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Kamala Harris “Speaks Truth” in Los Angeles Rally

Harris had her first campaign stop in Los Angeles on May 19, proposes plans to close gender pay gap and increase teacher pay
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Kamala Harris for the People came to Los Angeles Southwest College on May 19. During the event Kamala Harris said, “When you lift up the economic status of women, you lift up the status of families, and all of society.” Photo credit: Lauren Berny/ SAC.Media.

Bringing the fight to Los Angeles, Kamala Harris’ campaign resonated with local voters.

Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris held an organizing event at Los Angeles Southwest College on Sunday, May 19, where she addressed hot button issues including the economy, teacher wages, gender pay gap, healthcare, and gun control.

LASC is located in south Los Angeles, where the majority of the student population is comprised of black students.

Before Harris made her appearance onstage, several politicians of diverse backgrounds such as California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Sen. Holly Mitchell endorsed her campaign. The event also included entertainment from members of Amazing Grace Conservatory, an organization that helps artists and at-risk youth.

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Senator Holly Mitchell said during the May 19 Kamala Harris for the People event, “I’m wearing my flats because I’m ready to walk, run, jump, play, do whatever I have to do to make sure she’s [Kamala Harris] elected the next president of the United States of America.” Photo credit: Lauren Berny/ SAC.Media.

When Harris walked onstage, the diverse crowd immediately met her with cheers and applause.

“Senator Harris never fails to energize a crowd,” UCLA student Bryant Odega said.

She started her speech by thanking the politicians and leaders who endorsed her before she took the stage, and she set a theme for her speech: speaking truth.

“Well, one of the most important ingredients in trust, is truth,” she said. “But, there’s a funny thing about truth. Speaking truth can often make people quite uncomfortable.”

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Kamala Harris shakes hands with young female reporter after the Kamala Harris for the People event on May 19. Photo credit: Lauren Berny/ SAC.Media.

“I believe this is a moment in time where leaders must speak truth,” Harris added.

The word “fight” inundated the speeches of both Harris and her endorsers. The phrase “let’s speak truth” was also the precursor to many of the statements of issues she addressed, from concerns regarding discrimination and prejudice to ones about health care and gun violence.

During her speech, she explained her policy plans, one of which would actively seek to close the gender pay gap while also making it a national priority. Her plan, details of which were announced the day after the event, involves corporation accountability through transparency in their wages to women and men. She cited that women, on average, earn “80 cents to the dollar for the exact same work. Black women are paid 61 cents on the dollar. Latinas are paid 53 cents on the dollar.”

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Kamala Harris smiles and claps as everyone in the crowd cheers when she walks on stage at her event, Kamala Harris for the People on May 19. Photo credit: Lauren Berny/ SAC.Media.

“I strongly believe that when you lift up the economic status of women, you lift up the economic status of their families, their neighborhoods, and all of society,” she said in a press interview after the event. “And it’s an issue that has been around for just far too long, without much progress at all.”

The Democratic candidate also highlighted teacher pay, saying “I can not tell you the number of teachers I have met who are working two, sometimes three, jobs.” She proposed a plan that would increase wages by $13,500 a year for public school teachers, and according to the policy proposal her campaign released in March, it would cost about $315 million over 10 years.

Other plans Harris introduced in her speech included giving tax credit to families who earn less than $100,000 a year. As for gun violence, she plans to allot United States Congress “100 days to pull their act together” to create a bill, a sentiment she has expressed before.

Harris ended her speech on a high note.

“This is a fight that is not only about about the soul of our country. It is about love of country, and this is a fight we will win!”

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Natalie Lu is the former editor-in-chief of SAC.Media. You'll generally find her listening to K-pop, watching Brooklyn 99, gushing over her two cats or finding out what weird thing is trending on social media now.

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