This article is sponsored by Mothering Justice – a non-partisan organization dedicated to changing policy to improve the lives of mothers of color in our country – to share the information that follows.
It’s 2020 and I am faced with explaining issues my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents faced.
The casualness of hate and prejudices have been incited and celebrated by the current administration. While I’m passionate about many issues – the economy, Supreme Court appointments, healthcare, COVID-19 just to name a few – the racial disparities and prejudice are killing men who look like my husband and sons. The lives and livelihoods of my loved ones is my biggest concern. Having an administration that recognizes the power of their words and actions and uses it in a way to protect ALL within our borders is a must.
Our role in this year’s election is critical. School board, congressional, judicial, and presidential races are about our responsibility to each other. We are the difference makers, we are the revolution, we are our way forward.
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The Power of our Voices
I had the chance to chat with Danielle Atkinson, the Founding Director of Mothering Justice, on Instagram. Below is our conversation on the power of our voices within our communities.
The overall goal of this organization is to empower a well-organized group of mothers that can engage fellow mothers and law makers around a variety of issues that affect working families. By empowering mothers to influence policy on behalf of themselves and their families, Mothering Justice hopes to change the future of families in Michigan for the better. For too long, mothers have been defined by others but, as a group, they have been left out of the conversation.MotheringJustice.org
How can you get more involved?
If you’re wondering more about a candidate (especially federal or state), Google their name and an issue that is important to you. This is a starting point to see how where they stand.
After elections, hold your elected officials accountable. Reach out to them and ask them questions that relate to the issues that are important to you.
Talk to your family and friends about issues that are important to you, them and your community. It’s important not to internalize when society is not working for you but to speak up and out.
And vote … voting in all elections makes a difference.