As Spirit in Action’s Tzedek Social Justice Fellow, Sam Singer was out in the field talking to voters throughout the election season. Here, she shares a new view of voter engagement and explores how millennials can advocate for themselves rather than waiting for others to advocate for them.
When we move away from the political system we create a larger gap between those elected and us, millennials. Why should they advocate for us if we take ourselves out of the political process? We are the most diverse demographic group that is currently able to vote in the US and should use the power we have to elect representatives that will represent us.
We have to vote. We, millennials, have to talk about what we want to see change. We have to advocate for our system to work. I keep thinking about the statement the college student with DACA made, “at least your government is worth fighting for.” With that in mind, now we must decide if we want to fight for it. We know the issues, because they are our problems. We understand the economy, because it’s our money. We know the importance of discussing diversity, because they are our conversations. Knowing all of this and knowing who we are clearly states that our government is worth advocating for. The simplest way for us to advocate is to vote.
To read more about how millennials can transform the political system, check out “A Millennial’s Experience Working in Voter Engagement” on the Spirit in Action blog.