The Opportunity for Education

Recently, I was in a city riding in a Lyft driver’s car with a good friend. We started chatting to our driver immediately, and soon learned he was from Ghana and had been living in the US for 6 years. He was a fisherman at home in his country and we talked about what kind of fishing he did-local species, shallow water along the coasts-but he told us that Koreans and other Asian fishing vessels were coming to fish out all the big fish like tuna. He kept telling us that living in America  was great – and the work that Americans do is really really good in his country. I told him I had a friend who was about to go to Ghana for Peace Corps and he excitedly talked about how American and other international groups helped get wells drilled for freshwater for a lot of cities and towns in Ghana. It was quite the process for him to apply and receive a visa to immigrate to the US, but he persevered and now he is happy with his family and a recent home purchase – his first ever. “Opportunity…there is so much opportunity here in America,” he said.

It’s about that time for one of the greatest opportunities our country affords us who are eligible citizens.

Elections.

2016.

Woof.

There is so much more to these elections than just the big and shiny in-your-face from what the media wants you to know. Liberal, conservative, or somewhere in the middle radio/print/digital/TV/cable: if it were up to them you’d hear about the Presidential candidates ALL the time, and only 2 out of the 4 at that.

THERE IS MORE, people. Propositions, referendums, ballot issues, and ALL THE OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS BESIDES PRESIDENT. Before you give me the “I’m not voting for either of them,” spiel/speel/schpeel (sp?) – please consider the other officials just like the two you’re refusing to vote for, who are already in office or who will get elected by sheer money spent on media.

If everyone who is on Facebook clicking and scrolling away would commit to reading one piece of background news on a voting issue for their state, or about one of their elected representatives, what the voting record of an incumbent really is….imagine the FORCE of educated voters we would have in the Nation.

One of the best sites I’ve come across recently gives me the information I want easily and concisely and it’s only about ONE issue – the ocean. Heal the Bay is an “environmental non profit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean.” They made a shortcut voter card so voters can know the ballot issues in November, with propositions directly related to the health of the ocean and surrounding watersheds.

For all my California voter peeps, especially, check it and know your ballot: http://www.healthebay.org/blogs-news/heal-bays-2016-voter-guide 

Have you found any excellent voter ballot/issue resources for the upcoming election? Please share in the comments below!

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