Pay with your Vote
The legacy of white supremacy that criminalizes, kills, and steals people of color from the futures they deserve has another less visible, but important disempowering effect: The deprivation of our right to vote.
Voting is one of the most important ways to fight against racism. If you, your family, or your friends do not vote as part of your fight for anti-racism, others make policy decisions for you. Real policy changes happen in Washington DC, in your state, and in your neighborhoods. Vote in your local and state elections. Take the time to do the research on who you are voting for and ensure their platform, regardless of their political party, aligns with anti-racism work. Here are examples of how to pay with your vote at home:
The Bystander Effect states that individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when there are other people present; the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that one of them will help. Don't let the Bystander Effect be real for you. Use your voice and your vote at work to help others, to advocate for policies that dismantle systemic racism. This requires self-reflection, rethinking, and relearning past behaviors and approaches in the work place. Here are examples of how to pay with your vote at work:
Hold your elected officials and your leadership in the workplace accountable for dismantling racism in society and the workplace.