We need a just and fair world for everyone — and voting out Trump is a first step.
The presidential election is just under a week away. Greenpeace wants to make sure that you, your friends, family, neighbors, and every environmental voter casts their ballot before the polls close on November 3rd. This email is part of our “What’s at Stake” series that highlights a key issue in this unprecedented moment. If you can vote but haven’t yet, please do. If you know anyone that needs some extra encouragement to vote, feel free to forward this email to them or call them. We need everyone to change everything! (And if you’d rather not get more emails on what’s at stake in this election, you can opt-out here.)
Another Black life was taken by the police on Monday. His name was Walter Wallace Jr. His mother’s pleas rang out in the streets that afternoon and now over the media — Don’t shoot my son! — and there are still no answers.
Why were police sent to handle a mental health crisis? When will Black people be able to move through the world without fear of losing their life or the life of a loved one? How many more Black lives will be taken until this changes? What will we each do to make sure Black Lives Matter and police killings end? With the 2020 election just 4 days away, voting up and down the ballot for leaders who will legitimately take on racism in the U.S. is a small but imperative first step. Lives depend on it.
Since the beginning of the year, tens of thousands of people have loudly condemned police violence and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Tony McDade, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and so many others.
Voices online and in the streets have been resounding — Black Lives Matter! — and calls to defund the police have gained traction nationwide.
Bloated police departments are being called out for using desperately-needed public resources against Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. District attorneys who refuse to prosecute police violence are being put on blast. Mayors are under extreme pressure to defund the police and invest in what keeps communities safe, healthy, and housed. Local leaders across the country have been put on notice — and many of those people are on your ballot where you live.
We need a just and fair world for everyone — and voting for leaders who will end racism is an essential first step. This is a matter of life and death for Black people. Make your plan to vote now or forward this email to 5 of your friends and family members.
In order to move forward and value every single life on this planet, we need systems that put people first, not concentrated and powerful institutions like police unions or the wealthy. We need every single leader in this country to address this country’s racist past and all the institutions built on it. And, most importantly, we need police to stop killing Black people now.
To do this, we need a fundamental change in how leaders speak to and act on racism in this country.
Across the country, calls for systemic change are gaining ground, and to implement them it’s going to take leaders at the local, state, and national level to genuinely fight for justice. Sadly, all of that becomes harder when Trump continues to dig in with his racist dog whistles, create divisive chaos, and call in armed militias. And, all you need to do is look to his history to see that his racism is nothing new.
That’s why it’s so important to vote and make sure every single one of your friends and family members vote too. We need a just and fair world for everyone — and voting out Trump is the first step. Make your plan to vote now or forward this email to 5 of your friends and family members.
Ensure that your vote against racism and Trump is counted,
Vanessa Butterworth and everyone here at Greenpeace