Today will be a very stressful one. Not only will voters decide who our next president will be, but they will also have a say in what public education in California will look like in years to come. If Proposition 30 or 38 do not pass, teachers will lose their jobs, class sizes will get bigger, and school will end in May. Low income children will suffer the most.
Last week, MomsLA along with Educate Our State held a twitter party urging voters to Vote Yes for Education and vote yes to both Propositions 30 and 38. The response was overwhelming. (To learn more on why it’s so important for this legislation to pass, read this guest post.) I was thrilled that the social media community came together for education.
It’s also coming together to get voters to pass Prop. 37, which I wrote about yesterday, that would require Genetically Modified Foods to be labeled. And social media has exploded on both sides for the presidential elections.
And that’s what really has me stressed and concerned. As a woman, as a consumer, and as someone who cares about people outside of my own family, I worry what could happen if President Barack Obama is not reelected. America needs social services and healthcare so everyone can have a chance to live a healthy life with a fighting chance to succeed. Women need to have rights over their bodies and that we’re even having this argument in 2012 is frightening and astonishing. After hearing what Romney has said over the past several months I believe it will be harder for anyone who isn’t wealthy to increase his or her life chances.
Plus I worry about what will happen to the thousands of young people who were allowed to apply for a 2-year reprieve on deportation implemented by Obama. They were brought to this country illegally, but have lived in the U.S. most of the their lives. A new president has the power to take that reprieve away.
Even if you don’t agree with me and my politics, I hope that you’ll believe one thing; We must get out and vote today. It’s important for our children and it’s important for our country.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Orange County.