I am grateful to the Indivisible Movement for giving a voice to reason. While I have always voted, I never felt the need to actually knock on doors or go to meetings. Until now. Like many others, this election served as a wake up call. I now realize how critical it is to know who is in my government, from the city council to the school board. I also realize that with a corrupt and confused federal team, it has now moved back to the state level to defend the rights we have all come to take for granted. (I used to laugh at those who talked about "states rights." ) This is now playing out, state by state. New York just passed free four year education for all those who earned less than $100,000. California is putting together Immigrant Rights and Health Care plans. Here, in Washington, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is doing everything that he can, within the law to hold back the tide.
Thus far, Indivisible has led me to the Capital for several different Advocacy Days, handing out information to Legislative Staff, writing postcards, making phone calls, and Facebooking and Twittering up a fever. We can only do all that we can do.
My issues? Too many.
I work in the fields of disability, employment, technology and education. My life's mission has been inclusion for all, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. We now face efforts to roll back every single one of the rights we have been fighting for in all of my 64 years and beyond. Every single one. Women's Rights. Civil Rights. Gender Equity. The Right to Vote. The right to choose. The right to access and education. The right to not be discriminated against based on race, color, ethnicity, ability, national origin, religion, sense of humor, type of car. The belief of Science and Reason. So, I need to focus. Thank you, Indivisible, for helping to focus my energies and concerns and guide me to action. JR