One Step Back

Two steps forward, one step back.

2008. 2012. 2016.

Two steps forward, one step back.

I spent Tuesday, November 8, 2016 working at my local polling place. I saw an 18 year old woman voting for the first time, her eyes beaming as she walked into her voting booth, proud to vote like a girl.

I met a Pakistani couple, the husband was registered to vote but the wife wasn’t. “I’ve almost completed my citizenship,” she told me. “I’ll be back here to vote in four years.”

I met an upper middle class man wearing a suit that I can never afford who asked for my help with his ballot. “I don’t care if you see who I’m voting for, but are these Democrat judges my only option.” “Yes,” I say, “they’re running uncontested.” “Do I have to vote for them?” he asks. “No, you can leave that section blank.”

Two steps forward, one step back. A huge step back.

To all the bad hombres and nasty women and more: we will never forget. And we will move forward together. Not one step back.

  1. What does it look like for us to move forward from here?
  2. How are you feeling about the results of the 2016 presidential election?

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// CREDITS //
Written & Spoken by Jim Kast-Keat
Music by Podington Bear
Footage by Lightstock
Edited by Jim Kast-Keat

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