Meet a DA China Volunteer: Grace Gary in Shanghai

Grace Gary has lived in Georgia and New York before coming to China. She is currently registered to vote in Gwinnett County, Georgia (named for Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Button Gwinnett, who died from wounds received in a duel with Lachlan McIntosh, a Continental general, whose brother Gwinnett had arrested.

 

 

Her interest in politics began while she was living in New York in 2015. “You see a lot of injustice and anger living there, and the Trump campaign didn’t help. I got involved with DA in 2016, when I wanted to vote in my first presidential election.”

She is most interested in spreading accurate information through awareness posts, and providing voters what they need to get their ballots and check on its status.

Grace is an English tutor and college student working towards her forensic psychology degree.

“If you were President for a day, what would you do on Day One?” I asked.

“Not even sure if all of this is legal, but… I’d remove the Andrew Jackson portrait from the Oval Office, then issue executive orders to ending our inhumane and disease-ridden immigration detention camps. Some heads would roll for the dead/missing Latinx children. I would stop NASA from trying to desecrate a sacred place in Hawaii; get Flint clean water; and seek justice for however many people were responsible for the water crisis.”

 

 

She knows that getting people the required documents they need in order to get an ID or apply for an absentee ballot will be half the battle as we head towards January 1, 2020, when all voters abroad must re-register for an absentee ballot. She wants to fighting the corruption that has led to many Black people and many Georgians of every race and creed to carry birth certificates, Social Security cards, or other forms of picture I.D. She believes that it is voter suppression to have their rights called into question and for them to be denied a ballot if they lack a state-issued identification card. Additionally, Gwinnett County has reportedly thrown out thousands of ballots during election time, so preparing voters to continuously check their status through emails and calling will be a part of informing Democrats about whether there vote was counted.

For Grace, if an event or meeting is set-up in a familiar place with good food and drink then she knows everyone will be relaxed, and simultaneously productive and enjoying themselves! She leaves each DA meeting full of positivity & hope, and good food!

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