My attitude toward today’s election is the exact opposite of how I felt in 2016 (I was fully engrossed in electoral politics and I’m embarrassed) as my personal politics have developed and transformed. Whereas I used to be afraid to call myself a democratic socialist back in the day, I’m a full fledged abolitionist and communist now and I’m excited about both! I’ve also fully divested from campaigns and electoral politics in general (here’s why I didn’t vote this year) because my attention is now on organizing and building with people in my community because there is so much work to do. One of the most frustrating parts about election years is how celebrities, politicians, and other everyday people argue that voting is the most important action anyone can take and just voting blue is enough to make real change. This year, the Democrats propped up and elected one of the least exciting and competent candidates for president and expected the rest of the country to pick him over the devil currently in office. The Dems also nominated corporate candidates for Congress (looking at you, Amy McGrath), basically ushered Amy Coney Barrett into her new Supreme Court Justice seat, gave up in every fight for COVID relief, etc., and somehow expect everything in America to be better as long as Joe Biden is president. In reality, even if by some chance Biden wins (which I highly doubt), nothing will fundamentally change in the U.S. unless communities are focusing on all of the work to do to ensure we all have homes, food, healthcare, education, jobs, clean water, and conflict prevention resources. If Biden took office in January, we would still see people sleeping on sidewalks, record unemployment numbers, cops killing people, barbaric incarceration, people dying without healthcare, etc. America is a violent, racist, unjust country because of capitalism and white supremacy and neither of those will disappear if there’s more Democrats in office. We need to be working with comrades toward a world where we are all safe, healthy, and given what we need to thrive and bloom and no matter what happens with the election going forward, that work will only be done outside of electoral politics.