October 24, 2020
By Ronnie Townsend, a Mercy Volunteer Corps alumnus who served at St. Michaels Navajo Reservation in Arizona (Navajo Nation)
As the election approaches, I will choose which candidates to vote for not just based on their political party, but on what it is that these candidates stand for. What kinds of issues have they advocated throughout their political career, and will they be able to positively impact my life and the broader life of communities as a whole? Often when people vote, it is in a black-and-white way, voting based on political parties and not looking at the bigger picture: Does this candidate represent and advocate things that you would like to see changed in the future? Asking these key questions helps me to decide on a candidate to support.
This year, several issues are particularly important to me, including immigration. The United States is a melting pot at its core and people have come to this country from all over the world in search of a better life and opportunities for their children. Our country should continue to keep these gateways open and allow people who are in search of this better life to migrate here. It is also important to remember that most people in the United States are descendants of people who immigrated to this country at some point. When considering this, greater empathy can be developed towards immigrants as a whole.Leer Más