So, voting rights are being eroded across the country. Most recently Wisconsin said that they can’t have drop-boxes for absentee ballots.
If you’ve been reading twitter, people who were most active in electing democrats are now turning on them. Elected democrats are not protecting democracy enough. They’re not protecting the vulnerable enough. They’re not even protecting the post office. These things are all true. But I’ve seen a lot of twitter accounts with massive amounts of followers starting to say that they won’t vote at all in the next election and they’re encouraging their followers to not vote either.
So basically we’re getting:
- Vulnerable people being unable to vote because of legislation and rulings making it difficult for them to vote. Long lines, few voting sites, voter ID, insane gerrymandering, etc. are now the order of the day.
- Well off white people who helped in the last election not helping at all, and, in fact, supporting fascists with their rhetoric.
I live in a not voting state. What these two items together end up giving you is a whole lot of death. Even if most of our population supports something, it doesn’t matter because we don’t run and we don’t vote because we’ve given up hope. We had a little bit of hope two elections ago, but not enough to sustain until the next election, and not enough to overcome the barriers to voting for vulnerable people. I don’t want to live in a not voting country.
Today is MLK day. The MLK family is doing a big march to protect voter rights for that first group. If this were four years ago, there would be a centralized website where you could find marches in your area. But I don’t think there is. Just the main march.
Here’s my ask.
If you live in a Blue State, or if you have a Democrat as a senator (especially if that “democrat” is Sinema or Manchin, both of whom are acting like Republicans and making it really difficult for any sort of progressive agenda to get through):
- Call your senator and make it clear that you still care about democracy. We NEED the freedom to vote act to be passed. https://5calls.org/issue/voting-rights-ftva-freedom-vote-act/
- Before completely throwing away a representative, take a look at what they’ve been trying to do. Is it truly them, or have they been trying and been stymied by not having *enough* power. Look at their own records, not just the record of democrats as a whole. This is going to vary by representative and senator. Don’t throw away the entire party.
If you live anywhere in the US:
- Primaries are starting up. Look into these. Republicans are worried about being primaried on the right. Maybe dems should start worrying about being primaried on the left. If you have extra cash, throw a little money to the candidates whose ideologies best match yours. Even if they have no chance of winning, money will send a signal.
- Look at your upcoming local elections and make a plan to VOTE. Local primaries and local politics are now more important than ever since neither the court system nor the federal government is going to protect us.
I’m not sure where the best place for right-to-vote donations are right now.
Not allowing comments today because I don’t want to deal with all the well-off White dudes who want to tell me that everything is hopeless. You guys should move to Russia. Once you decide everything is hopeless, the fascists win. So yes, if you get enough people to lose hope, you’re right. Would you rather be right or still have some chance at living in a democracy?