Taking a Stand

by Gayle Regan
Vote The Environment 2008

I am lucky to have been born in the United States in the 1960’s, privileged with certain rights and freedoms that my predecessors were not guaranteed. The suffrage movement and the passing of the 19th amendment forever changed the landscape for women. My grandparents, aunts and uncles, mother and father, and many of their friends, were all of Japanese decent, and they were placed in Internment Camps during WWII. I have never personally been deprived of the right to vote and have always felt relatively secure in my civil liberties, but I certainly understand the consequence when rights are denied or interfered with. I write this because I believe that by exercising my right to vote, I take a stand for human rights. For each of us the issues may be different, but all are equally significant.

At this moment in history, there is one over-arching concern that demands my attention– the critical state of the planet’s well-being. This crisis is not specific to ancestry, gender, age, social class, or political affiliation. And because this issue does not have a particular demographic, a strong and unifying voice will be essential on November 4th. The well-being of the planet is necessary to the well-being of humanity, I will be voting for both.

About the Author

Gayle Regan is Human Resources Manager/Retail in Patagonia’s distribution center, Reno, Nevada.