The Work Is Not Done
Millions of people released a collective sigh of relief on Saturday when the 2020 election was called for President-Elect Joe Biden. The celebration that occurred in the streets across multiple cities was understandable, yet the reality of the election showed that there’s a lot of questions and even more work left to be done to begin correcting the generational stains of the American way known to many but newly uncovered by some in the last few years. The call is for all to roll up your sleeves and get ready to do the labor that is needed when all the singing and dancing in the street subsides.
The first step in any process meant to result in social change requires education. Especially in today’s always online world where disinformation prospers in spaces like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and millions of other websites. But simply saying, “get educated” is not enough of a directive to point people where to start. Ask yourself what topics you are most interested in actively engaging.
Voter suppression, women’s rights, police reform, education reform – all of these are examples of topics where support from the public is always needed. Jumping into to help is a great start but educate yourself on the facts within in space and the best ways to support that fit your schedule, abilities, and budget. There are countless organizations and experts ready to point you in the right direction – a simple Google search will get you started on learning more.
Learn More About Your Local Political Processes
Even as loud voices in the Republican party try to delegitimize the current election through various means, the reason they are doing so shows the importance of an individual’s vote. The presidential election occurs every four years, but people often forget about how vital those local elections are in their very own communities. It is those elections that determine what goes on in the streets and schools you frequent every day. Not only that, but they also impact the work being done by politicians further up the political ladder.
If you are truly upset about the things going on in communities around you, run for an office. Organizations like Run for Something help support individuals who are interested in running for a local office but do not know how to start. Valuable resources like this are here to help. Again, just hop over to Google to find out more.
Inauguration day is set for Wednesday, January 20. All signs are pointing toward Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being sworn in on that date. But it is up to the people to hold them accountable and ensure that they perform to the level promised during their campaign. Get into the habit of learning more about their plans, platforms, and the actions they take while in office. Learn how to avoid the disinformation cycles plaguing media outlets and seek out the truth. Yes, it does take time and a commitment, but without the facts the public becomes misinformed which impedes an individual’s ability to make sound decisions when the time is right.
Seeing Joe Biden being declared the 46th President of the United States was an important moment for many people in the country. But the work is not over. And it will not be over in four years. The cycle for progress continues and it is up to everyone to play their part in making it happen through the work that is completed both in and outside of election years.