As Americans everywhere get ready to go to the polls on Election day this Tuesday, November 6th, we’ve rounded up some of the most compelling reasons we can find to get out and participate in the electoral process; so if you haven’t already voted early, please go to your local polling place and cast your vote:
VOTING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE: A LESSON IN CULTURAL AND LITERARY ALLUSIONS
The Atlantic takes a look at President Obama’s use of an oft-cited aphorism in a recent speech (November 1) in which he discussed the importance of voting. Not surprisingly, some have tried to create a bogus controversy from these remarks while others clearly “got it.” Check out this thoughtful assessment of things and watch the video just below for some fairly recent pop culture context:
THE NEW YORKER ENDORSES PRESIDENT OBAMA
The venerable New Yorker’s board of editors endorse President Obama at newyorker.com.
90 DAYS 9O REASONS: MICHAEL STIPE, AL FRANKEN, AND JOSHUA FERRIS ON WHY THEY’RE VOTING FOR OBAMA
Weeks ago, our very own Michael Stipe weighed in on the importance (reason #23) of re-electing President Obama at 90days90reasons.com. Recently, Senator Al Franken posted his own thoughts (reason #85) as did Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner Joshua Ferris (reason #89). Read their thoughts and those by others at 90days90reasons.com.
STEPHEN STILLS: CAST YOUR BALLOT IN FAVOR OF COMMON SENSE AND THE FUTURE
Legendary Crosby, Stills & Nash guitarist and vocalist Stephen Stills gives his endorsement for common sense and the future at rollingstone.com.
PEARL JAM’S MIKE MCCREADY: LIFE IS A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION
Watch Mike McCready’s “Life is a Pre-exisiting Condition” video, share and sign the petition to pledge to vote for candidates who support the Affordable Care Act on November 6th. “Life is a Pre-existing Condition” was made in collaboration with Mike’s friend and filmmaker, Jesse Dylan.
GA VOTERS: GO TO SCHOOL ON THE STATE CHARTER SCHOOL AMENDMENT
If you’re a Georgia voter, the charter schools amendment is on Georgia ballots this Tuesday, so please be sure to watch this important video before heading to the polls to learn why this amendment to our state constitution is unnecessary and would be a drain on resources. GA Voters: Vote NO on the State Charter School Amendment.
COLOR OF CHANGE: VOTING IS OUR RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY
Civil rights group ColorOfChange launched a new video, calling on minority voters to continue the fight against voter suppression and take back the power to decide who wins the election by voting.
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange said, “Voting is our right and our responsibility, and we must continue to fight for it.”
Watch the video:
And finally, we leave you with this thought from the League of Conservation Voters: