Human Rights Activist Runs For Congress

Meet Rebecca Parson, a human rights activist running for Congress. John Iadarola and Rebecca Parson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook:

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"My father was a US Foreign Service officer and my grandfather retired as a colonel in the United States Army. They both took the oath that I look forward to taking as a member of Congress:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” 

In college, I volunteered with a student group that piloted a program teaching English to non-native English speakers and facilitating “know your rights” workshops. After college, I served as a human rights observer in an indigenous Zapatista village in Mexico that was being threatened by paramilitaries.

I later served in AmeriCorps and worked for two years as a substitute teacher, which showed me just how much your zip code determines the quality of your education—and just how hard teachers work for so little pay."

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