Letter: Millennials and Gen Zs must vote in November
By: Camila Ustarez
PUBLISHED IN THE MIAMI HERALD JUNE 25, 2020 10:46 PM , UPDATED JUNE 26, 2020 06:24 PM
This is a wake-up call to all millennials and Gen Z individuals. The 2020 election will be one of the most important elections in the history of America, and our generations hold the power to turn this election around.
Many of us believe that President Trump will not win again; however, we might be wrong. More than 60 percent of presidents who have sought a second term have won. Many people have supported his new brand of extremely conservative politics and continue to do so.
With only five months left before Election Day, COVID-19 cases are surging. Cultural wars are raging all over the country over racial inequality. Immigrants are still detained and separated from their children. Climate change continues to be treated as a hoax.
During his almost four years as president, Trump has managed to turn America into a battleground ignited by hatred and violence toward minorities. Former Vice President Joe Biden said in his presidential announcement video last year, “If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”
At 20, I feel profound anxiety and fear about my future every day. My generation, as well as the others to come, will suffer through horrible crises if we continue to elect people like Trump, who favor benefits for multimillionaires and their companies before the basic needs of ordinary Americans.
The United States has one of the lowest rates of young voter turnout in the world. This is why I am urging all millennials and Gen Zers to register to vote and to encourage others around them to get involved. We need to advocate for our future, and it begins with the election in November. Let’s make the youth-voter turnout higher than ever this year, and make America equal for all.
Camila Ustarez is a Junior at Florida State University and served as a Fridays For Future Miami Intern this summer