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US politics, racism, classism, voting 

“If voting changed anything they would make it illegal.”

All of these are from news stories published within the last month (as of December 29, 2019):

-The state of Georgia canceled the voter registration status of 100,000 predominantly black and low-income citizens to suppress turnout.

nytimes.com/2019/12/27/us/elec

-Wisconsin tried to purge over 200,000 Democratic-leaning voters from the rolls.

cnn.com/2019/12/24/opinions/wi

-Texas falsely claimed that over 100,000 voters (almost exclusively people of color) were not real U.S. citizens and tried to prevent them from voting. The state also sent Crystal Mason to prison for unknowingly voting illegally while on supervised release.

newyorker.com/news/news-desk/h

- Lanisha Bratcher of North Carolina is facing 19 months in prison for voting in the 2016 election after being released from prison. The law she is being charged under was instituted under Jim Crow to disenfranchise black people.

theguardian.com/us-news/2019/d

US politics, racism, classism, voting 

Vote!

Register to vote if you are eligible

register.rockthevote.com/regis

Verify your registration (to make sure that you haven’t been purged)

register.rockthevote.com/regis

Use Ballotpedia to learn more about the candidates and issues on your ballot

ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

Learn who is donating to the candidates on your ballot with Open Secrets

opensecrets.org/

If you prefer to focus on other ways of being politically active that is great! Voting just takes a few minutes, leaving lots of time to engage in protest and direct action. Most of my political engagement is not through electoral politics, but I still vote and encourage others to vote because the people who want to hurt my friends, family, and neighbors don't want me to.

US politics, racism, classism, voting 

Help others exercise their right to vote!

Send letters to underrepresented voters with Vote Forward to help people register and encourage turnout

votefwd.org/

Donate to or volunteer with Spread the Vote, which covers the cost of voter IDs, helps people exercise their right to vote, and advocates against voter suppression

spreadthevote.org/

Volunteer with Rock the Vote to help register voters

rockthevote.org/action-center/

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