By Melissa Horste
Jim is relatively new to political activism, but that didn’t stop him from hosting his first political fundraiser for Voters Not Politicians at the Community Unitarian Universalists Brighton (CUUB) on June 11th in order to help our organization with the resources we need to fight against anti-voter extremism, expand voting rights and transform our democracy.
A rheumatologist by trade, Jim has spent the last three decades holding a clipboard with patient information, not petitions. Like many VNP supporters, Jim was motivated to act recently out of concern with the state of our democracy.
I, like many Michiganders, became interested in redistricting because the political maps divided the lake behind my home along with the community around the lake, complicating conservation efforts.
Jim’s support of VNP goes beyond our successful fight to end partisan gerrymandering in Michigan and to give Michiganders the power to draw their own lines. During his remarks at the June 11th fundraiser, he connected his support for VNP to his core values. Jim is an active member of the Community Unitarian Universalists Brighton (CUUB), which upholds the values of equality, inclusion, access, fair, safe, just, supportive, and cooperative. Jim does his best to reflect these values in both his actions and his words. While this shapes his personal experience, he often wonders what would happen if others adopted and lived these values.
Multiply these nurturing values from me, to you, to WE, and waves form, magic happens, and worlds are transformed. This is the Quantum Leap from particle back to wave. From one person living these values to many people living these values. Waves of Justice, Equality, Access, Inclusion, Safety, and Cooperation. Waves like VNP, CUUB, Sierra Club, and Indivisible. People like you. This is BIG MAGIC, as Elizabeth Gilbert titled her book. Something larger than us, something that comes through us in waves if we are present and allow it to.
Regardless of your experience and background, we all bring qualities to the table that can make Big Magic happen. What Voters Not Politicians is striving to accomplish is larger than any individual and each one of us can make a contribution to revitalize our democracy and empower Michiganders. Every dollar raised, door knocked and signature collected is a part of the wave of transformation. What matters is understanding our shared values and to reflect those in our words and above all else our actions.