I’ve always known my voice was powerful. I was born to an opera singer for a mom and spent my childhood in and out of local choirs and ensembles and now spend my days performing as a singer. Music has the power to make a difference in people’s lives, which is why every time I perform I make sure to be intentional about who I think I can help with my voice. But it wasn’t until recently that I understood that my vote could also make a difference in people’s lives. That my vote, like my voice, was powerful.
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As a military family, I’m used to voting by mail. But this year, I’m not leaving anything up to chance. Instead of dropping my ballot in the mail, I’m picking up and driving it with me from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where my husband is currently stationed, to South Carolina, my home state. Why? Because this election is too important to do anything less. Because this year is a referendum on so many things—but for me and my family, it’s a referendum on racial justice.
Earlier this year, like many of us, I attended a protest. It wasn’t my first or last, but one moment stands out in my memory. As thousands gathered in downtown Denver and began walking around the Capitol, a small group stood in the middle of the path shouting “Vote! If you are here, you MUST vote! If you don’t vote, nothing you do today matters!”
Politics touch all parts of our lives, which is why I’m voting this election cycle and taking part in MoveOn’s Your Vote Is Power campaign to get my audience of largely Asian-American conscious consumers to vote as well.