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I feel somewhat limited in ability to help elect pro-choice candidates. We do donate money to the DFL and I periodically, send emails, leave phone messages or write letters to my government folk, that never seems like enough.
I know how easy it is to get used to the status quo. For years our district rep was a democrat, but this last election somehow a republican got elected. I don’t think he even campaigned. We were caught off guard. This has happened all over the state. Once in office, our representative has sponsored a bunch of crap like a “choose life” license plates, voter ids, and lifting the ban on more nuclear plants. The values that I think of when I think of Minnesota are being eroded. Minnesota nice is dying and I don’t know what to do about it.
Amy Klobuchar is up for reelection here in Minnesota. I really like her. I know she needs money and volunteers. Sadly, I am hesitant to volunteer, mainly because of how this community is. I hate small town politics.
I feel like my best way to help elect pro-choice candidates is to urge my friends and family to vote. I recently talked to a friend who feels so disenfranchised that she said she wasn’t going to vote at all. I was shocked by this in part because she helped me develop my strong beliefs. I talked to her and hopefully convinced her that she needs to vote. I will be following up with her and other friends as November gets closer.