What Road Will We Take in November?

Part I: The Stakes of the Midterms

Sam Chavez
Sam Chavez

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๐Ÿค“ Bite-Sized Knurd: The Midterm elections on November 8th is a decision point where we will all decide how we want our country to move forward. Which road will we choose?

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At times, 2022 has felt like molasses slowly moving along, but as we enter October, the year has accelerated and the Midterms loom just over a month away.

Midterms can often go unrecognized as many people in the country tune out political coverage out of sheer exhaustion. When thereโ€™s not a presidential election, voter turnout drops 15-20%. Despite that, this yearโ€™s Midterms will be a significantly consequential election to decide the path our country is going to take.

Weโ€™re at a precipice in the United States whether we want to admit it or not. In the next few years, we will have choices to make that will impact our future (not to sound dramatic or anything).

There are storm clouds gathering strength now that will impact our future for generations to come.

Some clouds are good and have a chance to positively reshape our daily lives (the rise in the labor movement & the shift in renewable energy & fight for climate justice)
And some not so good. (Right-wing extremism and fascism are on the rise with violence increasing and corporate greed is causing historic inequality)

Each of these clouds will reshape our world in ways we canโ€™t fully understand today. But what we do know is that we have a choice for the direction that we want to move towards.

Our Choice: Together or Alone

Throughout the year, weโ€™ve shared the underlying conditions in our society that have brought us to this precipice and the solutions that we can make that lead to a better world.

We survive these coming storms through persistence, joy, imagination, and community. We fall if we are individualistic and sink into loneliness and despair.

Over the next few weeks, weโ€™re going to be focused on key themes looming over the election as we gear up, volunteer, vote, and raise our voices to ensure enough voters understand the stakes and opportunities we have on November 8th:

  • The rise of extremism
  • The fragile state of democracy
  • The backlash to the progressive movement
  • The hope that persists

Are You Registered?

Weโ€™ve said this election is the most important one of our lives for the last few elections, but it continues to be true. I get that hearing this can feel exhausting. I voted last year and things are worse! Why do I have to keep voting? Lately, Iโ€™ve switched my view of voting (thanks to a friend from SwingLeft).

Voting is like brushing your teeth. You donโ€™t brush and all the plaque goes away forever. You have to brush every day. Over time, it becomes a lot easier to brush your teeth because thereโ€™s less plaque each time you brush. Right now, we have to brush our teeth extra vigorously or the plaque will start running the show. But the more times we brush, the cleaner we are.

If we all come out to brushโ€ฆvote, we can begin to see progress and that progress will build upon itself and the road will become clearer.

So my ask for you this week is please make sure youโ€™re registered to vote and that your friends, family, and colleagues are registered too!

Next Up:

The Rise of Extremism
๐Ÿค“ Bite-Sized Knurd: The rise of extremism has been widely covered, but many sources fail to talk about why these threats are rising. Exploring the mental and emotional reasons why extremism is escalating helps to combat it. Read on for moreโ€ฆ
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Sam Chavez

Sam is a writer, strategist, and curious human. She founded the roots of change agency in 2020. Sam is a queer, white, LatinX activist whoโ€™s passionate about a livable planet & equitable societies.


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