Sep 17, 2020

Here’s what I’m doing. I invite you to do something, too.

For a long time, I’ve been saying that anyone who thinks we’re going to just “have an election” this November—and that even if we do, it’s gonna be fair and free, and the results will be recognized—is f’in delusional.

I’ve been cynical AF and despairing. But real talk?

Barack Obama’s DNC speech (specifically the excerpt I’m copying below) snapped me out of it.

I have risked nothing. And it’s time to put some shit on the line.

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“Whatever our backgrounds, we’re all the children of Americans who fought the good fight. Great grandparents working in firetraps and sweatshops without rights or representation. Farmers losing their dreams to dust. Irish and Italians and Asians and Latinos told to go back where they came from. Jews and Catholics, Muslims and Sikhs, made to feel suspect for the way they worshipped. Black Americans chained and whipped and hanged.

“Spit on for trying to sit at lunch counters. Beaten for trying to vote.

“If anyone had a right to believe that this democracy did not work, and could not work, it was those Americans…

“And yet, instead of giving up, they joined together and said somehow, some way, we are going to make this work.”
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Here’s what I’m doing. I invite you to do something, too.

I’m committed to sending 200 letters to voters in swing states. (Vote Forward).

I’m exploring volunteering options with Stacey Abrams’ organization (Fair Fight Action) — either working a polling place, or helping to combat voter intimidation (or both).

I’m even joining phone banks (ugh) through Swing Left, because being an introvert is no excuse to just sit here watching Schitt’s Creek while we literally turn into a Margaret Atwood novel.

📷 #tbt: January 20,2009 with Angelina Mulvehill Cook

Samantha Pollack

About Sam

Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work. 

She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.

Emails for cult thought leaders.

(Personality included.)

Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?

I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.

(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)

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