Convention experience fuels motivation to make change

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To the editor:

I had the honor of serving as a member of the New Jersey delegation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. It was an exciting week of speeches, caucuses, receptions, policy forums, and dinners with elected officials, policy makers, and fellow Democrats.


I had a moment to reflect on the experience during my flight back to Philadelphia. Two things stuck in my mind while 30,000 feet in the air. First, I took pride in the fact that we live in a country where a 22-year -old South Jersey guy from an average, middle-class upbringing with student loans could have the opportunity to be in the same room with the president of the United States.

More importantly, what struck me was that many in our country are not in a position, both fiscally and socially, to have taken a week off of work to fly down to Charlotte. Many of my generation cannot find jobs to help pay down their debts, and many in my parents' generation worry they won't be able to retire comfortably and provide for their children.

A couple years ago, I would not have been in a position to attend something like this either. This reflection made me realize that my job after returning was not to talk about the fun I had; rather, it was to help change policy so that more and more people can have opportunities like I had and to keep moving our country forward.

Mike Suleiman


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