YWCA encourages Kaua‘i to get out the vote

Empowering women and eliminating racism is the mission of the YWCA of Kaua‘i.

The organization said recently that there are many important issues facing the Kaua‘i community and the country, and voting is the most important tool that women and people of color have to help shape the policies that affect their lives and those of their loved ones.

To underscore this point, the YWCA created a list of responsibilities elected officials hold.

For example, elected officials:

• Create the laws that impact every aspect of voters’ lives from working to prevent and end violence against women, to increasing the minimum  wage to protecting the right to vote.

• Vote for or against proposals and legislation that impacts women, girls and people of color.

• Decide if and how to respond to city, state, national and international issues, including affordable health care, economic downturns and housing.

• Decide if and how to respond to city, state, national and international crises such as hurricanes, flooding and terrorism.

Every election, voters have a choice. They can decide:

• Who to elect to positions of power.

• Who to elect to be involved in discussions and decisions regarding direction of local, state, national and international policy and action.

• And who to elect to be involved in discussions and decisions that shape the future of our families, communities and nation.

With issues such as health care, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, the economy, housing foreclosures, rising costs of college, energy policy, immigration reform, taxes, terrorism and the war in Iraq before our elected officials, the YWCA reminds voters that they have the power of choice when casting a ballot.

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