Friends, facebookers, countrypeople,
We’re in our last, mad dash to get out as many young voters on college campuses across Ohio, and our project isn’t called All Hands on Deck for nothing (our branch’s facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/VoteMobOh). If you, or ANYONE you know who is not already GOTVing like crazy wants to do some non-traditional get out the vote in the next few days, aimed at reaching unlikely progressive voters, please share this blog post and respond with a resounding hell yeah ASAP (to firstname.lastname@example.org, or 917-608-9571). Then we’ll figure out the deets.
We don’t do your standard door-knocking and OFA call-lists, which are geared towards encouraging likely progressive voters. We do flash mobs, home-made down-ballot real-talk voter guides (peep mine here), getting people to wear stickers that point to theballot.org (above- make it your pic!), and change their profile picture to spread the word through social networks. We have young folks wearing and taking pictures with our hoodie vote hoodies (biggest wins: Russell Simmons, Dick Gregory and the Central State modeling club wearing them), and take pictures and video explaining why they vote. And, at least in Virginia, we do Gangam Voting.
This campaign has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I can say without a doubt that our last push in Ohio is going to be an ecstatic, amazing experience. I’d love to have as many of you, or your friends, here with us as possible.
I can also say without a doubt that with electoral math as it is, Ohio (and specifically, Ohio’s youth) will be the deciding factor in what the next four years and more looks like in this country. I’m not even going to pretend to be the most enthusiastic Obam-ista out there, that the last four years haven’t been rough. There are lots of things I’m frustrated with. This isn’t about that for me. This is about whether or not we get to continue to have the space and potential (though not a guarantee) to aspire to a progressive, just, equitable, sustainable vision of this country. Or do we relegate the next four years, and more, to playing the defensive against a terrifying ultra-right-wing juggernaut, hell-bent on a vision for this country, that I cannot and will not consent to with silence and apathy?
I’m in Cleveland, Ohio, working on building this movement for the long haul. I’m going to give everything I’ve got for the next several days, because I want no regrets going forward. I’d love to have as many of you with us as possible. But I take comfort in knowing that, wherever yall are at, you’re doing wonderful things, and visioning our community for the better. And I take further comfort in knowing that I’ll get to see you all a lot more once this is over. I’ve missed yall terribly these past months.
Peace and Love yall,