Interest in the upcoming midterm elections is running high, and lots of members of our GFS community—from our students to our former parents—want citizens to be informed and engaged voters.
David Thornburgh (parent of Alice '10 and Blair '08) is the President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a nonpartisan advocate for better government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. David wrote a post for our blog called "Making Democracy Greater Again by Drawing the Lines," about how young people can improve election mapping and turn the tide on low voter turnout.
"It's that spirit—one person standing up for what's right, whose determination inspires those around him to rally to the cause—that, to me, exemplifies much of what's right about this country, our heritage, our history, and our values." Addressing young people specifically, David says, "Democracy is not broken beyond repair. The fix can begin now and begin with you. You are the key to fixing the bug in the operating system of democracy."
On campus, students have been consistently working toward a sound democracy through letter and postcard writing, phone calls to legislators, silent protest, get-out-the-vote efforts, and more.
This week, Sona Wink '21 and Asaf Lebovic '21 (two of the leaders of last year's student walkout for ending gun violence) convened a postcard writing station in the Front Hall of the Main Building, enabling students to write to voters—both in Germantown and farther afield—encourgaing them to vote in the midterm elections.
Although they're not yet of voting age, Sona and Asaf are eager to help drive participation in our electoral process. "This is our way of making a difference and encouraging voter turnout," Sona says.
In one afternoon, GFS students wrote more than 150 postcards to voters.
Even if not all of these students are old enough to vote, they're making their voices heard.