‘I don’t like Trump and it’s really important to vote right now, especially for my kind — for Black people.’

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Shakeila Belle voting at Mastbaum High School on Nov. 3, 2020. (Photo by Zari Tarazona)

Shakeila Belle

Age: 27

Neighborhood: Kensington

Occupation: Massage therapist

Why are you voting?

I don’t like Trump and it’s really important to vote right now, especially for my kind — for Black people. That’s another reason why I’m voting. 

What presidential platform policies or issues are most important to you?

Healthcare is one. Making sure the community has what they need throughout an outbreak or rioting. When we need to bring our community back together, making sure we have funding. Stuff for low-income people, things for helping the homeless — shelters and stuff like that. 


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