U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun
c/o Good Food Organics
5401 S Wentworth Avenue, Suite 19
Chicago, IL 60609
Dear U.S. Senator Braun,
My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history, social justice, and public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others. U.S. Senator Braun, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as U.S. Senator from Illinois and your activism to be very inspiring to me.
In 1992, I was very proud on how you made history by becoming the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. When you served as U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1993-1999, I was very proud on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting funds to help women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, and expressing the need for women to have equal pay. On education reform, I liked on how you pushed for legislation “innovative Education Infrastructure Act” to be part of Improving America’s School Act of 1994 to help fix schools that are in bad shape, provide funds for special education programs to help students with disabilities get educational resources they need, have educational awareness about the need to reduce drug use including gun violence, implement educational technology programs for schools to provide students with computers including educational software to help improve comprehension, and many others. On women’s rights, I liked on how you supported the need for women to have the right to choose, the need to expand women’s healthcare services to help them get medical care they need, worked with Democrats including moderate Republicans to expand on programs to help women who are victims of domestic violence get help on their trauma. Supporting funds to help clean up national parks including water resources to make them safe for people to use and expressing the need to support renewable energy to reduce addiction to oil with gas are common sense to protect the environment. Another thing that I liked about your work in the U.S. Senate was on how you worked hard to have the courage to speak about the need to take down the Confederate Flag in different states to help protect minorities communities from a symbol of hate with prejudice when both political parties weren’t advocate for this common sense idea and to push for funds to help preserve or fix historical Civil War Underground Railroad sites to help make learning history a better place for people. When you left the U.S. Senate, I liked on how you accepted President Bill Clinton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand to help improve relations between New Zealand and the U.S.
U.S. Senator Braun, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspire me to work hard on my disability. Another thing is your courage to speak about the need to take down the Confederate Flag helped me develop an interested in understanding the need to have diversity and learning how the Confederate Flag has a negative affect on society for people who are different. Also as a mixed race (Asian American) I’m very grateful for you expressing the need to be opposed to the Confederate Flag when both political parties aren’t supportive of it. Also your role as U.S. Senator from Illinois motivates me to continue my strong interest in learning history with public policy. My main future goals are for me is to continue to learn history, visit historical sites including museums to help me learn, understand how Civil Rights including social justice is important to society, and many others.
I strongly believe that you made a great difference in the U.S. Senate as U.S. Senator from Illinois. I’m very proud on how you had the courage to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights when both political parties weren’t advocates of some of these values. I was wondering if you could please share with me what it was like serving in the U.S. Senate and give me some advice about working hard on a disability. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability and to continue to learn history with public policy. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference in the U.S. Senate, and inspiring me. I wish you well for the future and please continue to advocate for common sense ideas.
Matthew B. Winick