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Kina Collins, from Chicago violence to running for US Congress

Chicago (USA), May 2 (EFE) .- The African-American Kina Collins assures that she started in politics when she was just seven years old when she saw how another child was shot to death in front of her house in Chicago. She assumed at that time the mission to end armed violence and, therefore, she now wants to reach the United States Congress. “I knew the victim and I knew who he shot. That changed the trajectory of my life,” says Collins, 31, in an interview with Efe. The young woman is part of the wave of progressive candidates who have revolutionized the Democratic Party in recent years and, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aspires to overthrow a veteran congressman in the primaries, in this case Danny K. Davis, an African-American like Collins and representing Illinois’ 7th District since 1997. Collins’ priority is to end the structural violence that is causing “bullets to start flying” through Chicago before anyone pulls the trigger. That is why she believes that we must start working to reduce the poverty that hits Afro-American and Latino neighborhoods, where schools, supermarkets and stores where you can buy fresh products are lacking. “When our schools are closed, when there is environmental racism, when we live in deserts where there is no food. In all these cases, the bullets are already flying,” she says with a serious expression. She respects the Second Amendment of the Constitution that establishes the right to bear arms, but she believes that there should be more regulations. RACIAL PROTESTS, TURNING PAIN INTO POWER The daughter of trade unionists, Collins says that “activism” runs through her veins: she participated as a child in activities to eradicate violence in schools and, years later, became one of the leaders in Chicago of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. She was one of the organizers of the marches to demand justice for the African-American Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a white police officer and whose death sparked huge protests over alleged attempts by the local police to cover up what happened. The death video of McDonald, who was 17 at the time of his death, was released in 2015 more than 400 days after the event. “I learned a lot. I learned what the power of the community is. I learned that you can turn pain into power. And most importantly, I learned that policymakers can be held accountable. The entire system conspired to cover up McDonald’s death.” but the young and hard-working people were able to defeat the system,” Collins told Efe. Those protests paralyzed the center of Chicago and provoked a purge of responsibilities in different strata of the city, in addition to the decision of then-mayor Rahm Emanuel not to stand for re-election. For Collins, that moment was just the beginning, and in 2017 she founded the organization “Alliance of Chicago Neighborhoods” to fight gun violence and helped pass a state law to defend the rights of women and girls. A year later, she began working with an organization that advocates for the creation of universal public health care in the United States. A CANDIDATE ARISED FROM INEQUALITY In 2020, she first challenged Davis in a primary, but lost. “Now I have come to finish the job,” she declares defiantly. He describes his district as a “microcosm” of America, stretching from Westchester County, one of the wealthiest in the state of Illinois and packed with single-family homes with gardens, to some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Chicago, like Austin, where Collins grew up. The district is also one of the most unequal in the entire country, and nowhere else in the US are there such large differences in life expectancy. “The biggest difference is in life expectancy depending on race and social class. In the part closest to downtown Chicago you can live to be 90 years old, but if you drive for 30 minutes and get to the neighborhood of Englewood your life expectancy life expectancy is 60 years. There is a difference of 30 years in life expectancy in a journey of only 30 minutes,” he explains. The poorest part of his district, he narrates, is inhabited by those Afro-Americans who came to Chicago in the 20th century fleeing the segregation of the southern states of the United States. “My ancestors -he emphasizes- had never imagined that one of their descendants could become the youngest black woman in Illinois history to run for Congress. That’s America’s history. That’s where I came from and that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing.” If she wins the primaries, Collins would be almost assured of victory in the November legislative elections because Illinois’ 7th district is one of the most Democratic in the US. And if that happens, Collins would also make history as the youngest African-American legislator ever. chosen. (c) EFE Agency

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