Liza Donnelly Wants You to VoteOctober 02, 2012
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New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly gets (momentarily) serious in a new It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard pep talk. Addressing young women in particular, the 2012 NCCWSL Woman of Distinction talks about why she is so passionate about voting:
I have a lot of friends who are cartoonists who live around the world. And some of them live in countries where they do not have the right to vote and do not have the right to express themselves the way they want to.
I can. I live in America. I can draw what I want. I can think what I want. I can write what I want, and nobody’s going to throw me in jail, or smash my hands, or kill me.
Some of these cartoonists don’t have that right. They can’t vote, for one thing, and they can’t even express what they want to express.
So I’m here to tell you how important it is that you use your vote to express yourself. I’m going to go to the poll in November, and I’m going to vote, and then I’m going to come home, and I’m going to draw whatever I want to draw because I can do that. I have the freedom to in this country. So don’t abuse that, and use your right to vote.
At the end of her pep talk, Donnelly whips out her pen and draws a cartoon just for voters. Watch and share!