Where have we gone wrong? Last week the Democratic Party unveiled a new slogan to much derision. Americans no longer trust my party to deliver real change for Americans. Yet, without faith in our institutions, we end up in a harmful war of all against all. We can do better.

The Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are proposing “A Better Deal.” We all want that!  But what does it mean?

In 1944, even as the world was suffering through the ravages of World War II, President Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, envisioned a strategy for lasting peace. This strategy wasn’t based on military might or individual liberties, but on an economic agenda for all people. “We cannot be content … if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.”

In San Francisco, ongoing gentrification has pushed most of our Black population out of the city. The Mission, a traditionally Hispanic neighborhood, is full of million dollar condos and gourmet restaurants – families cling to housing stability, and homeless people mingle with tech workers returning from the commercial district. Seventy-three years later, we haven’t come close to achieving Roosevelt’s vision. And a slogan is not enough – it is time for my party to truly fight for the policies that will lead to peace in our cities.

Donald Trump’s odious regime is the natural outgrowth of politics that doesn’t respect the rights of people, of police violence that disproportionately take Black lives, of economic violence that displaces whole classes and races of people from cities like San Francisco. Roosevelt clearly saw “leaders” like Trump coming if we didn’t take care of our people: “People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”

It’s really easy for House Democrats to be complacent. My opponent Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco, California’s 12 Congressional District, is one of the richest members of Congress. When you’ve got a staff of dozens of people, a Pacific Heights mansion, and more than enough money to meet your every need, you get out of touch. You look at winning Congress from the Republicans as the goal line. But as more and more people across the nation opt out of political parties and out of voting at all, as tens of millions think that voting for a reality TV star is a good deal, “better” is not enough and winning isn’t just beating Republicans.

I’m running for Congress because I want my party to fulfill the ambition of President Roosevelt – I want a Democratic Party that stands for America and an America that stands for care for all – including single-payer health care, a right to housing, a right to mental health care, a right to food, and a right to individual security.

The Democrats are also promising better skills, jobs, and wages. I stand for economic security and prosperity and am fighting for a party that recognizes these values in policy, not just in slogans. We have so far to go, but together we can get there. Over the next few days, you’ll hear more on how my proposed policies will win a better shared future for all Americans.

I also ask that if you haven’t already joined my campaign financially, you do so today. My campaign is fueled by donations from thousands of Americans who are tired of slogans and want real policy change. Together, we can do this.