LOS ANGELES, CA
"We vote because it is our civic duty. We vote to protect the rights of the marginalized and oppressed. We vote for those who don’t have the privilege not to. We vote to honor the thousands that came before us to fight for our rights. We vote to honor our marriage, because otherwise this would just be a photo of two men rather than legally recognized as husbands by the federal government."
"As a womxn and the wife of an immigrant in 2020, I am voting to honor the legacies of voting and immigration rights activists who fought so hard for foundational rights to having our voices heard and our presence acknowledged. My vote this year is in solidarity with Dreamers, refugees, first, second, third generation immigrant families, blended immigration families, folks without papers and all those who are moving through the UCIS process during this pandemic and every year."
LOS ANGELES, CA
"I'm voting because I believe in the dignity and worth of every human being."
UNION CITY, CA
"We are all voting this year because we believe in showing up in and for our community and one of the many ways we can do that is by exercising our right to vote."
“I am voting this year because as a young woman in this country I believe it is crucial that we use our platform to equalize the gender gap in society. This could be the pay gap, abortion rights, eradicating the higher likely hood of African American women dying during childbirth, and of course defending those who have been sexually assaulted and de-stigmatizing those who come out and ask for help. I also believe that equal rights for all human beings, ignoring their gender, sexual, orientation and color of their skin is a fight that we have fought for way too long and I am voting to play a part in ending that fight.”
"The first time I was eligible to vote was 2008. I was going to the City College of New York and living in Harlem. I stood in line waiting for my turn to cast a ballot and could feel a palpable sense of hope, joy, and electricity that day. I'm voting to bring that feeling back. I'm voting for the Green New Deal, Black Lives Matter, and Universal Healthcare. I'm voting because it's my duty as an American."
"I can’t wait to vote this year! It’s an act of optimism and a huge privilege. There was a time when people like me couldn’t vote, so making my voice heard is also a way to honor those who came before me. Voter suppression is real, and there are still people who don’t want communities of color to rise up and make our voices heard, so for me, that’s as good a motivation as ever. Oh, you don’t want me to vote? Then I’m definitely gonna vote. And I’m gonna make sure my friends vote. And I’m gonna vote in a way that makes sure we steer back in the direction of taking good care of all people, especially those who need it most.
"I vote in hope that someday, we will see diverse people representing all of the diverse demographics in this country. We must and can do more, and do better to represent all voices!"
"My vote has never felt more important than it does this year. There is so much at stake in ensuring we are becoming a more equitable, accepting and forward-thinking society. I just welcomed my first child into this crazy world and the future has never felt so real... I want her to be able to breath fresh air and explore nature, live in a diverse and tolerant community, understand the value of education and science, and have confidence and pride in her own vote someday. Across the last few months and years it’s frightening to think that those seemingly simple expectations for ourselves and our children are in question... that’s why I vote!"
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
"As a mixed woman I've always felt a strong duty to vote. My life, my rights, my ability to say what I think free from harm, and my privilege to go after my dreams is the result of many hard fought battles and untold struggles. It's always mattered to me to honor them and to participate in our democracy. There's so much work to be done to improve upon the framework our founders laid out (ahem, a new constitution anyone?), but that doesn't mean I will pass up my opportunity to make my mark, stand up for what I believe, and keep pushing to make this country a more equitable society. This year, I'm voting to reject white supremacy. I'm voting to stand up for Black lives. I'm voting because if we don't take enhanced actions to support our earth, we will no longer have this beautiful home. I'm voting because of the hundreds of thousands who have lost their lives to this pandemic and the countless others who lost jobs, businesses, and hope in the wreckage. I'm voting because no matter how thrilled (or not thrilled) I may be with a candidate, it still matters to show the hell up, because we can. Let's show up. "
"There’s just too much at stake this election season to sit on the sidelines. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”"
UNION CITY, CA
"I am voting for decency and compassion. I am voting for science, and for someone who will trust the advice of the experts in the room. I am voting to curb climate change and for the planet that my future children will call home. I am voting for Black lives. For George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless others taken too soon. I am voting on behalf of the 217,832 and counting Americans who lost their lives to Covid-19. I am voting for the Affordable Care Act and for women to make their own decisions about their bodies. I am voting for the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I am voting for someone who will lead by example and who will bring us together rather than tearing us apart."
EL SEGUNDO, CA
"Voting is important to me because we need to be able to make our voices heard. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to speak our truth and share what we believe, and to make sure that we are being represented by people who care. I vote for the right to choose what I do with my own body. I vote to help dismantle the systemic racism of our country. I vote because even though I am just one person, I have the right to be heard and represented. I vote because I care about other people."
"At times I get stuck in a dark place where I can’t see how change can happen or how I can make any impact on systems that currently and historically leave us in a wake of disconnection from each other’s humanity and the destruction that results from that. It can overwhelm me and make me feel paralyzed. I think this feeling is actually some of the purpose behind these systems, to overwhelm to the point that individuals become hopeless and stop trying. I vote because I won’t stop trying. I vote because even when it doesn’t feel like enough, I believe we all deserve to be treated with love and respect. I vote because my heart is broken for all who hear that they are not worthy, not important. That they don’t come from the “right” place, have the “right” skin color, identify as the “right” gender, the “right sexuality, have the “right” body, etc. The list goes on and on with ways we steal each other’s humanity and I vote because we can and have to do better. I vote because I believe that any system that perpetuates harm needs to be ripped apart and we have the power together to do that even when it’s overwhelming."
"I care about the world my son and his peers are growing up in, the education they receive and the role models being presented to them on a daily basis. I actively want our world to improve through kindness, opportunity and education. Voting is one opportunity I can influence that. There are a lot of things in the world we can't control. By voting, being an advocate, learning and finding candidates we believe in- we not only get a chance to have some control, but also get the opportunity to talk with family and friends about what is important to us. Even if our candidate doesn't win, it builds community to help make the changes and support the things important to us."
"I vote because I'm:
A mental health therapist and social worker. This year’s violence has shown that we need to fund the education of those other professionals that may come in connect with the mentally ill. There are different skills needed than force to appropriately and ethically handle mental illness.
An aunt. I have 2 beautiful mixed race nieces. I want to give them the opportunities for acceptance and success that I was given simply by having my white skin. I can’t protect them from all racism, but I can practice anti-racist actions.
A woman. Voting wasn’t always a given for us women. I’m proud of the many American women that fought so hard to give me the opportunity. As one of my heroes died this year RBG, the fight continues even more in her honor."
"I grew up in a household where we had passionate conversations around the dining room table relating to current events and the political climate.Throughout elementary school and beyond, I always had the opportunity to "vote" in mock presidential polls. To me informed voting is fundamental, it was a foundational piece of my upbringing and education. As a White woman in America, I feel it is critical (particularly in this 2020 election) to cast my vote on behalf of the populations that are marginalized and disenfranchised by the systems, institutions and politics that silence their votes and voices. This is why I vote!"
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