October 1: Let’s Do This!
On the last day of September 2020, I woke up so utterly bummed that I could barely bring myself to get out of bed.
Eventually I had to, because, dogs. Dogs need feeding and walking. (And whatever dog-bodies need, my own animal-body needs too, so, thanks guys.)
And then there’s this: I didn’t want to spend the next month wallowing under the covers, overwhelmed by awfulness and paralyzed by dread. Not if I could help it. So, here’s what I resolved.
Six months earlier, I created an art project to deal with pandemic anxiety. That became “A Drawing a Day,” which is archived here: http://www.karieluidens.com/a-drawing-a-day
Now, it was time to revive that project to deal with election depression. And to advocate for democracy! With art. Yay.
We had a month till the general election would decide the fate of this country and all the people who live here. Also, the planet and all the people who live on it. Also, the rest of our planetary ecosystem: the soil, the air, the forests, the coral reefs. Monarch butterflies. Some whales. Blah blah, you get it.
Let’s Do This!
October 2: Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Bend the Arc Jewish Action endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their full statement, which you can read here: https://www.bendthearc.us/joe_biden
“Even before Donald Trump took office, we knew that this nation, built on the backs of Black and Indigenous people, had a long way to go toward dismantling the structural inequalities and oppressions of our system. But with white nationalists back out in the open, as they are under this president, Black, Brown, Indigenous, Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ, immigrant, and so many other people can never feel safe.
“For nearly four years, Trump and his enablers have implemented the racist policies of white supremacists’ dreams. Electing Joe Biden is one of the most important things we can do to fight white nationalism this year, and begin the years of hard work to undo the harm this administration has caused. Joe Biden knows that the fight against white supremacy is also a fight for the vision of an America where all are equal and free.
“Jewish Americans must work to elect Joe Biden not only because our safety is compromised by this President, but because of the values that we learn from our history and our tradition. We must elect leaders who value the principles that every human being is created in the divine image and, in the words of the Mishna, that no one may say ‘my ancestor was greater than your ancestor.’”
October 3: Rep. John Lewis
The late, great civil rights activist John Lewis endorsed Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from his full statement, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/IqrZ1IUQ5rQ
“The soul of America is the best of America. One of faith, one of hope, one of love, that respects the dignity and the worth of every human being. If you see something that is not right, you have a moral obligation to speak up.
“I know hatred when I see it. I have felt it. I’ve stared down the deepest and darkest forces in this nation. Over the past four years, I’ve seen the same kind of evil rear its head again. You judge the character of a man by how he chooses to respond to that moral obligation.
“Vice President Joe Biden has never stopped speaking up for his fellow man. Joe Biden and I both believe that we are in a fight to redeem the soul of America. I know Joe Biden as a man of character and dignity. A man who cannot and will not rest when he sees injustice in our American home.
“Joe Biden has no delusion about this nation’s past, but he knows who we can be at our best. A nation of love, freedom and equality. And I will fight with him for that future.”
October 4: Cindy McCain
Lifelong conservative Cindy McCain, widow of Senator John McCain, endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from the statement she tweeted, which you can read here: https://twitter.com/cindymccain/status/1308552702134087680
“My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.”
October 5: Sen. Bernie Sanders
Independent progressive Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president. Below is an excerpt from his official endorsement announcement, a one-on-one conversation with Biden, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/E1XUeJA0-f0
“I know you are the kind of guy who is going to be inclusive. You want to bring people in, even people who disagree with you. You want to hear what they have to say. We can argue it out. It’s called democracy. You believe in democracy. So do I. Let’s respect each other. Let’s address the challenges we face right now and in the future. And in that regard, Joe, I very much look forward to working with you.”
The text in the illustration is an excerpt from one of many statements of support that Sanders has tweeted since then, which you can read here: https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1311387217315663878
October 6: Scientific American
Scientific American endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from the editors’ full article, which you can read here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientific-american-endorses-joe-biden1/
“Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly.
“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his dishonest and inept response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives by the middle of September. He has also attacked environmental protections, medical care, and the researchers and public science agencies that help this country prepare for its greatest challenges. That is why we urge you to vote for Joe Biden, who is offering fact-based plans to protect our health, our economy and the environment. These and other proposals he has put forth can set the country back on course for a safer, more prosperous and more equitable future.”
October 7: 350 Action
The climate activists of 350 Action endorse Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their full statement, which you can read here: https://350action.org/press-release/biden-harris-presidential-endorsement/
“Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are running on the strongest climate platform of any presidential ticket, ever. We are confident that they will meet the scale of the climate crisis, and respond to the compounding crises of COVID-19, a failed economy, and systemic racism.”
October 8: Sierra Club
The environmentalists at Sierra Club endorse Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their full announcement, which you can read here: https://www.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2020/08/sierra-club-endorses-joe-biden-for-president
“No president has been worse for our environment or our nation’s public health than Donald Trump. He has sold off our public lands to corporate polluters, waged unprecedented attacks on environmental protections, and prioritized the desires of fossil fuel company executives over the best interests of the American people at every turn. In contrast, Joe Biden has laid out a bold vision of safeguarding our air and water, transitioning to a clean energy economy, and investing in communities that for too long have been left behind and forced to deal with the pollution caused by our reliance on fossil fuels.”
October 9: Activist Ady Barkan
Health care activist Ady Barkan endorses Joe Biden for president. Below is an excerpt from his full endorsement announcement, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/omGUayNDNnU
“I supported Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in the primary because they gave me hope. I was inspired by their bold, progressive vision. Joe Biden was not my pick, and when they dropped out, I was devastated. Maybe you felt the same way. And that is exactly why I wanted to tell you why I am supporting him in this election, and why I hope you will too.
“I am endorsing Joe Biden for president because he is everything Trump is not: compassionate, intelligent, and committed to the public interest.
“Under a Biden presidency, our progressive movement will be able to harness our new energy and power in pursuit of justice and equity, rather than constantly trying to defend ourselves from the latest atrocity.
“I recently had the privilege of talking to Joe Biden, mediated not only by my cyborg voice, but also 3,000 miles and Zoom. He and I have meaningfully different perspectives on the world, not only on what ails it, but on what we must do to address those maladies.
“Despite the literal and figurative distances between us, I know that the vice president heard what I was saying. He listened. He understood. And he promised to continue doing both after he is elected.
“Joe Biden has suffered tremendous loss in his life, but he has turned that loss into purpose, and he has used his personal tragedies to connect with the suffering and humanity of others. We have witnessed the danger of a selfish president. What a relief it will be to live in a country with a compassionate president who understands what it means to be in fellowship with others in the face of difficulty, in the pursuit of happiness.
“Our struggles for social justice did not begin under this president and they will not end under the next one. They began long before we were born, and it is our solemn, joyful duty to pass them on to succeeding generations.
“Winning this election is only one page in that long story, but it is the page in front of us today. I hope you will join me in turning it together.”
October 10: Kirsten Howerton
Christian blogger Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from her full post explaining her support, which you can read here: https://rageagainsttheminivan.com/2020/10/20530.html
“Being pro-life, for me, looks like providing access to medical care and making sure people have insurance. Right now, Trump is fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act which will strip so many people of their medical insurance (myself included, as someone who has a pre-existing condition.) Being pro-life looks like being willing to look at our lax gun laws and how they contribute to our country having such terrible rates of gun violence. It looks like making sure kids are not kept in cages. It looks like modeling responsibility in the middle of a pandemic, instead of encouraging people to not take it seriously.
“When I look at the example of Jesus, I see someone who was dedicated to caring for the oppressed. Scripture is clear that we are to care for the poor. Like, super clear. I know some people would argue that this should not happen through government but here’s the thing . . . it’s not happening through churches. Not nearly enough. Churches are not providing health insurance. They are not bailing our small businesses flailing in a pandemic or paying for college for every family who can’t afford it. They are not providing retirement income to every senior citizen. To think that churches can stand in the gap for all of the members of our country who are struggling is not realistic. At the end of the day, it makes sense to vote for a government that represents the needs of the people. It makes sense to have a government that will meet those needs. And while I do think there are good people who are Republican, I believe that at this time, the Democratic party has shown more devotion to helping those in need.”
October 11: Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from her official endorsement announcement, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/tT-Y-0QuByM
“Joe Biden has spent nearly his entire life in public service. He knows that a government run with integrity, competence, and heart will save lives and save livelihoods. And we can’t afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden as president of the United States. …
“Among all the other candidates I competed with in the Democratic primary, there’s no one I’ve agreed with 100% of the time over the years. But one thing I appreciate about Joe Biden is he will always tell you where he stands. When you disagree, he’ll listen — and not just listen, but really hear you and treat you with respect no matter where you’re coming from. And he’s shown throughout this campaign that when you come up with new facts or a good argument, he’s not too afraid or too proud to be persuaded.”
October 12: Rep. Deb Haaland
My Congresswoman, Representative Deb Haaland, endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from her endorsement video, which you can watch here: https://www.facebook.com/DebforCongress/videos/312418936395600
“Hello, I’m Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress in our country’s history. Today I’m social distancing and speaking to you from my home in Albuquerque.
“Over the course of my career, I’ve fought for universal healthcare, raises to the minimum wage, and affordable housing. It’s why I joined Elizabeth Warren’s campaign as a national co-chair.
“For Elizabeth, I crisscrossed the country talking to Americans about what they need most. That’s why I’m proud to announce that I’m endorsing Joe Biden for president.
“Joe Biden supports progressive plans, like tuition-free college and fixing our nation’s bankruptcy system, and he’s dedicated his entire career to things I also have fought for.
“In 2012 we shared the same boss, fighting for working families and underrepresented communities, and I’ll never forget that early on, Vice President Biden wholeheartedly supported marriage equality, bringing President Obama along with him — and that meant the world to me.
“It’s so important we unite as Democrats, with one goal: to beat Donald Trump. We’ve seen the damage brought by four years of failed leadership.
“Today I ask all of you to come together as one people. To gather our energy and strength around Joe Biden so we can win this election and move our democratic values and our country forward.”
October 13: Rachel Koeppe
Middle school music teacher Rachel Koeppe endorses Joe Biden for president. She also happens to be my cousin, so she was gracious enough to give me her full endorsement directly.
“Joe Biden has spent over a decade working to secure equal rights for LGBTQ+ Americans like me. As president, he will continue that work.
“The leaders we vote for each election have very real consequences in our lives. The fact is, some of the candidates on the ballot want to reshape the laws and the courts to:
– Nullify my marriage (in which case I would lose tax rights, medical information rights, and the ability for me to be a parent to my own child some day in the future, as I would already have to ‘adopt’ my own child).
– Bar me from adopting a child (because it’s better for children to live in a shelter than a loving home).
“If marriage and adoption rights were to be overturned, I am most certain that my job protection would be next. That means I could walk into work at any time, and be fired.
“When the government seeks to strip LGBTQ+ people of equal protection under the law, it sends a clear message that we are somehow ‘less than,’ which reinforces the bullying and violence we already face.
“In contrast, Biden advocates for the fair treatment of LGBTQ+ people. He understands that human rights are critical to our lives and well-being, not an issue up for political debate. He has fought and will continue to fight to ensure laws and institutions protect our rights — not just nationally, but globally.
“Biden understands the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, and for that he has my full support.”
October 14: American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers, a union representing 1.7 million schoolteachers nationwide, endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their official resolution, which you can read in full here: https://www.aft.org/resolution/aft-endorsement-joe-biden-democratic-nominee-president-united-states
“RESOLVED, that AFT members have a long history with Biden and know him as someone whose life experiences crafted a resilient, competent, compassionate and honest leader with an unbending optimism and commitment to working people. Biden has spent his entire career championing the values of strong public schools and higher education; healthcare and college as rights not privileges; and labor and civil rights. He believes in the dignity of every person and the importance of the labor movement. He was a trusted vice president, at home and abroad, and he, with President Obama, helped America get through a terrible recession. He is the leader we need in this moment; and
“RESOLVED, that Biden’s proposals demonstrate his deep belief in the promise and purpose of public education, higher education and the labor movement. He understands healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and was instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He championed the Violence Against Women Act and led the administration’s fight for marriage equality. Biden’s healthcare plans will make healthcare more affordable by offering a public option for families and reigning in drug companies to make medicine affordable. He will fight to make it easier for workers who choose to unionize to do so and has adopted plans to reform bankruptcy laws for struggling families. He will strengthen and invest in public schools, including by tripling funding for Title I, fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, expanding community schools, investing in school infrastructure and doubling the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals in our schools; limit testing; support educators; and invest in higher education and make college affordable, including by establishing a ‘Title I for postsecondary education,’ investing in public colleges and universities and historically black colleges and universities, strengthening Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-based repayment, and making public colleges and universities free for most families. These plans stand in stark contrast to the Betsy DeVos agenda to defund and destroy public education. Biden’s education plans are informed by his wife, Jill, who has been a teacher her entire career, even while Biden served as vice president.”
October 15: Top Businesswomen
Dozens of top American businesswomen endorse Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from the open letter they wrote and signed, which you can read in Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-america-female-executives-tech-silicon-valley-working-women-02020-10?amp
“We are women who work at some of the nation’s most innovative and successful companies. We compete fiercely, sometimes with one another. But we all agree that America will be safer, stronger, and ready for economic growth if Joe Biden is elected in November.
“Donald Trump came to office promising that his business ‘know-how’ would help America. With all due respect, Mr. President, we know business. We are engineers, marketers, CEOs, and strategists for some of the most beloved products and services in America. What companies and countries actually need to thrive is an environment where facts govern, laws and norms are respected, and people of every stripe have a chance to contribute and compete.
“In all of those areas, we’ve lost ground during Donald Trump’s presidency. And women, particularly women of color, feel it every day. Things have gotten worse for working women and their families because Trump hasn’t followed the facts. That’s why we are standing up to support Joe Biden.
“We feel particular urgency because as women, we have worked hard to be seen, to be heard, and to succeed — and we won’t go back. Trump has rolled back protections against discrimination and harassment in the workplace, called pregnancy an ‘inconvenience’ for employers, openly mocked professional women, and denigrated his own female staff. This kind of behavior from a president undermines the contributions of over half of our nation. Without the backbone of women workers and leaders, America will not thrive.
“We are grateful for the opportunities America has given us. We want more Americans to have the chance to contribute, compete, and excel. But doors for American women will be harder to open so long as we have a president who mismanages Americans’ health and safety, destabilizes the economy, and denigrates women. It’s time for change. It’s time for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
October 16: National Security Leaders for Biden
Hundreds of retired generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors, and senior civilian national security officials have joined National Security Leaders for Biden to endorse Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from the open letter they wrote and signed, which you can read here: https://www.nationalsecurityleaders4biden.com/
“We are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We love our country. Unfortunately, we also fear for it. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven America needs principled, wise, and responsible leadership. America needs a President who understands, as President Harry S. Truman said, that ‘the buck stops here.’
“We the undersigned endorse Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States. He is the leader our nation needs.
“We believe that Joe Biden is, above all, a good man with a strong sense of right and wrong. He is guided by the principles that have long made America great: democracy is a hard-won right we must defend and support at home and abroad; America’s power and influence stem as much from her moral authority as it does from her economic and military power; America’s free press is invaluable, not an enemy of the people; those who sacrifice or give their lives in service of our nation deserve our respect and eternal gratitude; and America’s citizens benefit most when the United States engages with the world. Joe Biden will always put the nation’s needs before his own.
“Those who have served know empathy is a vital leadership quality — you cannot do what is best for those you lead if you do not know their challenges. Joe Biden has empathy born of his humble roots, family tragedies and personal loss. When Americans are struggling, Joe Biden understands their pain and takes it upon himself to help.
“We believe America’s president must be honest, and we find Joe Biden’s honesty and integrity indisputable. He believes a nation’s word is her bond. He believes we must stand by the allies who have stood by us. He remembers how America’s NATO allies rushed to her side after 9/11; how the Kurds fought by our side to defeat ISIS; and how Japan and South Korea have been steadfast partners in countering North Korean and Chinese provocations. Joe Biden would never sell out our allies to placate despots or because he dislikes an allied leader.
“While some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden’s positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values.
“We know Joe Biden has the experience and wisdom necessary to navigate America through a painful time. He has grappled with America’s most difficult foreign policy challenges for decades, learning what works — and what does not — in a dangerous world. He is knowledgeable, but he also knows that listening to diverse and dissenting views is essential, particularly when making tough decisions concerning our national security. Many of us have briefed Joe Biden on matters of national security, and we know he demands a thorough understanding of any issue before making a decision — as any American president should.
“Finally, Joe Biden believes in personal responsibility. Over his long career, he has learned hard lessons and grown as a leader who can take positive action to unite and heal our country. It is unthinkable that he would ever utter the phrase ‘I don’t take responsibility at all.’
“The next president will inherit a nation — and a world — turmoil. The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us. Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea’s nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America’s farmers and manufacturers. The next president will have to address those challenges while struggling with an economy in a deep recession and a pandemic that has already claimed more than 200,000 of our fellow citizens. America, with 4% of the world’s population suffers with 25% of the world’s COVID-19 cases. Only FDR and Abraham Lincoln came into office facing more monumental crises than the next president.
“Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire. That is why Joe Biden must be the next President of the United States; why we vigorously support his election; and why we urge our fellow citizens to do the same.”
October 17: Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Combat veteran Senator Tammy Duckworth endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from her statement, which you can read about here: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/485463-duckworth-endorses-biden-ahead-of-super-tuesday
“Those of us who’ve served this nation in uniform understand just how important it is for the commander in chief to have not only the depth of experience needed to protect our country, but also the humility to recognize the magnitude of the sacrifices our troops make on their orders.
“As a combat veteran and former assistant VA [Veterans Affairs] secretary, I know that Joe Biden won’t just pay lip service to those sacrifices, he’ll make sure our troops and veterans receive the support, care and respect they’ve earned.”
October 18: American Postal Workers Union
The American Postal Workers Union, which represents more than 200,000 USPS employees and retirees as well as nearly 2,000 private-sector mail workers, endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their full statement, which you can read here: https://apwu.org/news/apwu-executive-board-endorses-joe-biden-president
“As our country has confronted the pandemic, postal workers have heroically highlighted once again the importance of an affordable, universal and public Postal Service. Even as we have ensured that essential medicines, supplies and mail reached every address, serving the people at a time of incredible need, the Postal Service faces the prospect of closure. Without an immediate infusion of cash from Congress and the White House, the Postal Service will likely run out of money by fall due to COVID-related revenue losses.
“Joe Biden recognized the stakes of this moment in a recent letter to the National Executive Board when he stated ‘This crisis makes clear: the USPS doesn’t just perform the integral task of offering mailing and shipping services in accordance with its Universal Service Obligation, it is also often the social and economic lifeline to rural and lower-income communities across the nation. Our support for the Postal Service must match the commitment that its workers bring to serving our communities.’ …
“The APWU National Executive Board believes that Joe Biden is the best choice in the upcoming presidential election. Former Vice-President Biden remains committed to helping end the assault on the Postal Service and our job security and will work with the APWU to secure the robust, vibrant, public Postal Service the people of our country deserve and help defend our rights to good, family-sustaining union jobs.”
October 19: Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden
Over 5,000 pastors, professors, and people of faith have joined Pro-Life Evangelicals for Biden to endorse Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their open letter, which you can read in full here: https://www.prolifeevangelicalsforbiden.com/
“Poverty kills millions every year. So does lack of healthcare and smoking. Racism kills. Unless we quickly make major changes, devastating climate change will kill tens of millions. Poverty, lack of accessible health care services, smoking, racism and climate change are all pro-life issues. As the National Association of Evangelicals’ official public policy document insists, ‘Faithful evangelical civic engagement and witness must champion a biblically balanced agenda.’ Therefore we oppose ‘one issue’ political thinking because it lacks biblical balance.
“Knowing that the most common reason women give for abortion is the financial difficulty of another child, we appreciate a number of Democratic proposals that would significantly alleviate that financial burden: accessible health services for all citizens, affordable childcare, a minimum wage that lifts workers out of poverty.
“For these reasons, we believe that on balance, Joe Biden’s policies are more consistent with the biblically shaped ethic of life than those of Donald Trump. Therefore, even as we continue to urge different policies on abortion, we urge evangelicals to elect Joe Biden as president.”
This portrait depicts signatory Jerushah Duford, granddaughter of the late Reverend Billy Graham. You can read more about her individual activism here: https://thehill.com/homenews/news/521232-billy-grahams-granddaughter-urges-evangelicals-not-to-support-trump
October 20: National Organization for Women
The National Organization for Women endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from their full statement, which you can read here: https://www.nowpac.org/news/now-pac-endorses-joe-biden-and-kamala-harris
“NOW PAC is funded solely by its grassroots membership and evaluates federal candidates on their record on the core issues of NOW: Constitutional Equality, Ending Violence Against Women, Economic Justice, LGBTQIA+ Justice, Racial Justice and Reproductive Justice. In each of these areas, the Biden/Harris ticket has shown leadership, understanding, and commitment — and uncompromising dedication to being champions for women.
“Our nation has waited centuries for this moment and our members have spent four years preparing for this moment — to reject the misogyny, racism, and corruption of the Trump presidency and bring honor, decency, justice, and feminist leadership to the White House.”
October 21: United Steelworkers
United Steelworkers, which represents 1.2 million workers as the nation’s largest industrial union, endorses Joe Biden for president. Its members work in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations. This is an excerpt from their statement endorsing Biden’s plan to bring high-quality jobs back to the U.S., which you can read here: https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-backs-biden-harris-made-in-america-plan
“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s vision to protect and create jobs through a combination of tax incentives, infrastructure investment with strong Buy American provisions, and attention to domestic supply chains offers common sense solutions and a clear path to success.
“For far too long, American workers have borne witness to a steady stream of plant shutdowns and closures. And while the pandemic certainly contributed to the devastation of the American economy and cost millions of jobs, the sad reality is that this trend stretches back well beyond this year.
“Donald Trump’s policies have been heavy on talk and massive corporate tax cuts, but light on strategic, long-term action when it comes to truly protecting American jobs. America’s workers and industries can’t count on short-term solutions.
“It’s no wonder then that imports continue to flow into our country, jobs continue to move offshore and massive Chinese overcapacity continues to erode global prices of our manufactured goods.
“The Biden-Harris plan shows that they will prioritize domestic manufacturing and more importantly that they intend to put American workers first.”
October 22: Hospitality Workers of UNITE HERE
UNITE HERE, which represents over 300,000 hospitality workers, endorses Joe Biden for president. Its members work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries. This is an excerpt from their official endorsement, which you can read here: https://unitehere.org/unite-here-endorsement-of-joe-biden-and-kamala-harris/
“We need a President and Vice President who are committed to working with us to make our workplaces better, and who understand that One Job Should Be Enough. We need elected leaders who will protect our union health care, implement immigration reform, stand up to sexual harassment, and take meaningful, transformative steps to dismantle the scourge of systemic racism in our country.
“Both Vice President Biden and Senator Harris have stood in solidarity with our union in some of our biggest fights of the past several years — from Airline Catering to the Marriott Strike. With COVID-19 threatening jobs everywhere, workers across the country are recognizing the power of unions. We need an administration that will protect our rights to organize and fight for the issues that are important to working people.
“After four years of division, it’s time to come together. It’s time to Take Back what’s ours, and we can start by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
October 23: NILC Immigrant Justice Fund
NILC Immigrant Justice Fund endorses Joe Biden for president. For over 35 years, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has worked to secure fair treatment under the law for low-income immigrants. NILC IJF advocates more directly for federal immigration reform policies and to help aspiring citizens fully integrate into the social, economic, and political fabric of the United States. This is an excerpt from one of their press releases, which you can read here: https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/press/2020/9/29/nilc-ijf-statement-on-first-presidential-debate
“This election is not only a referendum on Donald Trump’s record, it is also a referendum on our values as a nation, and an opportunity to resoundingly reject Trump’s politics of hate and division, including his anti-immigrant and xenophobic agenda.
“We need leaders that value all of us — regardless of race, where we were born, or how much money we have — and are committed to uniting our country. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the right team to begin the process of healing and rebuilding that our nation so desperately needs.”
October 24: The Lincoln Project
The Lincoln Project, a coalition of conservative Republicans, endorses Joe Biden for president. Per their mission statement, “Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain. However, the priority for all patriotic Americans must be a shared fidelity to the Constitution and a commitment to defeat those candidates who have abandoned their constitutional oaths, regardless of party. Electing Democrats who support the Constitution over Republicans who do not is a worthy effort.” Below is an excerpt from a campaign video titled “Ready,” which you can watch here: https://lincolnproject.us/video/ready-rl/
“A record of service — a bipartisan leader who puts good ideas ahead of party politics: America knows Joe Biden. He is the man for this moment.
“Joe Biden’s life has been marked by triumphs that didn’t change the goodness in him and public office that never went to his head. Loss and tragedy forged in him a strength and character this country needs more than ever.
“Not every American will agree with Joe Biden on every issue, but they know he’ll unify this nation again. He won’t see just Democrats or Republicans — he’ll see Americans.”
The quote in the illustration, “A vote for Joe Biden in this election is a vote for our Constitution,” comes from another of the Lincoln Project’s videos, titled “Conservative”: https://lincolnproject.us/video/conservative/
October 25: Michael Steele
Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from his op-ed explaining that decision, which you can read here: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/i-m-republican-voting-joe-biden-over-trump-because-i-ncna1243952
“I am an American, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. And I am voting for Joe Biden on Nov. 3.
“I cannot support the nominee of my party. […]
“America has watched as the Republican Party stopped pursuing its animating principles of freedom and opportunity. It has given up its voice on things that mattered and instead bent the arc of the party towards the baser motives of one man, who is neither a Republican nor a conservative.
“Many of the grievances that Trump has exploited are legitimate and should be addressed — but responsibly, not demagogically. […]
“As I’ve reflected on matters of leadership, decency, and constitutional norms I am reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, ‘A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.’ Character matters. Our vote matters. The leader we choose matters. I cannot be silent, and I hope neither can you because we know a vote for Joe Biden is what is best for our country — because America matters.”
October 26: Barack Obama
Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from his recent campaign speech in Pennsylvania, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/IQnlnk6Y7Kk
“When Joe and Kamala are in charge, they’re not going to surround themselves with hacks and lobbyists, they’re going to appoint qualified public servants who actually care about looking out for you, for your job, for your family, for your health, for your security, for your planet. And that more than anything is what separates them from their opponents. They actually care about every American, including the ones that don’t agree with them. And they’re going to fight for you every day.
“They care about you and they care about this democracy.
“And they believe in a democracy. The right to vote is sacred. And that we shouldn’t be making people wait in line for 10 hours to cast their ballot. We should be making it easier for everybody to vote.
“They believe the no one, especially the president, is above the law. They understand that protest on behalf of social justice isn’t un-American, that’s the most American thing there is. That’s how this country was founded: protesting injustice.”
October 27: Victoria Alchin, MAT
Public school teacher Victoria Alchin endorses Joe Biden for president. Since we’ve been friends since college, she emailed me her endorsement directly.
“Joe Biden understands the importance of supporting children and their families through the public education system.
“We count on schools to not only educate our kids, but care for them through years of social and emotional development. Biden has outlined plans to ensure our schools have the resources they need to provide safe, healthy learning environments for students. He also has proposals to help districts across the country recruit and invest in teachers, counselors, nurses, and support staff.
“Significantly, Biden has committed to providing free, universal early childhood programs for all Americans. I support his dedication to free pre-kindergarten education for all 3- and 4-year-olds, no matter their socioeconomic background.
“As a public school teacher, and a pregnant mother of a toddler, my vote is with Biden!”
You can read more about Biden’s plans for education here: https://joebiden.com/education/
October 28: Stacey Abrams
Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams endorses Joe Biden for president. This is an excerpt from a recent interview she gave, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yApR53tMlo&ab_channel=FloridaDemocraticParty
“What is so critical about the Build Back Better plan is that it lays out a vision for how we create jobs through energy, through health care, through manufacturing. It also recognizes that there are economic impediments, there are legal impediments, that often block Black businesses from being able to take full advantage of procurement — being able to get those contracts. It understands that access to capital for Back entrepreneurs is harder than for almost any other community, and so it has a plan.
“But it also understands that building Black wealth is about more than just the jobs we have or the businesses we own. It’s also about affordable housing, and the ability to own our housing. It’s about making sure that in our country, that those who need access to health care have it, because for Black women in particular, if you don’t have access to health care, your whole family is in trouble.
“It’s also about understanding what it means to go to work. If you own a small business and you have a child, especially in the midst of COVID, if you don’t have access to caregiving, to childcare, if you don’t have the ability if you’re a childcare giver to actually reopen your business, then you cannot survive and you cannot support your family.
“And so, what I love about the Build Back Better plan is it understands the whole of our economy. That entrepreneurship is, yes, it’s about starting a tech company — but it’s also about starting a hair salon and keeping it going for sixteen years like Michaela Riley has. It’s about starting that childcare business that can take care of the kids of those who are working in these new jobs. It’s about making sure that our parents, who have to go to work every day and don’t have the luxury of being able to work from home, that they have the ability to make sure their kids are safe while they’re on our front lines.
“Build Back Better understands that we’ve got to not only survive COVID, we’ve got to thrive after COVID, and we have to have a plan and an investment to make sure that that happens, not just for those who already start out with a lot, but for everyone who’s willing to strive and wants to have opportunity in America.”
October 29: Marcos & Sarah Gonzales
New Mexican power couple Marcos and Sarah Gonzales, an economic developer and an artist, endorse Joe Biden for president. We’re good friends here in Albuquerque, so they texted me the following about their position.
“What has made America great in the past is how people have come together and supported each other. This has happened on a local level, state-wide, nationally, and internationally. The world is a smaller place than it has ever been before, and our global economies are so intertwined. Small businesses were struggling before Covid-19 and now even more so from the lack of forethought of the current administration. We need leadership who will step up to actually help main streets and all entrepreneurs achieve their American dreams.
“Arts and culture are the heart and soul of our democracy. They allow for expression of beliefs, emotions, and preservation of history. We believe in the power of the arts to unite us all and in the importance of the creative economy. We need proven leadership who will support arts and culture. The Obama-Biden administration encouraged creative expression. The current administration has threatened to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on several occasions. We need leadership who will value the arts and the many cultures that make up the fabric of our nation.
“We don’t want to be divided from our neighbors. Rather than thinking about if you and you alone are in a better place than you were four years ago, think about society. How are we all progressing as a nation? Are we all treating each other with more kindness and respect?
“Can we really afford four more years of divisiveness?
“We’re voting for the Biden-Harris ticket.”
October 30: Caroline Rose Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani’s daughter, filmmaker Caroline Rose, endorses Joe Biden for president. You can read her full article here: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/10/rudy-giulianis-daughter-on-voting-for-biden
“What inspires me most about Vice President Biden is that he is not afraid to surround himself with people who disagree with him. Choosing Senator Harris, who challenged him in the primary, speaks volumes about what an inclusive president he will be. Biden is willing to incorporate the views of progressive-movement leaders like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on issues like universal health care, student debt relief, prison reform, and police reform. And he is capable of reaching across the aisle to find moments of bipartisanship. The very notion of ‘bipartisanship’ may seem painfully ludicrous right now, but we need a path out of impenetrable gridlock and vicious sniping. In Joe Biden, we’ll have a leader who prioritizes common ground and civility over alienation, bullying, and scorched-earth tactics.”
“Speaking of scorched earth, I know many people feel paralyzed by climate despair. I do too, but something still can and must be done. As climate change begins to encroach on our everyday lives, it is clear that our planet cannot survive four more years of this administration’s environmental assault. This monumental challenge requires scientifically literate leadership and immediate action. Joe Biden has laid out an aggressive series of plans to restore the environmental regulations that Trump gutted on behalf of his corporate polluting friends. Biden has a transformational clean-energy policy that he will bring to Congress within his first 100 days in office, and perhaps most crucially, he brings a desire and capability to reunite the major nations of the world in forging a path toward a global green future.
“I fully understand that some of you want a nominee who is more progressive. For others the idea of voting for a Democrat of any kind may be a hurdle. Now I have another confession to make. Biden wasn’t my first choice when the primaries started. But I know what is at stake, and Joe Biden will be everyone’s president if elected. If you are planning to cast a symbolic vote or abstain from voting altogether, please reconsider. It is more important than ever to avoid complacency.”
October 31: 18-year-old Maddie Graham
Climate activist Maddie Graham, who just turned 18 this month, was proud to cast her first-ever ballot for Joe Biden. The following is an excerpt from a Washington Post article about young activists like her, which you can read here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/10/30/young-voters-climate-change/
“‘There’s a lot of emotions,’ said Graham as she walked out of the early-voting center after casting her vote for president for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Proudly she pasted her ‘I voted’ sticker to the dashboard of her truck.
“‘This is a very historical moment,’ she added. ‘I’m glad I get to be a part of it.’
“Graham spent part of the past two years standing outside government buildings and legislators’ offices, trying to get adults to listen to her concerns about climate change. The high-schooler has attended sit-ins, held a weekly protest in front of the Capitol and last September helped orchestrate the school strike for climate that drew millions of young people from all over the world. ‘Sometimes it seems like all I can do,’ she said last fall, ‘is yell at some guy in a big office to please care about the future.’
“That changed when she turned 18 this month.
“Graham is among a surging cohort of young voters who, for the first time in a presidential election, rank climate change as one of their top priorities. They came of age in an era of unprecedented natural disasters, orchestrated the largest global climate protests in half a century, and take credit for pushing environmental issues to the forefront of 2020 campaign.
“And they appear to be reversing a long history of low turnout among young voters.”
I hope you’ll join Graham in exercising your right to vote in the 2020 election!
November 1: Beatrice Lumpkin
Beatrice Lumpkin, who at age 102 was born two years before women secured the right to vote in the U.S., was determined to exercise her right this year. The following is an excerpt from an article about how she cast her ballot in 2020, which you can read here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/election-2020-102-year-old-woman-ballot-ppe-chicago/
“Lumpkin, who began voting 80 years ago, told WBBM the first presidential candidate she voted for was Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940. She hasn’t missed a vote since.
“She said it was important for her [to] vote this year in part because she wanted to honor women’s rights. ‘When I was born, women couldn’t vote,” Lumpkin told the station on Thursday.
“The other reason, she said: ‘It’s the most important election of my lifetime. The very future of democracy is on the line.’ …
“When asked what she would say to President Trump, who has repeatedly tried to cast doubt on mail-in voting, Lumpkin told WBBM, ‘Well, if I had the chance, there would be a whole lot I could say to President Trump.’”
If Lumpkin can find a way to participate in the 2020 election, so can you! With only a couple days left until polls close, it’s too late to mail absentee ballots in many places, so check your local guidelines to find a secure drop box or plan where you’ll vote in person on Tuesday.
November 2: I’m Voting for Them
Over the last month, it has been my privilege to share others’ reasons for voting in the 2020 election.
The organizations depicted in these 30+ posts officially represent hundreds of thousands of individuals across the United States. Still, this is just a fraction of the voices who have expressed support for the Biden-Harris ticket.
There are so many other people and causes that I wasn’t able to include by election day.
And yet, look who is included:
Nonprofits that advocate for the climate, the environment, religious values, women’s issues, LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, immigrants, education, and accessible health care.
Scientists, economists, activists, and average citizens.
Lifelong conservatives, establishment Republicans, progressive Democrats, and political independents.
National security leaders and combat veterans.
Labor unions that represent teachers, postal carriers, manual laborers, and hospitality workers.
Artists, musicians, mothers, cousins, students, friends.
If you weren’t sure who to vote for this year, or why it was worth bothering to cast your ballot, I hope this collection of endorsements has helped inspire and motivate you.
See you on the other side!