VOTE and be unafraid to demand better!-by Sofia Campos
This Tuesday, November 2nd is a critical day for our nation’s future. If you have an opinion, if you care about your future, or if you recognize that you are among those privileged enough to have the right to vote, VOTE. As undocumented students we are often forced to remain invisible. But this election season, we have come out of the shadows and encouraged everyone who can to VOTE with us in mind. To vote is to exercise your VOICE, claim your PRESENCE, and break YOUR invisibility.
During these times of ongoing tuition hikes, increasing budget cuts, and rising frustrations…times when immigrants are used as scapegoats and party lines are used to blur the real issues at hand and the real people affected, use your vote to speak out. Use your vote to fight for what you believe is right. Use your vote to HOPE for better.
This not a political line to excite your spirit or make false promises. This is founded on the knowledge that one person makes a difference. YOU will make a difference for YOU, and you will make a difference for ME.
VOTE knowing that there are states like Georgia which have made the decision to bar undocumented youth from higher education, and that there are candidates like Meg Whitman in California who want to follow suit and ban undocumented students like me from college. I can’t ask you to vote for me; I NEED you to vote for me, and with me. We have to make EDUCATION a priority here in America. We have to keep the American DREAM alive. We have to fight to keep the hope alive.
Spread the word, Speak up, and tell your friends and communities to VOTE. This Tuesday, November 2nd, whether documented or undocumented, join me at the polling booths and show everyone what it means to be UNAFRAID to demand better.
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