What We Can Learn About Social Activism and Civic Involvement From Young Celebs and Personalities In The US



It’s the midterm elections in the United States and a few of my favorite celebrities and personalities have become vocal on social media in hopes to influence their fans to vote.

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not confident in talking about politics and social issues. Maybe I’m not the best person to be speaking up about this issue–especially because I know that everything I say is vital to swaying people’s opinions. But if I have the platform to influence people, why shouldn’t I use it? I don’t have to know how to draft a bill to judge which people have good and bad intentions.

Besides, if a fake-tanned, wig-wearing homophobe can become President and have absolutely no idea what he’s saying, then I can do anything! Joking aside, I know that the midterm elections could make or break Trump’s presidency. That’s why celebrities and personalities are actively campaigning for their fans to vote this November 6th.

Here are some of their social media posts:

1. Taylor Swift

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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“For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway.”

2. Rihanna

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FLORIDA: You have the opportunity to make history this election. The US has only had four black Governors in its entire history, and we can help make #AndrewGillum the next one and Florida’s first! If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues such as: making minimum wage a livable wage, paying teachers what their worth, ensuring criminal justice reform, making healthcare a right, and repealing Stand Your Ground. That’s a platform we MUST support. Let’s #bringithome, Florida. Vote @andrewgillum. And VOTE YES on Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to folks who have already paid their debt to society. VOTE on November 6th!

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“If you’re tired of feeling like you don’t matter in the political process, know the most important thing you can do in supporting a candidate is finding someone who will take on critical issues.”

3. Zendaya

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I voted, you?

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“You have to remember how much blood, sweat, and tears… and marching… and strength went into allowing you to vote. So there’s probably a reason why they did that. It probably means that it’s something you should be doing.”

4. Justine Biticon

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NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, for those that have been following me for a while, you all know i make jokes about leaving america or not wanting to live here because of everything that has recently been happening in our country so youre probably wondering why ive decided to tell you all to VOTE. well, before this year, i could care less about voting or even registering. i never took the time to educate myself and i i always thought “what could i, one person, possibly change?” and the answer to that is, a LOT. usually, people that dont vote have absolutely no idea what theyre voting for on November 6th. November 6th is Midterm elections and its to decide the next members of Congress (whos responsible for passing legistlation), state governors and local officers. This is extremely important, especially as of right now, due to the fact that Republicans could possibly lose their majority in congress which means that all the things Trump has been saying, like creating a wall between the US and Mexico or all of the anti transgender policies hes trying to pass, can be thrown out the window IF. YOU. VOTE. so, YOUNG PEOPLE. it is OUR TIME TO HELP CHANGE THIS COUNTRY. THIS ELECTION CAN HELP CHANGE LIVES FOR NOT ONLY YOU BUT YOURS FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AKA PEOPLE YOU LOVE SO PLEASE VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH BECAUSE ITS NOT JUST FOR YOU BUT FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S SAKE AS WELL. we can change the world, one vote at a time so please, VOTE! now after youve voted, enjoy this beat. thanks.

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“November 6th is Midterm elections and it’s to decide the next members of Congress (who’s responsible for passing legislation), state governors and local officers. This is extremely important, especially as of right now, due to the fact that Republicans could possibly lose their majority in Congress which means that all the things Trump has been saying, like creating a wall between the US and Mexico or all of the anti-transgender policies he’s trying to pass, can be thrown out the window IF. YOU. VOTE.”

5. Chrissy Teigen

7. Yara Shahidi

“Let’s show up in any and every way possible and remember that we vote for not only ourselves but for ‘all of our sons and daughters’ and every layer & intersection of identity.”

So what’s so important about your vote, you still ask?

To make it simpler, voting for Democrats in the midterm elections for the House of Representatives or the Senate would give the party the power to question and reassess various aspects of Trump’s administration. It could also determine the fate of abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, and creating walls between the US and Mexico.

Today, 35 Senate seats were opened for election. 26 were held by Democrats, nine by Republicans, and two by independents. What Americans have to do is to maintain those 26 seats and take two seats from the Republicans to win a majority. And that is why every seat counts and every vote matters.

But what can we learn from this as Filipinos?

Well for starters, it shows that even the smallest positions could have a big impact on our country’s future. Elections are done so we could have the chance to correct the mistakes our administration has made. And it starts with educating ourselves about the running candidates’ competence. It starts by assessing their qualifications, and most importantly, it starts when we participate ourselves by voting. We, as a society, have the power to challenge the corrupt status quo this 2019 elections.

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