A four-letter word for today’s graduates - R. T. Rybak

R.T. being interviewed about Ilhan for a story on her for CBS Religion and Culture

R.T. being interviewed about Ilhan for a story on her for CBS Religion and Culture

Dear Friend,

Last month, I had the opportunity to give the commencement speech to students graduating from University of Minnesota – Morris. The theme for my speech centered on a four-letter word. Not that kind of four-letter word. I talked about hope.

A word that may seem far from where so many of us are living our lives. And yet it is a word that our future depends on.

That’s why I have endorsed Ilhan Omar for State Representative in District 60-B. She gives me hope for the future.

If she gives you hope, I urge you to support her candidacy by:

As you may know, I am dedicated to making college more affordable and accessible for all students. Supporting yourself without a degree is becoming increasingly difficult, but funding for higher education has decreased 26 percent since 2008. That’s unacceptable.

Ilhan understands this – she and her husband are paying off their student loans while trying to figure out how to fund their children’s future education, with their oldest heading to college in just five years.

If elected, Ilhan will make it one of her main priorities to improve access to higher education and find ways to make college more affordable, such as expanding programs that provide debt forgiveness to public servants, like teachers, nurses and others. She will also be committed to capping student loan interest at lower rates.

We need Ilhan’s voice at the Capitol advocating for students who are in college now and for those headed there in the future. Join me today in supporting Ilhan for State Rep in 60-B.

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R.T. Rybak
Current Executive Director Generation Next
New CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation

 The 2016 primary election is August 9. If you live in District 60-B, click here to register for an absentee ballot now.

 Ilhan is endorsed by:

Senator Scott Dibble
Senator Patricia Torres Ray
Minneapolis City Council Members Lisa Bender, Alondra Cano, Andrew Johnson
Former Mayor & DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak
Minnesota Nurses Association
TakeAction Minnesota
OutFront Minnesota Action
African American DFL Caucus
DFL Feminist Caucus
Minnesota Young DFL
Somali-American DFL Caucus
Stonewall DFL
Minneapolis School Board Members Carla Bates, Kim Ellison, Josh Reimnitz
Former Chair, Minneapolis School Board Richard Mammen
Former Minneapolis School Board Member Jill Davis
Minnesota Student Association President Joelle Stangler & President Elect Abeer Syedah
Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Brad Bourn
Minneapolis Board of Taxation and Estimation Board Member Carol Becker
Minneapolis NAACP President & St. Thomas Professor Nekima Levy Pounds
St. Louis Park Council Member Anne Mavity
St. Paul Public School Board Members Zuki Ellis, Steve MarcheseJordan Anderson, Kyra Brown, Audrey Callahan, Carter Christensen, William Dane, Alaina Friedrich, Ann Gilbert, Deneen Hanzlik, Bob Hulteen, Amber Jones, Nicholas Kor, Brooke Magid-Hart, Lulete Mola, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Charlie Parker, Jordan Parshall, Felicia Philibert, Cordelia Pierson, Matthew Ogbeifun, Pete Rode, Anne Hibbard, Noah Shavit-Lonstein, Amy Shellabarger, Eva Shellabarger, Michael Stoesz, Kyle Smestad, Lecia Stock, Kris Felbeck, Jessica Wilson, David Gilbert-Pederson, Ben Krouse-Gagne, Laura Dahl, Nick French, Lance Pemberton, Nate Gessesse, Mitchell Goedken, Lea Graber, Samuel Graf, Shaye Heyman, Travis Hochsprung, Megan Mahony, Jacob Maxon, Jia Mikules, Erin Niehoff, John Ouellette-Howitz, Ryan Pohler, Renate Willer, Henry Zurn, Ahmed Hirsi, Muhim Abdi, Liz & Carly McCambridge, Mohamed Ali, Kali Mohamed, Abdirahman Kahin, Justin Halverson, Jasmine Gill, Elizabeth Morgan, Mahad Indhodeero, Nur Mohamed, Sahra Noor, Habon Abdulle, Ubah Jama, Laura Dahl, Nick French, Tyler Fritze, Nate Gessesse, Mitchell Goedken, McCartney Goff, Lea Graber, Samuel Graf, Coleton Hanson, Savannah Hanson, Shaye Heyman, Travis Hochsprung, Amogh Pradip Kambale, Ericka Lynch, Megan Mahony, Jacob Maxon, Brigid McBride, Jia Mikuls, Erin Niehoff, Scout Ober, John Ouellette-Howitz, Lillian Ouellette-Howitz, Ryan Poehler, Kellen Renstrom, Daniel Russell, Renate Willer, Amanda Yourd, Henry Zurn, Winnie Zwick