THE TWELVE Voting Strategies of Democracy
- Let us vote with our hands – by casting our ballots for progressive candidates and legislative measures.
- Let us vote with our feet – by attending at least one rally, protest, training, progressive organizing event, or meeting on a monthly basis.
- 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.
- Let us vote with our purses or wallets – by giving money monthly to a progressive cause, candidate, or organization.
- 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.
- Let us vote with our time – by volunteering for progressive causes, candidates, and organizations weekly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let us vote with our ears – by listening to progressive news media and commentary.
- Let us vote with our mouths – by switching from an animal-based, disease-causing diet to a plant-based, life-enhancing diet.
- 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.