A civil movement of quiet involvement and individual diplomacy
Hi Friend, If you're here, someone has invited you. I'd like to thank them and invite you to consider something I've given a lot of thought to. It's a way to make a difference in the 2020 election in a quiet and meaningful way. I call it You+1. It takes just one page to explain. I hope you'll read on...
I watched the presidential debates the other evening. I read the commentary. I saw social media posts. It was overwhelming.
I care about this country and the people who live here, and yet, it is quite likely that I will choose to become uninvolved with a political campaign that is too loud, too noisy, and too bullying for my sensibilities.
It occurred to me that others might feel the same way. So I did some research. Did you know that 43% of eligible voters, 100,000,000 people, did not vote in 2016*?
What if each of us made a personal commitment to find one person who didn’t vote in the last election… and if individually, we made the effort to connect with that person, to listen, to build a bridge… And what if we were each able to bring one additional vote to the polls in 2020?
If we did that, we would change the outcome of the election. Not through grandstanding, but through caring and quiet involvement.
One vote can feel like a drop in the bucket. But amazingly, if we each bring just one more person, just one, there will be more than enough votes to elect a truly representative president and congress. Can we do it?
Yes. The math is simple and it makes sense. The individual effort is small and rewarding. But it will take a lot of people. I am not discouraged by large numbers, because I believe that many, many people care. We just don’t know what to do. Or, worse, we believe that doing something won't matter.
You+1 is a way to do something that matters.
It is not about: Campaign donations. Negative advertising. Or, who can shout the loudest. Instead, it is about individuals taking quiet, meaningful actions to change our country. If this idea makes sense to you, take it on. Start today. For ideas on how to begin, see How To Get Started. If you’d like to take a more active role in growing You+1, share the message far and wide! Tell other similarly-minded people that you are a part of this movement.
As my own quiet involvement, I will mail you five free “You+1 Share Cards” that provide this web address, so that you can help to spread the idea of You+1 one human interaction at a time.
Signed, A visual artist who cares deeply but prefers to speak softly