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2 Oct 2020

SUNrise: cj speaks… Living in America during election season

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October 2, 2020 Category: Commentary Posted by:

By cj


Here it is again — another time where folks expect me to get up, get out and vote.

Not quite sure why they expect me to vote, when every time I vote — or haven’t voted — I don’t see much change.  I don’t see how my neighborhoods are getting better or how my schools are expanding, building, or growing.

I don’t see the love that should be represented as I walk through the streets of Philadelphia, but you are asking me to get up, get out, and vote, because you keep telling me how my vote makes a difference, but I have yet to see this difference.  

I see U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris walking through the neighborhoods of West Oak Lane and I hear many promises of the change that is going to take place.  


Where I am living now, there definitely has not been a positive change in my direction, although there has been a major change through Trump — aka  “46 – 1.” I see much change with him, whether I voted or not, but it is not a good change.  

So the choices aren’t great, but the outcomes in the long run will be severe.  

It is imperative that you get up, get out, and vote.  This is the most crucial election I think that we have ever had  in front of us, butting us in our heads. 

 So that means that since  it is right in front of you, where you can see it,  smell it,  taste it, touch it, then, baby, if you don’t vote, you are going to definitely feel it, because this is going to affect the future of this nation for  your great, great grandchildren, as well as you ,your children, family and friends now.   Open your eyes, folks, wake yourself up, get up, get out, and vote!  If you don’t do this for yourself, then do it for your neighbor, and for the folks who you don’t even know.

If you are not sure how to vote or who to vote for, this is your chance to reach out to your senators, the representatives in your neighborhoods,  the people you know, and have these conversations.

 It is okay to not know or understand the process; it is not okay to continue to remain silent when all you have to do is open up your mouth and ask the questions.

So remember, this is the year 2020 — one that some say is lost. Don’t find yourself lost on Election Day. 

Be sure you find out how to apply your vote, either by mail  or in person and listen to the people that are going to guide you, as you uplift yourself to walk in it   Then, get ready to sit down in the change that is going to help us  for the next four years and beyond… PEACE!

cj is a poet, educator, motivational speaker, and inspirational writer who resides in Philadelphia. She has been creating and writing for decades with the desire to share with you, the reader.  Stay tuned as she will empower, uplift, motivate, and change a thought or two. Share your thoughts at: [email protected].

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