I grew up in a family where we could talk about cultural issues and have open debates on things while still respecting one another, listening, sharing, trading thoughts and views on the political scene.
It was normal for me to listen in as my parents and grandparents, my aunts and uncles, offered their perspectives on issues at the dinner table and I wanted to be part of the conversation, too. It felt like everyone was welcome to be part of it.
In my family there are Republicans and Democrats and Independents.
As a lifelong Democrat, I have never been this involved in a political campaign but it is crystal clear to me that this election is the most consequential for our country and the world.
I am in this fight for democracy itself.
As a writer and a creative person I believe we must maintain, protect and uphold the freedom of speech, the freedom to protest, and the right to speak truth to power without fear of abusive, violent retaliation or suppression.
I have seen these freedoms being deliberately eroded, and fast, over the past four years, the truth and facts distorted, hidden, ignored, and blatantly manipulated, causing more and more people to be afraid to speak the truth in media, in the streets, in high levels of government and even in our own families.
The only way to achieve equality and justice for all in this country and to fight climate change all over the globe is to protect our fundamental rights and freedoms to communicate hard truths with full transparency when it matters most.
Because if the truth doesn’t matter, then nothing does.
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