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Emma Atkinson @eatkinso
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Yesterday, 39% of eligible voters voted in the Vancouver municipal election. Also yesterday, 3 million registered voters (34%) turned out to vote in Afghanistan despite very real (and realized) threats of violence. Thirty-six people died, 130 were injured. (1/6)
I know this sounds super melodramatic, but I find it so disappointing when I hear people (all over the ideological spectrum) saying "why bother?" or "I've never met a politician that didn't disappoint me". That is such an easy, contemptuous, and useless position to take. (2/6)
Sometimes it's a position I feel like taking. And if I let myself sink into that feeling, I will always have the satisfaction of feeling right. But I'm not convinced I'll have anything else. (3/6)
Democracy is not perfect, politics is frustrating, late-stage capitalism sucks. But it is SUCH A GIFT to vote safely in what is now Canada. My heart positively overflows at the privilege of ticking those boxes. (4/6)
People (politicians) like @Dave_Eby, @MeganALeslie, @christineeboyle don't disappoint me, they are the tonic to my disenchantment. Affecting political change is often (always?) excruciatingly incremental and we can respond by being relentlessly incremental... (5/6)
...And by voting. And by exulting in the act of voting!

Okay, Sunday afternoon tirade over... But in the spirit of relentless incrementalism, here's some proportional representation info comin' your way:…

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