We're in the eleventh hour of the 2018 election cycle, and I am feeling every minute. Leaders like the members of the National Domestic Workers Union have been busy every weekend getting people registered and to early voting. I'll be doing some last minute phone banking myself after I vote tomorrow.
Without question, this is the most consequential election of our lifetimes. Two years without a significant check on the power of the Executive Branch has left us all reeling and crying and marching and volunteering because of the stakes. Medicare, Social Security, climate change, immigration, reproductive healthcare (hell, all healthcare!) and our very right to assemble and protest and vote. We have a lot to get done in the next 24 hours.
We are in a remarkable moment, when social movements are taking electoral expression. Records numbers of people of color, women and progressives are running all over the country. Early voting in Texas and Florida already exceeds the entire turnout of 2014. Dramatic primaries have brought Andrew Gillum, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Stacey Abrams, among many other exciting candidates, into national prominence.
If you need inspiration when the caffeine runs out, check out these campaign ads - some of the most innovative and honest I've seen. Fair warning, there are some tear jerkers in here.
Minnesota's Greater than Fear campaign "when certain politicians want to divide us and make us afraid, we know that means they've got nothin' else to offer"
The ACLU's pro-immigrant rights ad for California
Cat Brooks vying to become Oakland's first Black female mayor
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'we've got people, they've got money."
Someone you love, about Ohio's Issue 1 and non criminal approaches to drug addiction
Kaniela Ing, Native Hawaiian candidate for Congress, who accepts no corporate donations
Siblings of Republican candidate Paul Gosar endorse his opponent because he's racist