Posts tagged vote
Posts tagged vote
Transgender people, the majority of whom have never had problems voting in the past, may now lose their right to vote due to dozens of new voter suppression laws. Over 25,000 transgender people could have their voting rights taken away. In response to these dubious new laws, we have released two resources to help transgender people reclaim their voting rights.
Definitely take a look at this website if you’re eligible to vote this upcoming election! It’s extremely important, considering that Romney will literally try to take away our basic human and legal rights. Spread this around as well so your trans* followers can see it.
I’ve been freaking out about this :/
ah bugger. I just realized that not only do I have to figure out absentee voting, I also have to figure out what’s up because I’ve changed my name since the last time I voted. I guess I better get on that.
I’m not sure how much of this is really new information (at least nothing about my state was new; some states the photo ID laws might be new); but like the main risks (ID not looking like you, wrong gender marker, etc. are probably things you’re already aware of as risks.)
But it’d be definitely good to look over the information.
(I say this mostly because my initial reaction was ‘oh shit what now” and it turned out to be stuff I’d already anticipated.)
this is probably the #1 issue i have with other anarchists and “radicals” in general, and it’s almost always coming from white dudes who are relatively class-stable* (meaning they have families to fall back on if things become difficult, no children, no health care needs, and they basically choose to live in poverty and can do so comfortably).
and it’s bullshit. it’s not even true.
like i get that voting is not going to bring about any systemic changes and that we are “voting for the lesser evil” and all that shit. i myself was opposed to voting until fairly recently when i wisened up. but i simply cannot support the viewpoint that we should vote for the worst candidate with the hopes that the entire system will fall apart. i find that logic to be completely asinine. similarly, abstaining from voting because one believes the candidates are too similar to matter is an incredibly privileged decision.
because while the left and right wing in the US are both corporately controlled, pro capitalist, pro privatization, etc. the fact remains that, if the GOP was in power, a lot more people would literally die due to being denied resources. you cannot convince someone at the bottom of the social hierarchy that there are no differences between the parties. they are the groups that are MOST affected by the differences that anarchists either deny the existence of entirely, or consider to be too small to matter. i’m talking about the extremely poor, mostly consisting of POC, people with disabilities, & trans people.
too many people think these populations are disposable and are ‘necessary sacrifices’ which is just disgusting and i want no part in any movement that encourages such thinking.
*(and yes i know that quote is usually attributed to emma goldman, but that’s irrelevant.)
I took the quiz to see if maybe I was a closet conservative. Doesn’t look like it.