New Jersey Stage Issue 75 - Page 97

How important is voting in the upcoming election ? Voting in every election is an important aspect of civil action and civil disobedience in favor of justice and an anti-racist society . Yes , for many people of color voting is an act of civil disobedience in a society where there are constantly obstacles to our rightful participation in the electoral system . Unfortunately , we teach citizens that elections are about personalities or that elections alone are supposed to result in the social change we want . And when we don ’ t like the personalities or we don ’ t get all the change we want , we think elections are not effective . But voting is just one essential tool of many – protest , community organizing , petitioning , lobbying , etc . What makes this election important is that it is the next one and the one which can have immediate impact on ending the deterioration of our democracy and the normalization of white supremacist hatred and violence . The result of this election will not end racism , but it can move us closer to a more just , equitable and inclusive society . We need to use every tool at our disposal to move us in that direction .

How important is voting in the upcoming election ? Voting in every election is an important aspect of civil action and civil disobedience in favor of justice and an anti-racist society . Yes , for many people of color voting is an act of civil disobedience in a society where there are constantly obstacles to our rightful participation in the electoral system . Unfortunately , we teach citizens that elections are about personalities or that elections alone are supposed to result in the social change we want . And when we don ’ t like the personalities or we don ’ t get all the change we want , we think elections are not effective . But voting is just one essential tool of many – protest , community organizing , petitioning , lobbying , etc . What makes this election important is that it is the next one and the one which can have immediate impact on ending the deterioration of our democracy and the normalization of white supremacist hatred and violence . The result of this election will not end racism , but it can move us closer to a more just , equitable and inclusive society . We need to use every tool at our disposal to move us in that direction .

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