• Sigrid Ellis

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    Sigrid Ellis is co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords and Chicks Dig Comics anthologies. She edits the best-selling Pretty Deadly from Image Comics. She is the flash-fiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction, from Lightspeed Press. She edited the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine for 2014. She lives with her partner, their two homeschooled children, her partner’s boyfriend, and a host of vertebrate and invertebrate pets in Saint Paul, MN.
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Election Day!

Today is Election Day in the U.S.!

I urge you all, I urge you, to please vote if you can.

I’ve been reading The New Jim Crow, in fits and starts. As I go to vote today, that’s all I can think of.

Something on the order of one is thirteen African-American adults are disenfranchised by racist felony laws.

One in thirteen.

Even if you don’t care about the races in your district, someone does. People in your district care. What do they care about? What are they going to vote for? Who will those people support? What will the outcome of the elections in your area be, without your vote?

What would all those disenfranchised people want? WHat would they vote for?

Who benefits by disenfranchising people of color, the young, the poor in your area? Do you want those people to get what they want? Do you want the entrenched, empowered, privileged few to continue their domination of the place in which you live? Do you want to contribute, by apathy and disinclination, to the continued oppression of the voiceless?

The election in my district is essentially a foregone conclusion. The Democrats will carry it, we always do. But I am going to go vote anyway.

Voice for the voiceless.


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