Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Gay Vegans: Getting Politically Active

By Dan Hanley

With the 2019 election results coming out of Virginia, good news for me as the Democrats took control of the state senate and state house, I remembered living there back in my Navy days and post Navy days, also the period of time I started becoming politically active.

I have been consistently registered to vote wherever I have lived since I was 18. And I haven’t missed an election, even when deployed.

Being politically active is more important than ever. Every day I hear elected congress people spew permission for our president and name call anyone who might have an opposing thought to the president. Our power comes in our vote and in speaking out against electeds we disagree with. I often use hashtags #vote and #votethemout when on social media, and me voting is the first step. It doesn’t end there though.

Consistently speaking out against those complicit is part of being politically active for me. Watching any news program or reading any online news, I see what those complicit are saying. I want to add to their narrative, so they know and others paying attention realize that there is so much more to the story than those complicit allowing the president to do and say whatever he wishes.

Join your local political group. Attend a protest. Plan a protest. Donate to a favorite candidate or two. Run for a local office. Write a letter to the editor. There are so many actions we can take.

We do not have the luxury to wait this one out or to decide to do nothing.

Thanks for reading.

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