Vote as if your life depended on it
Updated: Jan 15
I confess: I’m addicted to the news. I read two newspapers a day (sometimes three) and catch one or two news shows most nights.
And I am grateful for every piece of reporting that concerns:
assaults on climate science and efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change
attacks on free trade
tightened restrictions on illegal immigrants (especially those that separate children from their parents)
proposed work requirements for food stamp and Medicaid recipients along with other proposals to penalize the working poor
deteriorating race relations and the rise in discrimination of all types, and
reduced funding for affordable housing and proposed increases in public housing rents
Stories about these and other topics that are dear to me are a gift because they provide a natural cure for my unusually low blood pressure. In this day and age when our “friends” on Facebook may actually be infiltrators with nefarious intentions, it can feel as if we can’t trust anyone and our voice doesn’t matter.
But it does.
And we need to fight for what we believe in using the most fundamental tool of democracy: the ballot box.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged but I beg you to resist those feelings.
Register others to vote!
As I’ve written before, nonprofits can register people to vote without jeopardizing their tax exempt status or affecting their legal lobbying limits! Primary elections are happening all over the country (in my neck of the woods, Californians will be voting on June 5th).
Change is possible.
It begins with you.
Pat Libby is a management consultant to nonprofits and philanthropies. She has served as an academic, senior executive, board member, and consultant to innumerable nonprofit organizations and foundations since 1978.
Get in touch if you have any questions!