OP-ED: “Now is the time…”

THE TWELVE Voting Strategies of Democracy

  1. Let us vote with our hands – by casting our ballots for progressive candidates and legislative measures.
  2. Let us vote with our feet – by attending at least one rally, protest, training, progressive organizing event, or meeting on a monthly basis.
  3. Let us vote with our voice – by speaking or writing to our elected local, state, and national leaders and the news media about our concerns and collective demands weekly.
  4. Let us vote with our purses or wallets – by giving money monthly to a progressive cause, candidate, or organization.
  5. Let us vote with our collective numbers and strength – by boycotting and economically withdrawing from businesses, municipalities, and locations that undermine or are opposed to our collective legislative demands for a just, equitable, and peaceful society.
  6. Let us vote with our time – by volunteering for progressive causes, candidates, and organizations weekly.
  7. Let us vote with our talent – by using our creative, artistic, and musical talents to promote causes, organizations, and campaigns dedicated to a just, equitable, and peaceful society.
  8. Let us vote with our hearts – by demonstrating a willingness to dialogue and work with persons from different ethnic, religious, gender, political, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  9. Let us vote with our eyes – by reading books by and about seminal figures in history, public intellectuals, or progressive news sources committed to social and economic justice.
  10. Let us vote with our ears – by listening to progressive news media and commentary.
  11. Let us vote with our mouths – by switching from an animal-based, disease-causing diet to a plant-based, life-enhancing diet.
  12. Let us vote with our knees – by praying for the nation and world we envision and working collectively to make that vision a reality.

Written by: Shelton Sullivan, Co-Founder, Progressive Empowerment Legislative Exchange

Shelton Sullivan grew up in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Belmont High School and Occidental College in that city. He is a retired public school teacher of the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, and Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C.



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