For a couple weeks now, my buddy Kai has been engaged in a Fast For Democracy to bear moral witness to the corruption and state violence of concentrated wealth overwhelming the voices and votes of ordinary people. The fast is also to encourage folks to pledge to vote for pro-democracy candidates. He asked me to take the pledge, help spread the word, and encourage others to do so, and given the swirl of recent scandals and revelations around voter suppression (which I touched on a couple days ago), I felt compelled both to spread the word and to join in the fast myself.
Below is a roundup of a handful of articles from the last week. I found that, together, they tell a story of the relationship between voting, White Supremacy and how good our lives get to be, that leaves me reflective, anxious and yet hopeful.
Reflective, because it feels like we’ve been here before with White Supremacy. (Folks wiser than me would probably add that we never left)
Anxious, because while radicals denounce Democratic shills and voting, and elders disparage the disaffected young people who don’t get it, so few of our groups achieve the integration of massive civic engagement and disruptive power-building we need to succeed. And so we find that 40,000 Georgians who registered to vote may be unable to do so, and we don’t have the power to change that. The cost of that fragmentation is borne overwhelmingly by the bodies and the bank accounts of the poor, people of color, the young and our elders.
And hopeful, because I see in our generational cohort of grassroots groups (see: Freedom Side, OSA, Dream Defenders, United We Dream) and regional power alignments (see: Working Families Party, Moral Monday NC, and West-Coast labor-based coalitions) a maturing analysis that is working on internalizing that integration in a real way.
Anyway, peep the articles below. I found them provocative, to say the least:
It just is.