Janel (32). Student Outreach Analyst, Filipino. Zaylen (9).
I’m voting because I want to utilize my right as an American citizen and I want to see America be a better place where we can all live. It’s important for my voice (vote) to be heard and represented as a female, Christian, Filipino-American. It’s important for me to have a say regarding laws that will not only impact me as a female minority and a single mother but also impacts my son who society will see as a Black Man, although he is Filipino as well. I make it point to set an example for my son by emphasizing the importance of voting and including him in the process. I’ve brought him with me to the voting polling places since he could walk. In our home, we get excited about voting. I make it a fun event for him and we celebrate the ability to vote. We’re even getting a cookie after this to celebrate!
Q: As an Asian American do you feel that your voice is represented in your community?
A: No, and I believe one of the reasons is because not more Asians/Filipinos are exercising their right to vote and not in political positions of influence.
Initially, the pandemic greatly affected my family. I'm thankful for the Shelter in Place because it has kept us safe health-wise. However, As a single mother, working from home and helping my son with distance education was very challenging and so stressful, to say the least. I was faced to deal with emotional/behavioral challenges with my son and attempting to teach my son as well by myself. It got to the point I needed outside help.
I’d like to see more equality and no racism. I’d like to see more peace and unity in our country. I’d like to see less excessive force used by police and more training on diversity. I’d like to see reform in our prison system.
Make a difference and spread love, where you can, with where you’re at, as exactly who you are. Who you are matters to this world! And GO VOTE!