About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Being a Part

After our Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot, EK was a part of two successful campaigns by Ron Barber, who had been Gabby's chief of staff. In 2014, with EK in California at college, Rep. Barber lost by fewer votes than EK would have made calls. That handful of votes were the difference between a congressional vote in Trump's pocket for all his hateful and destructive policies, and a vote and voice opposing hate and bigotry.

Election night two years ago (after making calls myself), I stayed up alone, trying (and failing) to get drunk enough to pass out. Then I waited for EK (then in DC) to wake up and see the news.

I never want to experience that again.

So while some people say your vote doesn't count, working to bend the arc of history toward justice is definitely better than just trying to drink yourself into oblivion.

That is why it was worth it to canvas all afternoon, rather than watching the Steelers and doing more email.

Team Introvert

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