First, let me make a note on complacency and why it’s killing every good movement out there. We live in a system that is racist, sexist, classist, and other discriminations, and the people in power are mostly who we let do it. Don’t let them do it to you, to your family, to us any longer. They have stripped us of our wealth, our health, and our happiness for shamefully too long. And what do we have to show for it that we care enough for ourselves that we’re TAKING IT BACK? I first made this movement after the 2016 election because I was angry. I let that fire burn to motivate me saying that I know that I’m not alone in this. I know people are hurting and are angry and we need to keep lighting that fire to prove to our country, our generation, the next generation that we fought hard for your rights, because we burned out complacency and did something. Let that fire cut the chains that have us “ voting for the lesser evil.” Vote for someone that will represent you, who is un-apologetically refusing to be bought by legalized bribery that steals more of your rights, your wealth, your health and happiness. You build healthy habits by doing the right thing, now how about building the habits that make you more you happy, free, spending quality time with family, friends. “Not into politics” is not a choice, unless you are choosing higher taxes, higher insurance costs, water & air pollution. You as a tax payer are their target whether you like to think you have a choice in it or not. So do yourself a favor and research these candidates. Make the bold move and support whomever speaks to you. Donating to them is so important because they are PEOPLE POWERED, and if people are not powering them and staying complacent, then that’s how we get corruption, a bad reputation, and the vicious cycle of the government and people sucking at our lives. Vote your conscious even if we don’t vote the same way. I’d rather people be happy and strong in this fight, than perpetuate treating people like flocks of sheep.
*Bringing a recorder to our meetups for better note taking.*
I asked everyone at the meeting, June, Debbie, and David. “what do you think about progressive candidates?”
Debbie Lowe Mitchell said, I definitely agree with progressive candidates because they think the way I do. The definition of progressive is forward movement. “Sick of the corporate garbage.”
June Lim said, They need to get more involved with normal people. Corporate places like Home Depot have their own politics within the company. It’s like slavery. You work for less wages and never have time for yourself and your family. They brainwash workers into how they want them to work, especially young people.
David said, I like an unbiased society. And I agree. Everyone is different, it doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. People have different views. Some of them have lived longer than us with more experiences and vote based on what they’ve experienced is better for a working community. Some people don’t see they’re represented by any of them, so they don’t vote but are still involved in council meetings to make their independent voice heard in that way. Some people vote third party, republican, democratic, independent and that’s all fine and dandy as long as they’re voting for them because they know that this person represents doing what’s right. When it comes to campaigning we have to keep this in mind that we, as a society, are burnt out on having people telling us “this is the right way” then getting royally f*cked in the end because we listened to them. It’s time we thought to ourselves, and so what if other people don’t like it. We just established that believing in them was the issue in the first place. Break free of it. Campaign differently. Look at the gerrymandering map and study it to combat the inequality and canvass in places to win votes. Ask people if they’re registered to vote, give them moral support by telling them to vote for whoever is right for them AND STOP THERE. Give them some breathing room to ponder. We’ve been slaves to “voting for the lesser evil” and it’s been insanity ever since. It’s obvious that we went the wrong way. Let’s make it right and break the chain.
Plan B: In case people continue to vote for evil... lesser than, more than, what the hell ever. Go ahead and hate it, for a second even. It’s okay. Naturally people hate what’s bad for them. If you’re feeling too much fire, run it off, do some cardio, journal about it, take a chill pill. What I found that also helps is being an activist. I was so angry at Alabama for shutting down the Planned Parenthood and threatening others that I joined Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates, did a couple days of volunteering as a patient escort, then started taking sex ed brochures to public information places in Huntsville and damn did it feel good. Those sex ed brochures are popular. You know why? Alabama’s bigotted government made the perfect environment for people starving for knowledge, resources, healthcare “down there.” So anything that caters to that, is high in demand. All you have to do is supply it. Also, go to city council meetings. I just posted meetings in every Alabama metropolis here >>> https://alabamasolutions.weebly.com/... Write letters to those government officials to try to knock some sense into them. ARISE will help with this. They have meetings in Alabama if you’d like to join as well has TVPA or Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance who deals with voting and politics.
I hope this helps shake off at least half of the complacencies that may have plagued you. It’s time to wake up and get to work. You’ll feel more alive, rejuvenated, free-er, & happier than ever. Join us at our next meetup on January the 6th at the Lumberyard.
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Cortney L. Brown