[VIDEO DESC: Susan Gonzalez sits in front of a lime green wall and lower corner of a painting visible. The painting has orange, red, and yellow tones with black frame. Susan wears a red dress with white daisies. Her chest tattoo is visible. She has chin-length brown curly hair. The back of the chair is visible behind Susan. Susan identifies as Mexicana with white presenting privileges.]
[Slide shows the content: Do you remember the first time you voted? What was that like?]
Hi, I am Susan Gonzalez. I wanted to talk about the importance of voting this year. I voted for the first time in 1984 when I was 18 years old. I do not recall any details about that election. But I do remember the sense of responsibility, the importance that I exercise my right to vote. I know different groups of communities had been denied the right to vote and over the years one community at a time would be granted the right to vote. Another community years later given that right. Then another community. Many have fought so I could vote. My vote honors the ancestors who stood up and fought for the right to vote.
[Slide shows the content: Why is it important to you to vote?]
Election this year is especially important to me. The current system thrives on oppression. How can I push back? How do I make known what is important to me, as a womxn, a Deaf person, a Latinx/Mexicana with white presenting privileges? I vote. I encourage everyone to vote. It is your right. Thank you.
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