Joe K Meyer For Oregon State Legislature
Hello! My name is Joe K Meyer, and I am running as a write-in candidate for Oregon’s 48th House District (Happy Valley, outer SE Portland, and parts of Clackamas).
In Oregon and elsewhere throughout this country, we pride ourselves on a commitment to living lives of freedom. But when we pause and take a hard look at the way we live today, it is our duty to ask ourselves: are we truly free?
If you hate your job or your boss, but find yourself unable to quit because you will lose your healthcare, are you truly free?
If you are a Person of Color who wonders each day not if, but when you will be assaulted - or killed - by a police officer for a crime you did not commit, are you truly free?
If you have to take on tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt just to pursue a higher education, because you want a chance at a fulfilling future, are you truly free?
If your right to obtain reproductive healthcare for your own body is decided on by a handful of government officials, are you truly free?
If you start a small business in order to serve your community, but are forced to shut down a few years later because a big chain store wants to corner the local market, are you truly free?
If your family farm, which has been in business for generations, is threatened by big agricultural corporations who desire quantity over quality, are you truly free?
If your landlord decides to raise the monthly rent, and now you find yourself having to choose between paying for groceries or paying for a roof over your head, are you truly free?
I don’t know about you, but to me, none of these things seem like hallmarks of freedom. In my view, true freedom is the absence of problems like these in our daily lives. True freedom allows for each and every person to reach his or her fullest potential as a human being. True freedom comes about when we know we can count on our neighbors to be there for us, and vice versa. True freedom is achieved when our planet remains safe and healthy enough for generations after us to experience living to the fullest.
True freedom allows us to not just survive, but thrive – both as individuals, and as a society.