Veronica Aveis, a member of LaunchProgress PAC’s Candidate Advisory Board, wrote in Feministing about the 114th Congress's aggressive attacks on women's freedom:
On the first day of the new Congress, two Republicans introduced a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. In the following 36 hours, we saw four more pieces of legislative restrictions introduced. Between 2011 and 2014, 231 bills were passed restricting access to abortion — more than in the entire previous decade.
As America becomes increasingly diverse, our political leadership should reflect that diversity. We, the millennial generation, are the most diverse in our history. Nearly 40 percent are people of color, and we make up 30 percent of the LGBTQ population.
No matter how uphill this battle looks, young progressives can make an impact by helping elect candidates who look like them, and understand these battles because they live them every day. That’s why I support young progressive candidates who see inequity in our communities and won’t “wait their turn” to raise their voices and bring change to America.