100 Day Democracy Challenge: Day 1…

“Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or may even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part”

Rep. John Lewis (1940-2020)

This won’t take long.

Never in my life has there ever been a more important Election Day that November 3, 2020. Never in my life has there been a choice that’s so clear.

On one side stands (awkwardly) Donald Trump, whose presidency has been the bright, smokey dumpster fire I knew he would be since the day after his election. On the other side stands Joe Biden, who will not only free us from the corruption, racism, and spectacular incompetence of the Trump Administration, but can also be pushed by the American people to make historic strides on a host of important issues.

That’s the list, unless you count Kanye. Is he really doing this?

Anyway, my top priority during this election is to beat Trumpism. Badly. That means beating Trump by the largest margin possible and replacing as many of his enablers as possible. I want there to be little doubt that this fool was soundly rejected after his disastrous presidency.

Doing my part to make this happen will require a hell of a lot more work than my 30 Day Democracy Challenges of 2018 and 2019. We’ve gotta get as many voters to the polls as possible…in the face of voter suppression…in the middle of a pandamndemic!

So today will be the first day of my 100 Day Democracy Challenge. As in the past, I will do at least one thing to stay informed, support candidates, and turnout voters until the polls close on November 3rd (Day 100).

Because today is Melanin Monday, my first action will be to make a donation to Fair Fight, chaired by Mississippi’s own Stacey Abrams (yep!). The organization is working to protect free and fair elections nationwide.

It’s fitting that I’m starting this challenge days after Rev. C.T. Vivian and Rep. John Lewis were laid to rest. I recently re-watched the Eyes on the Prize episode that featured both men fighting for voting rights in Selma, AL. I can’t stop thinking about Rev. Vivian standing before the Dallas County Sheriff and saying, bloody lip and all, “We’re willing to be beaten for democracy”.

The least I can do is send out a few postcards to voters in Michigan.

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