THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Browning’s Excellent Advice

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

The English poet Robert Browning once wrote: “Man’s reach should exceed
his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

Putting up signs in the hot sun, I often wonder what is the use of running
for office, especially in District 6, a predominantly Republican area. But
I do not despair for very long in finding my answer: it’s because I
believe in democracy, and if people don’t run for office,–even though the
odds are against them–we’re going to lose our democracy.

Participation is the key. Does a person have to win to make participation
meaningful? I don’t think so. It’s getting out there and being a player
that’s important, whether one wins or loses.

And by the way, I’m not ashamed of being a Democrat. You’ll notice on my
campaign signs–unlike those of my opponent in the Primary, Brian
Sinuk–the Democratic donkey is displayed proudly. I’m not trying to hide
who I am. I accept myself as a Democrat who believes in and supports
wholeheartedly Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act)and is happy to be in
the company of my president, Barack Obama, on that issue.

I know OBAMACARE is crucially important to many Americans–around
17,000,000–because without it my daughter–who has a pre-existing knee
condition–would not have quality health insurance.

And when I’m your congressman, I will be the same way. Up front with you
and not trying to hide my identity or my viewpoints as if I had done
something wrong.

I am a lifelong Democrat. Whereas Mr. Sinuk only became a Democrat just
before this election cycle began.

If you would like to support my campaign financially, please go to my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
Then via PayPal you may safely and securely make your contribution. Or if
you wish to send in a check, my campaign address is also listed.

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS if, as Browning advocates, we believe in dreams
which some–even ourselves–may not think are attainable. Yet it is just
such dreams that we must have if we are to achieve our full potential and
live up to what we can do. Some may think it is impossible for a Democrat
to win in District 6, but it is not. Yet I am not participating only
because I feel winning is the only way to be validated. I’m in this race
because I believe in the strength of American democracy and in my
principles as a Democrat which I declare openly for all to see.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Back to Nature for Normalcy

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Faced with the abnormal horror of recent terroristic events, how are
we–parents, adults, young people, the elderly, and children–supposed to
cope psychologically with these events? I submit one way is to connect
with the normalcy we find in Nature in our great country, America.

As a public high school English teacher, one poem I have taught to Juniors
is William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis.” The poem’s title is a Greek word
that means “viewpoint on Death.” The speaker of the poem tells someone
whose friend has just died that one way to achieve healing is to make
contact with Nature. “Go forth, under the open sky, and list/To Nature’s
teachings…” the speaker says. (lines 14-15)

No doubt we all have ways we can get in touch with Nature. Here in
Congressional District 6, if you live in Scottsdale, or even in Phoenix,
you may know of the natural pleasures of Chaparral Park in which Chaparral
Lake is located. Many times have I walked around the lake to relax and
unwind. It includes a spectacular view of Camelback Mountain as well as of
the ducks and birds on and around the lake. People fishing also can be
seen around the lake.

While not part of CD6, the beaches of San Diego are frequented by many
Arizonans, especially in the summer. For me it’s always great to sit on,
say, Coronado Beach, with the infinite sky–whether blue or
cloudly–before me and watch the sail and other types of boats move across
the water as I look to the horizon. This is a great part of America–our
seashores–and from this greatness of Nature in our own country we can
find some help in healing from the news we have taken in about horribly
unnatural things that have been going on in our country and around the
world lately.

Ralph Waldo Emerson described in his timeless essay “Nature” how he felt
standing in the woods: “Standing on the bare ground,–my head bathed by
the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space,–all mean egotism
vanishes.” That’s how I feel standing in the surf of the California
beaches watching the breakers come in.

Of course, beaches mean other things like Boogie boards, surf boards, sand
castles, volleyball, picnics, frisbee-throwing, and sun-bathers catching
the rays hopefully protected these days by sunscreen.

But in the context of some of the gruesome occurrences in our country and
around the world today, places of American Nature like Chaparral Park and
the nearby beaches of San Diego can, I believe, give us a real existential
strength to help us weather the shocks to our psyches that these events
can cause. That’s why we need to make sure that we protect and take care
of our parks and beaches and other natural places that we can go to to
relax and recharge.

When elected congressman for District 6, I will support adequate federal
funding for parks and marine recreation areas so that our citizens will be
able to enjoy the benefits that can be gained from contact with the
natural environment.

If you would like to contribute financially to my campaign, please go to
my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a Donation.”
You may use a credit or debit card, or, if you wish, I provide an address
to which you may send checks. The transactions on my website are handled
by PayPal, making them safe and secure. Contributions are greatly needed
and appreciated.

The Future Shall Be Ours if we recognize, amidst the traumatic events that
sometimes happen in our world today, that contact with Nature can help to
fortify our perspectives, renew our spirits, and give to our lives a
normalcy that increases our confidence in the present and the future.
America is great in so many ways, one of which is the land itself, the
mountains, lakes and seashores. Embracing Nature in our country can help
us heal from so many things. It is our land, and we need to love it for
what it has to offer in this way.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: My Proposal for Police Education and Training

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Although I know that it is not just the police but also other sectors of
our society that need education and training to help them to put their
best professional or civic foot forward, I focus in this posting on my
proposal for police education and training.

My proposal calls for a four-tiered program for interventionist training
to give police officers whatever training they need to conduct traffic
stops safely, facilitate peaceful protests by citizens, deescalate
confrontations with mentally ill persons, and redirect those distracted by
anger into activities that provide a constructive outlet to seek and
secure a solution to some real or perceived injustice.

My proposed training program would have four levels of achievement or
certification: Interventionist I, Interventionist II, Interventionist III,
and Master Interventionist.

For each level, the police officer would receive an incentive of a $2,000
increase to his or her annual salary, except for Master Interventionist
for which the officer would receive an increase in yearly salary of
$3,000.

These days a police officer needs also to be a social worker in addition
to being skilled in the use of firearms.

When elected your congressman, I will introduce a bill called APETA: The
American Police Education and Training Act. Federal dollars will fund the
program above so that police officers can obtain the training they need to
protect others, themselves and the community.

If you would like to support my campaign financially, you may go to my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
Follow the directions on the Donations Page to make your contribution.

By sponsoring a bill to create APETA, I will help to bring about a Future
that Shall Be Ours, in that it will promote public safety as it helps to
protect both the lives of police officers and citizens of whatever racial
group.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Our Rule of Law Must Prevail

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

In regard to the Orlando mass shooting, the views of Gabby Giffords and
Mark Kelly of AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS.ORG apply. Gabby
Giffords, of course, is the former congresswoman who was shot multiple
times several years ago in the shooting in Tucson. Mark Kelly is her
husband and the former astronaut. This is what they said:

“Congress must close loopholes in our laws that allows criminals and
domestic abusers
to get their hands on guns. Congress must act to ensure that the dangerously
mentally ill find it easier to access affordable treatment than a firearm.

“And while we are still learning all of the details about what happened,
there are
news reports that the Orlando shooter was tracked by the FBI. Late last year,
Congress failed to pass a law that would have closed the “terror gap” that
allows
people on an FBI watch list to legally purchase guns. That has to change,
as well.” (“Orlando mass shooting,” email sent out by Gabby Giffords and
Mark Kelly of the organization “Americans for Responsible Solutions.org”,
June 12, 2016.)

Secondly, I don’t think that Muslims should be singled out for
discrimination because of what happened in Orlando or other places. Yes,
Mr. Mateen was a Muslim, but was Timothy McVeigh or Adam Lanza? No, they
were not. That’s like saying that we should be afraid of all black men
because of what a few black men have done.

I agree with President Obama. ““Where does this stop?” Mr. Obama said of
Mr. Trump’s approach, noting that Mr. Trump had proposed a ban on
admitting Muslims into the United States, and that the Orlando assailant,
like perpetrators of previous domestic terrorist attacks in San
Bernardino, Calif., and Fort Hood, Tex., was an American citizen.

“Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we
going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to
start discriminating against them because of their faith?” “…Because
that’s not the America we want — it doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals.
It won’t make us more safe. It will make us less safe.” (“Obama Denounces
Donald Trump for His ‘Dangerous’ Mind-Set,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and
Matt Flegenheimer, NEW YORK TIMES, June 14, 2016.

If elected to Congress, I will advocate for reasonable background checks
and a one-week waiting period on gun purchases. I support the efforts of
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly of AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS.ORG.

Moreover, I will support the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
which guarantees religious freedom in our country. No particular religious
group should be singled out for discrimination.

If you would like to support my campaign financially, please go to my
website www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
If you would like to volunteer, please call our campaign number at
480-607-9726.

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS, if we adopt in Congress reasonable background
checks and a one-week waiting period on gun purchases; and if we do not
discriminate against any religious group because of the actions of only a
very few of its members. Our rule of law and our Constitution must
prevail.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Trump Has Witch-hunt Approach to Politics

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Referring to Donald Trump’s ad hominem attacks on federal Judge Gonzalo
Curiel’s Mexican heritage, Lindsey Graham, the renowned Republican U.S.
Senator from South Carolina, stated: “This is the most un-American thing
from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” … “If anybody was looking for an
off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the
love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.” (“Democrats Jump On Allies
of Donald Trump in Judge Dispute,” by Patrick Healy, Maggie Haberman, and
Jonathan Martin, NEW YORK TIMES, June 6, 2016.)

Judge Curiel, an American, was born in Indiana and graduated from Indiana
University’s law school.

Moreover, Senator Graham, “another former primary rival of Mr. Trump’s,
urged Republicans who have backed Mr. Trump to rescind their endorsements,
citing the remarks about Judge Curiel and Mr. Trump’s expression of doubt
on Sunday that a Muslim judge could remain neutral in the same lawsuit,
given Mr. Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim noncitizens entering the country.
(same source as above.)

As a public high school English teacher, I have taught Arthur Miller’s
celebrated play THE CRUCIBLE for many years. It is based on the Salem,
Massachusetts witch-hunt that occurred in 1692. In that play, people who
were different, or on the wrong side of the town’s authorities, were
accused of being witches. Nineteen of them were hanged before enough
townspeople publicly doubted the authority of the court headed by Judge
Danforth. 80 years later, the governor of Massachusetts apologized for
what had happened and said that a mistake had been made.

The genesis of Arthur Miller’s play was, of course, the Red Scare in the
early 1950’s in which Senator Joseph McCarthy, alluded to by Senator
Graham above, accused various people of being Communists, although it was
found that his accusations were baseless.

Now Donald Trump is saying that Judge Curiel can’t be objective because he
has a Mexican heritage, and that if a judge were Muslim, that judge
couldn’t be objective, either, merely because of their ethnicity. That’s
racist and should be condemned by all Americans who respect and believe in
the rule of law.

Says the NEW YORK TIMES editorial for today, June 7, 2016: “The gravity of
this matter has clearly eluded Donald Trump, who has cast aside the
Constitution and decades of jurisprudence by suggesting both ethnic and
religious litmus tests for federal judges. These pronouncements illustrate
that Mr. Trump holds the rule of law in contempt. (“The Judicial System
According to Donald Trump,” NEW YORK TIMES Editorial, June 7, 2016.)

Where do the Republican candidates for Congress in District 6–David
Schweikert and Russ Wittenberg–stand on this issue? Do they support
Donald Trump’s racist statements about Judge Curiel?

If you would like to support my campaign financially, please check out my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a Donation”
and, using your credit or debit card, support my Democratic candidacy. My
website uses safe and secure PayPal. Or, if you wish to send a check, mail
it to my campaign address listed on the same page. Be sure to include your
address, occupation and employer.

I need your help so that my campaign committee can purchase signs,
campaign business cards, flyers and stamps. As Martin Luther King, Jr.
once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you
doing for others?'” If you wish to volunteer, please call our campaign
number at 480-607-9726.

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS if we advocate, as I do now and shall do as your
congressman, for racial justice and the rule of law.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Onwards and Upwards!

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Yesterday I turned in my nomination petitions at the Secretary of State’s
office. I have 1937 signatures, which should qualify me for the ballot.

I had a very busy year as a public high school English teacher. I taught
mainly 11th grade English, but also was the instructor for one
ELL–English Language Learners–class teaching those students to write
academic English. They were freshmen and sophomores whose native language
is Spanish.

My duties as the Unit Chair at Carl Hayden High School for CTA–the
Classroom Teachers Association–kept me occupied as well. The relatively
new evaluation system resulting from the Legislature’s new rules a few
years ago keeps teachers quite anxious, I believe, about their status and
progress. Like probably all other areas of our society, there’s a lot of
stress in the educational workplace. As the head of the teachers’ union at
my school, I see the effects of that up close; we in the teachers
association seek to assist our members–and often those who are
not–resolve their labor issues and obtain fair and humane treatment.

Further, I completed a two-semester First Year Arabic course at Mesa
Community College, getting an A in both semesters. I’m going to take
Second Year Arabic starting in the Fall. It’s a fascinating language
germane to the contemporary world. 242 million people speak Arabic and, as
I like to say, I’m number 242,000,001.

I really appreciate the supporter who made the monthly recurring donation
several months back. That definitely is the “gift that keeps on giving,”
and it has helped to sustain my website of which this webmail is a part.
Senator DeConcini’s $1,000 contribution has been a boon, too, and one for
which I’m very thankful. Donations of any variety–humble or lofty–help
so much and are deeply appreciated.

For those who would like to donate financially to my campaign, please
check out my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make
a Donation.” You can donate using your credit or debit card. My website
uses safe and secure PayPal. Or, if you wish, you may send a check to my
campaign address listed on that same page. If you would like to volunteer,
please let me know. Our campaign phone number is 480-607-9726. Bolster my
Democratic candidacy with your effort and good will. Strive on behalf of
Truth, Justice and Reason and feel good about it.

Thank you for your support and, remember, the Future, if we work together,
shall be ours.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Shall Be Ours: Clinton Worthy of Our Respect and Vote

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

480-607-9726

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

Dear Friend,

Before I go further, I want to let you know that I no longer support
lowering the capital gains tax. I abandoned that position quite a while
ago. It doesn’t fit with my support of the Affordable Care Act, nor does
it do anything to render our economic system more fair to those who are
struggling to make ends meet.

That said, I can move on and say that I heartily endorse Hillary Clinton
for president. She’s a hard worker, conscientious and worldly in her
political experience. Indeed, as secretary of state under Barack Obama,
Clinton traveled 956,733 miles.(“Clinton Seeks State Dept. Legacy Beyond
That of Globetrotter” by Amy Chozick, New York Times, Nov. 26, 2013.)

But she accomplished much more than that.

“What about her 13 trips to Libya in 2011 to build the coalition that led
to the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi,” supporters ask. “Why is no one
talking about how she brokered a cease-fire in Gaza? Anyone remember that
she furthered economic sanctions on North Korea?” (Ibid.)

I moreover have faith in Mrs. Clinton’s judgment. She has been a force for
reason and considerate treatment of other nations. “President Obama’s
victory in 2008 and Mrs. Clinton’s frequent personal visits helped mend
tensions, and by mid-2009 favorable opinions of the United States in
Western Europe, Asia and Latin America were almost as high as before
President George W. Bush took office.” (Ibid.)

I would much rather that Clinton have the responsibility for nuclear
weapons than Donald Trump, whose drive to dominate and insult would not, I
believe, contribute to working relationships with other leaders to promote
peace.

If you’d like to donate to my congressional campaign, please visit my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
You may by means of PayPal make a safe and secure contribution. Or if you
wish to send in a check, the address is provided on that same page as
well. I deeply appreciate the contributions I have received so far,
especially the one that recurs monthly. More financial support is needed,
however, as we require campaign business cards, more signs, and website
maintenance.
I hope you will do your part and put yourself down for at least $20. So
far, I’m the only Democrat running in District 6. Show that you appreciate
this by lending a monetary hand to the mobilization of our Democratic
strength.

Thanks, and, with your support, the Future Shall Be Ours!

Democratically yours,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum A Great Time

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

I thoroughly enjoyed the BLUE TUESDAY LUNCHEON FORUM held this past
Tuesday at the Starfire Golf Club in North Scottsdale.

Joan Sheff, a long-time friend, had invited me after she had read my
recent campaign update, BLACK STUDENT SAFETY AND DIGNITY A TOP PRIORITY.
Joan and my mom, Alice Williamson, have known each other since the late
60’s. This is partially because my brother and one of her sons were close
friends when they went to Saguaro High School. In addition to that,
however, Joan and Mom have known each other through activities in the
Democratic Party going back to the 70’s as well.

Terry Goddard’s speech on “Dark Money” was, to say the least,
illuminating. His main point, as I got it, was that voters need to be able
to know specifically where the money is coming from that funds campaign
activities. The ruling, however, from the U.S. Supreme Court on Citizens
United five years ago does not require that. Terry pointed out that
Justice Kennedy made a naive error in supporting the idea that it’s okay
for donors not to disclose who they are.

Terry, who was Arizona Attorney General for 8 years from 2003-2011,
further made it known that he is working on a proposition to be placed
before the voters in the next election that would require, as I
understand, such disclosure to take place. This transparency would allow
voters to hold donors accountable for such things as biased unfactual
campaign ads that mislead voters, malign candidates, and even create an
election climate in which voters choose not to go to the polls at all.

He spoke about how dark money was used against Republican gubernatorial
candidates Scott Smith and Christine Jones in the Republican primary in
2014.

I appreciated the opportunity Linda Ambrose, the emcee of the event, gave
me to say a few words about my campaign.

I was fortunate enough to garner one financial contribution and touch base
with valued friends I had not seen for a while as well as make new ones.

I’m going to attend the LD 23 Holiday Potluck on Friday, Dec. 4, to take
place at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center near 100th and Shea in the
evening. I’m looking forward to that so I’ll be able to meet more of the
indefatigable Democrats in the District 6 area.

Remember, check out my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Feel
free to click on “Make A Donation” and support my campaign on a financial
basis. Terry Goddard made a point of reading a statement by U.S. Justice
Antonin Scalia in which he says that people should not have any problem
with disclosing their names when they make a financial contribution to a
political campaign. Justice Scalia said America is the “home of the
brave,” and that therefore contributors who want to keep their names
secret are not operating in the American tradition.

In the meanwhile, I fervently hope that you have a great Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Black Student Safety and Dignity A Top Priority

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

BLACK LIKE ME by John Howard Griffin was a book I read when I was a
teenager going to Saguaro High School in Scottsdale.

It’s about a white guy who used medication to darken his skin to deep
brown to find out how black people were treated. With his changed skin
color, he went out into the world of the Deep South of the 1950’s as an
unemployed black man.

The racial protests that have happened at the University of Missouri in
Columbia over the past two weeks have brought to light that we still, as a
country, have not succeeded in ending discrimination against black people.

In the New York Times, journalist John Eligon explains it thus: “COLUMBIA,
Mo. — At first, Briana Gray just chalked up the comments and questions
from her new roommate at the University of Missouri to innocent ignorance:
How do you style your hair? What do you put in it?

“But then her white roommate from rural Missouri started playing a rap
song with a racial slur and singing the slur loudly, recalled Ms. Gray, a
black senior from suburban Chicago. Another time, the roommate wondered
whether black people had greasy skin because slaves were forced to sweat a
lot.

“Then one day, Ms. Gray said, she found a picture tacked to her door of
what appeared to be a black woman being lynched. When her roommate said a
friend had done it as a joke, Ms. Gray said she attacked the girl and her
friends. The police broke up the fight and no one was arrested. But Ms.
Gray said her view on race relations had been indelibly changed.” (“At
University of Missouri, Black Students See a Campus Riven by Race,” by
John Eligon, New York Times, Nov. 11, 2015).

The racial insensitivity shown by the white student who put up the picture
on the door is shocking. One wonders: Didn’t her parents teach her
anything? What about the schools she attended before she came to college?
Wasn’t there any instruction in diversity and accepting others regardless
of their skin color? Yes, I know my naivete is showing.

According to Roxane Gay, a contributing op-ed writer for the New York
Times who is black: “BLACK children are not allowed to be children. They
are not allowed to be safe, not at home, not at pool parties, not driving
or sitting in cars listening to music, not walking down the street, not in
school. For black children, for black people, to exist is to be
endangered. Our bodies receive no sanctity or safe harbor.” (“Where Are
Black Children Safe?” by Roxane Gay, New York Times, Oct. 29, 2015).

She goes on to describe the disturbing incident that occurred recently
when the deputy manhandled the black high school girl who wouldn’t give up
her cell phone. “On Monday, in Columbia, S.C., Ben Fields, a sheriff’s
deputy assigned to Spring Valley High School, was called to a classroom to
exert control over an allegedly disobedient student — a black girl. She
wouldn’t give up her cellphone to her teacher, an infraction wholly
disproportionate to what came to pass. There are at least three videos of
the incident. When Mr. Fields approaches the girl, she is sitting quietly.
He quickly muscles her out of her seat and throws her across the room.”

Ms. Gay, later on, says: “Time and again, in such situations, black people
are asked, why don’t we mind our place? To be black in America is to exist
with the presumption of guilt, burdened by an implacable demand to prove
our innocence. We are asked impossible questions by people who completely
ignore a reality where so many of the rules we are supposed to follow are
expressly designed to subjugate and work against our best interests. We
ignore the reality that we cannot just follow the rules and find our way
to acceptance, equality or justice. Respectability politics are a
delusion.”

Golly, sounds like what it’s like to be a teacher these days!

Only Martin Luther King, Jr. is great enough to save us at this point. He
said: “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is
devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is
some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we
discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

Thus, going by MLK’s vision, it would seem that there is hope even for
Officer Fields.

When elected in November 2016 to be your next congressman for District 6,
I will strive to support diversity education whenever possible, such as in
the training of police officers. The dignity and safety of
African-American children must be ensured in every way.

If you would like to contribute financially to help me reach my goal of
representing you, please go to my website at
www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make A Donation.” Via
PayPal, you may make your transaction safely and securely. If you wish to
mail in a check, please send it to: WILLIAMSON FOR U.S. CONGRESS, 7349 N.
Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 515-233, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

I’d like to thank very much those who are lending a hand in funding my
campaign. I appreciate how you have broken your financial silence and
shown your faith in my Democratic candidacy. After all, as MLK once
observed: “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the
bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

Thank you for your support and if you wish to respond to this e-mail,
please feel free to do so. Remember, THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Preschool Must Be Accessible To All

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Should every preschool age child have the right to access a quality
preschool education?

To me that’s like asking whether every citizen who is 18 or over has the
right to vote.

Each child SHOULD have the opportunity to go to a quality preschool. But
in practice, that is not always the case.

Kristina Lynch explains: “Since I’m a working mother, my child needs a
full-day program. Those aren’t easy to find, and wherever she goes, it’s
going to be expensive. Even the Chicago Public School full-day preschool
is similar to private institutions, with its $13,000 per school year price
tag… and limited openings…” (“Without Financial Aid, A Preschool Is
Out of Reach,” by Kristina Lynch, New York Times, April 13, 2015).

There are a variety of reasons why parents want their kids in preschool.
It can give them an academic boost as they approach kindergarten age. This
can make them more competitive and successful in elementary and secondary
school. Then they can get into better colleges and get better jobs in the
long run.

My mom, along with another lady, had a preschool in the lower level of our
house when our family lived in New York State. As a kid, my job was to
clean the area at the end of the day.

Margaux Laskey asks: “Is it worth it to take a personal day from work to
wait in line for 24 hours for a year of free quality preschool education
for my daughter? … Practically speaking, the numbers speak for
themselves: The school we’re trying to get her into is probably worth
$25,000 a year, a fair estimate considering the cost of equivalent
programs in Jersey City. … The school is free as part of New Jersey’s
universal prekindergarten program.” (Waiting on Line for Free Preschool,”
by Margaux Laskey, New York Times, May 1, 2015).

If a single mother who works full-time has a preschool age child, she
should not have to move Heaven and earth to get her child into a
preschool, whether that be as part of the Headstart program or any other
provider. It is unacceptable that she should have to wait several months
until a space becomes available for her child.

When elected your congressman in November 2016, I will continue to
advocate for accessible preschools for children from all income levels. I
will speak up for adequate funding for the federal Headstart program. To
ignore our preschool age children is to forget that the future is theirs,
and we must equip them to take charge of it in an effective fashion.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to my campaign, please
visit my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a
Donation” and use your credit or debit card to support my Democratic
candidacy. If you would like to mail in your check, send it to:
WILLIAMSON FOR U.S. CONGRESS, 7349 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 515-233,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

Thank you for your time, and remember, THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona