Maya's message affirms the truth of our interconnection--across imagined boundaries such as nation, race, gender. You can name that truth as unity in diversity, or community of difference, or e pluribus unum, but whatever the lingo, it's based on a fundamental, call it spiritual, reality. We breathe the same air. We touch the single earth. We can't escape our need for each other. That's who we are.
Her plan calls for every American working family and individual to have a meaningful job at a livable wage, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, universal health care, universal available child care and pre-school, excellent public schools, affordable higher education, and a clean, safe environment.
Decades ago, she entered the race because she was tired of hearing the rhetoric of status quo elected officials who are not serious about eliminating disparities in health and economic outcomes for black, brown and low-income people. She believes it is time for a new generation in Congress who will fight for ordinary people, and truly shake up the status quo.
Cummings is described as "a lifelong champion for social justice, human rights, and strengthening the well-being of children, seniors, families, and workers." Cummings is the former Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, the former Chief of Staff for former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, and the widow of the late and legendary Congressman Hon. Elijah Cummings.
Herself a cancer and double mastectomy survivor, Dr. Cummings calls for a "new America" where people come first, and a Congress that passes laws to benefit the majority of Americans, not just the largest donors and the wealthiest Americans.