Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Do You Know What Today Is?

Claro it's not as exciting as waking up and finding Christmas gifts but people still need to get their asses out of bed, out of their office chairs and vote. Let me clear about my position on voting. It is not the answer. So Mala, if voting is not the answer then why the fuck should I even bother? Because it is a tool and every and all tools at our disposal as a community should be used. So yes maybe you're vote along won't do anything but your vote along with actively doing something in your community be it as an activist or a cultural worker can change things.

If we don't use it, we risk losing it. It wasn't too long ago that people of color and women could not vote. If you don't like any candidate (I still have no clear picture of what I will do shortly once in that voting booth) write a candidate in. do something but for carajo's sake be counted.

When you do go out to vote today , keep your eyes and ears open. Polling places, especially in people of color communities have been notorious for trying to take away people's right to vote via misinformation, fear tactics, and lack of adequate translation services. Also be aware of the millions of people here in the U.S. that cannot vote because of their so called lack of status. These are neighbors, friends, lovers who work here and contribute to society. Ask them what they think is important to them and check out which candidates have been doing right and wrong by them.

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