During the 2018 Midterm election season I joined the dedicated members of Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition a.k.a. CIRC, to help encourage people to vote.
I joined the team as a Canvasser, which meant knocking on about 70 doors every afternoon to talk to people about the election, a task which went by fairly quickly because most people hide in their bathrooms whenever somebody shows up at their doorstep unannounced (I panic whenever I hear a knock at my door but hey, I vote). The handful of people who did open their doors were often times friendly and less often but often enough very, er, boorish. I get it, coming to your home, talking to you about politics while your cooking dinner can feel intrusive. I sometimes understood their annoyance and felt apologetic about my presence but usually I felt annoyed with those individuals— you are on our list because you have a history of not voting and we want to ensure that you do vote, at least at the state level (I get feeling disheartened to vote at the federal level but hey, ya gotta do it). If you’re not voting, you relinquish your right to complain and there are people fighting hard to make up for your lack of responsibility.
Team Colorado Springs
Each of these individuals have helped fight for Immigrants rights here in Colorado.
They helped mobilize Colorado’s voters by:
making phone calls, knocking on doors, and sending out letters.
During the 2018 Midterm election season the Colorado Springs group alone made over one million attempts to reach potential voters.
Individuals need to remember that people have died for this right, people are still fighting for this right (side note: with the amount of wrongfully convicted people sitting in prisons, not allowing incarcerated individuals to vote seems like gross injustice but we can talk about that later.) so saying “I’m not voting, I don’t really care” is not and should not be acceptable. You have to stand for something, otherwise you’ll fall for everything…Yeah, I think Katy Perry said that, but it’s fitting.