Arti, 35
Product Manager
Illinois

I've served in the U.S. Army. I am a daughter of Indian immigrants. And I've been asked "what terrorist country are you from" while walking down the street with my family.

That accusation cut so deep for me. I served in this country's military! Isn't that the definition of a patriot? Someone that is willing to put country before family? And because of the way I look, my family looks, we get called out as "un-American"? 

Words matter. What Donald Trump says matters. It matters to our generation, to the next, and to every generation after that. And the divides that are being sown in this election season will take lifetimes to sew back together.

I'm with her because the next president has the almost impossible job of uniting the country again behind a shared vision.

 

United we stand, and divided we fall. Hillary is the only one that can do it.

In some ways, this campaign has brought out the best in many of us, because we're coming together, and using our voices to rise up against hate. 

The most beautiful thing about the military was that the minute you put that uniform on, it didn't matter where you came from or what your background was. As long as you were willing to put that uniform on and pay that ultimate sacrifice, you were part of a family.

Saying that you back Hillary opens up a Pandora's box of questions and negative comments that makes you feel like not saying anything at all.

There is not a single man that has had to take the insults, comments, attacks against her character, her intelligence, her experience, and her stamina — no one has ever taken this much heat in a political campaign and survived. 

The fact that Hillary's still standing, that she still wants to go out and fight, that she still puts that suit on and says "let's do this"? It is awe-inspiring. And it should lift everyone up — not just women, but men too, to move beyond the baseless comments that you'll receive in your career and keep on fighting for what you believe in. 

Too many people have fought so hard for your right to vote in this election. I don't even care who you vote for. But if you say that your vote doesn't matter, that "who cares who wins", then you are the one that will lose your voice. And there are so many people who don't have a voice — children, immigrants, refugees — so use your vote to make their voices heard.