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who are citizens of a county that allows them to use their talents and abilities to pursue happiness by exercising their liberty as a free man or woman. And that we have so many of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives and friends willing to sacrifice their life to give that gift to the world.

INTERVIEW: HD-144 State Representative Mary Ann Perez discusses Freedom and Why She's Proud to be an American with Aubrey AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? STATE REP. MARY ANN PEREZ: Freedom means something different to all of us, but for me—the definition is very clear. Freedom is the ability to adequately provide for my children, having the right to make my own choices, and being entrusted to hold leadership roles within my community. Freedom, to any individual, is a hard-sought goal and the ability to achieve it by whatever means necessary. Freedom is not found without struggle, determination and sacrifice but it is a fight that’s worthy of the journey. Freedom is having the capacity to enrich your community and be involved in the electoral process. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: Why are you proud to be an American? STATE REP. MARY ANN PEREZ: I am proud to be an American because by being a citizen of this beautiful country, I have both witnessed and experienced the benefits of a thriving democracy. I am proud to not only be an American, but also to be a Texan and a Hispanic American. This nation, that embraces an assortment of cultures, has made me unbelievably proud to join alongside the rest of the country to encourage the equality of all people from different walks of life. I believe in the promotion of diversity, the elevation of entrepreneurship and the dignity of the hard-working—each of which are values that our great country was founded upon. 12

INTERVIEW: Marci Claypool Perry shares her thoughts and opinions on Freedom with Houston Publisher Aubrey R. Taylor AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you? MARCY CLAYPOOL PERRY: I am not a politician…but you asked for my thoughts -- here they are…What is freedom? In the past it was the ability to speak on topics that mattered to you… then you had the right to have an opposing view…but now you are called names if your opinion does not match others -you can also be threatened. So as I watch, freedom of speech is being eroded for a form of political correctness which ignores the gains of the past, and distorts history. Freedom of choice covers the ability to have your own beliefs; your own religion. Freedom was not about the minority of any group determining what your beliefs should be; but was based on a majority view. Freedom to me has been about living where you want too…if you can afford it. Freedom was training for the job you want and working to get it. Freedom is now about being able to have friends of any color… 40 years ago that was not true. In today's internet society we are able to check on those who supposedly represent us, if we choose. We are also able to see if they hold us in any kind of regard and I know quite a few do not. It is my freedom of choice to re-elect them or not. We have incredible amounts of freedom and we will continue to have them as long we guard them jealously.

ONE AMERICA "Leaders Celebrating Freedom Together Series" in Houston Business Connections Magazine  

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