We have 99 days until the 2020 election in the US. That’s 14 weeks during which I’ll be trying my damnedest to get leaders elected who will move the dial toward equity, inclusion, and progressive policies that will do the least harm and the greatest good.
I love lists. I love checking things off of lists. I’d hazard the guess that lots of folks reading this do, too. So, every Monday until November, I’ll be listing one specific action to take in preparation of the election. Electoral politics won’t solve everything, but voting is a tool in the box and it needs to be sharpened, oiled, and ready for action.
Week One: Register to vote.
You can’t vote if you’re not registered. This week, take three minutes to double-check your registration status, register yourself to vote for the very first time, or remind friends and family to do the same.
In a June Democracy Now interview, speaking about the incredible momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement, activist scholar Angela Davis said: “We’re going to have to translate some of the passion that has characterized these demonstrations into work within the electoral arena, recognizing that the electoral arena is not the best place for the expression of radical politics.” In this spirit, my personal vow is to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. So I’m checking my registration status and encouraging all my friends to do the same.
Here are the details:
I am a voter is “a nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by unifying around a central truth: our democracy works best when we all participate.” Head to I am a voter or text VOTER to 26797 to check your registration or register to vote.
PS: If you have an action item you’re itching to share in the weeks leading up to the election, feel free to pitch the idea to erin @ readingmytealeaves dot com.