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November 2, 2016 10:53 AM EDT

Tracee Ellis Ross wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan about why she thinks it’s important to speak out in favor of Hillary Clinton. The Black-ish star, who has campaigned for Clinton throughout this year and supported Barack Obama in 2012, says she used to be nervous about voicing her opinions. But now, she writes, it’s more crucial than ever.

“There is a lot happening in our country right now and a lot at stake in this election. Many Americans are truly struggling, have given up hope, are scared, or don’t see the point in getting involved when they are being shown their lives don’t matter,” Ross wrote in Cosmo. “I have had my own trepidation about speaking up and sharing my opinion over fear of alienating others. But in facing my fears, I have decided to use my voice to remind people about the importance of voting and share why I have decided to support Hillary Clinton.”

She explained that her decision is also based on the fear-mongering happening in politics. “For me, the priority is to find a candidate who makes me feel safe and heard, who can continue to move our country forward with the interests of all of us at heart, even those with differing opinions, beliefs, and experiences,” she said. “Change takes time, but we will not only lose the momentum, but also go backward, if she is not elected.”

She ended on a positive note, acknowledging how monumental the election could be. “Let us own what we know to be true: the epic-ness of Hillary Clinton. Let us harness the joy and excitement that we are all feeling and elect the first woman president of the United States of America.”

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