Our Thoughts On The 2020 Presidential Election
The 821 Project is and always will be a nonpartisan organization that educates people about social problems and creates platforms showcasing southeast Louisiana’s cultural diversity. Our organization is open to ALL regardless of political ideology or perspectives. However, there are several things from last week’s election that we find very encouraging. 140 million Americans voted in record numbers nationwide, Senator Kamala Harris became the first woman and woman of color to become Vice President of the United States, and Americans from marginalized and vulnerable social and cultural groups tapped into their political power in ways that made a huge difference in many elections.
At the same time, our country remains deeply polarized, divided and unequal. There is no easy fix to this polarization and division that exists, but 821 will continue to find ways to address it, regardless of who is elected. Using our unique programs and approaches, we will continue to build a multicultural community in southeast Louisiana that is resilient in the face of insurmountable polarization and great inequality.
The election season is not over in Louisiana. There are runoff elections in several parishes this December to elect new judges, city council members, mayors and other positions. Make sure that you are registered to vote and ready to hit the polls. These elections are just as important as the presidential election, and the impact of these elections will be felt everyday.