When I was a little girl in the 50’s, I remember spending countless hours pouring over a book of black and white photographs called The Family of Man. Do you remember that book? I know now that it was filled with photos by famous photographers like Edward Steichen, Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White. But I didn’t know that at the time. I just soaked in the power of the images.
The past few days I’ve been remembering one photo in particular of a man, dressed in worn out clothes, putting a ballot into a wooden ballot box. The caption read: “This is very sacred, and you must always treat it as such.”
Don’t ever think books and images don’t affect children. I’ve never missed voting in an election since I turned 18 and voted for George McGovern.
You probably know that Michael Moore has organized a campaign to keep an internet eye on election fraud and voter intimidation. If you witness it, report it here!
Meanwhile, here’s something we can do to be pro-active while we’re waiting for the returns. Visit the MonsterSlash site, to watch a cartoon that is hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. Laugh and cry, then send the message to the US Forest Service urging them to protect our forests. (Bush wants to open up millions of acres of our last wild roadless forests to mining and logging.) Thanks to Kim Antieau of the Furious Spinner for the link.