I can barely stomach the news these days. The current political mood is divisive, irate, and theatrical.
Consequently, I spend a lot of time reflecting on the world I want for my children. As I read my children to sleep each night, I’m reminded this election is about them and ALL children in Oregon.
Stand staff, members, staff at Northwest Health Foundation, staff at Coalition of Communities of Color and staff at Latino Network all speak up on behalf of kids and community with their vote! All have endorsed Measure 98.
Thankfully, politics isn’t merely the theatrics presented on television news, and I’ve also witnessed unprecedented partnership this election season. Behind the curtains, I’ve seen:
- A huge number of community organizations, working closely to elect bold, community-oriented leaders to state office
- Republicans and Democrats, business and labor, side-by-side, speaking up in support of Measure 98
- Retirees and college students gathering around a table to write postcards to their neighbors about the importance of improving the high school graduation rate
My vote is bigger than me. It’s bigger than my child. It’s bigger than Stand.
The vote I took yesterday – with my children in my lap – is about the 580,000 children in Oregon public schools that so many of us are united behind.
Pledge to vote with kids in mind this election season. Pledge to vote for the leaders who will unite and not divide. Pledge to vote for the leaders who will listen to and reflect parent and community voices in Salem.