With his calloused hands, he pounded his hammer year after year in Sacramento’s sweltering heat. My dad, a laborer, worked hard and did good work.
And he never missed the opportunity to remind me: “If you can get up in the morning and go to work, it’s a good day.” I may not bring a toolbelt to the office, but my dad taught me the value of hard work.
I’m lucky to get up every morning and fight for California. And you know just as well as I do –– now more than ever, we need to fight. President Trump’s extreme agenda has been disastrous for immigrant families like mine –– and all families –– in California and across the nation.
Ahead of Father’s Day this Sunday, I’m struck thinking about what my dad taught me: use the tools you’ve been given to do good work. As California’s Attorney General, my tools are in the courtroom.
And I’m using them. We’ve mounted more than 50 legal challenges against the President’s dangerous policies and actions, and we won’t stop fighting back.
Access to affordable birth control. Blocking the border wall. Saving the entire Affordable Care Act. We’re in these fights, using our tools, to protect our values and people.
My dad has hands of a working man –– they are calloused and hard from a lifetime of working in the fields, fixing railcars, and laboring.
When I’m his age, like my father, I hope the work I’ve led will have made a worthwhile difference in building a better nation.