politics, Uncategorized

Riiiiiiize up! (And register to vote)

“Rise up
When you’re living on your knees, you rise up
Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up
Tell your sister that she’s gotta rise up”

Today is the 22nd May 2017. Today is your last chance to register to vote for the 2017 General Election. Please, please, please, do it. I beg you.

This is something I feel extremely passionate about; Personally, I am of the belief that voting should be compulsory for all, but regardless of that right now, we need to get as many people as possible to register to vote, and more importantly, vote.

Processed with VSCO with 10 presetI’m lucky enough to work for a company with incredible ethics, i’m very proud of it. If you haven’t been past your local Lush store recently, or on the website (linked), you may not have seen the campaign in partnership with ‘Rize Up‘. I had honestly never heard of them before, but i’m so glad I have now, they are incredible.

I think something that was particularly striking to me was one of the slogans used on a leaflet distributed from Oxford Street:

Hate the system? It’s not surprising, we’ve been ignored for too long. The system is banking on us to do nothing.

This really, really got to me. The amount of friends i’ve heard say ‘my vote won’t count’ or ‘they don’t care about young people’ hurts my soul. Do you know under what circumstances your vote won’t count? If you don’t cast it! Whether you’re under 25 or the age of my grandparents, whatever your political leaning, remember how lucky we are to live in a democracy. Remember people fought for your right to vote; once upon a time, women and the working class would have had no say, so in my eyes, voting is simply the process of exercising your democratic duty.

The other amazing thing about Rize Up is one of their main focuses; Allowing people with no permanent address to register to vote; a large proportion of the nation who does not vote is made up of the homeless community, and many people are totally unaware that when homeless, they are still able to vote. Rize up is a big player in promoting this. It is extremely necessary that people whom are impoverished still have their voice, because especially under our current government, the wealth gap is hitting those people more than anyone. You can find out more about this on the Rize Up website, and I really hope you choose to, and most importantly, choose to register to vote.

Thank you. Have your voice heard.

By Lauren Curr

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