As the election draws near, the Trump campaign continues its fight against mail-in voting.
As the election draws near, the Trump campaign continues its fight against mail-in voting.
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22, and with one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetime on the horizon, it’s crucial to know your rights and how to register to vote.
"This 2020 election holds the highest stakes we’ve known for our democracy in our lifetime."
In an op-ed for Fashionista, fashion policy counsel and professor Kenya Wiley outlines the 2020 election issues that will have major repercussions for the industry.
Life in a budding authoritarian state is not fair, but we can take hope from Wisconsin back in April.
The remarks came as Trump promised to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.
She also reaffirmed her support for Black Lives Matter, saying, "It's very important to me to be involved with the movement for Black lives and doing what we can to support racial justice in the United States."
Whether it's poll taxes, literacy tests or other discriminatory state voting laws, Black and brown populations have historically been hit the hardest when it comes to voter suppression in the United States. Regardless of the obstacles, organizers of color are continuing the fight for equal representation and their right to be heard. Even through a pandemic, these founders are using their platforms to provide information and resources to those who need them most.
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Harry said during a TV appearance with Meghan Markle that "many of you may not know that I haven't been able to vote in the UK my entire life."
My mother was born in the Deep South, in Mississippi in 1940. Her name is Betty Sims. She was born one day after the late congressman John Lewis, and she was one year older than Emmett Till when he was lynched in 1955 in her home state. I think about what that must have felt like for her, learning of his death and seeing how quickly and easily his life and her life — all of our lives — can be taken away based on the color of our skin. On my mother’s side, I am the descendant of slavery. My mother did not get to go to college. Her father, my grandfather, was a farmer; he could not read or write. My great-grandmother was born at the turn-of-the-century and was very light-skinned. Her mother was the daughter of an enslaved person. I could go on and on, describing the history of an America that is still part of our lives today. This is a history that is silenced, one that we do not spend enough time talking about, one that we are not given the chance to deal with, to explore our trauma, and how it makes us feel. My mother’s family moved to Pittsburgh, PA, during the Great Migration in search of better economic opportunities. Men looked for work in steel factories and women looked for work as maids. My mother eventually moved to New York in search of something different for herself. My mother’s sister, Naomi, also moved to New York. She went to become a model, but the agencies turned her away, saying she was too “dark” and too “African-looking.” But Naomi kept at it, and got a photographer to take pictures of her. One of those shots ended up on the cover of Sunday Times Style; and, in 1969, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, she landed the cover of Life Magazine, with the cover line: “Black Models Take Center Stage.” It was a pivotal moment for the Black Is Beautiful movement. In my family, I saw first-hand the power of fashion and creativity to create social change, to build movements, to change perceptions and create narratives. People can choose for themselves what they want to see and which story they want to tell. But what story do Americans want to tell right now? It’s hard to figure out. There is so much that unites us in this country. There are so many reasons for us to work together and try to build a stronger, more connected America and to embrace each other. There is strength in our humanity. And yet there are so many injustices that it can be hard to focus on the positive. When I think about the things my mother experienced, I remember that it took the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 before she was truly given the right to vote. She was 25. Can you imagine? She was 25, before she was allowed the right to vote everywhere in this country. Yet, my mother has never complained at all. She has worked hard and held her head high and as soon as we were of voting age she made sure we all went together to go vote. I don’t remember precisely the first time I voted. What I do remember is the energy and the importance my mother has always placed on voting. Asking us if we received whichever notice we are supposed to receive in the mail, asking us if we are ready to vote, making sure we know the dates. We always made an effort and voted together and made plans to be together and walk over to the voting locations whenever it was possible for us to do so. I am the daughter of a mother from America, who has risen out of a dark history of slavery. I am also the daughter of a father from Africa, who immigrated to this country in the ‘70s and became a naturalized citizen. We earned our right to vote. I understand that people struggled to give me this right and that people are still struggling to keep, gain, or regain the right. I do not take it for granted. But, I also understand why some people choose not to vote, and I respect their decisions. It is not easy to know what to do, and it’s not easy to operate in this climate where it feels like there are so many obstacles holding us back, and so little potential for real change — especially when change has been so gradual here for hundreds of years. Still, I choose to celebrate that I have this right. And so I vote for myself, for the future, for all those who have come before me and all those who will come after me. That’s why I am putting my muscle behind encouraging voter participation. We have a lot at stake. We are at a turning point in American history, and when I look back and think of this moment, I would like to know that I gave it my best try and that I participated. As part of the fashion industry, I know that I am not alone in feeling this way, and one of many who are eager to use our influence to affect change — just like my aunt, Naomi, did so many years ago. Fashion has the power to move mountains and create movements. Fashion directly impacts the livelihoods of countless people around the world. It’s my dream to see fashion constantly rise up and do its best to support the communities that are the foundation of this industry, yet who are all too often only lurking in the shadows, left to feel invisible. Let’s use our power and our platforms to amplify voices, and uplift and help encourage voter registration and use this gift that we have, one that my ancestors did not have. Let’s make history. Let’s fashion our future in 2020. Abrima Sims-Erwiah is a founder of Fashion Our Future 2020. Learn more about FOF2020’s work, here.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?What Could Go Wrong With The Election? Everything2020 Voter Merch That's Actually CuteHow To Vote In 2020
According to 'The Guardian,' her lawyers reiterated this in court on Sunday.
"Let us come together to do whatever we can as an industry to encourage those around us to be the force for change that we need."
With many counting down the days until November, the stress of the election is upon us, especially today, on National Voter Registration Day. But while concerns about mail-in voting and absentee ballots have many running frantic, there’s another safe option that will help people avoid crowds and long lines while still casting their vote in a monumental election: early voting. Early voting has been in place for decades, and allows many states open up the polls before the official Election Day. According to TIME, California first adopted a type of early voting called no-excuse absentee balloting in the 1970s to eliminate excuses. In the 1980s, Texas also began offering in-person early voting to make things more convenient. Since then, it’s only increased in popularity. In 2016, for example, 37 states and D.C. allowed some form of early voting, which gave many the option to vote without waiting in lines or in crowds on Election Day.Now, amid Black Lives Matter protests, the fight against police violence, climate change, 2020 might just be the most important year to commit to going to the polls early with our democracy at stake. And you can do this without fear of crowded spaces amid the pandemic, which is perhaps more of a reason than ever. Ahead, we’ve mapped out the most important things you need to know about early voting so you can flex the right to make your voice count. Can I vote early?It’s more likely than not that you’ll be able to participate in early voting, either by mail or in person if you choose to do so. That’s why checking to see how you’ll be able to vote this year, what’s safest and most effective for you, and making a voting plan is so crucial. This year, nine states and Washington D.C. are automatically sending ballots to every registered voter, including in: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. More than 30 states are allowing absentee ballots including, and many states are offering some form of in-person early voting. In many places like Minnesota, South Dakota, New Jersey, and Virginia, it’s already begun. You’ll have to check the specific requirements for your state, but all states technically offer some form of mail-in voting, which you will get before Election Day. It varies greatly by state, but vote.org has all of the baseline info you need to know about when early voting starts and ends where you are. Check now and mark your calendars (digital ones, too!) How can I vote early?Find out if you’re registered to vote and make sure all of your information is updated. Then, figure out if you’ll be sending your ballot by mail or voting in person. If you live in a state like Colorado or Oregon that’s sending all registered voters a mail-in ballot, all you need to do is make sure your voter registration is up to date and mail the ballot back as soon as possible once you get it. If you live in a state where you have to request an absentee ballot, like New York, you’ll want to request an absentee ballot or in advance to make sure you send it back in time to be counted. All absentee ballot deadlines and requirements can be found here. To vote early in person, you’ll have to find out if your state offers it, when early voting opens and closes, and find a time and polling place hosting it. Then, choose a day to go with your ID, and be ready to cast a vote. What is the benefit of voting early? If you already know who you want to vote for, early voting is the way to go. People who can vote early and have the time and resources to do so ensure that others who won’t be able to vote until Election Day for whatever reason can do so more smoothly. It also means you don’t have to worry about clearing your schedule on Election Day. In general, voting early maximizes the chance that your ballot will be successfully processed and counted, and that everyone else’s will be, too, because election officials have ample time to handle everything without being rushed. This year especially, there are shortages in poll workers, which could mean fewer polling stations, longer lines, and being indoors with others for a longer amount of time. Voting early is its own form of social distancing and keeping you and your community members safe by reducing that foot traffic and crowded spaces — which makes it all the more important for us all to do what we can. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Vote In 2020Still Haven't Registered To Vote? Read ThisHow Fashion Could Help Shape Voting In 2020
Support your beliefs with not only your ballot but also your wardobe.From Town & Country
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