Kim Weaver | 10/16/16
This past Friday night, the Iowa Democratic Party held their Annual Gala, and the keynote speaker was Texas Representative Joaquin Castro.
Representative Castro spoke about his childhood, growing up on the west side of San Antonio with a single mother, a community activist working to improve the lives of the poor and oppressed. He spoke of himself and other children getting beaten in school for speaking Spanish. He persevered, though. He studied hard, and through Pell grants and scholarships, was able to attend Stanford.
For me, there was a ring of familiarity to this story. My eldest son has a single Mom, with a lifetime dedicated to community service and activism, who taught him to work hard and study hard. He also received Pell grants and scholarships, and as a result, was able to attend MIT.
You know from my speeches and my interviews and my e-mails and my website that affordable college education is one of my top priorities. I will fight for children of all backgrounds to have the greatest opportunity available to them. No child with the will and determination to succeed should have the door to education shut in their face due to lack of money. Joaquin Castro's story and my son K.C.'s story should serve as a bellwether for future American successes!
The fight for affordable education for anyone willing to put in the effort required to obtain it shouldn’t be a fight...but unfortunately, it is. Will you help me stand up for students and work for solutions to crippling student loan debt that holds them back just when they should be ready to soar and thrive? The future of our country really does depend on these bright, hard working young adults having every opportunity to succeed.