I am so very pleased to learn that Willie Grayeyes is again on the ballot for this November running for a county commissioner seat. The history of San Juan County is such that, until only recently, racial gerrymandering had been a consistent and detrimental practice. And while the court ruling to change the boundaries was an important first step towards equality and democracy, I cannot help but notice how eliminating this undemocratic practice has been fought against every step of the way. And it will continue to be fought until election day. The fight for democracy is not over now that Mr. Grayeyes is back on the ballot, but it was a good victory and a much-needed one. Congrats, Willie!
What matters now, is how we go forward. We still need every Native person to register and re-register to vote. The way the county had set up voter registration for Natives in the past was highly suspect — as were voting locations to cast ballots. We are watching, along with many others, that the election is free from the corruption of the past. And as voters, we have to make sure we’re ready to go. We have to make sure we show up and vote. We are making history right now, but we need to keep pushing forward to make sure it’s a history of positive change.
For many people in San Juan County, this will be the first time they ever vote. It will also be the first time they can vote for a Native for U.S. Congress. For those of us outside of San Juan County, let’s make sure their votes count by stepping up and voting. We can become more than the sum of our parts!
We need to share with others our vision of a country that is based on empathy and social responsibility, of a government that protects its people and the environment, and empowers all of us, not just those at the top who can buy it. We have a vision that is clear: we want a country that is based on democracy — one that is of the people, by the people, and for the people.
This election, the choice is clear: we continue to travel a path towards authoritarianism and massive inequality, of limited freedoms, a destroyed environment, and systemic racism or we act now to correct our course and strive towards the promise of democracy, towards equality, of broad prosperity and freedom, and a sustainable future. We do not need to succumb to fear. We can hope for a better society today.
-- James Courage Singer
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Aug. 1, 2018 | KBOO Portland: From Shrinking Bears Ears, Approving Pipelines, and Pocahontas: What Trump Means to Indian Country
Jul. 23, 2018 | Millennial Politics: These Three Indigenous Democratic Congressional Candidates Want to #AbolishICE
Jul. 16, 2018 | Two Broads Talking Politics: The Utah Democrats
Jul. 16, 2018 | Millennial Politics: James Singer: Indigenous Environmentalist Democratic Socialist for Congress in Utah's 3rd
Jul. 12, 2018 | Indian Country Today: A plan for Indian nations and democracy in the 21st century: Indian Country should have fair representation in Congress; that's the democratic promise.
Jun. 24, 2018 | Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary: As the Democrat in the race, I'd rather debate Curtis.
Apr. 9, 2018 | Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary: Sexual violence and harassment are men’s issues. And they’re leadership issues. Rep. John Curtis shows a lack of leadership on a serious issue.
Mar. 6, 2018 | Salt Lake Tribune: To ‘help forge our path of healing forward’ after Bears Ears, Utah tribal leaders are asking for a place on the governor’s cabinet.
Mar. 6, 2018 | KUER: Tribal Groups, House Dems Call For Creation Of Indian Affairs Cabinet Position
Oct. 9, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: American Indians gather to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Salt Lake City
Oct. 3, 2017 | City Weekly: SL Council Welcomes Indigenous Peoples Day
Sep. 18, 2017 | UPR: The Wellsville Sham Battle On Monday's Access Utah
Sep. 6, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: It’s 2017, but people in Utah still put on ‘redface’ for an inaccurate re-creation of an American Indian vs. Mormon battle
Jun. 8, 2017 | The Daily Universe: Navajo man seeks Senate diversity, challenges Hatch
May 5, 2017 | KUER: Navajo Candidate Latest In Young, Progressive Democrats Running For Congress
May 4, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: Navajo candidate announces bid as Democrat for Hatch's seat
Apr. 27, 2017 | Cache Valley Daily: Navajo candidate announces bid for U.S. Senate
Jan. 27, 2017 | City Weekly: "Make America Smart Again" Water protectors congregate to denounce Trump's DAPL reignition
Jan. 17, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: It's 'more than just clean water now': Utah activists protest Dakota Access Pipeline
Oct 31, 2016 | FOX 13: Police make several arrests in Dakota Access Pipeline protest in SLC
Oct. 12, 2015 | UPR: Cultural Appropriation on Monday's Access Utah