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Resisters: Read This Before Your Next Visit To Washington D.C.

“Zip up your jacket before you go into the gallery! Your t-shirt can’t be seen in there.” This was the third time I’d been admonished this way by security, as we made our way into the U.S. Senate gallery. THE THIRD TIME. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Honey, I got us tickets to D.C. for our anniversary this spring! My well-meaning husband waited patiently for my enthusiastic response, but I sat frozen and conflicted. Why can’t I jump up and gratefully throw my arms around him? The last time I was there as a tourist was in 1973, the cherry blossoms would be in bloom, and he got an amazing deal on our two tickets, but visit Washington, D.C. now? We lived abroad for most of…

November 8, 2016 · My Experience As A Democratic Poll Watcher in the South

That fateful November morning in 2016 Somewhat nervously, I pulled on my newly acquired pantsuit and donned my official poll-watcher badge. Today America would be voting into office the first female President of the United States, and I would be there to witness it! Frustration and disbelief consumed me, when Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s candidate. The outright racism, misogyny, etc. combined with his complete disregard for the truth, shook me to my core. Living in Tennessee, I’m surrounded by his supporters (including friends and family members.) With the unending right-wing propaganda being spewed about voter fraud, I decided to volunteer as a poll watcher for the Democratic Party. That way, I hoped to prove that Democrats cared equally about the sanctity of the democratic process.…