I can’t vote, but you can. Don’t take it for granted. I grew up in a small, working class town called Widnes in the North-West of England before moving to Scotland to start my studies at the University of Edinburgh. I grew up in a socialist household and my parents’ teachings taught me to have compassion for people from all walks of life. The moment I realized I wanted to make a change was when I watched the Labour Party being decimated in the election of 2010, and the moment I realized I could make change possible was when Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader in 2015, remobilizing a generation of young activists like me. Now, I’m here at GW on exchange: protesting, speaking out, applying for political internships and aiming to bring about a fair future for America anyway I can.
I have long held respect for the Democratic Party (Bernie Sanders being a hero of mine) and as soon as I came to America I decided to join them. I know that change is possible through the Democratic party; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district further motivated me to pursue this change. People back home tell me America is lost to corruption and violence. I tell them I believe America can be changed from the ground up — by people like you volunteering, organising and most importantly voting.
I’m a Democrat because I believe in economic redistribution, civil rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights and a future free from gun violence. These changes can only happen by voting. I can’t vote, but you can. Don’t take it for granted.
Finn Oldfield is a junior on exchange from the University of Edinburgh studying Philosophy and Politics. He writes for “The Young & Blue” for GW College Democrats. This semester, he is volunteering with local congressional candidates to secure a Blue Wave on November 6th. He is motivated to work towards a better America before and more importantly, following the results of, the 2018 midterms.