by Jessica Tucker
To my new and unexpected friends:
As a person who has been in the AB5 fight for quite awhile, I would like to share something with you. For months, as I’ve read through stories and commentary of those affected by AB5, I noticed more and more despair, sadness, and hopelessness. As our incomes were lost, our bills came due, and businesses began to be fined retroactively for this egregious law, the sense of defeat has piled up. As lawmakers stonewalled us, the media froze us out, and we were told there would be no relief, our panic set in. But, friends, I would like to present you some hope.
I have never once doubted that we will win this fight. I have never despaired or lost hope. I have never felt defeated. In fact, I feel that we’ve already won. Let me tell you why.
As more and more evidence has come to light, we have clearly exposed the people and intentions behind AB5. This is not a partisan issue, and it’s not even an issue that has two equally valid sides for or against the law. There is one side that is fair and just, and one side only. There is one side with truth. We stand on the right side of justice. We have the foundation of Truth, and nothing can stand against the truth.
Many have compared this fight to David and Goliath. We all know who won that fight. Why did David win? Though he was smaller and "weaker", he was smart, determined, and stood on the foundation of goodness. Evil never triumphs over Good. Evil may rule for awhile, but it has never been ultimately victorious even once in human history. Because we stand on the side of Good, we have already won.
The fight will be hard and may be long. Many of us will suffer a great deal under this oppression. But we must continue to fight. Bad guys only win when the good guys give up. The only way for evil to be victorious is for the good to stop fighting. If the good stay and fight, the good will always win.
This law may be a blessing in disguise. How long has this corruption gone on? How much further do they intend to take it? They have hit us with AB5 at the perfect moment...for us. Why? We have a rare opportunity here to clean out corruption and start fresh. These lawmakers exposed themselves right before an election. Anyone supporting this law wears a badge of corruption. It is an easy way for us to tell who is working against our interests. We can take this opportunity to clean out our government. Never has it been easier to spot the rats and clear them out. This single issue has exposed corruption even up to the national level. How easy it is to spot these people now! If not for AB5, they would have ruled for many more years!
We have two paths to victory. Either we get an immediate repeal and then vote them all out, or we vote them all out and then get a repeal. The only path to defeat is if we give up.
There are nearly 40 million people in California. An estimated ⅓ of those do some type of independent contracting work. That is over 10 million people affected by AB5. This movement against AB5 that we’re a part of right now...this is only the beginning. We are the first group in a chorus of voices that will rise up against this oppression in the coming weeks. We are not alone. We are the front lines, and there are millions behind us.
We are a free people. Our public servants have no ultimate power over us. They have a false sense of control over our lives. This is their fatal flaw. We elected them to a human institution to govern with human laws. But our freedom doesn’t come from human institutions. We are born free from the control of others. We do not have to submit to their false sense of control. This right to personal freedom was not given to us; we were born with this right.
Take heart. Be brave. If we continue to fight, then we have already won. Stand on your Truth, unwavering, dignified, sure and confident. Do not beg and plead, speak with desperation, show sadness, or feel frustration. You are on a solid foundation of Truth, with countless people standing with you. That is all you need to win.
Your Brother/Sister in Freedom
We're a loose coalition of freelancers and independent contractors trying to centralize information about AB5 and empower ICs across the state to fight for their livelihoods. We tell stories and make plans.
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