Mr. Philip Brave Davis calls on Bahamians to join the PLP’s efforts to bring change and renewal.
“Politics shouldn’t be about pretty words, or campaigns that happen once every five years. For me, it’s about showing up for people, and fighting for change, every day” says Mr. Davis.
Today, the Progressive Liberal Party launched a new video in which Leader the Hon. Philip Brave Davis shares how his own story influences his vision and priorities for The Bahamas.
Mr. Davis has been prominent in public life for some time, but not many people know his personal story.
Mr. Davis shares what he learned from his grandparents, subsistence farmers on Cat Island, and his mother and father, a maid and taxi driver. He tells Bahamians that he worked his way through school as a packing boy and on construction sites, and knows what it’s like to be underestimated. He explains that he’s always tried to help as many people as he can, because he believes that “the value of our lives should be measured by the impact we have on others.”
Mr. Davis has been traveling throughout the country, speaking with Bahamians about the challenges they face and the importance of having a government that cares and can deliver real change. He says he knows too many people feel forgotten and that he understands why many Bahamians are cynical about politics.
Mr. Davis understands the barriers that stand in the way of so many people — because he faced them himself growing up. These experiences have shaped his determination to never underestimate the potential of the Bahamian people.
The video can be viewed here. The script of the video is as follows:
“There is a lot of pain in The Bahamas right now. Too
many people are feeling forgotten and feeling ignored.
Even before Dorian, before COVID, families were struggling just to keep the lights on, or to provide opportunities for their children.
I know what that feels like.
My grandparents were subsistence farmers on Cat Island who could not read or write. They taught me the power of faith and love.
My mother was a maid. My father, a gardener, then a fireman and later a taxi driver. They taught me to believe in myself and to believe in my country.
I worked my way through school as a packing boy and on construction sites. I know
what it’s like to be underestimated because of the colour of your skin or the place you come from.
When I was knocking on doors, trying to find someone to teach me the law, I needed somebody to believe in me. We all need that. That’s why I’ve always tried to help as many people as I can.
As a lawyer, I’ve always made time to represent people who couldn’t afford to pay me.
Because the value of our lives should be measured by the impact we have on others.
I understand why many Bahamians are cynical about politics. It feels like our biggest problems never get solved.
But politics shouldn’t be about pretty words, or campaigns that happen once every five years. For
me, it’s about showing up for people, and fighting for change, every day in between.
When I see a child in the road who doesn’t always have enough to eat, or a safe place to play, I know what he’s thinking.
I know what his parents are dreaming about for him.
And I know the barriers that stand in his way.
Let’s knock down those barriers.
It’s time to take power away from the usual insiders and give it to that child and his family.
I’ve walked in his shoes and I don’t underestimate who he could be if we give him a chance.
I’ve spent my life taking on hard fights, standing up for what I believe is right.
This current crisis is an opportunity to reset our national priorities.
The PLP is ready, with new energy and new ideas.
We’re on your side, ready to lift people up, so tomorrow can be a new day in The Bahamas.