Monday, November 5, 2018

United Farm Workers / "Your vote is your voice"

From the United Farm Workers:

It’s easy to be frustrated in today’s politics of division and prejudice. The progress for which we have fought so long and hard is under attack. We don’t have to accept it. Our vote is the best weapon we have. The midterm elections are upon us. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. If you are voting by mail you can vote now. This is our chance to tell Donald Trump that we’ve had enough. Voting is our right. It’s our responsibility. If we don’t vote we are supporting Trump and his agenda.

Cesar Chavez once said, “We don’t need perfect political systems; we need perfect participation.”

My perception is that the way we live our lives, participating in a positive way, drawing on our strengths, is an additional way to vote, doing what we can do.  Forever.

Woody Guthrie did that when he wrote the lyrics for this song with music written by Martin Hoffman, speaking for those whose voices were silenced:

"My father's own father, he waded that river
They took all the money he made in his life
My brothers and sisters they worked in the fruit trees
They rode the big truck till they lay down and died."


dritanje said...

Good luck with your voting. We are all hoping, for it affects us here, and the whole world really.

am said...

Thank you so much for expressing your hope for all of us, Morelle. There is a powerful sense of community without borders that has grown through our blogs and will sustain us no matter what happens.

ellen abbott said...

yes, live our lives as inclusively and compassionately as possible but we also need to be politically active because otherwise the white supremacists will disenfranchise everyone else.

37paddington said...

Let us hope that we have perfect participation today, and live for the highest good every day. I so appreciate you.