Phillips, 25
Advertising Strategist
California

The politicians we elect sign off on laws that can either benefit or disenfranchise oppressed people. It has become clear that Trump and the GOP are bent on using government to restrict the rights of marginalized groups, and I’ll be damned if I let our country become more institutionally oppressive to women and minorities than it is already.

To our homegrown white supremacists, Trump's rhetoric legitimizes their hate-based ideologies and violence that have been brewing behind the scenes for decades.

 

America has seen an uptick in physical oppression against minorities — whether by rally attendees, the nextdoor neighbor, or militarized police.


If Trump and down-ballot right-wing populists win their elections, then not only will existing policies that disenfranchise women and minority groups remain — e.g. abortion restrictions, voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement, etcetera — but further restrictions on our rights will follow.