Election Day: Go Vote and Be Heard; Then Help Foster Brave Spaces for Dialogue
Do you know two of the knocks about liberals and progressives is that we don't vote and attack our own? Yep, it's true. So, how about we start rewriting the script. Tuesday is election day. If you haven't voted through early voting or absentee ballots, GO VOTE. It's that simple.
If you have voted, thank you. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. Pay it forward. There are several key state races where one or two votes can make all the difference. Curious about them? No worries. The relevant information is below.
Now to the second point, liberals and progressives attack their own. Simply stated, we do. Take for instance the lack of civility and kindness exhibited on the two Bernie Sanders posts this week. Yes, the 2016 Election was ugly and full of actions that are less than stellar. This happened in each and every campaign. The point is we don't like the end result. And, we know we can do better.
This starts by hearing one another out in brave spaces, where things might be said that we disagree with. However, we cannot attack one another in these conversations. We must listen and learn and find a way forward.
Remember, the private 159 group is, at its heart, a safe space for us all. We have to honor that by listening, debating and moving forward rather than attaching one another. We, as a collective group, did not do this Friday. Allies were hurt and attacked. This is unacceptable. If you were involved in those posts, please reflect on what was said and whether it was productive.
Progressives must learn how to work together and make a difference. Rehashing old wounds will not accomplish this.
Now, back to the first order of business. The most important thing you can do this week is go vote, in each and every race you are eligible to vote in. Here is the information about some key state races.
SENATE DISTRICT 6
Flipping this district could end the super majority in the Senate. There are three Democrats running in the special election, which is more of a jungle primary.
- Jen Jordan
- PO Box 19884, Atlanta, GA 30325
- Taos Wynn
- 575 Pharr Rd NE #550302, Atlanta, GA 30355-6000
HOUSE DISTRICT 117
- Deborah Gonzalez, 159 member
HOUSE DISTRICT 119
- Jonathan Wallace
For more information about these races and how to help, check out these presentations from a recent Indivisible Turning Georgia Blue event.