Like millions across the country, I felt I, too, was the victim of a Devil’s Triangle Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, with the lifetime confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The range of emotions—from absolute violation, anger, sadness and disappointment—were akin to when Donald Trump was shockingly elected the president of these United States in November 2016.
But whereas that was largely unexpected, we cannot say the same for this confirmation. We knew it was coming because the Republican Party is at a sad point in their history, where they will do anything to ensure they control all levels of government and push their ultraconservative agenda.
However, as much as I raged, I took comfort in knowing that there is a silver lining in this dark funnel cloud and it is Nov. 6, 2018—Election Day!
All of the anger, rage, remonstrations and unhappiness of the past few weeks, along with the disappointment and outrage from Saturday’s vote, must now be turned into fuel to power a blue tsunami this Nov. 6 that must stop the red tide of destruction.
We still have power, power in our vote, and we must use it to urgently put some checks and balances back into the branches of government and ensure our democracy is not turned into a dictatorship that will run roughshod over the rights of immigrants, people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals and the poor.
We must use our vote to take back control of the People’s House and the People’s Court.
All of us, especially Black and Brown immigrants who have earned the right to vote through naturalization, must use that right come Nov. 6 or risk losing it forever. We cannot afford for one single Democratic or independent voter to sit this one out on the sidelines. Every single vote counts, and we must make all count this Nov. 6.
If you have not registered to vote, make sure you do by Nov. 12 if you live in New York. This election is the most critical election of our lifetime, and it feels like the one lifeline we have left before we are all pushed out into the ocean without a life raft.
Caribbean immigrant voters, who have been known to sit on the sidelines too often and only show up for parties, carnivals and fetes, are especially urged to ensure they use this franchise.
It is why CaribPR Wire has launched a carnival-themed voter education program with creative social media targeted Caribbean-centric messages such as “Lime, Wine, Vote” “Vote or Your Lime Is History” and “Jam Up the Polls This Nov. 6.” There are also culturally specific messages, including “Jab Jab to The Polls This Nov. 6,” “Hot Gyal a Vote,” “Dutty Wine to the Polls This Nov. 6” and “Ride De Riddim and Vote This Nov. 6.” There is also a unique message for Haitian voters: “Bondye Fe San Di” or “God Acts and Doesn’t Talk.”
This election is the most critical of our lifetime as immigrants in this country, especially given the anti-immigrant policies being put in place by the Trump administration.
With the Supreme Court now tilted completely in favor of the current ruling party, every single anti-immigration program that has been overturned by federal court judges at the state level could be appealed to the Supreme Court and reinstated.
That includes DACA, the Flores Amendment and even the recent provisional TPS victory for Haitians, Sudanese and some Central Americans from last week. And that’s just barely scratching the surface on the immigration front.
This Nov. 6 is D-Day for us as immigrants and people of color in these United States. Let’s vote blue as if our lives depend on it, because they do!
The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc., which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.