Opinion: Why Gen Z and Millennials need to vote in 2020 – WHYY

Posted By on November 3, 2020

Why else would so much effort be put into suppressing it? Your vote is your voice your contribution to a national discussion. It is your chance to actually do something about the critical challenges facing our nation.

We are mired in an economic crisis that disproportionately harms marginalized communities. Millions of Americans are struggling to feed their families, facing eviction or foreclosure, and looking for work. If you want an economic recovery that embodies justice and equity for all Americans, your vote is your voice.

Every stage of our criminal justice system disproportionately affects communities of color, from policing to the courts to incarceration. If you are outraged and heartbroken following yet another fatal shooting of a Black person at the hands of law enforcement this week, and want to reimagine what it means to invest in services and supports that help keep all in our city healthy and safe, your vote is your voice.

In Pennsylvania, our laws still do not provide comprehensive non-discrimination protections for members of the LGBTQ+ community, who can still lose their jobs or homes simply because of who they are or who they love. Wages are still limited by gender. Credit and real estate values are still impacted by racial bias and discrimination. If you believe that we must do better because all people are created equal, your vote is your voice.

Your vote is your voice, but it is so much more than that. Your vote is your power, your authority as a citizen not just to choose our leaders, but to hold them accountable, to choose a government that promises us a better future and then demand that they deliver on those promises. Apathy has dire consequences. We cannot delegate decision-making to our neighbors and then grumble about the outcome of their choices.

Never think for a moment that your vote wont matter.

Never think for a moment that your voice is small.

Your vote is an exercise of political power. Your voice is a moral contribution to the world we live in. Decisions will be made by those who show up. So make a plan to vote. Get informed about who and what is on your ballot. Show up. Use your voice.


Jason Mitchell is a finance and supply chain professional and is the current president of the Urban League of Philadelphias young professionals group, NExT Philadelphia.

Jill Fertel is a lawyer and serves on the Advocacy Committee of the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Philadelphia Associate Board.

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