Nicely said, Chaumonde! I actually put a voting reminder in my syllabus. Should be perfectly legal since I was not advocating for any issue or candidate.
My fellow MACCC music colleagues and friends. These are interesting times…more than usual. With the COVID-19 virus outbreak, and California engulfed with fires to the borders in all directions, it is a wonder that we are able to start school in our districts throughout the state. Whether instruction is offered virtually (asynchronous/synchronous), or hybrid, our dedication and passion of teaching music outweighs all of the odds. As musicians, we are accustomed to abrupt changes in music, our environment, as in lives. However, through it all, we have learned to adapt to the best of our abilities.
With the unrest of our political scene, the one thing I have learned in the past 26-years representing our MACCC organization is to keep our values high with integrity. If we want to keep our doors open with enrolled students, and our jobs intact, we must lift our voices for those who make decisions that affect all of us. Leadership is all around us, be it local, state or federal. I have never met a musician who did not have an opinion. Even though one may not agree, it is okay to have a different thought, an idea or a mood. Is this not how we create music? Musicians do this every day. Rarely, are we satisfied. There is always the chance we can incorporate a better nuance the next time we sing, perform on our instruments, write a new composition or to create a new sound through our studios. We hone our skills and abilities to communicate and to be an active participant in something we believe that will better our lives, as well as our future generations to come. We want our students to learn to follow that same principal. Be someone! Do something!
We need to have something to say…to share. This is not the time to be silent. We can do this through our ballot on November 3. Be an active participant. Help me to get-out-the vote that will benefit our lives, our district and country on many levels. Your vote counts!
When you choose to vote before or on November 3, be sure your ballot arrives in time. Plan your calendar. Vote your choice on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Thank you!
V = Vote on November 3, 2020
O= Offer your support of candidates with the freedom of choice
T= Take time to read the platform or background on issues and candidates
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