Jacqueline Hidalgo—Letter 45

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Letter 45 | Values and Voices

Dear President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Members of the 117th Congress,

I am exhausted. Four years ago, I wrote of the absence of hope and of how only determination remained: the determination to build a more socially, racially, and economically just United States of America no matter the odds. Four years later, that determination has been strained. As for so many, this past year of the pandemic exacerbated my weariness, leaving me overwhelmed by the losses of at least half a million in the U.S.A. alone, more loved ones than we can truly count. Every day I crave an end to so many struggles, and every day la lucha (the struggle) continues.