids how important it is that they give back to the community. Because if basketball has taught me anything, it’s that no one achieves greatness alone. And it takes everyone working together to create real change.

When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.

That candidate is Hillary Clinton.

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. Alex Wong/Getty Images

I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.

Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more.

She wants to make sure kids have access to a good education, no matter what zip code they live in. She’ll rebuild schools that are falling apart and put more money into computer science. She’ll make sure teachers are paid what they deserve so they can give everything to their students.

She also has plans to make college a reality for more people in America, especially for those who can’t afford it. My kids in Akron are proof of the hope and motivation that come from knowing college can be in their future, no matter what obstacles they might be facing.

Finally, we must address the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs. I believe rebuilding our communities by focusing on at-risk children is a significant part of the solution. However, I am not a politician, I don’t know everything it will take finally to end the violence. But I do know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified. Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution. We must all stand together — no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.

There’s still a lot of work to be done in Akron, Northeast Ohio, and all across our great country. We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls, and vote for Hillary Clinton.

This is an editorial. The opinions and conclusions expressed above are those of the author.

 

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01 Oct
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Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

Join fellow Democrats to watch the Vice Presidential Debate on Tuesday, October 4, at 6 p.m. at the Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St., across from Office Depot in downtown Fresno).  We will also have a potluck dinner for the debate viewing, so please bring an item to share. Call 559-495-0606 or e-mail fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com for more information.

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01 Oct
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30 Sep
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BobDerlet

Retirement Security

Dear Supporter,

Some day, we will all reach a point in life when we no longer work and rely on a fixed retirement income. Will we have enough money to pay for the ever-increasing cost of living that we will still face?

I can tell you as a physician that, as we get older, we will need more medical care. We are lucky to have Medicare to help us with much of that cost. Traditional Medicare allows you to choose you own doctor and the hospital you like. Medicare is the best bang for the buck for most retirees. If this is changed to a mandatory voucher system, seniors will have less choice and will be paying more out of our pocket. Tom McClintock has voted for the mandatory voucher system.

Many of us will rely on Social Security to pay for the costs of living; housing, groceries, utilities, and transportation. At a time when we should talk about increasing benefits, Tom McClintock, and Donald Trump, talk about handing over your money to Wall Street. The Wall Street sharks and hedge fund managers can’t wait to get their hands on your money, to take a big cut for them, and then gamble with your life savings!

And how secure will your life savings be in the Bank? If your bank cheats you out of your money, you can turn to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. They have helped millions of Americans, and have forced companies to return over $11 billion from illegal practices. Tom McClintock voted against the Law that created the CFPB. No doubt he will follow Trump’s call to repeal the CFPB.

In Congress, I will fight to preserve and increase Social Security, keep traditional choice Medicare, and keep and strengthen the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

DONATE AND VOTE FOR Dr. DERLET

Thank you,

Bob

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29 Sep
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Reception for Kamala Harris

 

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