Alp arrived in New Jersey when he was four years old and grew up undocumented. His parents did not speak English, and they worked at minimum wage jobs in the hopes that Alp might one day achieve the American Dream. From North Plainfield, to Cliffside Park, to Parlin, the family moved often as they chased jobs from gas stations to yellow cabs and tried to find their place in New Jersey.
We have entered a dark era in America. Wealth inequality has reached historic proportions, and an entire presidency is now devoted to further entrenching that inequality. We will fight back and save the American Dream through our single-payer healthcare, education for all, and immigration amnesty policies, as well as our racial justice, Green New Deal, and anti-corruption plans.
We must save the American Dream. Our greatest strength as a country is that our dreams define who we are as a people. Our dreams make us uniquely American and give our communities strength and resilience. It is a national soul more powerful than any other. It has allowed us to surpass the rest of the world in every way imaginable. America is the American Dream, and our values will reignite it!