CHICAGO — Kina Collins is a nationally recognized gun violence prevention and healthcare advocate challenging the 22-year incumbent, Danny K. Davis, in the Illinois 7th Congressional Democratic primary on March 17th, 2020. She was born and raised in the Austin neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, and has personally seen the mental, physical, and long-term health issues that people struggle with everyday because of gun violence. This campaign video highlights how witnessing a shooting in front of her house at the age of 7 has fueled her fight to end gun violence in this country.
Kina was a youth organizer and community activist who was part of the Laquan McDonald protests that shut down the Magnificent Mile in November 2015, and she led the coalition which co-wrote and passed HB5544, the Illinois Council on Women and Girls act. Most recently, she served as a national organizer for Physicians for a National Health Program, successfully organizing 20,000 doctors and medical students in support of a single-payer Medicare for All system.
This campaign video was shot by Chicago director, Olivia Rose Curry, in and around the Austin neighborhood and focuses on Kina’s background in the community, her rise in leadership, and her experience going from activist to policymaker. The job description for Congress has changed – We need representatives that will take bold action and not back down from difficult political fights. It’s our time to be the leaders we want for the future.