This Election Has Shaken Me to my Core – Why I Care

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By Kristen

I joined Ottawa Indivisible because I felt alone in our small town. After all, our county voted very red and I have been a democrat since I was a child, voting democrat for every “mock school election” we had. I am so glad I found this group of wonderful people.

I decided to join the resistance because there were so many issues that hit home for me. I have an aunt who is part of the LGBTQ community, I work with adults with disabilities and recognize the need to protect Medicaid for those individuals as well as to advocate for them. I have a daughter who just started her public education in kindergarten, so education is important. I believe in renewable energy and making this earth a better place for my daughter to grow up in and that includes protecting our environment.  My husband is in a labor union and we stand against right to work laws. There are so many things that are important to me that are being affected by this election.

And on top of all those things, I believe in LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL. We are supposed to be the land of the free and yet here we are in 2017 fighting for women’s rights, and civil rights. This election has shaken me to my core. Never have I been this political in my life. The first president I was old enough to vote for was Barack Obama. I never voted during his first term but I loved him so much I was determined to keep him around for a second and voted in my first presidential election in 2012. I have never voted for anything other than presidential elections before. Because of Ottawa Indivisible and a realization that it begins at the local level that has changed! We now have a president who idolizes Vladimir Putin. Our democracy cannot become a dictatorship and I will not stand around and let it happen. I will #RESIST.