Happy Women’s Equality Weekend!
According to the joint resolution by Congress in 1971, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.”
LETS GET READY TO PUT SOME MORE POWER TO THE POLLS.
www.vote.org — register to vote, request an absentee ballot, find your polling place, & check your voter registration status (which fights voter purges).
Artwork: Lauren Simkin Berke (@lsberke) — Amplifier
For me it is easy to vote, I signed up for an absentee ballot because I travel so much and I’ve been a mail-in voter for years. However I needed to update this since I moved to Marina Del Rey, California. I did this yesterday.
Even if I was still planning on physically getting to the polls, I have access to transportation, and I’m spry and healthy and can get to a polling place.
But what about your Auntie Betty that maybe lives in a rural area, who maybe doesn’t have a driver’s license or that older next-door neighbor Mr. Bollinger who rarely leaves his house? What about them? How do we help them?
Voting is about everyone, all of us not only having the right to vote but understanding that voter suppression isn’t about some big monster standing in front of a polling booth. (though in some communities that still happens)
Voter suppression, voter purging and low voter turnout are fueled by antiquated state laws about signing up to vote, and the rigmarole and hoops and hoops it can take to get registered along with simply LIFE. Our busy lives and for some difficult lives and the time and energy it takes to get this done.
Get registered when maybe you don’t have a computer and have to go the library
And the only library close to you is 30 minutes away. And getting on the bus is hard for you because you walk with a cane. And you don’t have someone to call. You give up. You cannot vote.
Get a new ID, so you can sign up for an absentee ballot, but because you haven’t voted in 5 years, and you live in a state where you have been purged from the record (this is the antiquated voter suppression stuff I was referencing above) and the website or woman on the phone tells you what you need but doesn’t clearly explain that you need two pieces of ID, which you may or may not have and a current electric bill.
You make hour the trip and then realized you’d left the bill on the kitchen table. You go home. You give up. You cannot vote.
Fill out an absentee or voting by mail form — you don’t have a printer, you go to the mall, you pay $3.00 to print a piece of paper, you mail this in, you wait, nothing comes. Was it received? Did it get lost? You do this only two weeks before Nov 6th.
You have waited too long. You cannot get to the polls because you don’t drive. You cannot vote.
You are a single parent; you cannot get to the DMV to update your ID within the hours they are open. You cannot go during the day because you know it will be 3 hours of waiting and you cannot afford to take the time from work.
You let it go. You don’t tell anyone you aren’t voting. You want change in your Senate; you think “other people will vote.” Every vote matters, they will this November. You didn’t vote.
You don’t realize what people go through unless you run the scenarios, hear the stories. I made all those up, but I know that a version of them are true for hundreds if not thousands of people in our country.
And you, you who can help, HELP.
Ask the question, are you registered? Can you get there? Let’s get you an absentee ballot. Can I print this for you? Do you need a stamp? Can I take you to the polls? Do you need a ride?
Yes, voting is a personal thing.
And so is saving our planet which is our home (there is no other inhabitable one yet) and our democracy, which is our ideals, our moral compass, and our hearts.
We respect the construct of our Constitution, so we must play inside the construct.
THOSE IN POWER MAKE THE RULES AND LAWS. TO HAVE THE POWER, WE MUST VOTE.
We are in a time for us to ask each other the question:
Are You Ready to Vote?
If you want to ensure that what you believe in and putting the people in office to make sure that what we believe in is upheld
WE MUST VOTE THEM INTO OFFICE.
This is not a time for thinking that “they will do it” there is no they.
It is you; it is us.
I don’t want our generation to be the one that let our democracy be dismantled. I want my countries dignity back.
We need to say nope. Not on our watch.
That means getting up and doing something right here, right now.
Power to the Polls — Amplifier
So I am asking you, are you ready?
Are you signed up?
Have you asked everyone you know?
Have you offered to help someone get registered?
If you want to know what to do today and for the next 74 days.
Do this. Ask the question, are you ready to vote?
And if you do I want to know about it, and so does everyone else. Tell people your story. Make things real with real people.
You are the inspiration of your world; you are the leader and teacher in every moment of your day.
www.vote.org is the place to go.
Not only do we work on our restoring our dignity, but ladies and gents, by voting we pay deference to the people who died and worked for hundreds of years for women, women of color and men of color to vote.
The fierce and amazing Inez Milholland died for women to have the right to vote. Let’s honor her memory and the efforts of so many who fought for this right. We stand on the shoulders of giants always.
Rock The Vote.
Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman, Creative Maven
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