The one big perk of being in your 20s? The right to vote. The right to stand up for your political beliefs — no matter what they may be — and have your voice heard.
As young adults living in this wild world, it’s hard to know what the future holds. If you have the chance to make your mark, don’t pass it up. Casting your vote today is the easiest way to shape the world around you.
If you’re reading this and you haven’t voted yet, get your butt out there! We’ll be right there in line with you.
See you at the polls,
Your 20s to be team
P.S. You know what’s even more impactful than voting? Encouraging your friends to vote too. Send a text, shoot a note, or forward us as a reminder to a friend.
“I’ve always had a passion for local government. That’s why I decided to run for office. Announcing my campaign was a big deal – you get really excited beforehand and you hear some really positive, touching, inspiring things. But I never anticipated the vulnerability. Everybody is allowed to give you feedback because everybody has a vote. That’s something you have to get comfortable with. You can’t do it alone. You have to ask people for their support and for their vote. You have to ask them for money, and those are things that I’m not used to doing.”
Dylan, 24, on running for local office and the vulnerability that came with it.
“There’s a lot of anger, especially among women, and we see that with #MeToo or Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. But it makes me hopeful knowing people are seeing what’s happening and recognize there’s work to be done. It’s easy to feel that politics is not a space for us but I encourage people to think about all the things you do on a day-to-day basis and how they’re informed by decisions of people representing you. Everyone has something that they care about that feels personal to them. That ladders up.”
Nieve, 23, on how to be the change you wish to see in the world.
“I’m a communist. I’m a Marxist-Leninist, specifically. Right after Donald Trump had been inaugurated, I had been very frustrated with the Democrats and the 2016 democratic process. I was all about Bernie Sanders at the time, but we did everything right and the whole system turned on us. Everything was designed to stop us from getting the tiniest concession. It was eventually clear to me that was some sort of structural explanation as to why the system reacted the way it did. I realized something like universal healthcare, socialized medicine, free college tuition — all that stuff sounds good but I don’t want it under a capitalist system.”
Trevor, 21, on ushering in a new world order.
- It’s voting day, but you still may have some last minute questions from getting to/from polls, who’s running, and the way the ballots are measured. Curbed New York has got you covered with the basics.
- Social media and the 24-hour political news cycle can be really stressful. If you need to cope, Headspace is offering a “politics pack” for the midterm elections that comprises of meditation resources to calm your mind.
- Even the smallest actions can bring the biggest change to your community. Make your mark by volunteering at local NYC organizations and learning the ways you can get involved.
You voted. Now what? The International Center of Photography (ICP) is hosting a special election night program with writer Jillian Steinhauer and artist Daniel Bejar in discussion about the impact of visual culture on electoral politics. Artist Amy Khoshbin will perform her work, You Never Know, a political speech turned into a cathartic rap performance.
The night will wrap with a watch-party, cash bar, and DJ! If that’s not much of an incentive, the 20s to be team will be there too 🙂
RSVP Optics: Visual Culture and Electoral Politics
For this round, we asked ourselves: “What’s one superpower you have and what’s one you want to have?”
Our favorite, and most relatable response, was from Jojo, who said,
Teleportation, hands down. Being an immigrant and having friends and family halfway across the world, I’d give anything to be able to visit them at the blink of an eye and be back by lunchtime.
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