That's My Issue
In advance of the 2012 political conventions, KPCC & WNYC are gathering stories of how you came to care about the issue that matters the most to you in a series we’re calling That’s My Issue. Tell us the story of how a particular experience shaped your opinions about something originally, or changed an opinion you used to hold.
It can be from the last four years, or from early in your life. Your experience could have clarified an issue, or made it more complicated. Did you grow up poor? Become rich? See your parents get married or divorced? Grow a business? Become uninsured? Move to this country or get away?
Whether it’s cultural, economic, environmental, or whatever – tell us a story. If you care about it, we want to hear about why. You'll be able to create a custom badge like the one above, record your stories directly from your computer, and read guest posts about a whole host of issues. We’ll be featuring your stories on-air at KPCC and WNYC, and online at KPCC.org/politics. We're listening.
We've Got Issues:
I pay attention to politics, and I know that politics matters on an individual level. The personal is political. And so, in my own life, I try to make other people realize that their decisions matter and that voting matters.
So many people are out of a job, including myself. I’m on limited income, so certainly, it makes it very difficult. I’m sure for other people as well.
I know people that are more involved in this issue, that are actually affected by it. It’s more closer to me, like I can actually see an effect.
This election is really, really personal because I have cousins who don’t know what they’re going to do after high school. They don’t know what they want to be in the future, because they don’t know if they going to be able to afford going to college.
The reproductive rights issue is a big deal for me as a woman. I definitely see that it’s important to have those rights and to fight for them and to keep them as they are and I feel like it’s a big threat to have Roe v. Wade overturned.
My wife has breast cancer... God forbid tomorrow I don’t have a job, and I try to get her health insurance.
KPCC broadcasted live from The Serving Spoon in Inglewood on Tuesday, October 24th to ask visitors what issues were important to them this election season.
For me, it’s a personal thing. I’m pursuing education policy — that’s where I’m going. So for me, [Education] is the big pressing issue of the time.
KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with cafe-goers at Carolyn's Cafe in Redlands on Friday to find out what issues are important to voters at the breakfast hotspot.
I recently graduated from college and fortunately I’ve been able to find a full-time job now, but I’ve had a hard time finding it.
I pay attention to a lot of the issues, but I would say that one that is an absolute deal-breaker for me as a woman is women’s rights and reproductive rights.
I’m a teacher, so I have pretty good healthcare. But I have friends who have no healthcare and they worry that if they break their leg or if — God-forbid — they get sick with cancer or whatever, they are going to go bankrupt. They’re not going to be able to take care of themselves. It’s just incomprehensible.
I think because it just affects all of us at the level of our bodies. I mean, my mom has cancer and who’s to say what that was from... But really, everyone should be interested in this because it affects them at the level of their bodies — what we eat, the air that we breathe, the water that we drink, all that.
KPCC's political reporter Frank Stoltze took his mic to the streets, or at least the tables at Philippe's downtown to hear what concerns you this election season.
I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles about two years ago and had a month of time when I was not covered by health insurance. I'm a healthy person — a couple of minor little health problems. I could not buy private health insurance for myself.
It all boils down to freedom. Freedom is the message that brings all these people together from such a wide diversity of lifestyles and opinions. And that’s really the bottom line of what we’re about and that’s what unites us. We don’t have to agree on everything.
When I was 15 I attended a NOW rally with my aunt. I remember thinking, I don't know what I would do, but I would at least want the choice.
In my rearview mirror, I saw the flashing lights of the police car turn on, but no siren. I had gotten my driver’s license less than a year ago, and the lights made me nervous. I hadn’t done anything illegal, but I turned onto Davenport Street just a few blocks from home, and pulled the red Toyota MR2 over to be safe.
As a psychiatrist, i'm particularly attuned to what makes people - including me - tick. My therapist once asked me how it came about that I feel so passionately about the importance of safe, legal and accessible abortion.
Society tends to give up on certain people. It happens all the time often innocuously. It happens sometimes to children born into poverty, kids labeled with any of the plethora of problems defined in psychology, youth of color and any other perceived square pegs that don't slide easily into society's round holes. This group is vulnerable to the usually well meaning attempts of others to fix them. When that doesn't work they tend to be dismissed as unfixable.
About ten years ago, I got sick. Not terminal cancer sick, but sick enough to the point where I needed to be hospitalized for three days.