Important: Here's a Safety Checklist you can fill out to keep yourself and the people you care about safe around the election.

(This one is relevant to New York, but can be adapted to other places, too.)

Click here for more tips for creating a post-election safety plan that applies to all places.

*Please note the poster @clevergirlcraftings' correction about sanctuary cities (emphasis mine):

11/4/20 EDIT: In these slides I encouraged undocumented Immigrants to locate their closest sanctuary city. Thank you to those who called me out. These cities aren't the safe havens I thought they were from my research. They can be dangerous places and can put Immigrants in harm’s way! I still have a lot to learn about these cities, but I trust what Immigrants are telling me.

Please don't shame people who don't, can't, or don't want to vote.

Vote-shaming is a form of settler-colonialism.

NOT EVERYONE CAN OR WANTS TO VOTE.

Here are just a few reasons why:

Trigger warning: abuse mention in the last bullet point.

  • Not every legal adult in the U.S. can vote.
  • Not everyone in the U.S. is a fucking citizen (and can vote).
  • And even if someone is a U.S. citizen, intentional voter suppression by the white supremacists that comprise the U.S. government is a huge roadblock that prevents predominantly Black, Brown, and/or poor people from voting at all.
  • The prison-industrial complex also prevents a lot of U.S. citizens from voting.
  • The way the white male supremacists who founded and control the so-called "United States of AmeriKKKa" decide, and have decided over the years, who is "allowed" to vote, is, and always has been, inherently anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, misogynistic, racist, and dehumanising–i.e., just plain fucked up. The entire U.S. voting system itself is designed to exploit and ignore the most vulnerable and marginalised populations. Voting is a privilege that is denied to the communities that need representation the most: Immigrants, Black and Brown people, poor people, prisoners, etc.
  • Neither Democratic or Republican candidate is actually going to give us anything CLOSE to real revolution or universal human rights for everyone in the U.S. They are BOTH running on platforms against socialism, poor people, and genuine social justice–platforms on the side of police, prisons, and further marginalisation of oppressed communities.
  • Real revolution is not going to happen via elections and electoral politics.
  • Voting in the U.S. presidential election shouldn't be about voting for one racist misogynistic cishet white male sexual abuser over the other.

And yes, the two most famous candidates for U.S. president right now both fit that category.

Saying no to voting, or not voting for the Democratic candidate, does not automatically mean you support "the bad guy."

Saying no to something does not mean you are saying yes to the opposite.

Pass it on.

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This is a post about some things that I've been thinking about since September, after seeing hordes of people (mainly people with privilege, e.g. whites, but also other "left-leaning" BIPOC/QTBIPOC) on social media implicitly and explicitly shame people who are either choosing not to vote, or who are choosing to vote third party, protest vote, or not vote for the Democratic candidate (but are probably not voting for the Republican candidate either).

A lot of these people use manipulative guilt tactics saying that you HAVE to vote for a certain person to "protect 'our' democracy" (how is it a "democracy" if you "have" to vote for a certain person to "protect" it? *), to "protect women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ communities," etc. They use these tactics of guilting and shaming against the very people that they claim that they're "fighting for," blaming marginalised people for daring to make their own choices.

Well, guess what.

Believe it or not, not every marginalised person in the U.S. wants to vote for your candidate, either.

Not every marginalised person in the U.S. believes that your candidate is ACTUALLY going to give a shit and do something for marginalised communities.

* because it was never a fair and just "government" or "society" in the first place. That's why.

As my cis white male friend L.A. said:

Liberals/Democrats use voter-shaming to suppress leftist/progressive voices through silencing non-bipartisan parties.
"We offer you literally nothing, but if you don’t vote for us and instead vote for the candidates who actually campaign for things you want, you’re a horrible person and you’re giving the election to the Republicans."

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Notes:

I've been thinking about writing about this for over a month, but I originally was thinking of publishing it as an Instagram story. Today, I got the idea again, after seeing another post that said "VOTE-SHAMING IS A FORM OF SETTLER-COLONIALISM." I worried that this post was already "too late." but I realised I should just say it and publish it now, anyway. Many complex factors have prevented me from writing and publishing new work for several years now—and most of those reasons were out of my control—but perfectionism is one thing I do struggle with. I haven't published new writing (outside of this interview) in a whopping four. years.

So I'm just going to hit publish on this one and edit/add more to it later.

Yep, it's a living draft.

#NoMorePerfectionism2020/2021


Important: Here's a Safety Checklist you can fill out to keep yourself and the people you care about safe around the election.

(This one is relevant to New York, but can be adapted to other places, too.)

Click here for more tips for creating a post-election safety plan that applies to all places.

*Please note the poster @clevergirlcraftings' correction about sanctuary cities (emphasis mine):

11/4/20 EDIT: In these slides I encouraged undocumented Immigrants to locate their closest sanctuary city. Thank you to those who called me out. These cities aren't the safe havens I thought they were from my research. They can be dangerous places and can put Immigrants in harm’s way! I still have a lot to learn about these cities, but I trust what Immigrants are telling me.

I know we've been dormant for a while, and I'll be addressing that in the next post.

Thank you, as always, for reading!

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